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Finally decided to try out the most derided Paradox game - and had some fun.

Tips:

Turn off the dreaded avatars and their grunting.
Turn the sound effects down - again so you don't hear the grunting.
Turn on instant resolve.

Result: an OK series of strategy puzzles for those of us easily satisfied.
 

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I play Diplomacy when I don't have time for anything heavier, it's even shorter to win than Crown of the North or Two Thrones, so it's perfect for coffee breaks.
 

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I use it as a Netbook filler game. For those times on the go when nothing else will do.
 

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I got this just because i used to be a fan of the board game...Can't say i enjoyed the game equally though. I guess what made the board game fun was the company rather than the game itself :).
 

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I got this just because i used to be a fan of the board game...Can't say i enjoyed the game equally though. I guess what made the board game fun was the company rather than the game itself :).
I have to say that you're absolutely correct. Besides quick fun, the only thing which the computer game can offer is the understanding how the rules work. The AI won't hold the alliances long enough that they would actually work and you can't make complicated deals with it.

In my first board game ever, I (Austria) allied myself with Russia against Turkey and with Turkey against Russia and I made non aggression pacts with Italy and Germany. While Western powers focused to fight against each other I ended up being ruler of Constantinople and Moscow before they figured out that I betrayed both of them. :D

AI can never offer experiences like that.
 

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In my first board game ever, I (Austria) allied myself with Russia against Turkey and with Turkey against Russia and I made non aggression pacts with Italy and Germany. While Western powers focused to fight against each other I ended up being ruler of Constantinople and Moscow before they figured out that I betrayed both of them. :D

AI can never offer experiences like that.
I suspect those two players are rather unlikely to be willing to offer such experiences again too ;)