CIV V: How to change minimap background?


Oct 8, 2022
Hi everyone,

I recently became interested in modding and creating a custom historical scenario.
I've been trying to change the default background of the unexplored minimap in Civ 5 to a custom image/texture, and would really be grateful for some help on how to do this.

For clarity, the default background of the unexplored minimap is beige-coloured and says "SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION V".

Spoiler (Example of a partly unexplored minimap) :


The only relevant files I've been able to find are MiniMapPanel.lua and MiniMapPanel.xml in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization V\Assets\UI\InGame\WorldView. My thought process was that I'd be able to find the texture/image used as the minimap background referenced in the code and replace it at its source.

As a side note, could I replace this only in my mod, and not entirely? I'm writing a .modfile for my mod (bypassing using ModBuddy) and not sure how to do this. If you know how this works, I would again be very grateful for any help.

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