GOTM 81: Builder or Warmonger Are you a builder or a warmonger?, that is the choice you have to make this month. The ancient land bridge between Asia and North America has sunk beneath the waves, but which side are you on. The chinese made it across to the Americas, but the mongols didn't. You can choose to play either as Qin (contender save), or Kublai Khan (challenger save). So, are you going to build up the cities, or tear them down? To help you along, there are no barbarians. Game settings: Civilization: China or Mongolia (Leaders: Qin; Traits: Financial, Industrious. OR Kublai Khan; Traits: Aggressive, Creative.) Rivals: 6 AIs Difficulty: Prince Map: Terra Mapsize: Standard Climate: Temperate Starting Era: Ancient Speed: Normal Options: No barbs, Goody Huts NOT removed. Victory Conditions: all enabled Qin or KK: Qin is Financial and Industrious; starting with Mining and Agriculture. Your Financial trait gives +1 commerce on plots with at least 2 commerce. Your Industrious trait gives you +50% wonder production and double production speed for forges. Kublai Khan is Aggressive and Creative; starting with Hunting and The Wheel. Your Creative trait gives +2 Culture per city, double production speed of Theatre and Colosseum. Your Aggressive trait gives free Combat 1 promotion for Melee & Gunpowder units, double production speed of Barracks and Drydock. Unique unit: Cho-Ko-Nu (replaces Crossbowmen) Cho-Ko-Nu receives 2 first strikes, causes collateral damage and +50% vs. Melee Units. It requires Iron, Archery & Machinery. Unique unit: Keshik (replaces Horse Archer) Keshik 1 receives first strike, doesn't receive defensive bonuses, ignores terrain movement costs, +50% attack vs. Catapult and Trebuchet, can withdraw from combat (20% chance), flank attack vs. Catapults and Trebuchets (phew, thats a lot). It requires Horse, Horseback Riding & Archery. Starting screenshot This is the start of the game (click for a bigger image): Adventurer Class Bonuses: China at Noble: You play this game at Noble difficulty. Contender Class: China: You play this game as Qin. Challenger Class: Mongolia: You play this game as Kublai Khan Your victory will incorrectly display as a loss, please ignore and submit: To Enter the Competition: This competition will open on 1 August 2012. From that date, you'll be able to get your chosen starting save >>>here<<<. Submit the save after your victory (or defeat) here, by 1 September 2012. Software Versions Windows: This game MUST be played in Civilization 4 (NOT Warlords or BTS), 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 are encouraged to read the notes on Vista fixes here. Macintosh: This game MUST be played in Civilization 4 (NOT Warlords), patched to version 1.74, and with the Mac HOF mod version 1.74.002 installed. You can download the 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 the game outside those threads while it is in progress. Please write here or send me a Private Message for any technical queries, eg. if you have trouble opening the game. Do NOT post in this thread once you have successfully opened the starting save.