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Info on game says you can have like 100 factions. I can only choose up to 9?

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015

Maybe I am an idiot here but I read that you can have like 100 different players.  How is that when at the start of a game you cannot pick more than 9 (that includes yourself with an AI opponent of the same race).  There are only 8 major CIVs to choose from.

 

Do you get access to a larger number of factions in multiplayer?  Or does it make a ton of minor CIVs on larger maps?  Or am I smoking something?