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

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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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What is a Pact of Secrecy? Also, what is a Pact of Cooperation?

In Civilization 5, one of the diplomatic options is a Pact of Secrecy. You sign it with one civilization against a specific other civilization. There's another called a Pact of Cooperation, which you ...
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Is it worth connecting my cities with roads early in Civ 5?

Roads are expensive in Civ 5 (1 gold upkeep per turn), but I make some of that back when I connect my cities to my capital. Is it always still a net loss, and if so, is that money better spent ...
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What bonuses do the different types of city-states give in Civ 5?

What bonuses do each of the different city-state types give, and do they ever change?
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What happens to a research agreement when we go to war in Civ 5?

I formed a research agreement with an AI in Civ 5, and when it was about halfway done he attacked me. Is that money just gone for both of us, or can we resume it somehow once I've taught him a ...
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How close should cities be built in Civ 5?

In Civ 4, it was easy to figure out how close to build cities to maximize my territory, because the number of tiles they could use were very limited. In Civ 5, cities can use many more tiles (more ...
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How can I keep a city-state allied with me without bankrupting myself?

I haven't gotten very far in Civ 5, but it seems impossible to keep city states friendly to me. Buying their favor seems too expensive, and gifting them units doesn't seem to improve relations very ...
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Is there a limit to the number of tiles a city can use in Civ 5?

Is there a limit to the number of tiles a city can work? I've noticed that I can purchase and use tiles several spaces away from my city. How far can I go?
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What limits are there on the Civilization V demo?

How is the Civ 5 demo limited, how long is it, and is the 4+ GB installation worth it?
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What is the formula for trade route income?

In Civ 5 connecting cities to your capital earns you income, but each road costs 1G to maintain, so you don't want to connect cities too early. What is the formula for calculating how much gold you ...
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What is “stacked unit needs an order” referring to?

I know that in Civilization 5 there is no stacking of units. However, sometimes when a unit needs an order, the blue button in the bottom right of the screen will say "stacked unit needs order" ...
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How do I guard a worker or settler in Civilization V?

In Civ V you can't have two military units on top of each other, but it's ok to have a military unit in the same hex as a worker or settler to guard them. The thing is, I have to move the settler and ...
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Are there benefits to buying the box version versus the Steam version of Civilization 5?

Is there any benefit to buying the box version of Civlization 5 on Steam versus the box, or vice versa?
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What's the difference between DirectX 10 and DirectX 9?

In Civilization V, when starting the game, it offers me the option of using DirectX 10 or DirectX 9. Are there any graphics quality or performance gains present when using the DirectX 10 version? I ...
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Can I upgrade a steam demo to full version?

I'm currently downloading the civ5 demo through steam. I ordered a DVD copy, which will probably arrive next week. I do not have a DVD drive installed on my PC though. Will I be able to upgrade the ...
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How do I disable Civ 5's opening movie?

It seems like the opening movie always starts up and won't let me cancel it until it has played for about 10 seconds. Is that because it takes the game that long to load regardless? Is there a way ...
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In Civ 5, how do I move a unit out of a city?

So I moved my warrior into a city. How do I get him out?
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Can I download an upcoming game and then activate it on the release date?

I want to be able to play Civilization 5 on the release date, but I know that it will be at least a 4-5 GB download, so I worry that if I buy a digital copy, the high number of users hitting the ...
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How does Civilization 5 interact with other Steam games?

Civilization 5 utilizes SteamWorks and Steam only allows you to have one thing running at a time. If I buy a physical copy of Civilization 5, will playing it block me from simultaneously playing a ...