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PolyCast Episode 234: "Embargo Lifted"
By DanQ at 2015-08-02 19:09
Image Timing is everything. The two-hundred-and-thirty-fourth episode of PolyCast, "Embargo Lifted", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Tom "dojoboy" Herring. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m52s | News
A first, second and third official video for Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide surface alongside three first-hand previews.
- 38m38s | Open Mic
Responding to an inquiry from "OneCrazyCanadia" asking for "good ideas" for scenarios in CivBE.
- 40m55s | Forum Talk
A suggestion for expanding Civilization diplomacy to include a counterbalance to the denunciation mechanic gains traction, followed by a claim that a Civilization VI has not been delayed by the CivBE expansion Rising Tide (45m59s; recorded for Episode 231).
- 50m45s | Miscellaneous
Where the Civilization IV theme ranks on a countdown of "Top 10 Video Game Menu Themes" (recorded for Episode 230), where the Civ series in general finds itself on a comparable list of "Top 10 Video Games With Steep Learning Curves" (51m00s; recorded for Episode 231) and civs that become one's first target upon discovery (54m33s; recorded for Episode 231).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Record setting and adapting to expectations.

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.

TurnCast Special: "Past Ish"
By DanQ at 2015-08-02 19:07
Image Line redrawn. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the second TurnCast (TC) special entitled "Past Ish". With a runtime of 47m37s, it contains a detailed moment-by-moment account of what can happen when the line between aggression and assertion gets erased and redrawn many times over.

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.

Server migration completed
By Thunderfall at 2015-08-01 13:24
Our week long server migration is finally completed!

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We Are Back!
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CivFanatics Closing Temporarily
By Petek at 2015-07-24 17:08
Our current server host, Atomic Gamer, is shutting down. We have a new server provider and are moving our site there. As part of this migration, we will close CivFanatics today (Friday, July 24) at 10 PM Eastern time (2am on the 25th GMT). We expect our site to be unavailable for most of the weekend, perhaps longer.

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Sample PolyCast (Civ Strategy Podcast) with "Promo 23"
By DanQ at 2015-07-22 17:08
Image Regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" discuss Civilization strategy on PolyCast, a bi-weekly podcast. The first episode sampler from its ninth season is now available for listening. Targeting both would-be and current listeners to get a sense of the content and atmosphere of the show, it runs for 04m59s.

Recording live before a listening audience every other Saturday throughout the year, PolyCast is an every-other-week audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice on game strategy; its current season is to see the release of Episode 234 on Saturday, August 1st. Sibling show ModCast on Civ modding, RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

PolyCast Episode 233: "That's What The Fox Say"
By DanQ at 2015-07-17 23:30
Image What what. The two-hundred-and-thirty-third episode of PolyCast, "That's What The Fox Say", features regular co-hosts "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-hosts Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk, Andrew "fuzzyfractal42" and Chris "TheChrisD". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m11s | News
New information being seen and told about Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide from E3 2015 while leaving a want for more detail.
- 16m11s | Senate
A "revisiting" of the Ottomans from Civilization V following the release of two expansion packs, a number of a patches, in the nearing five years since the game's initial release.
- 25m52s | Forum Talk
Considering what was found in one or more of the first four Civ mainstream series titles and wanting back again, and a flurry of conversation about and extending from a call to "overhaul" the game's religion mechanic.
- 50m45s | Open Mic
Recap and response to feedback for Episode 231 of the show.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Voiceover selection and from no-whelming to overwhelming.

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. This marks the third new episode for the show in as many weeks.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-07-17 16:13

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 102 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, Huns (Attila) [BNW] game for 24100 points.

NiceOneEmlyn was the most active player during this update, submitting 35 games.

Only 5 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update


dribnairb - 1883 AD, Turn 904, 2425 points, Deity, Culture, Marathon, Large, Tiny Islands, Indonesia (Gajah Mada) [BNW]
keg - 3925 BC, Turn 5, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
keg - 1480 BC, Turn 63, 3966 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) [BNW]
keg - 2600 BC, Turn 35, 4457 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]
keg - 2380 BC, Turn 27, 5962 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1490 AD, Turn 209, 5704 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains, Austria (Maria Theresa) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3355 BC, Turn 43, 3000 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3120 BC, Turn 22, 2725 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Inland Sea, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3600 BC, Turn 16, 3100 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
zenmaster - 1555 AD, Turn 221, 3620 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]

>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

Procedurally Generated History: paper by Rhye & Soren Johnson
By Camikaze at 2015-07-16 19:44
As reported earlier this year, Rhye, the creator of Rhye's and Fall of Civilization, along with Soren Johnson, the lead designer of Civ4, have presented a paper entitled "Procedurally Generated History: building a game system through autoplay". The paper was delivered at the 'Foundations of Digital Games' conference in June.

The written paper, also co-authored by Pieter Spronck, has been made available to us, for any interested readers. The abstract is as follows:
Quote:
Generating interesting game worlds is an ongoing challenge within Procedural Content Generation (PCG). While the use of algorithms for automatically generating content could potentially bring many advantages, the content itself is often random and not well-crafted. In this paper we explore a potential solution to this issue by creating meaning through procedurally tracing a “history” of the game world while constructing it. We introduce a novel approach, called Procedurally Generated History (PGH), which consists of building a game world history through controlled autoplay. The resulting game ecosystem is expected to be engaging and balanced as hand-made content, while still preserving replayability. PGH was implemented in a modpack for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. Tests with the modpack demonstrated the soundness and balance of the results of the PGH approach.
Download it by viewing this post in the News Updates forum.

PolyCast Episode 232: "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XVI"
By DanQ at 2015-07-11 16:38
Image Summer sunshine. The two-hundred-and-thirty-second episode of PolyCast, "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XVI", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with 3 first-time and returning guest co-hosts in the sixteenth compilation of segments archived from previous episode recordings and not released previously. With a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics of this outing is as follows:

- 00m37s | Research Lab
On a critical and fundamental rework for Victory Conditions and Coalitions in the Civilization series (recorded for Episode 222) and where civilization prefences, gameplay choices or some combination thereof could influence technology preferences (32m10s; recorded for Episode 225).
- 41m36s | Miscellaneous
A review of not one, but two surveys researching the impact of gaming in education where Civ has a respective presence (recorded for Episode 225).

Recording live 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; sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay. PolyCast's ninth season is to continue with the release of the show's third new episode in as many weeks on July 18th.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-07-11 08:24
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 52 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Seraiel for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1,700,016 points.

NobleZarkon,Mad2rix, neilmeister and kcd_swede were the most active players during this update, submitting 6 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kcd_swede - 1450 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Domination game for 72364 points.
kcd_swede - 1530 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Conquest game for 67323 points.
Seraiel - 1100 AD, Large, Epic, Deity, Conquest game for 322111 points.
Seraiel - 695 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1700016 points.
Sgtpeppers - 1090 AD, Tiny, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 50467 points.
yyeah - 940 AD, Large, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 1041403 points.
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 200 - Conquest, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Fractal, (check options)
1st aitkensam 875 BC
2nd NobleZarkon 520 AD - 86,991 points
3rd lymond 520 AD - 80,660 points

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 201 - Religious, Prince, Ancient, Standard, Epic, Oasis, (check options)

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

PolyCast Episode 231: "Simple Juxtaposition"
By DanQ at 2015-07-03 23:53
Image Rather elementary. The two-hundred-and-thirty-first episode of PolyCast, "Simple Juxtaposition", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew with returning guest co-hosts Morgan "KingMorgan" and Steve "WarningU2" Warner. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m00s | Open Mic
Summarizing conversations that began in response to, and extended from, Episode 230 and adding to them further.
- 17m27s | News
Taking in new information from a number of sources on the Civilization Beyond Earth expansion Rising Tide from understanding, to analysis and speculation followed by Civilization Online about to enter its final closed beta stage (37m53s).
- 40m05s | Forum Talk
In follow-up to what was first discussed in part on Episode 221, the specifics of the CivBE unlockables through Sid Meier's Starships and how they impact -- and can even influence -- gameplay.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
First targets and hearing between the lines.

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 2015-07-02 08:34

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 43 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Dignitas for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Immortal, Time, Marathon, Small, Terra, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW] game for 9745 points.

keg was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.mycivs was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.Mesix was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Malec - 1898 AD, Turn 319, 1907 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1565 AD, Turn 223, 3000 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Standard, Continents, France (Napoleon) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2250 BC, Turn 125, 2762 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Tiny, Pangaea, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 545 AD, Turn 409, 3459 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Large Islands, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 695 AD, Turn 439, 2824 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Large Islands, Ottomans (Suleiman) [BNW]
zenmaster - 1695 AD, Turn 249, 3608 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Lakes, Sweden (Gustavus Adolphus) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LXI - Science, King, Standard, Frontier, Standard, Any Leader
1st Manpanzee - 1460 AD T-206
2nd vadalaz - 1520 AD T-214
3rd Mesix - 1545 AD T-219

G-Minor CIII - Culture, Emperor, Standard, Boreal, Standard, Spain (Isabella) (check options)
1st Bram - 275 BC T-104
2nd zenmaster - 150 BC T-109
3rd Manpanzee - 25 BC T-114

>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LXII - Diplomacy, Chieftain, Large, Small Continents, Quick, Japan (Oda Nobunaga)
G-Minor CIV - Science, King, Standard, Great Plains, Standard, Austria (Maria Theresa)

Sign Up Now for SGOTM 22 - Caput Mundi
By AlanH at 2015-06-29 10:30
SGOTM 22 - Caput Mundi

Image

Sign up NOW for the next Civ4 BtS Succession Game competition, featuring another BSPollux map, administered by AlanH.

You are Julius Caesar. Your destiny is to construct Caput Mundi, the capital of the world. The Roman people trust you to lead them to greatness and build the eternal city. In a world filled with savages and with the cards stacked against you, it won't be an easy task. You better be prepared for the worst.

The Sign-up Thread is now open, complete with full details of the game scenario, and a Pre-game Discussion Thread is also available.

The SGOTM is on the launch pad! Sign up HERE … NOW to join a team. All Civ4 BtS players are welcome!

ModCast Episode 58: "When You Believe In Magic"
By DanQ at 2015-06-27 16:55
Image Sweet, sweet fantasy. The fifty-eighth episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "When You Believe In Magic" with a runtime of 48m45s, features regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jan "Janboruta" Boruta and Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and returning guest co-host "FramedArchitect".

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m09s | Modding Spotlight
In the deep of the "Faerun" modification for Civilization V and its Brave New World expansion pack by "FramedArchitect".
- 19m30s | Code Corner
Emergence, popualarity and revisions for the "Health & Plague" mod is followed by emergence of "Reforestation" and distate and outlook for "Global Warming" mods (30m05s) and the deceptively simple background for the "Move Capital mod, all all by "FramedArchitect" for CivV (36m07s).
- 38m05s | Cartography Room
Hopes and wishes for an increased interest in scenarios within, and as a representation otherwise of, Civilization V modding.

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.

 
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