Please note: This thread is NOT for bug reports. It's for finding other players, and information about MP. If you are having an issue or encountered a bug, check to see if there are other threads about the issue, or start a new thread to ask for help.
This thread is for two basic things: 1) To be a place to find other people to play with. 2) To answer a few common questions about multi-player Civ5.
Finding other players here
Looking for other Civ5 players to play MP with? Post here! Let everyone know you' re looking to play, or find other people who have already posted that they are too. If you're looking for specific types of games (maybe you like huge marathon games), say so and find other players who like that too. It may not be a bad idea to mention your time zone, so you'll find/attract players who can play at the same times you can/do.
The common (and maybe not-so-common) questions:
How do I join a MP game?
From the main menu click on Multiplayer, then Internet. This will take you to the lobby where games are being hosted. You can join a hosted game from here, or host your own game.
Why is the lobby empty?
You may have gone into the MP interface, only to find that there are only a few games there - or maybe none at all. Is nobody else playing MP? There are two main reasons for this. The first it that Steam breaks the lobby into many different regions. (I personally have no idea how many, or how the regions are determined.) Because of this, there are likely hundreds, perhaps a few thousand people you'll never see. The other reason is that many people play private games, so you'll never see those other players (or the games they are hosting) in the lobby.
Well, how do I find other players?
There are a few ways. There are several Steam groups for people who play Civ5, some of them quite large. Joining one of them can be a good way to meet other people who also play MP. (I will not name specific groups in this post, so as not to be seen as endorsing, or overlooking, any particular group. That doesn't mean everyone else can't mention their groups here /wink.)
Another good way is to post here. In this thread. Looking for people to play with? Post here and say so!
The other way would be to change your region in Steam. I don't recommend doing this without a good reason, but it can be helpful in some circumstances; Usually because of language issues, such as your region not matching so well.
How does MP work? Is it any different?
Multiplayer games are for the most part the same as in single player, with a few notable differences.
There are no dedicated servers for Civ5. This means that whoever is hosting the game is also acting as the server for the game. If you are playing a private game, it is usually best to have whoever has the best computer and internet connection host.
Whoever hosts the game gets to set the game options - map, size, speed, etc. The settings are up to the host. Most games tend to be quick speed, and on smaller maps (for time considerations).
The main difference for the game setup is DLC. When hosting a game, there are checkboxes for each DLC that is allowed (including Gods & Kings). Any player that wishes to join your game must have the DLC that you have selected. Anyone who doesn't will not be able to join. When setting up a private game, make sure everyone has the DLC you are intending to use. In other words, use what everyone has. For a public game go with whatever you want. Not everyone has all of the DLC, but most people probably have G&K by this pont.
This is the biggest difference from SP games. Instead of each player taking their turn, followed by the next player, all human players take their turn at the same time. This is done to speed the game up, and avoid players having to possibly wait 10+ minutes for it to be their turn again. For the most part this has little effect on the game, with one notable exception - combat.
All combat is done during the same simultaneous turn. If you can attack someone, they can attack you too (and most likely will). This can lead to wars becoming a "click-fest", where being able to select units and give them orders faster than your opponent can give you an edge. For this reason it is a good idea to turn off auto unit cycling in your game options.
After all players have finished their turn, the game will play out the turns for the AI civs, the city-states, and the barbarians.
The turn timer
When joining a random game, you will often find the turn timer is on. With the turn timer on, you are only given a limited amount of time to play out your turn. The amount of time is short in the beginning, but gets longer as more turns are played. If you are hosting, or playing with people you know, the turn timer is up to you. Some people don't like other players taking a long time,
Another thing with the turn timer is it's good to have some idea of what you want to be doing each turn. If you're about to found a religion, you don't want the turn to roll over on you while mulling over your options.
Other players: With the turns being simultaneous, you can make/accept offers with other players all on the same turn.
AI players: Trades with AI players work the same as in SP. The notable diplomacy difference is that they will rarely approach you.
Thank you to ragan651 for his assistance with this post.
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