BOTM 177: Shaka of Zululand. This time you get a chance to conquer quickly, with fast-moving impi's and a pangea map. But don't get over-confident: Most of your opponents also have pretty fast-moving units. Besides, impis struggle against axemen! Game settings: Playing as: Shaka of Zululand Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Prince Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Pangea World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Shaka is Aggressive and Expansive, and you start with Agriculture and Hunting. The Aggressive trait gives free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units and double production speed of Barracks and Drydock The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +25% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor Unique unit: Impi (replaces Spearman) The Impi benefits from: free promotions: mobility, and 2 movement points. This compares with the Spearman which has: 1 movement point. Unique Building: Ikhanda (replaces Barracks) Besides the usual benefits of the barracks, the ikhanda acts as a mini-courthouse: It gives -20% maintenance costs in the city. However, it takes more hammers to build than the barracks: 60 instead of 50 hammers. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Note that in this game, any espionage-culture victories will be counted as cultural victories. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 10 Jun 2019, server local time (UTC-6:00). From that date and time, you'll be able to get your chosen starting save >>>here<<<. Submit the save after your victory (or defeat) here, by 10 Jul 2019. Here is a link to a list of the differences between Vanilla, Warlords and BtS. Software Versions Windows: This game MUST be played in Beyond the Sword (NOT Civ4 Vanilla or Warlords), patched to version 3.19, and with the BUFFY mod version 3.19.005 installed. You can download the BUFFY mod here. Players using Windows Vista or Windows 7 are encouraged to read the notes on Vista fixes here. Macintosh: This game MUST be played in Beyond the Sword (NOT Civ4 Vanilla or Warlords), patched to version 3.19, and with the Mac BUFFY mod version 3.19.003 installed. You can download the Mac BUFFY mod here. While playing... Remember - for your entry to be accepted, it MUST be your first attempt to play this game, and you MUST NOT replay any turns. If you make a mistake while playing, you have to live with it, learn from it, and carry on the game without replaying. We will open 'spoiler' threads during the month for players to discuss what happens in their games. Do not discuss any details of your game outside those threads.