BOTM 188: Willem van Oranje of Netherlands. Can you survive on an archipelago map? I'll tell you for free that one of your opponents is Ragnar, and you're also up against the Romans. It is possible to circumnavigate with galleys, though I don't think the route is that easy to find. Good luck! Game settings: Playing as: Willem van Oranje of Netherlands Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Monarch Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No barbarians, no goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Archipelago (snaky continents) World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Tropical Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Willem van Oranje is Creative and Financial, and you start with Fishing and Agriculture. The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: East Indiaman (replaces Galleon) The East Indiaman benefits from: base strength = 6, can explore rival territory, and can carry 4 units. This compares with the Galleon which has: base strength = 4, cannot explore rival territory without open borders, and can carry 3 units. Unique Building: Dike (replaces Levee) The dyke is very powerful on a water map: It adds +1 hammer not only to all river-adjacent tiles, but to all water tiles. And if my memory serves me correctly, you can build it if your city is adjacent to any water - doesn't have to be a river! 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. Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on deity level. And the AI even start with deity starting units. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 29 Jan 2020, 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 2 Mar 2020. 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.