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Anyone remember how to marathon?

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:07:07 GMT

So last night I felt like playing Civ 3, for some reason.
Anyways, I went to edit the settings, to marathon game speed, but can't remember how.
I remember it's one of those numbers in that box, that needs to be switched to 4, but can't remember which.
By chance does anyone else remember?

Civ3 gold edition PTW need help

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:54:31 GMT

So i have Civ3 Gold Edition it comes with Play The World expansion. It has 2 CD's one with CIV3 and the other is PTW...well [b]i broke the PTW cd.[/b]

I would like to play Civs without the PTW but when i try to install the game it stops midway and asks me to put the PTW cd in to finish installing. [b]Is there a way to install just the one cd CIV3?[/b]

i cant seem to install just the CIV3 keeps asking for the other PTW cd and wont let me just install Civ3, everything i try just give me a message install incomplete.

load multiplayer LAN game

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 18:56:04 GMT

Hello! We are trying to load a saved LAN multiplayer game in CIV 3 Conquests. We are playing v1.22 and started a LAN game through the GasmeSpy lobby thing. My husband is on a laptop on our network and I am on the desktop. We only have one copy of the game, but were able to start a LAN network game last night because we can remove the disc once the game starts up and play without the disc. Anyway, we played for a little and then I, as the host, saved the game and we quit. Now we can't seem to find a way to load the game to continue it? Is this even an option in Conquests? We've tried going through the multiplayer screen and there is no option to load a saved game. We've tried just loading the saved game from the main screen but it loads as a single player game.

If this is not an option in Conquests, is it an option in Civ 4? These games take so long that it would be insane to not be able to save and continue a game later.

Civ 3 complete

Sat, 07 Aug 2010 07:35:37 GMT

What patches does complete have?

Can I remove patches?

Does anyone know any kind of god mode I can use cos im lazy and I just want one easy game?

Noob question

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 17:12:12 GMT

Hello all, I'm new to the game and the forum. I don't know how bad of a noob question this is.... :unsure: but here goes.

Do you get a resource if you build your city on it? I couldn't find anything that would say yes or no to it. Thanks

Locked alliances

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 15:10:23 GMT

Hi all. I hope everyone's doing ok. :)

It's good to be back. Too bad I don't have time to visit the forums much anymore.

Here's my question.

I started playing CivIII about again a week ago and wanted to try something different. I thought about playing a "teams match", where I would pair civs into locked alliances and see how this plays out. I was thinking of a pangea map with maybe 3 or 4 pairs of teams (depending on the map size) and maybe throwing in a team of 3, just create a bigger threat. Anyway, you get the drift.

Seemed simple enough when I thought about it, but proved quite impossible to do, since I haven't found a way to turn locked alliances on or off... I can't seem to see anything about it when I start a non-multiplayer game... am I blind? Do I need to use the world editor?

Oh, also, writing about this reminds me of another question...

Another type of game I wanted to play was to crank up the number of teams allowable on a given map size. I wanted to play a tiny/small pangea (yeah, I like that type of map :D) with something like 12-16 civs, so we only get 1 or 2 cities each and duke it out after that.

Is it feasable using the editor, without having to draw the whole map? Can I just tweak that setting and generate a random map in the single player menu?

Thanks for your help.

Question about obsoletion (is that a word?)

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 02:35:02 GMT

Hi, I couldn't find the answer to this elsewhere, but I don't have a computer with internet, (borrowing this one for an hour) so I didn't have much time to search. Anyway my question is about when a wonder becomes obsolete - does that mean that the benefits go away - i.e. the great library and discovering education - does that mean I won't get my automatic knowledge when two other civs discover it? Also with the Colossus, do I still get my extra money after the discovery of flight? Probably a dumb question, but I had to ask before turning down my research money all the way so I could get some extra income. Thank you for your time.

My civilization complete doesnt always work

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 18:31:29 GMT

I run windows XP and recently got Civilization complete
it installed fine and is the best iv played so far
the next time i tried to play it said it couldnt authenticate the disk and said this twice
i reinstalled the program (which took ages)
again the same thing happened after my first play

I was about to ask why it is doing it but it launched today, anyone know why it doesnt want to launch most of the time?

boats and loading

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 09:05:49 GMT

hello all

just been given a version for my pc of civilisation 3 and i cannot se how i can load my army or settlers to the boats??? and help will be much appreciated

Can't See Espionage button/tab

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 16:44:28 GMT

When I have researched Espionage and built the Intelligence Agency/appropriate items, I don't see the tab/button to conduct espionage missions!
This is located in the diplomacy screen in Civ3, right?

Am I missing something? Any ideas???

Thanks in advance.


science spending

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:46:19 GMT

why wont it let me max out my science spending? even with the cursor at 100%, my civ is netting like +600 gold per turn but it takes like 6-7 turns to research each tech.... why cant i do better? i have the most money but somehow france always seems to have the upper edge in sciene by one tech (untill i get theory of evolution in 2 turns....)


Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:43:47 GMT

i built an intelligence agency and saved up tons of gold (i make like 600 per turn) for the purpose of initiating propaganda.... but im trying and every other nation is immune? whats up with that? why put in a feature if the other civs are all immune? am i doing something wrong?

my laptop won't read the CD

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 02:44:36 GMT

when i tried to put the civ 3 cd into the laptop (uses windows xp), the laptop wont read it and it just lags up the laptop. it worked a couple days ago but just suddenly stopped working all of a sudden. theres no messages or anything my cd drive just keeps making a whirring noise but nothings happening, i went to my computer, and it didnt detect anything in the cd drive. when i try to use the cd on my desktop computer (uses vista home prem), it works perfectly. if someone has a solution to this problem then please help.

deleting saved games

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 02:37:06 GMT

i have old saved games i want to delete; there was a post and reply from '04 about the files being found in 'infogames interactive' saved files, but no such file with the civ 3 complete; have tried searching the for the saves in various files with no success; running Vista is that could have anything to do with it; help appreciated

Disbanding a City

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 06:22:59 GMT

Been playing civ since I was about 6 and must have played it for 3 years straight :) and continued to play each new expansion that came out to Civ 3. Well I just started playing again and have the Gold Edition now. And for some reason I can't remember how or if it's even possible to disband a city, trying to get to some resources and was one turn away from being in the perfect spot and friendly civ has a settler there. I wanted to 'resource-block' them by building now and disbanding when I got another settler in the area to get a better placement.

Any help would be appreciated.

I need some general tips...

Sat, 18 Oct 2008 11:52:43 GMT

Hi, I've been playing Civ III for a few months now, and i think i'm alright at it, but I've never won through Diplomatic, Space Race, Conquest etc. victories, I've always just been the one with the most points when it comes to 2050.

Now, I've always tried to win Space Race, but the things that stop me from doing that are 1) I never seem to discover Aluminium or Uranium, and I know you need Rocketry to get aluminium, but even then i can't find it. and 2) I just never seem to get to Modern Times, in terms of Technology, quick enough to be able to get the scientific advancements, build the spaceship components, and launch.

Also, everytime I try to play above Chieftain difficulty, I always get my butt whooped by the other nations. Last time I played on Warlord, India took over all my cities. India! :(

Help would be greatly appreciated :)

"Liberating" Cities

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 11:46:01 GMT

What factors determine if a newly conquered city is automatically razed or if you get a choice to install a new governor?

transporting land units across the ocean?

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 17:08:52 GMT

i'm trying to expand my empire however i cannot do this. i own most of my continent but i can't get a settler across the sea.

do i need to research navigation in order to do this? i have the upgrade of a galley (galleon?) but i can't seem to transport men oversea.

thanks in advance.

- warren.

CPTW : suddenly lost ability to build railroads ???

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 11:57:41 GMT

Hi there ,

I had a bit of a problem when I was playing Civ III : Play The World.

I was playing with the Persians in a highly advanced civilization. At one point I could build railroads, but suddenly, after about 10 turns, I could no longer build them.

I don't understand why this happened. I still can't build railroads, while all the other civs I am playing against still can.

What is going on here, I wonder ???

I could do whit some help.

Many thanx in advance,


civ3 complete cd error

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:36:09 GMT

i bought civ3 complete yesterday from uk . installed the game there was no problem but when i start the game

please insert civilization 3 complete play disc into cd drive

this problem happens i tried all the cd 's 1st one 2nd and 3rd everytime it gives me the same problem does anybody know any solution for that

and also my ccomputer is good enough to start this game this cant be also from the windows it alsso windows visa compatible ?

civil disorder?

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:23:42 GMT

Well my first and only city has gone into civil disorder and I don't how to get rid of it.

I've made everyone into entertainers but it still won't work. They're saying the cause of the disorder is overpopulation...

Thanks in advance.

Extremerly large world map?

Sat, 28 Jun 2008 17:11:24 GMT

Hey. Has anybody tried/bothered to make a civ3PTW custom map of the entire world on a massive scale? There are a few in the scenerios section, but there all so small that, due to the scale, the uk and other islands are simply to small. I'm looking for a super world map of some sort with everyone in the right place so i can take my own jab at the history of the world.


help please

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:07:15 GMT

I need help if anyone can.

My computer is in 2 parts. The first part i have no problem with it is the Control side. to fix things. But the side i sign on is my problem .

I want to delete MySpace IM, that my daughter put on but i can not do it on my side. Can anyone tell me how take of the thing from the Control Side. Black Owl set it up but I haven't seen him to ask. Any help will do thank

Queen val

vista font error trying to load civ 3

Fri, 29 Feb 2008 04:06:51 GMT

i cant load civ3 on my new computer

Can't get Civ3 complete to run

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 05:02:06 GMT

I've recently bought and tried to install civ 3 complete edition on my pc. I surpass all the system requirements, so that should be no problem.
I have followed the installl procedure, and it installs from disc1, 2 and 3 then asks for disc 1 again and nothing happens. I then try and run the game, but it comes up with an error message: "a required security module can not be activated. This program can not be executed" what does this mean and is there anything I can do to get this game up and running.

Civ III error

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:27:46 GMT

I am in the year 1796 and when I get done with my update of the city production it kicks me out of the game. Any ideas as to what I can do to get around this or fix this?

I have close to 200 cities and run the usual production and before I can play it kicks me out of the game. I have to reboot the game to start at that year. This is done when I click on the last city just before it is my turn to play.

Been checking this site out to see if any more patches are available but have not found any.

Think I mad everyone mad

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 07:54:37 GMT

Was playing along, minding my own business. I saw an open spot of land so decided to settle it. I am at year 1930 or so.

Well I must have done something cause England (not their area I settled near) tried to blackmail me and I said no way. Was in a short war against them a while back. All of the sudden England and all their allies start war with me.

How do you make alliances?

Screen Font

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 21:17:41 GMT

All of a sudden my CivIII Conquests developed a screen font problem. Within the game the fonts are not smooth and crisp. Worse, most things are double spaced so stuff doesn't fit in the dialog boxes. The game is barely playable because all the options don't appear in the boxes. I've installed the latest video card drivers. I've deleted and completely reinstalled the game (Conquests portion only) including the patch. I can find nothing in windows or the game itself that would cause this. I make my own maps abd nids and have installed a number of custom units, but it doesn't matter whether it's my mod or map I load or a standard game one, it's the same problem. No other program has the problem, it's unique to Conquests. I'm running an Athlon 64 X2 4200 with 2 gig Ram and a Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS with 512 M Ram. What's going on??? If I can't fix it I'll have to move to another game because I'm sure not playing that awful CivIV!

tmhm11, a Civ III addict who can't stand Civ IV

Home network playing

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 09:10:58 GMT

My husband got me started playing CIVIII Conquests, and we are trying to play through our home network. We are able to get started on one computer, but can't ever seem to connect. We've tried doing it online, and through direct IP as well. Can someone please walk me through this? Any instructions that might show us what we're doing wrong? Thanks so much for your time.

Civ III : not a lot of useful custom made maps !

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 19:30:46 GMT

Hi there,

I was thinking about creating credible historic scenarios in Civ III, but I encountered the following problem :

As far as I could see, there are not a lot of interesting or useful custom made maps available on the civ III community fan sites.

Now, I remember that most civ II fansites had loads of different custom made maps available, of about nearly any place on earth or subcontinent you could think of. On civ III fansites all I could find was a few USA / North America / Eurasia / world maps, and a few rather "wacky" fantasy-type maps ( the latter I found rather worthless )

I did not find a tutorial about making more or less realistic maps in civ III, either.

I was wondering : is it possible to convert a civ II map to a civ III map in the editor to use in a custom made civ III scenario ? That would be a neat idea, I thought.

Many thanx in advance,


Intelligence agency + espionage doesn't seem to work ???

Sun, 23 Sep 2007 15:18:33 GMT

Hey everyone,

I have been reading documentation on Espionage and the use of the Intelligence agency. I have acquired both of them in my game. But still I can't find out how I am supposed to start an espionage mission in my game.

First of all, I have established Democracy. Second of all, ( for some reason I don't understand ), I can contact all the other civs on the map, but I don't have seem to have established an embassy in those civs either.

I have built an Intelligence Agency but there seems to be no way that I can start an espionage mission. I thought you were supposed to have a separate "espionage screen" somewhere as soon as you have built an IA, but I can't find it under the different advisor screens.

I have had a close look at the right side of the military screen, and I can choose another opponent from the dropdown list, but that doesn't mean a thing, since I can't view other civs' cities.

To cut a long story short : I don't understand how Espionage works in CPTW or CIVIII for that matter.

1) It seems odd to me that you can have no embassies in a highly civilized tribe and still make contact with other civs ( and still be in the dark as to how establish embassies )

2) It seems even more strange that you can research Espionage AND build an Intelligence agency, and have NO spy units and NO way to start an espionage mission.

I really don't understand how CIVIII and CPTW deal with the Espionage concept, it doesn't seem to work for me.

Any help on the subject would be very much appreciated.

Many thanx in advance,


what is the newest civ3 expansion i hav play the world.

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 23:28:57 GMT

Play the world is alright but theres one out there that sounds better.

U can hav feudilism and fascism as your gvnmts. wuts it called

Vair khun meinself aquire dis marvel???

(All wars are civil wars, for all men are brothers)

-some famouse guy -

Space Race

Tue, 24 Jul 2007 23:30:55 GMT

Hi all, new to the forums. Purchased Civ III Complete, I had owned and played Civ III and PTW for a couple of years. I loved it, BUT, when I won the space race, and clicked on LAUNCH, my game crashes every single time. I've checked drivers, scanned for viruses, don't get crashes on other games/software, and didn't have the problem in Civ III (from what I can remember anyway, it's been awhile since I played it and I guess I won by space race before, and I KNOW it never crashed before). Anyway, if I go on and continue the game to 2050 it does give me a score victory. Has anyone heard of this???

I just looked through the forums and found something similar where if your hof file was read only it would cause crashes in the campaign, but this was just a regular game, and it didn't crash after score victory.

Anyways, thanks for any help.

EDIT: WHoops, I just noticed I'm in the OFF-Topic thread, sorry I must have clicked the wrong thing after registering.


Mon, 16 Jul 2007 20:58:40 GMT

Uranium is in the boundaries of one of my cities but it won't show up as one of my resources. I have a mine one the square and a worker on it but it still wont show up. Does anyone have any tips?

War time mobilization

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 00:51:30 GMT

Is there anyway to get out of war time mobilization without going to war? I got into it by accident and it really sucks!

civ 3 locking up on new machine

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:03:15 GMT

hi all.

im having a problem with civ 3, the game locks up after varying amounts of time and only ctrl-alt-del will shut it down. the computer carries on working fine and i can load up other things and even restart the game without restarting the computer.

i have updated all the drivers and bios but it still locks up, it isn't overheating as i have added 2 140mm fans and it runs lovely. i have no problems with any other game i have including Civ4. the only thing i can think of is that its the graphics drivers. this is my favorite of the civ games and its driving me mad that i cant play it.

my computer spec

intel core duo 6600, nvidia8800gtx, 2 gig geil ram, asus p5n32e sli motherboard, creative x-fi fatality soundcard, coolermaster realpower 550 psu. win xp.

any help or even things to try would be appreciated.

Unable to allocate draw buffer

Sat, 09 Jun 2007 10:55:14 GMT

Hi all

I get this crash regularly Unable to allocate draw buffer. Anyone got a clue how i fix it?

Thx in advance for bestowing your wisdom.

Civilization 3 Complete - Video Issue

Sat, 26 May 2007 18:30:17 GMT


Just reloaded Civ 3 to my system, and for whatever reason the game screen, for lack of a better word, has "drifted" to the left side of my monitor. This leaves a black bar on the right side of the screen, and obviously makes the game unplayable due to parts of the left side not being visible. Any advice?

Thanks in advance. :)


Thu, 22 Mar 2007 23:05:59 GMT

How do i get other nations to install embassies in mine?....or is it possbile for Me to install embassies.

All this cuz i wanna have a military alliances


Artillery & Bombing woes

Thu, 17 May 2007 17:25:25 GMT

I am ready to walk away from my current game for a week or so. I am currently being murdered by the all loving and peaceful Ghandi of India. He has the ground troops to eat me alive but I have an incredibly large air force with Stealth bombers for days and jets patrolling my skies. The problem is: my bombers are either constantly missing, being shot down or just killing citizens. Although, I have air superiority, which doesn't compare to ground forces BUT my bombers should be able to do something. Needless to say, the stealth bombers are pretty much foolishness...the stealth fighters...PATHETIC AND WORTHLESS. Am I the only one who is experiecing this or is there something I am doing wrong. Same can be said of artillery...Radar Artillery isn't all that bad but I read in one of the threads that artillery is 'good'. I would never call my artillery good, mediocre at best but good?!

Help in the Air Farce