Civ6 Free to play (Feb 22-26 2024)

By | February 22, 2024

The Civ6 Twitter account has announced that Civ6 will be free to play until Monday!
This seems to apply to only the base game, without any addons, but still worth checking!
If you get the taste for it, then you can also get it at a discount right now, the base game costing 5.99€, the Platinum version 15.09€ and the Anthology bundle 24.93€.
Play it here on Steam, and discuss it with us here.

New indie game release: Empires Shall Fall

By | February 20, 2024

It seems a lot of new games are getting released! This time we’re not looking at grand strategy, but rather at a turn-based tactics game, called “Empires Shall Fall”.
While self-described as being set in a dieselpunk world, the trailer definitely also gives away some X-COM vibes, with various aliens as an enemy to your retro tech army.
You can battle with your units over a square-spaced landscape, giving them faction specific upgrades if they earned enough XP, and the game also seems to include some story as well.

If you are interested, the game is currently also reduced by 10% to 11.51€.
“Empires Shall Fall” is available on Steam, and obviously we have a thread to discuss it here too.

Join a truly epic FreeCiv game – LongTurn83 starting soon!

By | February 19, 2024

The “LongTurn” series of games is an epic MP game within the FreeCiv community. You can join as one of many many nations in a multiplayer game, doing 1 turn per day for approximately 3-5 months. The game will be played on a single continent, and it is all-vs-all.

If you want to know more about this game, please check this thread.

Play the new Civ6 “Game Of The Month” #177

By | February 18, 2024

And obviously this mid-month GOTM series would not be complete without Civ6! In this Civ6 GOTM you play as Lautaro of the Mapuche on a huge earth map with true starting positions. You fight against 9 civs on Immortal level, with Dramatic Ages and Monopolies and Corporations. You need to win via a domination victory, and prevent all other civs from achieving another one. You have until March 15 to conquer the old world. For all information please see here.

Polycast episode 428: “Freedom?”

By | February 18, 2024
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The four-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of PolyCast, “Freedom?” is now available on streaming on YouTube. This episode features regular co-hosts CanusAlbinus. Stephanie “Makahlua”, Phil “TheMeInTeam”, and Jason “MegaBearsFan”. Topics for this episode include:

News
– 00h01m54s | Ara History Untold game overview
– 00h21m23s | Ara History Untold dev diary: “the 6Xs”
– 00h34m54s | January 2024 Challenge of the Month: Robot Revolution

Forum Talk
– 00h39m54s | Academic paper: “On Being Stuck in Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Promise of Freedom in Historical Games”
– 01h01m34s | What to try next when you need a break from Civ

We are currently having technical issues preventing us from updating the ThePolyCast.net website, so the most recent episodes are not available there (yet). We hope to have this resolved soon, and to get the website updated.

NOTE: This Episode was recorded on 20 January 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 for the discussion of this episode here.

Millennia | Community Q&A II

By | February 17, 2024

The developers of Millennia have posted their second community Q&A. This Q&A was run while the demo was active (still is for another 2 days!), so some interesting in-depth questions were asked. If you want to know more about the space race or a more culturally tied winning condition, religions, their differences, and many other things, then check out this thread.

An excerpt:

Can we rename heroes and can we reshape and change their stories to be different from how they were in real life mythologies and legends?

You can rename your army stacks, but not individual units. When you get a Hero, you can send them on any Quest they meet the requirements for, so if you want to try to tell their story, or any variant of that, you can try your best!

New indie game release – AlexanderBall: A Countryball Tale

By | February 17, 2024

And we are getting another interesting release – AlexanderBall: A Countryball Tale.
Also this game is a historical turn-based 4X game, where you play as Alexander the Great. As in other games, you also recruit armies, fight turn-based hex battles, build your cities and conduct diplomacy. But, the twist, all characters and units are not humans, but country balls! The graphics are accordingly nice 2D drawings, and look nicely comical as expected.

The game is currently available on Steam for 12.79€, and you can discuss it with us here.

Play the new Civ5 “Game Of The Month” #239

By | February 16, 2024

Ands you obviously also get a new Civ5 GOTM! This time you play as Askia of the Songhai on a standard size Sandstorm map on Emperor level. You need to win via culture victory to reign over Dune… er… this sand mass, we mean. The deadline is March 15. You can find all the info here.