CivWiki Monday Newsletter

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

CivWiki Newsletter for May 27, 2024

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Good morning and happy Memorial Day from New England!

As summer starts up again, it is not a far-fetched view to say that we’re going to see new players, stronger activity, and possibly more drama within the next couple of months. I hope that this will continue to cover everything as we keep rolling along through these newsletters.

A side note though: my in-game presence will start to become severely limited in the next couple of weeks, but I’ll try to keep up on news within Discord in the meantime. This does mean that you won’t see any new shader pics from me, as much as I want to see it. It’s mostly that I’ve got a lot going on right now, but I’ll still be able to keep up on Discord and stuff like that.

With that being said, it’s time to look at the news!

This week’s featured image is a grand view of Groveheart, Imperial Federation. I’ve highlighted a lot of builds from them in the past few weeks. Admittedly, although I’ve never visited it, the builds there stick to the rustic theme and I really appreciate the build style, and it’s about time we got all of these builds within context. A brand-new build that’s been burgeoning over the past couple of months, it’s a great place to visit, and I can’t wait to see more. (Credit to Gidein for the picture!)

Featured Article

CivClassic (sometimes noted as CivClassics) was a Civ server that revived the Civcraft style of servers. While it initially launched with a short-lived iteration in 2016, its second iteration launched in 2017 and ran until 2021, making it the longest-lasting Civ server of all time. In its initial years, it intended to keep Civcraft-style mechanics, but several different admin teams in its later years performed version upgrades, delivered significant updates, and imposed new rules to invite more vibrant and exciting gameplay.

The server’s history can be marked with two major wars, the Somber and Infinity Wars, both long-lasting wars involving major world powers across a server-wide landscape. Many players and nations from previous Civcraft iterations returned after years-long hiatuses due to its classic mechanics, and saw the return of major world events including the Olympics and a burgeoning economy withg major marketplaces in cities like Mount Augusta and Yoahtl. Although its founder, TealNerd, closed the server in 2021, its final admin team would go on to develop CivMC following its closure. CivClassic’s server itself stayed up as an archive of past worlds, being dubbed CivLegacy until a sudden closure.

This week’s featured article image is an overview of Mount Augusta on CivClassic 2.0, a commonly used image when advertising CivClassic on other subreddits (cr: u/CivRenders).

This Week Last Year

On the week of May 27 - June 3 in:





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The News

A unique view across Pavia City, looking from the Town Hall down into the city below. (cr: IntentGames)

Big News

Buckle up, folks.

Small News

Metagame Highlights

Join Icenia today!Join Icenia today! Icenia has everything a player could want such as food, housing, shops, and traps! It’s also the #1 democracy!!! All hail Sneed! All hail ChrisChrispie!Discord:

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The Fun Stuff

Danzilona’s newly constructed hockey rink and one of the first fully interior ones on the server. I can tell it’s inspired by IRL arena designs, so great work! (cr: peakman2)


Cool Content


There’s so much low-effort spam on the subreddit now that it’s actually getting annoying. If you’re not posting something that’s truly related to the game and instead just “i’m posting this map again with minor modifications”, you’re really belonging on r/196

Non-Civ Content

As always, this is the part of the post where I show I’m both terminally online but also touch grass.

And then, look at all of these people who touched grass with other Civ people!

Moto Ice - Ice for SalePlace an order for regular and/or packed ice today!>Over 60 CS sold! 13d/packed ice CS. 12d/regular ice CS.Click here for vendor thread! (CivMC Discord)Think Icenia when you think Ice. Discord: @motokusanagi

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Poll of the Week

A great shot along the shores of Amiticia (cr: Raeders)

Last week, we had only 41 responses. It definitely helps for me to post these on Monday morning exactly, but of course, that’s not always possible.

World Wonders, Part 6

Because we didn’t get a lot of responses, this one isn’t quite going to be as interesting as previous wonders polls.

It is worth noting though, that at least all of these were recognized in some capacity, in a relatively even way across the board. I’ll keep these in mind as we keep going with world wonders, but these obviously didn’t reach the top 10 in any capacity.


This is an extension of a question from ComradeSankara, who posited that “all Civ players are either political scientists or computer scientists”. While this could be true, these are two quite narrow lanes that don’t really conform to every Civ player, otherwise everyone who doesn’t bot or write Java(script) code would be considered a political scientist, which doesn’t seem right. So, I expanded the categories quite a bit to cover more common categories that fit Civ players.

By expanding to at least “architecture scientist”, it really opens the door to all the building people who don’t really fall into either of those two camps already. This question now felt closer to “which Civ school do I really belong to”, which was the intent of all the scientist additions.

Tophat in particular asked what a “content scientist” was, which in fairness was poorly defined. I did intend for that category to be closer to a “content creator”-type person, but hey, it worked in the end!

Favorite CivMC Moments

This would normally be the part where I show responses, but I think this would be better spun off into its own Reddit post. There’s a couple of worthwhile answers but a lot of people did not have anything fun to say. Although, there were a couple of them:


The Christmas Party at the North Pole with unlimited brews and resistance 5 thanks to the admins. The drunk fights were very funny

Every time something chaotic happens minutes before or after the newspaper drops (sorry not sorry)

Saying ‘Take care everyone and keep being the amazing peeps that u all are ^v^’ and making someones day better (like u!)

Now, this being said, there were a significant amount of people who put stuff either saying they never had any fun on this server (then why respond?) to things that should not have been said on this form.

It would be much better I think, if this was spun off into its own Reddit post.

Vote for Your Future!

This is wonders vote number seven of eight, click this link for all the candidate showcases this time around! Please respond appropriately.

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
Which of these places do you consider as world wonders?
Select all that are applicable.
Has CivMC's community been worse or better than previous iterations? (If you haven't played before CivMC, comment on how it's improved since you started!)
If you'd like, you can explain your answer to the previous question below.

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All Together Now! Cry for Help

Several players making the jump from meeting people in-game to meeting people in real life. Can you believe I’ve only met one person from Civ irl? (cr: rt6yhjyuvy6)

Once again, thank you for reading this week’s newsletter! I’m glad to see some lively commentary throughout Civ this week in a semi-productive manner.

I already said this earlier, but my in-game time is going to be pretty limited throughout the next few weeks or so, but I want to try to keep up with the news as much as possible, so you will see newsletters as normal. But if I get facts wrong, the blame is most definitely on me.

Regular readers should know that if I somehow make an error, I will try to fix it as soon as possible if it’s a major error that ruins an entire story, but if it’s something small like a typo or tiny factual error, then it’ll get batched with bigger updates. If you don’t see a correction right away when you point out something to me (message me @specificlanguage!), then you’ll probably see it eventually corrected.

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Thanks to Tophat, Motoko, ArtificialDriver, BritishWanderer, Shadowvdark, Highroll, CatistStudy, dsBulldogs, Sdorr, MrJeremyFisher, for this week, and once again another apology to Drekamor. Although, an unthanks to RedDevel who didn’t respond to my DM earlier this week.

I think that’s all I’ve got for now, so until next time folks…