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EU4 - Development Diary - 19th of March 2018

Good day all. As I threatened last week: We're releasing this week's EU4 Dev Diary a day early for all you out there who like to digest all the changes we make ahead of time. I myself am currently abroad at GDC in San Francisco, so I may be rather sluggish in answering questions, but no doubt @Trin Tragula and @Groogy will rise to the occasion.

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# Expansion Features
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- Nations now have an Innovativeness value, ranging from 0.0 to 100.0.
- Knowledge Sharing lets you speed up the adoption of Institutions in the target country.
- Naval Doctrine Wooden Wall now gives a combat roll bonus of 1 in neighboring coastal provinces.
- Added Coal Trade Good. Trading in Coal gives 10% extra Goods Produced nationally. Local bonus is 20% State Maintenance reduction.
- Added potential for Coal to a number of provinces worldwide.
- Added Furnace Manufactory that boosts national goods produced by 5% instead of local produced goods.
- The Steer Trade diplomatic action and peace treaty can be used to make merchants in the recipient country steer trade value towards your trade nodes.
- Added 15 Anglican events, including DHE to convert to Anglicanism as a British-culture nation.
- Added 14 Irish missions
- Added 15 Scottish missions
- Added English Missions
- Added British Missions
- [Purple Phoenix] Updated the Purple Phoenix DLC for the new Mission System.

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# Free Features
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- Added map changes to The British Isles, France and Low Countries
- Added New National Ideas to British Isles and Low Countries
- Lobby/Start Screen: Added news banner (shown first time game is started after an update with new news content).
- Reworked how gold is demanded in peace offers: 5 war score now equal one loan size of target, and maximum WS on gold is 25.
- Missions System has been completely reworked, displaying all available missions for a nation in a dedicated tab
- Diversified SFX for Papacy-style interfaces.
- 10 Achievements added

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# Gamebalance
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# Economy
- Reduced most permanent sources of land maintenance cost reduction.
- Increased tech effect on land maintenance from 0.01 to 0.02
- Reduced amount of production and trade efficiency gained from tech

# Governments
- Tenures Abolition Policy no longer useless for Celestial Empires

# Religion
- you no longer break alliance or support liberty relations when changing the religion.

# Units
- It is no longer possible to Conform to template Condottieri (or pending Condottieri).

# War & Peace
- At most 25 war score can be demanded as gold in peace.
- War Score cost for Transfer Trade Power reduced to 30%
- Support independence is no longer canceled after one month if the overlord of the subject is a tributary.

# Other
- To set Player attitude to Friendly towards a country now requires said country to have 50 opinion of player.

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# AI
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# Diplomacy
- AI slightly more weights in neighbors that might declare on them in prewar power calculations.
- AI will now consider giving provinces to subject in peace even if they have vital interest on them.
- Made getting Friendly attitude from AI directly depend on opinion to a degree; this is an attempt to fix the bug that for unknown reasons made it very rare.
- AI overlord cancelling Tributary relation or being cancelled by overlord will have -1000 towards acceptance for the duration of the opinion modifier.
- Added explicit check to forbid AI from canceling Transfer trade power or Trade steering when an agreement to their benefit is in force, and they are not preparing war.
- Fixed ruler personality induced war declaration disclosures and added this to Babbling Buffoon and Malevolent personalities as well.
- Fixed AI acceptance modding for custom diplomatic actions.

# Economy
- AI will now use Statute in Restraint of Appeals decision under limited circumstances. AI with this decision active will never reject Anglicanism.
- AI is now aware of more types of diplomatic expenses when performing budget calculations, hence less likely to underestimate budget.
- Free Thinker and Scholar personality rulers are more likely to Knowledge share.
- An AI country maxed out on tech will no longer try to advance to higher tech (this was reducing late game performance and preventing it from e.g. developing provinces instead).
- AI is now more keen to repair unmothballed ships during peace if they have no loans.
- AI is now able to decrease tariffs (again?)
- Fixed AI increase in budget when rich, so it will spend more on army and navy if being very rich.
- AI is now much more likely to build force limit buildings.
- AI now deprioritizes building force limit/manpower/sailor buildings until they have built some economic buildings.
- AI can now destroy buildings to build better ones if out of building slots when they are rich.

# War
- Mostly undid "AI prefers to siege with 1 or 2 regs above minimum of limit" change unless fort level is one. It caused other issues currently too complex for AI to deal with.
- Capped number of days in a row an AI army will skip processing for during peace to 15 to avoid unresponsiveness when preparing war.
- Fixed AI massing on borders before declaring war (for immersion), if there isn't too high threat nearby.
- Trimmed down number of independent AI armies for countries with many regiments as this was being a performance drain.
- Tweaked non-tributary subjects declaring wars (colonial nations) to require a greater advantage, as to create fewer "overlord must rescue them" situations.
- Fixed issue where AI wouldn't merge many small transport fleets due to waiting for an admiral assignment it wouldn't decide to make anyway.
- AI made more likely to choose fort provinces as fleet bases to avoid easy capture.
- Added guard against AI launching doom stacking invasions into one province islands that already have enough troops (this works for any friendly units already arrived).
- AI will no longer use armies to explore when there are threats nearby said army.
- AI can now split their transport fleet when they feel safe about doing so and army to be transported is smaller than fleet.
- Fixed case where army would refuse to board transport because target location is held by enemy controller (really old code not making sense).
- Fixed exploration nations' AI splitting up most or all of their armies into 5k stacks due to reassigning conquistador.
- AI should be slightly more proactive against transports landing troops on their home shores.
- Fixed AI warship building; it can now build 5-10 times as large war fleets under favorable circumstances.
- AI now keeps a home fleet consisting of warships that's not allowed to stray far from their home coast.
- Revised number of admirals the AI recruits.
- AI no longer unassigns admiral from fleet as soon as it leaves port to another fleet in port.
- AI considers maneuver more important than before when estimating navy power and admiral skill.
- Reduced willingness of AI to suicide navies that would enter battle early with a way too powerful enemy fleet because of expecting reinforcements.
- Probably fixed exiled armies with splinters stuck unable to reach their base due to gathering up.
- Fixed cause of fleets stuck waiting for 0 unit armies.
- AI will try to keep a minimum fraction of its armies at home rather than sending them abroad to fight. This is however constrained by its splitting logic.
- Invading AI army stuck and unable to path to departure port will now disband. This is less bad than tying up a large part of the AI's force (including freed splinters).
- Tried to make AI less adamant about transporting troops to own areas with little actual military threat, as well as diverting troops from areas with significant actual threat.
- AI slightly more likely to assign leaders to main armies rather than splinters, and especially than divisions.
- AI can now simultaneously invade with multiple armies in same area provided there are enough enemies there (rather than exclusively with one army at a time).
- Fixed major bug in region assignment system that made most assignments fantasy comparatively speaking.
- Fixed invasion splinter consolidation behavior.
- Tightened up AIs use of repairing fleets for transport (especially, it will no longer assign such a fleet and then let army sit frozen and wait for it to repair).

# Other
- Revisited exploration logic to make it work as intended w.r.t. not using entire fleet for it. AI will also stop exploring during war properly.
- AI regions are now different from geographic regions and are calculated to optimize AI, will hopefully help with idiot Mamluk AI.
- Fixed crash caused by AI trying to raise janissaries in lost states.

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# Interface
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# Country
- Fixed country names sometimes appearing in very strange places when using Random New World
- Land/Navy force limit values/modifiers (considering local autonomy) are shown on map and macro builder selecting Regimental Camp and Shipyard.

# Icons/Art
- Added new flag for Cornwall
- Armies drilling around now have a very notable yellow "Drilling" in their tooltip.
- When a human player is at war with another human player, a blue flame will now be shown in the outliner instead of the standard red.

# Other
- Clicking on an achievement's progress/requirements in the achievement browser will now highlight relevant provinces on the map that you need to fulfill the Achievement.
- Clicking a decision requirement will now highlight relevant provinces on the map.

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# Usermodding
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# Commands
- Added "innovativeness" console cmd.
- Added "norevolts" console command.
- Added "repair" [ships] console command.
- Updated "economy" console command to also display AI budget.
- Added "powerspend_count" console command.
- Added "assert" console command to check trigger argument (if trigger evaluates false, test failure is invoked).

# Effects
- Added "change_innovativeness" effect (Country scope. Range [-100.0, 100.0], capped to [0.0, 100.0]).
- Added complete_mission effect

# Logging
- Removed error logging of dynamic ( ex. @root ) flags.
- Fixed error log flooding of "undefined event target" when using global_event_target.

# Modifiers
- Added innovativeness static modifier.
- Added the modifier type institution_growth. When applied to a province, it will grow all institution by this value, with special case handling for knowledge_sharing.
- Added the province modifier knowledge_sharing added to any province where knowledge sharing is growing an institution.

# Triggers
- Added "innovativeness" trigger (Country scope. Range: [0.0, 100.0]).
- "else" and "else_if" now also works for the trigger version of "if"
- Added is_capital_of trigger
- has_province_modifier trigger now supports triggered province modifiers (takes triggered province modifier trigger key, checks both active and non-active triggered modifiers).
- Added has_active_triggered_province_modifier trigger (takes triggered province modifier trigger key).
- Added support for provinces_to_highlight for missions, decisions and achievements
- Make continent trigger support provinces (Instead of only continent tags and country tags)
- Added num_of_foreign_hre_provinces trigger.
- Added has_mission trigger to check if scope tag has mission available
- Add number of consorts trigger.
- Add captured ships with Boarding naval doctrine trigger.
- Add island provinces trigger.

# Other
- Added the define NDefines::NDiplomacy::pEACE_COST_GOLD_STEP to specify maximum number of loans worth of gold that can be taken from giver.
- Changed the semantics of define PEACE_COST_GOLD_STEP to set WS per loan.
- Added PEACE_COST_STEER_TRADE define to specify peace cost of the Steer trade peace option.
- Added the define DIPLOMATIC_ACTION_KNOWLEDGE_SHARING_ACCEPTANCE_MULT to control AI's tendency to use Knowledge Sharing based on acceptance.
- Changed church aspect objects effect to be named modifier instead.
- Added the defines KNOWLEDGE_SHARING_DURATION_YEARS and KNOWLEDGE_SHARING_COST_PERCENT_MONTHLY to control Knowledge Sharing.
- Added define EXTRA_SURPLUS_WHEN_NEEDING_BUILDINGS for AI to make them save more money as long as they need to construct buildings.
- Added INVADING_MIN_HOME_RATIO to specify minimum of armies AI should keep at home.
- Added HOME_FLEET_MAX_RATIO to specify the upper limit number of warships AI should keep as a home fleet.

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# Script
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# Achievements
- Added 10 new achievements

# Decisions
- Added province highlighting for decisions.
- Added decision to adopt Sikh Religion for Muslims.

# Events
- Added 15 Innovativeness events
- Added option in Margaret of Anjou event to make her a consort. Event can no longer trigger if there is already a consort.
- Cruelty of Mercenaries now requires at least 15 units of Mercenaries, rather than 1.
- Added 22 events relating to the Industrial Revolution.
- Added 1 price change event for Coal.
- The event for Toyotomi Hideyoshi now lets you choose him as your heir.

# Ideas
- Burgundian Ambition is now 15% Goods Produced.

# Missions
- Added province highlighting for missions.
- Updated French missions for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for Hungary for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for Tatars for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for European Countries for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for Asian Countries for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for African Countries for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for Arabian Countries for the new Mission System.
- Added Mamluk missions.
- Added Persian Missions. The Persian flavor events "Reforms of Ismail" and "The Shrine of Najaf" are now triggered through missions instead of mean time to happen.
- Updated Missions for Bavarian for the new Mission System.
- Updated Aragonese Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Missions for Brandenburg and Prussia for the New Mission System.
- Updated Missions for Gujarat for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for China for the new Mission System.
- Updated Coptic Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Daimyo Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Aq Qoyunlu Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated English Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated New World Native Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Papal Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Genoese Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Lithuanian Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated USA Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Venetian Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Polish Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Scottish Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Swedish Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Manchu Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Incan Mission for the new Mission System.
- Updated Japanese Missions for the new Mission System.
- Updated Missions for Orissa for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Oman for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for High American Tech Group for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Korea for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Hisn Kayfa for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Lubeck for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Netherlands for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Spain and Castile for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for England for the new Mission System
- Updated Missions for Portugal for the new Mission System.
- Updated Missions for Russia and Muscovy for the new Missions System.
- Updated Missions for Austria for the new Mission System.
- Updated Missions for Tirol and Styria for the new Mission System.
- Updated Missions for the Ottoman Empire for the new Mission System.
- Fleshed out Byzantine Mission to conquer Venice reward a bit.
- Updated and Reworked Missions for Timurids, Afghanistan, Transoxiana, and Ajam for the new Mission system
- Updated Base Game Missions for the Byzantines for the new Mission System.
- Added Missions for Bohemia
- Added Missions for Burgundy, focusing on Lotharingia and Arelat
- Added short Mission Chain for Rassids and Aden

# Setup
- Added The Isles as a vassal of Scotland in 1444
- Dijon is now an Inland Center of Trade.
- János Hunyadi no longer treated as a regency.
- Revamped areas a bit in Northern France and the Low Countries.
- Split Bourgogne into Dijonnais and Auxerrois.
- Removed Limburg Province and replaced it with Upper Guelders. Much of old Limburg now belongs to the province of Liege.
- Added 4 provinces to Ireland.
- Added 15 provinces to the Island of Great Britain.
- Added 3 provinces to the Lowlands Region.
- Added 8 provinces to the French Region.
- Added Tyrconnell country tag Ireland.
- Added Faly country tag in Ireland.
- Added Ormond country tag in Ireland.
- Added Munster (MacCarthy Mor) country tag in Ireland.
- Added Mann revolter tag.

# Other
- Added startup screens for Irish minors, Provence, Brittany, and Scotland.
- You can now pick the Siberian Clan Council government in the Nation Designer.

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# Bugfixes
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- You can no longer reinforce your armies for free by drilling them.
- Added even more consistent coloring in tutorial overview.
- Fixed bug in trade policy event 9 that would make it impossible to get new maps from it.
- Fixed bad check in tribal federation event 6.
- Breaking Vassalization is no longer limited to Art of War (clearly not WAD).
- Fixed wrong primary culture for Hojo, Hosokawa and Tokugawa.
- Fixed sound not playing when becoming Defender of the Faith for certain religions.
- Fixed CTD when trying to move a trade end node in nudger.
- Fixed minor heir name display bug.
- Removed different religious school penalty when playing without CoC as it was inconsistent with DLC feature.
- Fixed bug where subject wasn't able to call its overlord into war when said overlord had warned other party, despite UI claiming otherwise.
- Modding: Fixed trade routes no longer being written when using the nudge tool (broke in 1.23).
- Modding: Fixed trade routes not showing when first opening the nudge tool.
- Modding: Added info dialog when trying to select a Trade Node with no outgoing routes.
- MP: Fixed banned players getting a message about being kicked instead of banned.
- Fixed swapped option texts for Japanes flavor event 50, "A Son Finds His Way Home".
- Startup screen for Austria no longer makes claims about the ability of Albert the Magnanimous twice.
- Fixed an event that could swap the religion of a province that had a Center of Reformation.
- Fixed a bug where the Japanese Flavor Event "Silver Pavilion" could trigger in a province that already had a Cathedral.
- Fixed freeze when having the same unit multiple times in province unit list.
- Fixed CTD in ai_acceptance in custom diplomatic actions.
- Fixed La Malinche's distinct lack of culture.
- Forming Japan now properly sets a flag so it cannot be recycled by the same country.
- Local Institution spread no longer shown in national modifier view.
- Grand Embassy event series should now be less confused about gender.
- Fixed Timeline FoW exploit.
- When the emperor enacts "Revoke Privilegia" it does not matter if it's capital is outside of HRE for liberty desire calculation purpose
- The Surrender of Maine event no longer refers to the wrong monarch taking matters into his own hands.
- When a Center of Reformation is created, it will now automatically stop conversion by other Centers of Reformation.
- Fixed CTD and added error log if trying to use add/remove_province_triggered_modifier with invalid modifier.
- Fix the Declare War dialog: the overlord of colonial nations will not defend the colonial nation in case of war against other colonial nations or natives.
- Fixed CTD when using the "run" console command with scripted triggers.
- Fix new (empty) provinces when loading old saves
- Added flag to prevent war of the roses from potentially happening twice
- Primitives no longer get Naval Reformers in their advisor pool
- Fixed wrong scope for institution_events.26 MTTH.
- Units can no longer be Conformed to Template while movement is locked.
- Yet another fix for AI sending subsidies < 0.1 ducats
- Make trading cities start with ideas group if appropriate
- Make Constantinople the Capital decision now changes religion in Constantinople to ROOT religion rather than Sunni
- Fixed so that you cannot refill garrisons unless they are controlled by you or a current war ally.
- Hostile coring cost province modifier no longer disappears for annexed countries as long as they are the most "hostile coring costing" claim in the province.
- Troop counts over 1 million in war overview now show with 2 decimals.
- Troop counts in war overview are no longer hidden to observer.
- Fixed the ability to create empty "ghost armies" when transporting across water via automatic transport missions.
- Fixed crash when trying to build a manufactory locally in a province.
- Fixed scoping bug for continent trigger in some trade policy events.
- Fixed error when using the "cede_province = ---" command.

1.25 England Update and Rule Britannia set sail tomorrow. Enjoy!
 

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I had hoped for a balancing of the Ottoblob. Would really have liked to see two or more of the following:
# Constantinople now drains into Venice and Genoa too.
# Ottoman government gives one less monarch point in each category on generating heir, to compensate for ability to pick the best.
# Kannunames now gives +1 legitimacy instead of RCC.
# Ottomans lose the luck modifier when set to historical nations

These would massively have improved gameplay by making them less likely to snowball into a devastating juggernaut. The Persia patched boosted them a lost, seems this one might do so as well as their powerful mission would make expansion even easier - otherwise there was at least the hope they'd go for another one.
 

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Whilst some features are nice, things are getting featurecreepy.

Innovativeness added on Military Professionalism.

Guys, I need to explain this game sometimes for my MP group, things are getting non-manageable..
 

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So; things get more expensive; but if you want to have more $$$ in the game via goods produced; cough up for the DLC.

Not really. Most of the moneymakers are probably really late game and thus of little significance for normal EU4 singleplayer campaigns which usually end in the mid 17th century.
 

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- Fixed CTD in ai_acceptance in custom diplomatic actions.

Yes, finally :)

Can't wait to check out the new missions and their moddability :D
 

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While the expantion itself is very lackluster (I find anglicanism, coal, naval doctrine, and innovativeness very uninspired, undeveloped, and boring)(Also them not improving the parlament mechanic in a britain focused dlc makes me very disappointed). I am so happy about the free mission system overhaul and hopefully great naval ai improvement that I kinda feel obliged to pay anyway considering the time investment they must have made for the free features.

Tl:dr Dlc is shit in my opinion, but am exited for the free update, should I pay or should I not?
You probably should.
 

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I preordered EU4. Four years later I have a grand total of 4 hours play time. This DLC has prompted me to actually sit down and learn the game. Looking forward to getting stuck in.
 

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I understand restricting the player in paying off a coalition, but I don't understand restricting the player in deciding his own peace deals.
The point is obviously to reduce the amount of money in the game, but restricting how a player constructs a peace deal is the wrong way around.

If I want to force someone towards bankruptcy I will take all their money, that's what I've earned after fully occupying someone.. wouldn't it?

Being the defender in a war is already horrible because taking land is unjustified.. but now I can't even take their money? What else would I take? Land is too expensive. Forcing them to release stuff costs me (way too much) diplomatic power.
As I'm typing this I'm realising you're forcing me to use your new "Transfer Merchant" option.. but that's not what I want out of someone. I want to loot them now, not over time unless I specifically choose doing so.

What's the reasoning really? Because it seems to pigeonhole me into peace deals I don't really want but am forced to take because there's no other option any more.
 

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Very important question, is there a new loading screen with this patch? I know England already has one, Elizabeth I, but how about James VI and I? I think all the previous dlc's had someone.
Another thing I noticed while browsing the dlc on steam is that Conquest of Paradise is missing from the list, it should be between the content packs and Wealth of Nations.

Edit: The new loading screen is Oliver Cromwell.
 
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