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    In his 2004 GDC presentation, Soren Johnson mentions The List for Civ3, noting that with its 200,000 words it's about 25,000 words longer than the New Testament. He's familiar with this list and therefore the wishes of the fan community. Also, during its development, Soren repeatedly posted in our Apolyton forum to indicate that he was keeping track of The List for Civ IV, and after its completion in January 2005 he said:

    [W]ell, I`ve looked through much of the list and it`s nice to know that many of your suggestions are already in the game. I`ll keep my eye out for other ideas which will fit Civ4...

    During Civilization IV's development he also frequently visited Apolyton (and presumably other fansites as well), often enough to be aware of just about everything under discussion in the Civ4 forums. He occassionaly posted as well, but mostly to set straight some misunderstandings created by previews and the like.

    But although Soren may be familiar with fan suggestions, that doesn't mean he will make use of them all. Every suggestion has to be carefully weighted and balanced against other ideas. Soren says:

    [T]here are a thousand ways to make a great game of Civ, we only get to make one. The mistake is trying to hit everything. We have to pick what our style is.

    More importantly, an ever-increasing number of hand-picked hardcore Civilization fans played Civilization IV for the last 18 months of it's development and provided feedback to Soren and the rest of the Firaxis team in a private forum. This group started out with about 20 members and ended up with around 200 by the time the game was released. Several members of this group were (eventually) 'promoted' to advisors or even Firaxis employee's. These, and the members of the testting group who made the largest contribution where credited in the game credits:

    Programming Group:
    Jon Shafer (Trip)
    Alex Mantzaris (alexman)

    Additional Programming:
    Robert Thomas (Sirian)

    Scenario and Tutorial Designers:
    Jon Shafer (Trip)
    Martin "Isak" Isaksen
    Wouter "Locutus" Snijders
    Dale "Dale" Kent

    Earth Maps/Greek World:
    Gabrielle "Rhye" Trovato

    Writers:
    Michael Soracoe (Sulla)

    Onsite 2K Games Testers:
    Michael Soracoe (Sulla)

    Play Session Leads:
    Jesse "Friedrich Psitalon" Fletcher
    Martin "Isak" Isaksen
    Robert "Sirian" Thomas

    AI & Gameplay Consultant:
    Robert "Sirian" Thomas

    Production Assistance:
    Peter "PeteT" Triggs (Peter Triggs)
    Rob "rob" Cheng (robC)
    Vesselin "Civrules" Gueorguiev
    Kai "ColdFever" Fiebach

    Special Thanks:
    Kai Fiebach (ColdFever)
    Apolyton
    Civ Fanatics

    Play Session Group:
    Sirian
    Friedrich
    Isak
    Rob
    Notyoueither
    CanuckSoldier
    Vondrack
    Nolan
    Aeson
    ColdFever
    Chieftess
    Gramphos
    Thamis
    danthrax
    Solver
    Rhye
    Kal-El
    Thunderfall
    Dominae
    Curtsibling
    Sulla
    Civrules
    Dale
    Ainwood
    Locutus
    Frank
    Kring
    DeepO
    Pfeffersack
    Islonian
    WolfSbane
    Asterix
    Warpstorm
    Alva
    Alski
    Griselda
    TheDohr
    MarkG
    Arrian
    Bluminator
    Wtiberon
    Cyrene
    Doc TsioIkovski
    Earl Harewood
    WarningU2
    bobT
    Reptile
    Dexters
    Bsarsgard
    Krill
    Homegrown
    Srayman
    GBM
    Asleepathewheel
    Kemal
    Maxfin
    SirPartyMan
    Loulong
    Heroic
    StrictlyRockers
    Unimatrix_zero
    Funkychicken
    Trayk
    Yoda Power
    MEOOO3
    MagicNo3
    LotharBot
    PeteT
    Randy
    DonaldKipper
    Avogadro
    Whiplash
    Craigbob
    Sparta
    Swissy
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