Monday, September 12, 2011

Civilization 5 - Casual/fast game mod for Apple Mac OSX

I rarely have enough spare time these days to be able to play a game, let alone identify a block of time large enough to dedicate to a game like Civilization 5 - which can take up to 12 hours to play a fast game. So I decided to create a mod for Civ 5 that would significantly speed up gameplay and enable a game to be completed in a few hours.

Modding the game isn't directly supported under OSX, however it can be done.

First, edit MainMenu.lua, located in:
~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/sid meier's civilization v/Assets/UI/FrontEnd

Comment the following line: (add a '--' to the start)
Controls.ModsButton:SetHide( true );

Copy a mod you have downloaded into the:
~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/MODS

You will need to unzip/extract them before they will work.
If it is a civ5mod file, simply rename it to .7z, and you can use StuffitExpander or any similar tool to extract the folder.

Start Civ5, and you should see a 'MOD' option on the menu.

Creating your own mods is easy enough if you know how. Armed with a decent text editor and the console you can create mods under OSX. Begin by reading Dale's explanation of modinfo files. Next, the 2K games Civilization 5 wiki is a good place to visit, in particular the Civ 5 XML reference guide. Finally, the civfanatics modders guide provides an excellent overview of creating a mod.

You can use the command line 'md5' program to generate the MD5 hashes required for the modinfo file. (And online lower-to-uppercase conversion)

You can download my simple casual gaming mod for Civilization 5 here. It replaces the standard 'quick' game. At the beginning of the game, you will find most things only take one turn to complete. Things will start to settle down quickly though in classical times.


Adrian said...

For mountain lion & steam, Civ 5 main menu.lua is now stored at:
Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/Sid Meier's Civilization V/Civilization

Mods found in:
Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5
(don't forget to edit UserSettings to disable the intro video - ; Skip the intro video
SkipIntroVideo = 1)

Robin Ledesma said...

Thanks. Nice mod. However, when I save the game I cannot load it anymore, it states "Currently enabled mods are not compatible with this game."

Jacob Smith said...

This is why it is very important to have a helpline in Civilization 5. This game can be very frustrating because the game can run a very long time then at the end, you find yourself as the loser. Civilization PDF Guide cannot help you much in this game because Firaxis will certainly come up with more improvement with the AI. The best way to continuously gain advantage is to have a membership based Civilization 5 Strategy Guide. In this way, you can always access the best strategies in the game despite of the game patches. This is the biggest strategy deal ever.

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