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January SMAX SP Challenge
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:09:39 PM »
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Scenario Name: January SMAX SP Challenge
Author: Darsnan
Date of original posting: 1/2/06
Original host site: Apolyton

The righteous need not cower before the drumbeat of human progress.
Though the song of yesterday fades into the challenge of tomorrow, God
still watches and judges us. Evil lurks in the datalinks as it lurked in
the streets of yesteryear. But it was never the streets that were evil.

-- Sister Miriam Godwinson, "The Blessed Struggle"

Sister Miriam paused to reflect upon the lifetime of events that had led
her to these convictions. In her duties as the U.N. Honorary Psych
Chaplain for Re-integration Forces sent to countries decimated in the
Crusader Wars, she had been confronted time and again by whole peoples
and societies destroyed by the fabled Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
In the societies ravaged by War, it had been the new weaponry, spurred
by recent technological breakthroughs, that had caused untold, and in
some cases unexpectedly prolonged, damage in the areas they were used.
In other societies it had been Diseases, in one generation so easily
contained by the “miracle drugs” of science, yet only a few generations
later wreaking an untold havoc amongst those the drugs were no longer
effective against. In still others it was the natural disasters, often
occurring because the arrogance of man had proclaimed that the “levies
were safe”, or that the “super skyscrapers were impervious to
earthquakes”, or that “drought is no longer a problem in this desert”.
Untold times the proclamations had been made, only to be proven wrong in
stark and tragic consequences for those who had believed these false
prophets. Time and again in her capacity as Psych Chaplain Miriam had
been there to assist the survivors of the worst follies of men, and to
point them down the path of the One True Way. Some saw this as preying
upon the weak and needful. Miriam knew in her heart of hearts that these
accusers had never walked down the same war-shattered streets, never
seen the starving orphans, nor comforted those ravaged by the diseases
to which science now had no answer. No, it was not she who prayed upon
the weak, but rather it had been Science that had led people astray by
promises that couldn’t be kept!
Drawing strength from these inner reflections and experiences Miriam
returned to the present and the circumstances to which she and her
followers now found themselves in: marooned on a strange alien planet
with only the barest of necessities to survive, all contact with Earth
lost, and faced with the realization that somewhere out there on this
planet there were other Factions, some who would no doubt be openly
hostile to her. However, considering how quickly the Unity had been
destroyed, it was highly likely that most everyone else was in as bad a
shape as her True Believers were. This would be to her advantage, as
there would be those who would eagerly accept salvation from her
Missionary Units that from her previous experience she planned on
employing. And if there were those that resisted converting to the One
True Way? Well, Miriam had experience in dealing with these matters as
Miriam looked over the initial reports as to her current circumstances:
her followers had successfully landed on planet 4 Unity Formers, 4
Scouts, 4 Colony Pods, and a Transport Foil, all neatly landed in a
beautiful bay that would, with a little cultivation, prove to be an Eden
to her people.
The final report though filled her with a sense of unease to which she
couldn’t quite attach a reason to: her communications group indicated
that the Unity had survived planetfall as well (or at least part of it),
as the Unity’s beacon was broadcasting its current position, and it
wasn’t far off. Finally, after much meditation and prayer on the thought
Miriam arrived at a conclusion: the Unity was just another example of
how Science had led people astray, and then let them down. Yes, Miriam
thought to herself, just another reason not to trust Science and all of
its false promises. Miriam vowed to herself she would keep this in mind
in the coming years....

Welcome to the January SMAX SP Challenge! In this edition you will be
playing as the Believers. All victory conditions have been enabled.

Setup as follows:

1. In your SMACX Scenarios folder create a subfolder labeled "January Challenge".
2. Unzip the contents of the attached zip file into this folder.
3. Start SMAX, select "Play Scenario", and select the scenario included in the folder.
4. Once the game has started and to ensure that the game is working
properly hit F1 (Datalinks) and verify that Robotic Assembly Plants are
now available with Industrial Automation. If it is, then enjoy!

Please post your results/ observations/ comments into this thread.

And remember, when all else fails, praying can’t hurt...



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