It’s turn 79, and I’m basically screwed by bats. Here’s my heartland:
The surface above that is all bats too, incidentally. The land that he’s taking now is comparatively less important; I’m already neutered by the cataclysms, astral corruption, and the loss of my capital and very many mages. I can’t win this game, and it is unlikely that Xibalba can win it. Tíen Chí is getting involved though, so maybe he can do something.
The game isn’t actually over yet, but eh.
The obvious mistake I made was my pretender. It was pretty much useless. It didn’t cost that much, so my scales were good, but I could have gotten a better deal even there with an ageless olm, and it would have been quite useful to have a late-game caster. What’s more, with my strong dominion, I could have used the Risen Oracle heavily and had Immortality save it in most cases even against stuff like Vecna. My expansion was kind of bad, but overall I don’t think that was my biggest failing, partly because I had other substantial advantages there; the tons of caves and general slow pace of this game were in my favor.
Anyway, there’s been a poll created to decide the winner of the game. It’ll continue regardless, since the admin isn’t around to close it out, but here’s the poll:
Note that by the usual metrics of victory and success, the winner is Xibalba.