CivWiki Monday Newsletter

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

CivWiki Monday Newsletter for November 13, 2023

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Good morning and happy Monday from New England!

Now, I know this newsletter has a lot of focus on drama, but this is a very important warning that this should, and I never wanted to make this a drama-driven publication. The emphasis of this publication is show how interesting and cool Civ as a game can be, and if that’s not what’s being taken away here, I would be doing something wrong.

There are numerous ways to get into the newsletter that don’t involve causing a spit publicly. The best way to play this game, in my opinion, is to keep this as a side mode, something to look forward to, not something to obsess about. It should be fun interacting with others, and if it causes you great stress, I really think it would be time for a break. Believe me, after going through mental health issues this past couple of months, this is the last place where I want to be vitriolic in online.

That was a bit of a downer. Do we want to get to the news, or would you just rather skip to something fun?

For this week’s featured image, we’re going to start the winter theme and head towards the citadel and castle outside Vinland. Yes, this week’s may be a bit sparse of a picture than what we usually see, but this one I took myself while on a tour of Vinland with RT and friends. Maybe from this angle it doesn’t look impressive, but in person, it’s really cool. A huge thanks to them and looking forward to seeing the country built out within the next couple of months.

Featured Article

CivSMP thumbnail for Episode 1

CivSMP was an SMP-style Civ server intended to be a content creation server to publicize Civ plugins to a wider audience. Players that applied and were accepted to join the server were encouraged to record footage which would be uploaded and edited by the server’s owner, Owain_X. The server was also used to test plugins for their server’s upcoming iteration, CivRev 3.0.

Announced in October 2022, the server recruited 7 players, with episodes published weekly. Unlike other SMP servers however, all content was published from the CivSMP channel, not on the players’ individual channels. By the next month, it became inactive due to low activity from their players. General reception among Civ players were that it was a good experiment but the content was not engaging or interesting enough to bring players in, along with the slow progression due to fewer players. (Full article…)

This week’s featured image is a thumbnail of the first episode of CivSMP.

The News

Pacem’s Central Square. Finally, it’s getting built out!

So it’s kind of nice that we have two weeks to cover, right?

Thin Ice

Yeah, no it’s actually not very nice at all.

A significant portion of the next section was adapted from this post from Quanton Biscuit, which I will admit was posted at around 10pm Eastern time, isn’t that very fun?

Gang Shi did post a response the following morning, but it was past the news cutoff for this week, so you’ll see my summary of it next week. Although there is some news below that was created past the news cutoff, anything I mention is generally non-substantial.

Possible Drama Things

Meracydia’s Town Square, photographed by Banyough.

Non-Game Drama Things

The Fun Stuff

A new render of Regensberg in the Imperial Federation.

Wholesome News

I’ve separated these sections because it’s actually kind of worth reading something a little more uplifting.


The benefit of being a week late is that I get to stockpile builds for the next week!

Cool Content


Non-Civ Content

Poll of the Week

Last week, we had 62 responses for the poll. I think that’s a good enough sample size…

The first question was a bit of a softball, “Are you dressing up for Halloween?”

Well, I guess I should’ve expected this knowing most Civ players are politics or metagamers. Not much role-play on this front, even for me. Good on you for those who did enjoy the holiday though!

The second question was “What social media do you use?” This question was purely out of curiosity and kind intended to see where the core audience of Civ generally remains.

It’s kind of telling that everyone concentrates around the regular spaces of Reddit, Discord and YouTube since that’s where all the main Civ content is. But the diaspora on TikTok, Twitter, or Instagram is interesting, since these are audiences Civ has never really tried to attract, yet have massive potential.

Increasing the amount of short form content could be a massive boon to advertising in the future, but in my opinion, the likelihood of anyone on Civ actually having success on attracting via short-form content, even via shorts, is pretty slim.

Just Ask a Question Already!

Well, I’m actually going to flip the tables on you:

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
Have you started a CivWiki page you want to work on for a diamond prize? (Details below!)
Ask a question you want to see on the poll!

Yes, for the first time on this newsletter, you can input a text answer into the poll! You don’t have to answer the short response questions if you don’t want to.

If you need help writing a page, feel free to introduce a ticket on the CivWiki discord!

Fireworks Cry for Help

Fireworks on Volterra Day. Isn’t it cool? Courtesy of Hazelbasil & ItzHoover.

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter!

As a reminder, last week, the CivWiki & Monument Group announced an editing palooza, with diamond prizes for those with the most substantive edits! See more details here! It’s easy to get started and you could win huge diamond prizes!

A shoutout to SpeedyJustice, Toaxbis, Gjum, and ItzHoover for helping out with some minor details this week.

I hope this newsletter is a little more joyful than most, because I think we all need that in our lives right now, not for any particular reason. I’m working on being a little more productive within the next couple of months, and my current state of not being motivated will hopefully improve very soon. But regardless, once again, thank you so much fo reading, and I will hopefully see you all next week!

Until next time…