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Sticky: Nominate PolyCast for 2014 Podcast Awards: 'Best Produced' and 'Gaming' Categories
By DanQ at 2015-01-14 23:46
Image In December of last year PolyCast (PC), a podcast entertaining and information Civilization strategy, completed its eighth season. Help to see the show become one of the Top 10 nominees in both the "Best Produced" and "Gaming" categories of the 2014 Podcast Awards which is accepting nominations from January 19th until February 02nd at 23:59PM Eastern Standard Time (North America) [timezone converter].

As noted in the rules of the awards process, 40% of each nominated podcast`s review grade comes from the number of nominations received during the two-week nomination period. Therefore, to ensure PolyCast has the best opportunity to be one of the Top 10 nominees to then be voted upon during a 15-day period afterwords itself, as many legitimate nominations need to be submitted for the show now. When nominating, please follow the data below for both the "Best Produced" and "Gaming" categories:

Podcast Name: PolyCast
Podcast URL: http://thepolycast.net/polycast

On behalf of the PolyCast team, please do not nominate the show for anymore than the "Best Produced" and "Gaming" categories: the aim is to focus nominations in these categories and these categories alone. Do not submit PolyCast for more than these two categories as that would invalidate your nomination. Further, please use the "Comments or questions" field to help the reviewing team understand why you feel PolyCast is deserving of being nominated in both the "Best Produced" and "Gaming" categories. Be certain to include your name and a valid email address to ensure the verification and in turn validity of your vote.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy. The show was a "Best Produced" nominee in 2008, 2010, 2012; in "Gaming", from 2008-2010 inclusive and again in 2013. Thanks in advance to all of those who decide to vote for PolyCast in the "Best Produced" and "Gaming" categories for the 2014 Podcast Awards.

One More Turn Episode 201: "Say What You Mean"
By DanQ at 2015-01-28 21:23
Image Worrying for worrying's sake causes tension on-screen and off. The first episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) second season is now available. Entitled "Say What You Mean", it has a runtime of 08m25s. 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 next episode is to be released on February 4th, 2015.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-01-25 19:05
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 53 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Seraiel for the highest score of the update with a Huge, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 899230 points.

Sgtpeppers was the most active player during this update, submitting 9 games.

elitetroops was the most active player during this update, submitting 9 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kovacsflo - 1755 AD, Huge, Quick, Deity, Domination game for 94880 points
Seraiel - 1340 AD, Small, Normal, Deity, Domination game for 151978 points
Seraiel - 1450 AD, Tiny, Quick, Deity, Diplomatic game for 32787 points
Seraiel - 10 BC, Huge, Marathon, Deity, Domination game for 899230 points
Seraiel - 1800 AD, Small, Normal, Deity, Space Colony game for 165028 points
WastinTime - 1220 AD, Huge, Normal, Deity, Domination game for 327958 points
WastinTime - 1110 BC, Large, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 691324 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Major 134 - Conquest, Deity, Ancient, Large, Marathon, Highlands, Celt
1st WastinTime 1110 BC
2nd Kaitzilla 240 BC
3rd Seraiel 945 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 135 - Space Colony, Prince, Ancient, Large, Epic, Great Plains, Carthage


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TurnCast Episode 53: "Return to Old Abnormal"
By DanQ at 2015-01-24 17:29
Image That's right. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-third episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Return to Old Abnormal", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to troll serious, just because, somebody's face, just doubling and same thinking.

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.

One More Turn Dramedy Podcast, Season 2 Premiering January 28, 2015
By DanQ at 2015-01-21 17:09
Image A story of performance, passion, people. The dramedy podcast series where geeks deal with non-geeky problems, One More Turn (OMT) is returning for another season of a story set in the near future. From the court of law to the court of public opinion, work and play become ever more intertwined. The 1m39s season promo now released lets listeners in on lines from a number of the thirteen Season 2 episodes. Well met, well played and... 'welcome' someone from one of their pasts.

Writer and creator Daniel "DanQ" Quick, alongside fellow PolyCast regular co-host Stephanie "Makahlua", return as their respective characters along with the six others from OMT's first season. In addition to the course website, one can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability. More than 70 pieces of music, new to the show, from composer Kevin MacLeod are included in the season score.

The first One More Turn Season 2 episode is to be published January 28th.

Firaxis announce "Sid Meier's Starships", new interstellar strategy game
By Pouakai at 2015-01-19 12:07


The latest game spearheaded by Sid Meier himself, Sid Meier's Starships is set alongside Beyond Earth, focusing on the "next chapter" once colonists have built starships and begin navigation of the galaxy. Slated for a Spring 2015 release date, the title is being offered on iPad as well as the traditional PC and Mac, and is also claiming to have cross-connectivity with Beyond Earth, for people with both games.

For more information, screenshots and a trailer, see the full Gamespot article here. Join the discussion on the announcement in this topic

PolyCast Episode 219: "With a Bang"
By DanQ at 2015-01-17 18:29
Image Eyes forward. The two-hundred-and-ninteenth episode of PolyCast, "With a Bang", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn". It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m53s | News
The realization of the first Civilization: Beyond Earth patch.
- 22m38s | Senate
The early technology order priority in CivBE.
- 29m14s | Open Mic
The results of the comprehensive "2014 Listener Feedback Survey" for the show with assorted responses.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Civilization: Beyond Earth Civilopedia out-of-game and the path of least resistance.

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 2015-01-17 09:59

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 89 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Cromagnus for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Warlord, Time, Standard, Small, Archipelago, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW] game for 20003 points.

NiceOneEmlyn was the most active player during this update, submitting 24 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
benzol23 - 470 BC, Turn 142, 3377 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Standard, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Dignitas - 1545 AD, Turn 329, 3160 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Large, Tilted Axis, Zulu (Shaka) [BNW]
Dignitas - 320 BC, Turn 152, 2330 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Small, Tiny Islands, Byzantium (Theodora) [BNW]
Dignitas - 1690 AD, Turn 248, 3489 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Continents, China (Wu Zetain) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1770 BC, Turn 173, 2627 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Tiny, Pangaea, Aztec (Montezuma) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 1920 BC, Turn 158, 1300 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Tiny Islands, Carthage (Dido) [BNW]
toez77 - 1730 BC, Turn 177, 2390 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor XCII - Domination, Immortal, Standard, Boreal, Standard, Poland (Casimir III)
1st vadalaz - 125 AD T-120
2nd zenmaster - 225 AD T-124
3rd benzol23 - 580 AD T-139

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor XCIII - Diplomacy, Chieftain, Standard, Rainforest, Standard, Iroquois (Hiawatha)


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Beyond Earth free to play this weekend!
By Camikaze at 2015-01-15 17:20
Civilization: Beyond Earth is free to play this weekend on Steam, deactivating on Sunday at 1pm Pacific time (4pm EST, 9pm GMT, 10pm CET, Monday 8am AEDT). The game is also 40% off on Steam until Monday, should you then decide to buy it.

See details of the free weekend here.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2015-01-11 10:11
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 72 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Kaitzilla for the highest score of the update with a Large, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 862000 points.

Sgtpeppers was the most active player during this update, submitting 12 games.

Only 4 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Kaitzilla - 240 BC, Large, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 862000 points
Seraiel - Jan 2050 AD, Large, Epic, Deity, Time game for 66857 points
Sgtpeppers - Jan 2050 AD, Small, Normal, Deity, Time game for 57788 points
WastinTime - 440 BC, Huge, Epic, Deity, Domination game for 523947 points
WastinTime - 1876 AD, Huge, Quick, Deity, Domination game for 33431 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 194 - Conquest, Warlord, Ancient, Tiny, Epic, Continents (check options)
1st shulec 3325 BC
2nd Mad2rix 3000 BC
3rd erikthecelt 2650 BC

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 195 - Cultural, Noble, Ancient, Small, Normal, Pangaea (check options)


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PolyCast Episode 218: "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XV"
By DanQ at 2015-01-10 16:22
Image More gaming goodness. The two-hundred-and-eighteenth episode of PolyCast, "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XV", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with 6 first-time and returning guest co-hosts in the fifteenth compilation of segments archived from previous episode recordings and not released previously. With a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics of this outing is as follows:

- 00m37s | Miscellaneous
Seeing is worth more than words as examples of Civilization V's various map types (recorded for Episode 206); then, the first beta video of Civilization Online from developer XLGames (04m42s), a Civ programmer takes callout in stride (05m46s) and getting one's hands on a physical copy of Civilization: Beyond Earth (07m53s; recorded for Episode 210).
- 09m31s | Forum Talk
CivBE Co-Lead Designers discuss restraints in its development (recorded for Episode 214); then, working through the gaming industry through Quality Assurance (16m10s), tricks for getting going with Civilization: Beyond Earth (22m24s; recorded for Episode 215), tips to getting started (36m23s) and then critiquing a critical take on the game (41m27s; recorded for Episode 216).

Recording live 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; sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay. The start of PolyCast's ninth season continues with the release of the first episode recorded for 2015 expected January 17th.

Civilization V Mod Releases
By ls612 at 2015-01-04 12:16
A New Year, a new Modding Releases announcement for the Civilization 5 Creation & Customization community! Even with the release of CivBE the Civ 5 people have still been busy providing us with new content. So go check these mods out, and have fun playing a whole new game of Civilization.

Civilization V Mods:Civilization V New Civilizations:Civilization V Maps & Scenarios:Civilization V Graphics:
If you released a new mod or a major update for your existing mod and it isn't listed here that is probably because you didn't post about it in the Mod Release Announcement thread in the main Civ 5 C&C forum. If you would like to have your mod release added to this announcement please leave a post in that thread ASAP. Happy Modding.

PolyCast Bloopers, Volume 8
By DanQ at 2015-01-03 13:16
Image Compiling the flubs, dubs and "what the"s. From the strategy-centric Civilization podcast PolyCast comes, "Bloopers: Volume 8", the first dedicated blooper reel for the since its first season. It runs 25m04s.

Recording live 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; sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay. PolyCast's ninth is to begin with the release a special production this Saturday, January 3rd, 2014.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-01-02 12:30

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 76 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Bleidraner for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Chieftain, Time, Quick, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW] game for 15531 points.

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

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
NiceOneEmlyn - 2480 BC, Turn 38, 1414 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Shuffle, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 2680 BC, Turn 22, 3900 points, Deity, Domination, Quick, Duel, Great Plains, Japan (Oda Nobunaga) [BNW]
raidandtrade - 2010 BC, Turn 149, 6044 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LV - Domination, Emperor, Small, Frontier, Standard, Carthage (Dido)
1st Bleidraner - 1160 BC T-71
2nd vadalaz - 825 BC T-82
3rd mycivs - 25 AD T-116

G-Minor XCI - Culture, Warlord, Large, Archipelago, Quick, Songhai (Askia)
1st vadalaz - 530 AD T-91
2nd zenmaster - 650 AD T-95
3rd Bleidraner -770 AD T-99

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LVI - Science, Prince, Standard, Inland Sea, Epic, Celts (Boudicca)
G-Minor XCII - Domination, Immortal, Standard, Boreal, Standard, Poland (Casimir III)


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PolyCast Episode 217: "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XIV"
By DanQ at 2014-12-31 00:17
Image Party time. The two-hundred-and-seventeenth episode of PolyCast, "Not Just a Lame Clip Show XIV", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with 3 first-time and returning guest co-hosts in the fourteenth compilation of segments archived from previous episode recordings and not released previously. With a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics of this outing is as follows:

- 00m37s | Senate
What to make of tips for playing Civilization V with its Brave New World expansion pack (recorded for Episode 208).
- 38m20s | Forum Talk
A run through of the little things and big things that make up CivV: BNW (recorded for Episode 210).

Recording live every other Saturday (timezone converter), PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy; sibling show RevCast focuses on Civilization: Revolution, ModCast on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay. With its eighth season now concluded, PolyCast's ninth is to begin with the release a special production this Saturday, January 3rd, 2014.

 
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