GOTM 131: Qin Shi Huang of China. Hi All.... its Christmas, and what better gift could I give to everyone than a Vanilla GOTM. We haven't had one in 6 months, I think it's about time. Seeing its Christmas, how about a Financial/Industrious leader... no, not the Incans, they didnt get those traits until Warlords! In Vanilla it is Qin and the Chinese! The map is an Inland Sea, so those bloodthirsty enough can fight away.... builders can happily trade with everyone while having a side/corner that is easy to defend... something for everyone. Who doesn't love a Cho-Ko-Nu anyway? Game settings: Playing as: Qin Shi Huang of China Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Emperor Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No barbarians Victory Conditions: All enabled Map settings: Map: Inland Sea World Wrap: None Mapsize: Worldsize_standard Climate: Climate_temperate Sea level: Sealevel_medium Qin Shi Huang is Industrious and Financial, and you start with Agriculture and Mining. The Industrious trait gives +50% wonder production and double production speed of Forge The Financial trait gives +1 commerce on any plot that already has at least 2 commerce Unique unit: Cho-Ko-Nu (replaces Crossbowman) The Cho-Ko-Nu benefits from: 2 first strikes, and can cause collateral damage (max. 60% to 5 units). This compares with the Crossbowman which has: 1 first strike, and cannot cause collateral damage. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): To Enter the Competition: This competition will open at 00:01 am on 24 Dec 2017, 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 10 Feb 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 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.