BOTM 216: Bismarck of Germany. Something a bit different... a fantasy realm map! Game settings: Playing as: Bismarck of Germany Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fantasy realm World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Bismarck is Expansive and Industrious, and you start with Hunting and Mining. The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +25% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor The Industrious trait gives +50% wonder production and double production speed of Forge Unique unit: Panzer (replaces Tank) The Panzer benefits from: 50% combat bonus against armor units. This compares with the Tank which has: no directly comparable benefits. Unique Building: Assembly Plant (replaces Factory) Not a huge benefit over the factory... the assembly plant lets you assign 4 citizens as engineers (only 2 for the factory). Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on immortal difficulty - but AI still starts with noble level starting units To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 Jul 2021, 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 Aug 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.