I find the clouds that appear when I zoom out to use the strategy layer and other tools very distracting. As well as the strategy layer, I also like to check the trade group screen and the resource overview screen which can be filtered by resource type. Searching the forums, I see references to solving this problem by using a flying camera view, or by using a utility called civscale. As far as I can tell, the former does not give access to the tools that I need, and the latter is discontinued, possibly as its use may have interfered with the mods needed to play GOTM games (which I want to play) and maybe other mods. I have implemented my own solution by changing one of the graphics files to remove the clouds. I would like to post this file as I'm pretty sure somebody out there would like to use it, but I have some questions: 1. Is there already a better solution that I missed with my searches? 2. Is it OK to attach the file to this post (it's a 342k DDS file, 82k zipped) or would that be bad forum protocol? 3. Could somebody who understands these things please validate/correct the installation instructions below To install, unzip the file clouds01.dds and copy*** it to the following folders (depending on which game(s) you play): My Documents\My Games\Civ4\CustomAssets\art\terrain\sky My Documents\My Games\Warlords\CustomAssets\art\terrain\sky My Documents\My Games\Beyond the Sword\CustomAssets\art\terrain\sky *** You should rename any existing clouds01.dds files in these folders to facilitate uninstalling. Please be aware that this change has only been tested with the latest patched versions (1.74, 2.13, 3.19). To uninstall, delete the file and rename any saved files back to the original name.