CK3 Dev Diary #57 - An Eventful Summer

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CK3 Dev Diary #57 - An Eventful Summer​


Hello everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying the warmer days, and that you are looking forward to hearing a bit more about the free patch, Azure, that we’re releasing this summer.

Before we get into the meat of today's Dev Diary I want to clarify something regarding the Azure patch; it's being made by a smaller group of CK3 devs in a Strike Team setup, which means that not everyone on the CK3 Dev team is working on the patch. We hope that we'll still be able to address quite a few of your concerns, but we won't have time to address everything. Still, keep sending us feedback, as it helps us prioritize!

This dev diary will focus on one area of the patch and as a Content Designer I am – unsurprisingly – here to talk about events and such. More specifically I am here to talk about some new content that we’re including in Azure, and joining me in this dev diary is one of our new Content Designers: Isabella! As developers we all have areas of the game that we would like to expand upon and flesh out a bit, and two areas are now getting some love: childhood and lifestyle events.


Childhood​

Children always want to grow up fast, and no child feels this more actually than the one that just inherited the entire realm at the mature age of six. Oh woe, what can a young king do to pass the long days ahead until he can scheme and murder to his heart’s content? Play with other young rulers, of course! Azure includes a new activity for children called Meet Peers that will make childhood more interesting and full of experiences.

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[Image of the start event for the Meet Peers activity]

Meet Peers is an activity available for children where they can gather all young rulers and courtiers in the realm to just play and forget about the dreariness of life as a child in medieval times. All participants will lose stress and increase their opinion of the host, and the children attending the playdate can find themselves in fun and educational situations!

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[Image of an event that can appear when you Meet Peers]

Of course, there may also be any number of less… wholesome consequences from bringing that many children together.

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[Image of an event that can appear when you Meet Peers]

And if socializing just isn’t your thing and friends are easiest made (and killed) through schemes we’ve also reduced the age restrictions for Sway and Murder slightly. All to enable you to live out your scheming rule from as young an age as possible!


Lifestyle events​

Or, if your children just can’t wait to grow up, you could let them try their fate fighting against grown soldiers in a tournament. In this patch, we have a couple of new lifestyle events coming your way, including the Tantrum Tourney event chain for Martial Authority characters.


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[Image of the starting event from the Tantrum Tourney event chain]

‘Hym repented that he came there!’ - 14th Century Romance Richard Coer de Lyon on grown dukes and lords regretting each moment as they get impaled by a lance manned by an adolescent child.

A trope of romances detailing the life of Richard the Lionheart likes to exaggerate the dates of his reign to present him as a King who was a child monarch. This seems to be done almost exclusively so he can be presented as perhaps the greatest demon of a child who ever lived. Child Richard is shown ordering all of his noblemen to fight him in a tournament - on pain of death, and beating everyone who turns up to a pulp.

Will you allow your baby’s first bloodlust to be unleashed upon your knights, who certainly did not sign up for this?

Keep your eyes peeled while your character is studying their Lifestyle! You might see a few new moments cropping up. Especially if you have war elephants… but what are you doing if you don’t already have war elephants?





That’s it for this week, thank you all for reading!
 
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Interesting. Does it mean that you own children will develop frienships and relationships with other children? Or is this just if your character is a child? Have some "first love" events been introduced for teens too? I have always thought that Children did not have much special for them.
Only rulers will be able to hold the activity, but your child might be invited to, for example, a fellow vassal's playdate if that vassal is a child!
 
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I am really happy that additional events are being added, particularly additional childhood events. :)

I have a question though: Are there any plans to add additional childhood *personality* events? I personally think there should be more of them, and a while ago I made a thread in the suggestion forum with some ideas.
We have no concrete plans for this, but I agree that more variety is always fun. Thank you for the suggestions, it's always great to see!
 
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I surely hope that you have not forgotten us who are entering the fall season in the Southern Hemisphere. Yes, CK3 makes it even down here.

As far as the other announcements, I am happy to get more events. They are fun and enjoyable.
Sweden got snow after I wrote this, so I think this greeting failed on multiple levels!!
 
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I always love childhood focused content. As much as it's a small part of the game it feel really different and refreshing to have to play a child character every then and now.
One of my best CKIII memories was when my child character got a childhood crush event, but sadly the girl was already bethroated (then married as she was older) so as soon as I could I planned to murder the guy, then I also had to murder the duke at whose court she went to live because he didn't want to accept my marriage proposal (and she liked it too much to move to my court). Really sweet memories when I finally could marry her though.
More flavor like this is always welcome.
And they say romance is dead...
 
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Dear @Heptopus
could be possible in the future to have features like renaming kids (as in CKII) or coronation names ( you also have something similar in CKII, but after conversion from pagan religions)?
Thank you :)
I personally really like the idea, but we cannot make any promises about such a feature atm. Going forward we are of course always looking for ways to improve the game, so keep the suggestions coming and we'll keep them in mind!
 
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Will previous saves, aka the ones from now, be compatible with the new update?
The exact amount of fixes and goodies in the patch isn't clear yet, so it is impossible to say at this time. Hopefully not! (but also breaking savegames also means something cool was added so maybe: hopefully yes?)
 
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