CivWiki Monday Newsletter

A semi-weekly newsletter for Civ servers supported by the CivWiki

CivWiki Newsletter for January 29, 2024

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Good morning and happy Monday from New England!

I am totally not doing a newsletter this week so I can start making this weekly once again, although, I given, I guess this is the first time we’re doing this newsletter weekly in quite a while.

There’s something of a fire lit inside of me and I’m riding that wave a little bit right now, as I’ve felt way more productive on projects outside of Civ, and I think that kind of followed its way into here. That being said, it’s been another quiet week in Civ. I’ve taken the opportunity to change a couple things around here and work on the website just a tad. Hope you like it, and let’s get into the news!

After pictures of the town have shown up for weeks and weeks, this week’s featured image is Groveheart Keep in the Imperial Federation. They’ve constructed a lovely medieval and rustic keep within the deep taiga of the southwest, and the wood and stone textures perfectly compliment the environment. The town (unfortunately not shown in this picture) doesn’t slouch on this either, it’s a great representation of a woodland village. It continues to be one of the best sites on the build channel, and I hope to see more!

Featured Article

Mercutio is a nation founded on CivMC known for its exquisite builds, community, and integration into its jungle environment. Self-described as a “newfriend nation”, the country was founded the fall after CivMC’s launch. Although the countries lies near Icarus, Icenia and Kaowta, the country has seen very little direct content and has developed a peaceful culture well-suited to their tropical land. They have also contributed to humanitarian aid with the clearing of a water wall of grief.

Due to their peaceful policy, the country developed its own unique culture. The country’s main capital, Malina has an architecture style that is distinctly grown in with the jungle landscape within the Northwest region. Their participation in the Olympics netted them many medals at the Shiro-Swisston Olympics, while they continue to participate in the server’s hockey league. They have friendship agreements with several countries and are well known as peaceful mediators for conflicts across the server.

This week’s featured image is of Malina, the capital of Mercutio. Mercutio was slotted this week because the article tied for 3rd place in the wiki editing competition at the end of the 2023.

The long awaited sequel to the best stuff I saw in 2022 is finally here, speclang’s best of 2023! Sure, it’s not specifically related to Civ, but it might be worth the 34 minute read. How is it longer than last year?

Read the whole thing here.

This was more of a passion project over the last month than anything. I don’t care if you read it or anything, just happy it’s finally done!

This Week Last Year

On the week of January 30, 2023,


I’m trying out something a little new. We’ve had featured writing in the past from contributors and Civ players alike, but SpeedyJustice reached out to me if he could place a regular column in the newsletter. As an experiment, it’s sort of an opinion-like news column you’d see in a regular paper.

Our pilot columnist is Icenian SpeedyJustice.

On War and Peace: The Patriot Reflects

“We are truly living in a time of great peace” is the philosophy that has guided my rational and outlook over the past few weeks on this here server in my beloved Icenia. It is times like these that with every moment that passes a patriot cannot help but compare the effects of new-friends happily galavanting through the streets of my city to the past lows of stay at home orders due to yet another invader wishing to put this great country to its end. Yet try as i might my heart does not sit still and complacent and care-free like these great times should afford it to.

I read about conflicts in far off lands, ones that may be much closer to me in thought than in mere distance. Where there live peaceful kind folk, as of late it seems their energy and exuberance for civ and it’s future serves as a magnet for those less than reputable thieves looking to make their mark robbing and pillaging the innocent.

Where peace reigns true finally in my kingdom it seems the same cannot be said for the rest of the world. How can I, in good faith, enjoy my peace and freedom while others who deserve it equally are terrorized by the same conflicts that Icenians recognize all too familiarly? Is it right for one in my position to truly claim “peace in our times” where all across the world there is a sickening absence of that very thing?

This perplexes the mind of the true Icenian patriot.”

If you’re interested in writing a column or longer piece for the newsletter, please contact me @specificlanguage on Discord.

The News and More

Construction of a new rollercoaster in Margaritaville.

Since this is a shorter newsletter by most standards, I’m trying out a different format for the information section, a little more reminiscent of the Monday Mornings of old. This structure might not be sustainable for longer writeups.

News Around Civ

Cool Content

Poll of the Week

We had 71 responses this past week, the questions were pretty topical this time around.

The first question was If CivMC were to expand, what would you like to see?

Map expansion is something that people have been clamoring for for a long time, so it’s a question I wanted to post here. I think we’re all relatively starved for new features, so it’s not really surprising that most things that are high are received highly here, like biome variety and new reousrces, or just anything brand new.

The second question, Have you thought about leaving Civ recently?, had a set of responses that shocked me. I know that Civ has “revolving door syndrome”, but this might ring interesting to some folks.

That “yes” pile is way higher than I had initially thought. But after reading the reasons of those who did say yes, there’s a trend of:

“Feels like there has been major stagnation in the genre with no new features…” “Stagnant play and no community events” “My hope that Civ will successfully innovate beyond its current form is slowly diminishing…” “It’s much more focused on the grind than on rp or civilizations…” “It is my view that no civ server can be truly successful until it prioritizes its environment and mechanics as being conducive to a healthy and constructive space for communities to interact”

Additionally, there’s the other main trend of:

“I tire of the people who pretend to be my friend to gain points in a block game.” “Civ takes a big toll on mental health.” “The community has Ship of Theseus’d into a composition I do not gel with at all…” “Unhealthy relationship with Civ” “I want to go out to take some fresh air”

I think everyone who reads this newsletter regularly knows that this genre is mentally draining, one way or another, but it’s another thing when several responses feel like they’re going to quit because the game doesn’t have enough things that make the game enjoyable, whether community events or new features.

What’s tragic is that I think Civ is best when people come together and unite together in large events, and since nobody wants wars anymore, the best chance of community-driven happening now is something like the Olympics, but it’s hard to innovate when something’s already been done many times before. There are fewer and fewer events to look forward to these days.

It’s not a stretch to say that Civ is in a bit of a low point right now, but considering it’s been in decline for a few years and several servers at this point, no amount of newfriends, newsletters, or YouTuber invasions will resolve this in my opinion — it’s really up to Civ’s admins and leadership to improve the genre for the better. This little corner of the internet is a special place as I think many of us can agree, but the genre’s stagnation and little motivation to play further doesn’t help.

I’m sure I and many others have more thoughts about this, but I’m writing this on Sunday and opinion writers are going to jump on this a lot.

Vote “Now!”

As always, you don’t have to answer every question.

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Cozy Cry for Help

A cute little library in the heart of Q’Barra, Nara.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s relatively shorter but maybe more thought-provoking newsletter.

A big thanks to Kingstell, Drekamor, Favbot, SpeedyJustice, ArtificialDriver, and more for reaching out to me this week for some news things.

As I’m finally starting to enjoy software development once again, I want to give this website one last facelift. Nothing drastic like what happened last summer, but just a few quality of life improvements here and there to make it feel more alive. The main thing I want to add are a comments section, so people don’t have to comment on Reddit. I already have to have a backend with the polls, so it’s only a natural extension. Give it one last touch before I go.

As always, if you’d like to help contribute to the newsletter, whether with writing a featured article, a column, or something else, I would gladly appreciate it, contact me @specificlanguage to inquire more! The primary goal with this newsletter is to be a reflection of its community, and doing some writing always livens up the world.

Thanks for reading, and until next time…