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PolyCast Episode 262: "Variety of Threads"
By DanQ at 2016-08-13 00:39
Image Consideration on many levels. The two-hundred-and-sixty-first episode of PolyCast, "Variety of Threads", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Stephanie "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-host Christopher "blauerfackel" Ryder. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m35s | News
In Civilization VI, what to expect from France and what is brought by Brazil (07m54s) is followed by the first livestream of the game by developer Firaxis Games (19m08s).
- 52m06s | Forum Talk
A blog post by CivVI publisher 2K Games does not contain any new game information, but how it is presented prompts some written comments and panel reaction.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Off fence, unwanted honour and being contrary.

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production recording live every other Saturday throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice; sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

Want to Help Create a Better AI?
By leif erikson at 2016-08-12 10:08
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If you wish to help create a better AI for Civilization games, please read the following:

Dear All,
Arago, an artificial intelligence company based in Frankfurt and New York invites you to participate in our HIROic challenge. We are working on an artificial intelligence, called HIRO, and we believe that it will be able to beat the worldÂ's best players in Freeciv shortly. However, HIRO doesnÂ't know anything about the game yet.

Although HIRO is a quick learner it needs awesome mentors: world class Civ experts that know how to build civilizations and compete against other empires within the game. Therefore, we are looking for the most experienced and most creative players in your community that are ready to support us to not only teach HIRO to play Freeciv like a world champion but to create the worldÂ's most powerful computer opponent.

The major difference between the usual computer opponents you are already familiar with and HIRO is that the latter will be human-like Â- no more tricking, no more unfair information advantages. Every time you play against HIRO you will be playing against the worldÂ's best players at the same time, because HIRO will pool the knowledge of the worldÂ's best human players in one “super brain”.

The task we ask for is simple: play at least two games with us in the beginning of August and tell us about the principles of your pathway to victory. Once you register, you work with a "buddy" from our organization. We have set up a Docker container that will have everything you need to participate and we will assist you in getting setup to play. Any issues can be addressed through your "buddy".

Depending upon how well you do, your efforts will be rewarded with great non-cash bonuses. Furthermore, Arago would like to provide your community with its computer opponent as soon as it is ready to win against the best.

If you want to go down in history, please register at http://hiroic.arago.co and beat the beast.

Regards,
Arago Team


We are intentionally exempting this from our policy of no advertisements because we feel this effort could bring great benefit to the civilization community.

HOF Civ4 Update
By NobleZarkon at 2016-08-12 04:56
ImageThe Civilization IV Hall of Fame has been updated. 9 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to zbgayumn for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Small, Normal, Prince, Domination game for 118893 points.

magpie_robert was the most active player during this update, submitting 3 games.

Only 1 player was brave enough to take on Deity this update:
smitsk00 - 1811 AD, Standard, Marathon, Deity, Space Colony game for 88226 points.

No players gained number one positions on harder difficulty levels.

No players gained a composite table High Score (i.e. Any Condition).

*** Gauntlet Results **

G-Minor 213 - Religious, Monarch, Tiny, Quick, Pangaea

  1. magpie_robert- 320 AD
  2. colonelmustard- 500 AD

Congratulations!

** New Gauntlets Starting **

G-Minor 214 - Conquest, Warlord, Any Era, Small, Quick, Pangaea, (check options)


>> Civ IV HOF
>> Full Update Details
>> Discussion Thread

TurnCast Episode 72: "Drop of a Hat"
By DanQ at 2016-08-06 13:51
Image Mission accomplished. Regular players Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Stephanie "Makahlua" and Michael "Ubermarklar" Bryant are accompanied by fellow co-operative Civilization V multiplayer players in the fourth TurnCast (TC) special entitled "Mixed Signals". Reading between the lines becomes all but required listening across its 19m28s runtime.

TurnCast is the third spin-off of the Civ strategy-centric PolyCast on which Quick and Makahlua serve as regular co-hosts; the modding-centric ModCast was the first.

PolyCast Episode 262 Topics List
By DanQ at 2016-08-04 17:24
Image This Saturday, August 06th, 2016 is to see the sixteenth recording of Civilization strategy podcast PolyCast's tenth season. Beginning at 12PM ET North America (timezone converter), Episode 262's topics list is set as follows:

News
- Civilization VI "First Look" France
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eINr4EqAkSc
https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154245426440359
(http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=571494)
- CivVI "First Look" Brazil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oh2HzwZxOc
https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154262598380359
(http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=571883)
- First CivVI Livestream: Brazil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRSbI8NANno
https://www.facebook.com/civ/photos/...890359/?type=3
(http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=571852)
- Other 'First' CivVI Gameplay Videos
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=571938
- CivVI's "Active Progression"
http://steamcommunity.com/games/2890...63009550410123
(http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=572003)
- CivVI for PC Only
http://stevivor.com/2016/08/civiliza...-fits-the-best
- Other CivVI Bits
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=571937
http://well-of-souls.com/civ/civ5_changelog.html

Forum Talk
- On Mechanics from Beyond Earth
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=569530

Intro/Outro
- Sean Bean Voicing CivVI Tech Quotes
http://www.pcgamer.com/sean-bean-civ-6
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154266814425359)
- "I'm Not Invading You": CivV Parody Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFE4NvMMiL8
(https://www.facebook.com/civ/posts/10154259807960359)

PolyCast is a bi-weekly audio production in an ongoing effort to give the Civ community an interactive voice on game strategy; listeners are encouraged to follow the show on Twitter and subscribe to its YouTube channel. Episode topics list is subject to change. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

One More Turn Episode 410: "Shoe Drop"
By DanQ at 2016-08-03 09:54
Image Exposition is interrupted by proclamation. The tenth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) fourth season is now available. Entitled "Shoe Drop", it has a runtime of 07m48s. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability.

OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. Episode 411 is scheduled for release on August 17th, 2016.

HOF Civ5 Update
By Denniz at 2016-08-02 07:40

The Civilization V Hall of Fame has been updated. 76 games were accepted since the previous update.

Congratulations to Kung-Fu Kitty for the highest Firaxis score of the update with a Immortal, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains Plus, Huns (Attila) [BNW] game for 24100 points.

Sclb was the most active player during this update, submitting 12 games.

Only 3 players were brave enough to take on Deity this update
blatc - 1470 AD, Turn 207, 4031 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Maya (Pacal) [BNW]
IronfighterXXX - 1360 AD, Turn 196, 2761 points, Deity, Science, Standard, Standard, Pangaea, Korea (Sejong) [BNW]
Sclb - 3880 BC, Turn 8, 24100 points, Deity, Domination, Marathon, Duel, Great Plains, Huns (Attila) [BNW]

Gauntlet Results:
G-Minor CXXV - Culture, Warlord, Standard, Large Islands, Standard, Brazil (Pedro II)
1st Svinopes - 400 AD T-131
2nd zlither - 520 AD T-136
3rd Sclb - 920 AD T-156

** New Gauntlets Starting **
G-Minor CXXVI - Diplomacy, Prince, Standard, Great Plains Plus, Standard, Persia (Darius I)


>> Civ V HOF
>> Discussion Thread

PolyCast Episode 261: "Delineate These Things"
By DanQ at 2016-07-30 09:35
Image Parsing incoming. The two-hundred-and-sixty-first episode of PolyCast, "Delineate These Things", features regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick, Stephanie "Makahlua" and "MadDjinn" with returning guest co-hosts Chris "TheChrisD" and Kyle "AlchemicalDream" David. It carries a runtime of 59m59s.

The summary of topics is as follows:

- 01m17s | News
Deduction and disagreement reign following an apparent reveal of leaders at launch in Civilization VI gives way to a "first look" at China (16m18s) and the Aztecs, including "early access" hullabaloo (25m22s); then, the reveal that CivIV theme composer Christopher Tin is to give VI the same treatment (40m18s) and taking in featurettes profiling the art and development of the game (42m54s).
- 51m31s | Miscellaneous
CivVI publisher 2K Games and graphics card manufacturer AMD announce DirectX 12 support for the game.

- Intro/Outro | Miscellaneous
Compartmentalizing, privacy contradiction and anatomical jigsaw.

One More Turn Episode 409: "Making Acquaintances"
By DanQ at 2016-07-27 18:13
Image Introspection will have to wait. The ninth episode of dramedy podcast One More Turn's (OMT) fourth season is now available. Entitled "Making Acquaintances", it has a runtime of 07m29s. A story set in the near future, OMT features geeks deal with non-geeky problems. One can follow the show on Twitter and check out its YouTube channel for caption capability.

OMT features the voice talents of Civilization strategy-centric podcast PolyCast regular co-hosts Daniel "DanQ" Quick and Stephanie "Makahlua" among others; Quick is also the show's writer and creator. Selections of American music and soundtrack composer Kevin MacLeod's work is included throughout the series. Episode 410 is scheduled for release on August 03rd, 2016.

Reinvent the Podcast Exultation: PolyCast Evergreen, Season 7
By DanQ at 2016-07-27 17:59
Image Celebrate a decade of podcasting on PolyCast (PC), the Civilization strategy-centric bi-weekly show that was renewed for a seventh season in 2013. Hosted by PC co-creator Wouter "Locutus" Snijders, he counts down ten selected Season 7 topics that most retain their relevance and ten moments that best represent delivery style on PolyCast Evergreen, Season 7. The seventh in a side series of ten productions for each of PolyCast's ten seasons running, it carries a runtime of 01h30m59s. Topics were chosen by fellow PolyCast co-creator Daniel "DanQ" Quick, serving as lead co-host alongside Stephanie "Makahlua", Philip "TheMeInTeam" Bellew and "MadDjinn". Moments were chosen by recurring guest co-host "CanusAlbinus".

Today and since 2011, PolyCast records live every other Saturday throughout the year, in an ongoing effort to give the Civilization community an interactive voice. Sibling show ModCast focuses on Civ modding, TurnCast on Civ multiplay.

 
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