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    Ask Paradox (almost) Anything Thread (no support/tech or code questions)

    Hi people,

    As promised here's a thread where you get to ask us (almost) whatever you want. I write almost as some of you might want to ask questions you know we cant answer. Like: "When is CK2 coming?" or "Whats the next game you are making" etc etc. These are not the type of questions you should be asking. Focus on other aspects of Paradox instead and we promise to be forthcoming

    The best analogy which you should use as guidance is the following:

    "You step into the Dragons cave and behold a beautiful sight: mountains of gold, jewels and mythical artifacts are heaped everywhere. But then you notice a giant black dragon perched upon the treasures, smoke drifting from its terrible maw. You realize you have but one chance to make it out of here alive. Anger the dragon with foolish questions and you are sure to perish.

    Chose your questions wisely, as they will dictate your fate."


    In other words, keep your questions sensible and we'll keep answering. Fail to do so and you'll end up talking to yourselves

    When you ask your question please let us know if there's a special department you'd like the answer from: Developers or Publishing.

    I'm going to be active and make sure we have people on our side who'll answer your questions.


    So ask away!


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    Castellon Note: Specific questions about specific games that have their own forums should be asked in those forums, This thread is for more general questions.
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    What are Paradox staff's favourite games they have made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surume View Post
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    Hello, congratulations on the 200k milestone and btw this thread is a good idea...
    So, i have a couple of questions that should be adressed by the forum management department...
    1) Are there any plans for an amendment to the game icon/registration system, so it would include ALL Paradox releases? I was thinking along the lines of ALL the Complete packs, EU1 and 2, Asian chapters, even titles as old as Svea Rike or that cool Airfix Dogfighter (wow...the memories ).
    2) Shouldn't there be some kind of recognition of the input provided by long time members of the forum, especially since we passed the 200K milestone? I have been here for nine years and there are people here that were already board veterans then ! I am not talking about discounts or anything, just an icon would be appreciated, maybe when the board gets to complete a decade of existence ?
    Thanks for your time, and i hope the dragon is not too angry with me These questions mean well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lordban View Post
    Was the one who had the idea to use it as a logo among them?
    A former CEO Nils Gulliksson designed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surume View Post
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    I guess WoW since I played it for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surume View Post
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    The development team is 12 people, and since we're in sweden its a 40 hour workweek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelos View Post
    1) Are there any plans for an amendment to the game icon/registration system, so it would include ALL Paradox releases? I was thinking along the lines of ALL the Complete packs, EU1 and 2, Asian chapters, even titles as old as Svea Rike or that cool Airfix Dogfighter (wow...the memories ).
    no. as we can't really print codes and go back in time to put on boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Lucky View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surume View Post
    What are Paradox staff's favourite games they haven't made?
    Somehow I was afraid to ask those questions myself (the dragon!), but I'm satisfied that those two simple, but significant questions got asked.

    But I have one similar question: what is the most complicated (but yet satisfying) PC strategy game, you have ever played in your life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelos View Post
    2) Shouldn't there be some kind of recognition of the input provided by long time members of the forum, especially since we passed the 200K milestone? I have been here for nine years and there are people here that were already board veterans then ! I am not talking about discounts or anything, just an icon would be appreciated, maybe when the board gets to complete a decade of existence ?
    Thanks for your time, and i hope the dragon is not too angry with me These questions mean well
    Well, you do have the spiffy "join date" clearly visible besides all your posts to invoke fear and respect. I'm not saying never, but it not something we have planned.

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    how do i get myself an avatar? ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan View Post
    no. as we can't really print codes and go back in time to put on boxes.
    Why can't you go back in time?
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