BOTM 222: Louis XIV of France. Back to noble level this time. But there's a little twist in the map: You start on a small island, and you won't be able to get very far without building a boat. I would advise against settling in place without doing a bit of exploring first. Oh and, look out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas! Game settings: Playing as: Louis XIV of France Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Oasis (slightly modified) World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Map latitudes: 0°N to 40°N Louis XIV is Industrious and Creative, and you start with The Wheel and Agriculture. The Industrious trait gives +50% wonder production and double production speed of Forge The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre Unique unit: Musketeer (replaces Musketman) The Musketeer benefits from: 2 movement points. This compares with the Musketman which has: 1 movement point. Unique Building: Salon (replaces Observatory) The salon gives a free artist to the city it was built in. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Challenger Class Equalizers: Do you think it would be enough of a challenge if you started on monarch level? I didn't think so either, which is why you start on monarch level and ALL resources have been removed from the area around your starting island. There is nowhere you can settle that will give your capital any resources. Your one saving grace is that the AIs still only have noble level starting units. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 10 Oct 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 10 Nov 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.