BOTM 218: Peter the Great of Russia. A nice simple Inland Sea to play as Peter of Russia at Prince difficulty. But since I moved you to a penninsula, I added a Minor Civ (Terrorists) where you would have started. Please note, this is a CLASSICAL ERA start. In order to avoid game advantages or disadvantages due to the random assignment of the first 3 religions at turn 5, I removed Meditation, Polytheism, and Monotheism from your starting techs, and the starting techs for the Terrorists. To compensate, I gave you Alphabet. Please note that you have CIVIC OPTIONS already on turn zero, so you might wish to take a turn of anarchy while you select your settling location. If Prince is too easy for you, try it as a Challenger at Immortal difficulty... that should be enough challenge for most players, I think (start units are still Prince level start units). Please observe that espionage is disabled, and espionage generation is converted to culture. Game settings: Playing as: Peter the Great of Russia Rivals: 7 AIs Difficulty: Prince Starting Era: Classical Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events, no espionage Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Inland Sea World Wrap: None Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: High Map latitudes: -60°S to 60°N Peter the Great is Philosophical and Expansive, and you start with Mysticism, Priesthood, Fishing, The Wheel, Agriculture, Pottery, Sailing, Writing, Alphabet, Hunting, Mining, Archery, Masonry, Animal Husbandry and Bronze Working. The Philosophical trait gives +100% great people birth rate and double production speed of University The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +50% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor Unique unit: Cossack (replaces Cavalry) The Cossack benefits from: 50% combat bonus against mounted units. This compares with the Cavalry which has: no directly comparable benefits. Unique Building: Research Institute (replaces Laboratory) Gives +2 Scientist specialists instead of +1 Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: as described above (Prince Difficulty) Challenger Class Equalizers: Play at Immortal difficulty, though AI starting units are those at Prince difficulty. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 aug 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 1 sep 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.