BOTM 224: Zara Yaqob of Ethiopia. How much culture/tech can Ethiopia reach? That's right, you're playing Ethiopia this month, but with a twist: The only victory conditions enabled are culture and space. Will you abandon your warmonger ways for this game? Or will you just conquer anyway and go for the highest possible score? Game settings: Playing as: Zara Yaqob of Ethiopia Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Prince Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: Spaceship, Cultural Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Zara Yaqob is Creative and Organized, and you start with Hunting and Mining. The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre The Organized trait gives -50% civic upkeep and double production speed of Courthouse, Factory and Lighthouse Unique unit: Oromo Warrior (replaces Musketman) The oromo warrior's strength lies mainly in first strikes: Where the musketman has none, the oromo warrior is not only immune to them, but has one of its own. And it starts with the drill I and II promotions, which between them give 1-2 additional first strikes and 20% less collateral damage. Unique Building: Stele (replaces Monument) The stele gives extra culture: +25%/turn as well as the fixed +1/turn of the monument. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on deity level (but the AI still start with prince level units, so it's more like, deity-light. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 Nov 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 Dec 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.