CivWiki Monday Newsletter

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

CivWiki Newsletter for April 8, 2024

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Good morning and happy Eclipse Monday from New England!

Although the eclipse is not passing by my general area, I’m pretty dang close. Funnily enough, I was on the path of totality a few weeks ago, but alas…

This being said, if you’re reading this newsletter right now and you haven’t touched grass today, you might want to if you’re in the US, you might be missing a once-in-a-lifetime event! Go outside and get some eclipse glasses before you start reading, because it’s quite essential to this newsletter!

Ok, you did? Yes? Great!

Well, it’s obviously not essential, but did I get you outside before you started scrolling?

This week’s featured image is a lesser seen view of Commonwealth — at the back of Verdant Valley sits a large wooden mansion on a hill as well as some great apartments, and these builds are extremely well made, even if they’re a couple of years old. Of course Commonwealth is continuing to work on new builds, not to mention their parliament building, but it’s still great to look back and see some very detailed builds they’re less known for. Great work!

Featured Article

The New World was a continent on CivRealms 2.0 that acted as a map expansion to the server’s world. The second expansion after the Thomas Archipelago, its land was hotly contested as negotiations for the continent’s land began prior to the expansion’s launch. Its layout was similar to the initial continent, being a world-painted map retrieved from public sources, and held a variety of climates including jungles, volcanoes, and deserts.

The New World was located 20,000 blocks roughly southwest of CivRealm’s main continent, and several existing nations sought to make colonies on the continent, among those being the Imperial Federation, Norlund, SPQR, and Otonabee. Although initial disputes over land were made, it eventually became a relatively peaceful area with much of the conflict remaining on the main continent. A rail was also made for easier access to the continent, which was slightly faster than travelling by boat. Despite its hectic launch, the New World’s expansion is one example of a successful map expansion integrated into its environment.

This Week Last Year

On the week of April 3 and April 10, 2023:

The News

The courtyard of the Art Museum in Shiroyama, Nara.

Around the Server

Metagame Highlights

The Fun Stuff

Shockton Mansion, in Volterra.

Cool Things

Well, I think everyone’s taking a break from working overtime on Civ this week, so there’s not much to showcase, but there is some stuff I’ve found I wanna show.

Non-Civ Content

So kind of to supplement the good response to the April Fools newsletter, I’m going to try to obtain a wider variety of content in this section, but of course, like five people read this section so…

Poll of the Week

Last week, we had 33 responses. Now I think this is partly because of two factors: The poll looked extremely long, which it was, and it came after an April Fools edition. I’m really sorry for so much content that maybe people weren’t so interested in. So, maybe take these responses with a grain of salt since it’s very plausible many people were not interested in responding to a large poll.

Our first question was a poll of various categories of the direction the server is going.

I’ll probably do this again sometime with different categories, since these were pretty well received across the board. Though, this being said, I’m very happy many of these questions are much higher across the board.

Now, there’s a couple I do want to bring your attention to:

Again, nearly all of these categories were generally positive, and I’m glad to see it, but I’d love to do another sequel poll for more controversial and community-based categories in the future.

Our second question just regarded some information regarding how I executed the April Fools joke…

I’m glad at least people liked it, even if they don’t want to see more. I don’t think I’m going to launch a second newsletter in the near future, but I’m glad people enjoy stuff they saw. I’m probably going to include a greater variety of content in the Non-Civ Content section in the news to reflect this, but nothing really much more. I did get into a journalism program though…

The final question has to do with what people consider to be “world wonders” on CivMC. Now…

You also don’t have to list just 7. Feel free to put as many builds as you like!

Vote Now!

As a result, I’ve tried to keep the poll short this week. Kind of helps so I still have questions to use.

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
How seriously do you take claims maps?
What on CivMC do you consider world wonders, *besides anywhere in Pavia?* List as many as you want, you can list as many as you want!

Wonderful Cry for Help

Oops, ran out of pictures, sorry!

Thanks for reading and a thanks to BritishWanderer, Toaxbis, reffelruz, and meenos for some help while heading around their respective nations this past weekend. Not much to say this week, but as always, if you’d like to help contribute to this newsletter, it’s always appreciated! I’d love more contributors to make it a celebration of Civ (and maybe find a successor?).

Anyway, thanks for reading and I will see you next week, and until then…