- Mar 12, 2008
BOTM 249: Mansa Musa of Mali.
I was trying to think of a theme for this game. In the United States, February is Black History Month. So, in this game, you will be playing Mansa Musa, while the AI will also be playing African civilizations. (Yes, that narrows the list down a lot.) I thought about adding another African civilization featured in a recent, successful movie franchise, but there were all those lawyers with their copyright warnings. Besides that, I had no way to add vibranium as a game resource.
Playing as: Mansa Musa of Mali
Rivals: 4 AIs
Starting Era: Ancient
Options: No goody huts, no random events
Victory Conditions: All enabled. Espionage Cultural Victories count as Cultural Victories.
World Wrap: None
Sea level: Low
Map latitudes: 0°N to 40°N
Mansa Musa is Spiritual and Financial, and you start with The Wheel and Mining.
The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple and Cristo Redentor
The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce
Unique unit: Skirmisher (replaces Archer)
The skirmisher is much stronger than the archer, with a base strength of 4. It also has 1-2 first strikes, against the archer's 1.
Unique Building: Mint (replaces Forge)
Besides the usual forge bonuses, the mint gives +10% commerce in its city - so it's like a mini-market too!
This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image):
Adventurer Class bonuses:
You play on Prince level, but the AI still have Emperor level starting units.
Challenger Class Equalizers:
You play on Deity level, but the AI still have Emperor level starting units.
To Enter the Competition:
This competition will open at 00:01 am on 15 Feb 2023, 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 15 Mar 2023.
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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