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    by Published on 21-12-16 02:00

    The Winter Patch/Day 60 Patch for
    Sid Meier's Civilization VI
    has arrived!

    Patch notes for the over 800 MB big update can be found here:


    • Added Earth map (Standard size)
    • Added “Alert” action for units

      • Put a unit to sleep until they spot an enemy unit

    • Scenario setup menu

      • Jump into Scenarios more easily within the Single Player menu. This only shows up when a single player scenario is available and enabled (as can be found in both of the new DLCs!)

    • Added new replay option to Wonder completion movies


    • Religious units may now Fortify Until Healed
    • Coastal Raids can now pillage districts in addition to the buildings within
    • Great Admirals are no longer allowed to spawn on wonders in water tiles (ex. Huey, Great Lighthouse) so they cannot become stranded in lakes


    • Cities can no longer receive yields from more than one regional building per type; they take the highest (ex. production from multiple Factories)
    • Cities can no longer receive amenities from more than one regional building per type; they take the highest (ex. amenities from multiple Stadiums)
    • Decreased production costs of Wonders progressively

      • From the Industrial era (about -10%) to the Atomic era (about -40%).

    • Decreased production costs of all Space Race Projects by 40%.
    • Increased research costs of Technologies and Civics progressively

      • From the Industrial era (about +5%) to the Information era (about +20%).

    • Increased Faith from Mission
    • Increased Culture from Chateau
    • Lowered the minimum unit upgrade cost
    • Improved clarity on Warmongering penalties associated with taking a civ’s final city
    • Most Civilization unique districts now require population to construct (like normal districts)
    • Spaceport district no longer requires population to construct


    • Improved AI Deal negotiations and analysis
    • Improved AI handling of Promises; including that they are more likely to agree if they like you, and also will consider how trustworthy a civ is by whether they’ve kept previous promises
    • Improved tactical handling of Great Admirals and Great Generals
    • Improved AI interest in Terracotta Army
    • Improved handling of leaf techs
    • Improved building of Forts
    • Improved resource grabbing in late game
    • Improved Last Viking King agenda’s analysis for who is in bottom percentage of navies
    • Improved handling of several complaint or kudo messages from AI
    • Rebalanced Catherine’s evaluation of the ‘no spying’ Promise
    • AI will not try to convert unconvertible cities


    • Fixed several unique buildings that weren’t getting their yields increased by various game effects (ex. Policies)
    • Fixed an issue that allowed the Goddess of the Harvest pantheon bonus to stack
    • Fixed it so loading screens now show the correct text and play matching VO
    • Fixed an issue that blocked certain relationship-based diplomatic actions
    • Fixed an issue where incomplete Encampment districts were able to attack
    • Fixed an issue where you could declare war on friends or allies by moving units
    • Fixed an issue where AI could declare war on a civ with whom they were already at war
    • Fixed an issue that caused a Multiplayer lobby to require joining players to have Additional Content that wasn’t actually needed
    • Fixed a bug that caused Apostles to run out of promotions
    • Fixed a bug where gaining policy slots mid-turn could block progression
    • Fixed issues caused by trading lots of Great Works at the same time
    • Fixed an issue where turn timers weren’t loading correctly from a save
    • Fixed an issue where Rome’s roads would connect to too many adjacent roads
    • Fixed issue where civs could get another civ’s exclusive agenda
    • Fixed multiple links to the Civilopedia
    • Fixed issue that could cause menu music to play twice and overlap itself
    • Fixed an issue that could cause private MP games to become public
    • Fixed multiple text & grammatical issues
    • Fixed multiple crashes


    • Added new art for National Parks
    • Updated Mines for several eras
    • Updated Swordsman
    • Improved city fading during combat


    • Hallowed Ground scenario is no playable on huge maps
    • VO now plays correctly when loading a save


    • Resource Report now correctly shows resources from several sources:

      • Great People abilities
      • Diplomatic Deals

    • Checkboxes for toggle yields and grid now stay in sync with hotkeys
    • Improved differentiation in Government Lens hex colors
    • Added Defeat icon to the End Game Results screen


    • Added sound effect for Quick Save hotkey

    two new DLC has been released too! The DLC is the
    Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack
    and the
    Vikings Scenario Pac

    The Poland DLC is described as such:
    Jadwiga rules Poland in Sid Meier's Civilization VI! Religious and expansionist, Poland can gain control of other civ's tiles when they fortify their borders, and Jadwiga makes Relics more valuable and Holy Sites more effective. A new scenario is also included: stand at the crossroads of Europe protecting the fertile Polish homelands from those who would seize it to empower themselves. Can you stand as a bulwark against this threat?

    Includes the complete Polish civilization with Jadwiga, Winged Hussar unique Unit, and Sukiennice unique Building:

    • Poland’s “Golden Liberty” unique ability allows them to gain territory when they build a Fort or Encampment, even allowing them to steal territory from other civs! They also convert a Military Policy slot into a Wildcard slot, giving them extra flexibility in culture.
    • Jadwiga allows you to spread your religion to the nearby city when you gain another civ’s territory with Golden Liberty. Her relics provide bonus Faith, Culture, and Gold.
    • The famous Winged Hussar is strong on the attack and can push back defending units.
    • The Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall, gives bonus Production from foreign Trade Routes, and Gold from internal Trade Routes.

    Play as a great Polish noble lord in the “Jadwiga's Legacy” Scenario:

    • 60 Turn limit.
    • Defend Poland, Prague, and Vienna from invaders including the Teutonic Knights and Ottoman Turks.
    • Gain glory in battle and prove yourself the greatest defender of Poland.

    And the Vikings DLC is described thus:
    Bring Europe under your rule as the mightiest Viking lord in the most detailed scenario released yet for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. The Viking Scenario Pack also includes three new Natural Wonders and six new City-States, two of which grant new tile improvements.

    Includes six new City-States:

    • Auckland (Industrial): Additional production for Coastal tiles.
    • Antananarivo (Cultural): Culture bonus that increases with every Great Person earned.
    • Armagh (Religious): Builders can construct the Monastery improvement, which provides Faith and heals religious units.
    • Granada (Militaristic): Builders can construct the Alcazar improvement, which protects military units and provides Culture.
    • Muscat (Trade): Bonus Amenities in cities with a Commercial Hub.
    • Palenque (Scientific): Improved City growth for cities with a Campus.

    Play as a great ruler of the Dark Ages in the “Vikings, Traders, and Raiders!” Scenario:

    • 100 Turn Scenario, from 787 to 1087
    • Play as Harald Hardrada of Norway, King Canute of the Danes, or Olof Skotkonung of Sweden.
    • Launch a naval invasion of England, conquer Paris, find Vinland with an explorer, or sail through Gibraltar and raid the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Build a trade empire and profitable cities, or spread a religion and gain Faith for your people.
    • Includes special art assets for leaders.

    Three new Natural Wonders:

    • Eyjafjallajökull
    • Lysefjord
    • Giant’s Causeway

    Each DLC cost 3.99 USD
    by Published on 18-11-16 03:58

    A new update is available for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI today. The “Fall 2016 Update” will automatically install when starting the Steam client; if it doesn’t install automatically, please restart Steam.

    This update adds DirectX 12 support to Civilization VI, starting with AMD cards and NVIDIA Maxwell-series-or-later cards - please make sure your drivers are up to date. Support has also been added for Logitech ARX. For more information on each of these, please click their respective link.

    Today you’re also able to play a whole new multiplayer scenario called “Cavalry and Cannonades,” and settle on two new map types, “Four-Leaf Clover” and “Six-Armed Snowflake.” These maps are playable both online and off, and were designed to encourage more conflict by forcing players to move toward the center. For the full list of what’s in this latest update, please see below.

    Firaxis Games and 2K are committed to making Civilization VI the best experience possible and will continue to support the title. If you have any feedback on this update or just the game in general, please let us know in the 2K Forums. Stay civilized!
    by Published on 29-10-16 03:55

    I'd like to present our second Parallel Universe Game. This will take longer than the previous one, being a full game scenario. We are going to recreate Mother Russia in all her glory! I have created exactly the same game on Prince, King and Emperor difficulty level. The seed is the same for all three. Those that would like life a little easier can select Prince level, those want want more of a challenge can select Emperor etc. You could even play your first run through on Prince, then up the difficulty on your next save....
    by Published on 27-10-16 20:19

    OK folks, here is the first Parallel Universe Game. It is a Lite varient, which means it isn't a full game scenario, but something shorter for a more focused game. I have tried a little spin on things too. Instead of just having the option to play on Prince level I have created exactly the same game on Prince, King and Emperor difficulty level. The map is the same, the AI are the same, the city states are the same. Those that would like life a little easier can select Prince level, those want want more of a challenge can select Emperor etc. You could then play your first run through on Prince, then up the difficulty on your next save....
    by Published on 19-10-16 17:34

    This just in; Oct 20th, 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 8PM CET it's tome for a MULTIPLAYER stream on Twitch!

    by Published on 01-10-16 03:04

    PRDG - Pre-Release Democracy Game Poll #1

    Our own Donald23 has a copy of the Pre-Release 10 Civ SP version of Civilization 6. He has already posted a few videos on both his website and on YouTube..

    SO, we now need a poll.

    Do we want to play, up to (and maybe after) the initial release, a sort of Pseudo Demo Game. Donald will be our only turnplayer. The orders and discussions between his turnplay will also be limited, due to time constraints (20-30 min in game play, every other day until Oct 21... about 12 sessions total) and general reality.

    So, Poll is open for about 24 hours from the time of this posting...

    This is poll #1 in a series...
    by Published on 30-09-16 22:17

    PCGamer has dove into the musical part of Sid Meier's Civilization VI, and is full of praise. Saying, "Even without Baba Yetu, it's the best soundtrack in the series.", they have made the soundtrack available on Soundcloud and YouTube:

    by Published on 29-09-16 20:26

    Our very own Donald23 gets his hands on a press preview copy and here is his first Let's Play video! He starts off with England on a Tiny Island Plates map, with 4 players in total, on Prince difficulty. Speed is set to Quick.

    by Published on 28-09-16 15:35

    Today's First Look on Sid Meier's Civilization VI showcases Saladin of Arabia. This civ seems strong and has the following features:

    UA: "The last prophet": When the second-to-last Great Prophet is taken by another civ, Arabia automatically receive a great prophet, if they haven't already founded a religion.
    UU: Mamluk: Knight replacement. Heals automatically at the end of each turn, even if it has attacked.
    UB: Madrassa: University replacement that gives extra science AND extra faith based on the campus adjacency bonus.
    LUA: Righteousnes of the faith: Religious building (Pagoda, Synagogue, etc.) costs very little faith and provides bonus science, faith AND culture.

    by Published on 26-09-16 16:04

    A new week, a new first look on a civilization in Sid Meier's Civilization VI! This week we get to meet Sumeria, lead by Gilgamesh.

    The specifics of Sumeria are as follows:

    UA - Epic Quest: When you capture a barbarian outpost, you get a tribal village reward.

    UU - War Cart: No penalties to fighting Spearmen or other anti-cavalry units. Extra movement if starting on flat terrain. 30 strength.

    UI - Ziggurat: Grants science and, if adjacent to a river, culture. Cannot be built on a hill.

    LUA - Adventures with Enkidu: When at war with a common foe, they and their allies share pillage rewards and share combat experience gains with the closest allied unit within 5 tiles. No Warmonger penalty when you declare war on anyone at war with your allies.
    by Published on 23-09-16 15:08

    The system requirements of Sid Meier's Civilization VI has been released:

    by Published on 23-09-16 06:29

    Rex Argentum - The 25th Anniversary of Civ competition

    To celebrate twenty five years of Civ and the imminent arrival of Civilization VI, WePlayCiv has decided to launch a competition dedicated to those glorious victories, humbling defeats and numerous other incidents over the years.

    The Competition

    We've all played a lot of Civ over the years, some of us are Single Players devotees, others like nothing better than pitting their wits against their forum buddies in a Multiplayer showdown. For others the height of Civ goodness comes from the titanic struggles between Civ forums and the meta game that ensues from such activities. Then there are Single Player Democracy Games, Succession Games, One City Challenges..... the joys of Civ go on and on.

    What we all share though are a head full of memories from over the years, be they a great military victory, a perfectly executed civil service slingshot, snatching a memorable victory from the jaws of certain defeat or even just sharing your love and knowledge of Civ with a newbie and watching them blossom into a rival Civ master!

    With the imminent release of Civ VI, I'm sure we are all hoping that we are about to set off on another series of journeys through the ages, whether it will be raiding foreign shores with Harald Hardrada's Viking Longships, churning up the dusty steppes underfoot with Tomyris and her Saka Horse Archers or developing a spy network beyond compare with Catherine de Medici and her Flying Squadron.

    Write about your favourite Civ memory from over the years and be in with a chance to win Steam software of your choice to the values listed in the rules below. It can be a memory of your favourite civilization, favourite leader, favourite strategy, favourite game moment, favourite forum event, whatever brings you most joy from all those hours in front of your computer, either in-game or on the forums.

    1. One entry per person only.
    2. Entry must relate to Civ1, Civ2, Civ3, Civ4, Civ5, SMAC, Civ BE, Colonization, Civ 4 Colonization or Civ Revolution, either via in-game actions or via activity relating to the prementioned games via a Civ forum.
    3. Entries close 21st October 2016 at 06.00 UTC.
    4. Once the entry period has closed, community voting will take place over the following week. One vote per person.
    5. The winner will receive Steam software of their choice up to the value of NZ$35 (approx US$25),
    Second place will receive Steam software of their choice up to the value of US$15
    Third place will receive Steam software of their choice up to the value of US$5

    Once again, many thanks to Lancer and Darsnan for their generous contributions to the WPC Competition Fund.

    Good luck and here's to many more years of Civ memories!

    Please post your entries in the thread.
    by Published on 21-09-16 21:23

    Nahtanoj II of Persia; 1000BC - 500BC

    After centuries of horrid slavery... the kind, gentle Persians longed for the good ol' days under Nahtanoj the 1st. They forgot just how poorly their expeditions into uncharted territory had fared at the time; as all they could think of was how desperately they wanted to stop feeling the lash of the whip on their backs and backsides, and escape the leering looks from Perxes I... or rather Perxes the Perv, as he would later be called in whispered tones.

    by Published on 21-09-16 15:46

    Today's First Look on upcoming Sid Meier's Civilization VI is on the civilization Rome, and their leader Trajan. Trajan's unique ability is that all cities start with one free building in the city center, while Rome's unique ability is that all cities start with a trading post, and new cities within trading range of the capital starts with a road leading to them. The unique unit of Rome is the Legion, which is a stronger and more expensive swordsman that can also build forts. Rome's unique infrastructure is the Baths, which replace the aquaduct and provides amenities and housing.

    The news is courtesy of AC2:

    by Published on 21-09-16 12:35

    The Reign of Perxes I - Turn 101 - 120 (1500BC to 1000BC)

    101-105: The God King Perxes ascended to the throne, noticing the very rouged buttocks of his populace and wondering what the hell his predecessor had been doing in his spare time. Perxes was also dismayed to see dried vomit in numerous locations around his throne - very Caligula, but hardly suitable for the throne room of one descended from the divine.

    by Published on 21-09-16 12:25

    The Reign of Rhothnius IV, 11th of his line - Turn 81 - 100 (2000bc to 1500bc)

    Rhothnius took a look at his realm on the first day of his reign and threw up a little in his mouth. There was unfortunately very little that Rhothnius could pick apart regarding his predecessor's reign, and that completely infuriated Rhothnius as he had been looking forward to throwing some shade.

    Ahhhh, normal service is resumed!

    by Published on 21-09-16 12:18

    I E_T...

    It was 2500BC, the world was slowly becoming known. With others out in the wild, it was not as frightening in some respects and far much more so in many others.

    A fat, stagnant, lazy empire is whipped into shape, literally and metaphorically!

    by Published on 19-09-16 22:09


    It was with heavy hearts that in 3000BC we announced our great leader Penrius I... has choked on a dish prepared no doubt by those inferious plotting Carthaginians! We mourned him long into the hour after his passing...and then promptly elected Nahtanoj -the 1st of his name- to take up Penrius's heavy mantle! And yeh, there was great rejoicing!! And much feasting!!

    What shenanigans will Nahtanoj get up to? Will he break the smilie/word ratio world record during his reign?

    by Published on 19-09-16 22:03

    The Rule of Penrius I - Turns 21-40 (3500BC to 3000BC)

    The secrets of Mining are discovered by Penrius' wise men. Our scouts see plenty of action and clam chowder becomes a staple for our citizens.

    by Published on 19-09-16 21:56

    Rhoth's Turn #1 - Turns 0-20 (4000bc to 3500bc)

    Well, E_T managed to find us a completely crappy start to our game. What isn't jungle is desert. It should be an interesting challenge

    In any case, the high points of the first 20 turns are as follows