BOTM 223: Montezuma of Aztec. It's that time again... the middle-of-the-month 'hard' game series has cycled up to deity level! And it's an arboria map, which means loads of forest to chop - if the AI doesn't chop it first! On the up side, the map is very suited to your unique unit! Go conquer 'em! I've modified the map slightly so it's now possible to circumnavigate. And whichever Civ is first to make use of galleys might discover something to their advantage. Since this is deity, I'm going to guess that won't be you! Game settings: Playing as: Montezuma of Aztec Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Deity Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Arboria World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -50°S to 50°N Montezuma is Aggressive and Spiritual, and you start with Mysticism and Hunting. The Aggressive trait gives free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units and double production speed of Barracks and Drydock The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor Unique unit: Jaguar (replaces Swordsman) The Jaguar benefits from: base strength = 5, requires access to nothing, free promotions: woodsman1, and 35 hammers to build (on normal speed). This compares with the Swordsman which has: base strength = 6, requires access to iron, and 40 hammers to build (on normal speed). Unique Building: Sacrificial Altar (replaces Courthouse) This is a very powerful building because it reduces the anger duration from whipping to 5 turns. And it costs less than the courthouse - 90 hammers vs. 120 hammers. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: You play on emperor level. The AI still starts with deity units, but to even things up a little, you also have a 2nd settler, and an archer (both starting on the same tile as the first settler) To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 19 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 22 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.