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The Options Screen

The Options Screen, which allows you to change game parameters, is divided into four sections. Click on a section name at the top of the screen to modify a setting from that section.

Game Options

No Reward Popups: Click this to disable reward popups — for technology, ancient ruins, and so forth. Experienced players involved in a hot multiplayer game often choose this option.

No Tile Recommendations: This disables the tile recommendations when Settlers or workers are active.

Display Yields for Civilian Units: This displays on-map yield information when civilian units are selected.

No Basic Tooltip Help: This removes the explanatory text from basic tooltips, leaving just the “raw” game data.

Multiplayer Auto End Turn Timer: This enables the auto-end-turn timer in multiplayer games.

Single Player Auto End Turn Timer: This enables the auto-end-turn timer for single player games.

Tool Tip 1 and Tool Tip 2 Delay: This determines the amount of time delay for tool tips when hovering over various map tiles.

Adviser Level: This sets the level and amount of help you receive from your Advisers.

Reset Adviser Messages: Resets the Adviser system so all initial messages reappear.

Interface Options

Turns Between Autosave: This allows you to set how often the game will autosave. See ”Saving and Loading a Game” on page 13.

Max. Autosaves Kept: This determines how many autosaved games the program will keep before overwriting them.

Automatically Size Interface: This allows the game to choose the interface graphics that it believes best suit your computer screen’s resolution.

Use Small Scale Interface: This forces the program to use the small-scale interface, no matter what your screen resolution.

Alternate Cursor Zoom Mode: When zooming out, the screen will pull straight back instead of remaining anchored to the cursor.

Show All Policy Information: All social policies will be displayed on the Social Policies screen at all times, regardless of the game era and what branches have been unlocked.

Language: Set the written language used in the game.
Spoken Language: Set the spoken language heard in the game.

Video Options

Screen Resolution: This displays a list of the available game resolutions.

Anti-Aliasing: Turn on to smooth the graphical edges in the game; improves with more powerful hardware.

Full Screen: This allows you to choose whether to play in full screen mode or in a window.

VSync: Turning this on prevents video “tearing” by locking the frame rate. (Leave this “on”unless you’re an advanced user.)

High Detail Strategic View: This causes the game to use higher texture resolution, allowing you to zoom in more while in the strategic view. It may affect game performance on lowerend machines.

Performance Options

On startup, the game will attempt to auto-detect the following options and set them for optimum performance. (Note that not all options will be available for all Direct X versions.) If your game performance is suffering, try switching some of these from “High” to “Low.”

Leader Scene Quality: Affects the quality of the image of the Leader Scenes.
Overlay Detail: Affects the quality of the overlays.

Shadow Quality: Affects the shadow quality of units, buildings, and other non-terrain items.

Fog of War Quality: Affects the quality of Fog of War.

Terrain Detail Level: Determines the level of texture detail in the terrain.

Terrain Tessellation Level: Determines the level of mesh detail in the terrain.

Terrain Shadow Quality: Determines the quality of the terrain shadows.

Water Quality: Determines the quality of the water.

Texture Quality: Determines the quality of the textures in the game.

Audio Options

This screen lets you set the volume of various audio streams in the game.

Music Volume: How loud the background music is.

Effects Volume: Set the loudness of the effects – explosions, war cries, etc.

Ambiance Volume: Sets the loudness of the ambient noise – birds, waves, etc.

Speech Volume: Set the loudness of the speech of advisors and other leaders.

Audio Quality: Set the quality level of all the audio outputs.  Click “Accept” to accept the changes you’ve made on the Options Screen.