The Nobles' Club series started out as a way for Noble-level (and below) players to improve their game. Most of the original participants now play at much higher levels, so this has become a way for advanced players to help others learn to play better. You can play your own game at any level and with any mod, but it would be nice to comment on the games of other players and give them advice. Our next leader is Asoka of India, whom we last played in NC XXXIX. The Indians start with Mining and Mysticism. Traits: Asoka is Organized and Spiritual. ORG supports bigger empires by reducing maintenance costs, both directly and via cheaper Courthouses. Cheaper lighthouses mean more food sooner from coastal cities, and cheaper factories improve faster in the late game. SPI gives cheaper temples but its main role is allowing cheaper religion and civic switches for diplomacy; you don't lose turns to anarchy, and can change back five turns later. If the game lasts a long time, cheaper Cristo Redentor plus (augmented by the UB) lets you mess around with AI civics, changing yours to something bad for them, then changing back in one turn while they suffer anarchy. The UB: The Mausoleum, a Jail with +2 . It can be a good warmongering building, since the happiness boost synergizes with the Jail's -25% war weariness to reduce from prolonged war. The UU: The Fast Worker, a Worker with 3 instead of two. Some people consider this one of the strongest UUs because it lets you start improving or chopping a mine or forest on the same turn you move there, is available immediately at the start of the game, and never goes obsolete. And the start: Spoiler map details : Earth 2: an earthlike layout with somewhat crowded Old World and empty New World. On some maps you can dominate with just the old world (not sure if that's true on this one); it also favours early Astronomy to get to the New World before the AIs. Spoiler Map edits : Changed a somewhat-nearby duplicate resource to Copper. Finally, a cut and paste of our standard doctrine: The WB-saves are attached (zipped; they are bigger than standard saves). To play, simply download and unzip it into your BTS/Saves/WorldBuilder folder. Start the game, and load your favorite MOD (if you use one, if not, check out the BUG MOD), select "Play Scenario", and look for "NC LXXXI Asoka Noble" (or Monarch, etc., for higher levels). You can play with your favorite MOD at the Level and Speed of your choice. From Quick-Warlord to Marathon-Deity, all are welcome! We stuck with the name "Nobles Club" because it has a cool ring to it. Spoiler what's up with specific difficulties : In each scenario file you can select your level of difficulty, but that doesn't give the AI the right bonus techs by itself. Use the Noble save for all levels at and below Noble. The Monarch save gives all the AI Archery. Emperor adds Hunting; Immortal adds Agriculture; Deity adds The Wheel. For players on Monarch or above, you should add archery as a tech for the barbarians (if you don't, the AI will capture their cities very early). This cannot be done in the WB save file and must be done in Worldbuilder as follows: Spoiler how to add techs to the barbarians : Zoom in all the way so you can't see the rest of the map. Use the CTRL-W key (or the menu) to enter the worldbuilder. Avoid looking at the mini-map in the lower right corner. By default you're in "player" mode (look in the box in the upper right; the icon that looks like a person should be selected). You'll get a drop down menu labeled with your leader's name. Barbarians are at the bottom, so cover the rest of the list with your hand if you don't want to see who else is on the map. Select "Barbarians". Select the "Technologies" tab in the box on the left. Find Archery (the arrow head icon; 8th row, 3rd column from the right) and click it. Exit the worldbuilder. Zoom out again after the map fades, and start playing. Spoiler huts and events : Note: The standard saves have no huts and have events turned off. If you want tribal villages and random events, choose the saves with "Huts" in their names. If you want huts but no events, select the Huts saves and use Custom Scenario to turn on the option that suppresses events.