BOTM 153: Mansa Musa of Mali. Mansa Musa on an unedited fractal map. Enjoy! Game settings: Playing as: Mansa Musa of Mali Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Emperor Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Mansa Musa is Spiritual and Financial, and you start with The Wheel and Mining. The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: Skirmisher (replaces Archer) The Skirmisher benefits from: base strength = 4, and 1-2 first strikes. This compares with the Archer which has: base strength = 3, and 1 first strike. Unique Building: Mint (replaces Forge) Besides the extra production, and happiness (with gold, silver or gems) of the forge, the mint gives you an extra 10% gold in the city. Nice! 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 15 Apr 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 May 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.