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Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Kizyr » Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:23 pm

Ok, is anyone interested in a play-by-email game for Civ4?

I know Sonic# has it, I'm not sure who else. But you can play with as few as two people (if there are too few, you can populate the rest of the world with the AI). The more human players the more interesting, but also the longer each individual turn takes.

I'm playing one PBEM game on the XKCD boards, but it's really slow (it has 6 players now and is literally across the world--South Africa, USA, New Zealand, England, and France). I was wondering if we could start one up here as well--and maybe go a bit quicker.

If there's any interest, we can figure out parameters (map type, game rules) from there. KF
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Ruby » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:28 pm

Civ Rev has spoiled me from playing Civ 4 anymore. Maybe we can play VGAplanets instead? XD
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Postby phyco126 » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:24 pm

If I ever get my copy of the game back, I'm game!
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Sonix » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:10 pm

What exactly is this PBEM game or rather, how does it work?

I only have Civilization II and III though.
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Postby phyco126 » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:46 pm

PBEM = Play By E-Mail. It means someone takes their turn, saves it, then sends that save file to another person (typically player 2 or whoever is after you). They take their turn, send it to another, so on and so forth. Some of the mechanics may have changed, I don't know, but that is how it used to be back in the 90s.
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Sonic# » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:04 pm

Heh, I just started playing again after a very long (1.5 years) hiatus. I had played Revolution in the meantime, and it has spoiled me a bit, but after losing my first AI game and winning one against my brother, I'm starting to get back into the swing of it.

I'd love to do PBEM.
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Kizyr » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:34 am

Phyco, what's the likelihood of you getting your game back? A 3-player game is 10 times better than a 2-player game, after all.

Sonix wrote:What exactly is this PBEM game or rather, how does it work?

Yeah, it's play-by-email. So, I'd play a turn then email the save to Sonic#, then he'd play the turn then email the save to Phyco, then he'd play the turn and email it to the next one in the list, etc., until the cycle repeats. I still haven't figured out how diplomacy works, though.

You would need Civ4 to play, I'm afraid. KF
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Postby Ardent Fox » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:34 am

Ah Civ 4. So refreshing. If I can find my old copies of Civ 4 with Warlords and Beyond the Sword then yes, I will play.

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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Jenner » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:18 pm

Kizyr wrote:Phyco, what's the likelihood of you getting your game back? A 3-player game is 10 times better than a 2-player game, after all.

Sonix wrote:What exactly is this PBEM game or rather, how does it work?

Yeah, it's play-by-email. So, I'd play a turn then email the save to Sonic#, then he'd play the turn then email the save to Phyco, then he'd play the turn and email it to the next one in the list, etc., until the cycle repeats. I still haven't figured out how diplomacy works, though.

You would need Civ4 to play, I'm afraid. KF


It may be easier to play by post. You could start a thread about it here and just let people know when it was their turn and also talk trash.

If I had the game, I'd join. But, I'd also lose so hard.
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Postby Kizyr » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Play-by-post would require attaching a save file to each message. It's much easier just to send it around by email.

Ardent Fox wrote:Ah Civ 4. So refreshing. If I can find my old copies of Civ 4 with Warlords and Beyond the Sword then yes, I will play.

Great! The expansions won't be necessary since we'll probably be going with regular Civ4. However, I do have both of them and if everyone else who wants to join in eventually (once we get this underway) has Beyond the Sword, then I'd actually rather try a multiplayer game using that. KF
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Postby phyco126 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:59 pm

Kiz, unfortunately one of my friends is holding the game hostage. I refuse to go and visit him at his house, but he kind of refuses to come to my house since the last time we hung out, it was at my place. His reasoning is, I dunno. Mine is that I don't want to have to deal with his psycotically abusive mother, something I keep telling him and something he just doesn't seem to understand.
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Ardent Fox » Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:01 pm

Well, regular Civ it is. Would play by post work? Could we, in fact, attach the files by post?

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Postby Sonix » Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:04 pm

Hmm, I might pick up Civilization IV for this if I can find it cheap. There shouldn't be problems with US/EU copies, or?

edit: Ok, unless I somehow can't play with European copy, I'm going to buy it. I can get it for like 5-10€.
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Postby Sonic# » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:52 pm

Sonix wrote:Hmm, I might pick up Civilization IV for this if I can find it cheap. There shouldn't be problems with US/EU copies, or?

edit: Ok, unless I somehow can't play with European copy, I'm going to buy it. I can get it for like 5-10€.


Yeah, it's pretty cheap, and they now have the complete edition (with the expansions and Colonization) for $30 US, which is what I got. (It was cheaper to buy it for the expansions.)
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby Kizyr » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:06 am

Ardent Fox wrote:Well, regular Civ it is. Would play by post work? Could we, in fact, attach the files by post?

The problem there is that the save files range from 100KB to 1MB (such as late in the game and with large maps). With having 3-5 save files per turn, that really adds up, and I'm not sure about burdening the lunarthreads storage like that...

phyco126 wrote:Kiz, unfortunately one of my friends is holding the game hostage. I refuse to go and visit him at his house, but he kind of refuses to come to my house since the last time we hung out, it was at my place. His reasoning is, I dunno. Mine is that I don't want to have to deal with his psycotically abusive mother, something I keep telling him and something he just doesn't seem to understand.

Man, everything turns into a soap opera with you! Maybe you should switch your timeslot...

Sonix wrote:Hmm, I might pick up Civilization IV for this if I can find it cheap. There shouldn't be problems with US/EU copies, or?

Oh no, there shouldn't be. The other game I'm in spans 6 countries in 3 continents (US, UK, France, South Africa, Canada, and New Zealand). The only problem there is time zones. KF
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby GhaleonOne » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:55 am

You ever set up a game of online Risk somehow, I'm totally in.
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Postby Ardent Fox » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:56 am

Well then, e-mail ho I suppose.

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Postby Jenner » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:02 am

I really want you guys to play by post, or at least start a thread, so you can post screen shots and talk smack and amuse me.
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Postby Kizyr » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:20 pm

We can easily do that without having to attach saves to each post. Using email doesn't preclude having a thread about it. KF
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Re: Civilization IV PBEM Game

Postby phyco126 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:49 pm

I don't think my life is like a soap opera at all. I don't have some long lost brother/sister/father/mother/uncle/all the above at once for the redneck operas, nor do I date anyone, so that takes care of any romance arks. =P
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