Focusing on the time periods after the invention of gunpowder. It will deliver 12 unique and challenging scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis as well as some esteemed members of the Civ Community. Civ IV: Beyond the Sword will also include ten new civilizations, sixteen new leaders, five new wonders, and a variety of new units that will offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization's power as they strive for world domination.

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This new version have been tested and played with at the very least on weekly basis since January 2017, with rountinely more than 10 players having all won Club championship titles and all logged in individually I'd expect 5,000H+ of online play, so we're getting, we hope, to a very fine balance

Ultimately, the MOD can be perceived in 2 parts :
- One part where through the offer of many many options, the game can be tailored or adapted better to competitive play. The gameplay is not altered by any mean.
- Another part where the MOD offer components that push the game further, offering somehow enhanced gameplay and new content.
It's important to note that every component is isolated in a dedicated game option (or multiplayer option) and can be run in any combination.

Beyond The Game v2.21

The Civelopedia is 100% updated and fully adapts to all options you would select, so what you consult in game always applies to what you're currently playing



Last version - 2.21 - Game files :

Beyond The Game v2.21

The MOD is actually and standalone game which offers the possibility to be easily installed (just unzip the archive) and does show live games on the multiplayer lobby as well.
The .exe incorporates all data to redirect to the now unofficial lobby (supported on Zulan's server) implemented after GameSpy's decommission

This is the part that provides you with a very long list of options for you to enable, or not, for your games.

General Options which turn on or off features in the original game

General Options which use existing features and re-engineer them in a different way

Complete variante on a fundamental item of the game

Or more out-of-the-box scenarios funny to play or helping the balance in some cases

There are also options for you to activate in multiplayer only.
There are also added feature, without touching to gameplay balance, that are essential :
The possibility to change the turn time WHILE playing a game, better adapted timers,
The possibiliy to referee the game (someone can be an observer and watch others play),
A "random era select" (if you launch a game in say Renaissance era start, you can only get a select scope of cilizations, typically the ones with Renaissance UU's)

More games speeds (quicker), more (closer) difficultly levels on lower levels (some levels have too much a gap to justify being used between human players of close skills, the new levels just fill the gapes),...

The ultimate goals of Beyond the play is as follow :
- Be able to launch a "long", "epic" game from scratch and have a balance between all civilizations, and all traits combos (in the original Beyond the Sword , the difference in use of some trait is too big in too many contexts)
- Be able to launch a teamer in any "start" era given (a lot of MP game don't start in ancient era) and have an interesting pool of trait combos, and civilization, that is balanced (this is achieved by activating the "Random era specific" option).

This "expansion" part is implement via the last 13 game options you can activate independently :

To this you have to add the "component" which are building blocks to develop the amount of features in the game :

There is also added content within the framework of normal BTS , but never is the intention to fundamentally disturb gameplay,
As you'll see below and in the game, added content will aim to give POSSIBILITIES to the player, but is never a predominant feature, the fundamental idea is to play DIFFERENTLY, with more CREATIVE play; but stay true to the Beyond the Sword experience we have loved for nearly 15 years.
Usage as shown that new players get very quickly used to the MOD as fundamental game play isn't altered.

Dedicated Civelopedia tabs

New Basic Units

New Basic Buildings

New UU for some Civs, revamped balance for other (very few) UU's

New UB for some Civs

New Unique Civics for some Civilizations

New Promotions
Accessible either via Trait (Red promotion), By event (Yellow), via specific Unique Civics (Purple) or Unique Buildings (Green)

New Civilizations - Which have the new leaders and their own UU/UB with creative way/new ways of playing

New Trait & Leaders
Agricultural (first column) and its leaders (new Civilizations' leaders)
Conqueror (second column), extra leaders on existing Civilizations

Other unique combos (third column), leaders or Poland and Sid Meier (normally not playable, is the spectator leader, as Build/Sci)
If you select one of the options that "bans" a trait, you will get either i/ a random trait within the 11 traits of BTS, ii/ A "forced" replacement trait, which are 'Builder' and then 'Scientific' (usage of those is obviously much rarer)

UU Madness Scenario

UU Madness mode let's you build all of the games' Unique Units if you have the (additional) required resource
The unit simply transforms when it comes out of the city into the relevant UU

City production tabs update to tells you what your unit could become if you have the right resource

Resource menu updates to show you what you could produce with it

Left-hand side - if normal game is played, the scope is normal UU's
Right-hand side - if expansion mode (more UU's) is activated, then it covers that too

General Multiplayer scenarios

Scenarios activated by using 2 first extra digits in the city elim Multiplayer Option (you will have to use 3 digits, the 3rd one is to determine the actual City-Elimination limit).
If you want to play with 1 extra explore unit at the begining unit of the game, and no city elim : put 100
If you want to play with 1 extra worker unit at the begining unit of the game, and 3 city elim : put 113

Component - Faith

A Sidebar on top left gets filled with point when you have an active state religion (1pnt/turn by religious building you have, 3 for the religion's shrine), once the bar gets filled, you get a bonus event. (Then the bar resets for increased size, like the GP bar)

Event give a bonus you can choose on all your religion's Cathedrals

Component - Royalty

A King unit appears near your Civilization starting plot when you finish a revolution cycle and you install an hereditary ruler. He is weak and fearful, take care of him or you will enter a dark age.

Component - Dark age

Those terrible times can happen if you don't take care of your King or let the Plague spread into the world,

Your cities health will be greatly reduced, your cities won't be growing anymore, and you won't be able to make scientific researches.

Host menu (CTRL-SHIFT-H)
Possibility to change the Timer in-game
Also when Killer option on, you can decide how much cities are worth (default 10,000)

Concede game menu (CTRL-F6)
To concede a game and reveal the map to all players (everyone can see everything)
You're allowed to relaunch a game after that

Rehost game menu (CTRL-F7)
Can rehost the game with either same picks, or shuffling random leaders and civilization

DAWN menu (CTRL-F9)
Remade to show Unique Civics, Unique Resources, all as icons

Pedia page of civilization updated to do the same thing

Extra "tiers" and era dedicated civ menu (CTRL-F10)
Shows you wish civilizations relates to the option that bans Tier1, Tier2, Tier3 civilizations,
Also shows you which Civilization you can get in a give era if you use "Random Era Select",
Here view is filtered on Industrial Civilizations

Civ Overview Menu (CTRL-F11)
Shows you an exhaustive overview of all civilizations and what they can do (adapted to your current game configuration/options).
Here a view once filtered for "Era" civilization of Medieval age

Game Analyzer (CTRL-F4)(Mostly accessible post game / when game conceded)
Show you all information, all stats that are usually not available on the game

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Can we play multiplayer?

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What other games are similar to civ 4?

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Humankind, i think...
there are other great games i also enjoy, such as EU4, HOI (whole series), Victoria 2, they are all grandstrategie games but don't have overall much in common.
I hope i answered not too late xD

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I cannot start Civilization IV through desura. I have Civ IV through Steam.

Failed to launch item.

Failed to launch item Civilization IV, File is not valid
exe [c:\steam\steamapps\common\sid meier's
civilization iv beyond the
sword\Civ4BeyondSword.exe]. [61.0]

Any idea what's wrong? (It has the correct file path.)

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It's the steam version of the .exe so only steam can launch it.

You might be able to download a Retail .exe (Since you bought the game it doesn't matter where you download it) , but beware of viruses.

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Actually, the above is the wrong path, but I entered the correct path manually. I guess it's not accepting the manual path? The correct path is:C:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization IV Beyond the Sword\Beyond the Sword\Civ4BeyondSword.exe

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Can you link it to Desura?
I love Desura's download & play features. Any chance you guys can link it up?

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You know what is funny about The warlords theme song :P
It is a Lebanese folks song (a love song to be precise) the song talks about a beautiful women that the singer would let mountains bow before her then he says that when she appears she blooms as April ( April is month of the Virgin Mary in Lebanon Because All flowers trees Bushes Bloom in April) so if you take it that way you would see the paradox in the Game Title and the song :D

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Fun game

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