BOTM 163: Kublai Khan of Mongolia. I'm expecting lots of early conquests this time... because you start as the mongols on an all-land map with a ridiculously easy difficulty level. Seriously, I'll be very disappointed if half the entries aren't BC conquests! Have fun... Game settings: Playing as: Kublai Khan of Mongolia Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Lakes World Wrap: None Mapsize: Standard Climate: Tropical Sea level: Medium Kublai Khan is Aggressive and Creative, and you start with The Wheel and Hunting. The Aggressive trait gives free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units and double production speed of Barracks and Drydock The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre Unique unit: Keshik (replaces Horse Archer) The Keshik benefits from: not immune to first strikes, 1 first strike, and ignores terrain movement cost. This compares with the Horse Archer which has: immune to first strikes, 0 first strikes, and does not ignore terrain movement cost. Unique Building: Ger (replaces Stable) This is like a super-powerful stable. A city with a ger in it gives +4 experience points to mounted units built there (as opposed to +2 for the stable) 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 10 Nov 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 10 Dec 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 3.19.005 installed. You can download the Mac BUFFY mod here. (EDIT: I'm checking where the MacBuffy link is) 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.