Community Patch (aka Vox Populi) for Civ5 Gets a New Update

By | December 6, 2016

cpThe ever-popular Community Patch, now known as Vox Populi, has a brand new update.

Started in 2014, Vox Populi (formerly known as the “Community Balance Patch”) is a collaborative effort to improve Civilization V’s AI and gameplay. It is a collection of mods that are designed to work together seamlessly.

The core of the project, the Community Patch, is a DLL-based mod that can be used independently of all other mods in the project in order to improve your Civilization V experience. It does not modify any of the core game’s content (such as leaders or buildings), but improves AI performance and addresses a number of bugs that remained after the final Civilization V patch.

The Community Balance Overhaul (and all other elements of the project), however, expands and changes the core mechanics of the game, offering an entirely new Civilization V experience that feels and plays like an evolution of the series.

The update is available to download and discuss within its own forum in our Civilization V modding forums.


Input Requested for PolyCast Christmas Special 2016

By | December 5, 2016

Headed by regular co-hosts Daniel “DanQ” Quick, ”Makahlua”, Philip “TheMeInTeam” Bellew and ”MadDjinn”, PolyCast is approaching the conclusion to its landmark tenth season. On December 10th, 2016, the show’s annual Christmas Special is to be recorded live as have been episode recordings this calendar year. The regular co-hosts are need of questions to answer, comments to reflect on and topics to investigate to drive this celebratory stream’s content: Civ in nature, strategy/computer gaming in general or even PolyCast specific inquiries are all welcome… you are not limited to just one!

To submit your questions, comments or topics for this purpose in advance, do one of the following:

a) respond accordingly to this post;
b) send an email to;
c) leave a voicemail for free by using Skype to call the show; or
d) leave a voicemail by using your telephone to call the show: (301) 637-7659 or +44 121 288 7659.

In addition, the PolyCast team will also take them live during the recording of the 2016 Christmas Special in the chat room powered by YouTube. Help the show’s regular co-hosts prepare for this event by submitting your inquiries in advance. PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy.


Civ VI Reference 1.0

By | December 5, 2016

Forum member Grumalg has made a very extensive and handy reference file for Civilization VI. It’s 77 pages long in PDF format and contains the Civ6 Civilopedia info in easier to use table format. Check it out and discuss it on the forum!

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Thanks to Grumalg for making it and sharing it with the community!

This document is basically the Civilopedia converted to tables, plus some additional information from the civilization selection and government sections of the UI. It does not include the ‘Game Concepts’ section of the civilopedia.

The things I don’t like about the civilopedia are:

1) It takes a lot of clicking and scrolling to get to a piece of information.
2) Since you can only look at one thing at a time, it’s hard to compare things.
3) It covers the middle of the game screen, so you can’t look at the game situation at the same time.

The extensive internal linking allows you to reach pretty much anything with a small number of clicks (1-3 typically).

By placing the data in table rows, you can see more than one thing making comparing things easier. The document is heavily internally linked allowing you to drill down from the data in any particular table row to what it references. While it’s quite useful using Alt-Tab to view with a single monitor, it really shines with dual monitors where you can have the game on one screen and the reference on the other. That allows you to look at data *and* the game situation at the same time.

It wasn’t designed for printing and is likely not to print well without a very good printer due to small text in tables (8 point), alternate table row shading for eye guiding, and the massive amount of small icons embedded in the text. In any case printing it throws away one of it greatest strengths, the massive internal linking allowing jumping around quickly.

Since we don’t have access to the BLP files yet, all the icons/graphics were produced by screenshots, followed by cropping, background removal, and in the case of white icons color inversion to black. All graphic work was done in Paint.Net. It was formatted/composed in MSWord, then imported into Libre Office for export to PDF.

PDF was used for two reasons. In a PDF you have the ability to go ‘Back’ that doesn’t exist in MSWord (at least in the old version I’m using – OfficeXP). Also the .doc form was pretty big due to the massive use of text embedded small icons (full sized from screen capture – just shrunken in display size). I figured the 113 MB+ size could be an issue for hosting bandwidth. The conversion to PDF shrunk it to 13.6 MB.

The text is *mostly* verbatim from the civilopedia with minor exceptions. The long lists of many terrain types were often reduced to things like ‘Must be built on Hills’ or ‘Cannot be built on hills’ to save space in table row size. Some long sentences were reduced with shorter wording meaning the same thing to save space. Instances of ‘found or conquered cities’ were changed to ‘founded or conquered cities’. Instances where the civilopedia used ‘Jungle’ were changed to ‘Rainforest’, as Jungle is not an existing terrain type currently. There are probably some other changes I’m not remembering at the moment, but keeping as close as possible to the civilopedia was a goal.

If the civilopedia is in error, that error is repeated in this document. I’ll happily listen to any issues or suggestions. I hope to keep this document up to current as patches/DLC/Expansions occur, but it may take a number of days for me to incorporate such changes depending on how extensive they are.

The future may also include adding an appendix of effect cross references, so one can look for all the existing things that affect a particular aspect of the game. Currently the Espionage and Religious Apostle promotion section don’t have anything tree like, as I don’t yet understand that well enough to represent it yet. Other sections may be added as they are needed.

Here’s hoping others find this as useful as I do for grasping all the changes in gameplay Civ VI brought us…


Civ VI – Hall of Fame Beta Gauntlet 2

By | December 4, 2016

The Second Civ VI Hall of Fame Beta Gauntlet has started here. Head over and take on the challenge and share your thoughts/strategy on achieving the fastest finish.

Game details are as follows

  • Victory Condition: Space (though all victory conditions must be enabled)
  • Difficulty: King
  • Starting Era: Ancient
  • Map Size: Standard
  • Map Type: Inland Sea
  • Speed: Normal
  • Leader: Gandhi
  • Opponents: Any, (default number of opponents option)
  • Resources: Standard
  • Start Position: Standard
  • Limit Turns: By Game Speed
  • Must Not Be Checked: No Barbarians
  • Version: (ie Patch 1)
  • Date: 2nd December 2016 to 2nd January 2017

PolyCast Episode 270: “A Step in the Direction”

By | December 3, 2016

polycast_logoSame path, to same destination, still unclear. The two-hundred-and-seventieth episode of PolyCast, “That’s Our Number“, features regular co-hosts Daniel “DanQ” Quick, Stephanie “Makahlua”, Philip “TheMeInTeam” Bellew and ”MadDjinn” with returning guest co-hosts Jon “CanuckSoldier” Ryder and Daniel “zaldar” Cole. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

04m06s | News (Part 1 of 3)
Much to be said about the first Civilization VI patch that soon takes the form of a numbered list.
17m59s | Miscellaneous (Part 1 of 2)
The first side conversation to the release of said CivVI patch is one that sparks some considerable debate: preferring Settler to city capture.
29m58s | News (Part 2 of 3)
Returning to counting down the most significant changes of note brought about by Civilization VI‘s first patch.
34m17s | Miscellaneous (Part 2 of 2)
The second CivVI patch side conversation brings some reflective consideration to bare: earning gold upon unit deletion.
42m39s | News (Part 3 of 3)
The final dibs and drabs on the changes to Civilization VI courtesy its first patch is followed by a Deluxe Edition discount too good to be true while contemplating possible legal implications (49m36s).

Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Method of payment, packing them in, renewal roulette and the case of the blas.

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.


Ireland civilization led by Brian Boru available for Civ V

By | December 3, 2016


Another fantastic leader and civilization from JFD and JanBoruta for Civ V, with contributions from Viregel.  Brian Boru’s Ireland requires Brave New World and works best with Gazebo’s Community Patch.

Brian Boru’s Ireland comes with two unique units. The Fili (which replaces the Great Writer) produces Great Works of Writing which generate Great Musician points. The player receives a free Fili with each Great General spawned. The Kern (which replaces the Longswordsman) unlocks at Civil Service, does not require iron, has -5 combat strength, but may use enemy roads and gets +15% XP from combat when surrounded by two or more enemies.

Go to JFD and JanBoruta’s Civilizations for the download links and to discuss Brian Boru’s Ireland.



HOF Civ5 Update

By | December 2, 2016


The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 25 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to mycivs for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Settler, Domination, Standard, Duel, Pangaea, Russia (Catherine) [BNW] game for 5333 points.

mycivs was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.vadalaz was the most active player during this update, submitting 6 games.

Only 2 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update:
stiefelm – 1840 BC, Turn 54, 4000 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
stiefelm – 775 BC, Turn 84, 4812 points, Deity, Domination, Standard, Tiny, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]
vadalaz – 140 BC, Turn 336, 2895 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Huge, Pangaea, Arabia (Harun al-Rashid) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor CXXXIII – Diplomacy, King, Small, Arborea, Standard, Carthage (Dido)
bronze1st raistlin1967 – 1856 AD T-298
2nd walkyc – 1901 AD T-321

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor CXXXIV – Culture, Prince, Standard, Tiny Islands, Quick, Venice (Enrico Dandolo)

>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread


One More Turn Episode 509: “Flank”

By | November 30, 2016

omt_logoFrenemies are served notice. The ninth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn‘s (OMT) fifth season is now available. Entitled “Flank”, it has a runtime of 09m16s. 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.

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 show’s writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod‘s work is included throughout the series. Episode 510 is scheduled for release on December 07th, 2016.