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One More Turn Season 2 Commentary
By DanQ at 2015-05-27 16:34
Image Most of the cast, and all of the crew, revisit the show's second season and share what they see for the next. The seventh One More Turn bonus feature production, a commentary on the show's second season, is now available. It has a runtime of 01h28m09s. OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the dramedy's writer and creator.

A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series.

This production concludes One More Turn's sophomore season; renewed for a third season also to consist of thirteen episodes, it is to premiere this fall.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-05-26 16:37
The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 35 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Kaitzilla for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1718651 points.

kcd_swede was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Tatran was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
bcool - 905 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1156995 points
Kaitzilla - 705 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1718651 points
zbgayumn - 1530 BC, Duel, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 54664 points
** On-Going Gauntlets **
G-Major 137 - Space Colony, Deity, Ancient, Large, Marathon
G-Minor 199 - Domination, Monarch, Ancient, Small, Normal, Inland Sea, (check options)


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PolyCast Episode 228: "Very Clever" with Brad 'Draginol' Wardell
By DanQ at 2015-05-23 01:06
Image Nod, nod. The two-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of PolyCast, "Very Clever", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Brad "Draginol" Wardell, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 04m23s | Forum Talk
Taking on the notion that a Culture Victory in Civilization V is "redundant" is followed by ranking the luxury resources in the game (12m24s), addressing an inquiry if the Maya have the greatest religion advantage in CivV (25m19s), how much is too much production towards World Projects (31m37s), what really "grind"'s one's "gears" in CivV (38m38s) and what of a Combat Worker concept, with particulars, in the series (45m26s).
- 52m44s | Open Mic
Feedback on best teamed Civilization V civs from Episode 227.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Ironic naming, implied meaning, real question and a substantive remix.

Recording live before a listening audience every other Saturday, PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy; listeners are encouraged to follow the show on Twitter, and check out the YouTube channel for caption capability. Sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

One More Turn Season 2 Bloopers
By DanQ at 2015-05-20 18:42
Image This, that, here, there and everywhere. All the outtakes from dramedy podcast One More Turn's Season 2 episodes' recording for public consumption are now available. It has a runtime of 17m19s. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability.

OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the dramedy's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series.

The One More Turn Season 2 Commentary is to be released on May 27th, 2015.

'Rising Tide' expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth announced
By Camikaze at 2015-05-18 07:09
'Rising Tide', described as the 'first expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth', has been announced.

From the official announcement:
Quote:
After the first wave of great colony ships departed Earth, the jubilation of humanity was short-lived. Those left behind fell into a violent struggle over the quickly-diminishing resources on their barren home world. From this tumultuous time, four new factions arose. These newcomers were grounded not in the idealism of their predecessors, but on opportunism, resilience, ruthlessness, and above all a commitment to their own survival.

Now, many decades after their first landfall on a new planet, the proud survivors of the first expeditions beyond Earth look up to see the skies darkened by a new breed of pioneers.

Beyond Earth extended the Civilization franchise from its historical setting into the possible futures of science fiction. Rising Tide extends Beyond Earth to new frontiers on the planet’s surface and beneath its seas, adding even more choices and diplomatic options as you continue to build “just one more turn” toward a new vision for the future of humanity.

FEATURES
  • Colonize the Ocean: Build floating settlements and access natural resources hidden beneath the seas of the alien planet. Alien beasts with unique abilities inhabit the water and challenge the player in new ways. The ocean provides a fully replayable map, new gameplay mechanics and strategic possibilities for players to reign supreme on their new world.
  • Dynamic Leader Traits: Players and AI Leaders alike unlock new Traits through gameplay and activate different combinations to respond to the changing world. These dynamic sets of Traits also provide benefits and add to the new Diplomacy system, governed by the new Fear and Respect attributes.
  • New, Enhanced Diplomatic Options: Shape the diplomatic landscape by using political capital to upgrade your traits, change diplomatic relationships, and leverage the benefits of your allies’ traits.
  • New Sponsors: Four new factions have been added to the game including Al Falah, nomad explorers descended from wealthy and resilient Middle Eastern states that possess a rich cultural and commercial heritage.
  • New Artifact System: Collect and combine powerful relics to unlock new perks, unit upgrades, and buildings for your faction on the new world.
  • New Hybrid Units: Affinities are competing visions for the future of humanity. By investing in multiple Affinities, rather than specializing in just one, players can unlock special hybrid Affinity units and upgrades.
  • New Biomes: Two new world types have been added. Primordial worlds are rife in volcanic activity and the chaotic landscape of a world still forming. Frigid worlds have cooled in their great age, their surfaces covered with icy oceans and frozen tundra.
Gamespot article >>> http://www.gamespot.com/articles/col.../1100-6427385/

PCGamer article >>> http://www.pcgamer.com/civilization-...ion-announced/

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-05-17 08:20

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 59 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to AusCG for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a King, Domination, Epic, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW] game for 24100 points.

mycivs was the most active player during this update, submitting 10 games.

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
AusCG - 2010 BC, Turn 149, 2122 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Babinski - 1525 AD, Turn 215, 2809 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 225 BC, Turn 106, 3580 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Arborea, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1565 AD, Turn 223, 3615 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Mesix - 3850 BC, Turn 10, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 250 AD, Turn 375, 3492 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 350 AD, Turn 385, 3900 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW]
teqofc - 1824 AD, Turn 282, 2132 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie) [BNW]
teqofc - 1725 AD, Turn 255, 2549 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
teqofc - 1785 AD, Turn 267, 2609 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
vadalaz - 1625 AD, Turn 235, 2629 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
vadalaz - 1575 AD, Turn 225, 2935 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
zenmaster - 1305 AD, Turn 281, 3718 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Large, Large Islands, Netherlands (William) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor C - Diplomacy, Prince, Tiny, Archipelago, Standard, Portugal (Maria I)
1st zenmaster - 1490 AD T-209
2nd mycivs -1545 AD T-219
3rd walkyc - 1836 AD T-288

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor CI - Science, Chieftain, Standard, Fractal, Quick, Shoshone (Pocatello) (check options)


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TurnCast Episode 57: "Asking For It"
By DanQ at 2015-05-16 15:32
Image Just are. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-seventh episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Asking For It", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to tolerance test, little scary, getting through, in honour and how much.

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast on which Quick and Makahlua serve as regular co-hosts; the modding-centric ModCast was the first, and the console-centric RevCast the second, such spin-off. The fourth spin-off, SCivCast, covers Civ on social media.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-05-10 18:29
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 33 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Chieftain, Domination game for 1,294,900 points.

Tatran was the most active player during this update, submitting 5 games.

kcd_swede was the most active player during this update, submitting 5 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kcd_swede - 1907 AD, Tiny, Normal, Deity, Cultural game for 25003 points
kcd_swede - 1753 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 45737 points
NobleZarkon - 2875 BC, Duel, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 59753 points
Pollina - 610 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 140311 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 198 - Cultural, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Medium and Small, (check options)
1st chaotichero 1705 AD
2nd kcd_swede 1710 AD
3rd ric_hard 1894 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 199 - Domination, Monarch, Ancient, Small, Normal, Inland Sea, (check options)


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PolyCast Episode 227: "Rinse, Repeat"
By DanQ at 2015-05-08 23:28
Image As directed. The two-hundred-and-twenty-seventh episode of PolyCast, "Rinse, Repeat", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host "Peng Qi". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m09s | Miscellaneous
Civilization IV modder Gabriel "Rhye" Trovato is set to present a paper with the game's Lead Designer, Soren Johnson, arguing for a particular approach to gameplay; then, a 500+ turn Freeciv battle pitting 100 civilizations all controlled by that game's Artificial Intelligence (AI) against one another (06m39s).
- 52m50s | Forum Talk
Giving most Civilization V civilizations a buff to compare against three of their counterparts is followed by which two would make a good team in the game (27m37s) and embassy exchanges or not (34m07s); then, what if companies (38m35s) and/or websites (41m33s) were CivV civs and what are one's guilty pleasures in the game (44m57s).
- 52m44s | Theatre
The telling of recent Civilization V gameplay experiences and on the promise of more.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Saw the sign, guessing game and the first "Question of the Episode" asks: What if PolyCast was a civ?

Recording live before a listening audience every other Saturday, PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy; listeners are encouraged to follow the show on Twitter, and check out the YouTube channel for caption capability. Sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

One More Turn Episode 213: "Too Little, Too Late"
By DanQ at 2015-05-06 17:55
Image While two play to determine who the force to be reckoned with is, a reckoning with even greater force materializes. The thirteenth and final episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Too Little, Too Late", it has a runtime of 09m28s. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability.

OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. The OMT Season 2 Blooper Reel is to be published on May 20th, 2015.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-05-03 07:33

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 109 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to zenmaster for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Celts (Boudicca) [BNW] game for 11500 points.

Svinopes was the most active player during this update, submitting 26 games.

Only 7 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
dribnairb - 1869 AD, Turn 888, 2354 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Marathon, Large, Continents, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1590 AD, Turn 228, 3084 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 125 AD, Turn 120, 2770 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1804 AD, Turn 272, 3090 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Austria (Maria Theresa) [BNW]
mycivs - 1848 AD, Turn 294, 2681 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Continents, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
mycivs - 1765 AD, Turn 263, 1776 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Continents, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
namib - 1836 AD, Turn 288, 1443 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Fractal, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 665 AD, Turn 433, 746 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, France (Napoleon) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 250 BC, Turn 325, 3028 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 160 BC, Turn 334, 1218 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 535 AD, Turn 407, 3825 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Maya (Pacal) [BNW]
vadalaz - 100 AD, Turn 119, 3291 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Byzantium (Theodora) [BNW]
vadalaz - 375 AD, Turn 130, 3669 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
zenmaster - 3010 BC, Turn 66, 1875 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
zenmaster - 2760 BC, Turn 31, 2166 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LIX - Time, King, Standard, Terra, Standard, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) - High Score Wins!
1st Mesix - 9381 points
2nd Peets - 7568 points
3rd keg - 7076 points

G-Minor XCIX - Culture, King, Standard, Tiny Islands, Standard, Huns (Attila) (check options)
1st Svinopes - 175 AD T-122
2nd zenmaster - 275 AD T-126
3rd ssjos - 450 AD T-133

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LX - Domination, Deity, Standard, Arborea, Standard, Any Leader
G-Minor C - Diplomacy, Prince, Tiny, Archipelago, Standard, Portugal (Maria I)


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ModCast Episode 57: "Kicking and Screaming"
By DanQ at 2015-05-02 15:31
Image Stand back. The fifty-seventh episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "Kicking and Screaming" with a runtime of 62m27s, features regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin" and Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and first-time guest co-host John "Neirai".

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 03m50s | Modding Spotlight
What inspires, encourages, makes and promotes the series of Canadian First Nations Modification (MOD) Packs by "Neirai".
- 24m58s | Miscellaneous
The one step forward, and two steps back, that would be pay-for Civilization MODs.

ModCast is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast; fellow sibling RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

One More Turn Episode 212: "Let's Get It Started"
By DanQ at 2015-04-29 20:10
Image Riley and Avery confront each other while others try to figure out how best to relate to one or the other. The twelfth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Let's Get It Started", it has a runtime of 08m42s. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability.

OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. The thirteen episode, and Season 2 finale, is to be released on May 06th, 2015.

Rhye to present paper at 'Foundations of Digital Games' Conference
By Camikaze at 2015-04-28 06:04
In June this year at the 'Foundations of Digital Games' conference in California, Rhye, creator of the Civ4 mod Rhye's and Fall of Civilization, will present a paper entitled "Procedurally Generated History: building a game ecosystem through autoplay", which he has co-authored with Civ4 Lead Designer Soren Johnson. The abstract of the paper is as follows:
Quote:
Generating interesting game worlds is an ongoing challenge within Procedural Content Generation (PCG). While the use of algorithms for automatically generating content could potentially bring many advantages, the content itself is often random and not well-crafted. In this paper we explore a potential solution to this issue by creating meaning through procedurally tracing a “history” of the game world while constructing it. We introduce a novel approach, called Procedurally Generated History (PGH), which consists of building a game world history through controlled autoplay. The resulting game ecosystem is expected to be engaging and balanced as hand-made content, while still preserving replayability. PGH was implemented in a modpack for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. Tests with the modpack demonstrated the soundness and balance of the results of the PGH approach.
The conference runs from 22 June to 25 June in Pacific Grove, CA, and you can register for the event here. The 'Foundations of Digital Games' website notes that the conference "seeks to promote the exchange of information concerning the scientific foundations of digital games, technology used to develop digital games, and the study of digital games and their design, broadly construed."

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-04-26 10:33
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 37 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Standard, Marathon, Warlord, Domination game for 530931 points.

Seraiel was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Tatran was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Mad2rix - 1380 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Religious game for 21829 points
Pangaea - 1330 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Conquest game for 255792 points
Seraiel - Jan 2012 AD, Small, Marathon, Deity, Diplomatic game for 4715 points
Seraiel - Jul 1982 AD, Small, Marathon, Deity, Diplomatic game for 6573 points
Seraiel - Jan 1895 AD, Small, Marathon, Deity, Diplomatic game for 5937 points
Seraiel - Jan 2050 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Time game for 91283 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 136 - Any Condition, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Hemispheres, France - High Score Wins! (check options)
1st erikthecelt 241,314 points
2nd chaotichero 156,821 points
3rd enKage 112,925 points

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 137 - Space Colony, Deity, Ancient, Large, Marathon


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