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    Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India - Dev Diary 6 - Free Features #2

    Last week I talked about some of the free features we're putting into the upcoming patch 2.1 (i.e. the free parts of the Rajas of India expansion.) This time, I thought I'd round that off, and next week we will finish this cycle of dev diaries with a Q&A thread!

    Why not start off by talking about the promised revised decadence system that people have been clamoring for since, well, the release of Sword of Islam? Admittedly, there were many issues with Decadence; for example, the fact that all unlanded men of your dynasty generated decadence regardless of their virtue, which is strange and unrealistic. Gameplay where you automatically tend to imprison your relatives if you cannot give them land is also repetitive and, again, not very realistic. So the system needed revision, and now was the time to do it. With the new system, only characters with the new Decadent trait actually give decadence to your dynasty. Landed characters are less likely to pick up the trait, as are Zealous, Diligent and Just characters, etc. The net effect is that decadent characters are rarer but have a greater effect than before. To make it more interesting, we've removed the free imprisoning of dynasty members for Muslims. Instead, you get a chance to convince Decadent characters to straighten up. The outcome depends on your own attributes and those of the target character. If you're diplomatic, for example, he might be easier to convince. If you're learned, you might get him to go on the Hajj, which will automatically remove the Decadent trait, and so on. If you fail, you do get a reason (i.e. no opinion penalty with vassals) to imprison the character, as a last resort.

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    Another issue with the decadence system was that it did not really serve to encourage you to land your relatives; you just imprisoned them instead. Thus, in the event where a close relative asks you for a title, there is now a risk that he might start an adventure against you if you refuse, and this is likelier in Muslim realms. Lastly, we've increased the fracturing effects of losing a decadence revolt a bit more.

    Ok, so that's the new Decadence system, which is fairly unrelated to the general theme of the expansion (although it should now be more interesting to play as a Muslim, with India to your east...) A change that was absolutely necessary with the bigger map, however, was a form of diplomatic range. We did not want Irish counts marrying Indian princesses, etc. Thus, we added a distance threshold for most diplomatic interactions, as well as for councillor jobs. It's a simple enough change, and the range also happens to be precisely right to stop Norse pagans from marrying West Africans (a pet peeve of many people, since the religions are both in the pagan group.)

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    What else have I got for you? Oh yes, the Steam integration stuff. We've added support for Steam Workshop and multi-player matchmaking, just like we have in Europa Universalis IV. (I predict the big mods will have some issues to sort out, however, since there seems to be a file size limit in Steam Workshop.) In a similar vein, we've also added Borderless Windowed mode. For those who don't know what that is, it's basically that the game is actually running in windowed mode, but it appears as fullscreen, so you don't have to tab out of the game; other windows can be open in front of it.

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    Since the save game converter to EU4 is a long-time commitment, we are of course going to support converting your very own India to EU4 as well. Jainism is thus a new religion in EU4, etc.

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    That's about it! There are tons and tons of other improvements, of course, but you can ask about them when we post the full change log for the Q&A thread next week.

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    First ! Thank you Henrik. Any information about the release date ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDrum View Post
    First ! Thank you Henrik. Any information about the release date ?
    I am not at liberty to say, but it's drawing fairly close.
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    Sounds swell!

    Does this mean AI Muslim empires in general are a little more stable, with the revamped decadence system?
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    If the date is drawing near, will we get to see the new portraits soon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolonel View Post
    Sounds swell!

    Does this mean AI Muslim empires in general are a little more stable, with the revamped decadence system?
    Yes, but when they fall, they fall hard.
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    If you can either straighten out decadent relatives or imprison them as a last resort, won't it be really easy for the player to get 0% decadence all the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist girl View Post
    If the date is drawing near, will we get to see the new portraits soon?
    Next week!
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    Will your rank affect the diplomatic range? Would make sense for Emperor to have more resources than count in this regard naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loderingo View Post
    If you can either straighten out decadent relatives or imprison them as a last resort, won't it be really easy for the player to get 0% decadence all the time?
    It isn't too hard with some planning. However, the "straighten up" option costs Piety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damarrocarion View Post
    Will your rank affect the diplomatic range? Would make sense for Emperor to have more resources than count in this regard naturally.
    No, but if you're the same culture and religion, you get a bonus.
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    I have a question about the converter. Why aren't the Miaphysite provinces being converted to Miaphysite in EUIV? I don't know if that have been asked and answered already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomdark View Post
    Lastly, we've increased the fracturing effects of losing a decadence revolt a bit more.
    Oh that's good to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomdark View Post
    Yes, but when they fall, they fall hard.
    Hurray!
    Are there any sort of map changes in Europe?
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    It's a simple enough change, and the range also happens to be precisely right to stop Norse pagans from marrying West Africans (a pet peeve of many people, since the religions are both in the pagan group.)
    What about Baltic/Slavic pagans and West Africans?
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    Well, that sounds like week after next is a pretty good bet. Also, far more sensible changes to decadence. I had bothered me why a chaste, diligent zealot provided decadence while a lustful, greedy hedonistic didn't just because one was landed and the other wasn't. And decendant empires breaking up a bit more is nice; it bothered me a Muslim Blob fall again and a again, with only the name and ruler changing.

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    Does Nestorian and Ibadi convert to EU4 as well since they are no longer heresies?

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    What happened to that bright awesome purple of the Kingdom of Armenia? Now it's a boring brown much like anywhere else already in the map...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raczynski View Post
    What about Baltic/Slavic pagans and West Africans?
    I haven't checked, but it should be enough for them too.
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    So, what other religion beside Jainism will be available in converter?
    Will Ibadi be one of it?

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