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Sticky: Questions, Comments and Topics Requested for PolyCast Christmas Special 2014
By DanQ at 2014-12-08 21:47
Image Headed by regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn", PolyCast is approaching the conclusion to its eighth season. On December 20th, 2014, they will record the show's annual Christmas Special live as have been all episode recordings this calendar year. However, they are need of questions to answer, comments to reflect on and topics to investigate to drive this celebratory stream's content: Civ in nature, strategy/computer gaming in general or even PolyCast specific inquiries are all welcome... you are not limited to just one!

To submit your questions, comments or topics for this purpose in advance, do one of the following:

a) respond accordingly to this thread;
b) send an email to thepolycast@gmail.com;
c) leave a voicemail for free by using Skype to call the show; or
d) leave a voicemail by using your telephone to call the show: (301) 637-7659 or +44 121 288 7659.

In addition, the PolyCast team will also take them live during the recording of the 2014 Christmas Special in the chat room powered by uStream. Help the show's regular co-hosts prepare for this event by submitting your inquiries in advance. PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

Provide PolyCast With Feedback on 2014 Season
By DanQ at 2014-12-17 20:23
Image Episode length preference? Balance of Civilization V, Civilization: Beyond earth and Civilization series in general coverage? Favourite regular co-host? These are a few of the ten questions being asked of the 2014 PolyCast (PC) audience as its eighth season nears its conclusion.

To provide your input on/by January 03rd, 2015, follow the link below:

http://thepolycast.net/polycastsurvey

Recording live every other Saturday, PolyCast has been renewed for a 27 episode, and one special, ninth season in 2015; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, RevCast focuses on console play, SCivCast on social gaming and TurnCast on multiplay of Civilization. The show's first episode recording in the new year is set for January 10th at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter).

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-12-17 18:34

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 80 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

NiceOneEmlyn was the most active player during this update, submitting 26 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Dignitas - 1836 AD, Turn 428, 2563 points, Deity, Science, Epic, Tiny, Continents, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
elijahtary - 75 AD, Turn 118, 3613 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Mongolia (Genghis Khan) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2720 BC, Turn 32, 2866 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Inland Sea, Spain (Isabella) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2760 BC, Turn 31, 2583 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 3910 BC, Turn 6, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor XC - Science, King, Standard, Large Islands, Standard, England (Elizabeth) (check options)
1st mycivs - 1904 AD T-324
2nd raidandtrade - 1938 AD T-358
3rd azylic - 1940 AD T-360

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor XCI - Culture, Warlord, Large, Archipelago, Quick, Songhai (Askia)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

PolyCast Episode 216: "What's Next"
By DanQ at 2014-12-13 11:43
Image Bring it on. The two-hundred-and-sixteenth episode of PolyCast, "What's Next", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" are joined by returning guest co-host "DarkestOnion". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m08s | Open Mic
Listener "Mats" emails to inquire about the future of Civilization V coverage on the show following the release of Civilization: Beyond Earth.
- 03m57s | Senate
Revisiting the Indian and German (18m14s) civilizations in Civ following the release of the Fall Patch for its second expansion pack, Brave New World.
- 24m08s | News
New details emerge about the upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) Civ title, Civilization Online, leading to new questions and renewal of some previously asked ones.
- 37m22s | Forum Talk
What's behind the numbers of a "Favourite Affinity" poll for Civ: BE, near parity in a poll for "Favourite Biome" (43m46s) and from Firaxicon in September, creating Civilization atmosphere in the "Setting the Music" panel (48m30s; recorded for Episode 214).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Who's that then, less is more and lyrically unambiguous.

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 2014-12-10 19:37
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 21 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Huge, Marathon, Chieftain, Domination game for 823,326 points.

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

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
WastinTime - 1730 AD, Huge, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 94,103 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 193 - Domination, Prince, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Global Highlands, (check options)
1st Falabello 1100 AD
2nd colonelmustard 1575 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 194 - Conquest, Warlord, Ancient, Tiny, Epic, Continents (check options)


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

Provide ModCast With Feedback on 2014 Season
By DanQ at 2014-12-10 19:09
Image Segments inclusion preference? Favourite regular co-host? These are two of the five questions being asked of the 2014 ModCast (MC) audience as its sixth season has concluded.

To provide your input on/by December 27th, 2014, follow the link below:

http://thepolycast.net/modcastsurvey

ModCast is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast; fellow sibling RevCast focuses on console play, SCivCast on social gaming and TurnCast on multiplay of Civilization. While MC has been renewed for a 10-episode seventh season in 2015, its final production of its current season is a special to be published on December 20, 2014.

TurnCast Special: "The Great Mistakes"
By DanQ at 2014-12-06 15:15
Image When wondering what could possibly go wrong, it will probably mean a lot. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the first TurnCast (TC) special entitled "The Great Mistakes". With a runtime of 41m45s, it contains snippets of the weekly gaming group's first foray into Civilization: Beyond Earth just the day after its worldwide commercial release.

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.

Provide TurnCast With Feedback on 2014 Season
By DanQ at 2014-12-03 16:14
Image Favourite guest players? Favourite regular player? These are two of the five questions being asked of the 2014 TurnCast (TC) audience as its fourth season nears its conclusion.

To provide your input on/by December 20th, 2014, follow the link below:

http://thepolycast.net/turncastsurvey

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast; the modding-centric ModCast was the first, and the console-centric RevCast the second, such spin-off. The fourth spin-off, SCivCast, covers Civilization on social media. While TC has been renewed for a 13-episode fifth season in 2015, its final production of its current season is a special to be published on December 6, 2014.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-12-01 18:57

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 50 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to dinanipedro for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Culture, Quick, Duel, Inland Sea, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW] game for 22324 points.

zenmaster was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
EDP - 1915 AD, Turn 335, 1086 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]


Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LIV - Culture, King, Standard, Great Plains, Standard, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid)
1st vadalaz - 425 BC T-98
2nd zenmaster - 300 BC T-103
3rd TyfoonTurk - 150 BC T-109

G-Minor LXXXIX - Diplomacy, Settler, Standard, Ice Age, Standard, Germany (Bismark)
1st Cromagnus - 1050 AD 165
2nd vadalaz - 1070 AD T-167
3rd zenmaster - 1100 AD T-170

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LV - Domination, Emperor, Small, Frontier, Standard, Carthage (Dido)
G-Minor XC - Science, King, Standard, Large Islands, Standard, England (Elizabeth) (check options)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

PolyCast Episode 215: "The Pause in Between"
By DanQ at 2014-11-30 11:47
Image Observe as a beat. The two-hundred-and-fifteenth episode of PolyCast, "The Pause in Between", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and "MadDjinn" are joined by returning guest co-host Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk first-time guest co-host Steven "Magma_Dragoon" Bethea. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m54s | News
More particulars arise with respect to the upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth patch; then, updates on the Mac and Linux ports of the game (07m24s) and announcing the winners of the show's BE contest (10m43s).
- 22m51s | Senate
A month following the release of Civilization: Beyond Earth, the first "best"s: consensus reigns over Colonist, some differentiation over Spacecraft (27m51s), a notable dissension over Cargo (38m08s) and a mixed bag over Sponsor (39m40s).
- 45m54s | Forum Talk
From Firaxicon in September, taking in the "Speaking in Tongues: Globalizing Civilization" panel (recorded for Episode 214).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Announcement for a guest, a regular co-host and then the plotting from another.

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 2014-11-25 18:52
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 25 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Standard, Marathon, Prince, Domination game for 436495 points.

WilliamOfOrange was the most active player during this update, submitting 10 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Seraiel - 1545 AD, Huge, Epic, Deity, Space Colony game for 275226 points
Sir Drake - 1674 AD, Standard, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 218761 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 133 - Diplomatic, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Marathon, Inland Sea, (check options)
1st shulec 720 AD
2nd TalladegaKnight 755 AD
3rd colonelmustard 1614 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 134 - Conquest, Deity, Ancient, Large, Marathon, Highlands, Celt


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

ModCast Episode 53: "Self-Propelling Machines"
By DanQ at 2014-11-22 19:41
Image Take flight. The fifty-third episode of ModCast is now netcasting. Entitled "Self-Propelling Machines" with a runtime of 52m19s, features regular co-hosts Rob "Rob (R8XFT)" Riley, Jett "TPangolin", Jan "Janboruta" Boruta and Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 02m51s | Miscellaneous
An in-depth conversation amongst the panelists about the features, mechanics and elements they would otherwise like to see in an ideal, third expansion pack for Civilization V; then, what to make of trade routes in the game during wartime (29m41s; recorded for Episode 48).
- 33m26s | Mailbag
The ups and downs of terrain feature regeneration in CivV (recorded for Episode 48).
- 35m12s | Cartography Room
The months of planning and effort of more than two dozen people pay off in spades with the release of the "Polynesia Civilization Split" MOD encompassing four civilizations: the Hawaii, Maori, Rapa Nui and Tonga.

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 Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-11-16 18:23

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 75 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Cromagnus for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW] game for 9433 points.

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

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
Sir Bugsy - 1025 BC, Turn 119, 3433 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid)
Sir Bugsy - 290 BC, Turn 154, 3430 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Tiny, Pangaea, Rome (Augustus Caesar)
Sir Bugsy - 650 BC, Turn 134, 2852 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Persia (Darius I)
stiefelm - 575 BC, Turn 92, 3277 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
stiefelm - 2620 BC, Turn 23, 8016 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
stiefelm - 2560 BC, Turn 36, 6885 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
stiefelm - 2040 BC, Turn 49, 2477 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW]
zenmaster - 2380 BC, Turn 27, 3025 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
zenmaster - 2320 BC, Turn 28, 2937 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor LXXXVIII - Domination, Chieftain, Standard, Tiny Islands, Quick, Any Leader
1st zenmaster - 560 BC T-61
2nd vadalaz -400 BC T-65
3rd vitorbaixinho - 240 BC T-69

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor LXXXIX - Diplomacy, Settler, Standard, Ice Age, Standard, Germany (Bismark)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

PolyCast Episode 214: "Somewhere in the Middle"
By DanQ at 2014-11-15 12:29
Image But not stuck. The two-hundred-and-fourteenth episode of PolyCast, "Somewhere in the Middle", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" are joined by first-time guest co-host Matthieu "Teproc" Corpet. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m21s | Open Mic
Responding to a voicemail/email calling for the removal of "pedantic criticisms" from the show's topics coverage; then, taking in feedback from Episode 213 on faction lore and morality in Civilization: Beyond Earth (12m29s).
- 22m41s | News
What the release of the CivV v1.0.3.276 patch means for gameplay is followed by the resurrection of game developer Big Huge Games and their upcoming premiere title DomiNations (31m56s) and in full circle, planning for the first BE patch.
- 39m16s | Forum Talk
Reviewing two of the Firaxicon panels now online, BE developer Firaxis Games' own account of the game's "Great Mistake" and "Choosing the Civs" for the second Civilization V expansion pack Brave New World raises an eyebrow on the deciding factor for one of them (45m04s).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Timing is everything, something to talk about and the power of 10.

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.

Beyond Earth Livestream: Basics of Modding
By Pouakai at 2014-11-13 14:11
Firaxis is currently hosting a livestream on their Twitch.TV channel introducing the basics of modding for Civilization: Beyond Earth and showing how to make a basic mod adding a production building to the early game.

 
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