Realism: Invictus is the Beyond the Sword version of the Civilization 4 mod that was formerly known "Total Realism" when it was being developed for Warlords expansion pack of Civilization 4. Our mod has been with Civ since the earliest days; it was, back when it was called just "Realism", among the first comprehensive modpacks seeking to rebalance the game.

For many years now, the mod continues its life and its evolution. Although it had its highs and lows, it is still going strong today, and truly stands for what can be called a project of Civ 4 community ("Invictus" wound up being in our title for a reason!). Over the years of its existence, it has given a lot to other Civ 4 community projects, and it has incorporated even more of other people's work. It was never intended, and could never happen, as anyone's personal project - at any given time of its existence, the mod had a team of several people working on it, and it was always their collective vision that brought it forward.

Our mod in its current state is designed to be run on Beyond the Sword or Civ 4 Complete patched to latest available version (3.19). Steam version and pretty much all other PC versions of Civ 4 are supported.

Look below for the links you might consider useful for yourself:

Realism Invictus ForumRealism Invictus FAQ and TroubleshootingRealism Invictus 3.0 manualMod Credits and Acknowledgements
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Realism Invictus 3.3

Dear friends, I am here yet again with a new version of Realism: Invictus mod. This mod has been in development an astounding decade to date, and is still going strong. So, what to expect from this version?


RI 3.3 category 1


• Buildings almost never provide %production bonuses, workshop tile improvement does not exist anymore
• New specialist: craftsman, generates no GP points, but with appropriate technologies and civics can generate large amounts of production
• New buildings and effects to simulate gradual shift to industrial production (craftsmen) from cottage industries (worked tiles)
• Electricity now very important for industrial production and many modern buildings

RI 3.3 category 2


• Two new playable civilizations: Hungary and Mayans. Both have NBs, NIs, lots of flavor units, leaders etc.
• All playable civilizations now have at least 5 leaders
• New leader trait: conqueror. Improves cavalry, siege units and rural logistics
• Many existing leaders had their traits and favorite civics changed
• Zulu civilization expanded to include all Nguni peoples and renamed to reflect that

RI 3.3 category 3


• Reworked late-game health and epidemic prevention; pandemic colony gone, many new medical projects for increasing global health and lowering epidemic chance
• Castles totally reworked and can be improved with various add-ons under Feudal Aristocracy
• Effects of pagan temples now better balanced and more diverse
• Rebalanced and switched around gold, commerce and trade bonuses
• Religious shrines now provide a fixed gold income instead of scaling to number of cities
• New buildings: Trade Fair, River Port, Tax Office, Workshop, Print Shop, Newspaper
• New wonders: Ford Motor Company, Bayer AG
• Many wonder effects rebalanced
• Many buildings now get flavor versions for various cultural artstyles

RI 3.3 category 4


• South China and Germany have new National Improvements
• Mines for precious metals now a separate improvement that advances differently from regular mines
• Food crop plantations are now more useful
• Flat terrain features (such as fertile soils) no longer block line of sight
• PerfectMongoose map script tweaked to produce more hospitable maps and correctly place flood plains and oases

RI 3.3 category 5


• WW2 armored cars and Humvees removed
• New units: Composite Bowman, Early Crossbowman (both only available to some civs), Galleass, Mountain Infantry (WW1 and WW2 versions)
• Added many new flavor units to various civilizations
• Rebalanced and reworked upgrade lines for most ships
• Reworked upgrade trees for most land units
• All combat unit classes increase in costs per number of units already built

RI 3.3 category 6


• Great Scientists are now able to construct era-appropriate Great Works of Science
• Great Merchants are now able to found three types of enterprises in industrial-modern era: car factories, pharmaceutical companies and movie studios. Most civilizations have flavor versions of those
• Any playable civilization, when running out of historical Great People names, will now spawn people with random, yet plausible civ-specific names

RI 3.3 category 7


• AI should now be less eager to attack cities with cavalry
• AI will refuse peaceful vassalization
• AI leaders will remember good things done to them longer and will quicker forget bad things
• AI will be much more rational when deciding whether to raze a city they have taken
• AI should now be smarter when deciding what tiles to work

RI 3.3 category 8


• Rebalanced and replaced many civics; many civic combinations now have additional effects through special national buildings
• Reduced relations bonuses and maluses from traits
• Rebel slave and serf strength now depends not on era, but on weapon technology available to player (same as player’s irregular unit line)
• Many tech prerequisites and costs reworked
• Open borders no longer provide free culture under any circumstances
• Reworked many in-game buttons, especially for units and resources. Units no more use vanilla-style buttons
• Some tweaks to pedia: filter leaders by playable status, show unit upgrade trees for a selected civ, show building upgrade chart
• Significantly improved performance due to various dll optimizations
• Special characters in unit and building names should no longer display erroneously in some cases
• Upgraded the version of K-Mod used in RI to 1.44b
• Merged in graphics paging for dealing with memory errors (can be toggled in graphics options)

Get the new version here:

Full version (download link)

Light version (download link)

Happy holidays everyone!

Realism: Invictus 3.2 released

Realism: Invictus 3.2 released

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After exactly two years in development since the last release, we are presenting the 3.2 version of Realism: Invictus mod for Civilization IV, still going...

Realism: Invictus 3.1 released

Realism: Invictus 3.1 released

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After almost a year in development since the last release, we are proud to present the 3.1 version of Realism: Invictus mod for Civilization IV.

Desura modding support for Civilization IV (update)

Desura modding support for Civilization IV (update)

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

Patch 3.01

Patch 3.01

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New 3.01 patch for Realism Invictus is out and available for download from ModDB! This patch fixes the majority of the issues reported since the initial...

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Realism Invictus 3.3 for Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword. Light version installer contains a fully playable version of the mod. Not included are wonder...

Realism Invictus 3.3 Full Installer

Realism Invictus 3.3 Full Installer

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Realism Invictus 3.3 for Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword. Full version installer includes everything you need to enjoy the mod.

Realism Invictus 3.2 Light Installer

Realism Invictus 3.2 Light Installer

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Realism Invictus 3.2 for Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword. Light version installer contains a fully playable version of the mod. Not included are wonder...

Realism Invictus 3.2 Full Installer

Realism Invictus 3.2 Full Installer

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Realism Invictus 3.2 for Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword. Full version installer includes everything you need to enjoy the mod.

Realism Invictus 3.1 Manual

Realism Invictus 3.1 Manual

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The manual for Realism Invictus 3.1 in pdf format. The manual is also included with both installer downloads, but for those wanting to browse through...

Realism Invictus 3.1 Light Installer

Realism Invictus 3.1 Light Installer

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Realism Invictus 3.1 for Civilization 4 Beyond the Sword. Light version installer contains a fully playable version of the mod. Not included are wonder...

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Jon.DM
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Congratulations and keep up the good work!
I tried the new Crusades map and noticed its 90 degrees rotated counter-clockwise. Is this intended or some bug I have?

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WalterHawkwood Creator
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Why do you think so? It 100% correctly has North to the left, and East at the top, as all medieval maps are supposed to.

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TRL
TRL

I've been playing Beyond the sword recently again and this all sounds very good. I really want to give it a try.

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Spiffyman
Spiffyman

I just have to say that I love this mod. My cousin and I have been playing with it for 2 weeks now and we love it!

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thatguythere88
thatguythere88

Can someone help? Usually when I download on Desura, it just puts the download in the mods file of the game except for Civilization 4 and I can't find where the file went to.

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WalterHawkwood Creator
WalterHawkwood

I am almost sure it put it to "Yourcivfolder"/Beyond the Sword/Mods/Realism Invictus. At least that's where it is supposed to be to work properly.

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thatguythere88
thatguythere88

Wierd, when I run Civ 4 and go to mods its there, but when I play it and also the other mod I downloaded it always says that Civ 4 stopped running. When I try to look at the mods folder, there are no mods in it. When I bought the game which is the complete edition, there are already mods inside the game even if the mod folder is empty, the game is original and I'm using Vista if this information helps. Thanks for the reply though.

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WalterHawkwood Creator
WalterHawkwood

Are you sure you are looking inside the proper mod folder? There is a "mods" folder just inside Civilization 4 folder, but it is a wrong one; the right one is inside the "Beyond the Sword" folder. It is a different one. There is also a "CustomAssets" folder in "My Documents/My Games/Beyond the Sword", but it is wrong to put stuff there.

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thatguythere88
thatguythere88

I found the reason: When I downloaded the update 3.19, it never installed and I thought that it just installed automatically. Now that I manually installed it, it worked. Sorry for the mistake and the time you spent for these explanations.

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