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.

CONTEST – Call of Duty: World at War Beta Code

OK here goes,

I have a Call of Duty: WaW beta code that I don’t need.

I’m going to do a random draw from the first 25 responses, then give it away!

So far, the beta is awesome. This isn’t CoD4, but pretty darn good just the same.

Call of Duty: World at War Beta

Just so you guys know I’m not pulling your legs, here’s a pic of the email I got, as well as the text from the email:

Xbox 360 Multiplayer Code!

Thank you for registering on CallofDuty.com and welcome to the Call of Duty: World at War Xbox 360™ Multiplayer Beta*!

Here is your unique Xbox 360 multiplayer code:
XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

In order to participate in the Xbox 360 Demo:

1. Receive your Xbox Live® Marketplace Token (above) and write it down.
You will not be able to download the Beta without it
2. Use your laptop for gaming to log into Xbox Live with your gamer profile
3. Access Xbox Live Marketplace through the Xbox 360™ Dashboard
4. Click Redeem Code
5. Enter your Xbox Live Marketplace Token when prompted
6. Start the download
7. Join the fight!

Download the instruction manual (432 kb PDF).

And remember, we want to hear from you! Please come back to CallofDuty.com and give us your feedback, what you like and what you’d change to make Call of Duty: World at War the best experience possible!

* The PC Beta is coming up next! Stay close to CallofDuty.com and check your email for details soon to come!

CoD4 1.1 Patch – mss32.dll not found

Many people are having issues with the new Call of Duty 4 patch reporting that they get the error “mss32.dll not found” – this is caused by the patch being improperly installed – or not being installed properly. When iw3mp.exe is run on its own, it tries to run Call of Duty 4 multiplayer, but without the dynamically loading libraries it needs (the DLL file). In order to remedy this situation, simply copy the iw3mp.exe file to your call of Duty 4 installation directory – typically found in C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare.

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  “iw_00.zip”. Once the new archive is made, change the extension to IWD, the reload the Call of Duty 4 server.

Call of Duty 4 Unlocked Weapons List

Assault Rifles:

  • M16A4
  • AK-47
  • M4 Carbine
  • G3
  • G36C – Unlocked at Lieutenant Colonel (Lv37)
  • M14 – Unlocaked at Major General (Lv46)
  • MP44 – Unlocked at General (Lv52)

Sub Machine Guns:

  • MP5
  • Shorpion
  • Mini-Uzi
  • AK-74u – Unlocked at 1st Lieutenant (Lv28)
  • P90 – Unlocked at Colonel (Lv40)

Light Machine Guns:

  • M249 SAW
  • RPD
  • M60E4

Shotguns:

  • W1200
  • M1014 – Unlocked at Captain (Lv31)

Sniper Rifles:

  • M40A3
  • M21
  • Dragunov
  • R700 – Unlocked at Major (Lv34)
  • Barrett .50cal – Unlocked at General (Lv49)