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HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-04-17 16:10

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 111 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

Svinopes was the most active player during this update, submitting 32 games.

Only 9 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
Jayhawks - 1430 AD, Turn 203, 5255 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 150 AD, Turn 121, 3416 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
namib - 1892 AD, Turn 316, 1665 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 755 AD, Turn 451, 666 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Iroquois (Hiawatha) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 500 AD, Turn 400, 703 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Portugal (Maria I) [BNW]
R.G.A.M. - 2025 BC, Turn 79, 1130 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Sir Bugsy - 800 BC, Turn 83, 1693 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Svinopes - 440 AD, Turn 394, 2819 points, Deity, Culture, Marathon, Huge, Ice Age, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
vadalaz - 475 AD, Turn 134, 2892 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Archipelago, Byzantium (Theodora) [BNW]
vadalaz - 2720 BC, Turn 32, 2016 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]
vadalaz - 675 BC, Turn 88, 1894 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Archipelago, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
zenmaster - 1720 AD, Turn 254, 1560 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Huge, Pangaea, India (Gandhi) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor XCVIII - Science, Warlord, Small, Great Plains, Standard, Rome (Augustus Caesar)
1st Manpanzee - 1340 AD T-194 7813 points
2nd zenmaster - 1340 AD T-194 7102 points
3rd vadalaz - 1350 AD T-195

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor XCIX - Culture, King, Standard, Tiny Islands, Standard, Huns (Attila) (check options)


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One More Turn Episode 210: "Raise a Little Hell"
By DanQ at 2015-04-15 20:33
Image Bella yells at Hudson, Hudson yells at Bella where much more is said than spoken. The tenth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Raise a Little Hell", it has a runtime of 08m02s. 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 eleventh episode is to be released on April 22nd, 2015.

PolyCast Episode 225: "Perhaps Fitting"
By DanQ at 2015-04-11 17:37
Image Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. The two-hundred-and-twenty-fifth episode of PolyCast, "Perhaps Fitting", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and first-time guest co-host Nick "dino_yoshi13" Boeckman. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 03m49s | Open Mic
Listener "OneCrazyCanadian" writes in, wanting to know the panel's take on how to make resources more useful in Civilization: Beyond Earth.
- 14m57s | Senate
Now into the second year since the last substantial Civilization V expansion Brave New World patch, all on how the American civilization has morphed.
- 29m55s | Forum Talk
Rage against Ideologies in CivV: BNW is met with an opposite reaction (recorded for Episode 222).
- 34m53s | Theatre
Three panelists share recent CivV gameplay experiences, with an underlying cross-promotion.
- 41m14s | News
Learning the Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) title Civilization Online is set for release in 2016, alongside a questionable explanation as to why it is unlikely to land on American shores.
- 44m09s | Miscellaneous
Odd search terms for finding the show (recorded for Episode 219), how staggered starts mess with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-controlled factions in CivBE (46m53s; recorded for Episode 220), translating CivV leader dialogue (48m13s; recorded for Episode 222) and being denied Natural Wonders in the game vis-a-vis City States (49m25s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Speculating on appearances, repairing a patch, topic leftover and semi-pseudo.

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 2015-04-10 20:29
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 44 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 781299 points.

aitkensam was the most active player during this update, submitting 13 games.

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Fractal Spiral - 1280 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Diplomatic game for 38161 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 197 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Rain Forest, (check options)
1st Kaitzilla 1450 AD
2nd ZPV 1515 AD
3rd Pangaea 1560 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 198 - Cultural, Prince, Ancient, Small, Normal, Medium and Small, (check options)


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One More Turn Episode 209: "Say So"
By DanQ at 2015-04-08 18:56
Image Max extracts information from Nora, with Riley filling in some of the gaps. The ninth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Say So", it has a runtime of 08m50s. 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 tenth episode is to be released on April 15th, 2015.

TurnCast Episode 55: "That Was Poetry"
By DanQ at 2015-04-04 14:27
Image Literally. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-fifth episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "That Was Poetry", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to hasty defense, clearly not, maybe shouldn't, see through and take personally.

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 2015-04-03 09:23

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 83 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Dignitas for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Warlord, Time, Standard, Small, Archipelago, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW] game for 14551 points.

Svinopes was the most active player during this update, submitting 25 games.

Only 7 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
namib - 1874 AD, Turn 307, 4180 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Tiny, Archipelago, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 700 AD, Turn 440, 779 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Indonesia (Gajah Mada) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 565 AD, Turn 413, 733 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Greece (Alexander) [BNW]
OscarMoscar - 2400 BC, Turn 40, 3175 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
playshogi - 2830 BC, Turn 78, 2800 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Svinopes - 2140 BC, Turn 31, 1177 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Pangaea, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]
vadalaz - 1240 BC, Turn 69, 3376 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Lakes, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
zenmaster - 2040 BC, Turn 49, 4066 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LVIII - Culture, Chieftain, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Marathon, Egypt (Ramesses II) (check options)
1st Morcar_olmig - 2460 BC T-104
2nd vadalaz - 2420 BC T-108
3rd zenmaster - 2330 BC T-117

G-Minor XCVII - Diplomacy, Emperor, Standard, Lakes, Standard, Assyria (Ashurbanipal)
1st vadalaz - 1230 AD T-183
2nd Manpanzee - 1430 AD T-203
3rd Bleidraner - 1540 AD T-218

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LIX - Time, King, Standard, Terra, Standard, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) - High Score Wins!
G-Minor XCVIII - Science, Warlord, Small, Great Plains, Standard, Rome (Augustus Caesar)


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PolyCast Episode 224: "Hear the Gesture"
By DanQ at 2015-03-28 10:54
Image A choice movement. The two-hundred-and-twenty-fourth episode of PolyCast, "Hear the Gesture", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host "NewEarthRelic". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m46s | News
Now that the Winter 2015 update for Civilization: Beyond Earth is here, the positive and in particular negative feedback is building; then, the game's Co-Lead Designers lament the shortcomings of the effort (11m22s), what 2014 Steam usage statistics reveal about the most recent Civ titles for the PC (14m25s) and how an update to Civilization III is garnering more negative feeedback (20m02s) than positive.
- 23m13s | Research Lab
A possible solution to moving "Carpets of Doom" brought about by 1 unit per hex first in Civilization V.
- 32m45s | Miscellaneous
A compilation of data from hundreds of self-reported Civilization V players to rank all 43 civilizations in the game (recorded for Episode 222).
- 38m24s | Forum Talk
Considering the point, or lack thereof, to miasma in CivBE is followed by why do Cocoa plantations in CivV give less food than without (45m25s), the varying acceptabilities of army encirclement (48m52s) and reflecting on if and when it is time to move on from the game (53m03s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Giving away belongings of another and very literal interpretations.

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 2015-03-25 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.

 
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