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Empire Deluxe Tournament 2021 – Finale

Congratulations to Mara who has claimed the title of Empire Deluxe Champion for 2021.  After two narrow but well-played victories, and a partial win on our third play-through, he will carry the torch for 2022 until we meet again next December.  In this post, I will show the highlights for our third and final game and the post game discussion.  However, I will defer on announcing the changes for EDTC to a future post.

As is tradition, we are using the Tournament Scoring rules which are available in the strategy guide. Any set matches declared by a player will be shown in Black in the summary provided and any player-specific information will be shown in the color they chose during the initial setup.

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Empire Deluxe Tournament 2021 – Game Two

After Mara’s risky win in Game One, we now move into Game Two of our year-end championship.  In Game Two, players opted to include the Capitol Kill victory condition although it was not put to the test due to some expert defensive play.  This game took a day and a half to complete and had some of the largest scale battles seen this year.  The results were close once again, but may ultimately hint at who will win this year’s title of Empire Deluxe Champion.

As is tradition, we are using the Tournament Scoring rules which are available in the strategy guide.  Any set matches declared by a player will be shown in Black in the summary provided and any player-specific information will be shown in the color they chose during the initial setup.

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Tradelands – December 2021 Mining Statistics Update

As we near the end of 2021, I am posting the updated mining statistics to replace the badly outdated one from last year.  The data represents the result of 300 mining attempts at various locations around the Grand Isles.  Only results that had over 30 axes used/recorded will be shown.  This data will also be available on the Tradelands page and updated by the F&BP Trading Company.

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Empire Deluxe Tournament 2021 – Game One

After two false starts, Game One of the 2021 Empire Deluxe Tournament Championship is completed.  Two players are effectively tied for first place going into Game Two after a surprising and incredibly risky surgical strike caused our players to declare a cease fire.  Round Two will start later today as our players complete some quality-of-life improvements to the virtual setup of the game.

As is tradition, we are using the Tournament Scoring rules which are available in the strategy guide.  Any set matches declared by a player will be shown in Black in the summary provided and any player-specific information will be shown in the color they chose during the initial setup.

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Empire Deluxe Tournament 2021 – Preliminaries

Today is the start of the 2021 Empire Deluxe Championship Tournament.  Played on the final two weeks of the year (and sometimes the first week of the new year), the top players from the leader board pit themselves against each other for the title of Empire Champion for the next twelve months.

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December 2021 Update

With December finally upon us, it is once again time to discuss the traditional End of Year tournament.  The map which will likely be our battlefield for 2021 has been posted (albeit later than usual) and is open to play testing.  Like last year, this will be a moderated tournament and Steam Link will be used to stream the game from the Datacenter floor.  Unlike last year’s fully remote attendance, this one is expected to be in person.

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Map of the Western Continent of Anima, Beyond Fantasy

Gaia is the world of the Tabeltop RPG Anima : Beyond Fantasy.  Today I have added the Western Continent of Anima to EDIBLE and, after a few more minor tweaks, it will be available on the in-game EDCE database as well.  This map is 198 x 323 making it a vertically oriented map.  It may feel and play differently than other Empire maps you are used to playing.  Moreover, the map is set to wrap bother vertically and horizontally which increases the invasion options available to players.

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November 2021 Update

It’s been two months since my last update.  I promise I haven’t abandoned this site.  I’ve just become busy with real-life activities.  My free time has been dedicated to making the Afghanistan scenario which is becoming a big time sink.  As soon as I can get back on track, updates will start becoming more frequent.

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Map of Afghanistan (2021)

Afghanistan is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. It is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the north, and Tajikistan and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,864 square kilometers (252,072 sq mi), the country is predominately mountainous with plains in the north and southwest. It is inhabited by 31.4 million people as of 2020, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks. Kabul serves as its capital and largest city.

For almost 20 years, Afghanistan was a continuous battleground for armies and insurgents.  In 2020, a new chapter emerged as the Doha Agreement promised to re-shape the future of the conflict.  This map represents the state of Afghanistan as it appears in March 1, 2021.  Efficiency levels for all cities are based on their real-world political influence and strategic value.  The map uses roughly 24,000 tiles to represent 650k square km of territory with the main border crossings into neighboring countries designated along the border.  The map was generated with the Modern Units Database in mind and as a result may require some slight modifications to work correctly with the default unit set.

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Random Earth Map Refresh in Progress

I like to refresh my Earth maps every few years and it looks like now is the perfect time to start my new project.  I will be updating the Random Earth Map with the new 2020 census data.  Moreover, I have some official sources that updated the extend of the economic impact from COVID which I can incorporate as well.

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