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Voices of the Pinfei - Singleplayer Campaign

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Age: Steel
# of Episodes: 5
# of Cities: 4
Difficulty: Normal
Custom Maps: Yes
Emperor Yongle of the Ming dynasty is remembered for his construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. However, there is a dark stain on this event that is known by few today. This story is best told by those it affected. They are the "Pinfei", the imperial concubines. The storyline of this campaign is comprised of personal diary entries of the pinfei, each with its own voice. Be forewarned that as these voices spin the tale, a horrible and tragic climax will be revealed.

This campaign includes five missions and a player will interact with 7 cities (4 historically accurate). Resources, commodities, and available structures follow the Emperor model for the steel age.

Four new custom maps were created for this campaign. Three are 'medium' size and one (the Forbidden City map shown here) is 'large' size.

An extra file is included in this download. It is a text file named 'VOTP_Readme.txt', and contains installation instructions, background information, campaign design notes, general play tips, and mission hints (warning: contains spoilers). Additionally, other hints are available by viewing the album of playtest screenshots in the Emperor Heaven gallery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This campaign is rated 'normal' and will provide a difficulty level similar to the campaigns in the core game.

Missions Teasers: (Note - there are no time limits on any missions in this campaign)

M1 - Lady Xiao, Mistress of the Potter's Wheel - begins in 1390 CE.

M2 - Concubine Lu, Weaver of Words - begins in 1395 CE.

M3 - The Secrets of Consort Yu - begins in 1400 CE.

M4 - Noble Consort Zhao of the Forbidden City - begins in 1406 CE.

M5 - Screams of the Pinfei - begins in 1421 CE.
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user3 M3 prey point on NW island is bugged, assuming this is intentional.

PS-upload 571? available for completed cities

[Edited on 07/07/19 @ 03:06 AM]

andyblast Looks good, esp the non-time-limited part. Will try as soon as reach Steel age on game-missions for refreshing the play-style.
Riwwer Campaign name: "Voices of the Pinfei"
From the news item:
"This campaign's storyline uses the diary entries of the concubines themselves. Their *different voices* will add to..."
Yet, there are no voice files in the download, so we hear no voice from the concubines. I'm mildly disappointed.
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Riwwer, thank you for your comment. Over the years, I have debated with myself several times about whether or not to include sound files in my campaigns. While I admit that sound files add to the overall quality of a custom campaign, I feel that the drawbacks such as adding unnecessary size to the download and increasing the complexity of installing the download outweigh the benefits. Not to mention the fact that it is difficult to find high-quality voice actors.

[Edited on 12/27/19 @ 07:25 AM]

Riwwer Well, at least few campaigns could have them, yet I see none over the course of 20 years. Voice actors are not needed, there are a lot web services for creating audio files from text, such as http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/. I don't know how many hours or days it takes to create quality custom campaign, why not add an hour or so to decorate it with voice?
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