BOTM 217: Elizabeth of England. It's deity time again. In order to help you a bit with your settling decision, I decided to reveal the local resources. So - if I've got it right - besides the tiles that your units can see anyway, you can also see every tile within 4 tiles of the settler that has a resource on it. Then I figured that it wasn't really fair to help you if I wasn't going to help the AI as well. So I added a few extra resources in a location that I think an AI will probably get to before you do. Game settings: Playing as: Elizabeth of England Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Deity Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Tropical Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Elizabeth is Philosophical and Financial, and you start with Fishing and Mining. The Philosophical trait gives +100% great people birth rate and double production speed of University The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: Redcoat (replaces Rifleman) The Redcoat benefits from: 25% combat bonus against mounted units, 25% combat bonus against gun units. This compares with the Rifleman which has: 25% combat bonus against mounted units. Unique Building: Stock Exchange (replaces Bank) The stock exchange gives +65% gold in the city - pretty good huh! Shame you probably won't live long enough to build any! Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: You play on monarch level But the AI still starts with deity starting units - so it'll be quite a hard monarch! To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 15 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 16 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.