civilization III add-ons

2004.11.17 (updated : 2008.07.06)

It can be dangerous, publishing game rules. People might have a bad time with it. But I'm publishing this in late 2004, quite some years after the game was released. I've been playing with this ruleset and these changes for more than two years, and I'm satisfied that they work.

I've created my own modifications to Civilization III. The main differences are:

  1. more strategic resources, and better icons for some existing icons
  2. more luxuries
  3. far more dependencies on resources for units
  4. more 'culture' for city improvements
  5. cheaper libraries
  6. boats move further

These are explained, to some extent, below. Note that both the 'strategic resources' and 'luxuries' additions require the resources.pcx and resources_shadows.pcx files below.

Civ III resources file screenshot

strategic resources

Above is a .GIF copy of my strategic resources image file. You'll notice that I replaced some of the icons, such as the awful green lump of 'uranium' and the simply weird 'furs' icon. I also added the word 'moo' to the cow icon, because it was months of game play before I realized what the thing was supposed to be (I was looking at it backwards the whole time, and thought it was a sketchy chicken!).

I've added some more resources, with the following reasoning:



the files

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Thanks for posting that! I played with this set when I was 3-4, in 1986... Damn, so strange to see it again. i remember those great elements like yellow door :) one of the best sets ever.

2010.07.07 10:39:32

Glad you enjoyed it, Maciek!


Awesome! Thanks for posting this. Our directions were water damaged and the pages dried together. My son is now playing with the legos I had as a kid so he wanted to build the semi truck. Thanks again!

2010.08.31 21:42:49

Glad I could help! Nice to hear from a girl LEGO user, too. 8^)



2011.03.29 02:07:55

Yeah, it's a simple set but a versatile one!


Thanks for posting and taking the time to scan in these instructions. I dug out my old set and had no instructions. My son and I bult the semi, it was just as fun as it was 30 years ago.

Matt O.
2012.12.29 17:57:20

Great to hear! Thanks for writing, that made my day.


Great posting on these LEGO sets...I had this one when I was a kid, 722 is one of the best sets ever! Never knew what happened to it. I'm trying to find one for my kids; if you're interested in selling it please let me know.

Shane M.
2013.01.21 16:50:28

Glad you enjoyed the find, Shane. But you'll get my LEGO from my son and me when you pry it from our cold dead hands. ;^) It wasn't for nothing that I got the space lego emblem tattoo'd on my arm!

Good luck with your hunt.


I have an old set but don't have the electronic parts show in the windmill and snow plow instructions- they don't seem to have come with the set. Any ideas about where/how to find them? Thanks!

2014.03.05 15:20:12

A lot of pieces for older sets just aren't made any more, unfortunately. But you can always try ebay or one of these:


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