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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Are Warlords and Beyond the Sword two separate expansions for Civilization IV or does the second build on the first?

There are two expansion packs for Civilization IV, Warlords and Beyond the Sword. Are these two separate expansion packs with unique features not found in either, or is the second (Beyond the Sword) a ...
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Civilization IV on Windows 7 fails to start after install

I bought a Windows 7 machine and went to install Civilization IV on it. It told me the program had "known problems". If I continue it begins the startup process but eventually fails. What do I need to ...
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Where do I put spies in Civilization 4 to protect against rival spies?

I'm playing Beyond The Sword and when I want to build a spy I notice they supposedly: Helps Thwart Rival Spies: Should I leave a spy stationed at borders? Should I place them cities? Does it matter ...
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How to disable production/research recommendations in Civilization IV BtS?

Is there a way to turn off the adviser's recommendations for research plans and city production? I already disabled the Sid's tips and tutorial advice in game settings, but the two 'recommended' ...
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How can I modify the Civilization IV keyboard commands on OS X?

I play on a MacBook Pro, so I have no number pad. Ideally I'd love to be able to play completely keyboard based, with movement keys similar to 'vi' (hjkl, etc). I really want to be able to natively ...
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How to record a game in civilization 4 and see others recorded games?

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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What is the use of gold in Civilization 4?

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Civilization 4: Choosing between food and production for the game beginning and later

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Civilization 4: Choosing resources for your main city

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Civilization 4: Vista installation has “install for all users” greyed out

I'm trying to install Civ4 on Windows Vista 32-bit. The version on the DVD is 1.00.00. When I run setup.exe and follow the prompts, the dialog with "Install for All Users" is greyed out. How do I ...
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Changing game AI for Civilization 4

I read that the auto-worker functionality in Civilization 4 doesn't really work very well - he keeps building farms as opposed to towns and other objects. Since I'm still pretty new to this (and don't ...
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Civilization 4 - Game converting labourers to specialists

In Civ 4 the game sometimes converts my labourers to specialists automatically as referred to in the CivFanatics FAQ - how can I stop it from doing this? Why aren't all my citizens working? What ...
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Origin of the Qin Shi Huang music theme in Civilization 4?

I've been trying to identify the music that is heard while one talks diplomacy with Qin Shi Huang in Civilization 4. The melody has been stuck in my head for a while now, and I'd like to know what it ...
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If a Wonder is destroyed, can it be rebuilt?

If someone razes a city with a World Wonder in, can someone rebuild it?
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How to keep city population low?

How do I keep the population in my cities down? My citizens keep getting angry because the city is over-populated, but I don't know how to fix it. How would I do so?
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Why would I want to raze a city?

Whenever I capture a city in Civ 4 I am offered the option to raze it or install a new governor. I almost always choose to install a new governor - after all, why not start with a partly-built city ...
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How to launch Civilization IV with a desired mod automatically loaded?

I am playing Rise of Mankind mod for Civilization IV Beyond The Sword, Steam version. But every time I launch the game it starts without any mod loaded. Is it possible to setup the launcher so that ...
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Using the culture slider?

I regularly use the technology slider to balance my technology and commerce, but I don't think I've ever toyed with the culture slider. Am I missing out on an important aspect of Civ IV gameplay here? ...
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Does bloom ever destroy resources or improvements?

Bloom is a spell in Fall From Heaven 2 that creates a New Forest. This doesn't immediately remove resources or improvements. Are conflicting resources or improvements removed if and when the new ...
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What happens to a resource when I build a city on its tile?

What happens to a resource when I build a city on its tile? For example if I build a city on top of sheep is the sheep lost?
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What tile types does vitalize upgrade, and to what tiles?

In Fall From Heaven 2 there is a spell called Vitalize that upgrades terrain. However I've noticed it's not always available, and it doesn't tell you what you're upgrading the tile too. What tile ...
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How much culture is required for a city to switch?

How much culture is required for a city to switch? For example, in my current game, a neighboring city shows 53% my culture, 46% it's original owners. At what % will the city join my empire?
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Lumber Mills in Ancient Forests, Desecration or Good Resource Management?

In Fall From Heave 2 you have ancient forests as well as normal forests. Ancient forests are better, providing an extra food. In both Civ 4 and Fall From Heaven there are lumber mill that can be ...
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Religion specific units in Fall from Heaven 2?

In Fall from Heaven 2, there are religion specific units such as the "Fawn". To build these units do you need the religion in the city you're building them, or that religion as your state religion, ...
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Is it ever worth moving your first Settler?

Every time I've played Civ 4 my first Settler starts on what looks like a pretty good square for a city, and I build it turn 1. Has anyone ever found it to be a worthwhile strategy to scout around a ...
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How to understand if an opponent is going to reach Cultural Victory?

I usually play at Civilization IV with difficulty set to Prince, length set to Marathon and size of the map to Huge. The problem is that happens quite often, in the 20 century, that an opponent win ...
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What changes have been made from Civilization 4 to 5?

I've read the surprisingly light Wikipedia article on Civ 5 and it seems to be lacking coherent comparison of features between it and its predecessor. I'm also reluctant to bring down the 4Gb demo on ...
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Which unit to build first?

Which first unit to build in Civilization IV immediately at the beginning? Go for Settler always, or it depends? If there are resources around is better to build a worker or boat and wait to reach ...
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Which first two promotions to assign for siege weapons during massive attack?

In Civilization IV to attack and conquest a city a stack of catapult (or other siege weapons) seems to me one of the most effective way. But which first two promotions should I assign to siege ...
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How can I conquer or destroy a city on a single tile island in Civilization IV?

It is all written in the title but an image could help. How can conquer or destroy this city?
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What strategy to use in Civilization IV when you start in an inaccessible area?

I have played yesterday the Africa scenario, and I started the game in the area of Egypt. There were some good resources but the desert block me to build more than 4 cities and later in the game I ...
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How can I stop a worker destroying my town?

Playing Civ IV yesterday I got fed up with micromanaging my workers and turned one to automatic. I quite frequently do this in the middle game, but this time I happened to notice that it made a ...
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How many military units per city/population is recommended in Civilization IV?

I'm looking for guidance in Civilization IV on how best to build a military that allows for the optimum mix of defensive capabilities with offensive ability (when needed) without having to sacrifice ...
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When and how to start independence in Colonization?

I didn't understood when and eventually how can I start independence in Colonization. Can you explain?
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Which strategy to follow at the beginning of Colonization?

Coming from Civilization IV I should say that Colonization is a bit different, and I have some difficulties to understand which approach should I follow at the beginning (first 200 hundred years). ...
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How can I load to the ship only a part in Colonization?

In Civiliazion IV: Colonization how can I load to a ship in a settlement only a part of a certain product? For example only 100 on 147 cotton units available?
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Where can I find a good Civilization 4 Strategy guide?

I love this game but have a tough time winning past the 3rd level of difficulty... Any suggestions?
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How many workers do I need for my cities?

How many workers do I need for a given number of cities in the early stages of Civ 4, say when I have around 5 cities and the biggest is around size 5?
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Which civilizations are able to successfully unique-unit rush in Civilization 4?

For example, the Praetorian rush is a common strategy for the Romans. What other civilizations in vanilla, Warlords, or BtS have viable rush strategies?
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How does trading work between your own cities?

I've played this game a few times with the tutorials helping me along the way. How do I get my cities to manage their resources properly? Some need a given resource and others are full with a given ...
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Is it better to build a worker/settler or to let a city grow a bit first?

Since the city doesn't grow when I build a worker or settler I find myself wondering whether I should build a barracks (and granary if I can) first before building a unit. What's more efficient?
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In Civilization IV what are the differences between the Difficulty Levels?

Can anyone explain what are the differences (like attacking style, culture development, etc) of the enemies in Civilization IV between the various difficulty levels?
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How long does it take to play civilization to the end?

If there is a defined end. Otherwise until space technology is mastered or something like that.
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Why are there duplicate game entries in my Steam library?

I purchased Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, a package that includes four items. Three of the included items are displayed twice in my games library, with the message [game] is not ...
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Is it faster to build a worker, followed by a settler, or the other way around?

In Civilization IV, both workers and settlers prevent your city's food store from increasing for as long as they are being built. Surplus food is funneled into the production of both units, speeding ...