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How to Setup or Join a Civilization 5 Multiplayer Game

by: Christian Cawley ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

You don't have to stick with the in-game rivals in Civilization 5 - there is a huge community of online gamers for you to jostle for supremacy against!

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    Play Civilization with Real Rivals!

    Setting Up and Playing Civilization 5 Multiplayer   Whether you have played every version of Civilization (including the spin-offs) since 1991 or you just got into the game series with Civilization 5, you haven’t truly enjoyed the game until you have tried multiplayer mode!

    Playing NPCs is one thing – and in unpatched versions of the game it might described as another thing entirely – but there is nothing like the experience of playing someone with the same lust for conquest and scientific advances as you.

    If you are yet to try a multiplayer game in Civilization 5, this guide will give you all the information you need on setting one up and interacting with real-life opponents!

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    Joining a Civilization 5 Multiplayer Game

    Choosing settings when joining a Civilization 5 Multiplayer game   In order to get started with Civilization 5 in multiplayer mode, launch the game and from the post-intro menu choose New Game > Multiplayer > Internet; in the next screen you will then see a list of servers that you can connect to. Highlight one of these and then click Join Game which will appear on the right-most side of the screen.

    This will then take you to a screen in which another player has setup a multiplayer game with rules setup, etc. You will be able to check the difficulty level and select a civilization and leader from this screen as well as observe the type of game you are playing. For instance it might be a quick game, taking place on a single continent (Pangaea).

    Once you’re happy, choose the correct difficulty level and place a tick in the box.

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    Hosting a Civilization 5 Multiplayer Game

    If you would prefer to be the host of a Civilization 5 multiplayer game, then once again follow the New Game > Multiplayer > Internet path, but this time in the bottom right corner select Host Game.

    This option will then allow you to define a game name and set various conditions, from the number of city-states and map types to victory conditions.

    Other conditions can also be set, some of which are the same as in a standard game of Civilization 5.

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    Differences Between Civilization 5 Multiplayer and Single Player Games

    There are a few key differences between a multiplayer game of Civilization 5 and a single player game. Most notably, you will see the Chat Panel at the top right corner of the screen. This can be toggled on and off and is useful for sending messages to the rest of the players.

    On the right hand side you will see a list of the players that are currently in the game, and their score. The score will change depending on the progress made by that civilization in terms of happy citizens, culture, civilization advances, size of army, gold, number of cities and population, etc.

    In addition, depending on the game rules, you will notice that there is a timer for your game turn. This is setup and agreed on in the initial stages of setting up a game, and your turn time increases as the game progresses.

    Finally, diplomacy is quite different in multiplayer mode. The reason for this is simple – the Chat Panel at the top-right of the screen which is provided for you to speak to other players. As such the diplomacy screen offers only the bargaining tools for trade and those that appear when one nation wants to surrender to another during times of war.

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    All references and screenshots from Civilization V