PolyCast Episode 291 Topics List

By | September 28, 2017

This Saturday, September 30th, 2017 is to see the ninteenth recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast‘s eleventh season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 291’s topics list is set as follows:

Forum Talk
– War Cancels Deals?
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/war-cancels-deals.622704
– What’s the Point of Friendship?
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/whats-the-point-of-friendship.622770
– Remove Settler Capture
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/remove-settler-capture.622290
– What is the Best Use of Gold?
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/what-is-the-best-use-of-gold.622060

Research Lab
– Cultural Revolution Mechanic
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/cultural-revolution-mechanic.622670
– Much Ado About Envoys
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/much-ado-about-envoys.622508

Open Mic
– Episode 290 Feedback
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/polycast-episode-290-milk-out-of-the-fridge.622673

Intro/Outro
CivVI Leader Translations
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/language-translations-for-leader-sayings.572324

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

Civ IV HOF Update Discussion

By | September 25, 2017

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

Congratulations to @Fractal Spiral for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Large, Epic, Prince, Domination game for 297,044 points.

@madbaker66 was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.

@NobleZarkon was the most active player during this update, submitting 4 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:

@fizbankovi – 1830 AD, Standard, Normal, Deity, Diplomatic game for 104,693 points.
@Pious_Pete – 1982 AD, Small, Quick, Deity, Cultural game for 5,774 points.
@Pious_Pete – 1991 AD, Small, Quick, Deity, Cultural game for 6,997 points.

A number of players gained number one positions on harder difficulty levels:

@Sun Tzu Wu with a 1955 AD, Small, Normal, Immortal, Espionage game for 31,995 points.

A number of players gained a composite table High Score (i.e. Any Condition):
@Fractal Spiral with a 1110 AD, Large, Epic, Prince, game for 297,044 points.

@Fractal Spiral with a 700 AD, Small, Normal, Noble, game for 133,265 points.

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

NobleZarkon

PolyCast Episode 290: “Milk in the Fridge”

By | September 23, 2017

Does a civ good. The two-hundred-and-ninetieth episode of PolyCast, “Milk in the Fridge“, features regular co-hosts Daniel “DanQ” Quick, Stephanie “Makahlua” and Philip “TheMeInTeam” Bellew with returning guest Lotfi “ZTZaorish” Kerzabi and first-time guest Brian “bite” MacNamara. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

01m18s | Forum Talk
The show’s most extenstive, and contested, Great Person runthrough for Civilization VI is its last, that for Great Scientists; then, towards a growing consensus on if — and how — a civilization receiving a trade route should benefit from its existence (21m45s) and starting from mid-to-late game ”drag” in CivVI could be addressed in it and going forward in the series (30m20s).
46m46s | News
A new Civilization series board game, ”A New Dawn”, is announced (recorded for Episode 288), followed by CivVI‘s “Summer 2017” patch coming first to Mac, then on Linux, though most attention is paid to what is still left to be delivered (51m39s).

Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Boyband throwback, then title tetris.

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

HOF Civ5 Update

By | September 18, 2017

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 13 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to sexten for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Science, Marathon, Huge, Highlands, Shoshone (Pocatello) [BNW] game for 10641 points.

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

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
johncparr – 1888 AD, Turn 314, 1680 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Large Islands, Poland (Casimir III) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Major LXXXV – Science, King, Standard, Pangaea, Marathon, Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II)
1st vadalaz – 1424 AD T-607
2nd zenmaster – 1604 AD T-697

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Major LXXXVI – Culture, Emperor, Large, Small Continents, Standard, Denmark (Harald)

>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

Denniz

TurnCast Special: “Turn the Game Around”

By | September 16, 2017

Turning lemons into lemonade for sweet retribution. Regular players Daniel “DanQ” Quick and Stephanie “Makahlua” are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization VI multiplayer players in the sixth TurnCast (TC) special entitled “Turn the Game Around“. It carries a 32m42s runtime.

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast on which Quick and Makahlua serve as regular co-hosts; the modding-centric ModCast was the first.

DanQ

PolyCast Episode 290 Topics List

By | September 14, 2017

This Saturday, September 16th, 2017 is to see the eighteenth recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast‘s eleventh season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 289’s topics list is set as follows:

Forum Talk
– Rate Great Scientists
https://civ6.gamepedia.com/Great_Scientist
– Rate Great Writers
https://civ6.gamepedia.com/Great_Writer
– Why Do Trade Routes Not (Directly) Benefit Receiving Civ
– Mid-to-Late CivVI Game “So Bland”
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/the-mid-to-end-game-of-civ6-is-so-bland.621458
– Are Wonders Worth It?
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/are-wonders-worth-it.621481
(https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1p3O6lGfavhL0jR9eoE34BzVZmOYGRDN8mwtiJuocJGE/edit#gid=0)

Open Mic
– Episode 289 Feedback
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/polycast-episode-289-a-thesis-be-warned.622255
(https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/bringing-back-the-height-advantage-ideas-for-tall-play.620962/#post-14864259)
(https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/tall-versus-wide.621210/#post-14864484)

Miscellaneous
Civ Series Tops “Video Games Schools Should Let You Play” List

– Aspyr Releases CivVI Summer 2017 Update on Mac One Week, Linux Week After
https://blog.aspyr.com/2017/09/07/sid-meiers-civilization-vi-summer-2017-update-live-mac
https://support.aspyr.com/hc/en-us/articles/216979606-Civilization-VI-STEAM-KB
(https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/after-much-delay-the-summer-2017-update-for-civilization-vi-is-finally-out-on-linux.10342)
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10155542903430359)

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

ANNOUNCEMENT: “Fall of the Inca II” – Hall of Fame Challenge Series XIX

By | September 10, 2017

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

HOF Challenge XVIII was a successful and competitive installment of the series, won by @neilmeister. HOF Challenge XIX is a collection of 10 games with a time limit of 6 months to complete them (from 10th September to 9th March 2018). 13 players took part submitting at least 50 entries and each game received at least 1 entry with 6 different players achieved first places.

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 continues the “Fall of the Inca” theme. 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 and it’s free Combat I promotion 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.

4 Incan records were removed from the Hall of Fame through the first installment of this challenge, let’s see if we can double that this time!

For those unfamiliar with the CFC Hall of Fame (HOF), we encourage you to try the challenge as a way of introducing yourself to the HOF. The Challenge series is just one feature of the HOF. A Gauntlet series of games is run monthly. In addition you can simply submit any of your games to the HOF. All valid games are recorded to a database and ranked under various categories. The HOF enables you to compare your progress against other HOFers over all time or simply track your own progress. In other words, the HOF is as competitive as you want it to be.

NobleZarkon

Civ IV HOF Update

By | September 10, 2017

The Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated – 27 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to @brianbog for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Tiny, Normal, Emperor, Domination game for 160,325 points.

@Tonny was the most active player during this update, submitting 10 games.

Only one player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:

    @Sun Tzu Wu – Jul 1968 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Espionage game for 22,625 points.

A number of players gained number one positions on harder difficulty levels:

@Sun Tzu Wu with a Jul 1968 AD, Small, Epic, Deity, Espionage game for 22,625 points.

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

NobleZarkon