BOTM 157: Queen Isabella the Conqueror. Queen Isabella - the gods have blessed you with beautiful lands, it is up to you to leverage them to fulfill your destiny as the Conqueror. Will you force everyone to bow down to you through military might, or through the alliances you carefully forge, perhaps others will gasp at the wonders of your creativity or you achieving the impossible dream of reaching the stars. How ever you do it this is your time, go forth and make this world yours! Game settings: Civilization: Spain - Unique Unit: Conquistador (replaces Cuirassier), Unique Building: Citadel (replaces Castle) Leader: Queen Isabella Difficulty: Noble Map size: Worldsize_small Map Script: Fractal Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Epic Options: Aggressive AI, no goody huts, no random events, rising seas Rivals: 4 Victory conditions: All enabled World wrap Cylindrical This game will run from 25th July to 24th August The Spanish start with Fishing and Mysticism. Traits: Isabella is Expansive and Spiritual. EXP means faster granaries and harbours, faster worker production (+25%), and +2 in each city. SPI means no anarchy when switching civics or religions, which gives you enormous flexibility. It also makes temples cheaper, which can help with cultural victories where you want a lot of them in each city to boost base . The UB: The Citadel, a Castle that gives +5XP to siege units built in the city. This can give a big boost to medieval-age warfare, and in the modern era might cause you to think hard about how soon to go for Economics (which obsoletes the bonus). The UU: The Conquistador, a Cuirassier with +50% versus melee units, and which gets defensive bonuses. The Cuirassier is one of the best Military units in the game so anything that improves it is welcome! Libbing Military Tradition is a standard tactic. It's just a pity the UU and UB are so counter-synergistic - you don't want siege units slowing down your fast moving Conquistadors. 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 23rd July 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 25th Aug 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 3.19.005 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.