BOTM 227: Kublai Khan of Mongolia. In the true Christmas spirit, you get to play as the Mongols. I hope you'll be nice to your neighbours! Game settings: Playing as: Kublai Khan of Mongolia Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Immortal Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No goody huts, no random events Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Earth2 World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Kublai Khan is Aggressive and Creative, and you start with The Wheel and Hunting. The Aggressive trait gives free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units and double production speed of Barracks and Drydock The Creative trait gives +2 culture/city each turn and double production speed of Colosseum, Library and Theatre Unique unit: Keshik (replaces Horse Archer) The much-feared keshik can travel very fast, since it ignores terrain movement costs. It also has a first strike, which the horse-archer lacks, but on the other hand it doesn't have the horse-archer's immunity to first strikes. Unique Building: Ger (replaces Stable) The ger is a super-charged stable: It gives +4XP instead of +2XP to mounted units. As if keshiks weren't scary enough already! Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: Your scout discovered some friendly and highly skilled local tribes. They have provided you with a great spy and a great general, standing on the same tile as the settler. Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on deity level. And as a Christmas treat, it's 'proper' deity - the AIs each start with deity starting units (4 archers, 2 scouts, a worker and 2 settlers). To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 20 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 24 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.