BOTM 206: Roede Orm of the Vikings. After a long hiatus as mapmaker, what better way for me to jump into things than with a rowdy viking romp? You will play as Roede Orm (Ragnar) of the Viking Empire on a Terra map. You may choose your adventure as all victory conditions are available. Do you want to spread the word of the "All Father" Odin to the far reaches of the world? How about being first to the New World and dominating the globe? Or just go full Viking and conquer all? Or call the Ting to be elected as the unifier of all? Maybe just dazzle the world with your cultural prowess? It's up to you! You will face 7 rivals in your quest for victory. Some opponents are vikings, some are not (but wish they were). Contenders will play at Prince difficulty level, Challengers get to try it on Deity. Game settings: Playing as: Roede Orm (Ragnar) of the Viking Empire Rivals: 7 AIs Difficulty: Prince Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: Raging barbarians, aggressive AI, unrestricted leaders, random personalities, no goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Terra World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Sea level: Medium You start with knowledge of Hunting and Fishing. Your traits are Aggresive and Financial. Aggresive: Free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units, and Double production speed of Barracks and Drydock. Financial: +1 commerce on plots with at least 2 commerce. Unique unit: Berzerker, Unique unit for Vikings; Replaces Macemen +10% city attack Starts with Amphibious +50% vs. Melee Units Unique building: Trading Post, Unique building for the Vikings; Replaces Lighthouse Free Navigation I promotion for naval units built in this city +1 food on water tiles 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 (but the AI still starts with Prince level starting units, so a bit easier than normal Deity). To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 01 Feb 2021, server local time (UTC-6:00). From that date and time, you'll be able to get your chosen starting save here https://gotm.civfanatics.net/civ4games/index.php?month=70206 Submit the save after your victory (or defeat) here, by 01 Mar 2021. 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.