A proverb meaning "Different paths can take one to the same goal." Modern wording of medieval sentiment; apparently originally a reference to Roman roads generally and the Milliarium Aureum (Golden Milestone) specifically.
Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Ramesses II.
A quote from The Outsider, a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. In Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Nephren-Ka was an Egyptian pharaoh whose unspeakable cult worship led him to be stricken from almost all Egyptian records.
"Now I ride with mocking and friendly ghouls on the night wind, and play by day amongst the catacombs of Nephren-Ka in the sealed and unknown valley of Haddoth by the Nile." -The Outsider, H.P. Lovecraft
Trade a luxury resource to another Civ that you earned through a city with a Bazaar.
Arab traders were active throughout the known world in medieval times, and sailed to India and beyond in their quest for spices and other exotic products that could be sold in Europe for a hefty profit - and spreading Islam to the locals along the way.
Probably a pun on the name of the story collection called Arabian Nights in English, also known as the One Thousand and One Nights - and the fact that the Arabs can build Camel archers instead of Knights.
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Bismarck.
Blood and Iron (German: Blut und Eisen) is the title of a speech by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck given in 1862 about the unification of the German territories. It is also a transposed phrase that Bismarck uttered near the end of the speech that has become one of his most widely known quotations.
In Greek mythology, the god Zeus used thunderbolts as weapons, and the goddess Artemis used a bow and arrow.
Win on Immortal in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
By the Waters of Babylon
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as Babylon.
"By the rivers of Babylon" or "By the waters of Babylon", is a phrase from Psalm 137, one of the best-known psalms in the Judeo-Christian Bible, telling about the yearning of the Jewish people to one day return home from their captivity in Babylon. It is also the title of a short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet.
A connoisseur is a specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste.
Conquest of the World
As Alexander, defeat every known player by 350 BC.
Alexander the Great achieved something similar during his lifetime, having created an empire stretching from Macedonia in northern Greece to the Indus River on the border with India, although he died in 323 BC and not 350.
A common warrior's code is to strive to uphold one's honor at any cost, and if you fail, to rather die than submit to a humiliating defeat. Exemplified in the Bushido code of the Japanese samurai and their obligation to commit ritual suicide, seppuku, if they failed in any serious way to uphold its obligations and tenets.
Diplomacy by Other Means
Fully Explore the Autocracy Policy Track.
The German general and tactician Carl von Clausewitz in his most famous work On War, asserted that "war is merely the continuation of policy by other means". Although not intended to be taken literally, it has nevertheless become a famous quotation across the world today. This achievement is not working with Brave New World.
Do You Want to Super Size That?
Beat the game on a Large Map.
"Super Size" referred to the largest size of French fries (7-ounce) and soft drinks (42-ounce) available after the large size at a McDonald's restaurant. After taking a customer's order, McDonald's employees would ask customers "Would you like that Supersized?" or "Would you like to Supersize that?" McDonald's began phasing out the Super Size option from their menu in March 2004, eliminating it by the end of the year.
Refers to the line of Persian empires stretching from the Classical period (the Achaemenid Empire, founded 550 BCE) to the early Modern (the Safavid dynasty, ended 1732 AD). Note that "Achaemenid" is misspelled in the achievement's name.
A reference to the Star Trek TV series (and to the Science victory condition, launching a starship), in which the words "To boldly go where no man has gone before" are spoken to reference the vast unexplored galaxy in the opening scene of every episode. ("Go Boldly" is the somewhat more grammatically correct version of the quote.)
God Is Great
Construct 1000 Temples, across any number of playthroughs.
Going It Old School
Beat the game on a Pangaea-type Map.
Gotta Catch 'Em All
Beat the game on all standard map types and sizes.
A reference to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book, the Iroquois League formed in the 16th century between the Iroquois and neighboring tribes, and the Iroquois tribal chieftains, called hoyanehs.
Living in Smallville
Beat the game on a Small Map.
Smallville is the hometown of Superman in comic books published by DC Comics. While growing up in Smallville, the young Clark Kent attended Smallville High with best friends Chloe Sullivan, Lana Lang and Pete Ross. Smallville was the setting of many
Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Fully Explore the Piety Policy Track.
Lux Aeterna is a piece for 16 solo singers, written by György Ligeti in 1966. It is most famous for its use in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The text (in Latin) is from the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass: Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis, which means "May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them."
Trade 100 resources, across any number of playthroughs.
Model of a Modern Major-General
Train all Units, across any number of playthroughs.
A satirical song from the comic opera The Pirates of Penzance about how a "modern Major-General" in the British Army should behave. The achievement is not working with Brave New World expansion pack as with the changes of Foreign Legion unit, which is now a special tenet. It can still be achieved by temporarily disabling BNW.
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees
Fully Explore the Commerce Policy Track.
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Montezuma.
My Little Pony is a brand of toy ponies marketed primarily to young girls and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro. This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the well known myth of Catherine the Great's sexual affinity for horses.
Beat the game on any difficultly setting as Isabella.
A refrence to the popular "Spanish Inquisition" skits from the British comedy program "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
Odysseus the Great Tactician
Win on King in the Wonders of the Ancient World scenario.
One to Rule Them All
Beat the game on any difficulty setting with only one city.
Likely referring to the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It contained an inscription describing it, with the lines "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
In Greek mythology, the Sphinx would ask a riddle of anyone who passed by and if they answered incorrectly it would kill them. The riddle was: What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?
357 is the total number of ships engaged at the Battle of Gravelines (1588), in which the English navy defeated the invading Spanish Armada during the Anglo-Spanish War. Possibly also a reference to Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, HMS Pinafore, in which Sir Joseph, the First Lord of the Admiralty, refers to himself both as the "monarch of the sea" and the "ruler of the Queen's navy".
The Art of War by Sun Tzu was the quintessential military manual used by Chinese emperors for generations. It was held in secret for hundreds of years until a copy was smuggled to Japan.
Beat the Mongol scenario on the Emperor or harder difficulty level.
Each Mongol warlord was called Khan, so when Temujin united all the Mongols under his rule a new title had to be invented and given to him, Genghis Khan. "Genghis" does not translate to "supreme" but it is a good description of the fact.
Lose as Korea.
Wordplay conflating the Korean martial art with Homer Simpson's iconic catchphrase.
Taken from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise.
This is a difficult achievement in 'normal' play as the Ironclad is only available for a short time and requires the player to have both Iron and Coal, therefore the AI doesn't build many Ironclads. Also, the achievement is not available in multi player mode. One recommended 'shortcut' is to build an Ironclad yourself and 'gift' it to a City State and then declare war on that City State.
Two Men Enter, One Man Leave
Completely defeat another Civ and remove them from the game.
From the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. This line was chanted by the Thunderdome audience as the two men inside fought to the death.
Veni, Vidi, Vici
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Caesar.
Famous quote reportedly spoken by Caeser when asked about his recent war victory. He responded "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Video et Taceo
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Elizabeth.
A common phrase said by Elizabeth of her advisors, translating to "I see and say nothing." This means she would listen to the thoughts of her advisors but would not commit herself, politically or any other way.
Vivre La Revolution
Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Napoleon.
Translates as "to live the revolution". A pun on the battle cry "vive la Révolution" ("long live the Revolution") during the French Revolution that enabled Napoleon's rise to power.
A refrence to the opening of "The Six Million Dollar Man." A scientist, Oscar Goldman, utters this famous phrase when presented with the challenge of saving the life of Steve Austin, a fighter pilot who was in a deadly crash.
Building this city must be done without the "Rename" function because "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll" is larger than the name field. It can take up to 33 cities founded to get it. However, you can rename captured cities with Celtic names, and newly settled Celtic cities will take the next Celtic name on the list. This will allow you to capture up to 32 cities and have the 33rd founded with a Celtic Settler to receive the achievement.
Win a Cultural Victory using the Autocracy Ideology.
"Kraft durch Freude" (Strength Through Joy) was an organisation dedicated to leisure activities and tourism for Germans under the totalitarian, fascist Nazi regime. The world wonder unlocked by choosing the Autocracy ideology, Prora, was a Strength Through Joy project.
Tablet Tech Pioneer
Beat the game on any difficulty as Ashurbanipal.
Wordplay conflating the ancient Assyrians' preferred method of keeping written records with modern "tablet" computer devices.
Tear Down this Wall!
Force an AI player with the Order Ideology to switch to Freedom.
Java is the one of the main islands of Indonesia and the world's most populous island. Java Script is a programming language.
The Rhodes Colossus
Playing as England in Scramble for Africa, complete a railroad from Cairo to Capetown.
A reference to the political comic of the same name, in which Cecil Rhodes, an English/South-African Mining Magnate/Politician/Imperialist strides over Africa; with a foot in Cairo and another in Cape Town.
A reference to the 2004 comedy movie "Napoleon Dynamite", in which the titular character's friend Pedro runs for class president. 'Vote for Pedro' is the inscription of a T-shirt worn by Napoleon Dynamite.
Wanna Be the King of the Zulus
Beat the game on any difficulty as Shaka.
What's Yours is Mine
As Portugal, construct a Feitoria in a City-State that is allied to another civilization.