Steppes and temperate woodlands are separated by a single trade route. The players' teams are divided into north and south. The southern team must defend against early cavalry aggression. Players start with a Command Post instead of a Town Center. It features three special technologies:
The Deluge was a period of instability in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth between 1648 and 1667, in which it suffered invasions by Sweden and Russia and a Cossack uprising. This period marks the end of the Polish Golden Age in force since 1569.
One of the most notable effects of the devastating Deluge was the subsequent weakening of Poland's international standing. While Sweden destroyed more, Russia also took part and was second only to Sweden in the level of destruction. With the entire Polish nation crippled by the Swedes and Russians, Russia was able to rise, found the Russian Empire in the early 18th century, and play a major role in the Partitions of Poland in the latter half of the 18th century.
The occupation of the Commonwealth by Sweden, Russia, Brandenburg and Khmelnytsky's Cossacks.
Nineteenth-century reimagining of the 1655 Siege of Jasna Góra.
"Charles X Gustav in skirmish with Tatars at the battle of Warsaw, July 29, 1656." Johan Philip Lemke, oil on canvas, 1684.