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 how to use yet - they might be handy later once I discover Oil or whatever.

Is this remotely correct?

  • I know exactly what you're talking about - I see those too, and the patches haven't fixed them for me yet. I'm assuming graphical glitch, but you never know. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 20:55

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This is a graphics bug. It was supposedly fixed during the october patch -- have you installed it? Specifically:

Map – Terrain caching fix that could cause problems for certain video cards (the "glowing red orbs" seen on the map are an indicator of this).

  • In my experience it's actually a red and white checkboard that underlays the "terrain detail" which sometimes peeks through. I had one instance where there was a half hex by 5 hex strip of it revealed and it was pretty obvious.
    – aslum
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 7:19
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    Well, it's on Steam so yes, it's always patched to the latest. Interesting.
    – lilserf
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 14:38
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    Steam just pulled another update for me today (10/28) and I'm still seeing this issue. Here's a screenshot... img13.imageshack.us/img13/4831/redsplotchsm.png Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 5:38

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