Welcome to the 81st edition of the Lonely Hearts Club for BTS. In the Lonely Hearts Club we explore strategies to cope with one of the most dreaded situations in Civ IV ( possibly the main reason for reloads after the military collapse one ): starting in isolation.... Our next leader is Pericles of the Greek Empire. Spoiler : Traits: Philosophical & Creative Double GPPs & half price libraries. Gotta like that synergy. Techs: Fishing & Hunting Fishing isn't that bad when there is a lot of seafood around. I doubt there will be much use for hunting. Unique Building The Odeon A Colosseum replacement with a laundry list of meh buffs. +3 culture, +2 happy faces(as opposed to just +1), can turn 2 citizens into artist, and +1 happy from Hit Singles. Mr Pericles does get this building at half price, maybe it's good if one were inclined to go for a culture win. Unique Unit Phalanx An Axeman who negates the 100% Chariot attack bonus. If you are running into Chariots on this map, then something is wrong. The Start Spoiler : For those who are new to total isolation, you may want to take a peek at r_rolo1's guide, You, Yourself and your shadow : Some lessons on isolated starts. Also, the LHC Bullpen. You will find the zipped saves below. Choose your level then choose your level (more precisely) then choose your speed and get underway. For Monarch+, don't forget to add Archery to the barbs. No huts & no events are selected. Suggestions for updates are: Checkpoint 1 - when we have explored the island and are aware of what resources it has. Its not so important when this is, but this is a time to discuss city sites etc. Don't look into a checkpoint 1 spoiler until you have reached this point yourself. Checkpoint 2 - first contact - when we have met all the other AIs. At this point we can discuss our strategy to get to this point and our plans for dealing with them. Checkpoint 3 - when we are committed to a victory condition (or at least think we are). Checkpoint 4 - Victory (or defeat). Finally, a thank you to r_rolo1 and all those that came before him in this series' initial run and to TheMeInTeam for the map creation guides, and to everyone else who co-hosted this series. Enjoy!