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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)


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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.

HOF Civ4 Update
By Denniz at 2014-02-25 18:34
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 22 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to A_Turkish_Guy for the highest score of the update with a Huge, Marathon, Noble, Domination game for 3385370 points.

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

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
kovacsflo - 1310 AD, Huge, Normal, Deity, Diplomatic game for 121316 points
Sun Tzu Wu - 1540 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Cultural game for 66833 points
** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major 125 - Domination, Prince, Ancient, Large, Any Speed, Ottoman (check options)


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

PolyCast Episode 193: "Choices Matter"
By DanQ at 2014-02-22 10:26
Image For certain. The one-hundred-and-ninety-third episode of PolyCast, "Choices Matter", features regular co-hosts "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and first-time guest co-host "Reyzant". Carrying a runtime of 59m59s, the summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m47s | Forum Talk
Concluding a point-by-point consideration of one user's "Balance Patch" dream for Civilization V: Brave New World at length.
- 39m51s | Open Mic
Replying to one, two, three emails addressed to the show's panelists: an argument for taking the full Liberty and Patronage Social Policy trees from "Nick" followed by when to assign Specialists in cities from "slo" (44m44s) and how to more effectively utilize spies in CivV multiplayer games from "Mats" (48m54s).
- 49m18s | News
Acknowledging CivV: BNW's nomination for a 2014 "Games: Strategy and Simulation" award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Crowding out, leading by example and what the "ish".

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.

Become a RevCast Regular Co-Host
By DanQ at 2014-02-19 19:25
Image Calling all Civilization: Revolution players: you may be just what RevCast (RC) is looking for! Last year this podcast about all things CivRev was renewed for a 6-episode sixth season. Unfortunately, those who most recently served as regular co-hosts have either decided not to return or are presently unavailable to do so. If you are interested and available to be a regular co-host on this show, reply to this forum thread with the following information:

- how long you have been playing CivRev;
- whether you play primarily, solely or a combination of single-player and/or multiplayer;
- an account of any previous podcasting experience, if any; and
- why you believe you would be well suited in the role.

A regular panel of 3-4 hosts is being sought for RC. Recordings would take place at six different times throughout 2014 using Skype, starting as early as some point in March. A headset with microphone is required. All editing and publishing of the recordings would be managed by Daniel "DanQ" Quick who has done so for all episodes of the show to date.

RevCast is the second spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast; fellow sibling ModCast focuses on Civ modding, SCivCast on Civ social gaming and TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

Become a ModCast Regular Co-Host
By DanQ at 2014-02-19 19:19
Image Calling all Civilization V modders: you may be just what ModCast (MC) is looking for! Last year this podcast about all things Civ modding was renewed for a 6-episode sixth season. Unfortunately, those who most recently served as regular co-hosts have decided not to return. If you are interested and available to be a regular co-host on this show, reply to this forum thread with the following information:

- how long you have been modding Civilization V, as well as CivIV if/as applicable;
- whether you play CivV mods as well and, if so, since when and of what variety;
- an account of any previous podcasting experience, if any; and
- why you believe you would be well suited in the role.

A regular panel of 3-4 hosts is being sought for MC. Recordings would take place at six different times throughout 2014 using Skype, starting as early as some point in March. A headset with microphone is required. All editing and publishing of the recordings would be managed by Daniel "DanQ" Quick who has done so most recently for episodes of the show to date.

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.

 
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