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HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-09-02 07:54

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 73 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to AusCG for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW] game for 30800 points.

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

Only 7 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
AusCG - 3595 BC, Turn 27, 30800 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
AusCG - 1840 BC, Turn 36, 5220 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
AusCG - 2080 BC, Turn 32, 5477 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
Kamist Reloe - 800 BC, Turn 55, 1643 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Lakes, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 1675 BC, Turn 93, 1741 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 2500 BC, Turn 25, 6128 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 3685 BC, Turn 21, 8200 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 2080 BC, Turn 32, 5411 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 1560 BC, Turn 61, 1650 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Matty B - 1924 AD, Turn 232, 4042 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Quick, Duel, Highlands, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
mycivs - 3520 BC, Turn 8, 6200 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 2840 BC, Turn 29, 720 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Frontier, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3925 BC, Turn 5, 11700 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3760 BC, Turn 6, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3880 BC, Turn 8, 4600 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
namib - 1899 AD, Turn 489, 1901 points, Deity, Science, Epic, Standard, Continents, India (Gandhi) [BNW]
Sir Bugsy - 1941 AD, Turn 361, 5215 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Highlands, India (Gandhi) [BNW]
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor CV - Diplomacy, Warlord, Small, Lakes, Standard, Any Leader
1st vadalaz - 940 AD T-157
2nd Mesix - 1330 AD T-193
3rd wsdude - 1585 AD T-227

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor CVI - Domination, Warlord, Standard, Archipelago, Standard, Korea (Sejong)

>> Civ V HOF
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PolyCast Episode 236: "Word of Mouth"
By DanQ at 2015-08-29 12:35
Image North, east, west and south. The two-hundred-and-thirty-sixth episode of PolyCast, "Word of Mouth", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Chris "TheChrisD". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m13s | News
Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide gets a release date and has revealed its third of four new factions to BE (02m34s); then, initial markets to have Civilization Online availability expands again (08m21s) and taking in a considerable leap in total units of Civilization titles shipped to date (09m48s).
- 12m59s | Open Mic
How CivBERT could positively influece perception of Beyond Earth within the Civ community and a possible hiccup within its revised diplomatic mechanics are front and centre in Episode 235 feedback received.
- 18m47s | Forum Talk
Reflecting on the "good" and the "bad" of Civilization V (recorded for Episode 230).
- 49m23s | Miscellaneous
What the past twelve months of top selling titles on Steam say about Civilization Beyond Earth and CivV endurance, and takeaways from survey ranking the high and low Civ series titles (52m41s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Instant defined.

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 Dramedy Podcast, Season 3 Begins Fall 2015
By DanQ at 2015-08-25 23:20
Image The third season of the dramedy podcast series where geeks deal with non-geeky problems is nearing. One More Turn (OMT) brings with it twists and turns, in-game and out of game. The 2m36s season promo now released lets listeners in on lines from a number of the thirteen Season 3 episodes.

Writer and creator Daniel "DanQ" Quick, alongside fellow PolyCast regular co-host Stephanie "Makahlua", return as their respective characters along with the seven others from OMT's most previous season. In addition to the course website, one can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability. From composer Kevin MacLeod comes many pieces of music new to the show included in the season score.

The first episode of One More Turn, Season 3 begins streaming this fall.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-08-25 18:54
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 16 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Dhoomstriker for the highest score of the update with a Standard, Normal, Monarch, Domination game for 166920 points.

Lazybones was the most active player during this update, submitting 7 games.

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
yyeah - 1635 AD, Large, Normal, Deity, Space Colony game for 114930 points
** Ongoing Gauntlets **
G-Major 138 - Cultural, Emperor, Ancient, Large, Epic, (check options)
G-Minor 202 - Domination, Monarch, Ancient, Small, Quick, Rain Forest, (check options)


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ModCast Episode 59: "A Certain Standard Now"
By DanQ at 2015-08-22 13:56
Image Unintentionally raising expectations. The fifty-ninth episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "A Certain Standard Now" with a runtime of 51m05s, features regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin" and Jan "Janboruta" Boruta with returning guest co-host Sukrit "Sukritact" Tanticharoenkiat and first-time guest co-host Adam "Pouakai" Partridge.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m47s | Modding Spotlight
The Wonder-fully extensive collection of Civilization V modification works by "Pouakai".
- 19m21s | Cartography Room
An affection for both the "Greatest Cities" and "Militia Defense" mods by "FramedArchitect" for CivV (recorded for Episode 58).
- 24m32s | Code Corner
The what, why and at times how of bringing back certain elements from Civ titles past to Civ titles present and possibly future (recorded for Episode 58).
- 31m46s | Miscellaneous
Outlining mod collaborations for Civilization V past and present, and panelists' favourite civilizations released within the community this past year (38m47s).

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.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-08-16 18:48

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 169 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

zenmaster was the most active player during this update, submitting 39 games.

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Bram - 3910 BC, Turn 6, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Bram - 1790 AD, Turn 268, 1413 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Huge, Tiny Islands, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
keg - 2080 BC, Turn 48, 3788 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Inland Sea, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]
mycivs - 3895 BC, Turn 7, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3700 BC, Turn 20, 800 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3600 BC, Turn 10, 2300 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3800 BC, Turn 5, 800 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3720 BC, Turn 7, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3925 BC, Turn 5, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3910 BC, Turn 6, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3460 BC, Turn 9, 6200 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3625 BC, Turn 15, 2300 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3910 BC, Turn 6, 800 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
mycivs - 3715 BC, Turn 19, 800 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Boreal, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2760 BC, Turn 31, 3250 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2760 BC, Turn 31, 3316 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3865 BC, Turn 9, 4600 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2030 BC, Turn 147, 2788 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Tiny, Shuffle, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2440 BC, Turn 26, 1000 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Pangaea, Russia (Catherine) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3460 BC, Turn 9, 6400 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3200 BC, Turn 20, 1550 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
raidandtrade - 1914 AD, Turn 334, 2268 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Small, Continents, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid) [BNW]
Redd2015 - 1785 AD, Turn 267, 2709 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
tombakerwho - 1595 AD, Turn 229, 2606 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
zenmaster - 2860 BC, Turn 19, 3900 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
zenmaster - 3445 BC, Turn 37, 3000 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LXII - Diplomacy, Chieftain, Large, Small Continents, Quick, Japan (Oda Nobunaga)
1st Mesix - 1520 AD 142
2nd zenmaster - 1650 AD T-155
3rd Bram - 1675 AD T-160

G-Minor CIV - Science, King, Standard, Great Plains, Standard, Austria (Maria Theresa)
1st JoeSham - 1535 AD T-217
2nd Bram - 1545 AD T-219
3rd Mesix - 1555 AD 221

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LXIII - Culture, Emperor, Standard, Inland Sea, Epic, Any Leader
G-Minor CV - Diplomacy, Warlord, Small, Lakes, Standard, Any Leader


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The first three BERT Sponsors
By bite at 2015-08-15 18:46
We have the first batch of new sponsors for the new expansion for Beyond Earth, Rising Tide. So lets get to know them a little bit more.

Al Falah



Al Falah is a sponsor from the Middle East, a land that was devastated in the Great Mistake, and as such was not able to send a ship in the first wave of colonization. Because of the fight it took to unite the people of the Middle East, Al Falah has a mistrust of other power that have caused them so much harm. This is compounded with the fact that Al Falah was not able to secure the technology needed to create Cryostasis pods like everyone else. So instead of sending out a sleeper ship to colonize the cosmos, Al Falah sent out a generation ship. Whole generations have lived and died on board during the long trip to their new home. Because of this the people of Al Falah led by Arshia Kishk, have strong community bonds and an inbuilt self-sufficiency.

Game play wise, Al Falah gives you a lot of flexibility with how you play, this is because they get a 200% bonus to city processes. This means that as long as you create a strong production base you can have the flexibility to push science to get that next tech faster, push your culture to get that next virtue before anyone else, get that next citizen to increase your cities production.


North Sea Alliance



The North Sea Alliance (the NSA) is a sponsor that unites the British Isles and Scandinavia and their territories. When the first seeding process happened the NSA decided not join the rest of the world fleeing Earth. Instead they decided to work to make Earth better like helping to relocate Amsterdam and working on de-nuclearisation projects. But as time went on a new leader emerged, Duncan Hughes, which brought together a new coalition of powers within the NSA and pushed for the NSA to join the others in the stars. As the NSA takes to the stars, they'll use the skills they acquired working on the high seas to carve out a new life for them.

Game play wise, the NSA is all about naval power. The NSA starts where possible in the ocean, which is good because their aquatic cities get a bonus to their attack. As well as this, the NSA can move their cities faster than anyone else, which gives them the power to claim the open seas faster than everyone.


INTEGR



In the German buffer zone between the Franco-Iberia, the NSA and the Slavic Federation a new power has emerged - The Initiative für Nachhaltige Technologien, Effizienz, Gerechtigkeit und Rechtschaffenheit or just INTEGR. From their power base in the Rhine basin and under the direction of Lena Ebner, (a media upstart or political tidal wave, depending who you ask), INTEGR has spread its message of effective and transparent governance, political activism on behalf of the disenfranchised, and environmental resilience, across the former Germany and sounding region (with some saying the influence of INTEGR spans the globe).

Game play wise INTEGR is also a very flexible civilization because it gets bonus in regards to Diplomatic agreements and diplomatic capital. Firstly, diplomatic agreements cost less diplomatic capital for INTEGR, also buildings and units cost less to buy when purchasing with diplomatic capital. This means as long as you build up a strong base for your diplomatic capital, you will have the flexibility to engage in multiple diplomatic agreements which will benefit your growing civilization.

For more information the new expansion check out our Civilization: Beyond Earth Forum

PolyCast Episode 235: "All Sorts of Consternation"
By DanQ at 2015-08-15 11:29
Image Being prepared. The two-hundred-and-thirty-fifth episode of PolyCast, "All Sorts of Consternation", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Markus "GAGA Extrem" Grebe. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m00s | Open Mic
Details matter as comes about through comments from Episode 234.
- 08m34s | News
The good, the bad and the ugly about Civilization publisher 2K Games noting compatibility of recent titles for Windows 10 and with the announcement of Firaxicon 2015, let the comparing and contrasting begin (13m10s).
- 22m17s | Forum Talk
Staggered investigation of diplomacy in Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide from shifting Strategic Resource trading to trade routes, applying a War Score Mechanic to open conflicts (36m21s) to just where is it in general (48m56s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Livestream blockedstream and harmonic fallout.

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.

A New Diplomatic Landscape, 3rd Sponsor Revealed
By Thunderfall at 2015-08-13 20:50
Firaxis has released the second official Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide featurette titled "A New Diplomatic Landscape". The 5 minute video explores the enhanced diplomacy system in the expansion pack.

In addition, the third sponsor from the Rising Tide expansion has been revealed: Lena Abner, leader of INTEGR.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Free to Play Weekend
By Thunderfall at 2015-08-13 20:42
Image2K and Firaxis Games today announced pre-purchase details for Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide.

Players who pre-purchase the game will receive a 10% discount on their purchases. Rising Tide is currently in development for Windows PC, as well as Mac and Linux through Aspyr Media, and scheduled for worldwide release on all platforms on October 9, 2015.

Complementing the Rising Tide pre-purchase news, players can also take advantage of the following Beyond Earth offers:
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth is free-to-play on Steam beginning today at 1:00 p.m. EDT and concluding Monday, August 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EDT;
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection, which includes Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, the Exoplanets Map Pack and the upcoming expansion pack, Rising Tide, will be available for purchase during the free-to-play period with an additional discount from participating digital retailers.

The Exoplanets Map Pack features six custom maps inspired by real exoplanets, including:
  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets;
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved;
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and wealth of resources;
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness;
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces;
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.
New players who participate in the free-to-play weekend on Steam will have until 1:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 17, 2015 to purchase Civilization: Beyond Earth or the Civilization Beyond Earth: The Collection for more than 10% off, and retain their in-game progress.

 
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