Old World designer notes #7: Soren Johnson on Characters

By | September 8, 2021

Soren Johnson has added a new blog post, about why the characters were added to Old World. Have a read here: https://www.designer-notes.com/?p=1714
An excerpt:

“Simply put, characters add a dynamism to Old World that prevents it from reaching ECS, the usual fate of most 4X games. The most obvious way characters disrupt the game’s stability is via diplomacy. Simply having foreign leaders actually change – from death or abdication or even deposition – over the course of the game makes a huge difference. Perhaps you have a great relationship with Phillip of Greece but not so much with his heir, Alexander, because you offended him at a dinner years before? The latter’s eventual ascension (unless, say, some unfortunate accident might come to pass) will mean that your diplomatic status with Greece could go from good to bad. The amazing thing about this outcome is that it flows completely naturally from having real characters who age and die; players aren’t shocked when relations change and, indeed, expect them to change.
It is hard to articulate how significant a departure this is from a tension that has always bedeviled Civ games – that players expect diplomacy to be predictable, but predictable diplomacy inevitably becomes boring. Players will frequently rant over “unpredictable” or “random” AI leaders who suddenly go from being a friend to an enemy. These shifts are necessary for games to not slowly calcify from their earliest diplomatic states, but there are few ways to make these changes thematically palatable when the leaders never change. Civ games have experimented with all sorts of opinion modifiers that give a reason why a leader might change their opinion of you, but the most natural reason is that there is now simply a new leader who has a new set of relationships, memories, and opinions.”

Discuss this blog post in our forum: https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/soren-johnson-on-characters.673117/

Follow this discussion on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SorenJohnson/status/1435440586052579329


Official Old World user manual

By | September 7, 2021

Mohawk Games have released the offical manual for Old World: It’s a 100 pages long PDF document with all the basic explanations you need for the game. The manual has been made with the help of a Velociryx, https://www.twitch.tv/velociryx, the author of the SMAC/X strategy guide.

You can find the manual here, and you can leave comments in our forum here.

Follow this discussion on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mohawkgames/status/1435313578219819020


Community vote for best Humankind map

By | September 7, 2021

Amplitude has given us a reminder that there is a community vote in the the official map creation contest: The map with the most subscriptions will win the community prize. So if you like one of the many new maps for Humankind best, go here, download it, and help the creator win the prize!

May the best map win!


Civilization 6 World Cup: Match of the week

By | September 7, 2021

The Civ6 World Cup is again having matches! The match of the week will be played each Saturday at 13h GMT. If you wanted to watch some really good players beat each other in Civ6, then this is your chance again!

Follow this discussion on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Civ6WorldCup/status/1435197572264697856.


30 years of Civ: Read a new Civ1 story

By | September 4, 2021

For the month of September, we are still celebrating Civ’s 30th birthday! Our user zaphod2016 has written a story about his last conquest of the world with the Romans in the one and only Civ1, the original!

If you wondered how the original looked, or just want to be reminded of the good old times, have a look at his story here: https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/stories-tales-emperor-caesar-of-rome.673007/.


Civilization’s 30th birthday: Give Civ a present, get one back!

By | September 3, 2021

Civilization’s 30th birthday: Give Civ a present, get one back!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of Civilization, we are holding a contest: Give Civ a present, get one back!

How would you do this?

We are looking for any form of art, created for Civilization! Have you ever drawn something inspired by Civ? Made a sculpture? A lego set? Made a civ-themed party? A civ-themed photo of yourself? You can also show us your civ-love with a custom made video, a song or a poem (as video/audio)! Anything which qualifies as creative and nice is welcome!

There are three ways to win!

  • The top three (3) “best entries” as determined by the CFC Moderators and Staff will each receive a 30€ Civ merchandise package and a copy of “Old World” sponsored by Mohawk Games (because Soren loves Civ as much as you do)
  • 1 poetry/prose prize for “Civilization in 200 words or less”, copies of the Civilization 4 deluxe boxed set and Civilization Beyond the Sword expansion (for Windows) donated by one of our moderators (we even give up Civ for you!). To enter this part of the contest you need to submit something in writing and in English. Entries must be 200 words or less and can characterize any aspect of your Civ experience in any or all of the Civ games. Tell us a story, your story. Write prose, haiku, limerick or verse; write I or VI; make them long or even terse.
  • Once the Best Entry and poetry/prose prize winners have been chosen, all remaining entries will go into a random drawing and three (3) winners will each receive a recent copy of Civilization [winners may choose one game for themself; options are Civilization 4: Complete Edition, Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection, Civilization 5 (base game) or Civilization 6 (base game)]

Details for the contest:

  • The entries must be submitted during Civ’s 30th birthday, September 2021, and should not have been widely published before. We will accept any submissions which can reasonably be argued to be submitted during September 2021
  • Entries must be submitted to this thread, or via Twitter to civfanatics. Entries from Twitter will be re-posted in this thread.
  • To qualify for any merchandise package or the poetry/prose prize, we must be able to ship it to you via post
  • To redeem the Old World copy, you must have an account at the Epic Games Store
  • To redeem the Civilization copy, you must have a Steam account
  • The judgement of best entry will be done by the Civfanatics moderators and Staff, and cannot be contested
  • Only one prize per user.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any entries for any reason
  • no purchase necessary
  • Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of the close of the contest.

Details for this thread:

We do encourage discussions about the entries. If you want to comment on an entry, please quote the respective entry, because anything what is not a contest-entry will be moved to a separate discussion thread.


Old World patch, September 1

By | September 3, 2021

The developers of Old World have released a new patch.

The patch notes can be found here. Besides various tweaks, also more bonus cards and events were added.

Discuss the new patch in our forum here: https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/old-world-patch-september-1.672965/


Happy birthday Civilization!

By | September 1, 2021

Happy birthday Civilization! 30 years ago, in September 1991, the original Civilization was released. We have followed Civ through the years, loved every installement, and we are still here, waiting for the next title to come. Congratulations, and let’s hope for 30 years of more turns!

It also seems that GOG is celebrating this anniversary!

Right now you get 75% discount on Civilization III complete (now 1.29€), 75% on Civilization IV complete (now 5€) and 75% on Alpha Centauri complete pack (now 1.29€).

Instead, we now get a sale at Steam! Civilization VI and both expansions, Rise & Fall and Gathering Storm, are heavily discounted until September 16. The base game is currently 8.99€, Rise & Fall 9.89€, and Gathering Storm 9.99€.