BOTM 183: Gandhi of India. I volunteered at the last minute to create a new map... but real-life being what it is I didnt really have time, so I thought..."Why not give them my favourite map I ever created". It was for a SGOTM back in the day, some of you may remember it, some might be new.... anyway, I made a few changes to try and minimise the advatanges old players might have. This map was tough, very tough..... but there were some special rules that only applied to that SGOTM that you can ignore... this should make it significantly easier. Having said that, I have still dialed the Contender save down to Monarch. This map was analysed to death by teams and I suspect you will go look it up anyway, but I will give you some clues about it as you likely wont study it in as much depth as the teams did: - AI are pre-settled - AI have castles!! - There is a team! The Contender save has some significant differences from the original SGOTM map: - You play at Monarch, not Emperor. - Map is an EDITED version of a SGOTM classic. - Some old shortcuts/exploits removed. - Some new shortcuts/exploits added. - An AI has had some bonus units removed. The Challenger save is the unedited wholesome toughness of an SGOTM Emperor game! Game settings: Playing as: Gandhi of India Rivals: 9 AIs Difficulty: Monarch Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No city razing, city culture-flipping after conquest, aggressive AI, unrestricted leaders, no tech brokering, no vassal states, no goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: CUSTOM World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Worldsize_standard Climate: Climate_tropical Sea level: Sealevel_medium Gandhi is Spiritual and Philosophical, and you start with Mysticism and Mining. The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor The Philosophical trait gives +100% great people birth rate and double production speed of University Unique unit: Fast Worker (replaces Worker) The Fast Worker benefits from: 3 movement points. This compares with the Worker which has: 2 movement points. Unique Building: Mausoleum (replaces Jail) The Mausoleum replaces a Jail.... it adds +2 happy faces. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Challenger Class Equalizers: The challenger save is the completely unedited SGOTM map at the original difficulty, its tough! To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 5 Sep 2019, 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 5 Oct 2019. 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 3.19.003 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.