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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Does working a tile with a city transfer ownership of the tile to that city?

This stems from the comments on this question. Imagine two cities, A and B, close enough that one can work the tiles that were acquired by the other (either through purchasing them or through ...
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When trading, is the “What would make this deal work” button the optimal trade?

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. Is the proposed deal ...
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Does a lake count as a coast?

I have a city built on the shore of a large lake. Does that count as if the city is "on a coast", for the sake of things like buildings that I can build? Notice that if I hover over the water tile it ...
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How do you achieve the 'Know Thy Enemy ' achievement in CIV V?

It says you must 'Consult the Oracle 2 times in a single game', but I haven't any idea what that means!
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Why are we getting no save files in multiplayer games?

I've played Civilization 5 in a co-op multiplayer session two nights in a row, and both times there were no saves. My friend hosted the game and had it set to save every turn, but still there were no ...
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I've captured some Great Prophets, now what?

I've managed to capture two great prophets, but they aren't the same religion as the one I founded. I created Shinto, but now I have a Great Prophet from Buddhism and one from Confucianism. What can ...
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Why can I not gift any units to either city-states or other players?

This is probably a really stupid question, but I tried searching and could not find anything in either the help files or online. Perhaps it is a bug, but I cannot gift any units to either city-states ...
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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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Is there any way to see progress towards achievements in Civ 5?

Is there a way to see how much more I have to do to achieve the various achievements? For example, Merchant King is Trade 100 resources over any number of playthroughs... I'd love to know how close I ...
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Why do some tiles have red “chips” on them in Civilization 5?

In Civilization 5 some of the hexes have a little red splotch on them, especially during the early game. I've been going under the assumption that these signify strategic resources that I don't know ...
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How do I end an Open Borders agreement in Civ 5?

I'd like my neighbor to stop moving units through my territory, but I can't seem to find an option to cancel our Open Borders agreement. In the deal history screen, I can see an Open Borders ...
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What factors affect tile purchase cost?

I know there are some wonders that modify the amount, but what I'm really looking for is information on what factors determine how much each tile costs, since they seem to vary per-tile and over time ...
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How can I know who is at war with whom?

Is there a way to know which country is at war with another country? I know that there is the Diplomacy Panel, but it only tells my situation with other AI civilizations. What I want to know is : Is ...
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Technology boost. What is the benefit and any strategies for maximizing its effect?

I am using v1.0.1.383. When a research agreement is fulfilled, a "technology boost" event occurs. It appears to be 8 turns reduced on the current technology you are researching. What is the ...
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Can other improvements be built on the same tile as a road?

In Civilization V, can other improvements be built on the same tile as a road?
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What happens if I purchase a building halfway through construction?

If I purchase a building that is halfway through construction, what happens to the extra production? Is the cost of purchasing the building lowered? Do I receive a cash payment, similar to an ...
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Does game speed in Civ-V affect the viability of paths to victory?

I was curious as to whether playing a fast or slow game had an affect on the difficulty of reaching certain paths to victory. It seems to me that Science and Culture victories would be much easier on ...
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How to prevent Civ 5 crash when clicking Load?

The Problem I click Single Player > Load Game and immediately see this dialog: Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program: ...apps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization V\Civilization.exe ...
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Backup / Transfer data to new computer

I am upgrading to a new computer with Windows 7 and would like to retain settings / saves and my hall of fame. What folder locations should I backup and later restore? Are there any gotchas?
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Can a Polynesian Ironclad enter ocean tiles?

Yesterday, when I was playing as Polynesia, I tried to understand if Ironclads will be stronger for Polynesia than for other civs. On the one hand Kamehameha has the wayfinding trait, allowing all ...
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How can I keep track of discovered antiquity sites?

It's easy to lose track of antiquities sites after discovering them. Is there an easy way of finding them? Maybe a UI mod to highlight them? The best bet I've found as part of the default UI is to ...
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How are unit maintenance costs and supply related?

Early in this one game i had 5 military units and 3 workers. My unit maintenance was 11g per turn. So i thought 1g per military and 2g per civilian unit. Then i saw this bit about supply in the ...
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Where are the graphs?

You're able to see the demographics of each player in the game, but I can't find where the graphs are for that information
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Green lights in ocean

While playing Civ 5, I occasionally see these green things in the sea: Is this just a bug like the red dots that sometimes show up on land, or is this some kind of easter egg or resource?
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How can I modify Civ 5 for a longer opening and midgame and shorter endgame?

Whenever I play Civ 5 I notice that it is fun in the beginning (expanding/building) and in the midgame (fighting) but then follows a very long boring endgame. Unfortunately Civ 5 is by default ...
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When will the AI use its settlers?

They have two settlers (had one for quite a while now) and are so far focusing mainly on military strength. What should I expect from them - are they waiting for something before settling? Is this ...
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When do city-states discover technology and resources?

I've gotten way ahead of the competition on the technology curve, and discovered that I don't have any access to aluminum. So I allied myself with a city-state that has aluminum ... but they aren't ...
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Problem with stretched sheep in Civ V! What to do?

I installed Civilization 5 on my laptop recently and there is a problem with the graphics. The game itself looks good, but some resources like sheep are stretched. When I encounter them I see big ...
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When would I want to be somebody's friend? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In Civ 5, are Declarations of Friendship worth it? Being somebody's friend is good because it gets you better trade agreements. Super. But it's also dangerous, as I've ...
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In Civ5, is it possible to buy a courthouse?

It seems I can buy most buildings, but the courthouse is not listed for purchase in my annexed cities. Is it not possible to buy courthouses?
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Optimum tactics and units for capturing cities for each age

I am really struggling on capturing cities, especially on smaller islands. Boats seem to do such little damage and getting units across the sea, early game especially, is very dangerous because of the ...
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How valuable is it to build next to a river?

For some reason I give a very high preference to hexes that put my cities on a river. But I'm asking myself if I'm overdoing it for Civ5. Given a city planted in the middle of 7 Grassland hexes... ...
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How do I manage my money effectively?

I am having difficulties with managing gold/money. As a result, I am unable to get many units for my military. Do you have any tips/advice? I am new to the Civilization series.
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Can I restore my wiped out religion in Civ 5 Gods and Kings?

I eliminated a computer player that had a strong religion (Buddhism). My religion was weak, whereas this other one was taking over the continent quickly. Now that I have him overrun, I want, well ...
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AI Civ having another civ's specialty unit

How is it possible for an AI civilization to gain/build another civilization's specialty unit? Twice now I have run into this issue. On my current game, the Dutch have a Cho-Ko-Nu (the chinese ...
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Production and Research overflow in Civilization 5

What happens with overflowing research or production in Civilization 5? If you produce more research in one turn than is needed for the current technology, is the research surplus carried over to ...
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Can I win a science victory after I win a cultural victory?

I wanted to win a science victory right after winning a cultural victory. To win a science victory, I have to build a bunch of spaceship parts and move them to my capital, where they are assembled. ...
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Barbarians in Civilization 5

It seems like anytime I kill a barbarian encampment in Civilization 5 another encampment pops up somewhere else in my territory. Is there a certain number always on the map or am I seeing patterns ...
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What parts can safely be automated and where should I micromanage?

I usually let all my worker units roam free on automation, unless I need a specific improvement right now. I usually never care about the tiles worked by a city, at most I may switch the priorities to ...
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Understanding unit movement

Looking at a unit is there anyway to tell if it has moved or not in the current turn? I've noticed the emblem for the unit greys out, but it also seems to remained greys out if the unit has been ...
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Is Representation retroactive?

In Civ V, one of the last social policies in Liberty is Representation, which reduces cities' impact on social policies by 33%. Is this retroactive though? Does it apply to cities founded before ...
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Do Papal Primacy and Consulates stack?

Papal Primacy: +15 to influence resting point with City-States following this religion Consulates: +20 to influence resting point with all City-States Assuming the city state has adopted the correct ...
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Can I construct a citadel next to the borders of a city state?

The description for "Constructing a Citadel" says that "If the new culture border claims hexes owned by another Civilization, you will incur a diplomatic penalty as a result." Does this apply to city ...
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How can I get other civ to attack me?

I am currently in a six nation game and I am surrounded by three smaller civs some of which are weak and some are quite strong. I would like to conquer the land which one of them holds, but want them ...
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How much unhappiness is generated from cities and citizens?

At first glance, I really like India's bonus: Double the Unhappiness from the number of Cities, but Halve the Unhappiness from Population size. For me to really judge it though, and build ...
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Can a player rejoin a Civilization 5 multiplayer game after being disconnected?

We tried playing a civ 5 private game, but one of our players (the one who had originally started the game) disconnected and then couldn't rejoin. Is that intended, or a bug, or what? How is civ5 ...
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Can I build anything on an Oasis in Civilization 5?

Can I build anything on an Oasis or do anything with it in Civilization 5?
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Is a courthouse mandatory to quell occupational unhappiness?

If you don't build the courthouse does the city perpetually generate extra unhappiness due to the occupation, or do they eventually settle down without one? How longer does that take with/without? I ...
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Is there any penalty for building a new city “far away” from your other cities?

Is there any penalty for building a new city "far away" from your other cities? That is, if I remember correctly from Civ4, (city) maintenance was higher if a new city was "far away" from my current ...
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What is considered “near us” when settling cities?

Sometimes another leader comes sniveling that I am settling cities too close to them. One option is to agree to "stop settling cities so close to us" or something to that effect. How do I know ...