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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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 :)
 
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Why can we not rename everybody anyway, like a mod allows me to? That way even achievement hunters can enjoy fixing the mistakes of AI characters and random name generator. It is not worth the effort to bother renaming irrelevant characters, so the impact is minimal.
 
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It sounds like the patch is just going to be more tiny additions that won't make the game any less broken or incomplete. I hope the first "major expansion" is good, because I'm running out of optimism.
 
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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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Yay! Finally we get more interesting childhoods! This has been a big wishlist item for me since CK2, since playing as a child ruler usually is pretty boring (even though historically these were probably the most interesting times since a weak child ruler = chaos). More events and things to do as a kid will definitely help alleviate some of the boredom. And hopefully get us more invested in our children as well.
 
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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!
Regnal Names would be nice. Like I'm playing Francia in 867, starting with Charles, then on to Louise and his sons, and after that, Adalbert?

Adalbert's a nice name and all, but it doesn't look or sound like a Frankish, or French King's name. Jean/John, Henry/Henri, Louis, Charles, and maybe even William, all sound Royal...
 
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Regnal Names would be nice. Like I'm playing Francia in 867, starting with Charles, then on to Louise and his sons, and after that, Adalbert?

Adalbert's a nice name and all, but it doesn't look or sound like a Frankish, or French King's name. Jean/John, Henry/Henri, Louis, Charles, and maybe even William, all sound Royal...
Make his reign and conquests great. Then future generations will think his name sounds royal.
 
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Subtle changes, but definitely ones that should make the game more interesting. I remember getting a child ruler in CKII once, and it wasn't very fun (basically just spend the next several years hoping your guardian doesn't assassinate you).

Looks interesting. By the by, anyone have a strong memory regarding Paradox DLC release schedule? Do they generally average 2 DLC a year or 1?
I don't know for sure, but they've slowd it down with the more reccent games. They used to release DLC more frequently, but they've largely stopped doing this because people complained that it made the game too expensive, and because, as we saw with the reccent EUIV debacle, the old schedule wasn't giving them enough time to fix legacy code that can cause problems down the line.
 
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I've has occasions to complain about aspects of the Game I don't agree with too. It's not that we shouldn't complain. Squeaky wheels get the grease, after all. But there's no call for the totally excessive snark I see on the forums. Not just *THESE* forums by the way...

Literally *EVERY* Gaming Forum I've ever been to is chockful of really toxic spleen being vented on the Devs, and all of this spleen vented, on a game, of all things.
 
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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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