Tacticon 2024, July 18-22

By | July 12, 2024

The Tacticon is a virtual convention about strategy games, organized by the independent publishers FireSquid Games and HoodedHorse, and therefore should contain some things, which are also interesting for us.
This year the convention will happen from July 18 to July 22. The lineup normally consists out of various talks, new demos, and some sales, obviously.
The list of games which are participaing is not short, and includes for example Old World, Great Houses Of Calderia, Millennia, Terra Invicta, Crusader Kings III or Reus 2.
A first showcase is planned on July 18th, 7:30PM CET / 10:30AM PST, on Steam, Youtube and Twitch.
For more info follow the hasthag on Twitter, and discuss with us here.

PolyCast 433: Fringe Theories

By | July 11, 2024
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The four-hundred-and-thirty-third episode of PolyCast, “Fringe Theories“ is now available for streaming on the PolyCast YouTube Channel. This episode features regular co-hosts CanusAlbinus, Stephanie “Makahlua”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”. Topics for this episode include:

00h01m38s | Call to Power’s 25th Anniversary
00h11m43s | Real Life as a 4X Simulator?
00h28m37s | Quality of Life Mods for Civilization VI
Forum Talk
00h37m40s | Comparing Movement Rules Between Civilization V and Civilization VI
Research Lab
00h49m33s | Little Things from Previous Games We Want to See in Civilization VII

NOTE: This Episode was recorded on April 27, 2024.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production recording live every other Saturday at 12 Noon US Eastern Time throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice.

Join us to discuss this Polycast here.

Study The Past – a Civilization series retrospective (Civ 4)

By | July 10, 2024

The official Civilization Twitter account has published the 4th video in the Civ retrospective series, this time looking at Civilization 4. In this video they highlight the new 3D graphics, great people, the religion system, and the song we all love so much that it got a Grammy, Baba Yetu. Join us for the discussion here.

Sullla’s AI Survivor Season Eight – Game 5

By | July 8, 2024

AI Survivor is an annual competition of all Civilization IV AI Leaders by long-time Civilization enthusiast and streamer Sullla.

Game 4 from a week ago ended up with heavily favored Mansa of Mali winning a peaceful cultural victory, while the rest of the world battled it out. Interestingly, Saladin of Arabia had a powerful early advantage in this game. Score leader Saladin was in the process of taking out Washington of America when Qin of China launched a mother-of-a-backstab against Saladin, consequently wiping out the Arabians.

Game 5 will feature a rather peaceful crew of leaders except Brennus, who will likely be very disliked. This game highlights perennial powerhouse Pacal of the Mayans, whose financial and expansive traits are quite strong. Darius of Persia is the other seeded leader though his performances in the past are generally inconsequential. Be sure to make your picks in the picking context.

Sullla’s AI Survivor Season 8 continues Friday, July 12th on Sullla’s Twitch Channel at noon EST.

We welcome you to join the fun by discussing here

FreeCol v1.2.0 released!​

By | July 7, 2024

A new version of FreeCol, the open source version of Colonization, has been released! The FreeCol Devs have also posted a big new release across the Sid Meier’s Colonization fans Discord, Reddit & Facebook groups, in case you are active on these sites. This release features a new Colony panel with improved building graphics. In addition, there are lots of nice improvements and essential bug fixes. All savegames (without mods) from 0.12.0 and up should continue working with 1.2.0.

Download the new release here, and discuss it with us here.

Play the new Civ5 Gauntlets!

By | July 7, 2024

The Civilization 5 “Hall Of Fame” is an ongoing competition, to gain the highest rank among all civ-fanatics for the various difficulty levels, map settings, etc. While you are always free to submit your latest wins, we also sometimes give you new challenges, the gauntlets. It is again the time for them, so we get 2 new challenges for you:

For the G-Major CXLV we are challenging you to win a culture victory with Ramkhamhaeng of Siam on a standard Frontier map on King level. You get until July 31 to tackle this gauntlet. For more information please check this thread.

For the G-Minor CCXVIII we are challenging you to win a science victory as Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon on a huge rain forrest map on quick speed with Warlord difficulty. You also here get until July 31 to tackle this gauntlet. For more information please check this thread.

Ara: History Untold: Dev Diary, Ep. 20 – Historical Research; Civilopedia entry for Greece; and first gameplay

By | July 6, 2024

A lot has happened with Ara recently, there is a lot to update! The latest dev diary focuses on the historical research goes into the game. GamerZakh talkes to the narrative designer, about how they made sure that the ingame information is correct, how the starting point for Ara was chosen, and which technologies were included.

A second video was released, focusing on Ara’s version of the Civilopedia, called the Encantarta. The devs use Greece to show some parts of the Encantarta, the special traits of Sappo, the unique buildings, and more.

Anothe video was released, this time showing some of the early gameplay.

Join us for the discussion here.

Play the new Civ3 “Game Of The Month” #168 and #195

By | July 6, 2024

For the long summer months you also get 2 new GOTMs for Civ3!

For the addon “Play The World” you get the GOTM 195: You play as Persia on a customized normal size Archipelago map with 8 opponents and roaming barbarians. Gallery are available earlier, to allow an earlier expansion. The deadline for this game is September 30. For more information please check this thread.

For the addon “Conquests” you get the GOTM 168: You play as Alexander of Greece on a cold and wet standard size Archipelago map with roaming barbarians. The disease level for flood plains, jungle and wet lands have their disease level lowered, and the world is surrounded by mountains. Curious? Check this thread, and submit your game until September 30.