Wait, a non Witcher question? For shame!

Now that Civ V's been out for a while, I thought I would repurpose part of the game. Simply put, I'd love to use the rendered terrain to create hex-based maps for use in other areas, for instance, with my D&D group.

However, I can't seem to find a stand alone version of a map editor of any sort. The last Civ game I owned, Civ III, had a stand alone program to edit the maps, but I haven't found anything similar for Civ V. Does Civ V have a dedicated map editor? And if it's not a stand alone program, how do I access it in the first place?

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    I chuckled pretty hard at the non-witcher question bit. I found it a bit odd when suddenly 90% of the new questions were about some game I've never heard of. May 24, 2011 at 22:20

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Assuming you use Steam*:

First of all you’ll need to download the Civilization V world builder itself. Open up Steam and head to the Tools section of your games library, find Sid Meier’s Civilization V SDK and install it. Once the small download has finished you can launch the SDK at any time straight from this menu.


*Civ 5 is Steam-only I hear, my bad.

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    Aha, so it was hiding under tools. That'll do it. Thanks! May 24, 2011 at 21:04
  • @Raven Sure thing. I loved making horribly skewed maps back in the days of Civ II :P May 24, 2011 at 21:05
  • @RavenDreamer: Not really a surprise, that's where the level editors for Valve's own games hide, too!
    – user2974
    May 24, 2011 at 22:59
  • I tried that, but it said its not supported by my current platform.
    – user11147
    Jul 20, 2011 at 3:12

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