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TurnCast Episode 49: "On the Screen"
By DanQ at 2014-09-13 16:38
Image Eyes forward. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the forty-seventh episode TurnCast (TC) entitled "On the Screen". Now netcasting with a runtime of 09m59s snippets include keep coming, subliminal play; taking moment; keeping record, and insincere apology.

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 2014-09-10 18:08
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 22 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Small, Marathon, Monarch, Domination game for 381752 points.

neilmeister was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kovacsflo - 1715 AD, Large, Quick, Deity, Space Colony game for 83924 points
Mad2rix - 660 AD, Tiny, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 189007 points
Sir Drake - 1612 AD, Small, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 214757 points
sossos - 1000 AD, Small, Normal, Deity, Conquest game for 365785 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 190 - Space Colony, Noble, Ancient, Standard, Quick, Boreal, (check options)
1st Walter_Wolf - 1830 AD
2nd cas - 1900 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 191 - Diplomatic, Prince, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Pangaea, (check options)


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PolyCast #209: For Replayability
By DanQ at 2014-09-06 14:52
Image Rant on. The two-hundred-and-ninth episode of PolyCast, "For Replayability", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-hosts "hobbsyoyo" and German "Lord Shadow" Jakob. Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m30s | News
Pulling from the second and third livestreams on Civilization Beyond Earth from developer Firaxis Games and then on the planning for the company's first for-the-fans event Firaxicon (23m26s).
- 28m23s | Forum Talk
Taking on a call for no simultaneous turns in CBE for having "ruined" Civilization V multiplay.
- 33m22s | Miscellaneous
A cover of CivIV theme "Baba Yetu" draws both intrigue and ire followed by a look at Civilization series sale data (36m18s; recorded for Episode 199), a prediction that CivVI is to be released in 2015 (38m43s) and much suspicion and snark over a claim that "replayability" is not a word and the response to it (47m45s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Locating oneself, seemingly contrary and a call for vocals.

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 2014-09-01 21:36

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 60 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to NiceOneEmlyn for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a King, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Lakes, England (Elizabeth) game for 8700 points.

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

Only 6 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
Brainwave - 1822 AD, Turn 281, 1641 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]
Cromagnus - 310 AD, Turn 194, 3296 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Tiny, Highlands, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW]
illusiondrmr - 1850 AD, Turn 295, 4847 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Continents, America (Washington) [BNW]
kcd_swede - 1790 BC, Turn 171, 4154 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Tiny, Great Plains, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW]
Ossi - 480 AD, Turn 398, 3307 points, Deity, Culture, Marathon, Huge, Highlands, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
Vuthryx - 1055 AD, Turn 511, 617 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Archipelago, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LI - Domination, Immortal, Large, Terra, Quick, America (Washington)
1st Manpanzee - 1080 AD T-114
2nd mycivs - 2048 AD T-328

G-Minor LXXXIII - Domination, King, Large, Lakes, Standard, Russia (Catherine)
1st TyfoonTurk - 200 BC T-107
2nd crocivfanatic - 620 AD T-141
3rd Halfdan Helgrim - 1370 AD T-197

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LII - Science, Deity, Huge, Pangaea, Standard, India (Gandhi)
G-Minor LXXXIV - Diplomacy, Prince, Standard, Rainforest, Standard, China (Wu Zetain)


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One More Turn, Season 1 Listener Survey
By DanQ at 2014-09-01 18:29
Image The first season of the One More Turn (OMT) dramedy podcast concluded in July and the last of its extra productions was released last month. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. In an effort to gauge listener feedback for its second season, the show's audience is asked to answer ten short questions ranging from favourite episode and character to ranking the show in terms of its comedy, drama, music and sound effects.

One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. Like its freshman season, One More Turn's sophomore outing is also to consist of thirteen episodes; its scripts have been written and are presently being reviewed by the show's cast and crew.

ModCast Episode 51: "Creative License"
By DanQ at 2014-08-30 17:03
Image For the love of it all. The fifty-first episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "Creative License" with a runtime of 57m30s, regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin", Jan "Janboruta" Boruta and Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk are joined by first-time guest co-host Ben "Hiram" Bush.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 03m27s | Modding Spotlight
Focusing on "Hiram"'s Civilization V modding works, with emphasis on revisiting his Celtic civilization and future civs planning.
- 16m19s | Cartography Room
Examining Belgium is followed by The Empire of Great Britain (20m58s). both by "JFD"; then, turning attention to the Cham Empire by "Tomatekh" (25m35s) and then brainstorming an effort to break down Polynesia (30m35s).
- 35m43s | Code Corner
The pros and cons of the Enhanced User Interface for CivV spearheaded by "bc1", and issues in the consistency of coding in the base game and its relevance to modding (42m10s; recorded for Episode 48).
- 45m14s | Miscellaneous
How civilizations can become too synergistic in Civilization V and, relatedly, a preference for whether they are gameplay balanced or not (49m59s; recorded for Episode 50).

ModCast is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast, and this is the first "Focus" special not under that heading. Fellow sibling RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-08-26 17:43
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 20 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Small, Marathon, Emperor, Domination game for 295363 points.

smitsk00 was the most active player during this update, submitting 5 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Pollina - 565 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 181374 points
smitsk00 - 1160 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Religious game for 22572 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 130 - Domination, Immortal, Ancient, Small, Quick, Oasis, Maya (check options)
1st bcool - 1410 AD
2nd chaotichero - 1750 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 131 - Cultural, Emperor, Any Era, Large, Normal, (check options)


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PolyCast Episode 208: "Some Flexibility Required"
By DanQ at 2014-08-23 00:20
Image Ready assembly. The two-hundred-and-eighth episode of PolyCast, "Some Flexibility Required", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Kyle "TheGrumpyBuddha". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m56s | Open Mic
Responding to an email about Civilization: Beyond Earth as it compares to Civilization V (recorded for Episode 204).
- 03m41s | News
Coverage of CivBE a plenty at Gamescom 2014 receives a mixed reception within the Civ community is followed by take aways from first livestream for the game from developer Firaxis Games (11m27s) while members of its team respond to an inquiry as to why the game's maps don't look particularly alien (22m43s).
- 26m52s | Senate
Investigating the changes to all the uniques of Civilization V France brought about by its second expansion, Brave New World.
- 43m32s | Miscellaneous
Behind the curtains of Firaxis Games on its people, philosophy and practices (recorded for Episode 207) and how to keep CivV interesting in lead-up to the pending release of Civilization: Beyond Earth (49m02s; recorded for Episode 207).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Bringing one's own audio clips, false advertising, denial from a release and trying to satisfy all while satisfying none.

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.

Firaxicon announced! Firaxis Convention to be held on September 27-28
By Camikaze at 2014-08-22 02:01

Firaxis has announced the first official Firaxicon, to take place at the Embassy Suites Baltimore in Hunt Valley, MD, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, 2014.

The event details include:
  • Meet, greet and game with members of the Firaxis Games team!
  • Enjoy 'An Evening with Sid Meier' featuring an exclusive presentation by Sid
  • Play Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth almost a month before release!
  • Tour the Firaxis Games office, and meet their friendly Mechtoid
  • Enjoy hours of panels, presentations and more - all focused on Firaxis Games
  • Play boardgames against (and with!) Firaxis Games’ designers
  • Get unique Firaxicon swag, just for attending
  • Get access to Firaxis Games merchandise

Tickets cost $40 and covers all events (including dinner & drinks at the Firaxis Feast, and free swag), and can be bought via the event page, which also lists further event details.

STEAM Sale - 2K Publisher Weekend 2014
By leif erikson at 2014-08-21 09:48
This is 2K Weekend at STEAM as they are selling 2K Games at up to 80% off through August 24th.

You can find the STEAM Sale here.

In addition, STEAM has announced that Civilization: Beyond Earth can now be pre-ordered.

If you wish to pre-order Civilization: Beyond Earth from someplace other than STEAM, please check the Official Civ:BE web site for additional outlets.

They have also announced a new pack that includes CivIII Complete, CivIV, CiV and Civ:BE plus the Exoplanets Map Pack.

2nd Firaxis Beyond Earth livestream (Thursday August 21)
By Camikaze at 2014-08-21 07:55
A second livestream of Civilization: Beyond Earth will be broadcast on Firaxis Games' Twitch channel today at 2pm EDT (11am PDT/7pm BST/8pm CET/Friday 4am AEST). Firaxian Pete Murray noted:
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteMurray View Post
We'll go over how you build your colony to settle on the planet, going over the abilities of the sponsors, colonists, cargo and spacecraft. In detail. Hypothetical builds will be put together.

Shenanigans may occur in the background again.
Discuss the stream in the CivBE forum.
Firaxis Twitch channel.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-08-16 21:01

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 60 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Ossi for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a King, Science, Marathon, Huge, Highlands, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW] game for 8570 points.

steveymer was the most active player during this update, submitting 5 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Acken - 1180 AD, Turn 178, 3974 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]
illusiondrmr - 1914 AD, Turn 334, 3384 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Fractal, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
Memoryjar - 1840 AD, Turn 290, 1989 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor LXXXII - Culture, Settler, Standard, Shuffle, Epic, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie)
1st Acken - 875 BC T-125
2nd Swissy - 850 BC T-126
3rd Bleidraner - 825 BC T-127

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor LXXXIII - Domination, King, Large, Lakes, Standard, Russia (Catherine)


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ModCast Focus: "Civilization III"
By DanQ at 2014-08-16 15:19
Image Catch the wave. The first ModCast (MC) special, entitled "Focus: "Civilization III"", is now available with a runtime of 01h38m29s. MC regular co-host Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jonathan "Plotinus" Hill, John "El Justo" O'Neill and Balthasar "Balthasar" Syennisis are lead by Bruce "Blue Monkey" Long as they explore what has happened, what is happen and what is to happen in the modding of Civilization III.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 06m44s | Introduction to Modding
When each panelist was introduced to modding in the Civilization franchise, including how they got to playing Civ in the first place.
- 17m17s | Interest in History
The influence of having an interest in history on Civ playing, modding and at times how it translated from schooling and transferred into career choices.
- 23m38s | Challenges with History
Where history presents a challenge for modding in Civilization III and what can, and has, been done to respond to them.
- 35m18s | Methodology for History
Reflecting the immersion of history in gameplay through CivIII modding with the citation of key works and individuals within the game's community.
- 45m35s | Influences on Modding
How Civilization III modders can have their works' trajectory impacted by community participation and feedback.
- 56m46s | Lessons from Modding
Why design decisions in one work led future works from that modder, and perhaps others, to follow or move away particular approaches.
- 68m50s | Future of Modding
Taking the pulse of the Civilization III community and projecting its future based on precedents set in its past and present.

This is second production in ModCast's sixth season, following its season premiere fiftieth episode last month. The show is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast, and this is the first "Focus" special not under that heading. Fellow sibling RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

One More Turn Season 1 Commentary
By DanQ at 2014-08-12 23:26
Image Most of the cast, and all of the crew, revisit the show's first season and share what they see for the next. The fourth One More Turn bonus feature production, a commentary on the show's first season, is now available. It has a runtime of 01h07m24s. 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.

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. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series.

This production concludes One More Turn's freshman season; renewed for a sophomore season also to consist of thirteen episodes, its scripts are in the process of being written.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-08-11 18:14
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 41 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Standard, Marathon, Monarch, Domination game for 403092 points.

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

Only 0 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update.

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 189 - Conquest, Monarch, Ancient, Small, Normal, Terra, Rome (check options)
1st Pollina - 925 BC
2nd TalladegaKnight - 600 BC
3rd Walter_Wolf - 525 BC

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 190 - Space Colony, Noble, Ancient, Standard, Quick, Boreal, (check options)


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