Signups have officially ended, and they were smoother than I could have hoped: I have received five signups, making six players including myself, and NONE of us have matching preferred factions. That's right, NONE of us - so we each got the faction we most wanted to play. No contesting, no trips to random.org, no disappointments. Here's the quick who's-playing-who:
Be sure to mind your spelling for the first two...
As it turns out, I have no control over turn order. The factions always take their turns in the order I just listed, with the Believers acting between the Spartans and Peacekeepers. Ah well. At least that negates having to plot it out.
One rule change was requested by a majority of players, and all others have already agreed to it: we will be disabling Blind Research, allowing everyone to select the technologies they research.
Because of how smoothly that ran, I can move up the start date (if any players won't be able to take a turn until March 1, the originally-announced date, that's not a problem). I also don't mind keeping that one open player slot available for a little longer. Here's what I'll do: If you're willing to play as the Believers with Blind Research disabled, send me a signup email (see previous entry; I only need the name, as the other three portions are now locked) on or before this Saturday EST; first come,
Wow, we haven't even begun, and already we're ahead of schedule. - ZM
P.S.: I guess I should be using the extra time to get a puzzle published. In my defense, I didn't say which Wednesday in my last post... but seriously, work has been hectic for me lately.