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Contest 144: Revenge of the Market Ladies (a Caesar 4 Contest)

Welcome to the contest pages for Contest 144: Revenge of the Market Ladies. This is a Caesar 4 contest, and should only be played with Caesar 4 with the latest patch. Check the Sierra site for the latest version. Use the links below to download the starting positions:

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (Insane Difficulty)
files are in .zip format

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (hard Difficulty)
files are in .zip format

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (Easy Difficulty)
files are in .zip format

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (Novice Difficulty)
files are in .zip format

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (French Language Files)
files are in .zip format

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) (German Language files)
files are in .zip format

Procedure for extracting files-

The zip file will contain a number of files (this can vary depending on the scenario). Firstly, the file with the extension C4s should be extracted to the directory Saved Games in your C4 installation

(Default location C:\Program Files\Sierra\Caesar4\Data\Saved Games).

The remaining files should be extracted to the directory Scenarios

(default location C:\Program Files\Sierra\Caesar4\Data\Scenarios). You start the save from the Main Menu in C4, selecting "Load Save." The save "Revenge of the Market Ladies Novice" or"Revenge of the Market Ladies Easy" or "Revenge of the Market Ladies Hard" or "Revenge of the Market Ladies Insane" should appear in the list. It is not necessary to alter game difficulty.


Briefing from Caesar:

You are perhaps aware of the industrial troubles involving mistreatment of market ladies in the Kingdom of C3. Well these problems have unfortunately spread to our realm, and I have had to conduct lengthy negotiations with market workers and their sympathisers in order to be able to give you this assignment at all. The assignment is a simple one. I want a city with the largest number of fed citizens possible. You have a maximum of 10 years to do this, but surely you should be able to complete the task in a much shorter time than that.

The C3 market ladies have a lot of sympathisers in our realm, and some groups it must be said have used this opportunity to feather their own nest as well. The conditions I have been able to negotiate are as follows-

1. At this stage only one market of any kind may exist in your city at any time. Negotiations are continuing on allowing more, you will be informed of any change that occurs. If you build any more than the agreed number of markets, you can expect swift action from picketers.

2. Priests have deemed that shrines may not be built in your city. They have also decreed that the god Neptune will be worshipped in your city. The failure to properly respect Neptune has long been a sore point with out clergymen as well as with Neptune himself, so it seems.

3. Sea trade to your city has been embargoed. The only trade that will take place is by land.

4. In order that I am not seen to be taking a side in the dispute, the starting money you are granted will be in the form of a loan, with compound interest payable in advance (see Designers Notes for Interest Rate applicable). I require the repayment of the starting money, plus interest, in order for your mission to be considered to be completed.

5. Equites have negotiated for their superannuation packages, and as a result equite salaries will be reviewed annually in accordance with the equite workplaces you have built in your city. Pleb wages will be half of equite salaries.

6. Patricians will not be allowed to live in your city.

7. You are strictly forbidden to receive any salary during this mission.

As your province is quite rich in resources and has exceptionally fertile farmland, I will make a few insignificant requests for goods from you, and require these to be honoured in a timely manner.

One other matter that you need to know is that the land you will build upon is home to a couple of very strange native tribes. My understanding is that the natives are generally peace-loving, but I would suggest you do not upset them. Such natives in the past have been known to trade with Rome, this may assist you to overcome the financial loss of having no sea trade. I have arranged for mission posts to be constructed, it is up to you to find appropriate personnel to work in them.

Finally, it is likely that local enemies of Rome will bother you from time to time, and I would not rule out attacks from the striking market ladies, who are highly resourceful, if you manage to get a successful city established.


Completion Criteria:

1. Money in treasury not less than starting money plus compound interest (total required will be displayed at the start of each year).
2. No defeat events have occurred (see below).

Defeat Events:

1. Any imperial request not met by the time it falls due.
2. Caesar dismisses you (normal game function).
::excess of 2000 dn:: removed because the trigger does not work.

In the event of defeat the player should revert to a recent save and correct the circumstance that caused defeat.

Winning Criteria (All Difficulties):

1. Score made up as follows: One point for each citizen living in a house that has food LESS one point for each citizen living in a house that does not have food.
2. Date of completion (earliest wins)
3. Cash in treasury after repayment of starting money plus interest.

Designer's Notes

Interest Rates:

Novice Difficulty- 6%.
Easy Difficulty- 8%.
Hard Difficulty- 10%.
Insane Difficulty- 12%.

While treasury amounts required for a valid entry will be displayed each January, this is not recorded in the message log. Therefore, a chart of all required treasury amounts for each year and difficulty will be posted in the game forum at CBC.

Neptune works much like he does in C3, as close as my scripting skills would allow. He will bless you if he is happy and curse you if he is angry. Repeat blessings can only occur if Neptune has been displeased since the previous blessing. Neptune's current mood, and whether he is considering cursing you, may be ascertained by building one garden (which you can subsequently undo). Your likelihood of being cursed ranges from 0 anks (no chance of curse) to 5 anks (very high likelihood of curse). Massive statues (also called Winged Charioteers) are regarded as Neptune Temples in this mission. As a general rule, one Neptune Temple for each 1500 population is needed to keep him happy.

Another god may make an appearance in this scenario. This other god can also give blessings, and repeat blessings can be obtained.

All invasions can be bought off, but only from the Legion Advisor.

Please read all in-game messages carefully!

Difficulty Level Eligibility:

Insane Difficulty- Any player may enter Insane difficulty. Players may also enter another difficulty as well as Insane, however players finishing first and second in Insane Difficulty will not be eligible for a placing in a lower level.

Hard Difficulty- Any player may enter Hard Difficulty. Schwartzhorse (beta tester of easy and novice difficulties) is eligible to enter Hard and/or Insane Difficulties.

Easy Difficulty- Any player who has not yet won 2 CBC C4 contests at Easy Difficulty or higher may enter Easy Difficulty.

Novice Difficulty- Players who have won one or more CBC C4 contests at Novice Difficulty or higher, or players who have placed in the top 3 in C4 online, may not enter Novice Difficulty. Novice Difficulty is intended for players new to CBC C4 contests, who may benefit from some private assistance from the design team.

Players may not competitively enter multiple difficulties, except that players in Hard, Easy or Novice may also enter Insane as detailed above. As previously, such entries will be accepted and the last difficulty submitted will be regarded as the official entry, provided the player is eligible to enter in that difficulty.

This contest is based upon and runs in conjunction with Revenge of the Market Ladies (C3 Edition). A special honorific title and signature will be awarded to the players with the best overall entries in both events. Details of this will be posted on the contest forums for both events.

Revenge of the Market Ladies (C4 Edition) was designed by goonsquad and tested by Schwartzhorse.

Special thanks to Schwartzhorse for translating this contest into French and to AndreasHauffe for translating it into German.

When forwarding entries to CBC, only the c4s file for the final save is required, not your other (interim) saves.

This contest will close at 11PM EST (US), on Sunday January 25th, 2009. Please note the date!

This contest has ended.

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