All Leaders Challenge Game 33: Byzantium / Justinian I. The original thread is here. Round 0: settling the capital (4000BC to 3880BC) Round 1: early ancient era (3880BC - 2240BC) Round 2: ancient and early classical production trap (2240BC - 400BC) Round 3: classical era (400BC - 400AD) Round 4: dark ages (400AD - 700AD) The idea of the All Leaders Challenge is that games are going to be played with each of the Civ IV leaders. With the help of all the posters who participate, an attempt will be made to make the most of the leader's unique characteristics: traits, starting techs, unit, and building. Aside from the leader, the other game settings are (mostly) kept constant for the sake of comparison. I will post the saved game files, screenshots, and status reports here as the game progresses. I can also post the worldbuilder file if someone can teach me how to. Everyone is invited to offer opinions and advice, and to make your own attempt at playing the same game. But if you do play a "shadow game", I kindly request that you refrain from posting spoilers--i.e. any facts or even hints about the map, opponents, and so on--before I'm there myself. I'm trying to play the game as authentically as possible. In this ALC game I’ll be playing as Justinian I of Byzantium. In ascending alphabetical order, this is the first civilisation that has not been played in the ALC series from 1 to 32. My thoughts on this leader? Both the UU and the UB requires horses to be (fully) functional. Let’s hope we can find horses. The game settings are: Immortal, Fractal, Cylindrical, Standard, Temperate, Medium Sea Level, Ancient Starting Era, Normal Game Speed, No Tribal Villages, No Random Events. The start. Plains cow is about the best food source you can hope to find in the starting capital. (kappa) Seriously though, this is actually very playable. If you are not getting frozen in actual ice and snow, or dense jungles, or tiny pacific islands, you already have a head start.