CivWiki Monday Newsletter

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

CivWiki Monday Newsletter for August 14, 2023

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Good morning and happy Monday from New England!

This week was a lot quieter on the Southwestern front as the Imperial Federation things died down, but hopefully, there’s more to be excited about across the server. And in Civ, we’ve got exciting updates to two servers who are ramping up development again!

And for those who are concerned about my mental health, it’s been better this week. Still got some work to do, but it’s coming along!

Are we ready for the news?

This week’s featured article (once again) is Griffin as seen from the sea. Of course, this time is a bit different as what you’re looking at here are the new city walls surrounding Adria and the temple, not to mention Sealeo in the front, but a man-made terraformed mountain on the island. Seriously, the inside is hollow. It takes a lot of effort to build this kind of stuff, and it’s impressive here to say the least.

Sorry guys, if you want your better picture here (that you built on the server), you gotta actually bring up this stuff in the Reddit and Discord!

Featured Article

Citadel is a commonly used Civ plugin and mechanic that allows players to reinforce blocks, which require other players to break blocks multiple times in order to break the block entirely. Although any material could be configured for use, stone, iron and diamond are used as materials by precedence over many servers, representing a low, medium, and high amount of number of breaks. Citadel is heavily tied to NameLayer groups, which allow permissions on who can access which blocks. Additionally, Citadel includes acid blocks, which are special blocks that automatically break reinforced blocks over a long period of time, which does not require the player to be present.

The main use of the plugin has generally been for protecting player-made builds; it allows large cities and defensive infrastructure to be formed without too much threat of raiders. However, quicker reinforcement times have enabled raiders to place hard-to-break blocks very quickly for disruptive purposes, such as creating vaults or “obbybombing” cities. Despite multiple changes and pushback, Citadel remains a critical part of Civ servers in order for nations to grow. (Full article…)

Icenia following the Generic War, with acid blocks clearing grief.

The News

Transylvania’s embassy in Shiroyama, which is nearly complete!

Happenings Around Civ

We’re a bit quieter this week, which is better for my own sanity…

Metagame Highlights

The Tortugan/Kaota railway viaduct. It’s no GOR, but it’s honest work.

The Fun Stuff

A view on the Lambatan highways with greenery supplied by MaybeGravy.


A reminder that to get on here, you need to have a build that’s on the server, not just in the design phase.

Multimedia Projects


Non-Civ Content

Poll of the Week

Last week we had only 44 responses. I get that some people may not be as interested in the questions but man!

The first question was Where do you think Civ advertisements are/were most effective?

Some of the more orthodox methods of advertising get high marks, such as r/mcservers and r/worldbuilding due to their frequency. YouTube, I’m also not surprised since we are a very video-focused community too.

However, TikTok is one that surprised me because as of note there’s been very few advertisements outside of OreStaya’s videos, to varying success. It would be interesting to move into the TikTok space because people love discovering random shit because the average IQ of people on there is less than the average /s. I mean, all I know is that people eat up Hank Green posts so short-form content could be pretty lucrative.

Anyway, I put some other stuff down there if people remembered the other attempts we did:

Maybe an instagram post would be cool for the newsletter, it would make it pretty marketable.

The second question was What kind of Civ advertisement would you (or more preferably, others) click on the most?

There honestly isn’t much to say here, but I think the playerbase on Civ leans towards hard essays and stuff about Civ because they like to complain. But I personally think build showcases are really the right recruitment method on Civ though!

Voting Time 2: Shiroyama Drift!!

This week’s questions have to do with playtime (and metagame interaction time).

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
Roughly how many hours do you play Civ per day? (Bot time doesn't count).
Roughly how frequently do you look at non-game Civ content (e.g. Discords, Reddit posts)?

Wildfire Cry for Help

Gwua, ComradeNick, and Fastestgrass at MtA’s new nightclub built by Altelier.

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter!

For anyone counting, this is the 62nd newsletter this week. I wonder what happens 7 weeks later?

Connect Up!

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  5. Leave the discord (if you’d like, but stay if you edit the CivWiki a lot)
  6. Wait for Monday

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All The Usual Shills

If you’d like to help contribute to the newsletter, though…

Ok, but on a serious note for money:

This past summer, I did take some time off, and part of it was near Lahaina in Hawaii. As those in the US know, Maui, particularly in Lahaina, have been hit hard with the worst wildfires it’s seen in literally centuries. Although I’ve yet to plan it out, I’m thinking about doing a fundraiser to support those on the island, and if I do, it will probably happen sometime late in August or early September. I enjoyed my time on the island, and it’s incredibly sad to see the historic town go, so I want to support what I can.

Thanks to you all, and I’ll see you next week.