BOTM 164: Justinian of Byzantium. Justinian, Emperor of Byzantium. Boreal maps have lots of deer (203) but little else. Only available happiness resources are: fur (5), silver (3) and gems (47). It is also low on health resources (see spoiler for those stats). I don't expect any BC victories on this large map (surprise me). Barbarians need to eat too, so we gave them Hunting and Archery like they should have. Spoiler More Map Resource Information : from gotm tool: And only one crab and one fish. No map edits. Game settings: Playing as: Justinian of Byzantium Rivals: 8 AIs Difficulty: Emperor Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: Random personalities, choose religions, permanent alliances, no goody huts (yes Events - its been a while since they were enabled) Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Boreal World Wrap: None Mapsize: Worldsize_large Climate: Climate_temperate Sea level: Sealevel_medium Justinian is Spiritual and Imperialistic, and you start with Mysticism and The Wheel. The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor The Imperialistic trait gives +100% great general emergence and +50% production of settlers Unique unit: Cataphract (replaces Knight) The Cataphract benefits from: base strength = 12, and not immune to first strikes. This compares with the Knight which has: base strength = 10, and immune to first strikes. Unique Building: Hippodrome (replaces Theatre) +1 (Theatre has no "free" happiness) +3 per turn (same as Theatre) +1 per 5% culture slider (Theatre +1/10%) +1 if you have horse (Theatre needs dye (glwt)) double production speed for creative leaders (not Justinian) No artist specialist slots (Theatre has 2) 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 Espionage victories. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 15 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 17 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 3.19.003 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.