Free Barbarian Mode Coming to All Civ VI Players

By | February 24, 2021

The free February Civilization VI game update brings a new Barbarian Clans game mode, a leader selection pool similar to the natural wonder picker, improvements to computer-controlled civilizations’ ability to use air units, and balance tweaks related to natural wonders and government policy slots. Discuss the update in the forums here.

A developer livestream showcasing the new features comes later today, February 24. Discuss it in the forums here. The update arrives February 25.

WillowBrook

PolyCast 378: Power Creep

By | February 21, 2021

The three hundred-and-seventy-eighth episode of PolyCast, “Power Creep“ is now available for streaming on polycast.civfanatics.com. This episode features regular co-hosts
CanusAlbinus, Phil “TheMeInTeam”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”, and guest co-host TheChrisD. Topics for this episode include:

News
00h01m50s | New Frontiers January patch notes
00h22m30s | New Frontiers February content preview (including barbarian city states and upgrades to A.I. air unit use)
00h52m40s | April civ and leader rebalance announcement and speculation.

Forum Talk
00h54m59s | Should game modes be a recurring feature?
01h10m21s | Irrational district placement for aesthetic reasons.

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; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding.

Lastly, we all send our best wishes to regular host Stephanie “Makahlua”, as she deals with the unprecedented winter storms and subsequent power outages. Stay safe, Maki, and stay warm. We hope to have you back in a couple weeks.

CanusAlbinus

Steam 2K Publisher Weekend Sale

By | February 5, 2021

Steam is having a 2K publisher sale this weekend. Some of the deals include:

  • Civilization VI Platinum Edition for just $34.99. It includes the base game, 2 expansions (Rise and Fall, Gathering Storm), and 6 DLC packs.
  • Rise and Fall / Gathering Storm expansion pack at $9.99 each
  • Civilization V Complete Edition for $34.47
  • Civilization IV Complete Edition for $7.49
  • Civilization III Complete Edition for $1.24
  • X-COM 2 for $4.80.

Check it out!

Thunderfall

PolyCast 377: Good Morning, Vietnam!

By | January 28, 2021

The three hundred-and-seventy-seventh episode of PolyCast, “Good Morning, Vietnam!“ is now available for streaming on polycast.civfanatics.com. This episode features regular co-hosts
CanusAlbinus, Stephanie “Makahlua”, Phil “TheMeInTeam”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”. Topics for this episode include:

News
00h02m07s | Vietnam civilization first look and discussion
00h14m25s | Kublai Khan speculation
00h23m14s | corporations game mode and Sanctuary district previews.

Forum Talk
00h35m26s | Historic concepts translated to gameplay mechanics

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; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding.

CanusAlbinus

Civilization VI Welcomes Vietnam, Kublai Khan, and Economic Game Mode

By | January 21, 2021

The next DLC of Civilization VI’s New Frontier Pass brings Vietnam to the Civilization series for the first time. Lady Trieu leads Vietnam. Kublai Khan comes as an alternate leader for both Mongolia and China. And the Monopolies and Corporations game mode provides new lucrative uses for duplicate luxuries. Discuss the whole DLC here; there are also specific threads for Vietnam, Kublai Khan, and the game mode.

WillowBrook

PolyCast 375: We’ve Already Checked-Out for the Holidays

By | December 19, 2020

The three hundred-and-seventy-fifth episode of PolyCast, “We’re Already Checked-Out For the Holidays“ is now available for streaming on https://polycast.civfanatics.com. This episode features regular co-hosts
CanusAlbinus, Stephanie “Makahlua”, Phil “TheMeInTeam”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”. We goofed on several audio queues, but topics for this episode include:

News
00h03m21s | December 2020 Update preview

Forum Talk
00h14m07s | Civ series Easter eggs and secrets
00h24m03s | Hero Observations, but first a short tangent about exploit that allows Babylon to research the entire tech tree in one turn.

Senate
00h36m31s | Poll: Civ VI’s art style, do you like it?
00h51m25s | Loyalty makes it impossible to invade other continents

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; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding.

This will be our final recording for the 2020 calendar year. As such, we wish all our listeners Happy Holidays and a safe and pleasant conclusion to this Topsy-turvy year. We plan to be back on our regular bi-weekly schedule on Saturday, the 9th of January in the new year 2021. We hope to have you back as well!

CanusAlbinus

Civilization VI Free Patch to Bring City State Picker, Balance Tweaks

By | December 15, 2020

The Civilization VI December update, free for all Civ VI players, will add a city state picker and adjust various aspects of the game (including great people, policy cards, and secret societies) for balance. Players will also gain the ability to tell an AI civ to STOP ASKING for things. Discuss this update in the forums here.

The developers will show off the changes in a livestream on December 16; discuss the livestream here.

The update drops on December 17.

WillowBrook

PolyCast 374: It’s Not Balanced, and That’s Okay

By | November 30, 2020

The three hundred-and-seventy-fourth episode of PolyCast, “It’s Not Balanced, and That’s OK“ is now available for streaming on polycast.civfanatics.com. This episode features regular co-hosts
CanusAlbinus, Stephanie “Makahlua”, Phil “TheMeInTeam”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”. Topics for this episode include:

Forum Talk
00h02m00s | Episode 373 feedback
00h11m56s | Do we really need “balance”?
00h24m54s | Dramatic ages has really surprised players

Senate
00h28m24s | Babylon impressions, tips, and tricks

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; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding.

CanusAlbinus