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HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-03-25 20:36
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 23 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Pangaea for the highest score of the update with a Large, Normal, Immortal, Conquest game for 264459 points.

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

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

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
shulec - 1908 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Space Colony game for 76367 points
** On-goings Gauntlets **
G-Major 136 - Any Condition, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Hemispheres, France - High Score Wins! (check options)
G-Minor 197 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Rain Forest, (check options)


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One More Turn Episode 208: "Loud and Clear"
By DanQ at 2015-03-25 18:01
Image Hudson looks to get in some good graces in approaching Nora, while Riley demonstrates that she is not good at guessing. The eighth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Loud and Clear", it has a runtime of 07m30s. 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 show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. The ninth episode is to be released on April 08th, 2015.

ModCast Episode 56: "What Is That Supposed to Imply"
By DanQ at 2015-03-21 13:51
Image Choice words. The fifty-sixth episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "What Is That Supposed to Imply" with a runtime of 55m55s, features regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin", Jan "Janboruta" Boruta, Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and first-time guest co-host Sukrit "Sukritact" Tanticharoenkiat.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m54s | Modding Spotlight (Part 1 of 2)
From getting into Civilization V modding, present projects including the venerable "Events and Decisions" work and a look ahead into the near future, all about "Sukritact" from the man himself. In order of discussion, other efforts of his raised are the civilizations of Tibet, Tuscany, Sami, Gaul, Chinkook, Khmer and Burmese.
- 22m23s | Miscellaneous
The panel tackles the ever present choice in civilization design: lead with research to place unique abilities or lead with unique abilities that is supported by research.
- 28m59s | Artist's Sketchpad
Examining two of the first fully modded 3D CivV leaderheads, Adolf Hitler for "The Empire of Germany" by "JFD" and Sir Henry Parkes for Australia by "TPangolin" as part of the 'Colonist Legacies' series; then, a general overview on what these works mark for the community (32m15s).
- 34m27s | Modding Spotlight (Part 2 of 2)
On a substantial update for the "Anno Domini mod by "Rob (R8XFT)" coming about and toward what is still to come.

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.

2K 10th Anniversary Steam Sale - massive discounts on Civ titles
By Camikaze at 2015-03-20 17:08

2K is holding a 10th Anniversary Steam Sale, with massive discounts on all its games, including Civ games.

Games which are 50% off include:
Games which are 75% off include:
Meanwhile, the 2K 10th Anniversary Bundle is 87% off, and includes Civ5, Civ4 and its expansions (as well as Colonization), Civ3 Complete, as well as a range of other titles such as Sid Meier's Pirates!, Sid Meier's Railroads! and Sid Meier's Ace Patrol.

The sale ends on March 23rd.

One More Turn Episode 207: "Say It Clear"
By DanQ at 2015-03-18 19:55
Image Avery takes a chance on getting Hudson to see her way of thinking leading Bella to step in. The seventh episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Say It Clear", it has a runtime of 07m41s. 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 show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. The eighth episode is to be released on March 25th, 2015.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-03-16 21:51

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 94 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Dignitas for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Chieftain, Culture, Marathon, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW] game for 6761 points.

Dignitas was the most active player during this update, submitting 7 games.Morcar_olmig was the most active player during this update, submitting 7 games.raistlin1967 was the most active player during this update, submitting 7 games.

Only 6 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
Bleidraner - 1795 AD, Turn 269, 2115 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
Dignitas - 1640 BC, Turn 59, 4927 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
namib - 1860 AD, Turn 300, 2370 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 765 AD, Turn 453, 656 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, India (Gandhi) [BNW]
Svinopes - 1125 BC, Turn 115, 3740 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Tiny, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
zenmaster - 900 AD, Turn 480, 4168 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Indonesia (Gajah Mada) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor XCVI - Domination, Settler, Standard, Small Continents, Standard, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II)
1st Morcar_olmig - 1200 BC T-70
2nd vadalaz - 950 BC T-77
3rd zenmaster - 850 BC T-81

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor XCVII - Diplomacy, Emperor, Standard, Lakes, Standard, Assyria (Ashurbanipal)


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PolyCast Episode 223: "Something Something Witty"
By DanQ at 2015-03-13 23:52
Image Whose line is it anyway? The two-hundred-and-twenty-third episode of PolyCast, "Something Something Witty", features regular co-hosts "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew with returning guest co-hosts Jason "MegaBearsFan" Grade, Trevor "Talcove" Alcove and first-time guest co-host "SemperFi2382". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m17s | Open Mic
Responding to recent feedback for Episode 218 is followed doing the same for Episode 222 (07m06s); then, taking a comment from the show's chat room during its live recording (16m06s).
- 23m45s | Forum Talk
Considering the inclusion of Natural Wonders in Civilization: Beyond Earth, and to faovur or not to favour uniques in the Civ series in general (30m05s).
- 36m35s | Research Lab
The what, where, when, how and why of adding both a Great Bridge and Great Tunnel to Civilization and how the addition of uniques could look in a Civilization VI (43m41s).
- 49m54s | Miscellaneous
Going about naming one's cities in Civ and what traits one could find in a civilization based on your hometown (52m32s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Who's replacing whom, overextending canals and curious claims.

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 206: "Say It Loud"
By DanQ at 2015-03-11 22:08
Image Gary and Bella speak enough to not want to listen, leaving him to listen to others not knowing what to say. The sixth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Say It Loud", it has a runtime of 07m41s. 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 show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. The seventh episode is to be released on March 18th, 2015.

Sample PolyCast (Civ Strategy Podcast) with "Promo 22"
By DanQ at 2015-03-11 20:01
Image Regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" discuss Civilization strategy on PolyCast, a bi-weekly podcast. The second episode sampler from its eighth 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 223 on Saturday, March 14th. Sibling show ModCast on Civ modding, RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-03-11 17:33
Image The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 41 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to A_Turkish_Guy for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Monarch, Domination game for 3944897 points.

aitkensam was the most active player during this update, submitting 11 games.

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kcd_swede - 1650 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 33370 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 135 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Large, Epic, Great Plains, Carthage
1st Sir Drake - 1794 AD - 98,255 points
2nd erikthecelt - 1794 AD - 80,664 points
3rd Mad2rix - Jan 1953 AD - 33,095 points
4th Jenarie - Jan 1963 AD - 13,098 points

G-Minor 196 - Diplomatic, Monarch, Ancient, Tiny, Quick, Hemispheres, (check options)
1st kcd_swede - 1866 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 136 - Any Condition, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Hemispheres, France - High Score Wins! (check options)
G-Minor 197 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Rain Forest, (check options)


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CivBE patch released (version 1.0.2.658)
By leif erikson at 2015-03-11 12:42
CivBE Winter 2015 Update now live. It should automatically download when you open Steam. The patch notes are as follows:
Quote:
[LOCALIZATION]
- Added support for Simplified Chinese

[WONDERS]
- General cost pass on all Wonders
- Xenodrome - Provides a small positive influence to alien opinion each turn, and negative alien opinion recovers twice as quickly
- Panopticon - Gives +1 unit sight and +5 anti-orbital strike range on city
- Mass Driver - Gives +1 city strike range and +25% city strike damage
- Gene Vault - Gives free worker to new cities
- Ectogenesis Pod - Gives 1 Food per 4 pop in its city
- Quantum Computer - Gives free orbital unit maintenance and +50% orbital unit duration
- Drone Sphere - Gives +50% speed to worker builds and explorer expeditions
- Cynosure - Gain +1 Science for every 3 population in its city
- Ansible - Affinity XP is gained 25% faster
- Stellar Codex - +8 Orbital Coverage range
- Master Control - Free Maintenance and +1 Movement for Workers
- Precog Project - Military Units can achieve two additional levels of Veterancy
- Human Hive - City immune to Covert Operations
- Holon Chamber - Gain Science equivalent to 10% of global Energy income each turn
- Archimedes Lever - Any hostile unit within 2 tiles of the city suffers 10 attrition damage per turn
- Memetwork - All Affinity Level requirements for buildings, units, and wonders reduced by 1
- New Terran Myth - +2 Culture from Trade Routes
- Markov Eclipse - Military Units attack at full strength even when damaged
- Promethean - City no longer produces Unhealth
- Nanothermite - All air, ranged, and city bombard attacks 25% stronger
- Xenomalleum - +5 Titanium, Petroleum, and Geothermal resource
- Xenonova - Penalties due to Unhealth reduced by 50%
- Bytegeist - All Virtue Tier synergy bonuses require one less point to complete
- Armasail - City suffers 50% less damage from ranged attacks
- Deep Memory - +1 Culture for every 3 Population in every City
- Tectonic Anvil - +5 Production from Canyons
- Crawler - +25% Production for buildings and wonders
- Daedelus Ladder - All City Yields +10%
- Resurrection Device - Benefits from positive Health effects increased by 50%

[GENERAL BALANCE]
- Domination victory is now won by controlling all original player capitals including your own.
- Veterancy Promotions: All combat boost promotions add +10% strength
- Veterancy Promotions: All unit heal promotions starting at level 4 heal 75 hp
- Veterancy Promotions: Adding level 5 and 6 unit veterancy promotions to work with Precog Project
- Virtues: Replaced Applied Aesthetics virtue with Applied Metasociology virtue - City Intrigue decreases faster when an Agent is present
- Virtues: Settler Clans virtue now gives +1 population in new cities
- Trade Routes: Trade route slots now primarily unlocked based on city population. Trade Depot allows building trade routes and gives 1 slot, all others unlock at population thresholds
- Trade Routes: Added option to auto-renew Trade Routes
- Covert Ops: Lowered intrigue level required for affinity covert ops
- Friendly aliens no longer prevent city citizens from working plots

[UI]
- Added tech filters for Units and Orbital categories
- Victory progress tooltips show explicit status of quest objectives
- Re-enabling yield for canyon plots (2 production, not improvable)
- Added "Incoming Transmission" on main menu for in-game messaging

[AI]
- Fixed an issue where Victory Wonders could be built by AI in captured territory, and not be able to be interacted with
- Fixed an issue that could cause the AI to not aggressively target rival planetary Wonders
- Fixed an issue where non-Harmony AI players were not clearing Miasma properly
- AI is now more selective about desiring alliances
- AI will now form alliances to counter a strong shared neighbor.

[OTHER]
- Added my2K functionality to title, allowing cross-game connectivity and unlocks with other Firaxis titles (starting with Sid Meier's Starships), along with other future perks
- Added Glacier map that unlocks when signing in to my2K for the first time
[BUGS]
- Fixed an issue where Covert Ops panel could go blank in the middle of a game, or after a coup
- Fixed an issue where AI aircraft city UI was displaying in Fog of War
- Fixed an issue where resource pods and relics where not placing properly on the Taigon map type
- Fixed an issue with the Growth Potential quest failing when the AI would destroy a target station
- Fixed an issue where an AI leader would sometimes propose an offer that they would not accept when you agreed
- Fixed an issue where a player might not be able to restart a Victory wonder (like the Beacon) if a Victory wonder was attacked after the countdown had started
- Fixed an issue that was causing the skeleton to not drop when a Worm was killed (still only a chance, but now works properly
- Fixed an issue that was causing Xenomass under an existing alien nest to not be counted when the nest turned friendly
- Fixed misc crashes as reported by Steam error reporting
- Additional misc bug fixes
Discuss the patch in our CivBE General Discussions forum.

TurnCast Episode 54: "What Is Happening"
By DanQ at 2015-03-07 15:24
Image Seek understanding. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-fourth episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "What Is Happening", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to if say, that far, what now, not sure and want move.

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 Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-03-01 22:37

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 34 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to superman32870 for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Warlord, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Shuffle, Ottomans (Suleiman) [BNW] game for 5021 points.

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

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
mycivs - 1844 AD, Turn 292, 1810 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Continents, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
namib - 1835 AD, Turn 854, 4032 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Marathon, Duel, Highlands, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1390 AD, Turn 298, 748 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Large, Large Islands, Netherlands (William) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 750 AD, Turn 450, 663 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Archipelago, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 990 AD, Turn 498, 669 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Large Islands, England (Elizabeth) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1040 AD, Turn 508, 703 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Large Islands, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LVII - Diplomacy, Warlord, Large, Shuffle, Standard, Ottomans (Suleiman)
1st Cromagnus - 1360 AD T-196
2nd vadalaz - 1515 AD T-213
3rd Bleidraner - 1650 AD T-240

G-Minor XCV - Culture, Immortal, Standard, Tilted Axis, Quick, Aztec (Montezuma)
1st vadalaz - 1020 AD T-111
2nd zenmaster 1280 AD T-124
3rd Morcar_olmig 1868 AD T-204

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LVIII - Culture, Chieftain, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Marathon, Egypt (Ramesses II) (check options)
G-Minor XCVI - Domination, Settler, Standard, Small Continents, Standard, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II)


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PolyCast Episode 222: "Fully Charged"
By DanQ at 2015-02-28 16:59
Image Ready to go. The two-hundred-and-twenty-second episode of PolyCast, "Fully Charged", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Yan-Jie "Lord Tirian" Schnellbach. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m08s | News
Details about the Winter 2015 patch for Civilization: Beyond Earth is revealed.
- 29m28s | Forum Talk
Whether being able to construct magrails should be a priority in CivBE, and a case for being able to embargo oneself in the game.
- 37m55s | Senate
How to utilize the Civilization: Beyond Earth espionage mechanic to its full potential (recorded for Episode 220).
- 45m13s | Miscellaneous
Surprises and reasoned supposition how every sponsor in CivBE is to be behave (recorded for Episode 220).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
What one panelist is distracted by and then what they no longer seem to have much of an interest in.

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 Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-02-26 17:52
Image The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 30 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to A_Turkish_Guy for the highest score of the update with a Huge, Marathon, Monarch, Domination game for 3627485 points.

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

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

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Seraiel - Jan 2050 AD, Large, Normal, Deity, Time game for 79692 points
Thlypsis - 1655 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Diplomatic game for 40179 points
** Gauntlets in-progress thru Mar 10, 2015 **
G-Major 135 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Large, Epic, Great Plains, Carthage
G-Minor 196 - Diplomatic, Monarch, Ancient, Tiny, Quick, Hemispheres, (check options)


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