BOTM 226: Suleiman of Ottomans. It's December, and that means it's once more time for a Christmas special game! This time, your challenge is to see how well the Ottoman empire might have developed if they'd had the misfortune to start out in a slightly colder environment than they actually did. Good luck! Game settings: Playing as: Suleiman of Ottomans Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Monarch Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: North Pole! World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Cold Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Suleiman is Imperialistic and Philosophical, and you start with The Wheel and Agriculture. The Imperialistic trait gives +100% great general emergence and +50% production of settlers The Philosophical trait gives +100% great people birth rate and double production speed of University Unique unit: Janissary (replaces Musketman) The janissary has the same base strength as the musketman, but it gets an extra +25% strength against archery, melee AND mounted units. Unique Building: Hammam (replaces Aqueduct) Besides the health benefits of the aquaduct, the hammam gives +2 happiness in the city in which it is built. 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 stil starts with monarch starting units) To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 Dec 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 3 Jan 2022. 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.