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 does road maintenance work?

Playing civilization 5 the game explicitly says roads cost gold to maintain. This is of course a major variable in the answer to "should I connect these cities by road or not" question. However, ...
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Is there a chart showing all unit upgrade paths in Civilization 5?

Is there a chart showing the upgrade paths for the units? Something like warrior→spearman→pikeman... for all of the units.
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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 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 is the Formula for Unit Maintenance in Civilization V?

Question says it all. I know vaguely what is going on, but want something specific. Edit: Here's some "interesting" values in the GlobalDefines.xml file. No idea at this point what they mean. ...
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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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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 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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How do you play Civilization V by E-Mail?

The Civilization series of games is famous for having a way to play by e-mail. This allows people to take a long time on their turn without holding up the other players, as you do in a real-time game. ...
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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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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 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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What bonuses does a “deity” level AI get and how do I deal with them?

The "Deity" difficulty level of Civilization V says that "the AI receives heavy advantages". In Civ IV this meant that the AI started with more units, 2 settlers, etc. So my question is two-fold: a) ...
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What is the starting bias for different factions?

The starting bias is the setting (you can disable it in game set up) which allows your civilization to have a starting point similar to its original historical location. Like for instance if you play ...
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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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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 to skip battle animations in Civilization V?

I know in strategic mode there are no battle animations. But how can I skip them in 3D mode?
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Is there a chart showing all unit upgrade paths in Civilization 5 Gods & Kings?

Is there a chart showing the upgrade paths for the units? Something like Warrior → Spearman → Pikeman... for all of the units, similar to the chart on this site for vanilla.
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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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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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Are Declarations of Friendship worth it?

If you make a Declaration of Friendship, there are many bad points: Your friend will regularly ask you for money or Resources. It will negatively affect your relationship with your friend's enemies ...
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Is there a way to end a turn immediately, without moving all units?

In Civilization IV (and earlier) you could end a turn not having moved/actioned all of your available units. For example, if you want to leave some units in place for a turn or two, without having to ...
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How do terrain-based unit promotions work?

If I promote a unit so that it is better a fighting of rough terrain for example. When I am in combat and attacking an enemy, who needs to be in the rough terrain them or me for me to receive the ...
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How much gold does a diplomatic mission provide, and is it worth it?

In Civilization 4, great merchants increased in value the further you sent them from your capital and the larger the city you sent them to. In Civilization 5, the tooltip / civilopedia entry seemed ...
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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 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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Do you have to allocate a citizen to work a resource in order to gain access to it?

In this answer, Fabian said that it's enough to have an improved resource in your cultural border in order to gain access to that resource; while I was under the impression you have to actually ...
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What does the pressure value mean, and what is the scale?

I can see a "pressure" value on cities which seems to indicate how powerful is the conversion to a religion in a city. But how can I translate that value to some meaning? What does "+4 pressure" imply?...
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What happens when you conquer a city where a spaceship is under construction?

What happens when you conquer a city where a spaceship is under construction? Can the conquered civilization continue construction in its new capital? Does the conquered civilization retain its ...
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Why won't a Stealth Bomber fire on cities anymore?

My stealth bomber won't fire on an enemy. It fired in the previous turn and now it won't attack my enemy's city. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is?
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Is there a diagram showing the requirements for each promotion?

Almost all selectable promotions in civ5 (meaning, the ones you select when a unit gains a level) have other promotions as requirements. The Civilopedia already lists the requirement for each ...
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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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What is the formula for city connection 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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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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Do I need a harbor in the capital to make trade routes from other harbors work?

The manual (and the civilopedia) state for the harbor: Effects: Forms a naval Trade Route with the Capital City, +25% Production of Naval Units, City must be on a coast. It is unclear to ...
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Is a Culture Bomb the only way to steal territory from another civ in Civ5?

In another question answer bwarner writes: Once a tile has been claimed, you can't "steal" it like in Civ 4 (except using the Great Artist as mentioned in comments). So you want to make sure ...
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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 happens to the bonuses when I build a city in a special resource tile?

Does the city destroy the resource?
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What happens when two players play the same game at different difficulties?

I noticed that it looks like you can pick different difficulties for different players in Civilization 5 multiplayer. What effect does this have on the game play? Are AI just nicer to the lower ...
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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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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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Is there a hotkey for the general “Next Move” button?

I'm looking for a keyboard hotkey for the generalized "Next Move", "Choose Research", "Unit Waiting for Order" button in the bottom-right corner of the interface. Unfortunately there isn't one listed ...
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Do cities received through a trade have any special properties?

It's possible to trade cities to other civilizations, but I'm uncertain how cities received through a trade behave. Do they suffer any penalties compared to cities I built myself, or do they behave ...
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Under what condition does the AI share an intrigue with you?

So King Kamehameha just warned me that he is spying on Attila the Hun and that Attina is planning to backstab me with his fleet. Very cool. I also share intrigue with AI civs when I want to increase ...
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What determines the gain from the Honor policy and Aztec unique ability?

Honor now grants culture when barbarians are killed and grants gold per unit killed later on. The Aztec (BLAST YOU AND YOUR SHINY GODS...ahem...) unique ability grants culture when a unit is killed. ...
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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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Do Great General's effects stack in civ 5?

I know Great Generals have this effect that boosts strength of nearby units. If I have two GG set beside each other, do their effects stack?
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Hostile takeovers: Does your civilization receive the benefits of wonders?

When taking over another civilization's city, for instance, a city that has the oracle, does it contribute +1 to your civilization's culture as a puppet? When annexed, will the wonder remain in the ...
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Can I politely stop an AI's Great Prophet from getting to my cities?

The strongest player in the game is a close ally of mine and we each founded and follow of one of the strongest two religions in the game, with little cross-over between religions within our ...
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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 ...