Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI

Two things happened today in the world of Sid Meier's Civilization that you should probably be aware of. First, the Fall 2017 update to Civilization 6 is now live, as is the Khmer and Indonesia Civilization and Scenario Pack, which 2K has recently been teasing. Second (and probably of greater interest), Civilization 3 Complete, which includes the Play the World and Conquest expansions, is free for the next two days on the Humble Store. 

To claim your gratis game, pop over to humblebundle.com, click "Add to Cart" (right below where it says "Free!") and then follow your instincts: Buy more stuff, check out, whatever suits your fancy. You'll be rewarded with a Steam key for your efforts, redeemable directly through the Humble site, and you're off to the civic races. Bear in mind that it's only free until 10 am PT on October 21, so don't dawdle.

Getting back to Civilization 6, the Fall update is free for everyone, while the Khmer and Indonesia Civ Pack goes for $9/£9/€9.  

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Today’s the big day in Civland, or the world as it’s commonly known. The highlight: Civilization VI has launched its big Fall 2017 Update, which chiefly expands religious combat and makes AI opponents a little smarter. Also out today is new DLC for Civ VI adding Indonesia and the Khmer Empire.

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The Fall 2017 update for Civilization VI is available now for PC players and coming soon for Mac and Linux. Just one of the big changes here: Religion has been overhauled. Religion gets fleshed out with new beliefs, new religious units, two new Pantheons, along with new Founder, Follower, Enhancer, and Worship Beliefs. These beliefs unlock the ability to build two new buildings as well as a new combat unit, the Warrior Monk. Finally, the Religion Lens has been overhauled to improve overall usability and readability. Beyond religion, there’s a number of other changes in store. For more details, see the complete list below:

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[NEW]
  • Khmer
    • Civ Unique Ability: Grand Barays - Farms provide +2 Food if adjacent to an Aqueduct. +3 Faith and +1 Amenity to each city with an Aqueduct.
    • Jayavarman VII Unique Ability: Monasteries of the King - Holy Sites provide +2 Food and +1 Housing if placed on a river. Holy Sites provide a culture bomb.
    • Domrey: Unlocks with Military Engineering technology. Unique Medieval era siege unit. Can move and shoot in the same turn and exerts zone of control.
    • Prasat: Same yield as Temple. Missionaries purchased in this city receive the Martyr promotion. +1 Relic slot.
  • Indonesia
    • Civ Unique Ability: Great Nusantara - Minor Adjacency for Coastal tiles to Holy Site, Campus, Industrial Zone, and Theater Square. +1 Amenity to each Entertainment Complex adjacent to a coastal tile.
    • Gitarja Unique Ability: Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds - Naval units can be purchased with Faith. Religious units pay no movement to embark or disembark. +2 Faith to City Centers that are adjacent to Coast.
    • Jong: Replaces Frigate. Unlocks with Mercenaries civic. +1 Movement.  All units in formation inherit movement speed. +5 to combat when in a formation.
    • Kampung: Unique improvement placed on Coastal tiles that are adjacent to a sea resource. +1 Housing. +1 Production. +1 Food for each adjacent Fishing Boat. More Housing, Production, and Tourism as you advance through the game.
  • Angkor Wat Wonder
    • +1 Population in all Current Cities when built. +1 Housing in all cities. Must be built adjacent to an Aqueduct district.
  • Ha Long Bay Natural Wonder
    • Two tile natural wonder that can be found on coastal terrain and provides +3 Food, +1 Production, and +1 Culture. +15 Combat Strength when defending in this tile.
  • ‘Path to Nirvana’ Scenario
    • The lands around the Indian Ocean flourish with many religions and many people. Heaven has chosen you to bring the light to all these lands. Is your faith up to the challenge? Can you convince the people of Southeast Asia to follow your religion? In this 50 turn scenario, compete to have the most followers of your religion, the most faith per turn, and the most foreign cities following your religion.
 

[RELIGION UPDATE]
  • Overhauled “Religion Lens”
  • All religious units move on their own layer (similar to Trade Units and Spies)
  • Switched to unique unit flag backing for religious units
  • Display religion (if applicable) for a unit to be purchased with Faith
  • Added the ‘Condemn Heretic’ unit action to allow military units to eliminate religious units in their tile, similar to pillaging a trade route
  • Added Religion indicators to unit flags
  • Religious units now exert Zone of Control and receive Flank and Support bonuses in religious combat
  • Added two new Pantheons, two new Founder Beliefs, two new Follower Beliefs, two new Enhancer Beliefs, and two new Worship Beliefs (with new buildings)
    • Follower Belief “Warrior Monks” unlocks the new Warrior Monk unit, a medieval land combat unit with its own promotion tree that is purchased with Faith
  • Added the Guru religious support unit, which can heal nearby religious units
  • Improved long-term usefulness of Missionaries by giving their spread religion ability 10% eviction of all other religions
  • Gave nine existing leaders the LOW_RELIGIOUS_PREFERENCE trait so they are unlikely to push hard for a religion, making it easier for players to get one on high difficulties
  • Added Unit Action tooltip to show you how many followers you’ll have in a city after you spread religion there
  • Adding religious pressure to both ends of a trade route:
    • Destination city gets 1 pressure per turn of the origin city's majority religion (if it has one). This is the same amount as if that city was close by.
    • Origin city gets 0.5 pressure per turn of the destination city's majority religion (if it has one)
  • Added 8 new Relics
 

[UI ENHANCEMENTS]
  • Updated Diplomacy screens to improve readability and usability
  • Trade Overview: Available Routes tab will now show all possible routes between two cities regardless if the origin city has a trader located at it
  • New medallion style art for Great People
  • Capital icons now appear on city banners in espionage chooser menu
  • Rest & Repair actions inform you if you can’t heal due to a missing Strategic Resource
  • Changed sort order for gossip so most recent messages are shown first
  • Ensure plot tooltips show up after mousing over 2D icons in same plot
  • Trade route chooser now sorts routes when filtered by a yield
  • Lots of changes to make assorted UI screens more moddable/extensible
 

[AI TUNING]
  • Improved AI’s naval gameplay, including protection and healing of naval units, building a proper navy, and assaulting coastal cities
  • AI will attempt to re-convert its holy cities
  • AI will no longer commit to battles they cannot win
  • Improve AI city and district placement
  • Improved AI’s valuation of great works
  • Improved Scout’s drive to explore Tribal Villages
  • Improved siege attacks
  • Adjusted religious strategies, preventing large hordes of units going to the same, distant city
  • New AI support for Religious Heal and Condemn Heretic actions
  • Improve AI use of Inquisitors
  • Money Grubber agenda is no longer as sensitive to fluctuations in income
 

[MULTIPLAYER]
  • Ongoing stability improvements
 

[BALANCE CHANGES]
  • Removed some of the least useful Gossip messages to improve signal to noise:
    • Buildings constructed if from 2 eras earlier than the constructing player's current era
    • Civic cultivated if from 1 era earlier than developing player's current era
    • Influenced city-state if not tied or higher than all other players
    • Land unit promoted if only to Level 2
    • Naval unit promoted if only to Level 2
    • Policy slotted if unlocked from a Civic that is 2 eras earlier than slotting player's current era
    • Tech researched if from 1 era earlier than researching player's current era
  • Move +1 embark speed from Cartography to Square Rigging
  • Allow friendly or allied spies to escape just before a nuke is detonated on a city they are in. All other spies are still killed.
  • Add Guilds as a prereq for Humanism so you have Theater Square before Museums
  • Change the Civic prereqs between Industrial and Modern so Zoo is required before Stadiums
  • Religious Idols Pantheon belief is now +2 Faith per mine instead of +1
  • Persian Immortal unit now behaves primarily as a melee unit with a ranged attack ability
 

[BUG FIXES]
  • AI will now recruit Great People when they take control of a human's game in MP
  • Fixed an issue where AI would trade invalid items
  • Fixed issues where AI appears to refuse their own deal proposals
  • Corrected an error that made the AI very unlikely to agree to alliances
  • Added missing description text for Broadway (+20% Culture for the city)
  • Fixed Colonial Taxes to be the listed 25% boost
  • Fix player being able to make peace with city states while at war with the suzerain
  • Pillaged districts no longer provide adjacency yields and they drop adjacent Appeal
  • Fixed the Hanging Gardens not granting Appeal
  • Archery tech boost earned by a Slinger on defense
  • Unique districts don’t count twice for Mathematics tech boost
  • Fix Housing from Monarchy to properly be +1 for each level of Wall
  • Culture Bombs can no longer steal National Park tiles
  • Conquering a city with a spaceport under sabotage no longer redirects that mission at yourself
  • Captured spies are immediately returned when a player is defeated
  • Gold costs of delegations is correct at all game speeds
  • Properly compute foreign followers of a religion for beliefs that use this stat. Followers from cities that didn’t have this religion as a majority were not counted previously
  • Embarked combat units can no longer capture enemy embarked civilians
  • Additional bug fixes
 

[MISC]
  • Changed Jakarta City-State to Bandar Brunei
  • Added Motion Blur to leaders
 

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Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI

2K Games announced yesterday that Jayavarman VII will lead the Khmer people into Civilization 6 in the game's next update. Today, it unveiled part two of that combo: Dyah Gitarja, also known by her regnal name Tribhuwannottunggadewi Jayawishnuwardhani (which we will not be using for obvious reasons), who led the Majahapit Empire—located in modern-day Indonesia—on a massive campaign of conquest and expansion. 

Indonesia's unique unit in Civ 6 will be the Jong—large sailing ships that function primarily as merchant vessels and transports, but can hold their own in a fight as well. Their cities can be improved with houses on stilts called Kampung, which provide housing, production, and food to adjacent fishing boats, and its unique ability is the "Great Nusantara," which grants bonuses for holy sites, campuses, industrial zones, and theater squares when they're adjacent to coastal tiles. 

Gitarja's leader ability is the very poetic-sounding "Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds," which grants bonus Faith to coastal cities. It also enables Gitarja to purchase Naval units at a discount using Faith, and eliminates the movement cost of Religious units that are embarking or disembarking from vessels. 

There's still no word on a release date for the Indonesian (and Khmer) civs, but I'd expect them to arrive soon. Based on most previous Civilization and Scenario Packs, you can expect it to cost around $5.

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Dyah Gitarja went from being a princess locked in a tower to the warrior-queen regent of a 14th Century spice empire, the kingdom of Majapahit (located in modern day Indonesia). It all started with an assassination.

As the Duchess of Kahuripan, she lived a sheltered life. As described in the epic poem 'Nagarakretagama,’ though, Gitarja’s ascent began with the murder of her half-brother, King Jayanagara in 1328. She then came to power by order of her mother the following year. Gitarja wound up ruling with the help of her spouse, Kritavardhana, during a time of chaos and open revolt.

With the help of Gajah Mada, a long-trusted advisor, she began a campaign to quell rebellions and push a massive expansion of the Majapahit Empire. Legend tells us that Gitarja even rode into battle alongside her cousin, Malayapuran king Adityawarman. Ultimately, she is remembered for expanding the boundaries of her empire to include the kingdoms of Pejeng, Dalem, Debahulu and the island of Bali while helping stabilize the kingdom.

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UNIQUE UNIT: JONG

Massive jong ships, the schooner of the Majapahit fleet, dominated the Southeast Asian seas. While primarily a merchant ship and military transport, jongs were built to withstand incoming cannon fire and return the favor with its own ordinance. And, with the addition of a second rudder, a 600-ton jong was fast, yet easy to control.


UNIQUE IMPROVEMENT: KAMPUNG

In the densely-packed islands of Southeast Asia, local rulers needed to house people while also keeping them safe from floods and wildlife. These tightly-clustered communities of houses on stilts – or kampung – were the answer.

In fact, foreign visitors were so impressed by the efficiency of Indonesian and Malay kampungs with their high-population density that they adopted the term in the English ‘compound.’


CIV UNIQUE ABILITY: “GREAT NUSANTARA”

“Nusantara” is a contemporary term for the Indonesian archipelago, but for some time had been credited to Gitarja’s advisor – Gajah Mada. In an oath known as Sumpah Palapa, he vowed not to eat any food containing spices until he had conquered all of Nusantara under the glory of Majapahit. As a coastal civilization, it only makes sense Indonesian Coastal Tiles provide adjacency bonuses for certain districts. Complexes give an extra Amenity if they are adjacent to a non-lake Coastal Tile.

LEADER UNIQUE ABILITY: “EXALTED GODDESS OF THE THREE WORLDS”

The Majapahit kingdom expanded on the strength of its naval might, buoyed by the spice trade and spreading the beliefs of the Buddhist-Hindu kingdom. 

The “Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds” ability grants bonus Faith to coastal cities. This allows Gitarja to purchase Naval units with Faith at a discount, as well as eliminating movement cost for Religious unit to embark or disembark.

Anyone who purchased the Digital Deluxe Edition of Civilization VI will receive this leader – and the DLC pack – automatically when it goes live.

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The 12th century Cambodian king Jayavarman VII "is generally considered by historians the most powerful Khmer monarch of all time," according to the unimpeachable sources at Wikipedia. So with the Khmer people on their way to Civilization 6, as 2K Games announced today, it only makes sense that he'd be the one to lead them. 

"Rising to power during a period of crisis for the Khmer, Jayavarman was a military leader. By 1181, Jayavarman VII had repelled Cham invaders to the north and when hostilities died down, he crowned himself king. But instead of turning outward and seeking to aggressively expand, he focused on his people," 2K wrote. "King Jayavarman VII saw himself as a warrior for his subjects. As a result, his rule was marked by its tolerance and his drive to create a place of safety and paradise for his subjects." 

Which isn't to say that the Khmer don't kick ass, and in fact their unique unit, the Domrey, might be the coolest of them all: It's a war elephant with a ballista mounted on its back, making it basically the 12th century equivalent of self-propelled artillery. On the more homefront-focused side of things, the Khmer unique improvement is the Prasat, a replacement for the temple, which gives the Martyr promotion to missionaries it produces and provides a Relic Great Works slot.   

Jayavarman himself brings the "Monasteries of the King" unique ability to the game, enabling the Khmer to grab adjacent territories when their Holy Sites are completed, while aqueducts will increase food production in adjacent farms and provide a bonus to Faith and an Amenity through the "Grand Barays" unique ability. 

Owners of the Civilization 6 Digital Deluxe Edition will receive the Khmer civ, and the rest of the DLC it comes with, automatically when it goes live. A launch date hasn't been announced, but I would expect it to show up at around the same time as the big Fall Update

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Much of that we know about King Jayavarman VII comes from inscriptions on the temple at Räjavihära (now Ta Prohm). These inscriptions offer a rich, yet still incomplete history of this beloved king of the Khmer Empire.

Rising to power during a period of crisis for the Khmer, Jayavarman was a military leader. By 1181, Jayavarman VII had repelled Cham invaders to the north and when hostilities died down, he crowned himself king. But instead of turning outward and seeking to aggressively expand, he focused on his people.

King Jayavarman VII saw himself as a warrior for his subjects. As a result, his rule was marked by its tolerance and his drive to create a place of safety and paradise for his subjects.

He went on to make Mahayana Buddhism the state religion, breaking with 400 years of Khmer Hinduism. And to mark the occasion, he would initiate an era of unprecedented construction and infrastructure creation. Among the improvements made on his watch: numerous temples, 102 hospitals, stone-paved highways out of reach of flood waters, the 54 towers at Bayon, and extensive irrigation projects. Another documented project was the construction of rest houses every 15 km throughout the kingdom.

King Jayavarman VII and his people-driven reign remains fondly remembered in Cambodia, where he figured prominently in state-produced education materials well into the 20th century.

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UNIQUE UNIT: THE DOMREY

Khmer employed war elephants in their military campaigns. Once docile farming animals, Domrey were 12,000 pounds of might used to break enemy lines and stampede through enemy forces. Usually, Khmer riders would use the precision of double crossbows to supplement the raw power of their elephants; however, the Domrey variant here adds the sheer force of a mounted ballista, making it more mobile (and more deadly) than a traditional catapult.


UNIQUE IMPROVEMENT: THE PRASAT

These holy sites at the center of Khmer worship would serve as both symbols of their warrior-kings’ piety and their engineers' brilliance. The earliest Khmer temple on record is Prasat Ak Yom (c. 800), its design reflecting the South Indian tradition of 'ratha'-style temples, towering edifices terminating in a crown at the top. Of course, the Khmer would add their own flourish, adding prangs, or towers to the structures. 


LEADER UNIQUE ABILITY: “MONASTARIES OF THE KING”
With Jayavaraman VII’s pious devotion, it makes sense that his unique ability, “Monasteries of the King,” would highlight his religious reform. Playing as Jayavaraman VII, you can grab adjacent territory when you complete your Holy Sites, which also provide additional Food and Housing when built on a river.

CIV UNIQUE ABILITY: “GRAND BARAYS”
 
The “Grand Barays” ability focuses on Jayavaraman VII’s devotion to providing infrastructure to his people. This ability increases Khmer’s food yield when Farms are built next to Aqueducts, and makes Aqueducts far more versatile by granting bonuses to Faith and an Amenity.

Anyone who purchased the Digital Deluxe Edition of Civilization VI will receive this leader – and the DLC pack – automatically when it goes live.

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The next big free update to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI [official site] will overhaul and expand the strategy game’s religion system, bringing new beliefs, new pantheons, and new units as well as a reworking of religious combat. AI improvements are coming too, including making computer opponents less useless at sea. Our Adam’s Civ 6 review was mighty fond of the game but it has certainly benefitted from the big updates over the past year. More are welcome. (more…)

Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI

Big changes are coming to Civilization 6 in the Fall 2017 Update, including a revamp of the Religion system that adds new religious beliefs and units, improvements to the interface, and tweaks to gameplay balance and enemy AI that will make them much more dangerous on the high seas. 

"Two new Pantheons will be get introduced into the game, along with new Founder, Follower, Enhancer, and Worship Beliefs. These beliefs unlock the ability to build two new buildings as well as a new combat unit, the Warrior Monk," associate producer Sarah Darney explained. "Religious units can now exert Zone of Control and receive Flank and Support bonuses in religious combat. Meanwhile, the Guru religious support unit can heal nearby religious units." 

"Finally, the Religion Lens has been overhauled to improve overall usability and readability. You’ll also find UI touches, such as religion indicators on unit flags, to remove all guesswork on where a unit’s allegiance lies." 

Enemy AI will put a greater emphasis on building and protecting naval units following the update, which Darney said will be "especially exciting" in concert with the upcoming addition of a new civilization. The "least useful" gossip messages are being removed, so you'll only get the news that matters, and Diplomacy screens are being changed as well to make them easier to use. 

"Beyond this, the Great People art has been updated to feel more 'great' and make this screen easier to navigate," Darney wrote. "Capital icons now show on city banners in the Espionage Mission selection menu, and many smaller changes have been made to the menus to make screens more moddable and extensible." 

Darney didn't say which new religious Pantheons are being added to the game, or which new civilization will make the promised big splash with the improved naval skills, but details about the Fall Update will be released when it's live. Alas, there's no word yet on when that will be. 

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