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Sticky: Nominate PolyCast for 2016 Podcast Awards: 'People's Choice' and 'Gaming' Categories
By DanQ at 2016-04-14 18:16
Image In December of last year PolyCast (PC), a podcast entertaining and information Civilization strategy, completed its ninth season. Help to see the show become one of the Top 10 nominees in both the "People's Choice" and "Gaming" categories of the 2016 Podcast Awards which is accepting nominations from April 15th to April 30th at 23:59PM Eastern Standard Time (North America) [timezone converter].

As noted in the rules of the awards process, the first criterion of each nominated podcast`s review grade comes from the number of nominations received during the two-week nomination period. Therefore, to ensure PolyCast has the best opportunity to be one of the Top 10 nominees to then be voted upon during a 15-day period afterwords itself, as many legitimate nominations need to be submitted for the show now. When nominating, please follow the data below for both the "People's Choice" and "Gaming" categories:

Podcast Name: PolyCast
Podcast URL: http://thepolycast.net/polycast

On behalf of the PolyCast team, please do not nominate the show for anymore than the "People's Choice" and "Gaming" categories: the aim is to focus nominations in these categories and these categories alone. Do not submit PolyCast for more than these two categories as that would invalidate your nomination. Further, please use the "Comments or questions" field to help the reviewing team understand why you feel PolyCast is deserving of being nominated in both the "People's Choice" and "Gaming" categories. Be certain to include your name and a valid email address to ensure the verification and in turn validity of your vote.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy. The show was a "Best Produced" nominee in 2008, 2010, 2012; in "Gaming", from 2008-2010 inclusive and again in 2013. Thanks in advance to all of those who decide to nominate PolyCast in the "People's Choice" and "Gaming" categories for the 2016 Podcast Awards.

PolyCast Episode 254 Topics List
By DanQ at 2016-04-28 20:50
Image This Saturday, April 30th, 2016 is to see the ninth recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast's tenth season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 254's topics list is set as follows:

Theatre
- Recent Civilization Gameplay Experiences

Forum Talk
- Longest Lasting Unit [CivV]
https://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comment...t_lasting_unit
- Preventing Other Civs From Spreading Their Religion
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=564064

Miscellaneous
- CivIV, V Leads on "Civilization at 25"
https://www.idlethumbs.net/3ma/episo...lization-at-25
(https://www.idlethumbs.net/forums/to...lization-at-25)
- Civ "Aging Gracefully"
https://www.idlethumbs.net/3ma/episo...ing-gracefully
(https://www.idlethumbs.net/forums/to...ng-gracefully/)

Open Mic
- Episode 243 Feedback
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=566297
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=566298

Intro/Outro
- CivIV Tops "Video Game Songs With Lyrics" List
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZY_vvxjLpk


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 subscribe to its YouTube channel. Episode topics list is subject to change. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

New Soren Johnson Game -- Offworld Trading Company
By Petek at 2016-04-28 16:31
Today, Stardock and Mohawk Games released Offworld Trading Company, the economic strategy game from Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson.

Set in the future, humanity has begun to colonize on Mars to try and seek new fortunes. Players take on the role of an investor trying to take control of the Martian market and take over their competition.

Offworld Trading Company is a new direction for real-time strategy where money is both your deadliest weapon and your toughest defense. With a campaign, skirmishes and daily challenges, players can enjoy a game by themselves at their leisure. If they want to connect with their friends online, the multiplayer mode can host up to 8 people for a knock-down, drag out economic brawl or they can join in ranked ladder games to see who the world’s best businessman really is.

“This game has been an idea I’ve had for a long time,” said Soren Johnson, lead designer for Offworld Trading Company and president of Mohawk Games. “I knew I wanted to create a unique real time strategy game, and when I started looking at all the possibilities, Mars just made sense for our setting.”

The real-time, player-driven market is the foundation of the game, allowing players to buy and sell resources and materials - even the food and water that the colonists need to survive. Players will need to build up enough capital to gain access to the lucrative offworld markets so that they can buy out their rivals and claim the Martian economy for themselves. But, the battle isn’t limited to the board room. Players also have access to a black market that allows them to employ some more underhanded methods for victory, such as hiring pirate raiders, or hackers to disrupt production, or sending a covert electromagnetic pulse to an opponent’s base.

“There are four major corporations in the game,” said Johnson, “and all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. When you add this to other variables within the game - like a constantly fluctuating stock market - you’re looking at a new gameplay experience every time you play.”

Offworld Trading Company is now available on Steam or through Stardock. For more information about Offworld Trading Company, please visit www.offworldgame.com.




Civilization IV Hall of Fame Update
By NobleZarkon at 2016-04-25 05:22
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 21 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to cseanny for the highest score of the update with a Small, Normal, Immortal, Diplomatic game for 266,884 points.

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

No players were brave enough to take on Deity this update.

A number of players gained number one positions on harder difficulty levels:
cseanny with a 1020 AD, Small, Normal, Immortal, Diplomatic game for 266884 points.

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

PolyCast Episode 253: "Super Effective"
By DanQ at 2016-04-22 23:20
Image Dare said. The two-hundred-and-fifty-third episode of PolyCast, "Super Effective", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Stephanie "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew with returning guest co-hosts Lisa "qnl" Bang, a former regular, and Brandon "bcaiko" Keith Hallmark. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m48s | Forum Talk
What to glean from from Civilization V's combat indicator, vying for favourite era in the game (18m38s) and connecting the Unique Unit of a civilization to game era and difficulty level (29m02s).
- 37m08s | Theatre
Into space, rage declaration and troll effort are the themes of recounted CivV gameplay experiences of late.
- 45m32s | Open Mic
Too good or situationaly good is a point of contention on feedback for Episode 252.
- 48m16s | Miscellaneous
Chasing the Civilization V cursor on load screens and praise be the game (50m08s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Edged out, out maneuvered and getting out run.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production recording live every other Saturday throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

Revitalize the Podcast Extension: PolyCast Evergreen, Season 4
By DanQ at 2016-04-20 20:08
Image Celebrate a decade of podcasting on PolyCast (PC), the Civilization strategy-centric bi-weekly show that was renewed for a fourth season in 2010. Hosted by PC co-creator Wouter "Locutus" Snijders, he counts down ten selected Season 4 topics that most retain their relevance and ten moments that best represent delivery style on PolyCast Evergreen, Season 4. The fourth in a side series of ten productions for each of PolyCast's ten seasons running, it carries a runtime of 01h40m00s. Topics were chosen by fellow PolyCast co-creator Daniel "DanQ" Quick, serving as lead co-host alongside Stephanie "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and now Lisa "qnl" Bang. Moments were chosen by recurring guest co-host "CanusAlbinus".

Today and since 2011, PolyCast records live every other Saturday throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2016-04-17 08:43

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 46 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to keg for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW] game for 27900 points.

Svinopes was the most active player during this update, submitting 18 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
keg - 2640 BC, Turn 34, 3733 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 3625 BC, Turn 25, 27900 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
vadalaz - 450 BC, Turn 97, 3952 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Standard, Lakes, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LXX - Diplomacy, Emperor, Standard, Terra, Epic, Sweden (Gustavus Adolphus)
1st Emtee - 1640 AD T-348
2nd raistlin1967 - 1875 AD T-465

G-Minor CXVIII - Diplomacy, Prince, Standard, Archipelago, Standard, Japan (Oda Nobunaga)
1st Emtee - 1710 AD T-252
2nd skadecka - 1854 AD T-297

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LXXI - Science, Immortal, Large, Pangaea, Standard, Siam (Ramkhamhaeng)
G-Minor CXVIV - Domination, Chieftain, Small, Inland Sea, Marathon, Celts (Boudicca) (check options)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

TurnCast Episode 69: "Lovable and Adorable"
By DanQ at 2016-04-16 16:27
Image Cuddly. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the sixty-ninth episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Lovable and Adorable", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to settle touching, parsing ability, not world, against repeal and value judgment.

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast on which Quick and Makahlua serve as regular co-hosts; fellow sibling ModCast focusing on Civ modding was the first.

BOTM 105: Alexander the Great
By DynamicSpirit at 2016-04-16 13:25
BOTM 105: Alexander the Great Image

Civ4 BOTM (BtS Game of the month) 105 is ready to play! Emperor level on a tectonics map. In ancient times, Alexander conquered vast swathes of the Middle East, creating an empire that was as vast as it was short lived. This is your chance to repeat his success - battling against many of the same civilizations, can you conquer all, and have an empire that lasts for - say - until the end of the game?


Download the starting save here.
See the pre-game discussion here.

To enter the competition, just the game without replaying any turns and submit your victory or defeat here. Competition closes 10 May.

PolyCast Episode 253 Topics List
By DanQ at 2016-04-14 20:43
Image This Saturday, April 16th, 2016 is to see the eighth recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast's tenth season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 252's topics list is set as follows:

Forum Talk
- Don't Trust the "Likely Outcome" Combat Predictor (Civilization V)
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=564630
- Favourite Era
https://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comment...r/favorite_era
- Are Civs with Late-Game UUs Fundamentally Better on Higher AI Difficulties?
https://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comment...ntally_better/

Theatre
- Recounting Recent Civ Gameplay Experiences

Open Mic
- Episode 252 Feedback
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR8yW8XxbzY

Intro/Outro
- Civilization: Revolution 2+ On Vita at Last
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...s-on-vita.aspx
- Who Else Plays 'Find the Cursor' on the Load Screen?
https://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comment...he_load_screen
- "10 Commandments of CivV"
https://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comment...ents_of_civ_v/
- "CivV In a Nutshell"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJzqv6u1YdM

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 subscribe to its YouTube channel. Episode topics list is subject to change. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

 
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