Canada Analysis and First Impression – Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Wilfrid Laurier leads Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
Wilfrid Laurier leads Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. Image Credit: Firaxis

Bonuses 

Civilization Leader: Wilfrid Laurier
Civilization Agenda: 
Civilization Capital: Ottawa
Civilization Bonus: Four Faces of Peace – Cannot declare Surprise Wars or be the Target of one, + extra Diplomatic Favour for completing Emergencies (bonus extra based on Tourism)   
Leader Bonus: The Last Best West – Can build Farms on Tundra, and then latter Tundra Hills, Cost of purchasing Tundra & Snow tiles is reduced, Double extraction of Strategic Resources on Snow & Tundra tiles
Unique Unit: Mountie – Light Calvary Unit , Can Create a National Park, Get Combat Bonus being near National Parks 
Unique Tile Improvement: Icy Hockey Ring – Only can be built on Tundra & Snow, Only one per City, + Appeal & Amenities, + Culture based on adjacent Snow & Tundra tiles (bonus if next to a Stadium), +Tourism, Production & Food from Tech Tree
Mountain Ranges:Mackenzie Mountains,

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Welcoming the Māori and Kupe to Civilization 6: Gathering Storm

Today the Maori join Civilization 6 in the Gathering Storm expansion. 

The Maori have appeared before in Civilization 5 as part of the Polynesian Civ, with both Maori Warriors as their unique unit and several locations appeared on the Polynesian City List. However, this is the first time they have been the focus of a civilization in the Civilization series. 


Civilization Leader: Kupe
Civilization Capital: Te Hokianga-nui-a-kupe
Civilization Bonus: Mana – Begin the game with Sailing and Shipbuilding unlocked, +Stregth & Movement to Embarked Units, Bonus production to unimproved Woods and Rainforest. Fishing Boats provide +food and culture bomb adjacent tiles, but can not build Great Writers.  
Leader Bonus: Kupe’s Voyage – Begin the game on an Ocean Tile, first city gets a free builder + 1 population, Palace gets bonus Housing and Amenity, Science and Culture production starts before you settle your first city. 
Unique Unit: Toa – Enemy units adjacent get – Combat Strength. Can build the  – Built on Hills, + Defence Bonus and Healing for units that end their turn on it. 
Unique Building: Marae – +Culture and Faith to a city tiles with a passable feature. +Tourism after Flight. No Great Art Slots 
Mountain Ranges: Tiritiri-o-te-moana,

To learn more about Civilization 6: Gathering Storm have a look at our Features Page or join in the discussion with other Civ fans over at the Civfanatic Forums.

Article – Why Voting Systems Matter

TL;DR– When everything is even what system you use to tabulate the votes will have a marked change on the outcome.

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Throughout the year in my other job I have been teaching classes on Political Science, specifically Australian Political Institutions. On the week where we discussed voting systems one of the things that we mention is that how you chose to formulate your electoral systems can have dramatic impacts on the outcome of elections i.e. who gets what seats in parliament. However, while this was clear I didn’t have a good example to show. Well, I had some free time at the end of the year and this question had been bugging me so I decided to work through the data myself to see if there was such a big difference and it does, boy does it ever. Now, for those who are not familiar with Australian Politics, we have presented a little primer next, as well as a general overview of the project, but if you are familiar you can skip down to the data below. 

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Map-It – Mapping the Impossible: Charting the Mission: Impossible Film Franchise

TL;DR – Today we chart every location visited on screen in the Mission: Impossible film franchise

Hunt jumps out of a plane, he jumps out of a lot of things. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures/Bad Robot

Today I had the day off work and thought it was the perfect time to pop in my Mission: Impossible – Fallout (see review) blu-ray and enjoy Tom Cruise running for two and a half hours. As Hunt and the team gallivanted around Europe and beyond I did what I always do in these situations and started charting it all out, and once that starts well itis best to crack open that world map and put it all down.

Now with today’s map, we have added all the places that Mission: Impossible has visited in the films, not necessarily where they were filmed. Also, my memory is not as good as remembering some of the details from the older movies and a lot of the synopses don’t go into the amount of detail that I needed, so I might have missed a couple.

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Welcome Hungary and Matthias Corvinus to Civilization 6: Gathering Storm

Today Firaxis Games announced that Hungary is joining Civilization 6 in their new Gathering Storm expansion.

While Budapest appeared as a City State in Civilization 4, this is Hungary’s first time as a Civilization in the main game. 

It’s special features will be



Civilization Leader: Matthias Corvinus
Civilization Bonus: Pearl of the Danube – Districts and Building built across a River from a City Centre Build Faster
Leader Bonus: Raven King – Bonus to Levied Units from City States, it is free to upgrade Levied Units, Levied Units gives you Envoys in the City State.
Unique Unit: Black Army – Gains Combat Bonus being next to Levied Units
Unique Unit: Huszar – Gains a Combat Bonus for each active Alliance  
Unique Building: Thermal Bath – Replaces the Zoo, +Amenity, +production to an City Centre in range, Bonus if there is a Geothermal Fissure in the City’s tile range

To learn more about Civilization 6: Gathering Storm have a look at our Features Page

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. 

CAnada

Wilfrid Laurier leads Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
Civilization Leader: Wilfrid Laurier
Civilization Agenda: 
Civilization Capital: Ottawa
Civilization Bonus: Four Faces of Peace – Cannot declare Surprise Wars or be the Target of one, + extra Diplomatic Favour for completing Emergencies (bonus extra based on Tourism)   
Leader Bonus: The Last Best West – Can build Farms on Tundra, and then latter Tundra Hills, Cost of purchasing Tundra & Snow tiles is reduced, Double extraction of Strategic Resources on Snow & Tundra tiles
Unique Unit: Mountie – Light Calvary Unit , Can Create a National Park, Get Combat Bonus being near National Parks 
Unique Tile Improvement: Icy Hockey Ring – Only can be built on Tundra & Snow, Only one per City, + Appeal & Amenities, + Culture based on adjacent Snow & Tundra tiles (bonus if next to a Stadium), +Tourism, Production & Food from Tech Tree
Mountain Ranges:Mackenzie Mountains,

Hungary

Matthias Corvinus in Civ 6. image Credit: Firaxis Games
Civilization Leader: Matthias Corvinus
Civilization Agenda: Raven Banner – Likes civilizations that Levies troops, shuns civilizations that shun mercenaries. 
Civilization Capital: Buda
Civilization Bonus: Pearl of the Danube – Districts and Building built across a River from a City Centre Build Faster
Leader Bonus: Raven King – Bonus to Levied Units from City States, it is free to upgrade Levied Units, Levied Units gives you Envoys in the City State.
Unique Unit: Black Army – Gains Combat Bonus being next to Levied Units
Unique Unit: Huszar – Gains a Combat Bonus for each active Alliance  
Unique Building: Thermal Bath – Replaces the Zoo, +Amenity, +production to an City Centre in range, Bonus if there is a Geothermal Fissure in the City’s tile range 
Mountain Ranges: Carpathian Mountains,
Rivers: Danube River,

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Rivers: Ucayali River, (Could be Brazil’s)

MāorI

Kupe of the Maori in Civilization 6 Gathering Storm. Image Credit: Firaxis Games
Civilization Leader: Kupe
Civilization Agenda: Kaitiakitanga – Like civs that treats the planet well (not chopping tiles, adding national parks, low CO2 emissions), Dislike civs that treat the planet poorly. 
Civilization Capital: Te Hokianga-nui-a-kupe
Civilization Bonus: Mana – Begin the game with Sailing and Shipbuilding unlocked, +Stregth & Movement to Embarked Units, Bonus production to unimproved Woods and Rainforest. Fishing Boats provide +food and culture bomb adjacent tiles, but the Māori can not build Great Writers nor Harvest Resources.  
Leader Bonus: Kupe’s Voyage – Begin the game on an Ocean Tile, first city gets a free builder + 1 population, Palace gets bonus Housing and Amenity, Science and Culture production starts before you settle your first city. 
Unique Unit: Toa – Enemy units adjacent get – Combat Strength. Can build the – Built on Hills, + Defence Bonus and Healing for units that end their turn on it. 
Unique Building: Marae – +Culture and Faith to a city tiles with a passable feature. +Tourism after Flight. No Great Art Slots 
Mountain Ranges: Tiritiri-o-te-moana,

Phoenicia/Carthage

Unique District: Cothon

Also Ngazargamu now has Carthage’s old City State bonus

SWEDEN 

Rivers: Dal River,

Revamped Old Civilizations

China

Bonus to early canal production

Egypt

Civilization Bonus: Gain more Food from fertilized river flooded tiles

England

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 

Victoria Leader Bonus: Pax Britannica – When you found a City on not your home Continent you get a free Melee Unit and Trade Route Capacity, Building any Royal Navy Dockyard gives you a free Naval Unit, Unlocks the Redcoat Unit.  

Unique District: Royal Navy Dockyard – Loses Trade Route Bonus, gains +Loyalty 

Russia

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

Geographical Features of Returning Civs

Mountain RangesAnnamite Mountains (Khmer/?)Asir Mountains (Arabia), Balkan Mountains (?)Qinling (China)Scandes (Norway)
RiversAmur River (Russia), Glomma River (Norway)Hai River (China)Indus River (India/Macedon/Persia?)Limpopo River (Zulu), Loire River
(France)
Okavango River (Congo), Potomac River (America)Powinogow Sipi (Cree)São Francisco River (Brazil)Tarim River (China),Thames River (England)Yangtze River (China)
DesertsDasht-e Kavir (Persia), Gobi Desert (Mongolia)Karakum Desert (Persia/?)Sahara Desert (Egypt/Nubia/?),  
VolcanoesKīlauea (America)Mount Paektu (Korea)Soufrière Hills Volcano (England),

New City States

Bologna – Scientific – Bonus Great Person Points (Stockholm’s old bonus)

Fez – Scientific – When you convert a city you get a science bonus based on the population size of the city

Ngazargamu – Military – Land and Support units are cheaper to purchase with gold for each building in a Encampment (Carthage’s old bonus) 

Rapa Nui – Cultural – can build the Moai Tile Improvement, +Culture, +culture for adjacent Moai, Volcanic Soil Tile, Coast or Lake Tile. +Culture and Tourism via Tech Tree, Can not be built next to Woods or Rainforest tiles  

Returning City States Spotted/Updated

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

Antioch, AntananarivoAucklandBandar Brunei (also gets a new icon)Brussels, Buenos AiresGrenada, HattusaHong KongJerusalemKandyMuscat, PalenqueVilniusYerevan, Zanzibar,

Cities

Image Credit: Firaxis Games

Wonders

There will be 7 new Wonders in Gathering Storm

Golden Gate Bridge:

Great Bath: Gives Amenities 

Panama Canal: Built on Flat Land, + Gold for trade route that pass through it, Can be used to connect Canal Districts 

Mound Building (Could also be a Motte Bailey improvement)

Wonders in Civ 6 Gathering Storm

New Districts 

There are 5 new Districts in Gathering Storm

Canal: Can be used to transit ships over land. Can be built on flat land between a water tile and a City Centre, or one water tile to another water tile. Available from Steam Power

Dams: Can be built on rivers to create a lake, will mitigate flooding but reduce potential bonuses from flooding on tiles. Protects Tile Yields from Droughts, Gives +Amenities & +Housing. You can only build one Dam per River & and the river must straddle two sides of the river hex. Available from Buttress

Seasteads: A future neighbour type district that can be built on water

Sea Barrier: (Could be a Tile Improvement)

New Districts in Civ 6 Gathering Storm

Revamped Districts

Aqueduct: Now protects Tile Yields from the effects of Drought. + Amenities if built next to a Geothermal Fissure

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

Harbour: Now gets bonuses from Trade City States

Industrial Zone: Logistics now full powers the city while it is active

Buildings

Coal Power Plant (updated): Creates Power, produces a lot of CO2, is built in the Industrial District, uses Coal to run

Hydroelectric Plant: Creates Power, is built in the Dam District 

Oil Power Plant: Creates Power, produces some CO2, uses Oil to run

Power

A lot of buildings in the game from the end of the tech-tree now require power to function at max-productivity. 

Power can be generated from a number of sources like Hydroelectric plants and Coal Power Plants.

Many of the Power Plants produce a lot of CO2 which impacts on the Natural Disasters features. 

Units

There will be 15 new units in Gathering Storm, There have been also improvements with unit models  

Courser
Military Engineer (updated): Can now build Railways and Mountain Tunnels, can be used to help build Canal and Dam district tiles. 
Skirmisher: An upgraded Scout 

The Map

Natural Wonders

There will be 7 new Natural Wonders.

Chocolate Hills

Pamukkale: Gives bonuses to surrounding all adjacent district tiles (bar Harbours), not just to Holy Sites 

Sahara el Beyda:

Vesuvius: Acts like a Volcano 

Natural Wonders in Civ 6 Gathering Storm

Terrain Features

Geothermal Fissure: Gives a Science Bonus, Will give bonus amenities if an Aqueduct or Roman Bath is built next to it.

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

Rivers (updated): Now are more snaky with the map generation, Can flood 

Swamps (updated): Can now flood if sea levels rise

Map Improvements

Geothermal Power Plant: Built on Geothermal Fissure; Gives Power

Offshore Windmills: Gives Power

Railway: Updated roads

Solar Farm Power Plant: Gives power

Ski Resort: Can be built on Mountains

Tunnels: Can be Built to transverse Mountain Ranges

Resources

Strategic Resources will be completely revamped to be depleted 

Horses (updated): are now revealed with Animal Husbandry

Geographical Features

You can now name geographical features like rivers

Game Features 

Image Credit: Firaxis Games

Espionage

Break Dam – Causes the river to flood

Stronger Counterspy Options

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 

Singapore was used as an inspiration for some of the design of this era

Global Warming

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

Grievances

Now with a replacement to the traditional Warmongering bonuses, things that you do like Declaring War, Pillaging Cities, create grievances that decrease per turn depending on the era (no decrease while at war).

It also takes into account past actions in determining the level of Grievances  

Natural Disasters

Droughts: Will spawn in areas without terrain features like forests/marshes, impacts on Tile Yields, can be mitigated by building Dam and Aqueduct/Bath districts.

When spawned it will pillage Farm, Camp, Plantation & Pasture improvements in the effected area, and they can not be rebuilt until it is over. All tiles also lose Food. 

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. As there is more CO2 in the atmosphere the chance of floods will increase. 

Storms: There are four types of storms – Blizzards (form on Ice/Tundra), Dust Storms (form on Desert), Tornadoes (form on Grassland/Plains), and Hurricanes (form on Ocean/Coast). Once Spawned they progress across the map for two more turns damaging things in their path, but also possible adding fertility (bar Tornadoes). They will damage units, tile improvements, districts, and hurt population in cities, they will not damage trade routes.  

Each storm has two difference sizes

As there is more CO2 in the atmosphere the chance of storms will increase. 

Volcanoes: Will damage surrounding tiles when active, and has the chance to kill civilian units, but also will increase tile fertility. Will destroy Terran Features and Bonus Resources if they erupt. 

Volcanoes have 3 levels 

Slider: When setting up the game there will be a slider where you can set the frequency and impact of Natural Disasters 

Power

Certain buildings like Coal, Geothermal, Oil, Hydroelectric Power Plants create energy. This energy is then used to power buildings, that won’t work to full production unless they are powered. 

Some power plants are more damaging to the environments than others.  

You need to undertake projects to convert to different types of power

Trade Routes

Trade Route now get bonuses depending on how they are made, there are now efficiency bonuses that you can get when they use Canals, Railways, Mountain Tunnels.

Using Sea Route can almost double Trade Route Yields  

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.

These include banning of certain resources, forbidding chopping down of rainforest tiles, or stopping being able to build certain building (like Coal Plants)

Diplomatic Favour: A new yield that you can spend in the World Congress. You gain favour by: promising not to settle near somebody, promising not to dig up artefacts in someone else’s land, liberating a city state, liberating another player. You also get one Favour per Turn for each City State you are Suzerain over

New Emergencies:

Natural Disaster Assistance. 

Victories

New Victory type: Diplomatic Victory

All the victory conditions have been updated with the new era

Scenarios 

There will be two scenarios in Gathering Storm

The 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.

War Machine: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!

Miscellaneous 

Accessibility – Now has been updated for people with colour blindness concerns 

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 

Mini Map – now displays city locations more clearly

Bugs/Exploit Fixes

Chopping Production Overflow – They have fixed the exploit using Chopping + Mangus + Production Policy Cards to create massive production boosts has be fixed

Explore It – University of Queensland Bloom Festival

TL;DR – Today I explore the University of Queensland Bloom Festival, the festival where purple was king, which should be no surprise if you have ever taken a medieval art history class before

The University of Queensland Bloom Festival. Image Credit Brian MacNamara

 

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Every year here in Brisbane the University of Queensland turns purple as the Jacarandas come out to bloom. It is a beautiful time of year unless you are a university student in which case it heralds the coming of exams and the onslaught of rumours about what happens if you get hit by the falling flowers. We explored the flowering time last year with our walk around the UQ St. Lucia campus (see here), however, this year they have expanded on the Jacarandas with the UQ Bloom Festival, and today we get the chance to explore the Jacarandas after dark.

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