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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 ...