Sunday, August 12, 2007

Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword

I thought it might be nice to compile a list of resources that might help the potential burgeoning sub-community of Civ 4 addicts among us:

First no matter what else you do or do not do, I highly recommending installing the Hall of Fame mod for Beyond the Sword or whatever version you are actually playing. For the most part it offers unaltered gameplay. It fixes a nasty problem with corporations in that your inflation spirals out of control if you run too many of them which, in addition to the already steep maintenance costs associated with them, can be a killer. The much better part of the mod though is the enhanced Civ4lerts mod embedded in it. Basically, in the options, there will be toggles for the game to give alerts in the game log text to inform you of recent or impending events like city growth, city unhappiness, city unhealthiness, impending victories etc. If I have one complaint about the Fall from Heaven 2 mod, it would be that I don't know enough to embed a civ4lerts style mod within it and it becomes much harder to play without that crutch.

The civfanatics forums offer some interesting ideas about strategy, information about modding, very polished mods for the games, and public games that can be examined with multitudes of screenshots to get an idea of how the best players make their magic. To top it off, there are some really great strategy articles about drafting and the mechanics of hammer overflow. How great are those? I would have to say pretty great.

Also, we really need to get an A&A pbem up sometime. I was really sad when it all fell through the last time we attempted.

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At 10:15 AM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

A&A real-time over Skype might be a bit more fun. To me though, its a game best played live with all the bits in front of you. Its a long game, but with proper provisions of pizza nearby, its a fun one.


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