Civilization 5 Tactics and Strategies

This post will outline and detail strategies, tips, tricks, cheats and tactics for Sid Meier’s Civilization V (Civ5/CivV). Call it an FAQ of sorts.

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Some quick observations:

  • Open borders allows you to surround an enemy, then attack. This works wonders later on.
  • The trebuchet seems a bit overpowered, and is definitely the best way to attack cities.
  • The easiest way I know of to skip the first intro movie is to simply rename “Civ5_Opening_Movie_en_US.wmv” to something else.
  • Alternatively, edit the “usersettings.ini” file found in “My Documents\My Games\Sid Meiers Civilization 5\”. Make sure to change “SkipIntroVideo=0” to “=1” on line 15.
  • For a copy of the English manual for Civ5, head here
  • How to turn on workers automatically keeping improvements
    In the My Documents folder go to the Civ V folder and then look for the “usersettings.ini” file.

    There is a setting called AutoWorkersDontReplace. Change the value from 0 to 1.

Song Summoner – A $5 Square/Enix RPG for Your iPod!

LOS ANGELES, July 7 /PRNewswire/ — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced the release of SONG SUMMONER(TM): The Unsung Heroes, on sale at the iTunes(R) Store worldwide ( and available for play in English and Japanese on the iPod nano with video, iPod classic and fifth generation iPod.



SONG SUMMONER: The Unsung Heroes is a Role-Playing Game that transforms your iPod(R) songs into powerful “Tune Troopers” that you can control in battle! As the protagonist Ziggy, you will embark on an epic journey to rescue your brother from the clutches of the Mechanical Militia! Intriguing characters, an epic story and a tactics-based battle system combine for a rich RPG experience previously only available on home and handheld game consoles.

SONG SUMMONER: The Unsung Heroes
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: iPod nano with video, iPod classic and fifth generation iPod
Genre: Role-Playing
Launch Date: July 8, 2008
Price: 4.99 USD (iTunes Store download)

From the days of old, Melodica was a land of music, a land of freedom. The people sang, played and danced to the music they so cherished. Until one day, they came — the Mechanoids, who enhanced their bodies with machinery. Those who were tempted by greed and power willingly gave away their souls for bodies of steel, forsaking their humanity to become cold, emotionless automatons. Now, they seek to destroy all that do not embrace their way of life.

But there is hope on the horizon. There are those who are fated to stand against the tyranny of the machines — the Superstars, who can turn sound into lethal weapons, and the Conductor, also known as the Song Summoner, who can summon powerful warriors born of music.

In their most desperate hour, Melodica awaits the arrival of their new Song Summoner…

Game Features

— Transform your iPod songs into “Tune Troopers” to combat the evil Mechanical Militia.

— Tune Trooper types and abilities are determined by the songs used to create them.

— Your Tune Troopers can be powered up even outside of the game – just by listening to the songs you used to create them!

— Control Ziggy, a “Conductor” that creates warriors out of music, and guide him through his journey to save his brother Zero from the Mechanical Militia.

— Experience a turn-based tactics battle system, divided into player and enemy phases where each side takes turns maneuvering their forces.

— Deploy the right troopers at the right time, and use contraptions found on the map effectively to achieve victory in battle!

— iPod Click Wheel allows players to play the game as easily as selecting music.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY(R), which has sold over 80 million units worldwide, and
DRAGON QUEST(R), which has sold over 43 million units worldwide — under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of
creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at

DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SONG SUMMONER and the SONG SUMMONER logo, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. iPod and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners

CoD4 Walkthrough Part 2: Crew Expendable

After the loading screen, you’ll be in a helicopter ready to board thefreighter. Kill the enemies in the bridge. Follow your team through the corridors, nabbing the laptop intelligence (1/30) from the crew quarters. Exit back onto the deck, and go down the stairs in front of you to follow your team towards the aft of the ship. The helicopter will kill the enemies shooting at you from the windows above and then report bingo fuel and return to base. Follow Price and the rest of the team through the watertight door, being sure to sweep both the left and right fire lanes. Head down the stairs and around the corner your team will come under fire from enemies down a hallway. Kill them and proceed to the red-lit area. Wait for a teammate to throw a flashbang into the area before heading through the door and killing two more crewmembers. Go up the short flight of stairs and kill the crewmember who appears from the right. Follow your team through the stacks of boxes to another door, which Price kicks in. As you go down the stairs, pick up laptop #2 from a table at the foot of the stairs (2/30). Move with your team, eliminating crewmembers on the catwalks above as well as ones hiding among the boxes. Flush them out with frag grenades and eventually you’ll clear the area. Proceed towards the blue cargo container. Grab the manifest (its the flashing clipboard) resting on top of the crate within, and prepare for all hell to break loose. Follow your team up the stairs to the catwalks, and don’t get left behind! Once on the deck, make a jump for the hovering helicopter.

CoD4 Multiplayer Configuration Tweaks

Here is my modified Call of Duty 4 multiplayer config (cfg), please note my screen resolution is 1440×900, and I’m using a Geforce 8600GT. Your results may vary, but I get a pretty consistent 90 frames per second (fps) most of the time using these tweaks.

Here goes:

// generated by Call of Duty, do not modify
bind TAB "+scores"
bind ESCAPE "togglemenu"
bind SPACE "+gostand"
bind 4 "+smoke"
bind 5 "+actionslot 3"
bind 6 "+actionslot 4"
bind 7 "+actionslot 2"
bind ` "toggleconsole"
bind A "+moveleft"
bind B "mp_QuickMessage"
bind C "gocrouch"
bind D "+moveright"
bind E "+leanright"
bind F "+activate"
bind G "+frag"
bind N "+actionslot 1"
bind Q "+leanleft"
bind R "+reload"
bind S "+back"
bind T "chatmodepublic"
bind V "+melee"
bind W "+forward"
bind Y "chatmodeteam"
bind Z "+talk"
bind ~ "toggleconsole"
bind PAUSE "toggle cl_paused"
bind CTRL "goprone"
bind SHIFT "+breath_sprint"
bind F1 "vote yes"
bind F2 "vote no"
bind F4 "+scores"
bind F12 "screenshotJPEG"
bind KP_END "r_gamma 1.00"
bind KP_DOWNARROW "r_gamma 1.21"
bind KP_PGDN "r_gamma 1.41"
bind MOUSE1 "+attack"
bind MOUSE2 "+toggleads_throw"
bind MOUSE3 "+frag"
bind MOUSE4 "+melee"
bind MOUSE5 "+smoke"
bind MWHEELDOWN "weapnext"
bind MWHEELUP "weapnext"
seta ai_corpseCount "10"
seta cg_blood "0"
seta cg_brass "1"
seta cg_chatHeight "8"
seta cg_chatTime "12000"
seta cg_connectionIconSize "0"
seta cg_crosshairAlpha "1"
seta cg_crosshairAlphaMin "0.5"
seta cg_crosshairDynamic "0"
seta cg_crosshairEnemyColor "1"
seta cg_cursorHints "4"
seta cg_debugInfoCornerOffset "0 0"
seta cg_descriptiveText "1"
seta cg_drawBreathHint "1"
seta cg_drawCrosshair "1"
seta cg_drawCrosshairNames "1"
seta cg_drawFPS "Simple"
seta cg_drawFPSLabels "1"
seta cg_drawLagometer "1"
seta cg_drawMantleHint "1"
seta cg_drawSnapshot "0"
seta cg_drawTurretCrosshair "1"
seta cg_fov "65"
seta cg_gameBoldMessageWidth "390"
seta cg_gameMessageWidth "455"
seta cg_headIconMinScreenRadius "0.015"
seta cg_hintFadeTime "100"
seta cg_hudChatIntermissionPosition "5 110"
seta cg_hudChatPosition "5 204"
seta cg_hudDamageIconHeight "64"
seta cg_hudDamageIconInScope "0"
seta cg_hudDamageIconOffset "128"
seta cg_hudDamageIconTime "2000"
seta cg_hudDamageIconWidth "128"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconEnabledFlash "0"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconHeight "25"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconInScope "0"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconMaxHeight "104"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconOffset "50"
seta cg_hudGrenadeIconWidth "25"
seta cg_hudGrenadePointerHeight "12"
seta cg_hudGrenadePointerPivot "12 27"
seta cg_hudGrenadePointerWidth "25"
seta cg_hudMapBorderWidth "2"
seta cg_hudMapFriendlyHeight "15"
seta cg_hudMapFriendlyWidth "15"
seta cg_hudMapPlayerHeight "20"
seta cg_hudMapPlayerWidth "20"
seta cg_hudMapRadarLineThickness "0.15"
seta cg_hudProneY "-160"
seta cg_hudSayPosition "5 180"
seta cg_hudStanceHintPrints "0"
seta cg_hudVotePosition "5 220"
seta cg_invalidCmdHintBlinkInterval "600"
seta cg_invalidCmdHintDuration "1800"
seta cg_laserLight "0"
seta cg_mapLocationSelectionCursorSpeed "0.6"
seta cg_marks_ents_player_only "0"
seta cg_predictItems "1"
seta cg_ScoresPing_BgColor "0.25098 0.25098 0.25098 0.501961"
seta cg_ScoresPing_HighColor "0.8 0 0 1"
seta cg_ScoresPing_Interval "100"
seta cg_ScoresPing_LowColor "0 0.74902 0 1"
seta cg_ScoresPing_MaxBars "4"
seta cg_ScoresPing_MedColor "0.8 0.8 0 1"
seta cg_scriptIconSize "0"
seta cg_sprintMeterDisabledColor "0.8 0.1 0.1 0.2"
seta cg_sprintMeterEmptyColor "0.7 0.5 0.2 0.8"
seta cg_sprintMeterFullColor "0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8"
seta cg_subtitleMinTime "3"
seta cg_subtitles "1"
seta cg_subtitleWidthStandard "520"
seta cg_subtitleWidthWidescreen "520"
seta cg_teamChatsOnly "0"
seta cg_viewZSmoothingMax "16"
seta cg_viewZSmoothingMin "1"
seta cg_viewZSmoothingTime "0.1"
seta cg_voiceIconSize "0"
seta cg_weaponCycleDelay "0"
seta cg_youInKillCamSize "6"
seta cl_allowDownload "1"
seta cl_anonymous "0"
seta cl_connectionAttempts "30"
seta cl_freelook "1"
seta cl_maxpackets "30"
seta cl_maxPing "800"
seta cl_mouseAccel "0"
seta cl_packetdup "1"
seta cl_pitchspeed "140"
seta cl_punkbuster "1"
seta cl_voice "1"
seta cl_wwwDownload "1"
seta cl_yawspeed "140"
seta com_introPlayed "1"
seta com_maxfps "85"
seta com_recommendedSet "1"
seta compassClampIcons "1"
seta compassCoords "740 3590 400"
seta compassECoordCutoff "37"
seta compassFriendlyHeight "18.75"
seta compassFriendlyWidth "18.75"
seta compassMaxRange "2500"
seta compassMinRadius "0.0001"
seta compassMinRange "0.0001"
seta compassObjectiveArrowHeight "20"
seta compassObjectiveArrowOffset "2"
seta compassObjectiveArrowRotateDist "5"
seta compassObjectiveArrowWidth "20"
seta compassObjectiveDrawLines "1"
seta compassObjectiveHeight "20"
seta compassObjectiveIconHeight "16"
seta compassObjectiveIconWidth "16"
seta compassObjectiveMaxRange "2048"
seta compassObjectiveMinAlpha "1"
seta compassObjectiveNumRings "10"
seta compassObjectiveRingSize "80"
seta compassObjectiveRingTime "10000"
seta compassObjectiveTextHeight "18"
seta compassObjectiveTextScale "0.3"
seta compassObjectiveWidth "20"
seta compassPlayerHeight "18.75"
seta compassPlayerWidth "18.75"
seta compassRadarLineThickness "0.4"
seta compassRadarPingFadeTime "4"
seta compassRadarUpdateTime "4"
seta compassRotation "1"
seta compassSize "1"
seta compassSoundPingFadeTime "2"
seta compassTickertapeStretch "0.5"
seta con_errormessagetime "8"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0FadeInTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0FadeOutTime "0.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0Filter "gamenotify obituary"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0LineCount "4"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0MsgTime "5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0ScrollTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow0SplitscreenScale "1.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1FadeInTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1FadeOutTime "0.01"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1Filter "boldgame"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1LineCount "5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1MsgTime "8"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1ScrollTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow1SplitscreenScale "1.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2FadeInTime "0.75"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2FadeOutTime "0.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2Filter "subtitle"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2LineCount "7"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2MsgTime "5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2ScrollTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow2SplitscreenScale "1.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3FadeInTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3FadeOutTime "0.5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3Filter ""
seta con_gameMsgWindow3LineCount "5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3MsgTime "5"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3ScrollTime "0.25"
seta con_gameMsgWindow3SplitscreenScale "1.5"
seta con_inputBoxColor "0.25 0.25 0.2 1"
seta con_inputHintBoxColor "0.4 0.4 0.35 1"
seta con_matchPrefixOnly "1"
seta con_minicon "0"
seta con_miniconlines "5"
seta con_minicontime "4"
seta con_outputBarColor "1 1 0.95 0.6"
seta con_outputSliderColor "0.15 0.15 0.1 0.6"
seta con_outputWindowColor "0.35 0.35 0.3 0.75"
seta con_typewriterColorGlowCheckpoint "0.6 0.5 0.6 1"
seta con_typewriterColorGlowCompleted "0 0.3 0.8 1"
seta con_typewriterColorGlowFailed "0.8 0 0 1"
seta con_typewriterColorGlowUpdated "0 0.6 0.18 1"
seta con_typewriterDecayDuration "700"
seta con_typewriterDecayStartTime "6000"
seta con_typewriterPrintSpeed "50"
seta customclass1 "RumRunner"
seta customclass2 "Custom Slot 2"
seta customclass3 "Custom Slot 3"
seta customclass4 "Custom Slot 4"
seta customclass5 "Custom Slot 5"
seta drew_notes "3"
seta dynEnt_active "1"
seta fx_marks "0"
seta fx_marks_ents "1"
seta fx_marks_smodels "1"
seta g_allowvote "1"
seta g_useGear "1"
seta hud_deathQuoteFadeTime "1000"
seta hud_enable "1"
seta hud_fade_ammodisplay "0"
seta hud_fade_compass "0"
seta hud_fade_healthbar "2"
seta hud_fade_offhand "0"
seta hud_fade_sprint "1.7"
seta hud_fade_stance "1.7"
seta hud_fadeout_speed "0.1"
seta hud_flash_period_offhand "0.5"
seta hud_flash_time_offhand "2"
seta hud_health_pulserate_critical "0.5"
seta hud_health_pulserate_injured "1"
seta hud_health_startpulse_critical "0.33"
seta hud_health_startpulse_injured "1"
seta in_mouse "1"
seta loc_forceEnglish "0"
seta loc_language "0"
seta m_filter "0"
seta m_forward "0.25"
seta m_pitch "0.022"
seta m_side "0.25"
seta m_yaw "0.022"
seta monkeytoy "0"
seta name "string"
seta net_noipx "0"
seta net_noudp "0"
seta net_socksEnabled "0"
seta net_socksPassword ""
seta net_socksPort "1080"
seta net_socksServer ""
seta net_socksUsername ""
seta r_aaAlpha "off"
seta r_aaSamples "1"
seta r_altModelLightingUpdate "0"
seta r_aspectRatio "auto"
seta r_autopriority "1"
seta r_cacheModelLighting "1"
seta r_cacheSModelLighting "1"
seta r_customMode ""
seta r_debugLineWidth "1"
seta r_depthPrepass "1"
seta r_depthprepassmodels "1"
seta r_detail "0"
seta r_displayRefresh "75 Hz"
seta r_distortion "0"
seta r_dlightLimit "0"
seta r_dof_enable "0"
seta r_drawDecals "0"
seta r_drawSun "0"
seta r_drawWater "0"
seta r_envMapExponent "0.05"
seta r_envMapMaxIntensity "0.01"
seta r_envMapMinIntensity "0"
seta r_envMapOverride "0"
seta r_envMapSpecular "0"
seta r_envMapSunIntensity "0"
seta r_fastSkin "1"
seta r_floatz "1"
seta r_fullscreen "1"
seta r_gamma "0.8"
seta r_glow_allowed "0"
seta r_gpuSync "off"
seta r_ignorehwgamma "0"
seta r_inGameVideo "1"
seta r_lodBiasRigid "0"
seta r_lodBiasSkinned "0"
seta r_lodScaleRigid "4"
seta r_lodScaleSkinned "4"
seta r_mode "1440x900"
seta r_monitor "0"
seta r_multiGpu "0"
seta r_normal "1"
seta r_outdoor "1"
seta r_outdoorFeather "0"
seta r_picmip "3"
seta r_picmip_bump "3"
seta r_picmip_manual "1"
seta r_picmip_spec "3"
seta r_picmip_water "0"
seta r_polygonOffsetBias "-1"
seta r_polygonOffsetScale "-1"
seta r_portalBevels "0.7"
seta r_preloadShaders "0"
seta r_rendererInUse "Shader model 3.0"
seta r_rendererPreference "Default"
seta r_resampleScene "1"
seta r_specular "0"
seta r_sun_from "0"
seta r_texFilterAnisoMax "16"
seta r_texFilterAnisoMin "1"
seta r_texFilterMipMode "Unchanged"
seta r_textfilteranisomax "16"
seta r_textfilteranisomin "1"
seta r_textfiltermipmode "3"
seta r_useLayeredMaterials "0"
seta r_vsync "0"
seta r_zFeather "0"
seta ragdoll_enable "0"
seta ragdoll_max_simulating "16"
seta rate "25000"
seta sensitivity "5"
seta server1 ""
seta server10 ""
seta server11 ""
seta server12 ""
seta server13 ""
seta server14 ""
seta server15 ""
seta server16 ""
seta server2 ""
seta server3 ""
seta server4 ""
seta server5 ""
seta server6 ""
seta server7 ""
seta server8 ""
seta server9 ""
seta sm_enable "0"
seta sm_maxLights "4"
seta snaps "20"
seta snd_cinematicVolumeScale "0.85"
seta snd_enableEq "1"
seta snd_errorOnMissing "0"
seta snd_khz "44"
seta snd_levelFadeTime "250"
seta snd_outputConfiguration "Stereo"
seta snd_slaveFadeTime "500"
seta snd_touchStreamFilesOnLoad "0"
seta snd_volume "0.8"
seta sv_allowDownload "1"
seta sv_floodProtect "1"
seta sv_hostname "CoD4Host"
seta sv_maxclients "24"
seta sv_maxPing "0"
seta sv_maxRate "5000"
seta sv_minPing "0"
seta sv_punkbuster "1"
seta sv_reconnectlimit "3"
seta sv_voice "0"
seta sv_wwwBaseURL ""
seta sv_wwwDlDisconnected "0"
seta sv_wwwDownload "0"
seta sys_configSum "4379996"
seta sys_configureGHz "7.43661"
seta sys_gpu "NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT"
seta sys_sysMB "1024"
seta ui_bigFont "0.4"
seta ui_browserFriendlyfire "-1"
seta ui_browserKillcam "-1"
seta ui_browserMod "0"
seta ui_browserShowDedicated "0"
seta ui_browserShowEmpty "1"
seta ui_browserShowFull "1"
seta ui_browserShowPassword "-1"
seta ui_browserShowPunkBuster "-1"
seta ui_browserShowPure "1"
seta ui_currentMap "0"
seta ui_currentNetMap "0"
seta ui_dedicated "0"
seta ui_drawCrosshair "1"
seta ui_extraBigFont "0.55"
seta ui_gametype "0"
seta ui_joinGametype "5"
seta ui_maxclients "32"
seta ui_netGametype "4"
seta ui_netGametypeName "war"
seta ui_netSource "2"
seta ui_serverStatusTimeOut "7000"
seta ui_smallFont "0.25"
seta vehDriverViewHeightMax "50"
seta vehDriverViewHeightMin "-15"
seta vid_xpos "3"
seta vid_ypos "22"
seta winvoice_mic_mute "1"
seta winvoice_mic_reclevel "65535"
seta winvoice_mic_scaler "1"
seta winvoice_save_voice "0"
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CoD4 Single Player Cheats

Here are some simple single player tips, tricks, and cheats for the Call of Duty 4 single player mode on PC.

Start up Call of Duty 4 single player, go into your options, and make sure that the console is enabled.

Press your ~ (tilde) key anytime you want to enter these codes in – you can keep entering them.
First off, type seta thereisacow "1337", this enables most of the cheats.

In order to pick a level, use spdevmap mapname

Here are some handy console commands that may help you through the game:

  • ufo – you can fly through walls to get places – be careful, this can mess things up a little, and you may get stuck
  • give – gives you an item. If you type give all, you will get all weapons
  • god – god mode!
  • demigod – god mode, but some things still happen like screen shaking and such
  • notarget – you will be invisible to enemies
  • give ammo – instant ammo
  • jump_height – allows you to change the physics in the game – like moon shoes
  • timescale – let’s you play with time – fast or slow
  • cg_LaserForceOn – laser sight, baby!

Modding CoD4

Modding Call of Duty 4 is not as easy as modding other versions, but here are some tips to get you started if you never done it before.

First off, in order to get into the IWD files, you simply need to rename them to have a .ZIP extension, and open them in WinRAR, WinACE or 7zip. Alternatively, I found that associating all of the files to WinRAR, then opening the Main folder in WinRAR, I was able to select all of the IWD files and extract them to a new location so I could play with them.

In order to open the IWI files that you get after extracting the IWD files, you can convert them to DDS by using this IWI to DDS converter.

The cfg files that you have extracted are plain text and easy to edit.

Once you are done modding, you can repack the files as a ZIP file – just make a new archive, and specify the name to be the same as before, for example:  C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare\main\iw_00.iwd would be  “”. Once the new archive is made, change the extension to IWD, the reload the Call of Duty 4 server.