(last updated 7-4-2018 for version 6.0.17)
Quo's Combined Tweaks is a partial conversion mod that began as a small mod that combined a number of small gameplay tweaks into a mod package. Since then, it has spun off into its own creation with three different rulesets for different styles of gameplay, and numerous changes to gameplay, largely inspired by Civ 4, Civ 5, and the Civ 5 "Vox Populi" mod.
For the best gameplay experience, it is recommended to combine this mod with the AI+ mod.
Installation and Activation
Modes of Play
Prior to the release of the Rise and Fall expansion pack, this mod offered multiple Rulesets to select from. As of Rise and Fall, all changes apply only to the Rise and Fall ruleset.
You can make some edits to how mod functions by opening MyOptions.sql with a text editor and changing values. Follow the instructions in the file closely. An error made in this file can cause the mod to malfunction.
Note that currently if you disable some features in MyOptions, the text may still show in the game (e.g. when shutting off the ability for siege engines to move and shoot on the same turn, the text will still appear in game claiming that the unit can move and shoot).
All of the listed features assume that you have these options enabled in MyOptions.
Movement and Range
The rules of engagement have changed. Are you ready to play on a faster-moving battlefield?
- All units except for Siege Units have 1 additional Move Point.
- Siege Units have only 2 move points, but can move and fire on the same turn. The range of all Siege units is 3 hexes.
- Anti-Cavalry are mixed melee/ranged units with an attack range of 1.
- Melee ships are mixed melee/ranged units with an attack range of 1.
From the ashes of bureaucracy rises powerful new capabilities.
- The tier 1 and tier 2 governments have shifted locations on the Civics tree to make strategies for obtaining them more varied.
- Classical Republic
- Now provides Settlers with +3 Movement and Stealth
- Provides +1 troop movement for land units in unclaimed territory
- +1 Faith to each tile surrounding a World Wonder
- Merchant Republic
- +1 trade route. +2 Gold to tiles adjacent to Oases, Hotspots, and Natural Wonders.
- +1 culture to farms within 2 tiles of an Encampment
- +2 Food, +2 Faith, +2 Production from Holy Sites
- All districts culture bomb
- All cities receive Urban Defenses
- Ranged and Anti-Cavalry units have +2 range
In this new era, we must govern ourselves with a new sense of purpose and authority.
Wonder and Awe
- Most policies that apply to units or buildings of a specific era are rectroactive to units and buildings of previous eras.
- Several policies have been updated with new features and functions. Major changes are:
- Survey provides Scouts and Settlers with the ability to ignore rivers and zone of control.
- All 3 of the "wonder building" bonus policies now give 30% increase in production toward wonders (up from 15%).
- They have also been renamed Wonders 1, Wonders 2, Wonders 3, with the original policy name in parenthesis (e.g. Wonders 1 (Corvee)') to help make it much more clear these 3 policies are just copies of each other affecting different wonders.
- Insulae and Medina Quarter now longer require a certain number of Districts to work. They just flat out give +1 Housing or +2 Housing to all cities.
- These policies have been renamed Housing 1 and Housing 2 with the original name in parenthesis.
- New Deal no longer requires a certain number of districts in a city for it to work.
- Diplomatic League (earn 2 envoys for every 1 envoy in city states you have 0 envoys with) has moved earlier in the civics tree, to Foreign Trade.
- Colonization now provides +2 Culture in cities without a Monument and +100% production towards Monuments.
What we could not achieve in the sky, mankind would achieve on the ground.
- Constructing any World Wonder now creates a "Culture Bomb" that will steal nearby tiles if it is within 3 hexes of the City Center, even if owned by another player.
- OPTIONAL: Constructing any World Wonders earns an Influence token you can use to impress City States. (Must be enabled in MyOptions).
- World Wonders that previously required an adjacent district no longer have this requirement.
Faster Border Expansion
There was no time to waste--the landscape was changing by the second, and every moment we waited, old opportunities vanished into the enemy's hands.
- Borders expand much faster in this mod. You cannot sit back and assume a future settlement will be available long term. Expand quickly--but watch your back, your enemy is waiting for you to overexpand.
- Don't forget you can steal tiles back by cleverly placing World Wonders.
- At least there is some good news for you... on difficulties higher than Emperor, AIs no longer receive a free Settler.
Cities in Peril
The enemy was everywhere--and for the first time we realized we must prepare for them, or face the possibility of extinction.
- Early Encampments. You can build Encampments much earlier than before. Your enemies can and will too. Avoid cities that might be difficult to take too early.
- Early Barracks and Stables. You can build these buildings earlier, at Animal Husbandry and Mining respectively. Will you choose to rush early units, or go for a more methodical approach for improving them first?
- Wall Prerequistes. Walls now require a special building called "Bedrock." There is Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Bedrock, each of which establishes the pre-reqs for those kinds of walls.
- Ancient Bedrock requires an Encampment in this city
- Medieval Bedrock requires Ancient Walls or a World Wonder in this city
- Renaissance Bedrock requires Medieval Walls or possession of 5 deep water ocean tiles
- Bedrock Exceptions. Capital cities (including City States) start with all three types of Bedrock.
Changing of the Guards
Though they looked familiar to us, we recognized they were somehow changed.
- No Settler Stealing: Settlers now escape on capture, so no longer can you achieve an easy win by snatching them from clueless opponents.
- No-Niter Musketmen: Musketmen no longer require Niter, giving AIs a better chance of upgrading.
- Advanced Scouts: Scouts receive a promotion the instant they are built, allowing you to decide whether they should be able to clear hills or forests. In addition, changes to the Survey policy allow Scouts to disregard rivers and Zone of Control. Scouts can also embark at Astrology.
- Mixed Melee/Ranged Anti-Cavalry and Melee Ships. These units have both their normal melee attack and a range 1 Ranged attack.
These Fertile Lands
When wandering a desert, seek treasure.
- Oases. Oases have become unusually fertile, providing +1 Food +1 gold to all surrounding tiles.
- Tundra Hotspots. So strange is this new land that you can find Oases in the middle of Tundra! These remarkable locations may offer great rewards if you can somehow work the land.
- Oh, Deer. Deer appear more frequently, and can occupy tiles near rivers.
- Liquid Uranium. Uranium appears in water, making it critical to scour the coasts if you want to ward off--or launch--nuclear attacks.
Shining Cities on the Sea
The oceans are more bountiful than the heavens themselves.
Ocean tiles, and city centers adjacent to them, are a major target for improvements in this mod.
- Better Sea Resources: Each sea resource provides a stronger base yield than before.
- Fish now provide an additional +1 Food
- Crabs now provide an additional +1 Culture
- Whales now provide an additional +1 Faith
- Pearls now provide an additional +1 Faith
- Fishing Boats add 2 gold to any sea resource (up from
- City Centers now gain adjacency bonuses when you settle next to coast. Every two tiles of coast you settle next to will gain you the following bonuses, at the following techs:
- Sailing: Earn +1 gold for every 2 adjacent ocean tiles
- Celestial Navigation: Earn +1 hammer for every 2 adjacent ocean tiles
- Cartography: Earn +1 gold for every 2 adjacent ocean tiles
Assorted Changes to Districts and Buildings
Our old neighborhoods felt familiar, but changed.
- Holy District. Now unlocks with the Mysticism civic. Founding a Pantheon is a good idea for boosting yourself toward a full religion.
- Harbor. Now unlocks at Astrology.
- Aqueducts: Receive +1 point toward Great Engineers and +2 food from Plantations.
- Radial Buildings. Buildings with radial effects (e.g. Zoo, Factory, etc) provide extra yields (generally x2; in the case of the Zoo, +3 amenities)
Soon we attracted the attention of dignitaries around the world.
- Ambassdor's Suites are a new building that is built in Entertainment Districts.
- The Suite can only be built in Entertainment Districts that do not have a Zoo.
- You earn an Envoy with a City State for each Ambassador's Suite you complete.
New in v6.014: Biomes
"All the world was a stage, and all of us were players upon it..."
Biomes are an additional trait that is associated with each Civilization. Biomes and their effects are listed below. Biomes can be disabled in the MyOptions files.
Earn no influence per turn toward city state tokens. Acquiring a tile reverses the normal Production relationship between flat land and hills.
Cannot build Cavalry units prior to the Modern era, with the exception of unique units. Native American cities are always loyal and cannot be culture flipped by other civilizations. During the Industrial and Modern eras, Recon, Infantry and Anti-Cavalry units have Stealth.
+1 Faith +1 Production on Tundra tiles. +1 Culture on tiles adjacent to impassable Ice. +1 Amenity in cities that have acquired at least 1 Tundra tile, -2 Amenities in cities that have acquired a Desert tile.
Loyalty pressure from Population is penalized by 40% in all cities. +3 points toward Great Writers with each kill until the dawn of the Medieval era. During the Renaissance, receive +5% Gold per Great Person ever earned, but suffer an even more severe loss of identity (-3 per turn).
Cannot build the first Trade Route until the start of the Medieval era. Can build the Fishery improvement without requiring a governor. Every era after the dawn of the Industrial era, receive a free Spy slot, a free Spy unit, and all Spies conduct offensive missions as if they were 1 level higher.
Prior to the dawn of the Industrial era, earn +1 Gold from river tiles in cities with at least 8 population. During the Industrial era, cities exert +100% religious pressure, and instantly receive 300 Faith when a city acquires at least 1 Desert tile, but you accumulate Great People at half the normal rate.
Navy is limited to Raider class units. Constructing a Settler unit does not cost Population. Beginning in the Renaissance era, a cycle of fortune and misfortune begins; with each passing era receive +10 Strength followed by -10 Strength in the next era. The cycle then repeats.
Receive no Production bonus from Forest or Rainforest. Free Medieval Bedrock in all cities, allowing you to build Medieval Walls without meeting the normal requirements. Infantry units built during the Medieval era or later begin with a free promotion.
Siege units have -1Range but receive +50% XP in combat. During the Classical era, receive up to 12 tiles of surrounding territory when you use a Great Person charge in a city.
Cannot recruit Great Prophets. Receive 2 Settlers free when the world reaches the Classical era, but you cannot build Settlers prior to this time. Tiles cost 20% less to purchase with Gold, and all of your districts culture bomb.
Cannot build Support units. Anti-Cavalry ignore zone of control, and can move after attacking. On the dawn of the Industrial era, receive free Anti-Cavalry in every city, and in every city you found or conquer during this era
The New Nations
It was as if I no longer recognized my acquaintances.
Many of civilizations and leaders have new expanded ability sets.
- +4 GPP toward Great Prophets with each kill.
- Receive +7 gold as an adjacency bonus from Commercial Hubs adjacent to Natural Wonders.
- The Mission unique building no longer destroys underling forest or jungle. +1 Science unlocks earlier.
- Missions adjacent to the City Center provide Renaissance Bedrock in this city, allowing the construction of Renaissance walls without meeting other pre-reqs.
- Catherine is automatically introduced to other civs one turn after they discover Castles. She has a "live view" of their capital for the rest of the game going forward.
- +100% Production toward Spies.
- The Chateau unique improvement culture bombs nearby tiles. +1 Housing.
- Chateaus provide Renaissance Bedrock in this city, allowing construction of Renaissance Walls without meeting other prereqs.
- Maryannu Chariots can move and attack on the same turn. +5 damage when inside home territory. Costs 80 hammers.
- The Sphinx unique improvement provides +1 Culture +1 Faith to adjacent desert tiles.
- Receive 4 free relic slots in the capital when you discover Medieval Faires
- Receive a free relic for every Classical and Ancient wonder you control when you reach Humanism.
- All districts receive +1 to their respective yields for every 2 edges bordered by the Great Wall.
- Cities within 4 tiles of a chunk of Great Wall receive Ancient Bedrock, allowing the construction of Ancient Walls without meeting other prereqs.
- Begin with enough Faith to immediately found a Pantheon on the turn you begin the game.
- The Stepwell improvement provides the Water equivalent of Coastal Water to cities it is adjacent to.
- Ghandi only: Receive a free Settler when build a Holy Site in the Capital. Receive a free Builder when you build a Holy Site anywhere else.
- +1 Population in this city when you complete a Street Carnival.
- Can build the Brazilian Revolution project, which creates a one-time massive burst of Great People Points and unlocks the Brazilwood Camp improvement, which provides Gold to Rainforest tiles based on the Appeal of the tile.
- Although you earn 10% less from Eurekas, earn a trade route for every Industrial Zone placed in Tundra.
- Industrial Zones adjacent to Tundra Hills earn +1 Production.
- Receive 2 free Uranium at the start of the Modern era.
- After you build your first Film Studio, your Builders can construct any unique improvement available to other civs.
- Purchasing tiles with Gold is 20% cheaper.
- The Ziggurat unique improvement must be built on a flat tile next to a river. Provides +2 Hammer to adjacent Industrial Zones and +1 Science to adjacent tiles without rivers.
- +10 Combat Bonus versus Barbarians.
- The War Cart is delayed until the Foreign Trade civic.
- Receive 30 free Culture when you begin the game.
- (Gorgo) +10% Culture and +5% to all other yields if you have declared a surprise war in the past 50 turns.
- (Gorgo) Anti-Cavalry have +1 Range.
- (Pericles) +20% toward District construction, changing to -10% toward District construction when at war with at least one major civ.
- (Perciles) When you enter a new era, receive 1 free Civic boost if you are suzerain of at least 1 city state. Recieve 2 boosts if you are suzerain of at least 2.
- The Hoplite unique unit no longer suffers penalties versus Infantry units.
- Receive a free melee unit when you settle any coastal city or anywhere on a foreign continent.
- Royal Navy Dockyards provide an extra route when constructed on a foreign continent.
- All ships disregard closed borders and are not evicted when you declare war.
- Receive a free melee ship for every city you place or conquer on the coast.
- Berserkers can move after attacking.
- You cannot build Commercial Hubs.
- Receive Trade Routes from Holy Sites and Campuses instead of Markets and Lighthouses.
- Receive +2 Science per foreign city that follows your religion
- +5 Gold in cities with both a Holy Site and Campus.
- Receive +1 great person points toward a Great General for every Theater District, Holy Site and Encampment you construct.
- Samurai cannot be detected unless a unit stands adjacent to them.
- Can build Fisheries in every city without requiring a Governor.
- +1 production for every district built in a city, starting with the third district.
- +2 movement for Heavy Cavalry beginning in the Modern era.
- When you conquer a city, receive a payout equal to x3 your current gold per turn.
- Builders have 1 less charge than normal.
- You can build the Templo Mayor National Wonder. It reduces food in the city in which it is built by -4, but removes the penalty to Builder charges, reduces the cost of Tlachtali by 50%, and provides a free Builder when you complete a Entertainment Complex district.
- Tlachatli provide free Walls in the city in which they are built.
The Gift of Friendship
- Bath districts provide fresh water to cities up to 6 tiles away.
- +2 movement for Anti-Cavalry.
- Can purchase buildings for Commercial Hubs with Faith.
- Units have +1 Sight
- All units disregard zone of control
- Cree cities are always loyal and cannot be peacefully flipped
- Anyone at with Genghis Khan suffers -2 Loyalty per turn in all cities
- Polders can be built adjacent to any 3 land tiles (including Mountains)
- Receive 1 free governor
- -10% Science and Culture in cities without a governor, changing to +10% Science and Culture in cities with governors
- Seowon districts provide Faith to adjacent mines (not Science)
- Free Ancient Walls when you conquer a city, even if that city does not qualify for Walls based on its Bedrock
- The Tsikhe unique building can be built without prereqs
- Alternatively, the Tsikhe unique building is awarded for free if you have the tech unlocked and Ancient Walls
- +1 Faith +1 Production to each tile within 3 tiles of the Government Plaza
- Free culture when you research a naval tech up to the Renaissance era
- Units disregard cost of moving over rivers
- Major adjacency bonus for Holy Sites on rivers
- +100% Production toward Aqueducts
- When you complete an Aqueduct receive a free Sangha Monk unique unit
- Sangha Monks receive +2 Combat Strength for each Aqueduct you control
- Ranged units have +1 Range
- All combat units have -3 combat strength
"They arrived with gifts... and it wasn't even Christmas!"
Declaring friendship with a civ will earn you a gift from that civilization that lasts as long as the relationship endures.
- Germany: +50% production toward Industrial Zones
- France: Builders can construct Chateaus
- Egypt: Builders can construct Sphinxes
- India: Builders can construct Stepwells
- Sumeria: Builders can construct Ziggurats
- Greece: +2 influence points per turn toward diplo tokens
- Norway: Boats can heal outside of borders
- Japan: +50% production toward Encampments
- Kongo: +1 Food in every city with a Holy Site
- Brazil: Restore 10% of the cost of a Great Person after one is acquired
- Russia: Newly settled cities grab additional tiles
- Spain: Builders can construct Missions
- China: Builders receive +1 charge
- Arabia: +5% Science in cities with a Holy Site, and +2 Great Prophet Points per turn
- Scythia: Units earn 25 HP back after a kill
- Rome: Free roads when you settle a city within range
- America: -20% Gold purchase price of tiles
- England: +50% production toward Harbors
- Aztec: All units receive +4 Combat Strength
- Poland: Perform a Culture Bomb when you build an Encampment
- Macedon: 50% less war weariness in cities
- Persia: You can build Persia's unique improvement
- Nubia: +50% experience for Ranged units
- Korea- +5% science in cities with a governor
- Cree- +1 max Trade Route
- Georgia - +10 defense to all cities
- Mapuche- +7 combat strength against civs in a Golden Age
- Mongolia- +3 combat to calvary units
- Netherlands- +1 loyalty to the origin city for each domestic trade route
- Scotland- +5% Production in Ecstatic cities
- Zulu- +1 loyalty/turn from garrisons in city centers
We had no choice but to believe. It was all we had guarding us.
Pantheons have been updated to make them more exciting.
- River Goddess - Also includes minor adjacency bonus for rivers
- Monument to the Gods - Increased bonus production for wonders to 30% (up from 15%)
- God of the Sea - In addition to the +1 hammer per sea resource, also provides +20% production toward Harbors
- God of the Open Sky - In addition to the +1 Culture per pasture, also allows Recon units to disregard closed borders
- Goddess of the Hunt - In addition to +1 food from camps, also provides +15% production toward Ranged units of any era
- Stone Circles - In addition to +2 Faith from Quarries, also provides +200% production toward Stonehenge
- Religious Idols - In addition to +1 Faith to mines over luxuries, also instantly provides 300 gold when you select this pantheon
- God of Craftsmen - Now provides +2 hammers per mine on a strategic resource (up from +1). Also reveals Iron and Niter on the map.
- Goddess of Festivals - Now provides +1 Food from any Plantation (not just the original list) and +40% production toward Entertainment Complexes
- Oral Tradition - Now provides +1 culture from plantations and grabs extra tiles upon founding a city (up from +1, and now applies to all plantations, not just ones on the original list)
- Fertility Rites - In addition to +10% overall growth, also provides +4 Food in the capital
Fewer AI Tantrums
- Religious Settlements - In addition to increasing border pop rate by +15%, also increases capacity for trade routes by +1
There was calm in the air, but it forecast violence.
The AI has been tempered down so that it is much less likely to lose its mind over small infractions.
- All war monger penalties significantly reduced. (Late game penalties are approximately equal to early game penalties in the unmodded game).
- Pedro, Mvemba, Saladin, and Pericles get less angry about their agendas.
- The timers that cause civs to get upset at you have been extended and are less likely to occur very soon after meeting the civ.
- The Exploration random agenda produces less extreme results (+ - 2 instead of + - 6)
- The Ideologue random agenda no longer makes leaders as angry (-2 instead of -6). You still keep full bonus if you match their government tho.
- AI will less often get upset about units near borders
- First impressions (good or bad) don't last as long
- AI will more quickly forgives broken promises
- Except for Ideologues, AI no longer cares what government you have until they reach the final tier of govts (Fascism, Communism, Democracy)
Even the most brutal among us seemed tempered in this new world.
- The soft cap for XP from Barbarians is increased to lvl 2 (up from lvl 1)
- Total number of possible Barbarians on the map at one time has been lowered.
- Rebels are much less likely to spawn from unhappy cities.
One day we looked at the words on the cage door... and understood them.
Improvements Patch Features
- All policies are now accompanied by emojis to help make them more legible at a glance.
- All world wonders now have their era listed behind their names.
As part of a planned merger with the XavierLOL's Improvements Patch, technologies are now slowed, inspirations/eurekas provide less bonus, and Builders of any civilization can rush districts. These features can all be turned on or off using the MyOptions file.
Quo's Combined Tweaks v7.0.3 ALPHA
Combines various tweaks from the "Quo's" series into one package.
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v7.0.3 ALPHA Feb 18, 2019 at 11:15 PM
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v7.0.2 ALPHA Feb 16, 2019 at 8:09 AM
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v7.0.1 ALPHA Feb 16, 2019 at 5:30 AM
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v7.0.0 ALPHA for Gathering Storm Feb 14, 2019 at 9:52 PM
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.21 Jan 18, 2019
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.0.20 BETA Jan 17, 2019
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.0.19 Jan 13, 2019
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.0.18 BETA Jul 14, 2018
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.0.17 BETA Jul 1, 2018
- Quo's Combined Tweaks v6.0.16 BETA Jun 23, 2018