Right! The game is afoot! Well; almost. Time to set the rules a little more firmly than we did following yesterday’s post. We had a few areas where people had a preference of a sorts, but not everywhere. So I figure the most interesting way to do this is by randomisation! Die rolls for most, randomised list for player order.

The Additional Content screen after disabling all DLC.

First though, it is confirmed that we will be using: Civilisation VI — No DLC. If, like me, you own the DLC, there is a way to turn it off and make sure the game continues to be DLC free for everyone even after you save the game.

Head to ‘Additional Content’ on the main menu, and then select ‘Disable All’.

I’m not 100% sure this is necessary; I was able to select a ‘Standard Game’ ruleset from the new game screen, but I figure if we all do this it should essentially guarantee that everyone is able to play without a hitch when we get to people who don’t have the complete edition.

With that out of the way…

Turn Order

Tessa had a preference not to be in the first 30 turns or so, and I’ll setup the game and kick us off.

So I’ll keep myself out of the randomisation, and insert the remaining 4 names we have into random.org’s Lists tool. I’ll take the first list that has Tessa in 4th or 5th slot (when counting me).

This was actually the first roll anyway!

Well there we have it! In the Discord; Rambling Redshirt also indicated he might be interested in playing. If he confirms that, he can be added to the end as Player #7. (And in fact; if you’re reading this now and like the idea of a Succession Game in Civ VI, it’s not too late! Reply and let me know.)

For now, the turn order looks as follows:

  1. Naithin
  2. Rakuno
  3. Paeroka
  4. Tessa (aka Endalia)
  5. Krikket
  6. New Addition: UnwiseOwl
  7. New Addition: Rambling Redshirt
  8. New Addition: Kanter

Turns per Reign

10 Turns.

Player 1 will do 1 through 10 inclusive. Player 2, turn 11 through 20, etc.

You can see the turn count in the top right of the Civ VI window. I recommend we play up until the point where we would have hit end turn on our final go. With every unit either moved, fortified or slept such that the end turn button highlights.

Save it then, and package up the game for the next player.

Our Civilisation

We had a preference stated by Paeroka for a Female-led Civilisation, and if they also focused on Culture — so much the better.

So! What I reckon, is to get a list of the base game female leaders, see how many there are, and roll a virtual die.

Oh look! Rakuno kindly provided the list already in comment to the prior post. :D

Here’s the list then, that I will roll against:

  1. Catherine de Medici (France)
  2. Cleopatra (Egypt)
  3. Gorgo (Greece)
  4. Tomyris (Scythian)
  5. Victoria (England)

There are many random die rollers out there, but I’m already on random.org; so I’ll use their random integer generator.

Long live Queen Victoria of England!


There was a preference here for an easier difficulty. So let’s keep this to under the middle difficulty, with a 1d4. Settler, Chieftan, Warlord or Prince.

Chieftan difficulty, second easiest. (We got this! Maybe! Yay! ;))

Anything Else?

We’ll keep the game speed to standard, and the map size small.

But map type? There’s something we can have a bit of fun with.

There are 15 official types to choose from. I thought it might be fun to keep this a secret! But there is no way to keep it secret from myself. So here’s a compromise. I’ll tell you both the number I roll and how I’m ordering the list from the game menu. That way, if you want to know what world type we’re playing on, you can look.

If you’d like it to be a secret — don’t look! :D

I’m going to count it left to right, top to bottom. So first option top-left is #1, the option top-right is #2. Next row down, left is #3, right is #4, etc.

As for the number…

Hmm. Interesting. :D

The game is created!

I’ll play out my turns in the next day or two, and post up likely on Monday or Tuesday (my time). More likely Tuesday, to offer a bit of a chance for anyone else keen to confirm they want in, plus any tweaks that any of the current players may feel strongly about making, before play gets underway. :)

This was a post for Blapril 2020, the annual blogging event (albeit usually as Blaugust), brought forward to help bring a sense of community during the challenging time of COVID-19. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year round!


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Rakuno · April 26, 2020 at 1:33 am

Oh, boy. I am going right after you? That is a lot of responsibility as those first 20 turns can determine so much. XD

At least we got the Chieftain difficulty which is one I can handle without issue. In fact, this will be better for me as I haven’t played in forever and I doubt I could handle Prince difficulty in these conditions!

Looking forward to start on it! :D

    Naithin · April 26, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Prince, maybe one or if really pushing myself two, above that is what I used to play Civ IV at — but I haven’t played either V or VI as heavily as I did IV, so I’m pretty comfortable with this difficulty setting too. Haha.

    Plus, don’t worry about going after me, we have Pae going after us to clean up our mistakes. xD

      Tessa ~ Narratess · April 26, 2020 at 2:11 am

      And then I can mess it up again XD

        Naithin · April 26, 2020 at 2:19 am

        Even if true, then we have Krikket! xD

        Of course, I then will follow her again.

        So our empire is probably doomed. If we have fun along the way, all good though! :D

Paeroka · April 26, 2020 at 1:37 am

For the record, I said that I always choose female leaders when playing myself, but that I wouldn’t mind a male leader either! :p Having said that, I like Victoria, so I won’t complain here at all. ;)

Also, I’m glad the difficulty is that low. I think the highest I ever tried was Prince and that puts me somewhere in the middle compared with the AI. So altogether: Well done! I will not go and look at the maps now, because I like to be surprised.

    Naithin · April 26, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Sorry, yes — you’ve been very open to different ways of playing.

    I quite liked the idea as a potential theme, or spice, or at least some way to narrow down the list to be randomised from the whole set otherwise.

    I did consider adding in ‘Random Leader’ as an option on a ‘1’ roll though, sort of taking after DnD Critical Failure. xD

    As I just said in the Discord too though; I just realised I hadn’t turned off (or even discussed!) having Religious Victory turned off here. I’m pretty happy with remaking and turning this off, it just entirely slipped by me while writing this up.

    I haven’t looked at the starting location in any detail yet, so I couldn’t advise whether we have a good one or not to factor into this decision though.

Tessa ~ Narratess · April 26, 2020 at 2:14 am

I’m curious how much I’ll fuck it up. Maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll lose xD we’ll see

    Naithin · April 26, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Had a longer chat on this in the Discord, but the summary is; Don’t worry, have fun! :D If it all goes down in a blaze of blood and fire, it doesn’t matter. Possibly even a more interesting story!

DeiSophia · April 26, 2020 at 9:58 am

Looking forward to reading about the results of this, just a pity you couldn’t have Gathering Storm, the natural disasters would have shook things up even more!

    Naithin · April 26, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Aye, if this goes well — nothing to say we wouldn’t do another one with the DLC activated! :D

    I haven’t done one of these since Civ IV, but they are a lot of fun, so looking forward to kicking it off again!

Rambling Redshirt · April 27, 2020 at 1:46 am

This’ll be a lot of fun and I am completely NOT STRESSING about the game.

    Naithin · April 27, 2020 at 2:05 am

    Haha, absolutely no stress necessary! :D

    Looking forward to getting this rolling and seeing where it goes! I’ll play through my turns later today and make it my post for tomorrow, passing on the save to Rakuno for his set of turns.

    Tessa had a fantastic idea of setting up a common dropbox or google shared area. I like this idea, but it occurred to me that I might need to take everyone’s email address to securely share it. Although I suppose I can still create a link to share the saves with full read/write access and share in private message via Discord…

    …that sounds easier and less worrisome for everyone, I would imagine. xD

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