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 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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How do I convert a city to my religion?

I want to convert a city to my religion, and it already has some followers of other religions. What is the process I need to take to convert it to my religion? Do I need inquisitors? Do I need ...
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Is there any way to see Civilization V's civilopedia without activating the game?

Is there any way to browse the Civilopedia for Civilization V without entering the game, for example by browsing some online source or opening some file?
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What happens to unique buildings in occupied cities?

How does capturing cities handle unique buildings? For example: If China conquers a city with a library, does the library transform into a paper maker? or like wise if I conquer a Chinese city as ...
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What are the precise requirements of the “Model of a Modern Major-General” achievement in Civilisation 5?

Model of a Modern Major-General Train all Units, across any number of playthrough. Is it known what the precise requirements are for this achievement? Do you actually need to train all ...
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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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Is there a way to locate Strategic Resources on the map?

When you first research a technology that reveals a new resource on the map (eg. Electricity reveals Aluminum), you can click the tip that comes up to center the map on deposits of that resource that ...
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Why isn't my city growing?

It is my first game of Civilization 5, but I have played Civilization 3 and 4 many times. Twice I have seen my capital having a stagnation for no apparent reason. From what I read food is the only ...
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Why can't I bomb Rome?

As you can see from the image below, I have a great war bomber with Rome in range. However, when I click the attack button and click on Rome (I can see my damage and Rome's damage), nothing happens. ...
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Pink number when clearing barbarian encampments?

After clearing a barbarian encampment, a pink number appears above the tile where the encampment was. What does this number mean? Example:
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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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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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Is it possible to win culturally in Civilization V with only one city?

I recently had a culture victory with nine cities - though it became very clear to me that it should have been easier with fewer. Is it possible to never found another city, and still be able to gain ...
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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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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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Why can't my units get more than 30 XP?

My units get to 30 XP and then stop earning experience. Any idea why?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When trading, is the response “I don't see how we can make this work” a final answer?

When trading with an AI civilization, I often use the "What would make this deal work" button as an easy way to see what the AI would like in exchange for a resource I want. When the answer is "I ...
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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 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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Is there an advantage to building a road to a city-state before they request one?

Occasionally city-states will request that you build a road to connect them to your trade network, giving influence when you do. Is there any advantage to building a road to a city-state before they ...
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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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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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How can I increase my delegate count?

In Brave New World what increases the delegate count for the World Congress/United Nations? Is there anything I can build to get more votes?
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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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Is there any way to speed up city production?

Is there any possibility to speed up a city production?
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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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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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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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What is a theming bonus?

I've seem the term "theming bonus" mentioned a few times, for example on the aesthetics social policy tree: Adopting all policies doubles the theming bonus you receive from Museums and Wonders. ...
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Is there any reason not to settle on a hill?

Civilization 4 was a little different with where you might want to settle, and in Civilization 5, there is no real benefit of even settling next to a river for your capital. Sure, you will lose out on ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Influence an ally to build an oil well that destroys another improvement

There's a city-state allied to me that just found oil. At least, I can see oil in their lands since I developed the relevant technology. I'd like them to build a Well improvement over that tile, so ...
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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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What is the effect of switching between conflicting social policies?

Certain social policy branches conflict and cannot be taken together (eg, Piety and Rationalism). I usually plan ahead to make sure I don't end up wanting conflicting branches, but the other day I did ...
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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 ...