Hi y'all, I got suckered back into a one-off substitution to keep these games coming as we all love to see them coming. You who do not know me from before, I should caution to never trust a mapmaker. The only exception to that rule is the promise you should be challenged and have fun. You will need to be flexible in adapting your strategies to the conditions on the ground, which for me is the greatest thing about all the CIV games (and I got hooked on the first one, and will sell my CD's on E-Bay one day...) So here's the deal for this Game of the Month: -------------------------- Here is a one-off comeback mapmaking effort by me. A kind of mystery map that started as an inland sea, and Vikings appear prominently. The rest you'll have to figure out as you go along. Note: Espionage culture victories will count as normal culture victories for this game. Game settings: Playing as: Pacal II of Maya Rivals: 6 AI Difficulty: Monarch Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: no huts, no events, barbs with Noble level techs Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: In-Land Sea, High Seas World Wrap: Flat Mapsize: Standard Your traits: Financial & Expansive Expansive: +2 health per city. Double production speed of Granary and Harbor. 25% faster production of Workers. Financial: +1 commerce on plots with at least 2 commerce. and you start with knowledge of Mysticim & Mining Unique unit Holkan Unique unit for Mayans; Replaces Spearman Immune to first strikes +100% vs. Mounted Units Unique building Ball Court; for the Maya; Replaces Colosseum +3 +1 per 20% rate Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: N/A Challenger Class Equalizers: N/A To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 1 October 2018, server local time (UTC-6:00). From that date and time, you'll be able to get your chosen starting save here: http://gotm.civfanatics.net/civ4games/index.php?month=70161 Submit the save after your victory (or defeat) here, by 1 November 2018. 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 3.19.003 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.