Advertisement
Civilization Fanatics' Center  

Go Back   Civilization Fanatics' Center

General

Civilization V

Civilization IV

Civilization IV: Colonization

Civilization Revolution

Civilization III

Civilization II

Civilization I

 
PolyCast Episode 197: "Ready for the Awesomeness"
By DanQ at 2014-04-18 23:21
Image Saying it is so. The one-hundred-and-ninety-seventh episode of PolyCast, "Ready for the Awesomeness", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew with returning guest co-host Izzy "Izmir Stinger" Stinger and first-time guest co-host Jake "adwcta". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m14s | News
Much anticipation leads to the announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth at PAX East 2014, already being seen by many as the spiritual successor to 1999's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri; then, word that the GameSpy Multiplay service is being shut down at the end of May gets some attention -- and a suggested workaround -- from the Civ community (13m11s).
- 24m24s | Open Mic
Responding to feedback from Episode 196 with extended consideration to one inquiry followed by what the panelists themselves would like to see added, possibly even brought back into, Civilization and specifically CivV (35m19s).
- 43m18s | Theatre
One panelist's account of dealing with the loss of their civilization's capital city which had been carrying much of its science output... without rage quitting.
- 46m28s | Forum Talk
Implications for Civilization V gameplay are analyzed in a response to a suggestion to have one's playstyle choose their Ideology as opposed to player choice.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Lack of coordination and pontificating future Civ series title timelines.

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.

Civ sales figures revealed
By Camikaze at 2014-04-18 16:01
During the last week, some sales figures for the Civilization series, and Civ5 in particular, have come to light. During their PAX East Mega Panel, Firaxis revealed that the Civilization-series has sold 21 million copies throughout its history. It is unclear whether this number includes expansions or simply the base games. Meanwhile, an Ars Technica article has revealed that 5.84 million copies of Civ5 are owned on Steam, making it the 16th most-owned game on Steam. It is unlikely that this number includes the Gods & Kings and Brave New World expansions, as both these expansions are treated as DLC on the one Civ5 launcher. Further analysis is even more encouraging for Civ5, with many of the games higher on the list being owned by a high proportion of people who have not played at least six minutes. Whereas Portal, for example, is owned by 7.4 million people, of whom 5 million have actually played the game, 5.4 million of Civ5's 5.84 million owners have played the game. This makes Civ5 the 8th most played game on Steam by number of people. Civ5 climbs to 5th in total hours played, with 743 million. The mean number of hours per owner for Civ5 is 127.3 hours.

For more details and graphs, see the Ars Technica article >>> http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/0...popular-games/
Watch the PAX East Mega Panel >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llownjzhy_4
Discussion in the Civ5 forums >>> http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=524507

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-04-16 19:38

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 63 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

keg was the most active player during this update, submitting 12 games.

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update


Feurisson - 1890 AD, Turn 215, 776 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Quick, Small, Continents, Portugal (Maria I) [BNW]
kcd_swede - 3895 BC, Turn 7, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 1780 BC, Turn 37, 1972 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 3310 BC, Turn 46, 14533 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 2515 BC, Turn 99, 1550 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Memoryjar - 1892 AD, Turn 316, 1604 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, France (Napoleon) [BNW]
Memoryjar - 1868 AD, Turn 304, 3181 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Indonesia (Gajah Mada) [BNW]
moriarte - 1790 AD, Turn 268, 5426 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Huge, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
mycivs - 1862 AD, Turn 301, 1440 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Huge, Pangaea, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid) [BNW]
SpikeSpy - 1508 AD, Turn 649, 1855 points, Deity, Culture, Marathon, Huge, Ice Age, Byzantium (Theodora) [BNW]
TractorBoy - 1866 AD, Turn 203, 1367 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Tiny Islands, Siam (Ramkhamhaeng) [G&K]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor LXXIV - Domination, Warlord, Standard, Fractal, Quick, Mongolia (Genghis Khan)
1st thorak - 160 AD T-79
2nd Foamfollower - 290 AD T-83
3rd Cromagnus - 770 AD T-99

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor LXXV - Science, Settler, Standard, Tiny Islands, Standard, Poland (Casimir III)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

One More Turn Episode 103: "11,236"
By DanQ at 2014-04-16 15:35
Image Carson fronts Caleb about where's been and finds he doesn't like where the conversation is going. The third episode of the dramedy podcast One More Turn (OMT) is now available. Entitled "11,236", it has a runtime of 08m02s. 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. Its ongoing first season has thirteen episodes in total.

The fourth episode of One More Turn is to be released on April 23rd, 2014.

TurnCast Episode 46: "Take That Tone"
By DanQ at 2014-04-12 13:12
Image Hear yourself. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the forty-sixth episode TurnCast (TC) entitled "Take That Tone". Now netcasting with a runtime of 09m59s snippets include party fun, hurrying up, taking already, every go and no worry.

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.

'Civilization: Beyond Earth' announced!
By Camikaze at 2014-04-12 11:00
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth has been announced by 2K and Firaxis Games. Slated for a fall/autumn release in North America and priced at $49.99, the game is being developed by Firaxis for Windows-based PC, and will be coming to Mac and Linux via Aspyr Media.

Civ: Beyond Earth is billed as a ‘science fiction-themed entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise’, delving into humanity’s future on an alien world. In a press release, Sid Meier is quoted as saying, “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”

The game features revealed are as follows:
  • Seed the Adventure – Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.
  • Alien World – Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.
  • New Technology Web – Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • New Quest System – Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.
  • New Orbital Layer – Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
In addition, the press release has stated that Civ: Beyond Earth ‘will be among the first wave of products optimized for the latest in AMD graphics t[echn]ologies, including: the new Mantle graphics API, for enhanced graphics performance; AMD CrossFire™, for UltraHD resolutions and extreme image quality; and AMD Eyefinity, which allows for a panoramic gameplay experience on up to six different HD displays off of a single graphics card.’

Three screenshots of the game in this early stage of development have been released to the press, revealing a strong resemblance to Civ5, with hexagonal tiles and a familiar graphic style, though overlayed with the ‘dangerous terrain’, ‘mystical resources’, and ‘hostile lifeforms’ referred to. However, the 2K press release makes absolutely no mention of Civ5, indicating a desire to develop a complete standalone title. The description of the game and aforementioned features, meanwhile, strongly indicate that Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri has served as inspiration for Civ: Beyond Earth, potentially providing a spiritual successor for fans of the acclaimed 1999 game.

We will shortly be setting up a discussion forum for Civ: Beyond Earth, where you’ll be able to find out all you need to know in the coming months leading up to release.

High quality screenshots:
Spoiler:

Spoiler:

Spoiler:

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-04-10 19:37
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 38 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Seraiel for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Race game for 268134 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 - 870 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 122015 points
Pollina - 1290 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 84733 points
Seraiel - 1424 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Race game for 268134 points
Tatran - 1782 AD, Duel, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 77420 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 185 - Conquest, Prince, Ancient, Small, Quick, Boreal, (check options)
1st lymond 860 AD
2nd raistlin1967 1620 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 186 - Cultural, Chieftain, Ancient, Standard, Epic, Pangaea, (check options)


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

One More Turn Episode 102: "Best Before 1998"
By DanQ at 2014-04-09 16:41
Image Carson offers some blunt advice, but later tries the... subtle approach. The second episode of the dramedy podcast One More Turn (OMT) is now available. Entitled "Best Before 1998", it has a runtime of 07m54s. 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. Its ongoing first season has thirteen episodes in total.

The third episode of One More Turn is to be released on April 16th, 2014.

PolyCast Episode 196: "Far to the Side"
By DanQ at 2014-04-05 13:21
Image Looking that way. The one-hundred-and-ninety-sixth episode of PolyCast, "Far to the Side", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Sal "Thorburne" Serio and first-time guest co-host Trevor "Talcove" Alcove. Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m58s | Open Mic
A past guests checks-in with a voicemail on a new Civilization V: Brave New World tournament coming together followed by an email from "red" on more specialized versus generalized civilizations (08m05s) and then responding to both feedback on Episode 192 (15m25s; recorded for Episode 193) and then Episode 195 (19m46s).
- 31m04s | Forum Talk
An apparent hangup on using Tank units in CivV and the fork in the road that is settling for Hill and Rilver, Hill and Mountain or River and Mountain (35m14s).
- 40m03s | Miscellaneous
A 'Top 10' of good and bad jokes about Civilization V (recorded for Episode 190) and an update to the Macintosh version of the game to improve performance (44m21s).
- 46m43s | News
Civilizations to be included, and timeline for open beta, on the upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) title Civilization: Online from developer XL Games and CivV developer Firaxis Games to be at PAX East 2014 and what they're teasing to reveal (51m59s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Passing one-more-turnitis success onto a loved one, and the show has a cousin in a new audio dramedy series from some known entities.

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 101: "First Names"
By DanQ at 2014-04-02 19:44
Image Three's company becomes a crowd when one finds themselves in between the other two. The first episode of the dramedy podcast One More Turn (OMT) is now available. Entitled "First Names", it has a runtime of 06m34s. 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.

The premiere outing of the 13-episode first season features the voice talents of Scott "AlphaShard Dirk, Stephanie "Makahlua" and its writer and creator Daniel "DanQ" Quick. The latter two serve as regular co-hosts on the Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast and Dirk is a recurring guest co-host. Quick also created the previously concluded real-time strategy and live-action blend machinima Age of Nations.

The second episode of One More Turn is to be released on April 9th, 2014.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-04-01 19:58

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 113 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Cromagnus for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Prince, Time, Standard, Tiny, Lakes, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW] game for 16578 points.

TractorBoy was the most active player during this update, submitting 15 games.

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
curtmcgurt - 1840 BC, Turn 54, 2220 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]
Dignitas - 140 BC, Turn 336, 5500 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) [BNW]
dinanipedro - 1834 AD, Turn 287, 2287 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
dinanipedro - 1745 AD, Turn 259, 1958 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]
dinanipedro - 1750 AD, Turn 260, 1736 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
moriarte - 1836 AD, Turn 288, 4366 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Huge, Continents, Ottomans (Suleiman) [BNW]
moriarte - 1820 AD, Turn 280, 4896 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Huge, Pangaea, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
moriarte - 1090 AD, Turn 169, 4193 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]
mycivs - 1956 AD, Turn 376, 3994 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid) [BNW]
nerovats - 2050 AD, Turn 330, 3555 points, Deity, Time, Quick, Duel, Archipelago, Maya (Pacal) [BNW]
thorak - 1555 AD, Turn 221, 3286 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Lakes, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW]
TractorBoy - 2860 BC, Turn 19, 6200 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [G&K]
TractorBoy - 3205 BC, Turn 53, 4200 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Germany (Bismark) [G&K]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major XLVI - Time, Prince, Tiny, Lakes, Standard, Any Leader - High Score Wins!
1st Cromagnus - 16,578 Points
2nd zenmaster - 15,648 Points
3rd Foamfollower - 14,625 Points

G-Minor LXXIII - Culture, Prince, Standard, Small Continents, Standard, Brazil (Pedro II) (check options)
1st Foamfollower - 1080 AD T-168
2nd thorak - 1130 AD T-173
3rd VuVVn - 1170 AD 177

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major XLVII - Culture, Emperor, Standard, Inland Sea, Standard, Sweden (Gustavus Adolphus) (check options)
G-Minor LXXIV - Domination, Warlord, Standard, Fractal, Quick, Mongolia (Genghis Khan)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

'Mod of the Week' on Facebook & Twitter
By Camikaze at 2014-03-29 16:10
The CivFanatics staff is currently looking into ways to increase our presence in social media, particularly on Facebook on Twitter. Our first project of this sort is to feature a "Mod of the Week". We think this is a good way to show what CFC has to offer on the whole and to give specific mods more exposure.

As the title would suggest, every week we will be featuring a mod on our Facebook page and Twitter account, chosen from those submitted for consideration throughout the week. Civ5 mods will likely be featured fortnightly, with Civ4 mods and Civ3 mods being featured in the weeks in between.

In order to have your mod or your favourite mod featured, all you have to do is the following:
  • Visit the 'Mod of the Week' thread in the correct C&C subforum - Civ5, Civ4 or Civ3.
  • Follow the instructions therein, posting in 200 words or less a summary of the mod, its features and its significance.
  • Provide links to any relevant discussion/info thread, and to the download.
  • Preferably provide a cover image, screenshot, or other artwork for the mod.

To kick 'Mod of the Week' off and provide an example of what we're looking for, this week's featured mod is the brand new Civ5 Indian Civilization Pack! See the Facebook post here.

If you have any other ideas for content on our Facebook & Twitter accounts, or if you have miscellaneous content of interest to submit for us to post (e.g. artwork), feel free to post here or let us know via PM.

TurnCast Episode 45: "Five Tiles Behind"
By DanQ at 2014-03-29 15:44
Image Halfway there. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and new regular player "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the forty-fifth episode TurnCast (TC) entitled "Five Tiles Behind". Now netcasting with a runtime of 09m59s snippets include unintentional proof, going there, all costs, like clockwork and forgiving permission.

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 2014-03-26 11:21
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 44 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Sir Drake for the highest score of the update with a Small, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 205,305 points.

raistlin1967 was the most active player during this update, submitting 8 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kovacsflo - 1460 AD, Huge, Normal, Deity, Cultural game for 64813 points
Pious_Pete - 1742 AD, Large, Epic, Deity, Cultural game for 40688 points
Sir Drake - 1756 AD, Small, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 205305 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 125 - Domination, Prince, Ancient, Large, Normal, Ottoman (check options)
1st Skipity 1510 AD
2nd Pollina 1575 AD
3rd lymond 1630 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 126 - Diplomatic, Monarch, Ancient, Standard, Epic, Terra, Arabia (check options)


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

PolyCast Episode 195: "That's a Different Argument"
By DanQ at 2014-03-22 17:55
Image To say the least. The one-hundred-and-ninety-fifth episode of PolyCast, "That's a Different Argument", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Chaz "chazzycat". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m59s | Senate
A focus on the gateway that is Morocco in Civilization V: Brave New World followed by a similar treatment for Portugal (15m56s).
- 29m10s | Research Lab
What if a would-be Civilization VI's map was a hexagon tessellated sphere and then given this, what about global warming mechanics (34m54s).
- 46m35s | Open Mic
Responding to criticism and praise for the show's one-hundred-and-ninty-third episode (recorded for Episode 194).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Learning word choice and suggestive joining.

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.

 
Who's online
There are currently 185 users and 1170 guests online.

Advertisement


Marketplace

Miscellaneous

Hosted Sites

Affiliates

Hosted By

Share
Bookmark and Share


Advertisement

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
This site is copyright Civilization Fanatics' Center.
Support CFC: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon CA | Amazon FR