Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
Galactic Civilizations II Dread Lords cover.jpg
Release date: February 21, 2006
Developer: Stardock
Publisher: Stardock
Platforms: Windows
Technology: Lib3D
Media: CD, Download



Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords (commonly GalCiv II or GalCiv2) is a 4X turn-based strategy computer game by Stardock. It is the sequel to the original Galactic Civilizations, and was released at North American retail and on Stardock's online subscription service,, on 21 February 2006. An expansion, Dark Avatar, was released in February 2007. A second expansion, Twilight of the Arnor, was released in April 2008.

GalCiv II's artificial intelligence is challenging without being given resources and abilities not available to the player, as is common in the majority of strategy games. GalCiv II omits multiplayer and is marketed on the strength of its single-player experience.


First of all you have to enable the cheat mode. To do that you have to add the word cheat to a shortcut to the game so it would look something like this (depending on the location of you GalCiv2 folder):

"C:Program FilesGalCiv2galciv2.exe"cheat

All that’s left for you to do is to use the following key combinations during gameplay:

CTRL + A - Upgrade Selected Ship

CTRL + B - Add Battleship (rock on!)

CTRL + C - Clone Selected Ship

CTRL + H - Heal Selected Ship

CTRL + J - Complete Social Projects

CTRL + L - Assigns Remaining Planets to Major Races (how thoughtful of you)

CTRL + M - Add 10,000bc to your treasury

CTRL + N - Restart on New Map with New Race

CTRL + R - Research Current Tech (hold SHIFT for all of them)

CTRL + S - Save

CTRL + T - Teleport Selected Ship to Cursor

CTRL + V - United Planets Meeting

CTRL + SHIFT + B - Spawn Different Star Bases

CTRL + SHIFT + D - Spawn a Minor Race

CTRL + SHIFT + J - Completes Other Race's Projects

CTRL + SHIFT + M - Change Alignment

CTRL + SHIFT + T - Hail Yourself

CTRL + SHIFT + X - Report


Thousands of years ago, when many civilizations were young, there were the Precursors. Powerful and advanced, the Precursors built a wonderful civilization. Unfortunately, their culture split into two factions. The Dread Lords wanted to destroy all life in the galaxy. The Arnor believed in science, peace and helping the younger civilizations explore space. Soon a civil war erupted across the galaxy and the Dread Lords were winning. When their victory was at hand over the last Arnorian homeworld, the Precursors vanished.

With the disappearance of the Precursors, ten younger civilizations were advancing but they could only travel from one Stargate to another. The youngest, Humanity, created a revolutionary technology called Hyperdrive that could allow ships to travel great distances across the galaxy. Now it is a race to explore, colonize and conquer the galaxy. The evil Drengin Empire plans to wipe out Humanity and others, but these races soon will learn that there are worse things in the universe than each other.


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