ANNOUNCEMENT: “Fall of the Inca” – Hall of Fame Challenge Series XVIII (BTS)

By | January 27, 2017

The Hall of Fame Team would like to welcome new players, and welcome back old vets, to the Eighteenth running of the Civfanatics Civ IV Hall of Fame Challenge Series.

HOF Challenge XVII was a successful and competitive instalment of the series, won by ChrisFromLux. HOF Challenge XVIII is a collection of 10 games with a time limit of 6 months to complete them (from 25th January to 24th July 2017).

The winner will be the person who finishes the most games and collects the most points along the way (10 for 1st in each individual game, down to 1 for 10th). Progress results for all games can be found at http://hof.civfanatics.net/civ4/challenge.php. There are individual threads for each game in the Challenge Series forum so head on over and check it out.

This challenge has a theme – “Fall of the Inca“. The Inca are widely recognised as the most powerful nation you can play in Civ IV, especially at the higher levels where the anti-archery bonus for the Quecha UU means you have a powerful attacking force from Turn 0. Their UB, the Terrace, is based on a building you will normally construct in every city (Granary) and acts as a mini-creative trait. Their actual traits are 2 of the strongest in the game – Financial and Industrious. Finally their starting techs of Agriculture and Mysticism are very flexible – your workers have something to do immediately and you can compete in the race for early religions if you so desire. The Incans are so strong that their games do not count towards Elite Quatrromaster status and they are not normally chosen for Gauntlets.

Normally Challenge games have quite restrictive options and difficult opponents, this time the real challenge is the fact that each of these games is aimed at one of the oldest standing records in the HOF. We have targeted 10 of the oldest #1 slots held by the Incans, dates perceived as very difficult to beat playing as another Civ. Not only will you compete against the other players in this Challenge but also the spectre of these records which have stood the test of time.

As well as the Challenge page itself and the forum mentioned above we have created a special page on the site where you can explore some of the facts and figures behind the Incans and their dominance – this can be found at http://hof.civfanatics.net/civ4/fall_inca.php.

NobleZarkon

Civ IV Hall of Fame updated

By | January 25, 2017

The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 7 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to NobleZarkon for the highest score of the update with a Small, Marathon, Warlord, Time game for 40,959 points.

Chaosquo was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games. These games enable him to become our 19th Emperor Quattromaster (All Expansions)! He comes in ranked a very impressive 12th.

No player was brave enough to take on Deity this update.

Congratulations to NobleZarkon for winning Major Gauntlet 149 with a score of 40,959.

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

NobleZarkon

ModCast Episode 68: “Put Together”

By | January 21, 2017

Ready to go. The sixty-eighth episode of ModCast, entitled “Put Together“, is now netcasting with a 51m37s runtime. The ninth season premiere features regular co-hosts Rob “Rob (R8XFT)” Riley, Jett “TPangolin”, Jan “Janboruta” Boruta and Scott “AlphaShard” Dirk and eight others in the show’s first composite episode of archived segments.

The summary of topics is as follows:

00m52s | Topic #1
On pitfalls in the Religion and Tourism mechanics in Civilization V and towards tweaking the game’s trade system User Interface (02m50s; recorded for Episode 48).
05m28s | Cartography Room
Much quality to be found amongst a number of the game’s user-created civilizations (recorded for Episode 50).
08m11s | Code Corner (Part 1 of 2)
Having City States in CivV produce Settlers for expansion (recorded for Episode 58).
13m30s | Miscellaneous (Part 1 of 2)
A then-update on Anno Domina for Civilization V (recorded for Episode 61).
20m57s | Code Corner (Part 2 of 2)
Varying coding practices in game modding.
25m49s | Modding Spotlight
Using an enhanced modding screen for CivV and an events generator (recorded for Episode 64).
30m20s | Miscellaneous (Part 2 of 2)
The “weirdest and worst” comments for Civilization V works in the Steam community, how the popularity of some has come to influence those creators’ approach to modding (34m13s) and how the most spent time on mod came to be so consuming (37m25s; recorded for Episode 66).

ModCast is the first spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast; fellow sibling TurnCast focuses on Civ multiplay.

DanQ

PolyCast Episode 273 Topics List

By | January 19, 2017

This Saturday, January 21st, 2017 is to see the second recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast‘s eleventh season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 273’s topics list is set as follows:

News
Civilization VI Coming to Linux
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154758161740359)
CivVI “Winter 2016 Update” Now Available on Mac
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154764168805359)

Open Mic
More 2016 Christmas Special Feedback
2016 Christmas Special Suggestions Redux
– PolyCast 2016 Feedback Survey Results (Comments)

Miscellaneous
“History Respawned”: CivVI
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154758115165359)

Intro/Outro
Aztecs Now Available for All CivVI Players
“New Workers”, Old Issues
“Thought I Survived”: Sean Bean on CivVI Narration

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 subscribe to its YouTube channel. Episode topics list is subject to change. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

DanQ

One More Turn Season 5 Commentary

By | January 18, 2017

Some of the cast and all of the crew review One More Turn‘s fifth season with lenses on character development, plot movement and writing evolution. The show’s sixteenth bonus feature production, Season 5 Commentary, is now available. It has a runtime of 01h48m22s. 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.

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. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod‘s work is included throughout the series.

This production concludes One More Turn‘s fifth season; renewed for a sixth thirteen episode season, the story is set to continue in 2017.

DanQ

HOF Civ5 Update

By | January 17, 2017

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 21 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to blatc for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW] game for 5515 points.

zenmaster was the most active player during this update, submitting 7 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
blatc – 1400 AD, Turn 200, 5515 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]
Dines – 30 BC, Turn 347, 4721 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Standard, Pangaea, Assyria (Ashurbanipal) [BNW]
Dines – 1230 AD, Turn 546, 4377 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Pangaea, Ethiopia (Haile Selassie) [BNW]
Dines – 60 BC, Turn 344, 5059 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Standard, Pangaea, Rome (Augustus Caesar) [BNW]
walkyc – 1868 AD, Turn 304, 2050 points, Deity, Diplomacy, Standard, Small, Inland Sea, Venice (Enrico Dandolo) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LXXIX – Diplomacy, Deity, Small, Inland Sea, Standard, Any Leader
1st R.G.A.M. – 1848 AD T-294
2nd walkyc  – 1868 AD T-304

G-Minor CXXXVI – Diplomacy, King, Small, Pangaea, Standard, Rome (Augustus Caesar)
1st qoxf – 1515 AD T-213
2nd Mighty Dwaarf – 1710 AD T-252
3rd zlither  – 1765 AD T-263

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LXXX – Domination, Emperor, Standard, Shuffle, Epic, Poland (Casimir III)
G-Minor CXXXVII – Science, Warlord, Standard, Fractal, Standard, Huns (Attila)

>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

Denniz

PolyCast Episode 272: “Choices Mattering More”

By | January 14, 2017

Clearly. The two-hundred-and-seventy-second episode and eleventh season premiere of PolyCast, “Choices Mattering More“, features regular co-hosts Daniel “DanQ” Quick, Stephanie “Makahlua”, Philip “TheMeInTeam” Bellew and ”MadDjinn”. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

01m23s | News
Attending to the “Winter 2016 Update” for Civilization VI leads to analysis, opinion and recommendations that are not always congruent with each other; then, the Poland civilization and Viking scenario Downloadable Content (DLC) leads to a similar split.
31m36s | Open Mic
Looping in feedback from the show’s 2016 Christmas Special, its most previous episode (39m42s) and the first part look at the 2016 Listener Feedback Survey results (47m57s).

Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Fanfare timing and computational query.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production recording live every other Saturday throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

DanQ

Civilization IV HOF Update

By | January 12, 2017

The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 24 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Todelotti for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Standard, Epic, Immortal, Domination game for 314912 points.

Chaosquo was the most active player during this update, submitting 15 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
Chaosquo – 2995 BC, Duel, Marathon, Deity, Conquest game for 60591 points.
fizbankovi – 1886 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Domination game for 111423 points.
fizbankovi – 1765 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Cultural game for 94379 points.

No players gained number one positions on harder difficulty levels:

One player gained a composite table High Score (i.e. Any Condition):
Todelotti with a 970 AD, Standard, Epic, Immortal, game for 314912 points.

** New Gauntlet Starting **

G-Minor 219 – Domination, Deity, Ancient, Tiny, Normal, Pangaea, (check options)

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

NobleZarkon

Sign up NOW for Civ4 SGOTM 24 – Sitting Bull, Defender of the Trees

By | January 12, 2017

SGOTM 24 Sign up Thread – Sitting Bull, Defender of the Trees

Greenpeace activists joined by giant trees called Ents, that fans will recognise from the Lord of the Rings, have welcomed government delegates from around the world to the 9th meeting of biodiversity (SBSTTA).
(CNW/Greenpeace)

Sign up NOW to join a Team and compete in the next Civ4 BTS Succession Game.

“They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.” – Chief Sitting Bull

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” – Native American saying

Its time for you and your team to inherit the native american spirit and show yourself as a true enviromentalist. To do so you must force the rest of the world to run Enviromentalism for 100 turns! You may use carrot, whip or UN. It’s up to you. Since 100 turns is an awfully long time there is an option to reduce that number to a minimum of 1 turn. This is done by sparing as many trees as you can.

The game will start on 1st February, so book your place on a team here.

alanh

Sample PolyCast (Civ Strategy Podcast) with “Promo 26”

By | January 11, 2017

Regular co-hosts Daniel “DanQ” Quick, ”Makahlua”, Philip “TheMeInTeam” Bellew and ”MadDjinn” discuss Civilization strategy on PolyCast, a bi-weekly podcast. The second episode sampler from its tenth season is now available for listening. Targeting both would-be and current listeners to get a sense of the content and atmosphere of the show, it runs for 04m59s.

Recording live before a listening audience every other Saturday throughout the year, PolyCast is an every-other-week audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice on game strategy; its eleventh season is to begin with the release of Episode 272 this Saturday, January 14th. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

DanQ