Civilization VI: Gathering Storm – Features Post

In this thread we will be documenting all the new additions for Civilization VI in their new expansion.

This Features Thread is being complied for Civfanatics, head on over to the forums for all your Civilization discussions both for and also for games past.

TL;DR: There will be 8 New Civilizations, 5 New Districts,  7 New Wonders & 7 New Natural Wonders. The main new game mechanic are #. It will be available on 14th of February 2019. And you can watch the Trailer HERE

New Civilizations

In Civ 6 there will be 8 new Civilizations and one new leader for a returning civ. 


Civilization Leader:
Civilization Bonus:
Leader Bonus:
Unique Unit:
Unique District: Cothon

Revamped Old Civilizations


Civilization Bonus: Workshop of the World – Coal and Iron Mines give +1 resource. Bonus production/charges to Military Engineers. Buildings get a bonus when powered 

Leader Bonus: Pax Britannica – Now also give you Naval Unit when you build a Royal Docklands 


Civilization Bonus: Damage from Blizzards is mitigated, for you and increased for any enemies in your territory

New City States

Old City States Spotted/Updated

Finding Old City States in Screenshots is one was of eliminating possible Civilizations

Bandar Brunei (also gets a new icon)
Buenos Aires


Image Credit: Firaxis Games


Golden Gate Bridge

Panama Canal (could be a Canal District, yet to be confirmed)

Mound Building (Could also be a Motte Bailey improvement)

Temple Complex (looks Mughal but not much else is known)

New Districts 

There are 5 new Districts in Gathering Storm

Canal: Can be used to transit ships over land

Dams: Can be built on rivers to create a lake, will mitigate flooding

Sea Barrier: (Could be a Tile Improvement)

Ski Lodge: Can be built on Mountains (Could be a wonder or special building)  

Revamped Districts

City Centre

Dock: When you build on a coast you gain a dock where ships can go


The Map

Natural Wonders

There will be 7 new Natural Wonders.

Pamukkale: Gives bonuses to surrounding district tiles, not just to Holy Sites 

Terrain Features

Geothermal Fissure: Gives a Science Bonus

Flood Plains: Are now no longer stuck on Desert tiles, no food bonus unless a flooding event has happened. 

Map Improvements

Geothermal Power Plant: Built on Geothermal Fissure; Gives Power

Offshore Windmills:

Railway: Updated roads

Solar Farm Power Plant: Gives power

Tunnels: Can be Built to transverse Mountain Ranges


Strategic Resources will be completely revamped to be depleted 

Geographical Features

You can now name geographical features like rivers

Game Features 

Image Credit: Firaxis Games

Natural Disasters

Droughts: Will spawn in areas without terrain features like forests/marshes

Floods: Will trigger on Flood plains, can damage cities, tile improvements, civilian units, and military units, but will give a food bonus to the tiles. Can be mitigated by building dams

Storms: There are four types of storms – Blizzards, Sand Storms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes. Once Spawned they progress across the map for two more turns damaging things in their path, but also possible adding fertility. They will increase in number as Global Temperatures Rise  

Volcanoes: Will damage surrounding tiles when active, but also will increase tile fertility

Global Warming

Different energy sources effect global warning, like building coal power plants verse renewable energy

World Congress

2 modes

1st is upgrading the Emergencies in the Rise and Fall expansion

2nd normal session of congress, every 30 turns a new resolution

You earn Diplomatic Favour that you can spend in the World Congress 

New Victory type: Diplomatic Victory

Future Era

The game now goes later

All the victory conditions have been updated with the new era

The Tech/Civic Tree in the Future Era is randomised 


There will be two scenarios in Gathering Storm

Black Death: The Black Death ravaged Europe and western Asia in the mid-14th century, killing a greater share of the population than any other event in world history. The pandemic killed millions, ruined economies, upended political dynasties and transformed the face of the Western world. Your task is to lead your nation through the calamity: keep your population alive, your economy strong, and your faith unshaken amidst a world of terror and desperation.

WW1:At the outset of WWI, the German Imperial Army had a daring plan: invade neutral Belgium and then rush the French heartland before they could mobilize to resist. If successful, the German forces would capture Paris within a month and end their resistance forever. In counter, the French command prepared Plan 17, an all-out onslaught designed to meet and stop a German offensive. When war was declared, both armies swung into motion and set up one of the most incredible and shocking military campaigns in world history. In this multiplayer scenario, players take the side of one of these two great powers at this same precipice. As Germany, your task is to capture Paris. As France, your task is to prevent its capture. The clock is ticking, and the enemy is moving. Advance!


Build Queue – will be added back into the game

Hall of Fame – will be added back into the game 

Jersey System – Civilization Colours are now based on a jersey system where there will be four options to pick from 


Video Game Review – Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/ Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee

TL;DR – In some respects the Let’s Go games are huge improvements on what has come before, and in other ways, they are a real step back leading to an interesting if uneven game.

Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Let's Go Pikachu. Image Credit: Nintendo


I have been playing Pokémon games since the first Red and Blue were released onto an expecting world not knowing the cultural touchstone they were creating. And besides that statement making me feel super old, it has been interesting to see the series change and develop while still holding fast to what came before. So today we are looking at the first Pokémon on the Nintendo Switch, which is a remake of Pokémon Yellow, which was a remix of the original Pokémon Red/Blue, that already had a remaster with FireRed/LeafGreen and with elements of Pokémon Go added to it, so it ends up with an interesting final product. Well, I have been playing it for a couple of days now, and while I have not beaten the Elite Four yet I do have a good idea about my feelings of the game.

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TV Review – Doctor Who: Kerblam!

TL;DR Kerblam! Is a return to a more classic Doctor Who episode filled with conspiracy, murder, missing people and a call for help, oh and also a fez, can’t forget a good fez.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars


Kerblam! Image Credit: BBC



There has been a lot of discussion regarding this season of Doctor Who and while I have really been enjoying it, there are others where Chris Chibnall’s writing style is just not jelling with them, which is perfectly fair. What will be interesting to see is how people engage with the show in the back half of the season because now all the shows have different writers. We saw that last week with the Demons of the Punjab (see review) where the show talked a deeply problematic time from Brittan’s past with grace, and this week we have a different take as we delve into what I would consider being a more classic Doctor Who episode where conspiracy runs rampant.

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Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

TL;DR – Of the many things I expected of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, what I was surprised about was just how dull it all is. Watching JK Rowling fling herself into George Lucas prequel territory is really sad to see.

Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars

Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene


Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald. Image Credit: Warner Brothers



As I was walking out of the cinema today I thought back to the first Fantastic Beasts film. I wouldn’t say it was a great film, but it had its moments and set the groundwork for the future, but there was always that last minute reveal of Johnny Depp that that sort of took the wind out of its sails. Well, they have had a couple of years to work all that through that so what did we get, well we got a completely dull film that in some respect hurts everything that comes before it by existing. Well, that’s not great. No, it is not.

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TV Review – Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab

TL;DR – In the battle between love and hate, on which side would you be on? This is the question today’s episode asks before emotionally punching you in the gut.

Score – 5 out of 5 stars


Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab. Image Credit: BBC



When I heard Doctor Who was going to set an episode in colonial India, you can bet I was deeply concerned. A British TV Show doing an episode on the British occupation of another country, it is a recipe for disaster if handled wrongly, and the title Demons of the Punjab didn’t exactly fill me with confidence either. However, then we got to see Rosa (see review) earlier this season all about Rosa Parks and her struggles, they showed a real understanding of exploring deeply complex historical events, so I had a hope that they would be able to here as well, and I honestly think they pulled it off.

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Movie Review – Outlaw King (Outlaw/King)

TL;DR – It is a film that is completely serviceable, with some amazing action, but just comes off feeling lacking in many ways

Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene

Outlaw King. Image Credit: Netflix




This is a real odd duck of a film, even before it came out there were questions about its runtime and how it was edited together, with reports that over 20 minutes got cut for its final release. Add to this the only other thing it was noticeable for was a certain alleged scene involving Chris Pine and well, that was not a strong platform to release a film on. So, my real concern was – did taking a hatchet to the film trim it down to only its best parts, or did it turn it into a hacked up mess – and the answer is a bit of both. Now just a quick thing, I will let others more versed in Scottish history to comment on whether or not the film is accurate with history or not.

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Movie Review – Boy Erased

TL;DR – This is at times a very difficult film to watch, but it is an important film because abuse is abuse and that is what this is.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene

Boy Erased. Image Credit: Focus Features




There are many reasons you can make a film, okay well other than making a profit, it is a business after all. It can be to entertain, it can be to inform, it can be to titillate, it could be to scare, or even to keep the kids entertained for 90 minutes so the parents can clean the house. However, sometimes a film exists to shine a light on a subject people might not know about, but they should. Today with Boy Erased we are looking a just such a film as explores the Pray the Gay Away industry in the United States and the dangerous harm it does to people.

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