+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 12 1 2 3 11 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 239

Thread: Europa Universalis IV Developer diary 15 - Et tu Brute?

  1. #1
    Studio Manager Paradox Dev Team Johan's Avatar
    Crusader Kings II

    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Location
    I iskall kyla...
    Posts
    16,006
    Blog Entries
    2

    Europa Universalis IV Developer diary 15 - Et tu Brute?

    Welcome to another development diary for Europa Universalis IV!
    So far, all of the national profiles we’ve given you have focused on the big boys
    – the major powers that people tend to start with when they play a new game, and that have the greatest potential for world spanning empires.

    But the Europa Universalis series has also attracted a lot of people that want to spend time with smaller countries and see what they can do.
    This time, we turn our focus on a country that is on the 3rd tier of importance for development to show the attention they get.
    So welcome to Milan, a flat territory where sultry summers and cold, rainy winters prevail. Situated in Northern Italy, the Duchy of Milan is a part of the Holy Roman Empire and includes allthe former towns of the two centuries dead Lombard League and holds the wide rural area lying between the hills of Montferrat and the Venetian Lagoon.

    Milanese Possibilities
    In the mid-15th century, Milan was pretty much constantly at war with its neighbors. This was the high point of the condottieri wars that ravaged Italy for a century – pretty much until the French invaded and started smacking everyone around. So expect Northern Italy to be a bit of a cockpit.

    The Lombard plain’s greatest advantage is that Milan can create a lot of wealth for a nation that starts the Grand Campaign with three provinces. Its cloth and wine are high value goods and it has easy access to trade nodes dominated by both Genoa and Venice – meaning that if it chooses to invest in a merchant fleet and can win some battles at sea, it can reap the wealth of these trade routes.

    If you dare to choose to play Milan, you might find that you need to defend your territory against the Swiss, the French and the Venetians. It´s hard work, but someone has to do it. In your favor, France and Venice have bigger fish to worry about in the early going (though they will naturally expand towards Italy) and Switzerland has to cross the Alps to do any damage, and this takes time. If Milan chooses to go aggressive, the smaller city states of Italy (Mantua, Modena, Ferrara) are close at hand, and if Florence falls, Milan is well on its way to becoming the premier power on the peninsula.

    The Flavor of Milan
    In Europa Universalis II, the last game in the series that really invested in historical events for the player to engage with, there were two events for Milan: one where they could get inherited, and one flavor event about Leonardo Da Vinci. However our goal with Europa Universalis IV has been to make sure that not only the ten or fifteen most “interesting” nations had flavor.

    At the moment, Milan has ten historical flavor events, none of which are a forced inheritance. One of the most interesting one is the Ambrosian Republic, which can be triggered during the first century of gameplay.
    In 1447 Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, dies without a male heir which brings the Visconti line of rulers to an end. Now, the Ambrosian Republic enters the stage. Historically speaking, this was a short-lived popular government that resisted foreign invasion until it was toppled by one of the great Italian soldiers-of-fortune, Francesco Sforza.

    In Europa Universalis IV, if Milan has a regency or low legitimacy you can choose to institute the Ambrosian Republic in Milan. This action will give some large neighbor’s a Casus Belli (Just cause for war) on you so they can restore the monarchy, while you get a unique government form that gives you increased morale for your soldiers and greater tax income.

    Of course, Milan can still form the nation of Italy as all Italian minors can But they need to dominate Northern Italy and Rome to do it.

    Click image for larger version

Name:	eu4_7.png
Views:	10455
Size:	3.06 MB
ID:	69426

    Milanese National Ideas
    Milan starts with the tradition of +10% infantry power to represent their formidable condottieres, and a +1 bonus to diplomatic upkeep (a concept we'll talk more about in a future dev diary).
    1. Renaissance Prince 10% cheaper Ideas
    2. Patron of Music +1 prestige yearly.
    3. Lowered Power of Barons 10% more tax
    4. Age of Condottieri 25% cheaper mercenaries.
    5. Encouragement of Philosophers - 5% cheaper technology
    6. Merchant Princes +10% Trade Power
    7. Rulership of Enlightened Principals 10% cheaper stability.

    And when you have gained all your national ideas, you get a bonus 20% to your manpower.

    Not every minor nation will be getting unique National Ideas – most will get a generic list of bonuses. But many popular and important minor nations, from Bohemia to Vijaynagar, will give you a chance to play smaller powers that don’t sacrifice anything with regards to personality or variety.

    Bonus Detail: Republican Tradition
    In the Heir to the Throne expansion to Europa Universalis III, we added the concept of legitimacy for monarchies. The idea was to find a way to model the transitional period between new monarchs or new dynasties and make the royal marriage system a little more important. This created some interesting mechanics, and we felt we needed something to serve the same purpose for Republics.

    So, in Europa Universalis IV we have now added the concept of Republican Tradition. This is a value between 0 and 100%, and a newly formed republic starts with just 1% tradition – people like what they know, historically republics were seen as a little bit unstable, and it takes time before the ideas of civic freedom and voting for leaders take hold. A low republican tradition increases stability cost, and a high tradition reduces revolt risk. If you get a low republican tradition, you are more likely to have rebels supportive of restoring the monarchy, and if you ever go below 1% tradition you convert to a despotic monarchy rather quickly.

    Your Republican Tradition goes up by +1% each year, and there are events that can give you a hard choice between tradition losses or other negative consequences. There are some advantages to playing a Republic – you get to choose your leaders in elections, after all. But you should never be really comfortable.

    In light of adding this new mechanic, elections for Republics have changed slightly. You will lose 10% Republican Tradition if you re-elect the same leader, to represent the fear of a republic losing that regular change of office that guarantees the legitimacy of the government, and if you re-elect someone at while you have low tradition (currently we’ve set this at less than 20%), your Republican period comes to an end and you give birth to a despotic monarchy.
    Last edited by Regina; 14-12-2012 at 12:29.

    Johan Andersson
    Studio Manager at Paradox Development Studio AB - Follow me at Twitter!

    "A patch is never late! Nor is it ever early. It arrives precisely when I mean it to do!"

    For our Patching and Expansion Policy, read here...

    Read here why EU4 requires steam!

  2. #2
    Field Marshal Wallain's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Divine WindHearts of Iron III
    Europa Universalis III: In NomineMarch of the EaglesEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome GoldSengoku
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedRome: Vae VictisWarlock: Master of the ArcaneCK2: Holy Knight
    500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderWarlock 2: The Exiled

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Denmark
    Posts
    3,350
    Republican tradition sounds good. Would monarchies have it too, so if you changed into a monarchy from a republic, the people would want to restore their rights?

  3. #3
    Republican Tradition: I thought it was being made harder to convert between government types, or is it just always aligning people back towards monarchies? Not complaining, just curious.

  4. #4
    Fangathering Mainstay Demi Moderator RedRalphWiggum's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    15,467
    Great - Milan was one of my favourites ot play in EU3 and I always liked to go Republican anyway.

    what do you mean Milan will be a cockpit?

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by RedRalphWiggum View Post
    what do you mean Milan will be a cockpit?
    If I'm not much mistaken, it seems to be a reference to poultry fighting rather than aviation.

  6. #6
    Nice diary, but I have hoped to see a diary about a game mechanic. Could we get a rough idea what topic the next diaries might have?

  7. #7
    Unpaid Ulm PR employee Svip's Avatar
    For The Glory

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Kopenhaagen, Taani Kuningriik
    Posts
    2,409
    I wonder if Ulm is unique or merely generic.

    I wouldn't blame Paradox if it was merely generic. But Johan did say the most important and popular. Although, in fairness, I too couldn't find much information about Ulm.

    But I like the Republican Tradition concept!
    AARs of Sir Svip OLIR:
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis IV) (ongoing)
    Winner of: ACA 2014 Q2: EUIV, ACA 2014 Q1: EUIV (Split), AARtist of the Month (May 2014), Seal of Mythic Approval and having the same title as another popular AAR.
    Ulm plays Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods as Someone (finished), Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness as Austria (finished) and March of the Eagles as Russia (finished)
    Winner of: Hats.
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis III) (ended)
    Winner of: Europa Univeralis: The Musical, Cities in Motion DLC: Ulm, AARtist of the Month (June 2011), (Royal Dutch Cheese of Anti-Frognessship), (Swedish Meatball of Volvo and Björn Borg), (Cyan Blue Cookie of Awesomeness), (Lord Strange Cookie of British Awesomeness), ACA 2010 Q4: EU Comedy, (Paradox Cookie), WritAAR of the Week (2011-01-30), "Best everything, ever" award, (Irish Shamrock Cookie) and being in this signature.
    Full list at my Inkwell

  8. #8
    Fangathering Mainstay Demi Moderator RedRalphWiggum's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    15,467
    Quote Originally Posted by Demonsul View Post
    If I'm not much mistaken, it seems to be a reference to poultry fighting rather than aviation.
    Oh yeah, makes sense. Had never heard that expression before. I like the message box, BTW

  9. #9
    Field Marshal Wallain's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Divine WindHearts of Iron III
    Europa Universalis III: In NomineMarch of the EaglesEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome GoldSengoku
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedRome: Vae VictisWarlock: Master of the ArcaneCK2: Holy Knight
    500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderWarlock 2: The Exiled

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Denmark
    Posts
    3,350
    Quote Originally Posted by Svip View Post
    I wonder if Ulm is unique or merely generic.
    Ulm is tier 0.

  10. #10
    Captain Furga's Avatar
    Cities in MotionCities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEuropa Universalis: Chronicles
    Hearts of Iron III CollectionHOI3: Their Finest HourMarch of the EaglesVictoria: RevolutionsVictoria 2
    Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    350
    When do you have your winter holiday? Mine starts next Friday so I was just wondering if there's something to look forward to next week?
    Bra där.

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Svip View Post
    I wonder if Ulm is unique or merely generic.
    Ulm gets the following NIs:

    1. The power of svip
    2. The legacy of svip
    3. Svipping festivities
    4. Svip beer
    ...

  12. #12
    Corporal WashDisher's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor the Motherland
    Hearts of Iron IIIHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneMagickaMarch of the Eagles
    Victoria: RevolutionsSemper FiSengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House Divided
    Victoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: WarbandMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order
    EUIV: Call to arms event

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    27
    I love the new event popup boxes, they don't look as bland as before

  13. #13
    Unpaid Ulm PR employee Svip's Avatar
    For The Glory

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Kopenhaagen, Taani Kuningriik
    Posts
    2,409
    Quote Originally Posted by Phelan View Post
    Ulm gets the following NIs:

    1. The power of svip
    2. The legacy of svip
    3. Svipping festivities
    4. Svip beer
    ...
    I don't feel like Donald Trump, I'd prefer if my name was replaced with Ulm.

    And the last idea to be called 'Ulm Ulm Ulm'.
    AARs of Sir Svip OLIR:
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis IV) (ongoing)
    Winner of: ACA 2014 Q2: EUIV, ACA 2014 Q1: EUIV (Split), AARtist of the Month (May 2014), Seal of Mythic Approval and having the same title as another popular AAR.
    Ulm plays Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods as Someone (finished), Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness as Austria (finished) and March of the Eagles as Russia (finished)
    Winner of: Hats.
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis III) (ended)
    Winner of: Europa Univeralis: The Musical, Cities in Motion DLC: Ulm, AARtist of the Month (June 2011), (Royal Dutch Cheese of Anti-Frognessship), (Swedish Meatball of Volvo and Björn Borg), (Cyan Blue Cookie of Awesomeness), (Lord Strange Cookie of British Awesomeness), ACA 2010 Q4: EU Comedy, (Paradox Cookie), WritAAR of the Week (2011-01-30), "Best everything, ever" award, (Irish Shamrock Cookie) and being in this signature.
    Full list at my Inkwell

  14. #14
    Unpaid Ulm PR employee Svip's Avatar
    For The Glory

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Kopenhaagen, Taani Kuningriik
    Posts
    2,409
    Quote Originally Posted by Furga View Post
    When do you have your winter holiday? Mine starts next Friday so I was just wondering if there's something to look forward to next week?
    Don't you mean Christmas Holiday? Our Winter Break is in in February.
    AARs of Sir Svip OLIR:
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis IV) (ongoing)
    Winner of: ACA 2014 Q2: EUIV, ACA 2014 Q1: EUIV (Split), AARtist of the Month (May 2014), Seal of Mythic Approval and having the same title as another popular AAR.
    Ulm plays Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods as Someone (finished), Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness as Austria (finished) and March of the Eagles as Russia (finished)
    Winner of: Hats.
    Glory for Ulm A Flagland AAR (Europa Universalis III) (ended)
    Winner of: Europa Univeralis: The Musical, Cities in Motion DLC: Ulm, AARtist of the Month (June 2011), (Royal Dutch Cheese of Anti-Frognessship), (Swedish Meatball of Volvo and Björn Borg), (Cyan Blue Cookie of Awesomeness), (Lord Strange Cookie of British Awesomeness), ACA 2010 Q4: EU Comedy, (Paradox Cookie), WritAAR of the Week (2011-01-30), "Best everything, ever" award, (Irish Shamrock Cookie) and being in this signature.
    Full list at my Inkwell

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by WashDisher View Post
    I love the new event popup boxes, they don't look as bland as before
    Thats true. They remind me of EU Rome.

  16. #16
    Colonel Dankysh's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindHeir to the Throne500k club
    Europa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Call to arms event

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Liverpool, England, UK
    Posts
    952
    Milan is one of my most favourite nations to play in any game (TW/EU3 etc). This diary was a great read for me. They seem to be really interesting and flavoursome despite being a 3rd tier nation! The Republican tradition sounds really fun to play with. It could be interesting to RP a nation with High tradition and slowly sabotage the country to drop to despotic monarchy (As my leader gets a little too ambitious and decides to become a monarch - I assume on the latter example " and if you re-elect someone at while you have low tradition (currently we’ve set this at less than 20%), your Republican period comes to an end and you give birth to a despotic monarchy." The re-elected leader becomes the monarch and not somebody else.)

  17. #17
    Captain Furga's Avatar
    Cities in MotionCities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEuropa Universalis: Chronicles
    Hearts of Iron III CollectionHOI3: Their Finest HourMarch of the EaglesVictoria: RevolutionsVictoria 2
    Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    350
    Quote Originally Posted by Svip View Post
    Don't you mean Christmas Holiday? Our Winter Break is in in February.
    Oh yes, damn me and my lack of english-skills! We don't even have something called a winter holiday, we call it "sportlov" in February (sports holiday).
    Bra där.

  18. #18
    Colonel Dankysh's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindHeir to the Throne500k club
    Europa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Call to arms event

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Liverpool, England, UK
    Posts
    952
    Quote Originally Posted by Furga View Post
    Oh yes, damn me and my lack of english-skills! We don't even have something called a winter holiday, we call it "sportlov" in February (sports holiday).
    Tbf; I commonly refer to the break as Christmas/Winter break with work and so does many people from around here. We don't have another holiday in winter neither!

  19. #19
    Forgetful troubadour Cèsar de Quart's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindHeir to the ThroneVictoria 2
    Victoria II: A House Divided500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    El Pont de Mar Blava (Barcelona - Montpellier)
    Posts
    2,534
    Yay, Ambrosian Republic!

    I like the concept of Republican Tradition. A lot!

  20. #20
    Rampant Lion Demi Moderator Seelmeister's Avatar
    200k clubHearts of Iron 2: ArmageddonCities in MotionCrusader Kings IICommander: Conquest of the Americas
    Deus VultEast India CompanyEuropa Universalis 3EU3 CompleteDivine Wind
    For the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In Nomine
    March of the EaglesEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionVictoria: RevolutionsEuropa Universalis: RomeSemper Fi
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae Victis
    V2 Beta500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,353
    Milan sounds like a fascinating game, very interesting flavour events that will effect the whole region.

    I particularly like the republican tradition, this will make republics a challenging experience, looking forward to hearing about some of the events that will cause hiccups or gives boosts to this.

    Another great screenshot, the terrain map looks great, and the message dialogue is a very nice layout, very clear but not too plain.
    When I speak in gold I do so as a demi-moderator. Never publicly comment on moderation action, PM me instead. Forum Rules

    Current AARs
    MotE - In the Shadow of Greatness
    EUIV - Your Wee Bit Hill and Glen
    Victoria II - The Concert of Europe: Germany in the Long Nineteenth Century - New!

    Visit my Inkwell to see all my AARs | Subscribe to the AARlander - A monthly collection of reviews, interviews and articles!

    WritAAR of the week: 29/12/13 ... Fan of the week: 27/01/13 and 12/01/14

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 12 1 2 3 11 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts