Sid meier's civilization iv: the complete edition


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Below, you can read an overview about installing, downloading, & creating mods.

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Customizing Civilization IV

Civilization IV brought about an unprecedented level of customization, easily earning the role of the most flexible & modification-friendly title in the Civilization series. This is great news for those of you who feel that the chip core game is lacking or too repetitive, as it means that user-created nội dung can provide new life and enjoyment. From simple modifications that alter the graphics or địa chỉ a new civilization, lớn more complex overhauls of the entire game, Civilization IV has seen it all, and below you can find out how to lớn download, install, and create custom content. For more detailed discussion và resources, check out the Creation & Customization forum!

Types of Mods

There is a wide variety of user-created modifications available, briefly explained as follows:

Modpacks: These generally bundle multiple additions together from the following categories, often adding new graphics as well as changing the gameplay. Some focus on a particular timeperiod (e.g. Ancient Rome, the Industrial Revolution), others on the entire length of history (from Stone Age khổng lồ Future Age), while others still cover a particular theme (fantasy, sci-fi, etc).

Mod components: Less comprehensive that modpacks, these usually contain simple interface or game play changes và do not alter the core game as much. Examples include components that keep track of units’ wins and losses và others that địa chỉ features like immigration, civil wars, and more.

Graphic mods, new units, and new civilizations: This type of nội dung usually modifies the interface or graphics of the game, leaving the mechanics unchanged. Popular mods include things that alter the terrain lớn make it more Earth-like & ones that create a more user-friendly interface.

Scenarios, maps, and bản đồ scripts: Maps are, unsurprisingly, files that allow you lớn play a game of Civ4 in a premade setting. The most popular ones are Earth maps that place civilizations in historically-accurate locations và mimic reality. Scenarios are like maps, except that they contain preplaced units & cities, may have mod-like rule changes and custom content, và take place over a particular period of time. Map scripts, like the standard bản đồ scripts included with the game (Continents, Archipelago, etc.) allow for unique, randomly-generated maps.

Utilities: These are out-of-game tools that make modding or playing the trò chơi easier, simplifying the process of, say, installing mods or creating map files.

Keep in mind when downloading mods (explained in the next section) the amount khổng lồ which you are willing to change the game mechanics. While things lượt thích maps and maps scripts will not alter the gameplay, modpacks & scenarios can change the game rules dramatically. Experimentation to lớn determine your personal preferences is best!

Downloading Files

All types of mods and content can be downloaded from the Civilization IV tệp tin Database, which organizes files by type (scenario, map, mod, etc). Almost all of the files there are ZIPs, a file type that can be opened using a program like 7-Zip, which is free. After finding a tệp tin or gian lận that you would like to use, simply tải về the ZIP or RAR tệp tin to your Desktop. You can then xuất hiện it to lớn extract the mod’s files from the compressed folder.

Note that mods for Civ4 (without expansions) are not compatible with Warlords (the first expansion) or Beyond the Sword (the second expansion). In fact, mods are not backwards- or forwards-compatible, though they can be converted from one game to another with some work. Also, when downloading mods, be sure that, in addition lớn the right game, they were created for the right patch màn chơi (you can find yours out in-game by selecting Advanced & then About This Build). You can always tải về the right patch from the Patch & Updates category of the database.

Installing Mods

Nearly all mods can be installed relatively easily, without any technical work. First, navigate to your C:Program FilesFiraxis GamesCivilization4, but NOT to the ../My Documents/My Games/ folder. Then, depending on which trò chơi you’re playing, xuất hiện either directly the mods folder, Warlords, or Beyond the Sword folder. In all three cases, open the MODS subfolder. After you tải về the mod’s ZIP file, extract the mod’s main thư mục (almost always named the title of the mod) to lớn this MODS directory.

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Once in game, select from the Main menu Advanced & then Load a Mod. Choose the thủ thuật from the các mục of mods available, & just wait for the trò chơi to restart, as it needs to load the changed trò chơi files. Then you’re all set! If you encounter problems, read this thread to lớn double-check your procedure.

In some cases, mods will require a non-standard installation. In this event, you can find detailed instructions either from a readme tệp tin in the mod’s thư mục or from the mod’s thread on the forums. Even more lengthy và comprehensive instructions can be seen in the Tutorials & Reference forum.

Creating Your Own Mods

There are various ways of modding Civ4, and each method has its own advantages & disadvantages. Below there are general descriptions of the four major ways khổng lồ edit and customize Civilization 4, ordered approximately in order of increasing complexity and learning curve.


For those of you who played Civ3, the WorldBuilder is much lượt thích the out-of-game editor in that it allows you to create maps, place units & cities, edit the “fog of war”, set diplomacy, và other features that are useful in making scenarios and maps. It can be launched only in-game by pressing Control + W when a saved trò chơi has been loaded, though it can then create a totally new map. The WorldBuilder is fairly intuitive and the interface remains essentially the same as in Civ4, allowing for individuals to make quick changes or more complex scenarios. You can read more about the WorldBuilder and tải về a manual in this thread.


XML, or Extensible Markup Language, refers lớn the format of the game’s data files, which store information regarding things lượt thích units’ attributes (strength, movement, hammer cost, etc.), leaders’ characteristics, civilopedia entries, & more. These files are located in the mặc định directory of C:/Program Files/Firaxis Games/Sid Meier’s Civilization 4/Assets/XML và can be opened in a program lượt thích Notepad. Simple changes, lượt thích giving a unit more movement points or making terrain have a different food yield, can be accomplished with XML, as can more difficult things like creating new civilizations. For more about XML & modding in general, consult this guide to lớn Civ4.


Python refers lớn the more powerful language that is used by the game to control many things, including the interface, advisor screens, and bản đồ generation. Python can be used to create totally new features that are not in the default game. The Python API can be seen here, và a set of tutorials for Python can be read here.


The SDK, or Software Development Kit, allows modders the most direct access to lớn the main Civ4 game files. By downloading và using the SDK, individuals can edit the game’s DLL source code, enabling them to lớn change the game in ways otherwise impossible. Naturally, this is the most challenging form of modding, as it requires a more complex understanding of programming, but you can read an overview & instructions regarding the SDK on the forums.

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Modding at maintains a very vibrant modding community that has even attracted the attention of Firaxis, with some modders having their creations released on expansion packs. Main modding discussion takes place in the Creation & Customization forum, with subforums containing threads for finished files. Numerous mods have their own individual forums in the Project và Mod Development forum as a way to more directly communicate & receive feedback from users. Also, keep an eye out on the homepage here at for updates regarding recent creations!

Additional Information

Credit for much of this overview goes lớn the many stickies & influential threads in the Creation & Customization forum. That diễn đàn serves as a great reference và contains discussion on a much deeper level. If you have any questions, the users there can provide timely answers.