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PolyCast Episode 228: "Very Clever" with Brad 'Draginol' Wardell
By DanQ at 2015-05-23 01:06
Image Nod, nod. The two-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of PolyCast, "Very Clever", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Brad "Draginol" Wardell, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 04m23s | Forum Talk
Taking on the notion that a Culture Victory in Civilization V is "redundant" is followed by ranking the luxury resources in the game (12m24s), addressing an inquiry if the Maya have the greatest religion advantage in CivV (25m19s), how much is too much production towards World Projects (31m37s), what really "grind"'s one's "gears" in CivV (38m38s) and what of a Combat Worker concept, with particulars, in the series (45m26s).
- 52m44s | Open Mic
Feedback on best teamed Civilization V civs from Episode 227.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Ironic naming, implied meaning, real question and a substantive remix.

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.

One More Turn Season 2 Bloopers
By DanQ at 2015-05-20 18:42
Image This, that, here, there and everywhere. All the outtakes from dramedy podcast One More Turn's Season 2 episodes' recording for public consumption are now available. It has a runtime of 17m19s. 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 dramedy's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series.

The One More Turn Season 2 Commentary is to be released on May 27th, 2015.

'Rising Tide' expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth announced
By Camikaze at 2015-05-18 07:09
'Rising Tide', described as the 'first expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth', has been announced.

From the official announcement:
After the first wave of great colony ships departed Earth, the jubilation of humanity was short-lived. Those left behind fell into a violent struggle over the quickly-diminishing resources on their barren home world. From this tumultuous time, four new factions arose. These newcomers were grounded not in the idealism of their predecessors, but on opportunism, resilience, ruthlessness, and above all a commitment to their own survival.

Now, many decades after their first landfall on a new planet, the proud survivors of the first expeditions beyond Earth look up to see the skies darkened by a new breed of pioneers.

Beyond Earth extended the Civilization franchise from its historical setting into the possible futures of science fiction. Rising Tide extends Beyond Earth to new frontiers on the planet’s surface and beneath its seas, adding even more choices and diplomatic options as you continue to build “just one more turn” toward a new vision for the future of humanity.

  • Colonize the Ocean: Build floating settlements and access natural resources hidden beneath the seas of the alien planet. Alien beasts with unique abilities inhabit the water and challenge the player in new ways. The ocean provides a fully replayable map, new gameplay mechanics and strategic possibilities for players to reign supreme on their new world.
  • Dynamic Leader Traits: Players and AI Leaders alike unlock new Traits through gameplay and activate different combinations to respond to the changing world. These dynamic sets of Traits also provide benefits and add to the new Diplomacy system, governed by the new Fear and Respect attributes.
  • New, Enhanced Diplomatic Options: Shape the diplomatic landscape by using political capital to upgrade your traits, change diplomatic relationships, and leverage the benefits of your allies’ traits.
  • New Sponsors: Four new factions have been added to the game including Al Falah, nomad explorers descended from wealthy and resilient Middle Eastern states that possess a rich cultural and commercial heritage.
  • New Artifact System: Collect and combine powerful relics to unlock new perks, unit upgrades, and buildings for your faction on the new world.
  • New Hybrid Units: Affinities are competing visions for the future of humanity. By investing in multiple Affinities, rather than specializing in just one, players can unlock special hybrid Affinity units and upgrades.
  • New Biomes: Two new world types have been added. Primordial worlds are rife in volcanic activity and the chaotic landscape of a world still forming. Frigid worlds have cooled in their great age, their surfaces covered with icy oceans and frozen tundra.
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HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2015-05-17 08:20

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 59 games were accepted since the previous update.

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

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

Only 8 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
AusCG - 2010 BC, Turn 149, 2122 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Pangaea, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
Babinski - 1525 AD, Turn 215, 2809 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 225 BC, Turn 106, 3580 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Standard, Arborea, Polynesia (Kamehameha) [BNW]
Manpanzee - 1565 AD, Turn 223, 3615 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Mesix - 3850 BC, Turn 10, 12400 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 250 AD, Turn 375, 3492 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
NiceOneEmlyn - 350 AD, Turn 385, 3900 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Tiny Islands, Egypt (Ramesses II) [BNW]
teqofc - 1824 AD, Turn 282, 2132 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Continents, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie) [BNW]
teqofc - 1725 AD, Turn 255, 2549 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
teqofc - 1785 AD, Turn 267, 2609 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Tiny, Pangaea, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW]
vadalaz - 1625 AD, Turn 235, 2629 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
vadalaz - 1575 AD, Turn 225, 2935 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
zenmaster - 1305 AD, Turn 281, 3718 points, Deity, Domination, Epic, Large, Large Islands, Netherlands (William) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor C - Diplomacy, Prince, Tiny, Archipelago, Standard, Portugal (Maria I)
1st zenmaster - 1490 AD T-209
2nd mycivs -1545 AD T-219
3rd walkyc - 1836 AD T-288

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor CI - Science, Chieftain, Standard, Fractal, Quick, Shoshone (Pocatello) (check options)

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TurnCast Episode 57: "Asking For It"
By DanQ at 2015-05-16 15:32
Image Just are. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Scott "AlphaShard" Dirk and "UberMarklar" are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fifty-seventh episode of TurnCast (TC). Entitled "Asking For It", its runtime is 09m59s. Snippets include but are not limited to tolerance test, little scary, getting through, in honour and how much.

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.

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