6otM 155 Announcement


GOTM Staff
Nov 26, 2016
Welcome to game 155 in the 6OTM Series! These games will allow new and old GOTM fans to try out the new features in Civ6 in a friendly environment. Participants are encouraged to post questions, stories, advice, tricks and failures in the dedicated game threads (described below). Each game will specify the Civ you will play and the Victory Condition to strive for. We will be working to refine the 6otM concept as we move ahead with the series. Gifting of cities is an exploit in a religious VC as the AI cant see that it will lose if it accepts the cities.

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Civ VI - 6otM155 Details:
Player (You): Kupe – Māori
Victory Condition: Culture but all other VCs are enabled. (Goal is fewest number of turns.)
Difficulty: Deity

Civs/City-States (including player): 8 / 12
Map Type/Size:
Archipelago / Standard Size

Start Position: Legendary
Resources: Sparce
World Age: New
Rainfall: Wet
Game pace: Standard
Disaster Intensity: 2

Game Mode(s):

Game options:
Start - Ancient Era
Enabled - Barbarians; Tribal Villages
Game Version: This game was created in Civ6 Gathering Storm version
Game Requirements: vanilla version of Civilization VI with Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions. All pre-NFP & NFP DLCs are required.

Here is where you will start:
6otM155 start.png

Kupe – Māori Unique Attributes:
Spoiler Unique Attributes :

Kupe Leader Bonus: Kupe's Voyage- Starts the game in the Ocean. +2 Science and +2 Culture per turn before the first city is settled. The first settled city receives a free Builder and +1 Citizen Population. The Palace grants +3 Housing and +1 Amenity.

Unique Ability: Mana - Starts with Sailing and Shipbuilding unlocked and the ability to enter Ocean tiles. +5 Combat Strength and +2 Movement for embarked units. Unimproved Woods and Rainforests grant +1 Production, increasing to +2 Production with Mercantilism and +3 Production with Conservation. +1 Food from Fishing Boats. Building a Fishing Boat triggers a Culture Bomb, claiming surrounding tiles. Resources cannot be harvested. Great Writers cannot be earned.

Unique Unit: Toa– Replaces Swordsman, Unlocked by Construction
Common abilities: +5 Combat Strength vs. anti-cavalry units.
Special abilities: Reduces the Combat Strength of adjacent enemy units by 5 (non-cumulatively). Has 1 build charge. Can construct a Pā (Consumes a build charge). Can clear terrain (Consumes a build charge).
Special traits: Higher Production cost (120 vs. 90). No Gold maintenance cost. Higher Combat Strength (38 vs. 35). No strategic resource requirement.

Unique Infrastructure: Marae– Replaces Amphitheater; Unlocked by Drama & Poetry; Requires Theater Square
Effects: +1 Culture and Faith to all of this city's tiles with a passable feature. +1 Tourism to all of this city's tiles with a passable feature (with Flight). + +1 Culture with each Cultural City-States with 1 Envoy. No maintenance cost. No Great Work slots.

Information about threads associated with each individual 6otM -- Must Read if you are new to our Game of the Month!
Please note: If you wish to make a video of your game, please do not post any links to it until after the game submission date has passed. This is because of the potential spoilers that are created by posting before the end date. Thank you for your cooperation.

Spoiler :
Announcement thread (this one): This thread is used to announce the game and clarify the settings and rules (don't be afraid to ask questions). It's also used to discuss the game before you start, and post problems with opening the save. Once you have opened the save, DO NOT POST in the Announcement thread, even non game-related information. Instead use the next thread.

Opening Actions thread: This thread is used to discuss the game's opening decisions and strategies through the first 100 or so turns. Here you can post questions related to the game and share your achievements/anger/frustration/victories while you play. We encourage players to use the spoiler tags for screenshot. During the time the game is active, please do not post any information concerning the game outside of the spoiler threads including screen shots, videos, or recorded/live-cast Let's Plays on other websites.

After Actions thread: In this thread you can post the results of your game. Please state your victory/loss date and final score (preferably in the post title) and describe your path to glory in this post! Players are encouraged to provide feedback on the game. Some players like to replay the game, and although we will not record the results from a replay, you can still post your new experiences. The game will not be closed as such, but after one month, the results will be compiled, and will not necessarily be updated with reports coming in after the finish date.

File Upload System
In development.

This game runs for a month and ends 15 April 2023.

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The save is attached below.


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Feb 28, 2023
This will be my first game on Deity and I've not really played this civ. I full expect to get crushed but I'm going to give it a shot. Am going to check out a couple YT games with them beforehand. That being said... any pearls of wisdom anyone would care to offer? Appreciate it!

A. mexicanum

Dec 11, 2020
This will be my first game on Deity and I've not really played this civ. I full expect to get crushed but I'm going to give it a shot. Am going to check out a couple YT games with them beforehand. That being said... any pearls of wisdom anyone would care to offer? Appreciate it!

The good news is: Archipelago is a very good map for a Deity game, since the AI can't overrun you in a very early war and you get time for yourself to build up your empire. (Unless you settle on an Island with another AI-player of course). The bad news is, Archipelago isn't the best map for a culture victory with Kupe, since you want to have a lot of land for his unique ability, but there just isn't much land.

Short version: Just build/research what helps your game plan and brings you closer to victory. Most Wonders are nice, but not worth the trade-off. A workshop gives you 3 production, but costs 195, so if you don't need the great person points and don't have city states to boost it takes 65 turns to get your investment back. Afterwards you get your worth, but in the meantime you could have built a amphitheatre marae and gotten more culture and faith which would have brought you closer to victory...

Longer version: (and what follows is just my opinion. I play nearly all games on deity or higher, but I am never the fastest in competitions, so consider with a grain of salt):
You know the victory condition is gonna be culture, so think about what you will need for this victory: tourism. This is the most complicated mechanic, and I believe a lot of civ players don't really understand how it works. So here is my recommendation:
Generally there a 3 (4) main things you wanna do for a culture victory: get great works; use your faith to build national parks and later rock bands; establish open boarders and trade routes with all AI players.
With Kupe you also wanna make sure to get to research flight for his special ability.

So to achieve a victory:
1. Concentrate on key districts in your cities. Theatre Squares (for culture and Great works). Holy Sites (a religion is nice, but not a must have, you don't want to spend faith to spread your religion but to save it for national parks/ rock bands). Harbours (for trade routes, for production and to better your worked water tiles.) A few campuses if possible to get to flight (and steel). All other districts are very low priority. You might build a few if you can for eurekas, but they the other ones are more important.
2. Focus the main Civics and techs and prioritize them: (This is how I would probably play, there is no absolute truth)
Civics: Political philosophy (government) --> Drama and Poetry (Theatre Square) --> Feudalism (build charges) --> Mercantilism (for additional production) --> Conservation (Easily the most important civic [and tech] in this game: more production, plant trees and build national parks. I would probably even skip a tier 2 government (at least till after conservation) to get to conservation earlier. Afterwards the order isn't as important anymore, you want to get Suffrage for tier 3 government and of course everything that boosts your tourism from the atomic era. But consider skipping some civics. I.e. Divine Right, Reformed church, Opera and Ballet are not needed to progress in the civic tree, unless you really want something from it. But I often only research them when I am through the entire civic tree.
Techs: The ancient ones depending on the start (settling) position --> Celestial Navigation (Harbours) --> Machinery (Kilwa) --> Mass Production (shipyards) --> Flight (tourism) --> Radio (Broadcast center and Seaside Resort) --> Flight (tourism boost) --> Steel (Eiffel tower)
3. Think now about which wonders will most likely be useful for you: probably Mausoleum (yields and bonus charges for great engineers - you dont need (m)any Industrial Zones, you can faith buy them), Kilwa (15% boosts across your empire!), Eiffel-tower (gives you +8 tourism per national park). Estadio do Maracana (gives +6 culture to each of your cities! - this isn't explained in the game) and Broadway aren't as useful for you (since they come very late), but they boost your culture output, so you don't want to give them to the AI. Colosseum is very good in most games, but probably not on an archipelago map, where your cities are spread out.
4. Go wide. Civ 6 favours going wide over going tall, so settle, settle, settle.
5. Trade. Buy luxuries where you can to get your cities ecstatic. Sell diplo favour as soon as AI values it. . Sell your strategics, preferrably to your friends, so they don't use them against you. Normally instant gold is better then gold per turn.

Consider that I am playing this game peacefully and rarely ever go to war if I don't have to. But if you are good at war you can take a lot of prebuilt citys with few units and be faster then building everything yourself. So for a war game you might prefer other civics/techs. Just remember that you want to keep your opponents alive so you can still get tourists from them.

Good luck and have fun


Mar 28, 2004
Elmendorf, Tx
Settling on the turtle island might be a good idea. However, I'll scout the area with the warrior first.


Lord of The Civilizations
Aug 19, 2005
My first game with Maori. Now I see why he's so angry every time I'm his opponent and I cut some trees or harvest some resources. :D
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