BOTM 149: Humbaba of Khmer. Yes! Humbaba is back! But this time, he is not your enemy. After months of secret negotiations followed up by complicated PFI agreements to implement the deal[*] and sacrificial pillaging of various opponents, you and Humbaba have agreed to work together for victory! Humbaba, who has come to Earth manifested as an artillery unit, will be working with you to build an empire to stand the test of time, and whether you can manage to finish the game and submit. Just as well you have Humbaba with you, as the good mapmaker Dynamicus Spiritus mysteriously forgot to give you a settler this time round. Humbaba has brought along a couple of helpers - his scouts, four loyal panthers, and his personal bodyguard - two swordsmen. All stand at your service. And hey, looking at the starting screenshot, it seems that one of the panthers has already discovered an AI settler and entourage! The panthers have also heard from the other animals rumours of human beings further south, but much further away than the group on the starting map. Oh, and this time, because the Great Mapmaker was feeling kind, He has provided adventurer and challenger saves. Actually, maybe that's why He forgot to provide a settler. Got too distracted playing with the different saves. [*] Sorry kcd_swede, it seems Humbaba's staff didn't get round to passing the message to you. Game settings: Playing as: Humbaba of Khmer Rivals: 7 AIs Difficulty: Immortal Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Continents World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Humbaba is Expansive and Creative, and you start with Hunting and Mining. The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +25% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre Unique unit: Ballista Elephant (replaces War Elephant) The Ballista Elephant has identical stats to the War Elephant, but features the oddity that it targets mounted units first when attacking stacks outside cities. That can strengthen your hand a little when facing mixed AI stacks. Unique Building: Baray (replaces Aqueduct) Besides the +2 health of the aquaduct, the baray gives +1 food, meaning the city will grow a bit quicker. 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. Adventurer Class bonuses: You play on monarch level (but the AI still starts with immortal level starting units) Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on deity level (but the AI still starts with immortal level starting units). Also, when your final game score is calculated, it's done as if it was an immortal game: You don't get the extra points that the game would normally give you for playing a higher difficulty. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 16 Feb 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 16 Mar 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.