Questions tagged [civilization-4]

Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy game encompassing all of human history. Players attempt to take a fledging civilization from 4000BC to modern times and lead their civilization to victory through domination, science, culture or diplomacy.

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How to play Civilization 4? [closed]

I have never played any Civilization-series games before. But i love strategy games. I have already played some turn base strategy games. But Civilization 4 looks different for me. In the other games, ...
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How long does it take to play civilization to the end?

If there is a defined end. Otherwise until space technology is mastered or something like that.
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What are roads for, and when to build them?

I've started playing Civ 4 recently; it's a great, complex game, and there's a ton to learn. One aspect that puzzles me are roads. I read something about needing roads to gain access to resources - ...
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Should I follow the AI's suggestions on where to place my cities?

I tend to build cities in tiles that give me access to luxury resources within the 5x5 fat cross and I try to build them on coasts whenever possible. However, the AI sometimes suggests very odd city ...
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Religion specific units in Fall from Heaven 2?

In Fall from Heaven 2, there are religion specific units such as the "Fawn". To build these units do you need the religion in the city you're building them, or that religion as your state religion, ...
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Who performed the works of John Adams for the Civilization 4 soundtrack?

Title says it all. My google-fu is apparently insufficient to answer this question for myself. Who performed the works of John Adams for the Civilization 4 soundtrack?
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What is the use of gold in Civilization 4?

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Are Warlords and Beyond the Sword two separate expansions for Civilization IV or does the second build on the first?

There are two expansion packs for Civilization IV, Warlords and Beyond the Sword. Are these two separate expansion packs with unique features not found in either, or is the second (Beyond the Sword) a ...
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How to keep city population low?

How do I keep the population in my cities down? My citizens keep getting angry because the city is over-populated, but I don't know how to fix it. How would I do so?
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How do you play Civilization 4 by E-Mail?

Does anyone know if there is a mod or anything to play Civilization 4 over email? Like if my friend makes a turn, I get sent an email that its my turn and I can log on make my turn or couple of turns ...
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Which civilizations are able to successfully unique-unit rush in Civilization 4?

For example, the Praetorian rush is a common strategy for the Romans. What other civilizations in vanilla, Warlords, or BtS have viable rush strategies?
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Which order do I play the Civilization IV expansion packs and the main game?

I bought Civilization IV and all 3 expansion packs from the Steam Sale. I've heard numerous things about the packs - new units, civilizations, etc. I have no idea what that means since I'm new to the ...
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Changing game AI for Civilization 4

I read that the auto-worker functionality in Civilization 4 doesn't really work very well - he keeps building farms as opposed to towns and other objects. Since I'm still pretty new to this (and don't ...
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Civilization 4: Choosing resources for your main city

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Civilization 4: Choosing between food and production for the game beginning and later

I'm still new in Civilization 4 and had a lot of questions about playing the game. I'm finding the game to be insanely complicated so please keep that in mind while giving your answer. If you use too ...
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Civ 4 - good idea to build roads on non-critical developments?

(I know Civ V is out, but I enjoy IV so much more :) ) I'm figuring out my strategies for Monarch difficulty, trying to get my economy streamlined, and trade routes have popped up their head as a ...
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Is there an alternative to asking every civilization every turn for trade?

Almost every turn in Civilization 4 I cycle through all the other civilizations checking if they have any new technology or resource to trade. This is time consuming. (I feel like going to war with ...
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What is the name of the mod/mods used in this Civ4 video? [closed]

I was watching this playthrough of Civ4 the other day and I would really like to know the name of the mod or mods used to get all the fancy buttons and overlays. Really bugs me, since he says several ...
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Is it ever worth moving your first Settler?

Every time I've played Civ 4 my first Settler starts on what looks like a pretty good square for a city, and I build it turn 1. Has anyone ever found it to be a worthwhile strategy to scout around a ...
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Does bloom ever destroy resources or improvements?

Bloom is a spell in Fall From Heaven 2 that creates a New Forest. This doesn't immediately remove resources or improvements. Are conflicting resources or improvements removed if and when the new ...
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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 are the main changes made to the game going from Civilization IV to V? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What changes have been made from Civilization 4 to 5? What are the main differences between the two latest versions of the Sid's Meier Cilivization series? Is this only an ...
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How many military units per city/population is recommended in Civilization IV?

I'm looking for guidance in Civilization IV on how best to build a military that allows for the optimum mix of defensive capabilities with offensive ability (when needed) without having to sacrifice ...
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What exactly do the Market and other buildings increase?

The effect of Market is given as "+25% coin". Does that mean before or after the division of commerce into science, gold and culture? In other words, if I have a city bringing in 20 commerce, and the ...
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How do I use a work boat in Civilization 4?

I've invented "sailing", and I have built a work boat. I can sail it out where there are resources (food and coins, for example), but there is nothing I can do. I thought there should be some ...
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How do I take over a city with culture?

I have just started playing Civilization IV. I have been trying to take over cities with cultural influence, but most of the time what happens is my city is taken away instead. How can I affect my ...
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How do city walls get repaired?

Let's say I lay siege to an enemy city and bombard it, reducing the defences to 20%. Then for some reason I go off to do something else. If I later come back to that city, will its defences still be ...
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How well does Civilization 4 handle automation of workers?

I always automate Civ4 workers but wonder if it would be better if I micromanaged them. How well does Civ4 take decisions for you, when they are automated?
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In Civilization IV what are the differences between the Difficulty Levels?

Can anyone explain what are the differences (like attacking style, culture development, etc) of the enemies in Civilization IV between the various difficulty levels?
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Is it faster to build a worker, followed by a settler, or the other way around?

In Civilization IV, both workers and settlers prevent your city's food store from increasing for as long as they are being built. Surplus food is funneled into the production of both units, speeding ...
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What tips would you give beginners at Civilization 4? [closed]

Similar to General strategies/build order in Civilization 5, I'd like some help getting started at Civilization 4. I can't go much beyond the easiest level without getting another civilization declare ...
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Civ IV Best Production Choice In Specialized Cities?

When playing Civilization IV and trying to conform to the specialized cities strategy, the situation invariably arises where I have too many military units or run out of buildings that are geared ...
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How do the leaders' AI personalities work?

Montezuma and Tokugawa seem to be very prone to waging war on me, just as Gandhi is always very friendly, so I guess it's safe to assume that the leaders have different personalities. My question is: ...
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What happens to a resource when I build a city on its tile?

What happens to a resource when I build a city on its tile? For example if I build a city on top of sheep is the sheep lost?
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Is there any penalty for asking friendly civilizations for money or technology?

In Civilization 4 you can ask other civilizations for money or technology instead of trading. You say, "Can you spare this for a friend?" and sometimes they give it to you without expecting anything ...
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What are the reasons for the game suddenly stopping building production - particularly wonders?

This seems to happen particularly with Wonders - suddenly the game will inform me that building has stopped on a particular building without any further explanation. The building is then converted ...
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When should you build workers in Civilization 4?

My current (newbie) strategy is to build a new worker first with each new city. Is this a good strategy? For example: are workers shared between cities or do you need at least one for each city? ...
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How can I easily find enemy units / cities in Civilization 4?

I'm closing to wiping out an enemy civilization but cannot find their remaining units and cities. How can I do this?
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How does culture work in Civilization 4?

As a complete newcomer to Civilization starting with Civilization 4, I really don't understand culture at all. I can't find any online resource explaining how this works. Does increasing the global ...
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How can I modify the Civilization IV keyboard commands on OS X?

I play on a MacBook Pro, so I have no number pad. Ideally I'd love to be able to play completely keyboard based, with movement keys similar to 'vi' (hjkl, etc). I really want to be able to natively ...
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Civilization IV: meaning of “Babylonian merchants are now selling domesticated prairie dogs as exotic pets”?

I just started a game of Civilization IV (Beyond the Sword) and the following message appeared in the Event Log: 2960 BC: Babylonian merchants are now selling domesticated prairie dogs as exotic ...
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How to disable production/research recommendations in Civilization IV BtS?

Is there a way to turn off the adviser's recommendations for research plans and city production? I already disabled the Sid's tips and tutorial advice in game settings, but the two 'recommended' ...
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Civilization 4: Vista installation has “install for all users” greyed out

I'm trying to install Civ4 on Windows Vista 32-bit. The version on the DVD is 1.00.00. When I run setup.exe and follow the prompts, the dialog with "Install for All Users" is greyed out. How do I ...
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Civilization 4 - Game converting labourers to specialists

In Civ 4 the game sometimes converts my labourers to specialists automatically as referred to in the CivFanatics FAQ - how can I stop it from doing this? Why aren't all my citizens working? What ...
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If a Wonder is destroyed, can it be rebuilt?

If someone razes a city with a World Wonder in, can someone rebuild it?
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Using the culture slider?

I regularly use the technology slider to balance my technology and commerce, but I don't think I've ever toyed with the culture slider. Am I missing out on an important aspect of Civ IV gameplay here? ...
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What tile types does vitalize upgrade, and to what tiles?

In Fall From Heaven 2 there is a spell called Vitalize that upgrades terrain. However I've noticed it's not always available, and it doesn't tell you what you're upgrading the tile too. What tile ...
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How much culture is required for a city to switch?

How much culture is required for a city to switch? For example, in my current game, a neighboring city shows 53% my culture, 46% it's original owners. At what % will the city join my empire?
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Lumber Mills in Ancient Forests, Desecration or Good Resource Management?

In Fall From Heave 2 you have ancient forests as well as normal forests. Ancient forests are better, providing an extra food. In both Civ 4 and Fall From Heaven there are lumber mill that can be ...
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How to understand if an opponent is going to reach Cultural Victory?

I usually play at Civilization IV with difficulty set to Prince, length set to Marathon and size of the map to Huge. The problem is that happens quite often, in the 20 century, that an opponent win ...