News: TSG_215 Announcement


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Oct 13, 2015
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Civilization 5 - Game of the Month Training Series Game 215
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Welcome to the 215th game in the GOTM V Training Series! This Series allows new and old Civilization V fans to try out many features from Civ5's expansions and DLCs in a friendly environment. Participants are encouraged to post questions, stories, advice, tricks and failures in the dedicated game threads (described below). Each game will specify the Civ you will play and the Victory Condition to strive for. You can read more about the GOTM and Training Series concept in this thread.

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TSG215 Details:
Game Settings:
Player (You): Theodora - Byzantium
Victory Condition: Culture
(but all other VCs are enabled)
Difficulty: Emperor
Map Type/Size: Small Continents / Standard
(8 Civs, 16 City-States)
Pace: Standard
Your Unique Characteristics:
UA: Patriarchate of Constantinople:
Choose one more belief than normal when you found a religion
UU: Cataphract (Horseman): Stronger (15 vs. 12), but slower (3 vs. 4). Also, penalty attacking cities is reduced (25% vs. 33%), and can use defensive terrain bonuses
UU: Dromon (Trireme): Ranged unit rather than melee. Range-attack 10, plus 50% bonus vs. naval units.
Required DLC: Scrambled Continents
Starting Era: Ancient
Required game options: None
Enabled game options: Quick Combat, Quick Movement
(You may turn on/off Quick Combat/Quick Movement using the game options menu at any time during gameplay.)
Game Version: This game was created in Civ5 Brave New World version

Here is where you will start:
October 2022 Byzantium.jpg

The start file is attached below.

Information about threads associated with each individual TSG - Must Read if you are new to the Game of the Month!
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TSG Announcement thread
(this one): This thread is used to announce the game and clarify the settings and rules (don't be afraid to ask questions). Its also used to discuss the game before you start, and post problems with opening the save. Please don't post any game-related info once you open and play the save. Instead use the next thread.
After Actions thread: In this thread you can post the results of your game. Please state your victory/loss date (preferably in the post title) and describe your path to glory in this post! Players are encouraged to provide feedback on the game. Some players like to replay the game, and although we will not record the results from a replay, you can still post your new experiences. The game will not be closed as such, but after one month, the results will be compiled, and will not necessarily be updated with reports coming in after the finish date.
Results and Congratulations: We will post the results at the end of the submission period in the After Actions thread (sorted by earliest date and highest score ).

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We have a game file upload system you can find here. Please use it to upload your completed first attempt by saving the game on the turn after your victory or defeat. (by using the "lemme play one more turn" feature) Please note: you must submit your game on the turn following Victory. If you continue to play, the game overwrites the data and your submission could be rejected by the submission system.
This game runs through 15 November 2022.


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Initial thoughts:
Byzantium screams for Sacred Sites. If we can get all three religious buildings that would be 6 tourism per city.

Starting location seems to be food and hammer poor, how to offset that? Sea trade routes?

Build order will probably be scout->shrine, then maybe granary for banana food bonus. Pray (lol) to be the first to found a religion. Might be tricky, gonna have to do a lot of scouting for eventual NWs / religious CSs.

Might also be fun to build a Dromon navy to protect sea trade routes, possibly bully a neighbour and/or take out the culture runway.

Small continents map looks just the same as a normal continents map iirc.
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Hmm, I'd like to settle on the Dye; but you lose the mountain. If its on a river I'll do it. Doesn't look like it though. And it'll take two moves to find out.

Small continents map looks just the same as a normal continents map iirc.
Normal continents map is usually two continents and I think small continents has more generally. And we may even be on one of our own. Most people don't like that but I kind of do; no competition for cities.
Can I also play on Epic? I never ever play on Standard speed but I do want to win this tournament, I've never won a price in my life and this is the only game I'm good at because I have cerebral palsy :(
I'll move my warrior to the deer to see if there are any sea resources. If not, I may settle on the truffles. It has fresh water and a mountain, and a lot more workable tiles.

@Slyceth Sorry, there's no way to change the game speed, it's baked into the save file (once the save file becomes available.)
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