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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...