About the World Age
In the game setup, which advanced setup, have a setting named World Age
What exactly does it change the world?
This is probably not the right forum for it, but I'll go ahead and answer:
Older worlds have more erosion. Younger worlds have more tectonic activity. So younger worlds = more hills, mountains. Older worlds = less hills, mountains.
Contrary to the above statement, I'll give you my take. But I don't yet know what they do either
Most scientists predict that the world is approximately 4 billion years old. When the world was first in existence, it lacked much vegetation and also had much tectonic activity; the plates were not as stable as they were today. As it aged, the landmasses flourished with life, and continents formed. With time, it follows this pattern. Therefore, the older ages have more life, such as resources and forests; the older ages also have experienced much more time to create more mountains. The younger ages will have less developed environments, with less resources; I also believe that the younger ages will have less mountains due to the actual smaller period they've had to create them.
I may be wrong about the amount of mountains though, but I think that's right. Sure about the vegetation though.
I would expect more uranium in a younger world.
i seem to remember from previous civs that the age of the world controls how grouped together the same type of tiles are. so a younger worlds would have larger mountain ranges, while an older world would have more isolated mountains, for example.
ive been playing on 5billion exclusively because there's TONS of mountains, and the mountains are TALL
I like building an empire in big valleys and having a wall of mountains around me
its also great when you plant artillery on top of a hill with hills all around it to blow up ceaser's musketmen
oh and i forgot, helicopters are great for 5 billion maps because they can go over mountains.
you got it exactly backwards
Originally Posted by Quark
i'm also interested what it does exactly.
It has been discussed here:
but with no conclusion. Even 2K Greg is just guessing...
Some say older = less mountains, the others say the opposite - but it seems that everyone is just guessing ... (or comparing with real world)
Can someone (maybe devs) say what this (undocumented) option exactly do? no speculations, only facts please.
In Civ3 3 B means more mountainous maps, 5 B means fairly flat maps.
Or so I thought it does, because exactly it seems to zoom in as you choose younger worlds. But surely on 3 B the mountains seem taller.