CK3 Dev Diary #57 - An Eventful Summer

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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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.

Ivar The Boneless - has joined the group
 
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All participants will lose stress and increase their opinion of the host,

I'm concerned that we don't really need even more ways to get realm-wide (even if it's just other children in this case) opinion boosts. Northern Lords added blots that give, with the right choices, a realm-wide +50 (!!) boost. Is Paradox monitoring the number of positive opinion modifiers available to keep it balanced? It sort of feels like new ones are just being added willy-nilly without regard for game balance.
 
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Hey look another boring dd about an incoming update with no news about the upcoming DLC. Fun!
 
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Hey look another boring dd about an incoming update with no news about the upcoming DLC. Fun!
they have said, multiple times that this upcoming patch is a free one, and the big expansion will be announced at or closer to PDX Con i think.
 
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Cool for the events,
but, speaking about kids, I was really hoping to see also something about regencies :(
 
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I think CK3 has a good base game. I have faith in this project!

Please don't destroy the game like they have done with EU4.
 
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If we're adding stuff to childhood, regencies need to be re-implemented, mayhaps more enjoyable this time around.
 
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I like these changes, as my favorite part of ckii was the events, so more events is always fun. Also, it seems this game is going down a more life sim direction along with the gsg elements, which intrigues me. Maybe you should consult with those mysterious folks over at PDX Tectonic, as if I remember correctly, their boss used to work on The Sims with Maxis, I am sure he might be willing to offer the occasional bit of wisdom.
 
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Hmm.... can your children "accidentally" pass on to the afterlife during that tournament? If so, I sense it will become very popular with certain more fertile rulers in a gavelkind realm.
 
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Can we expect a way to re-name children of our dynasty when they get named something they weren't supposed to like we had in CK2? You could edit a child's name up until it was 6 years old, which was awesome, I'd love for that to be in the game again.

Also, I've actually tweeted this question a few times with no answer, but it may get more attention here: can we expect a way to check what congenital trait has been selected for our bloodline in this patch? There's no way to check as far as I know, and if the AI chooses it, I think we should know what was selected. Thank you everyone!
 
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