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Civ5 patch released (!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-27 15:39
A patch has been released for Civ5. It should automatically download when you open Steam. The patch notes are as follows:
• Fixed tech overflow bug that could allow a user to get free tech each turn for multiple turns. The size of the maximum allowable science overflow is now set at 5 turns of science (about the same as a unmodified research agreement) OR the unmodified cost of the last tech researched, whichever is larger. AI also understands this adjustment.
• Fixed a multiplayer bug that would allow a player to steal everything from another player when trading.

• Allow Conquest of the New World achievements to be unlocked when playing the Deluxe version of the scenario.
• Slight nerf to Tradition, and a boost to Piety (by adding one more prerequisite for Legalism and taking one away from Reformation).
• Scale warmonger penalties by era (50% of normal strength in Ancient up to 90% in Industrial; 100% thereafter). Penalties for warmongering vs. City-States halved.
• Added Cocoa and Bison resources from the Conquest Deluxe scenario into the main game.

• The autoslotting of human players when loading a saved game in LAN multiplayer was broken when trying to play round-to-round. This has been fixed.
• Players now properly exit LAN games when they encounter a version mismatch.
• Players can now set their nick name in LAN games.
• Fixed an issue where player would get stuck on the joining multiplayer game screen if they used an incomplete IP address while attempting to join by ip address.
• Notifications are no longer considered “broadcast” unless the player is connected to the game. This will make it easier to communicate information to players who were not connected when the message was broadcast.
• Players now unready themselves if the host changes the game settings before the game started.
• The number of player slots available was not updating for connected remote clients when the host increased the map size on the staging room.
• Fixed an issue causing AI civs that used to be players to still have the player's Steam name after the player leaves in Multiplayer.
• A player's name in the staging room chat panel no longer swaps if they swapped player slots.
• Some multiplayer notifications can now expire at the end of the next turn.
• Some multiplayer notifications will not expire until the player has network connected to the game.
• Multiple hot-joining bugs fixed in Pitboss.

• The icon no longer changes to a spinning globe during diplomacy (this normally means the game is busy).
• Don't show a third-party civ or City-State on the trade panel list to "Declare War" or "Make Peace" unless both players have met that civ or City-State.
Discuss the patch in our Civ5 General Discussions forum >>>

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-10-26 08:45
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 52 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Warlord, Domination game for 851975 points.

NobleZarkon was the most active player during this update, submitting 13 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Pollina - 525 BC, Standard, Normal, Deity, Religious game for 28263 points
Seraiel - 990 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Conquest game for 206803 points
Sgtpeppers - 1300 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 41051 points
Sgtpeppers - 1826 AD, Duel, Normal, Deity, Space Colony game for 33561 points
Sgtpeppers - 1475 AD, Duel, Epic, Deity, Cultural game for 40019 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 132 - Conquest, Monarch, Ancient, Large, Quick, Oasis, (check options)
1st shulec 1785 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 133 - Diplomatic, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Marathon, Inland Sea, Native America (check options)

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TurnCast Episode 51: "Had at Hello"
By DanQ at 2014-10-25 16:46
Image Swoon. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-first episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Had at Hello", its runtime is double the normal run at 19m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to was secret, was interesting, clicking this, coming from and come on.

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.

Beyond Earth demo available!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-24 17:05
If you're not sure about buying the game, a 100 turn demo of Beyond Earth (with a number of fixed options) is available on the Steam store page.

Civ BE giveaway
By ainwood at 2014-10-24 13:07 have a competition to give away 3 copies of Civilization: Beyond Earth. All you need to do is visit their site and check out the promotion. Make sure you tell them that you saw it here!

For UK residents, there is also two days left in a competition from Curse, which is giving away 15 copies of Beyond Earth as well as a custom Beyond Earth gaming rig.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth released worldwide!
By leif erikson at 2014-10-23 12:09
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth has made planetfall, unlocking in the Asia Pacific region before a later release across the rest of the world. Designed by co-leads David McDonough and Will Miller, Beyond Earth is the next major instalment in the illustrious Civilization series, and the first major instalment since 2010's Sid Meier's Civilization V.

CivFanatics provides a number of different forums for the new title.

CivBE - General Discussions
  • This forum is for all discussions of your experiences with the game, or anything that doesn't fit into the other forums!
CivBE - BE Ideas & Suggestions
  • If you have an idea for how the game could be made better, post it here. Ideas from the CivFanatics forums have made it into the Civ games before!
CivBE - Bug Reports
  • All games have their flaws. If you find a bug, please post about it here. This helps the game developers know what to fix, so the game can be patched and improved.
CivBE - Strategy & Tips
  • If you want to discuss optimal strategies or learn how to improve your play, this forum is for you.
CivBE - Creation & Customization
  • For everything modding. There are various subforums, whether they be for asking questions about how to mod, or for organising a big project.
CivBE - Stories & Let's Plays
  • If you have a story to tell or a video to share, or are interested in the stories and videos of others, check out this forum.
CivBE - Multiplayer
  • Organise games with others or discuss issues particular to the multiplayer game.
CivBE - Tech Support
  • If you require help with any tech issues, try asking in this forum.

PolyCast's Swag Contest, Episode 213 Celebration of "Civ: Beyond Earth" Release
By DanQ at 2014-10-22 18:49
Image 'Ask and Ye Shall Receive' Contest
Take a day or two, even ten, to think to ask to receive. PolyCast (PC), the bi-weekly podcast giving the Civilization community an interactive voice on game strategy, is running the 'Ask and Ye Shall Receive' content celebrating the release of Civilization: Beyond Earth on October 24th. As you play this newest installment in the Civ franchise, think about what questions or even questions you would like to ask developer Firaxis Games. Then ask any and all of them in response to this thread on/by October 31st for a chance to win limited edition game swag.

1st Prize: "Firaxicon Swag Bag" (BE backpack, keychain, mousepad with XCOM dogtag and shotglass)
2nd Prize: Choice of 'CivAnon' or Penny Arcade eXpo (PAX) exclusive 'Diplomatic' shirt
3rd Prize: BE "Lush Biome" poster

From all entries received, PC regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" will compile a "Top 10" -- a show tradition -- and forward onto BE's developer for answering. The top three ranked questions which are answered will receive a prize described above; name, postal address, email address and telephone number will be required for shipping. Like BE's release, this contest is open worldwide: must be 18 years of age or older. To-be prize recipients will be contacted via email.

Episode 213 Celebration
Be apart of recording of PolyCast Episode 213 this Saturday, October 25th starting at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter). Join the live recording of this audience participation driven episode in the sharing of initial thoughts, experiences and insights of Civilization: Beyond Earth play released the day before.

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:

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)

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