Welcome everybody to the 38th edition of Monarch Student Prime! Our leader this week? A ruthless warmonger as the AI, Alex had a unitprob of 35 and is very aggressive. In our hands? A great war leader. Aggressive is always nice for the better promoted troops and for early rushes, and philosophical allows him to get early research going and lets him pump out GPs to tech while he wars. Pretty well rounded leader, not much else to say. His UU is the Phalanx: An axeman replacement that gets a defense bonus against chariots. It's a great replacement for an already great rush unit. The only real counter to axes in a rush are chariots, and this allows the axes to not get picked off in the field while marching to the next city. And when chariots are in cities, they are usually garbage defenders anyway. Pretty solid UU. His UB is the Odeon: A colosseum replacement that provides even more happy than a normal colosseum. What's not to love. It also provide a strange +1 happy from Hit Singles late game, which can help with late game war weariness. The Start: Pigs in the BFC along with rice if we move, along with a lot of floodplains. Solid start with some nice early commerce from the FPs. Fractal map again. Huts and Events are OFF, add events in the custom scenario if you wish. (just make sure to cover the top part with your hand so you don't see the AIs ) And a cut-and-paste from Meatbuster's Monarch Student games: Save the file and place it in your Documents/BTS/Saves/WorldBuilder folder. Then unzip it into your Documents/BTS/Saves/WorldBuilder folder. Then use Playing a scenario to play your desired level. Or use custom scenario if you want to remove huts and/or events. Recommended Checkpoints: *1000BC or 1AD *500AD *1000AD or Liberalism *Victory! Please remember to put the journals of your adventures inside spoiler tags. For Monarch+ players please try to add archery back to the barbs in WB. If you don't, AIs will capture cities with archers very early in the game, which is no fun. If you prefer easymode barbs, that's fine too, just don't go wondering why an AI captured a barb city in the very early BCs!