HOI4 Dev Diary - MTG - Bag of Tricks

Hope you are all having a nice day. It's Wednesday, so that means it's time to roll out another dev diary. Today’s is going to be a bag of tricks diary covering several smaller features from Man the Guns and the 1.6 Ironclad free update. The large changes to naval things are occupying much of the team, so there will be a bit before I start giving you the details on that. But meanwhile, lets dip into some smaller, yet juicy features...

Faction Leadership
Being the leader of a faction comes with a much larger degree of control. Once someone controls a faction that you are in there has not really been any ways of taking over that control, except of course to leave and make your own.

With MTG we are adding a system for taking over that control, assuming you qualify:

To be able to take over leadership in the faction they are in, a country must:
  • Have more than twice the deployed manpower of the faction leader (subjects count, but at varying strength depending on autonomy)
  • Have more than 150% of the factories of the faction leader
  • Be in every war the faction leader is currently in
  • Not having capitulated already ;)
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After paying a hefty amount of political power, and then the faction is yours. The faction leader will get an alert warning them if another country is close to qualifying so they can take steps to avoid it if they want to (AI will generally play fairly nice here), but it is also possible to see candidates in the war screen at any time. Ownership can only change once every 6 months to keep things stable and predictable.

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Cancelable Focuses
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Sometimes you accidentally click that focus and then realize it wasn't at all what you intended, or the situation changed moments after you clicked. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it can be very frustrating… so with 1.6 you will no longer be locked in and can cancel a focus and pick another (with a few exceptions). Some focuses that fire off event chains or would otherwise break by being canceled half-way will still be locked in (the game will warn you in a tooltip ahead of time). To be nice to misclicks we save a few days progress, but beyond that you won't get it all back if you change your mind, so you still need to think through the choice of focus properly.

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Naval and Air Exercises
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With fuel added to the game and a new repair system for ships (see a diary in the misty future!) we felt that there was now an argument for letting the player exercise their ship crews and air wings as well. Before there wasn't enough ability to model cost really. This means that you will be able to tell ships and air wings to go and exercise. This works a lot like training your land forces - your forces take some damage and consume fuel while gaining experience (and also generating some global xp). Just like with land troops, exercises can only train them to a certain level. Experience level on ships is nothing new, but for air wings it is. A trained wing will be performing better, and losing planes means you will be losing experience as well. It will be up to the player to decide how much training they can afford, and this will be heavily dependent on their access to fuel. Of course experience is also gained in combat as you would expect.

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That's all for us this week, see you next week!

Rejected Titles:
- Learning from Experience: A Kamikaze Pilot's Life
- Getting into ship-shape
- Practising RAF-Pilot-Banter
- Pumping Iron: Scharnhorst Edition
- What do you mean a 20min theory course isn't enough to be a combat pilot?
- Luxemburg, the new leader of the axis!
- I will make a seaman out of you
 
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Why don't you make it so that you can cancel a focus provided you haven't unpaused the game yet?
 

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Why don't you make it so that you can cancel a focus provided you haven't unpaused the game yet?
because not everyone pauses the game, and some effects fire when selected not when ticked. givign you 10 days is more flexible
 

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Whoa, Finally, Naval and Air Forces exercises! So excited!
 

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Please add a mis-click guard of some kind for events, too. Some other Paradox games have this, whereby event options will not be clickable until two or three seconds after they pop up; I've lost count of the number of times I've missed an event or taken the wrong option due to clicking something else on the screen when the event had just popped up unexpectedly.

This would be a huge quality of life improvement @podcat !
 

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If you are the faction leader, do you have control of who enters a war, or are the only one who can call faction members in?

This would help prevent Italy from joining the war too soon, for example.

Please add a mis-click guard of some kind for events, too. Some other Paradox games have this, whereby event options will not be clickable until two or three seconds after they pop up; I've lost count of the number of times I've missed an event or taken the wrong option due to clicking something else on the screen when the event had just popped up unexpectedly.

This would be a huge quality of life improvement @podcat !

Seconded!

Wald
 

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Two questions:

1) will air unit equipment be controllable by the player - i.e. can the player decide what model planes the unit should use?

2) will there be any way to transfer the experience of an air unit - e.g. will it be possible to change the unit type of an air unit like land units can change template?

Ta! :)
 

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For faction leader change, does the size of the navy count? Power projection should definitely be designed in the game at one point no? (peace conference, etc.)