BOTM 245: Isabella of Spain.
Queen Isabella, you have been blessed by God! He has spoken to you, and imparted the knowledge of Theology to you (in addition to your normal starting techs). With this knowledge, Christianity will be founded in Spain. Go and spread His Word throughout the lands! But beware, for your rivals have also spoken to their God(s) and have been granted the knowledge to found their religions. They may oppose you, but do not allow their efforts to block your Holy Work!
Playing as: Isabella of Spain
Rivals: 6 AIs
Starting Era: Ancient
Options: No goody huts, no random events
Victory Conditions: All enabled. Espionage Cultural Victories count as Cultural Victories.
World Wrap: Cylindrical
Sea level: Low
Map latitudes: -90°S to 90°N
Isabella is Spiritual and Expansive, and you start with Mysticism, Theology and Fishing.
The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor
The Expansive trait gives +2 health/city and +25% hammers for worker production and double production speed of Granary and Harbor
Unique unit: Conquistador (replaces Cuirassier)
The conquistador has +50% strength against melee units - very useful, provided you can build them before the enemy reaches the gunpowder age! And unlike the cuirassier, the conquistador receives defensive bonuses.
Unique Building: Citadel (replaces Castle)
Besides the usual benefits of the castle, the citadel gives +5XP to siege weapons built in the city.
This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image):
Adventurer Class bonuses:
You play on Monarch level, but the AI still have Immortal level starting units.
Challenger Class Equalizers:
You play on Deity level. The AI still only have Immortal level starting units.
To Enter the Competition:
This competition will open at 00:01 am on 3 Dec 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
Here is a link to a list of the differences between Vanilla, Warlords and BtS.
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.
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.
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