The Civilization series of games is famous for having a way to play by e-mail. This allows people to take a long time on their turn without holding up the other players, as you do in a real-time game. Yet, I can not find any method to play by e-mail in the game menus. Does it exist? If so, how do you do it?
Civilization 5 does not yet support Play by Email
However, they would like to add it soon. Source
A quick search of the Manual shows the only play modes supported right now are:
Now you're thinking you can just start a multiplayer game and email the save file? There's a big problem preventing that:
You won't both be able to take turns. As far as I can tell, you'll have to wait till they add support.
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Yes, it's possible.
Although Civilization V does not support it directly, it supports it indirectly since June 2011 by using the hotseat multiplayer mode and just sending the save file to the other player(s) by e-mail.
So how does that work?
I was able do play this way myself and it works fine.
One final tip - you can also play hotseat with custom mods, if you like; see this question about it here on Arqade.
Thanks go to Rapida for helping me here :)
You can use a service like Giant Multiplayer Robot which automates the handling and sharing of CIV 5 save game files.