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GalCiv IV Dev Journal #7 - The Changing Face of Space Robots

Somewhere around here I have the original image of the Yor from 1992.  They don’t resemble the modern Yor very much.  When I wrote the Yor origin story back in 1987 (when I was in high school) the Yor followed the common trope of AI servants who rose up against their masters.  Their masters, in this case, were a race of beings known as the Iconians (who are also in the game). The Yor of 1995Yor of 2021As time has gone by, I’ve thought about making the Yor be less Cy... [read more]

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GalCiv IV Dev Journal #6 - Those First 20 Turns

One of the challenges we have in setting up maps is the question of how quickly should players be meeting other civilizations in the game?  How quickly should things show up? How much should the game direct you? I decided to take a hard look at GalCiv II and GalCiv III to see how different those first 20 turns worked out. GalCiv II: First 20 turnsTurn 1: No on-screen direction but the UI is pretty clean and My ship is already selected to move.Selected ship has an automate butto... [read more]

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Screenshot of the Week - GalCiv IV

Almost done claiming and colonizing all of the worlds around your home planet? Get ready to explore a new sector where a whole host of new worlds, resources, and opportunities await you.  [read more]

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Screenshot of the Week, Sectors - GalCiv IV

When you're looking to rule the galaxy you need to be able to see everything - where your strongholds are, where your enemies are lurking, and where you have left to expand to. The new sector view lets you zoom out to view all of the sectors on the map so you can make better decisions on your strategy.  [read more]

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GalCiv IV Dev Journal #5

During the development of a game, many ideas will look good on paper only to be found to not work out in practice.  Normally, these ideas get killed off before implementation and even fewer ever get seen by the public. In the case of Galactic Civilizations IV, because we’re going out in ALPHA, you will get to see some ideas fully implemented that we have already decided didn’t work out. Today’s example for discussion: The Ideology compass. Here’s how it wor... [read more]

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GalCiv IV Dev Journal #4 - A Guided ALPHA Tour

For this entry, we are going to give you a tour of Galactic Civilizations IV as it exists, in alpha state, in June 2021.  We’re very excited. There’s a lot in here but so very much more to do. Note: I’m playing at 5K so I’m smushing my screenshots down so that they’re not quite so huge.   Choosing a Civilization For the Alpha, you can only play as the humans.  This is because we intend to make the civilizations much more distinct than t... [read more]

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