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Beyond Earth turn-locked demo coming on release day (Oct. 24)
By Camikaze at 2014-10-22 06:04
It was revealed on today's Reddit AMA with Beyond Earth co-lead designers Will Miller & Dave McDonough that there will be a turn-locked demo available to play on release day (October 24). Thus far there are no details as to how many turns you will be able to play, but one indicator might be the Civ5 demo, which allows users to play for 100 turns.

Beyond Earth Mac & Linux release confirmed for holidays
By Camikaze at 2014-10-21 15:38
Aspyr Media has announced that Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will be released on Mac & Linux for the holiday season. The game will be available on both Steam and the Mac App Store. The Steam version will support Steam Play, meaning that if you've bought the Windows version of the game, you'll have access to the other two versions as well (and vice versa).

It has also been stated that there will be cross-platform multiplayer support for the Steam version, meaning Mac & Linux users will be able to play multiplayer games with Windows users.

Firaxicon panel videos released!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-20 22:33
The videos of the panels from last month's Firaxicon have been released, with hours of interesting viewing available on a variety of topics. The highlight for CivFanatics is probably Ed Beach's 'Choosing the Civs for Brave New World' panel, which notes the influence the CivFanatics community had on the selection of civs for the expansion.


Other videos include Will Miller & Dave McDonough's explanation of the 'Great Mistake' in Beyond Earth, Geoff Knorr & Griffin Cohen's talk on the music of both Civ5 and Beyond Earth, and Lena Brenks' insight into the localisation process.

You can find the whole playlist of videos here, and feel free to head to our Civ5 and Beyond Earth forums to discuss the panels.

Beyond Earth global unlock times announced
By Camikaze at 2014-10-20 16:08
The @CivGame twitter account has posted the following image:
Spoiler:

There are three separate unlock regions for Beyond Earth.
  • Zone 1 - unlocks October 23 at 5pm UTC ().
  • Zone 2 - unlocks October 23 at 11pm UTC ().
  • Zone 3 - unlocks October 24 at 4am UTC ().

Zone 1 includes:
  • Auckland - game unlocks on the 24th at 5am local time.
  • Sydney - game unlocks on the 24th at 4am local time.
  • Tokyo - game unlocks on the 24th at 2am local time.
  • Singapore - game unlocks on the 24th at 1am local time.
  • Mumbai - game unlocks on the 23rd at 10:30pm local time.

Zone 2 includes:
  • Moscow - game unlocks on the 24th at 3am local time.
  • Johannesburg - game unlocks on the 24th at 1am local time.
  • Berlin - game unlocks on the 24th at 1am local time.
  • Paris - game unlocks on the 24th at 1am local time.
  • London - game unlocks on the 24th at midnight local time.

Zone 3 includes:
  • Rio de Janeiro - game unlocks on the 24th at 2am local time.
  • New York - game unlocks on the 24th at midnight local time.
  • Chicago - game unlocks on the 23rd at 11pm local time.
  • Edmonton - game unlocks on the 23rd at 10pm local time.
  • Los Angeles - game unlocks on the 23rd at 9pm local time.

Zone 1 unlock:


Zone 2 unlock:


Zone 3 unlock:

Civilization V free to play this week via Steam!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-20 15:19
In preparation for the Friday launch of Beyond Earth, Civilization V has been made available for free until the 23rd. Just head to the Steam store page and select to play the game!

Beyond Earth pre-load available!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-20 15:17
If you pre-purchased Beyond Earth on Steam, the game is now available for pre-load, so you can avoid a wait when the game is finally released on Friday.

PolyCast Episode 212: "The Welcoming Committee"
By DanQ at 2014-10-18 14:09
Image Enjoy your stay. The two-hundred-and-twelfth episode of PolyCast, "The Welcoming Committee", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Stuart "GoStu". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m17s | News
It's an all-out Civilization: Beyond Earth news bonanza: revelation of no strategic view, Australian taxes heavy on the game's pricing on Steam (06m32s) and BE's system requirements revealed.
Then, Rev3Games interviews the game's co-Lead Designers while they play it (19m19s), developer Firaxis Games' "Let's Play" livestream gets underway (34m34s), Sid Meier is interviewed at the inaugural Firaxicon event (39m41s) and a report from one of those event's participants (46m11s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Misleading article title and the game developer facial hair theory.

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.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-10-17 18:44

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 60 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Acken for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Chieftain, Time, Quick, Standard, Frontier, Netherlands (William) [BNW] game for 19619 points.

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

Only 6 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update


cetti - 1840 BC, Turn 36, 2420 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Dignitas - 1546 AD, Turn 668, 3613 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Tiny, Shuffle, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
IronfighterXXX - 1470 AD, Turn 207, 3860 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
IronfighterXXX - 1390 AD, Turn 199, 4307 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]
moriarte - 1595 AD, Turn 229, 5084 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Huge, Pangaea, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1845 AD, Turn 194, 1463 points, Deity, Science, Quick, Tiny, Archipelago, India (Gandhi)
NiceOneEmlyn - 1856 AD, Turn 198, 1573 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Tiny Islands, China (Wu Zetain)
NiceOneEmlyn - 1850 AD, Turn 195, 1669 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Archipelago, France (Napoleon)
NiceOneEmlyn - 1815 AD, Turn 188, 2035 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Tiny Islands, Aztec (Montezuma)
NiceOneEmlyn - 1870 AD, Turn 205, 1604 points, Deity, Science, Quick, Tiny, Archipelago, India (Gandhi)
NiceOneEmlyn - 1854 AD, Turn 197, 1857 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Archipelago, Russia (Catherine)
stiefelm - 1862 AD, Turn 301, 1871 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Maya (Pacal) [BNW]
stiefelm - 1874 AD, Turn 307, 1831 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Maya (Pacal) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor LXXXVI - Time, Chieftain, Standard, Frontier, Quick, Netherlands (William) - High Score Wins!
1st Acken - 19,619 points
2nd Memoryjar -19,393 points
3rd vadalaz - 18029 points

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor LXXXVII - Culture, Prince, Tiny, Pangaea, Standard, Venice (Enrico Dandolo)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

Beyond Earth - one week to release!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-17 06:02

By this time next week, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will have been released worldwide. If you haven't been keeping up with all the pre-release hype, here's some of what we've seen over the past six months to whet your appetite!

'A New Beginning' Launch Trailer:
Spoiler:

Official Gameplay Walkthrough:
Spoiler:

'Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Inside Look':
Spoiler:

'The Chosen' Intro Cinematic:
Spoiler:


If you're wanting a more in-depth look at gameplay, check out MadDjinn's playthrough as the Kavithan Protectorate, or head to our Beyond Earth General Discussions forum for all the info you could ever need. For specific details of what's included in the game, check out the Confirmed Features thread, or AriochIV's Well of Souls site.

If you pre-order the game you will receive the Exoplanets Map Pack, which features a number of extra map scripts. The official Civilization website has a handy purchasing guide, but note that it does not exhaustively list all retailers offering the game, and other outlets may offer cheaper deals.

Official Beyond Earth Intro Cinematic Released
By Camikaze at 2014-10-16 01:45
The official Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth introduction cinematic has been released, a little over a week from the game's October 24 launch. Entitled 'The Chosen', the video is voiced by Fryda Wolff and charts the journey of an intrepid young woman as she travels from Earth to her new home.


Discuss the intro cinematic in our Beyond Earth General Discussions forum.

ModCast Episode 52: "Make It Fresh"
By DanQ at 2014-10-11 13:48
Image Worth the wait. The fifty-second episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "Make It Fresh" with a runtime of 53m49s, regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin" and Jan "Janboruta" Boruta with first-time guest co-host "JFD".

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 03m50s | Modding Spotlight
Thirty civilizations plus strong, the collection of works by Civilization V modder "JFD" is featured.
- 18m55s | Cartography Room
The aptly timed release of Scotland with leader Robert the Bruce from "Pouakai" and the benefits that come early, sometimes too early, in The Philistine Nation by "Leugi" (24m53s).
- 31m22s | Miscellaneous
The immersion factor: what CivV mods the panelists use to set themselves deeply and richly in the game's environment.

ModCast is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast, and this is the first "Focus" special not under that heading. Fellow sibling RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

Beyond Earth Icon Competition - win Beyond Earth swag!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-11 00:23
With the release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth just two weeks away, we're looking for a shiny, new Beyond Earth icon!

Just as we did for Civ5 (), we're running a competition to find the best 28x12 piece of art! All you have to do is design an icon, upload it in the competition thread, and then be voted the winner. After two rounds of voting we'll adopt the most popular design as our official Beyond Earth icon.

And there are prizes available! The winner will receive a Beyond Earth backpack full of Firaxis goodies from Firaxicon, thanks to 2K. The precise contents will be confirmed in the coming days.

To enter the competition, please see this thread. Entries will close one week from the beginning of that thread, and voting will take place the following week.

If you have any other artwork you think CivFanatics could use, please let us know.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-10-10 18:35
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 42 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to NobleZarkon for the highest score of the update with a Tiny, Marathon, Emperor, Domination game for 543909 points.

Sgtpeppers was the most active player during this update, submitting 16 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
elitetroops - 1210 AD, Large, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 52619 points
kovacsflo - 1455 AD, Large, Epic, Deity, Conquest game for 117080 points
Sir Drake - 1758 AD, Tiny, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 167883 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 191 - Diplomatic, Prince, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Pangaea, (check options)
1st Sgtpeppers 1720 AD
2nd Mad2rix 1898 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 192 - Religious, Emperor, Ancient, Small, Normal, Lakes, (check options)


>> Civ IV HOF
>> Full Update Details
>> Discussion Thread

Firaxicon: 'An Evening with Sid Meier' video released
By Camikaze at 2014-10-09 04:34

The centrepiece of Firaxicon last month was the evening talk with Sid Meier and Jake Solomon, covering both Sid's career and game development more generally. The talk was recorded, and has now been released on the Sid Meier's Civilization youtube channel.

Video of the panels from throughout Firaxicon will also be released soon.

PolyCast Episode 211: "There's That Little Detail"
By DanQ at 2014-10-04 10:24
Image Just a bit of a one. The two-hundred-and-eleventh episode of PolyCast, "There's That Little Detail", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew with first-time guest co-hosts Chris "Anzleon" and JM "Memoryjar" Bardet. Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 00m54s | News
More and more Civilization: Beyond Earth coverage emerges: the fifth livestream from developer Firaxis Games focuses on the game's Technology Web and mid-game choices is accompanied by two 100 turn playthroughs, the sixth livestream featuring a PolyCast regular co-host as special guest and what to find at the first ever Firaxicon event.
- 35m07s | Senate
Taking stock of the revised Arabian civilization in Civilization V brought about by its second expansion pack Brave New World.
- 45m28s | Miscellaneous
Rewinding more than two decades to find a "Let's Play" series for the original Civ, and then continuing the stroll down memory lane with a quiz covering a number of series highlights to date.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
A joke not to be and all-in multiplay.

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.

 
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