BOTM 219: Lincoln of America. Lincoln on a small and rather crowded map. And I'll warn you, I think this is a pretty tough starting position. Will you tough it out and fight? Will you win by diplomacy? Or will you play it Afghanistan style and just run away? Game settings: Playing as: Lincoln of America Rivals: 5 AIs Difficulty: Emperor Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No vassal states, no goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Small Climate: Rocky Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Lincoln is Philosophical and Charismatic, and you start with Fishing and Agriculture. The Philosophical trait gives +100% great people birth rate and double production speed of University The Charismatic trait gives +1 happiness/city, and -25% experience required for unit promotions Unique unit: Navy SEAL (replaces Marine) The Navy SEAL benefits from: 1-2 first strikes, and free promotions: amphibious and march. This compares with the Marine which has: 0 first strikes, and free promotions: amphibious. Unique Building: Mall (replaces Supermarket) Besides the extra health and food of the mall, the supermarket gives you +1 happiness from hit musicals, singles and movies, and +20% gold in each city you build it in. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: You play on prince level. But the AI still has emperor level starting units. Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on deity level. But the AI still has emperor level starting units, so it's more like deity-lite. Even so, do consider my comment about the tough start before you decide to play deity. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 18 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 20 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.