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[BTS] News: BOTM 158 starts 30 August

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Game of the Month' started by Deckhand, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Deckhand

    Deckhand Procrastination at its finest GOTM Staff

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    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 :culture:
    • +25% :culture:
    • +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.
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2018
  2. MarleysGh0st

    MarleysGh0st Chieftain

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    Yay! A new game!

    Zara is Creative and Organized, but his Stele give a bonus for Charismatic leaders? Has Deckhand changed something on us or did Sid botch that detail from the start?
     
  3. Deckhand

    Deckhand Procrastination at its finest GOTM Staff

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    It's always been that way. Pretty weak special building. Since you are Creative, there is no need to build them to pop borders. Very nice if going for culture. I can't see it as much use otherwise.

    I assume (but do not know for sure) - that you still get the 25% culture after you have discovered Astronomy and can't build them anymore.
     
  4. Fine_Distinction

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    @Deckhand, thank you for a new GOTM! And sweet start and a good leader :)
     
  5. High King J.J.

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    From the game page: "Windows players require version 3.19 of Civilization IV BtS, as well as Hof Mod version BUFFY-3.19.003"
    From this thread: "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."
    Apparently both are required...
     
  6. High King J.J.

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    I assume you don't get +25% :culture: after the building becomes obsolete. Only the base culture value plus age bonus (if old enough) remain.
     
  7. Deckhand

    Deckhand Procrastination at its finest GOTM Staff

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    Buffy 5 per the announcement thread.
    The official game page with the download link is automatically generated and its script hasn't been updated.
     
  8. brutusrox

    brutusrox Chieftain

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    Hi, this is my first time playing the game of the month, and Im encountering a 'protected to ensure the assets have not been changed' issue. I downloaded the save, and dragged it to Civ 4 BTS>Saves>Single (Mac). Any help would great thanks and good luck!
     
  9. Deckhand

    Deckhand Procrastination at its finest GOTM Staff

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    Welcome!
    Are you running the Mac Buffy mod?
     
  10. brutusrox

    brutusrox Chieftain

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    Yes I have MacBUFFY 3.19.003

    Thanks
    -Paul
     
  11. Fine_Distinction

    Fine_Distinction Chieftain

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    AlanH has a great thread about it in the Mac forum, he helped me figured out all the problems with GOTM on Mac.
     
  12. neilmeister

    neilmeister Lentils have feelings too GOTM Staff

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    Zara is an underrated leader, his traits are very nice for the early game with free border pops and cheap key buildings (Lib, CH, LH). Sure, the UB is rubbish but the UU is decent enough, being a very sturdy defender with the ability to attack.

    The start looks pretty nice, I am torn between settling 1S or 2W.
     

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