BOTM 158: Zara of Ethiopia. Zara Yacob of Ethiopia. Emperor. Eight AIs. Unedited map. Barbs don't start with any techs. Game settings: Playing as: Zara of Ethiopia Rivals: 8 AIs Difficulty: Emperor 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_standard Climate: Climate_temperate Sea level: Sealevel_medium Zara is Creative and Organized, and you start with Hunting and Mining. The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre The Organized trait gives -50% civic upkeep and double production speed of Courthouse, Factory and Lighthouse Unique unit: Oromo Warrior (replaces Musketman) The Oromo Warrior benefits from: immune to first strikes, 1 first strike, and free promotions: drill1 and drill2. This compares with the Musketman which has: not immune to first strikes, and 0 first strikes. Unique Building: Stele (replaces Monument) +1 +25% +1 for Charismatic leaders 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. (Although I think Buffy5 lets us distinguish). Only Contender save is available. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 30 Aug 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 8 Oct 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.