News Archives - February 2007

Djedu Revisited
Posted by kach on February 27, AD 2007 @ 1:29 PM

Djedu Revisited

Djedu Revisited is the new custom scenario submitted by Angrod (known as Hieronymus on the TM forums). This scenario is fun, not too hard, and has a few puzzles to be solved. You can find it here.

Caesar IV Online
Posted by kach on February 26, AD 2007 @ 3:36 AM
Season XI has ended. Gold medals went to Dalan, nicjaytee, Ashley, Boudica, chrilla and joppl66.

Season XII has now started. The time trial is Londinium again. Pecunia has written a walkthrough explaining how to win this one. Why not check it out and go for a medal?

With season X we had new three new cities in Caesar's Challenge: Tingis, Tarsus and Ephesus. This season Syracusae appears for the first time (high population). In the Empire PantherX still holds the lead with a population of 277,647 in 12 cities.
History Quiz
Posted by kach on February 25, AD 2007 @ 12:04 AM
Do you fancy your knowledge of Roman history and culture? Have you tried Keith Heitmann's quiz ? Check it out and test your knowledge. Are you well informed, or are you ignorant? Find more information about the quiz and discuss your score here.
Friday Poll
Posted by kach on February 23, AD 2007 @ 2:02 PM
Have you ever held a festival in Caesar IV? Festivals to the gods were an integral part of Caesar III, but they don't seem so important in Caesar IV.

Last week's poll: Do you like the new system for food distribution?
Yes, it works better than the old system (47)
Yes, but I miss those market ladies (27)
No, I preferred the old system (14)
Not really bothered (5)
I have trouble with both methods (5)
Not sure, I haven't played other city builders (10)
There's no doubt about these results, the majority of voters prefer the new distribution system.

If you want to see the results from our other polls, you can find them here.
Gallery Update
Posted by Pecunia on February 20, AD 2007 @ 3:27 PM
We've updated the City Layouts album in the Gallery with a few screenshots from my own cities from the military part of the campaign.

The military cities are still a little underrepresented in our gallery, and we could use a few more screenshots. So, if you have any, you can submit them to us; for more details see this thread on the forums.
Snow Modification
Posted by Pecunia on February 17, AD 2007 @ 3:54 PM
Londinium with snow
Do you like snow? I do, and apparently so does Mailman653: he has submitted a new modification to our downloads section, which turns the Northern Europe maps into snow-covered ones.

The modification also includes files to turn the occasional snowfall in the northern provinces into real blizzards, including sound effects.
Another Friday Poll
Posted by kach on February 16, AD 2007 @ 3:56 AM
How do you find food distribution in Caesar IV? In previous city builders, a market employee fetched food from a granary and stocked the market. When there was food in the market, a 'walker' strolled round distributing it. In Caesar IV, plebs, equites and patricians all go to the market and get their own food. Do you like the old or the new system?

Last week's poll: Do you change your personal salary?
No, I never change it (83)
I increase it sometimes (18)
I always increase it (7)
I decrease it sometimes (17)
I always decrease it (5)
I never pay myself a salary (1)
I didn't know I could do that (7)

A fair number of players seem to modify their personal salary. According to Pecunia's favour article, this might not always be a good idea. Increasing your salary reduces your favour with Rome, but decreasing your salary will not increase your favour. For those who are not sure how to change their salary, you do it from the Imperial Advisor screen.

All previous poll results can be found here.
Walkthrough for Argos
Posted by Pecunia on February 15, AD 2007 @ 4:31 PM
We have another walkthrough available, this one is for Argos, the first military scenario in the Empire campaign. From my experience, this first Empire scenario is comparable in difficulty to the military Republic scenarios, but if you're stuck in Argos, be sure to give the walkthrough a read.
Downloads Survey
Posted by Pecunia on February 13, AD 2007 @ 12:19 PM
We have set up a small survey about the downloads system in use at HeavenGames. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and give us your opinion.
New Caesar IV Online season
Posted by Pecunia on February 13, AD 2007 @ 3:33 AM
Seasons X has ended yesterday and the medals have been awarded. Congratulations to Oufrtd, charles, Rnett, Postumius Albus, and nicjaytee for their first places!

Also, the end of a season means the start of a new season. Season XI consists of a time trial for Alexandria, high populations for Antiochia and Caesarea, high scores for Londinium and Tarsus, and most denarii for Ephesus. Alexandria doesn't have any entries yet, so try it out and see how fast you can complete it.
Culture Rating Article
Posted by Pecunia on February 11, AD 2007 @ 12:32 PM
As a follow-up on last week's poll, we have figured out how exactly the culture rating works, how it is calculated and what you can do to improve it.

Since many of you found that the culture rating was more difficult to achieve than in previous citybuilders, our Culture Rating article will hopefully shed some light on the issue.
Londinium Walkthrough
Posted by Pecunia on February 10, AD 2007 @ 10:21 AM
We have a second walkthrough for Londinium available. Unlike Duan Xuan's earlier walkthrough, this one focuses on getting out of Londinium as quickly as possible. The reason for this is that the Londinium time trial is quite a frequent scenario in Caesar's Challenge.

The minimum time required to complete Londinium is just over one year; to see how that is possible, check the walkthrough.
Friday Poll
Posted by kach on February 9, AD 2007 @ 2:38 PM
This week the question is about salary. Do you ever fool around with your personal salary? It is possible to pay yourself more or less that the appropriate salary for your rank, but does anyone do this?

Last week's poll asked whether culture ratings were harder than in previous city builders. It looks like the majority of players find culture in Caesar IV about the same or harder, but not easier.
Yes, a lot harder (12)
It can be a bit tricky (25)
Not really, just different (20)
No, it is actually bit easier (14)
No, it is a lot easier (3)
Don't know, I haven't tried (5)
I haven't played any other city builders (11)
You can find these results and all previous poll results here.
Tutorial Instructions
Posted by Pecunia on February 7, AD 2007 @ 12:01 PM
If you've just finished the tutorials but are still getting a little confused about where to start in later missions, this download may be for you: C Franziscus has created a set of PDF documents with all of the tutorial instructions in them, for easy reference. You can download the complete set from our downloads section.
Caesarea Walkthrough
Posted by kach on February 6, AD 2007 @ 3:15 PM
We have another walkthrough available for Caesarea (Empire 4, economic).

I enjoyed this scenario; I found it quite relaxing. The orders from Rome are easily managed, and you can take your time with the requests. The low population requirements make this a good scenario for experimenting with the culture buildings and their coverage.
Keep Rome Happy
Posted by kach on February 4, AD 2007 @ 1:57 PM
Secure the province and keep Rome happy, and you will succeed
How do you keep Rome happy? Most of us have grasped the basics by now, but if you want to brush up on the finer details, check out Pecunia's new page on favour. Follow these tips and you won't have to worry about unwelcome visits from the armies of Rome.
Poll About Culture
Posted by kach on February 2, AD 2007 @ 1:41 PM
This week the poll is about culture. How hard is it to get the required culture ratings, compared with previous city builders? Previous games, such as Caesar III and Pharaoh, required walkers to pass the houses. In Caesar IV, buildings have a service range which is a lot more predictable. But does this make it any easier?

The results of last week's poll, 'Do you build temples?':
Always (59)
Often (27)
Sometimes (15)
Rarely (17)
Never (7)
It seems that only about 50% of us always build temples. Is that because they take up too much space? We might have to ask about this in a future poll.

Go here to see all previous poll results.
More New Tiles
Posted by kach on February 1, AD 2007 @ 4:10 PM

Belladonna has submitted some more decorative tiles. These ones are mix and match, so you can really be creative. If you like building pretty cities, you'll want this mod. Be warned though, being creative can be very expensive. You can find the tiles in the downloads section here.