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Freeciv 2.6.0

Conquer the world with this free, open-source variation on Sid Meier's Civilization

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 July 2018
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Downloads To Date: 9984
Developer: Freeciv Team
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Freeciv
An open-source variation on Sid Meier's Civilization

Freeciv is an addictive, turn-based strategy game, based on the classic Sid Meier's Civilization series.

The story starts in 4000 BC, where you're the leader of a small, weak and extremely vulnerable tribe. It's an uncomfortable position, but if you're careful, and make the most of natural resources, then things will soon begin to change. You'll develop new technologies and weapons, build new cities, expand your empire and become more powerful.

And this is just as well, really, because you're not alone. There are other civilizations in the game world, too, and as your borders expand then you'll soon encounter them. You can trade with them, learn new skills, and become friends - or you can send your armies to raze their cities to the ground. Decisions, decisions...

The objective of the game is to be the last civilization standing, or to be the first to colonise space, or to be the most powerful civilization at a given deadline. That, and many of the other game rules are up to you, which is part of the appeal of Freeciv: it can feel like many different games, depending on how you set it up.

And in the unlikely event that you get tired of the basic game, there are plenty more options on offer. You can play pre-programmed scenario games, based on real maps (North America, Italy, Japan, more); use the map editor to create new layouts of your own; customise the game with new rules, graphics or sounds; or, of course, pit your skills against other Freeciv fans with the multi-player version of the game.

What's new in 2.6.0? See the changelog for information.

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A classic game format, well implemented. If you like turn-based strategy then you must give this a try

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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