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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
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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
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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.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-11-10 19:41
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 49 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Standard, Marathon, Chieftain, Domination game for 557233 points.

NobleZarkon was the most active player during this update, submitting 15 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Firmlife - 1340 AD, Huge, Epic, Deity, Cultural game for 92833 points
Pious_Pete - 1785 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Cultural game for 21736 points
Pious_Pete - 1790 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Cultural game for 22406 points
Seraiel - 1360 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 45994 points
Seraiel - 1420 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 37856 points
Sgtpeppers - 1830 AD, Duel, Quick, Deity, Space Colony game for 33326 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 192 - Religious, Emperor, Ancient, Small, Normal, Lakes, (check options)
1st Sgtpeppers 200 BC
2nd TalladegaKnight 150 BC
3rd colonelmustard 125 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 193 - Domination, Prince, Ancient, Standard, Normal, Global Highlands, (check options)


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

TurnCast Episode 52: "Appropriate Response"
By DanQ at 2014-11-08 18:04
Image Totally. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-second episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Appropriate Response", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to more equal, hate more, no connection, liking back and some variety.

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 2014-11-02 15:22

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 65 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Cromagnus for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Chieftain, Time, Quick, Standard, Frontier, Netherlands (William) [BNW] game for 19208 points.

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

Only 7 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
bostich - 1836 AD, Turn 288, 2170 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]
dribnairb - 1822 AD, Turn 421, 3580 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Epic, Huge, Tiny Islands, Carthage (Dido) [BNW]
moriarte - 1515 AD, Turn 213, 6269 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Germany (Bismark) [BNW]
moriarte - 1810 AD, Turn 275, 2605 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, England (Elizabeth) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1820 AD, Turn 189, 1775 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Duel, Archipelago, Siam (Ramkhamhaeng)
Sir Bugsy - 1850 BC, Turn 86, 3054 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Duel, Pangaea, Rome (Augustus Caesar)
steveymer - 3850 BC, Turn 10, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
stiefelm - 3720 BC, Turn 7, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LIII - Diplomacy, Emperor, Standard, Fractal, Standard, Morocco (Ahmad al-Mansur) (check options)
1st fils - 1665 AD T-243
2nd TyfoonTurk - 1680 AD T-246
3rd n0m0n - 1725 AD T-255

G-Minor LXXXVII - Culture, Prince, Tiny, Pangaea, Standard, Venice (Enrico Dandolo)
1st zenmaster - 975 BC T-76
2nd TyfoonTurk - 850 BC T-81
3rd klaskeren - 600 AD T-140

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LIV - Culture, King, Standard, Great Plains, Standard, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid)
G-Minor LXXXVIII - Domination, Chieftain, Standard, Tiny Islands, Quick, Any Leader


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

PolyCast Episode 213: "Beyond Release"
By DanQ at 2014-11-01 14:42
Image Forward thinking. The two-hundred-and-thirteenth episode of PolyCast, "Beyond Release", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" are joined by five returning guest co-hosts Scott "AlphaShard Dirk", Daniel "dacole" Cole, "DarkestOnion", Andrew "fuzzyfractal42" and Michael "ixias" Kopp. Celebrating the release of Civilization: Beyond Earth, this episode is movie-length with a runtime of 90m16s -- 50% longer than episodes usually. The summary of topics is as follows:

- 00m49s | Introductions
Introducing initial thoughts, feelings and experiences with Civilization: Beyond Earth including availability of a turn-locked demo and an update on Linux and Mac availability (03m06s), critic and fan review summary (04m51s) and regular panelists' first takes (06m53s).
- 11m00s | Daniel "dacole" Cole
First on the rotating guest co-host rotational, Daniel "dacole" Cole.
- 19m50s | "DarkestOnion"
The second rotating guest co-host, "DarkestOnion", checks-in.
- 30m43s | Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk
Now tying as the most frequent guest co-host on the show, Scott "AlphaShard Dirk" says hello.
- 37m52s | Michael "ixias" Kopp
Finding himself as the fourth rotating guest co-host is Michael "ixias" Kopp.
- 43m22s | Andrew "fuzzyfractal42"
Fifth and last on the guest co-host rotational, Andrew "fuzzyfractal42", arrives.
- 52m59s | Points of Interest
The four regular and five guest panelists discuss Downloadable Content (DLC) and expansions for Civ: BE followed by preventing the Great Mistake (60m48s) and all on Affinities: blended victories, settlement and growth, and interpretations for humanity's evolution (64m26s).

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.

Civ5 patch released (1.0.3.276)!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-27 15:39
A patch has been released for Civ5. It should automatically download when you open Steam. The patch notes are as follows:
Quote:
[EXPLOIT]
• Fixed tech overflow bug that could allow a user to get free tech each turn for multiple turns. The size of the maximum allowable science overflow is now set at 5 turns of science (about the same as a unmodified research agreement) OR the unmodified cost of the last tech researched, whichever is larger. AI also understands this adjustment.
• Fixed a multiplayer bug that would allow a player to steal everything from another player when trading.

[GAMEPLAY]
• Allow Conquest of the New World achievements to be unlocked when playing the Deluxe version of the scenario.
• Slight nerf to Tradition, and a boost to Piety (by adding one more prerequisite for Legalism and taking one away from Reformation).
• Scale warmonger penalties by era (50% of normal strength in Ancient up to 90% in Industrial; 100% thereafter). Penalties for warmongering vs. City-States halved.
• Added Cocoa and Bison resources from the Conquest Deluxe scenario into the main game.

[MULTIPLAYER]
• The autoslotting of human players when loading a saved game in LAN multiplayer was broken when trying to play round-to-round. This has been fixed.
• Players now properly exit LAN games when they encounter a version mismatch.
• Players can now set their nick name in LAN games.
• Fixed an issue where player would get stuck on the joining multiplayer game screen if they used an incomplete IP address while attempting to join by ip address.
• Notifications are no longer considered “broadcast” unless the player is connected to the game. This will make it easier to communicate information to players who were not connected when the message was broadcast.
• Players now unready themselves if the host changes the game settings before the game started.
• The number of player slots available was not updating for connected remote clients when the host increased the map size on the staging room.
• Fixed an issue causing AI civs that used to be players to still have the player's Steam name after the player leaves in Multiplayer.
• A player's name in the staging room chat panel no longer swaps if they swapped player slots.
• Some multiplayer notifications can now expire at the end of the next turn.
• Some multiplayer notifications will not expire until the player has network connected to the game.
• Multiple hot-joining bugs fixed in Pitboss.

[MISC BUGS]
• The icon no longer changes to a spinning globe during diplomacy (this normally means the game is busy).
• Don't show a third-party civ or City-State on the trade panel list to "Declare War" or "Make Peace" unless both players have met that civ or City-State.
Discuss the patch in our Civ5 General Discussions forum >>> http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=537043

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-10-26 08:45
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 52 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Mad2rix for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Warlord, Domination game for 851975 points.

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

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Pollina - 525 BC, Standard, Normal, Deity, Religious game for 28263 points
Seraiel - 990 AD, Standard, Epic, Deity, Conquest game for 206803 points
Sgtpeppers - 1300 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 41051 points
Sgtpeppers - 1826 AD, Duel, Normal, Deity, Space Colony game for 33561 points
Sgtpeppers - 1475 AD, Duel, Epic, Deity, Cultural game for 40019 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 132 - Conquest, Monarch, Ancient, Large, Quick, Oasis, (check options)
1st shulec 1785 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 133 - Diplomatic, Emperor, Ancient, Standard, Marathon, Inland Sea, Native America (check options)


>> Civ IV HOF
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TurnCast Episode 51: "Had at Hello"
By DanQ at 2014-10-25 16:46
Image Swoon. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-first episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Had at Hello", its runtime is double the normal run at 19m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to was secret, was interesting, clicking this, coming from and come on.

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.

Beyond Earth demo available!
By Camikaze at 2014-10-24 17:05
If you're not sure about buying the game, a 100 turn demo of Beyond Earth (with a number of fixed options) is available on the Steam store page.

Civ BE giveaway
By ainwood at 2014-10-24 13:07
eXplorminate.com have a competition to give away 3 copies of Civilization: Beyond Earth. All you need to do is visit their site and check out the promotion. Make sure you tell them that you saw it here!

For UK residents, there is also two days left in a competition from Curse, which is giving away 15 copies of Beyond Earth as well as a custom Beyond Earth gaming rig.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth released worldwide!
By leif erikson at 2014-10-23 12:09
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth has made planetfall, unlocking in the Asia Pacific region before a later release across the rest of the world. Designed by co-leads David McDonough and Will Miller, Beyond Earth is the next major instalment in the illustrious Civilization series, and the first major instalment since 2010's Sid Meier's Civilization V.

CivFanatics provides a number of different forums for the new title.

CivBE - General Discussions
  • This forum is for all discussions of your experiences with the game, or anything that doesn't fit into the other forums!
CivBE - BE Ideas & Suggestions
  • If you have an idea for how the game could be made better, post it here. Ideas from the CivFanatics forums have made it into the Civ games before!
CivBE - Bug Reports
  • All games have their flaws. If you find a bug, please post about it here. This helps the game developers know what to fix, so the game can be patched and improved.
CivBE - Strategy & Tips
  • If you want to discuss optimal strategies or learn how to improve your play, this forum is for you.
CivBE - Creation & Customization
  • For everything modding. There are various subforums, whether they be for asking questions about how to mod, or for organising a big project.
CivBE - Stories & Let's Plays
  • If you have a story to tell or a video to share, or are interested in the stories and videos of others, check out this forum.
CivBE - Multiplayer
  • Organise games with others or discuss issues particular to the multiplayer game.
CivBE - Tech Support
  • If you require help with any tech issues, try asking in this forum.

 
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