BOTM 147: IvoryJoao of Portugal. Ivory Joao has cornered the world market of elephants. Will you use your Carracks to deposit settlers on remote islands before the AIs can? Or use them to conquer AI cities with your amphibious elephants? Or simply trade ivory for other luxuries? (Astronomy required). Likely all of the above. Unedited map. Game settings: Playing as: Ivory Joao of Portugal Rivals: 8 AIs Difficulty: Emperor Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: Raging barbarians, no tech brokering, permanent alliances, no goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Islands, extra islands World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Worldsize_standard Climate: Climate_temperate Sea level: High or Medium JoJo is Imperialistic and Expansive, and you start with Fishing and Mining. The Imperialistic trait gives +100% great general emergence and +50% production of settlers The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +25% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor Unique unit: Carrack (replaces Caravel) One of the best Unique Units, the Carrack benefits from: can carry any unit, and can carry 2 units. This compares with the Caravel which has: can only carry spies, missionaries, etc., and can carry 1 units. Unique Building: Feitoria (replaces Customs House) One of the worst Unique Buildings, the Feitoria gives +1 in water tiles in addition to Custom House +100% foreign trade. 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 17 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 18 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.