BOTM 35: England Game Details: I've just started reading Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain. The first chapter covered the death of Queen Victoria, and guess what idea that gave me for this game. Yes, you're playing the real Victoria. On a map that vaguely resembles the real world, though a statistical analysis of the number of tiles in that map that represent England would suggest you're quite unlikely to be actually starting in her home country. But you never know... Noble level, so it should be a breeze. Oh - and - since I'm told that people are (rightly, of course ) deserting Civ5 in droves to come back to the trusted Civ4, I'll expect to see hundreds of entries! Game settings: Civilization: Victoria of England Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Map: Tectonics - randomized earth Mapsize: Standard Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: None. Goody huts have been removed from the (real-world) continent that you start on Victory Conditions: All enabled Victoria: Victoria is Financial and Imperialistic and starts with Fishing and Mining. The Financial trait gives an additional +1 commerce on any worked tile that already produces 2 or more commerce. Imperialistic gives +100% rate of great general emergence, and +50% settler production. Unique unit: Redcoat(replaces Rifleman The Redcoat shares with the Rifleman a base strength of 14 and +25% strength against mounted units. The additional benefit of the redcoat is it gets +25% against gunpowder units as well. Unique building: Stock Exchange(replaces Bank) Where the bank gives you +50% gold, the stock exchange gives you a whopping +65% gold. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: Game will be played on Warlord level. Note that AI starting units still match Noble level. Challenger Class Equalizers: Game will be played on Prince level, but will still be scored as if it was an Noble level game. Note that AI starting units still match Noble level. To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 November 2010, 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 1 December 2010. Civ version This game MUST be played in Beyond the Sword (NOT Warlords or vanilla Civ), patched to version 3.19 and using the BUFFY mod 3.19.003. 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.