BOTM 151: Darius I of Persia. Fippy the Warrior Queen, no wait! I mean Darius I of Persia. You get a very generous start and some other map edits that might make this easier than an unedited deity game. Game settings: Playing as: Darius I of Persia Rivals: 4 AIs Difficulty: Deity Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Tectonics World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Worldsize_small Climate: Climate_temperate Sea level: Sealevel_medium Darius I is Organized and Financial, and you start with Agriculture and Hunting. The Organized trait gives -50% civic upkeep and double production speed of Courthouse, Factory and Lighthouse The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: Immortal (replaces Chariot) The Immortal benefits from: gets defensive bonuses, and 50% combat bonus against archer units. This compares with the Chariot which has: does not get defensive bonuses. Unique Building: Apothecary (replaces Grocer) Provides +2 in addition to +25% and +1 for banana, spices, sugar, wine; and can turn two citizens into merchants 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. [This may be your last chance for this as I hope to switch to BUFFY v5 in April] Adventurer Class bonuses: You play at Emperor level and barbarians don't start with any techs. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 15 Mar 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 15 Apr 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.