GOTM 103: Isabella of Spain. And so it was that Isabella and her small band of followers finally came upon a grassy plain by the sea. The goddess Athena visited Isabella in a dream and commanded her that these were to be the lands upon which her descendants might grow and prosper. Isabella thanked Athena and asked what after their time in the wilderness her followers would eat. And Athena in her wisdom blessed a part of the ocean and commanded shoals of fish to come there and breed. But Isabella said, "what use are fish? We cannot eat fish until we build boats and my people are hungry today." And Athena in her generosity visited the grassy lowlands and made the soil so fertile that it would sprout rice in abundance. But Isabella merely replied, "But, Athena, my people are hungry. They have wandered and trekked and fed off what few wild animals and plants they could find. What will we if barbarians come and pillage the lands? We must have reassurance that we will always be able to eat." And Athena did not wish to disappoint her followers, so she looked upon some nearby land where fine copper to make shields and annexes was buried in the ground, and transformed the copper into pastures so that sheep might freely flock there. But still Isabella was not satisfied. She said "Oh Athena, you asked us to abandon the place where we were born and journey through mountains and hills. Yet you have given us food that we do not know how to eat." And now Athena was angry. In her rage she towered high over the plain and spoke with an angry roar. "Three times have I answered your requests, and still you demand more. Very well you will have food. This land of yours will be blessed with food in abundance. Truly, you shall grow fat on the fruits of the soil. And you shall have nothing else." And then Athena left. Yet, even as Isabella contemplated the strange new white creatures called sheep, in faraway lands to the north, Hatshepsut, noble leader of the Egyptians, was praying to Horus. "We must build chariots to defend ourselves. Oh Lord, we have insufficient horses. What use are these dyes and silk when we cannot protect our lands from vile barbarians?" And Horus therefore transformed the si Unfortunately the remainder of the scrolls of the ancient Book of the Land have never been found. Game settings: Playing as: Isabella of Spain Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Noble Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: None Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Inland sea (modified) World Wrap: None Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Sea level: Low This game will probably play a somewhat harder than usual for noble. Isabella is Spiritual and Expansive, and you start with Mysticism and Fishing. The Spiritual trait gives no anarchy and double production speed of Temple The Expansive trait gives +3 health/city and double production speed of Granary and Harbor Unique unit: Conquistador (replaces Knight) The Conquistador benefits from: gets defensive bonuses, and 50% combat bonus against melee units. This compares with the Knight which has: does not get defensive bonuses. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class bonuses: You play on warlord level Challenger Class Equalizers: You play on prince level (but the game will still be scored as if on noble, and AI units are as for noble) To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 2 Jun 2014, 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 2 Jul 2014. Here is a link to a list of the differences between Vanilla, Warlords and BtS. Software Versions Windows: This game MUST be played in Civ4 Vanilla (NOT Beyond the Sword or Warlords), patched to version 1.74, and with the HOF mod version 1.74.004 installed. You can download the HOF mod here. Players using Windows Vista or Windows 7 are encouraged to read the notes on Vista fixes here. If you have not installed BtS, you will need to update the relevant DLL files in order to match the Locked Assets checks. These are available here.** Macintosh: This game MUST be played in Civ4 Vanilla (NOT Beyond the Sword or Warlords), patched to version 1.74, and with the Mac HOF mod version 1.74.002 installed. You can download the Mac HOF 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.