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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How high is the production bonus of a great engineer in Civ5?

To quote the manual: Special Ability: Hurry Production You can expend a Great Engineer to create a sudden burst of production in a city. The production is immediately applied to ...
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What are the mechanics for bullying city states?

Two things are required to bully a city state: high military power relative to the other main civs, and nearby military power. This begs two questions: How high do you need to be in military power? ...
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Can I play Civ 5 without having Steam installed?

Is there anyway to remove Steam and still play Civilization V? I am very particular about what gets installed on my computers and what is allowed to advertise at me and run background processes. So ...
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What happens to excess happiness during a golden age?

When my happiness balance is +X it means I get X extra points to my golden age counter every turn. During a golden age the counter disappears. What happens to the happiness points then? Is the balance ...
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In Civilization 5, how may turns are there for each Game Pace setting?

I'm about to start a new game, and I'm using the Advanced Setup to customize the game a little. Does anyone know the number of turns for each of the 4 Game Pace settings to get to 2050? Marathon = ? ...
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In Civ 5, do buildings get any penalties when you lose a source of needed strategic resource?

The units get combat penalties when you lose a required strategic resource, but what about buildings like factories, which require coal, power plants and other? Do they also get a production penalty ...
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How to militarily delay a science victory?

I'm currently competing with Russia for a science victory, and unfortunately they're in the lead, so I thought about using my military to try and slow them down. Unfortunately they're on the other ...
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How do I get my units on a ship?

I have a caravel and a scout and I am trying to get the scout on the caravel so he can explore a land mass across the ocean. I can't seem to figure out how to get him in the ship. Is this not ...
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How is the score calculated in Civilization 5

I was wondering on the exact composition on the score in Civilization 5. It seemed to correlate roughly with the size of the civilization, but not always. I would be useful to know the details to ...
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What bonuses do I get from the tile on which I place my city?

I'm trying to understand all the facets of city placement. One thing I can't quite find, however, is if the specific terrain of the tile the city is built on has a significant effect. Does it make a ...
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What determines whether the target shoots back at an attacking aircraft?

Air combat, unfortunately, is one of the most obscure topics in the Civilopedia - that is, everything is explained but severely lacking in details. In particular, I've noticed that when using the air ...
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Formula for diplomacy in Civ 5?

Since the AI in Civilization 5 are, as their name suggests, artificial, that means that all their actions are determined by numbers and formulas. That would include the diplomacy between the AI and ...
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In Civ5, is there any point to immediately annexing a city?

Following up to this answer, given that a newly conquered city will spend a few turns of zero production ("rioting") after that, will be hampered in production because of diminished population and ...
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Why can't my units get more then 30 XP?

My units get to 30 XP and then stop earning experience. Any idea why?
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What are good strategies and build orders for a newbie player?

i'm a newbie in the Civ universe (although i played civ4 for a short while). I enjoy the new addition to the series and i am able to win games on easy difficulties, but there is no real strategy ...
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Do I need to have the Gods & Kings expansion to play Brave New World?

I want to skip the Gods and Kings expansion. Does anyone know if this is possible? That is, will the expansion Brave New World work without Gods and Kings?
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Why do I only get 4 turns of Golden Age for Reformation when it says 6?

Whenever I get Reformation it says it will cause a 6 turn golden age, but invariably it only adds 4 turns. Could this be because I have built Chichen Itza (which increases the length of GAs by 50%) ...
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How do I obtain more spies?

The latest expansion to Civilaztion V added spies to the game. These spies can help in a multitude of ways. The most important, in my opinion, being the ability to prevent enemy spies from stealing ...
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Are puppet cities affected by social policies? Golden ages? Wonders?

In Civilization 5, when you conquer a city, you have a few options: Annex the city, it becomes a normal part of your Civ. Make the city a puppet. Raze the city, destroying it. (Only an option for ...
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Should I stop building a wonder if I find a rival is likely to beat me to it?

Let's say I'm currently building a world wonder, and through my spy I find out a rival civ is also building the same wonder, and are likely to complete it before me, even if I try to rush mine in a ...
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Is it possible to give or receive false intrigues from the AI?

In Civilization 5: Gods & Kings, is it possible to give or receive false intrigue? If another Civ tells me that some other Civ is plotting against me, should I always believe that this is the ...
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Do units receive a defensive bonus when you select “Do nothing” or hit space?

Units get a defensive bonus when you put them in "Fortify" or "Alert". But sometimes I just want to pass them over for a single turn. If I select "Do nothing" (or hit space, which is the same thing) ...
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When are submarines visible?

Officially: [a submarine] is invisible to most units - except for destroyers and other Submarines - until it attacks. However, I've noticed that other naval units can see non-attacking ...
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Is there a list of luxury resources?

In civilization 5 is there a way to see a list of all the resources your civ. has? I know I can see the different kinds in the happiness menu and the count on the trade screen. I just want a list of ...
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Why does Ghandi want to nuke me?

Different civilizations obvioulsy have different priorities. For example, Ghandi always seems to rush nuke technology and the Mongols will most likely start invading and spread like mad. Are these ...
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How do I improve Civilization V's performance?

I have pretty decent hardware and I run many games on it. But Civ 5 is unacceptably slow when it reaches an advanced stage where it shows the whole map and there are many units. I tried to monitor ...
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How can I enable Civ 5 mods on Mac OS X?

Officially, the Mac OS X version of Civilization V does not support mods. However, from common sense, some discussions I've found online, and Aspyr's poor track record, I'm guessing it is indeed ...
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Is “Micro-Empire” a viable strategy for one or all of the victory conditions?

In response to a General Strategies question, @deceze commented that he'd recently won a cultural victory with just 2 cities and no real military vs. his main competitor's 40 cities. I've always ...
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How do I keep from going bankrupt?

I'm new to Civ V but have played Civilization since the beginning. I recently won my first prince level game as the Egyptians, beating England with a time victory. From the onset, bankruptcy was my ...
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City specialization

I've read from many different sources that I should be specializing my cities, however I'm unsure as to how exactly I should be doing this and my current "method" of specializing my cities doesn't ...
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What is a good beginners strategy to learn the mechanics of Civilization 5?

I am pretty new to Civilization 5, played no more than maybe 4 or 5 games. What is a solid strategy I can use against the AI that does not only help me to win the game but also teaches the mechanics a ...
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Is there an optimal opening production order?

Is there an optimal opening production order? Specifically, I am looking for the first 3 things to produce in a standard game. I have seen neither a definitive guide nor a consensus about what should ...
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Does PC version of Civ-5 on Steam entitle me to Mac version?

I'm wondering, since my PC version of Civ-5 is registered on Steam, am I going to be able to download the Mac version when it comes out? I switched to Mac a couple years ago, so my Mac is faster and ...
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How do you stop unit cycling in Civilization V?

We did our first multiplayer Civ V LAN game (it was fun) yesterday, but the unit cycling is very, very, very annoying. Is there a way to make it stop? I searched the Internet and the answers are old ...
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How can I tell how much my opponents like me in Civilization 5?

In Civilization 4 you can see a score for each AI, which breaks down the reasons for their attitude towards you. Is there something similar in Civilization 5? I'm trying to work out whether it's ...
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Are there any diplomatic consequences for agreeing to unfavorable (to me) trade agreements?

If you propose to the AI a trade agreement which the AI perceives to be favorable to them, they will respond with things like "your offer is generous and I accept". In the attitude summary, however, I ...
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Is there a way to have my second monitor usable?

I play Civ 5 on my primary monitor full-screened. However, when I do this, my second monitor is always simply black. I can't use it for anything. Typically, I keep some things on my second monitor - ...
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How to disable Cow/Sheep/Horse/Elephant tile sounds?

I am hearing Cow/Sheep/Horse sounds coming from the tiles. This is despite having ambience audio volume set to zero. I only have Sound Effect volume above zero. I find those noises should be ...
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Are puppet cities counted towards the limit of 3 imposed by the “Bollywood” achievement in Civilization V?

Bollywood As Gandhi, win a cultural victory with 3 or fewer cities in your empire. Do puppet cities count towards this limit or not? I'd assume they probably are (since you do get ...
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Civilization 5 Elizabeth-specific achievement domain?

The achievement specifically tied to Elizabeth (that's the English) is as follows: Ruler of the Seas As Elizabeth, sink and destroy 357 enemy naval units, across any number of playthroughs. So my ...
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Does the medic promotion stack?

The medic promotion for land units increases the heal rate of that unit, and those in adjacent hexes. I've just had a thought, but unfortunately am not at home to check, so thought I'd ask before I ...
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What are the effects of Civilization V responses to other leaders?

Some responses seem not to have any effect reflected in the relationship details. Some examples: When they admonish you about making friends with one of their enemies: Get over it. We're sorry this ...
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Why can't I enter a city-state's territory?

In a recent game a certain city-state became angry with me, and from that point onward I could not enter the territory of the city-state, it showed it in red, just like trying to enter mountains or ...
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How does Civilization 5 calculate who has the pointiest sticks?

Periodically, there is a list of "People with the pointiest Sticks" displayed in Civilization 5. How is this value calculated, does it take into account the power of the individual units or is it ...
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Is it possible to have too many cities?

I have 46 cities, but for some reason I can no longer attack cities, nor can I raze any of my current cities. Each time I try to finish off the city, it just goes to the next unit. The same happens if ...
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Should I accept embassies from AI civilizations?

The AI seem to be very fond of paying me 15 - 25 gold to establish an embassy in my capital very early in the game. I'm quite fond of free money, so I've generally taken the deal, but is that ...
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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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How big is a culture bomb?

Ghandi (the cheeky bastard) just culture bombed my border near his capital, securing several important resources. However, I wasn't watching at the time and so am unsure how many culture bombs he ...
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Can I automate city queues?

Is it possible to automate the city queue? i.e. what buildings to build next (and stop pestering me with it, once I have given a general guideline). I seem to remember this feature from Civ4, where it ...
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Do trade routes activate between my cities when a road goes through city states or other civilizations' cities?

Suppose I've got a capital, a city, and a city state in between, where the dashes represent roads: Capital ------ City-State ----- My City The road goes straight through the city-state. I ...