You guys would know that I’m a huge fan of the Sid Meier Civilization series and when they went into Beta sometime ago I jumped on it. But being Beta, it was quite expected to be buggy and frustrating to play. I did spend a significant amount of time trying to figure out the game dynamics (after I could actually connect to the server). That said, I found it very enjoyable and was expecting it to get even better as they sorted out the kinks.
And boy am I excited after reading some new changes they just introduced. I’m just going to talk about 2 of them.
1. City Skins
City skins basically change the look of your city and provides a bonus. Currently they’ve just released their first city skin, the Vikings, which provides your military a 10% attack bonus when applied to your city. Each city will have a cool palace, houses for your citizens, a bonus building variant and special workers. Soon their second city skin, Samurai, will also be released. You can find City Skins in the new Store section of the Throne Room!
2. Make a custom game
The other really nice improvement is the ability to create your own custom game. I’ve always found it more fun when playing any game with friends and that’s exactly what this is about. You can now set up a Custom Game which lets you choose the number of people in the game, the game speed, the daily limit of CivBucks, and the minimum and maximum fame for the participants. You’ll also be able to invite 20 of your friends to join (and they can, in turn, invite 20 of their friends ) and they’ll fill up the rest of the game as per your specifications.
I’m probably going to get back on CivWorld. Anyone keen on setting up a custom game?
Starting and maintaining Ridz.sg aside, Ridzuan is Co-Founder of Senseless Labs – A software solutions company currently focused on building mobile-based Marketing and CRM solutions. He has been dabbling in both web and mobile development since 2003. His interests include how technology can be used to improve the human condition, poverty alleviation through sustainable development, education and microfinancing.