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Civ V: Communitas is a community-made expansion pack for Civilization V.

Communitas is a collaboration of work from dozens of authors, plus an incredible community of forumgoers on CivFanatics.com.

I started this project because I believe Civilization is a fantastic game, and I aim to perfect it while remaining as close to the core experience as possible. I think games should be intuitive to learn, challenging to master, and rewards should match the difficulty to complete tasks. I believe in finding balance between extremes. I set a high bar for adding new things to the game, and instead improve or replace existing objects when possible.

Thalassicus

Beyond Earth

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

- Leonardo DaVinchi

I’ve been quietly fixing a few things with the┬áCommunitas Expansion Pack in recent months on steam. I haven’t had time to fully devote myself to the project like I used to, but I’m doing my best to polish some things before Beyond Earth releases. It will never be perfect, and I wish I’d been able to do more, but I feel we put our best effort into it as a community. Great job everyone!

It’s been a thrilling four years with the project. Steam says I’ve worked over 5,000 hours on Communitas, which is wild to think about, and I feel that was time well spent. It’s provided invaluable lessons for my game design career. The most important part for me was the community we built. So many game developers distance themselves from their audience through community reps and press releases. I feel direct conversations between designers and players helps build a better game, like we did here.

Thank you, everyone who’s helped and played Communitas over the years. I’m grateful!

I don’t really have enough free time to mod anymore, but will probably end up making a small Beyond Earth mod anyway. What can I say, I just can’t help myself. It’s so much fun!

I’m also working on a small action-platformer game with an indie design team. I’ll give some info about it in the near future. I brought design principles learned from Communitas into my professional work – building games with fun gameplay, excellent art, and interesting stories. It’s nowhere near the scope of a AAA game like Civ 5, but still fun to play.

Settlers of Catan

If you play the Settlers of Catan strategy board game, I modified that game to improve its fun and balance too. ;)

These rule variants help players who get extremely unlucky rolls, and speed up the Cities & Knights expansion.

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v3.16 – Policy & Leader Balance

This update balances policies based on feedback in the Strongest and Weakest Policies thread. Several weak policies are stronger, and some strong policies are weaker. We also improved the least-favorite 25% of leaders from the leader polls (originals and extras), among other various changes.

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v3.14.1

This update fixes several bugs.

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v3.13

This update improves army and research balance, among other changes. I released the test version to github. I will upload the new version to the Steam Workshop after a week or so of testing.

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v3.12.2

This update fixes several bugs. Citystate capture bonuses should work now.

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Illness

I’ve had the flu the past few days, delaying work on the project. I hope to get back to it soon.

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