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?

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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.



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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.

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House Ordos - Can scavenge science, hire Elite mercenaries and acquire gold from combat.


Ixian Confederacy - Can build the 'No Cloak' tech experiment project.

Other Features

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

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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

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A Harkonnen Death Hand Missile flies towards target and detonates...



Stoneburner Missile explodes...


Sandstorm event movie


Download Link

Dune Wars: Revival 1.0.1

Some background on the original Dune Wars...

Tom vs Bruce - Dune Wars

Tom Chick's Dune Wars diary


Dune Wars: Revival thread on Civfanatics

Dune Wars to feature in Tom vs Bruce

Dune Wars to feature in Tom vs Bruce

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It looks like Dune Wars is going be featured in the Kickstarter funded return of Tom vs Bruce.

Desura modding support for Civilization IV (update)

Desura modding support for Civilization IV (update)

4 years ago News 9 comments

A larger amount of mods for Civilization IV is now supported!

Dune mod for Civilization IV gets extensive update

Dune mod for Civilization IV gets extensive update

5 years ago News 1 comment

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...

Dune Wars Version 1.8 Released!

Dune Wars Version 1.8 Released!

5 years ago News 14 comments

It's been a long time coming, but it's worth the wait. Announcing Dune Wars 1.8, a mod for Civilization IV : Beyond the Sword, based on the Dune novels...

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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...

Dune Wars 1.9.7 (Patch for 1.9.1)

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This is the latest full install version of Dune Wars.

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Dune Wars 1.9 is here! There have been a huge number of changes since 1.8 so if you enjoyed that version you should really check out this the latest Dune...

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Dune Wars 1.7 Full Version for Steam

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TheJokingFAnatic Oct 11 2009 says:

This is the 3rd best civ 4 mod ever made. it isnt as good as fall from heaven but still is pretty good.

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Deliverator Creator
Deliverator Oct 11 2009 replied:

Thanks for the positive review! Bear in mind that Fall from Heaven 2 has been over 3 years in the making, whereas Dune Wars only started up in Spring this year. We still have a long way to go, but it's great that people are enjoying the mod in its current form.

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teetoi Oct 10 2009 says:

hey i finally got it to work but the shortcut doesnt work

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Deliverator Creator
Deliverator Oct 10 2009 replied:

That's good news. Yes, I've noticed that the installer shortcuts aren't working. We'll try and fix in a future release.

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teetoi Oct 8 2009 says:

i have bts 3.19 but it still doesnt work

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Deliverator Creator
Deliverator Oct 8 2009 replied:

Can you provide more detail? What exact error are you experiencing?

You may also want to report your issue at Civfanatics on one of the two threads below since there are more people around there who know the common issues experienced on trying to play the mod.

General Dune Wars Thread:
Bug Reports Thread:

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teetoi Oct 7 2009 says:

this is were it is C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4 Gold\Beyond the Sword\Mods\Dune Wars\docs\README

ps every time i try to play it crashes

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davidlallen Creator
davidlallen Oct 7 2009 replied:

Thanks! Like a lot of mods, Dune Wars is built on top of a number of other mods. The documents for all the subcomponents are in the README directory which you found. The title of the document you read is "Influence Driven War", which is one of these components. We will clean up some of these older documents in the next release.

Please use BTS 3.19 to play the mod.

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Freke Oct 7 2009 says:

As for the mod, I'm loving it (now that I can play). I think I'm on the verge of a miniature World War. I say miniature because I've only encountered 4 races, and I set about 7-10. The Atredies and Freman don't like the future I have for Arrakis. And Harkonnen could care less about it. I think they're my only race without some sort of negative impact towards our relation.

I recommend this mod to anyone. Even if you don't know a thing about Dune, this is pretty awesome. I know zip about Dune lore other than the bits and pieces I remember from Emperor Battle for Dune and Dune 2000 and I find it rather interesting learning more and playing a game as I go.

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Deliverator Creator
Deliverator Oct 7 2009 replied:

Thanks for your comments. Positive feedback like this helps spur us on to keep making the mod better. :)

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