BOTM 228: Hammurabi of Babylon. This month it's back to noble level. But, to make sure the game isn't a complete rollover, I've given all AIs the means to defend themselves. You might want to ponder that before you decide to cross swords (or bowmen) with them. Game settings: Playing as: Hammurabi of Babylon Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: None Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Fractal World Wrap: Cylindrical Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Medium Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N Hammurabi is Organized and Aggressive, and you start with The Wheel and Agriculture. The Organized trait gives -50% civic upkeep and double production speed of Courthouse, Factory and Lighthouse The Aggressive trait gives free Combat I promotion for melee and gunpowder units and double production speed of Barracks and Drydock Unique unit: Bowman (replaces Archer) Besides the abilities of the archer, the bowman has +50% strength against melee units. Unique Building: Garden (replaces Colosseum) Besides the usual +1 happiness of the colosseum, the garden gives +2 health. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Challenger Class Equalizers: Every AI starts with a worker, in addition to their contender units. Now I know what you're thinking... 6 free workers to steal! Before you get too excited, you might want to re-read the bit about AIs being able to defend themselves, and consider: Would the mapmaker really be silly enough to make the challenger save easier than the contender save? Of course, you might consider that there are possible trading advantages to having a more powerful AI anyway... that's up to you and your playing style. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 3 Jan 2022, 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 Feb 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.