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How can I set up a multiplayer game of Civ IV with one Mac OSX player and one Windows player? Both players are running Civ through Steam. The Windows player is running Windows 7.

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When you install through Steam it appears that the default Mac OSX version of Civ IV and the Windows version of Civ IV are different.

This is the fastest way I have found of setting up a game:

  1. On the Windows machine, find 'Civ IV' in Steam and right-click
  2. Click on the Betas tab
  3. Under 'Select the beta you would like to opt in to', click on the drop-down menu and select Original Release – UNSUPPORTED
  4. Let Civ update, and launch when finished
  5. Now when you launch the game, both players should have the Multiplayer -> Direct IP Connection option. Use this to have one player host a game and the other player connect.

See also the 2k announcement about installing pre-Steamworks Civ IV here.

It may be possible to also get both players running the same version by purchasing the Civilization: Beyond the Sword expansion pack for both players, but I haven't confirmed this.

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