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Friday, August 12, 2005
 
Great People In Civilization IV
10:25 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

In a recent Gamebiz article Barry Caudill, Senior Producer for Firaxis' upcoming Civilization IV, revealed a few facts about the addition of "Great People" to the game. The design team wanted to reflect the pivotal role individual men and women have played in our own history. To do this they gave players the option of choosing from one of five types of great people during play: Artists, Engineers, Merchants, Prophets, and Scientists. Each can have a profound impact on the player's Civilization, just as in real life.

Great People are created at the city level, as each city can generate "great people points" based on conditions and structures in the city. You can affect the amount of people points generated in several ways. One very dramatic way is through the creation of a great wonder. For instance, building the Pyramids will make it more likely the city will generate a Great Engineer, while building Stonehenge will make the city more likely to generate a Great Prophet. You can also generate more great people points by taking city population away from working the land and turning them into specialists. Certain Civics choices can work to make your specialists more productive and that can also have a positive effect on your great people point production.

All Great People share certain common abilities that differ somewhat based on the type of great person. All can be used to immediately research a new technology with the type of technology determined by the great person - Prophets would give you a religion technology like Priesthood, Artists may give you a technology like Literature, and Merchants would perhaps give Banking. All Great People can also settle in a city for a period of time and give a constant boost to that city's production, based on their type. Finally, all Great People can be used to trigger extra golden ages for your Civilization, with each subsequent golden age requiring more Great People. Each use of a great person consumes that unit and it is removed from the game.

Although no word on a Mac version of Civilization IV is currently available, it seems a likely possibility. Keep an eye on IMG for any updates. For the full article click on the link below.

Firaxis Games
Gamebiz: Great People Fact Sheet


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