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  • Top 10 Civilization V mods

    Top 10 Civilization V mods

    Civlization V hasn’t been out for long, but there’s already a wealth of user made maps, mods and scenarios available. Here’s our pick of the best from the early rush of Civ V mods. Whether you want to rebalance the economy, change the pace of the game, or play on a huge, scale version of the planet Earth, there’s something for you in the selection below. Civilization V has a great mod browser built into it. It helps you search for the highest rated mods as voted by the community. All of the mods on this list can be downloaded and installed from inside the game, but you can follow the links for information on each one.

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  • Procylon's Civilization 5: Call to Power Project

    Procylon's Civilization 5: Call to Power Project

    For those of you who also have love for Call to Power, I am attempting to bring many of the good aspects over to Civ 5 in my massive mod project.

    I currently have the Alpha version on the modhub, which starts off the project by adding dozens of new techs, dozens of buildings, and a handful of late modern, early future units. You will also find massive changes to the balance of the game, which is the current focus of testing.

    More details in the official thread and follow the Procylon Call to Power Project Blog

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  • Official info about upcoming Civ5 patch

    Official info about upcoming Civ5 patch

    Greg '2K Greg' Laabs of 2K Games, publisher of Civilization V posted a list of 'upcoming changes' through a patch on the official 2K forums. "You guys have been asking for an update about what we're working on to improve the game, and today I am happy to give it to you." Greg says. It's important to take notice that "[t]his isn't necessarily the complete patch notes for the next patch, but it's what I have so far."

    The Pitboss and Hotseat additions to the game are again confirmed, but not yet planned for this patch. There is no estimated time of arrival (ETA) for this patch yet. Greg also comments that they're looking into the issue where the Babylonian civ (DLC) is locked for multiplayer games, but a solution there is not to be expected for this patch. Some bugs are fixed but not listed, like the '70 cities crash'

    The most important changes from Greg's list are:

    • Added option to disable auto-unit cycling.
    • Improved unit cycling logic. Camera will jump around much less.
    • Rounded out financial information in the Economic Overview screen.
    • Added detailed trade route info
    • Added option to force workers to ignore manually made improvements
    • Can now sell Buildings in a city
    • Fix for Minuteman movement
    • Research treaties that end because you declare war will no longer grant the free tech

    For the complete list click read more
    Thanks to Stuie for the heads up!

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  • Civilization V coming to Mac

    Civilization V coming to Mac

    Macrumors says that Civilization V may come to the Mac "Very soon"! "We've received reliable word that Civilization V for the Mac is due very soon -- likely in the coming weeks." Arnold Kim writes. All recent Civilization releases have been released to the Macintosh, but always about a year after it's original pc release. A release of Civ5 for the Macintosh within a couple of weeks would be a huge step forwards for mac and civ fans! "It seems the Mac is finally starting to achieve some improved parity with major gaming releases." macrumors concludes.

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  • Multiplayer Impressions and Thoughts on Settings

    Multiplayer Impressions and Thoughts on Settings

    I´ve played a couple of MP Arena games now and would like to share some thoughts regarding possible settings from a "what´s fun", but also "what´s fair and interesting for a competetive game" perspective.

    So far we´ve been playing mostly duels and a few ffa games (4-6 people, everyone for himself, not always war).

    Duel Setup #1
    map options:
    • duel sized North_vs_South
    • resources: legendary start
    • other options default

    starting era: Ancient
    game speed: quick
    game difficulty: Warlord or Prince
    options: no Barbarians, no Ancient Ruins, no City States, turn timer enabled
    special rules: war declaration on sight (=always war)

    North_vs_South duel sized is a relative small map. The key factor though are its spawn points. Player seem to spawn relatively random - there is a "north vs south" aspect to the placement, but it can be anything from close to relatively far apart. Sometimes it´s tough to tell whether your opponent is south or north of you after only a couple of moves - so it´s possible that if you send your warrior away it could be going the "wrong" direction. Often though you start close the the northern or southern border of the map and can tell the general direction your opponent is in.

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  • Civilization V tops PC chart

    Civilization V tops PC chart

    Civilization V has seen off a number of new releases to top the PC chart in its first week on sale. Final Fantasy XIV and F1 2010 complete a top three made up of new games, ousting The Sims 3, which drops to fourth. At the bottom of the chart, Command And Conquer 4 holds on to tenth place for a second week running, below The Sims 2, which drops one place to ninth.

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  • The Civ5 SDK is out!

    The Civ5 SDK is out!

    The Civilization V SDK is out! Go to the tools sub-tab of the library tab and look for "Sid Meier's Civilization V SDK".
    The ModBuddy won't work unless you download these runtime libraries.

    For help to get the SDK to work, read Dale's post at WePlayCiv

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  • Another small patch released

    Another small patch released

    According to Steam the following updates have been made to Civilization 5. The patch will automatically be installed when you get online with steam and start to play Civ5.

    Official Update text:

    Updates to Sid Meier's Civilization V have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

    • Modding - Installer and permissions fixes. Should address any
      remaining mod download and install issues.
    • Full screen crash fix. Game will now restart in Windowed mode if
      it cannot find a suitable full-screen resolution on first start.
    • Hall of Fame now records data correctly when using a Windows
      username with special characters.
    • Deal expiration fixes.
    • Fix for Puppet State production exploit.
    • Misc crash fixes.

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  • Interview with Kael about his new Civ5 Mod

    Interview with Kael about his new Civ5 Mod

    Kael, the modder behind Fall From Heaven, arguably the most famous Civ Mod ever created, has developed a modular mod for Civ5 - modular meaning it can run next to any other mod.

    It´s called "Legions - A Mod for Stacked Unit Combat in Civilization5" and is available on the ingame Mod Hub.

    I spoke to Kael about Legions and Civ5.

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  • Quick Expansion Strategy with France

    Quick Expansion Strategy with France

    After rah´s City States centred Strategy this is another attempt at exploring general strategy in the brand new Civilization V. The strategies and ideas I´ll present in the first couple of articles have proven themselves in Single Player on Deity difficulty - that though defnitely does not mean they represent some fundamental truth. This is the very beginning of this game and I definitely hope it has enough depth that we´ll see lots and lots of development in strategies and understanding of the game´s mechanics.

    The following is a look at a quick expansion strategy with France focusing on taking advantage of this civ´s trait and the Liberty Cultural Policy tree.

    Like almost anything you can call "strategy" in civ, this approach does not refer to the whole game, but instead is about the initial expansion phase from Ancient up to early Medieval era.

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