I want to play Civilization 5 with my younger brother. I own a copy of the game, but my brother does not. On Steam I have shared the game with him, but he can not play the game at the same time as me. Me and my brother are on the same WiFi. I have heard there is a way to do this which has something to do with offline mode?

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    don't downvote this, if you don't know about hot seat mode. it's 100% legal. not even grey zone. – Otto V. May 17 '16 at 23:10
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    @OttoV. Generally, telling people not to downvote something means it happens more. – Frank May 18 '16 at 2:34

I'll give you a couple solutions that fulfill the spirit of what Steam allows for sharing a single copy of Civ V.

  1. Simple Hotseat mode: You play on a single computer playing a game of musical chair. Passwords for each player help minimize the chance of information bleed between turns. This technique is a bit faster and has the added bonus of built-in calisthenics.

  2. Giant Multiplayer Robot: Think of it as multi-machine or even multi-time-zone Hotseat. You each download the GMR client. When it's your turn it will download the save, and launch Civ V for you. The client can also be configured to automatically close Civ V when you save at the end of your turn, so that your brother can use it. With in-home-streaming configured, you don't even need Civ installed on the 2nd machine. Family Sharing may also need to be set up between n+1 accounts; Owner (Steam) + n Player (Steam & GMR) accounts. I haven't tested all of the details of this as all my friends have their own copies of Civ V. While slightly slower, this solution allows you to ask for advice here while your brother is taking his turn. ;)

I can't think of any other solution that would not put your Steam Account(s) (and any attached games) at risk...

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    calisthenics? Oh, you mean movement to get in and out of the seat. – Nzall May 18 '16 at 11:48

Another solution would be using the family mode steam provides.

Civilisation V still provides a "LAN" multiplayer.

All you would have to do after having setup the family mode on your brother's computer, would be to launch steam offline on one of your computers, launch Civ 5 and create a LAN game.

I'm not certain this will work since Civilisation could rely on another layer of protection to prevent two people with the same license accessing the same game.

I can not assure you that it is fully compatible with Steam TOS since the family mode should only allow one people to use the shared library at one time (the main owner of the game always getting priority).

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    I'm not sure whether you're able to use the Civ 5 multiplayer features in offline mode. – Nzall May 18 '16 at 11:49
  • The LAN mode is available for sure, we used it with some friends (each one got it's own copy of the game) to play on a network which did not allow access to steam servers. – Sidewinder94 May 18 '16 at 12:13
  • Does family mode work in conjunction with offline mode, I thought that in order to launch a family sharing game you had to be online. – coteyr May 18 '16 at 13:18
  • This idea, should it work, is definitely not in the spirit of Steam's TOS. Heck, I'd sooner gift my brother a copy of Civ V than risk the value of my whole account. – tjd May 18 '16 at 13:55
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    @coteyr i tink that only the person that gets the game via family share needs to be online to play it. The person that owns the game can be in offline mode. So it should be possible that both play at the same time – YanBear May 18 '16 at 13:56

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