BOTM 194: Lord Lemme-Out! of France. To celebrate all the extra Civ-playing time you have during the current lockdown, we bring you a special social-distancing-lockdown-themed game. You are Lord Lemme-Out of the Panic Buyers, confined to your house by Government order because of the terrible dangers that lurk beyond your walls. Can you escape, cope with all the empty shelves in the supermarkets where everyone else has already panic-bought all the loo roll and eggs and goodness knows what else, befriend allies and fend off adversaries to pull off a stunning victory? The map is custom-built and probably like nothing you've ever seen before, so don't make any assumptions... Game settings: Playing as: Lord Lemme-Out! of France Rivals: 7 AIs Difficulty: Monarch Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Lockdown special! World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Large Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Special Rules !!!IMPORTANT!!! There are two special rules for this game: You must NEVER declare war on the Nurses under any circumstances. By the time of your victory, the Pathogens MUST be dead. If you break either of these rules, you will not be eligible for any awards. And if we can (I'm not sure if the mechanics will allow it) we might score your game as a defeat, even if you actually won. And if you break the first rule, you'll forever have to live with the shame of having done something that's totally inappropriate. Well, maybe not forever - just until you die. One more thing.... DO NOT play this game if you are easily offended! More Info Lord Lemme-Out! is Organized and Charismatic, and you start with The Wheel and Agriculture. The Organized trait gives -50% civic upkeep and double production speed of Courthouse, Factory and Lighthouse The Charismatic trait gives +1 happiness/city, and -25% experience required for unit promotions Unique unit: Musketeer (replaces Musketman) The Musketeer benefits from: 2 movement points. This compares with the Musketman which has: 1 movement point. Unique Building: Salon (replaces Observatory) Besides the observatory benefits (+25% science, allows one scientist), the salon gives you a free artist. 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. Adventurer Class bonuses: You play at prince level (but the AI still starts with monarch starting units) Challenger Class Equalizers: You play at immortal level (but the AI still starts with monarch starting units) To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 22 May 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 29 Jun 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.