News Archives - March 2007

New Poll
Posted by kach on March 30, AD 2007 @ 5:26 AM

Gatehouse with bannersOur question this week is a frivolous one; we are asking about gatehouses. When you place a gatehouse, do you orient it so that the banners face outwards or inwards?

Last week's question was: Which god do you find the most useful?

Jupiter (29)
Mars (12)
Mercury (49)
Ceres (17)
Bacchus (8)

It seems that Mercury and Jupiter are the most useful. If you'd like to know why, be sure to read the new game info article on god bonuses and benevolences. It should be available in the next few days. Of course, if you are unsure about the difference between a bonus (also called a dedication), and a benevolence (or blessing), you'll definitely want to read it.

Previous poll results can be found here.

Caesar IV Online
Posted by kach on March 26, AD 2007 @ 3:00 PM
Season XIII of Caesar's Challenge has closed. The medals haven't been awarded yet, but it look like brfmeister will collect six medals, two gold, three silver and one bronze. Other gold medals this season will go to Dalan, ADJB and Avgazz4.

Season XIV has now started. The time trial is Alexandria this season. The best time for this so far is 1 year and four months, from Boudica in season IV. Can you do better?

In the Empire, PantherX has the lead with a population of over 360,000.
Friday Poll
Posted by Pecunia on March 23, AD 2007 @ 3:33 PM
It's Friday again and time for another poll. The question for this week: each god has their own set of bonuses and blessings, but which god do you find the most useful?

Last week's question was: How do you control crime in your cities? The results:

Crime, what crime? (47)
Reduce unemployment (13)
Better education coverage (3)
Provide more food and goods (8)
Prefects (17)
Military (7)
Increase wages (4)
Lower sales tax (2)
Combination of above options (22)
I have trouble controlling crime in my cities (9)

About a third of you don't have any problem with crime, that's good to hear! Those of you who do have the occasional crime have different ways of reducing it, with the most popular options being building more prefects, reducing unemployment, and using a combination of methods.

For those who have trouble controlling crime: find out why your people are unhappy and solve it, using one or more of the options in the poll.

Previous poll results can be viewed here.
Ephesus Walkthrough
Posted by kach on March 20, AD 2007 @ 3:34 PM
Finally, we have a walkthrough for Ephesus (Empire 5, economic). It took a lot longer to write up, than it did to play the scenario. The challenge in Ephesus is to have a population of 7,500 with a culture rating of 100. The geography can also make it difficult. The long central valley is separated from the northern farmland by a plateau, and much of the map is cover by hills.

If you are finding this scenario tough, check out the walkthrough here.
Posted by kach on March 18, AD 2007 @ 4:06 PM
Last week's poll asked about mods and whether you used them, so this is a good time to release a few facts on basic modding.

Pecunia has put together a page on how to modify textures, covering what to backup, what files to change and what tools to use. If you've looked at some of those plaza tiles in the downloads section and wished you could make your own, this article will get you started.
New Poll
Posted by kach on March 16, AD 2007 @ 4:26 AM
This week we are asking about crime. Crime can make your security rating plummet, so how do you handle crime in your cities?

Last week's question was: Do you use any modifications?
Yes, custom plaza tiles (8)
Yes, the snow mod (0)
Yes, new legion/walker uniforms (1)
Yes, a combination of the above (7)
No (33)
I didn't know you could do that (29)

Lugdunum under snow

It doesn't look like many people use mods, which is a shame. If you like pretty cities, then playing round with the plaza tiles can be very rewarding; and the snow mod is so good, it really adds atmosphere to Lugdunum.

For those who voted 'I didn't know you could do that', you can find the modifications here. Each download has instructions on how to install the files. Make sure you backup the original files first. Do this by copying the Caesar IV\Data\Grapics, Caesar IV\Data\Scenarios and Caesar IV\Data\Audio folders to another location, so you can restore them later. Don't back up the folders to the folder where you have installed Caesar IV because this confuses the game, and it may not find the new textures.

Previous poll results can be found here.
More on Caesar's Challenge
Posted by kach on March 14, AD 2007 @ 2:49 PM
If you have been following the current season of Caesar IV Online, you may have noticed that Tacitus of Philly was leading in the Antiochia High Score challenge with a score of 65,535.

It looks like this loophole has now been closed. The current leader is megastelios with a score of 1569.
Caesar's Challenge
Posted by kach on March 12, AD 2007 @ 1:52 PM
The medals have been awarded for Season XII of Caesar's Challenge. The results are unusual. A gold medal for the Ephesus High Score competition was won by Tacitus of Philly with a score of 65,535, and a playing time of 0 years and 0 months. Other gold medals went to chrilla, DA GUV and brfmeister.

Season XIII has now started. The time trial is Londinium again. The new map this season is Virunum.

In the Empire, PantherX and dragon0042 are vying for the lead with populations of over 300,000.
Virunum Walkthrough
Posted by Pecunia on March 11, AD 2007 @ 5:01 PM
We have a walkthrough for Virunum available, the second military scenario in the Empire campaign. I finished the scenario in seven years, with the security rating being the last one to be achieved because the Germanians torched a few buildings.

If you're stuck in Virunum, you might check out this walkthough for hints on how to approach this mission.

Friday Poll
Posted by Pecunia on March 9, AD 2007 @ 12:26 PM
It's Friday again: time for a new poll. This week we want to know whether you use any modifications. We have quite a few of them in the modifications section of the downloads, but are you actually using these mods?

Last week's question was: Have you ever experienced an earthquake in Caesar IV?
Yes, it was a disaster (25)
Yes, but the damage was minor (20)
More than once (7)
No (51)
Not sure (2)

About half of you have not experienced an earthquake yet, which is probably a good thing, since half of you who did get an earthquake said it was a disaster.

The results of all previous polls can be viewed here.
Cyrene Revisited
Posted by Pecunia on March 8, AD 2007 @ 3:52 PM
Angrod (also known as Hieronymus) has created another custom scenario for your enjoyment. The scenario, Cyrene Revisited uses the sandbox map Cyrene, but plays nothing like the original Cyrene scenario. As was the case with Djedu Revisited, there are a few puzzles to be solved before you can achieve the required ratings.
User Created Scenarios
Posted by kach on March 6, AD 2007 @ 3:23 PM
Tilted Mill have opened up a new Caesar IV forum, for posting user created scenarios. So far it contains Anaxamenes' Betriacum and Dyrrhachium. Check out the Readme from Reed for details.

The German fansite also has a custom scenario section. There are close to twenty custom scenarios available for German speakers. Several have been translated into English and can be found here.
Bling - a Caesar IV Contest
Posted by kach on March 3, AD 2007 @ 2:34 AM have announced Bling, their first Caesar IV contest. This is a speed contest, designed by goonsquad.
It is on this note that CBC announces Bling, its debut contest for Caesar IV. Bling will commence on March 3. Bling is an economically focused Speed contest of quite gentle difficulty. Watch out for it.

If you've tried any of the time trials on Caesar IV Online, you'll be familiar with the format. Contest designer goonsquad has created a number of interesting Caesar III contests in the last few years, and won the CBC 2006 Players Choice Award for his contest The Battle of Szarmizegetusa.

The contest ends April 8th. It should be a lot of fun. You can find more information about the contest and the rules in this thread on the CBC forums.
New Poll
Posted by kach on March 2, AD 2007 @ 3:49 AM
The question this week is about earthquakes. Some players have had their cities destroyed by earthquakes, but I've never seen one - not even in Ephesus. So we want to know how common are earthquakes; have you had an earthquake in any of your cities?

Last week's question was: Have you ever held a festival?
Often (14)
Sometimes (18)
Once or twice (18)
Never (39)
How do I do that? (9)
Most voters seem to have at least experimented with festivals, but a surprising 39% of us have never held even one festival.

For those who voted 'How do I do that?', go to the Imperial Advisor screen and click on 'Declare Festival'. Then click on the symbol of each god to see the festival requirements and associated benefit.

Previous poll results can be found here.