Dearest Paradoxians!

Paradox Interactive is celebrating 10 years of independence, something we would not have been able to do if it were not for you - the loyal (and super intelligent and devilishly handsome ...) Paradox fans. The time has come for us to gather, like a team of superheroes collaborating to save the world, or piranhas devouring a less-sure-footed adventurer. No matter the metaphor, the result will be a large amount of wonderful, excited Paradox fans and staff gathered up in one place to have lots of fun, and enjoy an evening in each others company.

We're not ready to release a fully finished schedule yet... but we are so hyped for this that we can't stop ourselves from sharing some information on what will be going on during this epic event. Please do not panic if you notice your heart rate drastically rising or if you feel a warm, fuzzy sensation; that's just you joining our collective hype. Without further ado, and in no particular order, prepare yourself to become just a little more informed.

Fredrik Wester, Paradox Interactive's CEO, will be hosting a press conference including new games being announced and more! This event will be openly livestreamed for our not-physically-attending fans around the globe.

Later (or perhaps earlier) on the very same stage, project lead Dan "podcat" Lind and PDS Studio veteran Johan "Johan/Balor" Andersson will be talking about maps, sliders, buttons and violent death on a grand strategy scale. How will it be done? In the form of the first-ever Hearts of Iron IV live demo, on stage, right in front of you.

Ever wanted to ask Fred how he manages to never stop smiling, or what color of laser he prefers? You can most likely get that answered in person during the evening, but for the more public-speaking oriented fans we are hosting a Paradox Panel moderated by popular YouTuber Quill18. Prepare to banter about developing strategy games, industry hot topics, Johan's favorite ice-cream or just about anything you can think of. We've got the answers, you better bring the questions!

On the topic of interacting; we will be mingling, hosting demo stations (featuring unreleased content), drinking beer, talking about anecdotes (like that other time we had beers and **EMBARRASSING STORY REDACTED**), giving out gifts and generally enjoying ourselves.

Also, contests. More on this as we get closer to the event.

Okay, this message turned out to be a bit longer than expected. We better get back to preparing to meet our fans; after all, we're only a few weeks away.

Quill18 -Popular Youtuber
Fredrik Wester -Paradox CEO
Johan Andersson -Paradox Studio Head
Dan "podcat" Lind -paradox Development Studio
+ Many more Devs, Community and Forum Staff and of course other Fans.

Titles to be shown at Gamescom include:

- Pillars of Eternity – available to play on the show floor
- Runemaster – available to play on the show floor
- Magicka 2
- Hearts of Iron IV
- Secret projects we can’t talk about just yet

DATE: August 14, 2014
TIME: 8pm – 11pm
LOCATION: Cologne, Germany
ADDRESS: Kölnmesse, Messeplatz 1, Halle 9, 50679 Köln, Germany

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