BOTM 146: Victoria's Empire You are Queen Victoria, and your task, should you accept it, is to build an empire that the sun never sets on. Your AI opponents are all from regions of the World that used to be part of the British empire. To make the game a little more realistic for the Victorian age, you start with knowledge of banking and running mercantilism. You are also Christian. Some of the AIs also have religions (which might or might not be historically appropriate) - and some may even already have their religious shrines set up. Though you may find that their shrines are quite well defended! Good luck! Game settings: Playing as: Queen Victoria of England Rivals: 5 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Small Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Queen Victoria is Imperialistic and Financial, and you start with Fishing, Banking and Mining. The Imperialistic trait gives +100% great general emergence and +50% production of settlers The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: Redcoat (replaces Rifleman) The Redcoat benefits from: 25% combat bonus against mounted units, 25% combat bonus against gun units. This compares with the Rifleman which has: 25% combat bonus against mounted units. Unique Building: Stock Exchange (replaces Bank) Where the bank gives 50% extra commerce in its city, the stock exchange gives 65%! 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 1 Jan 2018, 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 1 Feb 2018. 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 3.19.003 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.