CivWiki Monday Newsletter

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

CivWiki Monday Newsletter for August 21, 2023

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Good morning and happy Monday from New England!

It’s a shorter newsletter this week, as the dog days of summer are winding down and everyone’s heading back to school, it’s time to reflect on how your summer went. Good? Bad? Just ok?

To me, it was a summer full of ups, but a good amount of downs and I’ve yet to figure out what to do. I might be doing the newsletter for a few weeks or a few months, we’ll see how it goes.

Time to get on with the news!

This week’s featured image is reffelruz’s view of Verdant Valley and the Tricon Industries building in the Commonwealth. After a couple months of delay (oops!) I’m proudly announcing it as the winner of the picture competition. Its wide variety of build styles, structures seamlessly built into the landscape, and integration of nature into every aspect is something else. A well deserved prize for a well deserved country!

Featured Article

Kaltsburg’s iteration on CivClassic 2.0 was a German-themed monarchy focused on amicable foreign relations and realistic builds. Founded near Varkonia in 2018, the country received significant support from SPQR in their early days due to continued raids in the territory. The country maintained amicable relations with most nations on the server; the country was never involved in any wars and became an observer state of the first United Northern Congress and the Council of the Medi Sea. The country had several provinces, whose leaders made up a council to advice King deyan. After a hiatus in 2020, the leaders decided to move the country over to the western quadrants for more land.

The country focused on both infrastructure and exporting their German culture, with its simplistic yet distinctly baroque European builds, and building up a trade network through construction of a market and the Great Overland Railway passing nearby. They also established a national brewery, which experimented with the Brewery plugin. The country’s Italian-spiritual successor, Florence, briefly claimed territory in CivMC, but were annexed by Kallos following the Generic War.

This week’s featured image is Die Haupstadt, Kaltsburg’s capital.

The News

Suramir Market, in Estalia. We’re facing Gmall!

Happenings Around Civ

Even shorter this week…

Metagame Highlights

The Ally Tree in Fempire, the third place winner for the picture competition!

The Fun Stuff

Blacklight in Gang Shi, which is a recreation of a place in Half Life 2, built by alexkyry.


And our winner and runners up of the screenshot competition

Thanks everyone for participating

Multimedia Projects


Slowlyfunny’s new Amogus in Icenia. I’m obligated to put this here because of him.

You’re serious? That’s all the memes that I have this week? What the fuck is wrong with you guys post your bullshit on reddit more…

Non-Civ Content

Poll of the Week

Last week, we had a total of 72 responses. I think it might just be the appeal of the questions that are getting this amount of variance in the responses.

The first question was “How many hours do you play Civ per day?”

It seems all the people who didn’t play Civ is no longer here. Did I scare you off?

I kind of expected the first two to be high, because of the logins and daily essence getters being so plentiful on Civ, but what’s surprised me is that we don’t have a steady taper off, but that we have a large peak at 1-2 hours a day taking over the entire landscape. To be fair, I game for like 1-2 hours for relaxing time at the end of the day too.

The second question last week was Roughly how frequently do you look at non-game Civ content?, usually colloquially referred to as the “metagame”.

This is one I think more of us expected. While Civ is a game that is played on the server, unlike other anarchy servers, the metagame, from the politics and news and dramaposts, and so much more, is integral to being able to integrate within the Civ playstyle. Heck, you’re doing it right now reading this post!

2 Vote 2 Furious

This week’s poll is about a very topical topic (and totally not because I had nothing else to think about this week.)

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
Would recruiting players from other anarchy servers be good for Civ? Put more simply, is Civ an anarchy server?

I’m mostly asking this question because as some of you know, 2b2t’s update to 1.19 has been an unmitigated disaster. My offchance thought is if Civ would want to capitalize on its failure.

Concluding Cry for Help

The inauguration of incoming mayor Podly in Mount Augusta, taken by Altelier.

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter! Some things you may want to note:

Additionally, while I’m still trying to figure out how the hell I can do a fundraiser (hint: I’m lazy), I can at least direct people to a couple donation areas to help support Maui following their wildfires:

I’m hoping something good comes out of the newsletter very soon. Thanks for your support!