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PolyCast Episode 195: "That's a Different Argument"
By DanQ at 2014-03-22 17:55
Image To say the least. The one-hundred-and-ninety-fifth episode of PolyCast, "That's a Different Argument", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with first-time guest co-host Chaz "chazzycat". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m59s | Senate
A focus on the gateway that is Morocco in Civilization V: Brave New World followed by a similar treatment for Portugal (15m56s).
- 29m10s | Research Lab
What if a would-be Civilization VI's map was a hexagon tessellated sphere and then given this, what about global warming mechanics (34m54s).
- 46m35s | Open Mic
Responding to criticism and praise for the show's one-hundred-and-ninty-third episode (recorded for Episode 194).

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Learning word choice and suggestive joining.

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.

Civ4 GOTM Turns 100
By neilmeister at 2014-03-20 02:34
Civ4 GOTM turns 100!
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March 2014 sees a big Civ4 Game of the Month (GOTM) milestone – it's the 100th Vanilla GOTM. Yes, it's really been 100 months and still going strong! To celebrate, GOTM 100 is being played on the very same map that the very first Civ4 GOTM was played on all those years ago – although this time at emperor level (GOTM 1 was on noble). You can enter GOTM 100 and experience a bit of GOTM history!

GOTMs are friendly competitions in which everyone plays the same starting map (without replaying any turns - it has to be your first attempt to play the game). At the end of the month, we announce the results and winners. And during the month, we release spoiler threads on the GOTM forums so you can discuss your game with other players.

The extended deadline for GOTM 100 is April 15th. To play, just download the starting map from HERE (most people take the contender save). Play the game through without replaying any turns and submit via the submission link on the GOTM Home page. The detailed game announcement is here - please read it for full details of the competition if you intend playing. You'll need to have installed the HOF mod and to be running the game with admin privileges on your computer.


HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2014-03-17 10:40

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 114 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

Miraculix was the most active player during this update, submitting 29 games.

Only 6 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
dinanipedro - 3910 BC, Turn 6, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Memoryjar - 1850 AD, Turn 295, 1820 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Inca (Pachacuti) [BNW]
Miraculix - 3925 BC, Turn 5, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
SpikeSpy - Jan 1891 AD, Turn 921, 2114 points, Deity, Culture, Marathon, Huge, Ice Age, Byzantium (Theodora) [BNW]
thorak - 1580 AD, Turn 226, 4137 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid) [BNW]
TractorBoy - 1878 AD, Turn 209, 1095 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Tiny, Tiny Islands, Egypt (Ramesses II)
TractorBoy - 1898 AD, Turn 219, 868 points, Deity, Culture, Quick, Tiny, Tiny Islands, France (Napoleon)

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor LXXII - Diplomacy, Warlord, Large, Great Plains Plus, Standard, Shoshone (Pocatello)
1st klaskeren - 1300 AD T-190
2nd Cromagnus -1340 AD T-194
3rd zenmaster - 1360 AD 196

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor LXXIII - Culture, Prince, Standard, Small Continents, Standard, Brazil (Pedro II) (check options)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

TurnCast Episode 44: "Only Half-Serious"
By DanQ at 2014-03-15 15:53
Image Halfway there. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua" and Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the forty-third episode TurnCast (TC) entitled "Only Half-Serious". Now netcasting with a runtime of 09m59s snippets include doing something, being denied, serious exasperation, living vicariously, and lag fantasy.

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast on which Quick, Makahlua and MadDjinn 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 Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-03-10 18:41
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 25 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to GandalftheWhite for the highest score of the update with a Huge, Normal, Immortal, Domination game for 376736 points.

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

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
sossos - 1210 BC, Duel, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 128137 points
Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor 184 - Religious, Noble, Any Era, Large, Epic, Great Plains, Persia
1st enKage 640 AD
2nd NobleZarkon 1050 AD

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor 185 - Conquest, Prince, Ancient, Small, Quick, Boreal, (check options)


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

PolyCast Episode 194: "Ramble On"
By DanQ at 2014-03-08 12:25
Image Doing the best they can. The one-hundred-and-ninety-fourth episode of PolyCast, "Ramble On", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Morgan "KingMorgan". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 03m09s | Forum Talk
Comparing Civilization V to Alpha Centauri at length.
- 23m08s | Senate
All about the "progressive warhorse" that is the Polish civilization brought to CivV via its Brave New World expansion pack.
- 30m40s | Open Mic
Taking in a different approach to an Autocratic Cultural Victory in CivV: BNW as described by "Karmah" in an email and reflecting feedback from Episode 191 of the show (33m47s).
- 39m41s | Theatre
An overpowering realization and a hoarding opponent (recorded for Episode 163).
- 42m19s | Miscellaneous
A humourous yet poignant look at whether or not to move your Settler from its starting position in CivV.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Legitimization through randomization, booking in advance, sales incentive and hope springs eternal.

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 2014-03-02 09:15

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 106 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to TractorBoy for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Domination, Quick, Duel, Pangaea, Russia (Catherine) game for 16204 points.

mycivs was the most active player during this update, submitting 20 games.

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
amirhuman - Jan 2048 AD, Turn 497, 12104 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
browd - 3880 BC, Turn 8, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Cromagnus - 1818 AD, Turn 279, 1423 points, Deity, Culture, Standard, Huge, Tiny Islands, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
dribnairb - 1832 AD, Turn 851, 1007 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Marathon, Huge, Pangaea, England (Elizabeth) [BNW]
Mashenka - 1765 AD, Turn 263, 2190 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
mycivs - 275 BC, Turn 104, 3970 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Duel, Lakes, Persia (Darius I) [BNW]
sisifo - 1806 AD, Turn 273, 2501 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Standard, Continents, China (Wu Zetain) [BNW]
thorak - 1655 AD, Turn 241, 2566 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Austria (Maria Theresa) [BNW]
thorak - 1685 AD, Turn 247, 2081 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major XLV - Domination, Immortal, Standard, Large Islands, Standard, Indonesia (Gajah Mada) (check options)
1st klaskeren - 325 AD T-128
2nd zenmaster -560 AD T-138
3rd KingMorgan - 700 AD T-145

G-Minor LXXI - Science, King, Standard, Shuffle, Quick, Any Leader
1st klaskeren - 1675 AD T-160
2nd playshogi - 1685 AD T-162
3rd dinanipedro - 1735 AD T-172

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major XLVI - Time, Prince, Tiny, Lakes, Standard, Any Leader - High Score Wins!
G-Minor LXXII - Diplomacy, Warlord, Large, Great Plains Plus, Standard, Shoshone (Pocatello)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

The TurnCast That Wasn't: PolyCast Play-by-Play
By DanQ at 2014-03-01 17:45
Image In January 2011, TurnCast (TC) became the third spin-off of the Civilization strategy-centric PolyCast (PC) podcast to launch. It blends audio snippets from multiple record sessions of regular and guest players of initially Civilization IV and now Civilization V working together to defeat any number of Artificial Intelligence (AI) opponents. Running weekly since October 2008, they were not initially going to be used in the creation of a podcast but rather a more 'traditional' multiplayer focus on competitive play between humans. It was also to have been a PC side series beginning almost two years prior to what would become TC's ultimate arrival online.

With TurnCast set to reach its fiftieth episode in its fourth season this year, the pilot of the what-could-have-been [u]PolyCast/u]'s "Play-by-Play" series has been released. Featuring to-have-been regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Michael "emeseles" Lucas-Smith and guest player John "bt_oz" Archer, each recorded their thoughts aloud while the game progressed; afterwards, it was edited and post-produced by Quick. A 'before' and 'after' conversation between the three also took place.

Entitled "Unification", this production carries a runtime of 75m31s. A number of factors, most notably editing and post-production time requirements, yielded a lukewarm reception between the select few who reviewed the end product which led to its shelving. This was mid-March 2009; now, five years to the day that the game this production features was played, it is being made available publicly for the first time.

 
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