It looks like Dune Wars is going be featured in the Kickstarter funded return of Tom vs Bruce.
This mod based on Frank Herbert's epic Dune saga, features a struggle to control one planet - Dune, Arrakis, a barren desert wasteland which is valuable for one thing only - the spice melange. The spice has the universe addicted to it; it extends life, it allows for the Navigators of the the Spacing Guild to fold space, travel from one point in space to another without moving, it is the basis for the economy and trade of the known universe. The spice is created by Sand Worms, giant creatures that live their whole life in the sand. The mysterious Fremen worship the worms as Shai-Hulud, the Great Makers. Dune Wars is a total conversion of Civilization 4 : Beyond the Sword. Features include: + 9 playable factions + Spice and Harvesters + Massive sandworms roam the desert + Pay the guild to transport troops from your homeworld + Water, Offworld Trade, Unique Civ Abilities, Terraforming and more... Are you ready to become the sole ruler of Dune, and in turn, control the universe?
Dune Wars: Revival is a new modmod of Dune Wars the total conversion mod for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. Duneman (Mr M from Civfanatics) has put a lot of work into refining and enhancing the gameplay of the mod in the last year. The result is a much more polished, flavourful and immersive game, so if you played the original Dune Wars or if you're a fan of Frank Herbert's Dune setting, previous Dune games or just 4X strategy in general then you should check it out!
A summary of some of the new features in Dune Wars: Revival:
New Faction! - House Richese
The focus of House Richese is production. Their unique worker can build the Richesian Mirror improvement which provides more hammers than the Solar Farm. They also specialise in Suspensors with the Suspensor Base and unique Suspensor Chaser unit. Later they can build the Sentinel Mech unit and the Suspensor No-Cruiser. The Doubling Line building allows two-for-one when building vehicles and aircraft.
Enhancements to existing factions
Bene Tleilax - Axlotl Tanks that can hatch a ghola based on a 'Genetic Model' stored. Gholas can only be created from the Melee, Guardsman, Vehicle, Thopter and Suspensor combat categories. The Face Dancer, with the 'Genetic Manipulation' tech, has a small chance every turn inside a rival's borders to shapeshift into the corresponding rival spy. The Tleilaxu Master replaces the Great Prophet and has special abilities.
Bene Gesserit - Truthsayers may pass on part of their experience if caught. New Buildings - Sister's Hall and 'Other Memory' Archives.
Fremen - Can build cottages on Caves and have new 'Cave Stealth' promotion. Can reclaim water from units killed nearby if they have a Deathstill.
House Atreides - Fast assimilation of conquered cities as well increased likelihood of retaining buildings. New 'Splash Bombing' promotion.
House Corrino - Can capture War Prisoners, perform emergency conscription and has new 'Noble' and 'Assualt Guardsman' promotions.
House Ecaz - Can hire Mercenary Gladiators, Lasgun Soldiers and Cruisers. Higher chance of units appearing in the offworld unit pool. Can bribe defeated units inside borders.
House Harkonnen - Captured slaves can be put to a variety of uses including put into battle in the Arena. Gain espionage through combat.
House Ordos - Can scavenge science, hire Elite mercenaries and acquire gold from combat.
Ixian Confederacy - Can build the 'No Cloak' tech experiment project.
Highly Competitive AI thanks to numerous enhancements - you may need to drop a few difficulty levels!
New 'Water Fat' victory condition - Reach a population of 33 in three cities.
New intro movie and movies for some events such as sandworm attacks and sandstorms
Lots of updated 3D and 2D artwork
... and much much more, you really have to dive in to appreciate everything new!
New Art for Siege Line: Maula Mortars, Rocket Artillery, Missile Launcher and Assault Cannon
New Art for Scorpions
New Heavy Trooper, Lasgun Soldier and Lascannon Trooper
New Art for Bene Gesserit Acolyte, Great Merchant and Great Spy
CHOAM Emissary spreads his ideology to another city
Updated specialist and great people icons in the city screen
A Harkonnen Death Hand Missile flies towards target and detonates...
Stoneburner Missile explodes...
Sandstorm event movie
Some background on the original Dune Wars...
A larger amount of mods for Civilization IV is now supported!
The latest version of Dune Wars, the mod based on the series of novels by Frank Herbert is here. This version has been in development and beta testing...
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