Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy game encompassing all of human history. Players attempt to take a fledging civilization from 4000BC to modern times and lead their civilization to victory through domination, science, culture or diplomacy.

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Can't raze a captured city in Civilization 4

I am having a strange issue. I just captured the last city of an AI opponent. Usually, when I capture a city, I will be given an option to either install a governor or to raze it. However, for this ...
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What is the difference between the four versions of Civ 4 that Steam installs?

I just bought the Civ 4 complete edition from Steam with the 3 DLC packs, and I now have 8 different versions in my library. Four of them are SteamOS versions, but I can't figure out what to do with ...
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Does the automated trading work correctly?

NOTE: This pertains to the Civ4: Colonization expansion specifically. A real game killer I've found with this game, is that it appears to not effectively allocate resources during the automated ...
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List of valuable hotkeys and shortcuts

I am looking for a complete list of special hotkeys and shortcuts in a orderly manner to make living as a god easier. I am not looking for the obvious like "i" to irrigate or "r" for road but it might ...
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Civilization 4 Team Victory conditions

How are the conditions of a team victory calculated? It is clear that when playing a Team game of Civilization 4, teams win or lose together as a team. However, it is not clear how the target goals ...
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Enemy road properties

Does movement on enemy roads use your technology level or that of the enemy? There are several technologies that improve the uses of roads (crossing rivers with Construction, another that gives +1 to ...
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Civ 4 mod, choose your opponents

Can anyone direct me to a mod that allows me to select my opponent civilizations and leaders when beginning a game?
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Is there a “follow” order in Civilization 4?

Let's say I want to follow another friendly civilization's army stack, to know where they exactly are right now. Is there a way to issue such an order to one of my units, or do I have to follow them ...
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When should you kiss the king's ring in Colonization?

When should you kiss the king's ring in Colonization? What happens if you refuse?
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Is research percent needed at max?

I am in a game where I have maxed out all that I can research. It's already up to future tech 16, and I was basically wondering if I could drop my percentage on research to 0% once I get to future ...
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Turn Timer lengths

The turn timer for Civilization 4 multiplayer has a number of options that are defined by descriptive words, such as "Slow", "Blazing!!!", or "Snail." These names are necessary since the amount of ...
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Civilization IV Complete won't run

I installed Civilization IV after buying the disk from a thrift shop and it installed successfully, along with GameSpy Comrade. I scanned in GameSpy Comrade, after signing up for an account with them, ...
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How is city maintenance calculated?

How is the cost of city maintenance calculated? In BTS, hovering over the maintenance cost tells you that it includes a factor for "distance from Capital" and a factor for "total number of cities ...
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How do I found a corporation?

I'm trying to found the Creative Constructions corporation using a Great Engineer unit. I've researched both the Corporation and Combustion techs. My civilization has access to Iron and Copper. I've ...
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Why is the Great Library so good?

I seem to read in all kinds of places how awesome the Great Library is in Civilization IV, but not why. Two free scientists in the city it's built doesn't seem too special. Why is it good? Is it only ...
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Does a resource have to be within the fat plus to use?

In Civilization IV, can I connect to a resource outside of the "fat plus" as long as it is inside my civilization boundaries? For instance, could I build a road and pasture to horses three tiles away ...
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Can I enable popups for multiplayer in Civilization IV?

I just played my first multiplayer game of Civilization IV with a friend who was playing for the first time. When I played single player, there were a lot of useful popups telling me when something ...
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Is there a way to quickly wake up all units of one type?

Let's say I have some swordsmen scattered about my kingdom, and I want to bring them all up to one point to take an enemy city. What's the fastest way to do this? I'm aware of th emilitary advisor ...
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Captured a city, but it's completely non-functioning

I've just captured my first city, and it's uh... not working. The borders don't extend beyond the single tile where the city is, and I can't build anything. What do I do? In Civ 3, you'd sometimes ...
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Does the Civilization IV exe contain Beyond the Sword updates

I recently bought Civilization IV Complete on Gamersgate and installed it. After installation I got 3 start options. - Civilization IV Complete - Civilization IV Beyond The Sword - Civilization IV ...
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How can I get the Caveman2Cosmos mod working?

I downloaded and installed version 28 of the Caveman2Cosmos mod the other day, and am having trouble getting it to run. When I load the mod, Civilization closes down as normal, but never reappears. ...
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What are roads for, and when to build them?

I've started playing Civ 4 recently; it's a great, complex game, and there's a ton to learn. One aspect that puzzles me are roads. I read something about needing roads to gain access to resources - ...
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How to get a build recommendation for city after it was building wealth/research/culture?

Sometimes there's no recommendation for a building in a city, because it essentially has everything. So, I choose wealth, research or culture. Later, when I get a new tech, I want to cancel the ...
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Civ 4 - good idea to build roads on non-critical developments?

(I know Civ V is out, but I enjoy IV so much more :) ) I'm figuring out my strategies for Monarch difficulty, trying to get my economy streamlined, and trade routes have popped up their head as a ...
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What is the name of the mod/mods used in this Civ4 video? [closed]

I was watching this playthrough of Civ4 the other day and I would really like to know the name of the mod or mods used to get all the fancy buttons and overlays. Really bugs me, since he says several ...
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What are the main changes made to the game going from Civilization IV to V? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What changes have been made from Civilization 4 to 5? What are the main differences between the two latest versions of the Sid's Meier Cilivization series? Is this ...
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Who performed the works of John Adams for the Civilization 4 soundtrack?

Title says it all. My google-fu is apparently insufficient to answer this question for myself. Who performed the works of John Adams for the Civilization 4 soundtrack?
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What exactly do the Market and other buildings increase?

The effect of Market is given as "+25% coin". Does that mean before or after the division of commerce into science, gold and culture? In other words, if I have a city bringing in 20 commerce, and the ...
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How do I use a work boat in Civilization 4?

I've invented "sailing", and I have built a work boat. I can sail it out where there are resources (food and coins, for example), but there is nothing I can do. I thought there should be some ...
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How do I take over a city with culture?

I have just started playing Civilization IV. I have been trying to take over cities with cultural influence, but most of the time what happens is my city is taken away instead. How can I affect my ...
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How do city walls get repaired?

Let's say I lay siege to an enemy city and bombard it, reducing the defences to 20%. Then for some reason I go off to do something else. If I later come back to that city, will its defences still be ...
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How important is your score in Civilization IV?

During a game in Civilization IV, you can see a score for each civilization (on the bottom right, above the mini world map). Is it important to be the top scoring civilization at all times? Or how ...
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How to play Civilization 4? [closed]

I have never played any Civilization-series games before. But i love strategy games. I have already played some turn base strategy games. But Civilization 4 looks different for me. In the other games, ...
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Who is Brigit in Fall from Heaven II?

In the Civ IV mod Fall from Heaven II, there are a number of "Uniques Features" on the map. One of them is called the Ring of Carcer, a magic ring holding an angel called Brigit. The tooltip only says ...
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Civ IV Best Production Choice In Specialized Cities?

When playing Civilization IV and trying to conform to the specialized cities strategy, the situation invariably arises where I have too many military units or run out of buildings that are geared ...
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How can I add Civilization IV to my Steam account?

I installed a copy of Civilization 4 that I have bought and when I installed it, it didn't ask for a serial. But in Steam, I can only see an option that requires you to add the serial number. I ...
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How do you play Civilization 4 by E-Mail?

Does anyone know if there is a mod or anything to play Civilization 4 over email? Like if my friend makes a turn, I get sent an email that its my turn and I can log on make my turn or couple of turns ...
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How do the leaders' AI personalities work?

Montezuma and Tokugawa seem to be very prone to waging war on me, just as Gandhi is always very friendly, so I guess it's safe to assume that the leaders have different personalities. My question is: ...
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Should I follow the AI's suggestions on where to place my cities?

I tend to build cities in tiles that give me access to luxury resources within the 5x5 fat cross and I try to build them on coasts whenever possible. However, the AI sometimes suggests very odd city ...
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Which order do I play the Civilization IV expansion packs and the main game?

I bought Civilization IV and all 3 expansion packs from the Steam Sale. I've heard numerous things about the packs - new units, civilizations, etc. I have no idea what that means since I'm new to the ...
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Is there an alternative to asking every civilization every turn for trade?

Almost every turn in Civilization 4 I cycle through all the other civilizations checking if they have any new technology or resource to trade. This is time consuming. (I feel like going to war with ...
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Is there any penalty for asking friendly civilizations for money or technology?

In Civilization 4 you can ask other civilizations for money or technology instead of trading. You say, "Can you spare this for a friend?" and sometimes they give it to you without expecting anything ...
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What are the reasons for the game suddenly stopping building production - particularly wonders?

This seems to happen particularly with Wonders - suddenly the game will inform me that building has stopped on a particular building without any further explanation. The building is then converted ...
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When should you build workers in Civilization 4?

My current (newbie) strategy is to build a new worker first with each new city. Is this a good strategy? For example: are workers shared between cities or do you need at least one for each city? ...
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How well does Civilization 4 handle automation of workers?

I always automate Civ4 workers but wonder if it would be better if I micromanaged them. How well does Civ4 take decisions for you, when they are automated?
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How can I easily find enemy units / cities in Civilization 4?

I'm closing to wiping out an enemy civilization but cannot find their remaining units and cities. How can I do this?
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How does culture work in Civilization 4?

As a complete newcomer to Civilization starting with Civilization 4, I really don't understand culture at all. I can't find any online resource explaining how this works. Does increasing the global ...
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What tips would you give beginners at Civilization 4? [closed]

Similar to General strategies/build order in Civilization 5, I'd like some help getting started at Civilization 4. I can't go much beyond the easiest level without getting another civilization declare ...
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Civilization IV: meaning of “Babylonian merchants are now selling domesticated prairie dogs as exotic pets”?

I just started a game of Civilization IV (Beyond the Sword) and the following message appeared in the Event Log: 2960 BC: Babylonian merchants are now selling domesticated prairie dogs as exotic ...
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How to pause a multiplayer game of Civilization IV in OS X?

I know that the pause key pauses the game's turn timer in Windows, but how do you do it in OS X?