The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
I agree! I recently finished listening to Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast in its entirety (which I really liked and would recommend) and it‘s nice to put some estimated faces to some of the names. Even if the terms of many of the 3rd Century Crisis guys were shorter than Consuls got and tended to end violently.
Before I get into writing up the new episode, I did some (quick) digging on this and think I've worked out what happened. Here are screen shots from two save game pages dating from 492-93 AUC (yes, way back then).Fascinating update and a definite shift with the end of the war but the thing that shocks me most is that Macedonia is a republic! How did that happen?
Before I get into writing up the new episode, I did some (quick) digging on this and think I've worked out what happened. Here are screen shots from two save game pages dating from 492-93 AUC (yes, way back then).
Readers with good memories may recall that way back then the Macedonians had a nasty rebellion that led to them losing Sparta (that was how the Seleucids later came to be able to conquer it, where it remains today in game time).
This terrible loss (of territory, prestige and presumably stability) must have caused some kind of oligarchic revolution that overthrew the monarchy.
He'll serve well as a general after his term as well, good choice by the senateThis Gurges was also an experienced and formidable general as well as being a formidable administrator
I hate it when this happens :/ well at least Helvetii is now finished.Alas, Roman risk-management was exposed when the Tarbelli picked up 10,000 reinforcements during their march to Vindelicia, where they promptly launched an assault, which succeeded after six days on 24 August 546. The nascent colony was destroyed – another frontier disaster in a region prone to them.
what are those rebels using, rifles?It was yet another humiliation, with the Romans losing men at the rate of 10-1 against a bunch of poorly armed local yokels.
I think this is good, free colonized province to take 5 years laterand the Helvetii tribe (now bound by a five-year treaty with Rome) had managed to conquer and resettle in Lingones
MIAA search of their camp afterwards failed to turn up any sign of poor Paterculus
Another good generalWhen election day came, there were no great surprises with the greatly popular Licinus winning, despite his small factional base: he clearly attracted significant cross-party appeal.
Good idea, in fact there's supposed to be another law which speeds up slave to freedmen conversion if I'm not mistaken, maybe you can go for that one as well“Here is my Lex Civitias Deses which will be tabled and voted on this very day!”
“Energetic and competent – that’s good isn’t it, Humphronius Obscurus?” gushed a naively enthusiastic Bernardius Lanatus Reverens.
“Oh, my dear young fellow, you really do have much to learn. Follow me, say nothing unless asked. Watch and learn.”
Thanks. This has so far been a relatively active ‘peace’ (if one doesn’t count small wars against tribal kingdoms, anyway ). The captured and disappeared event for Paterculus was not something I remembered could happen - I had hoped I might be able to bet him back somehow, but it didn’t work out. A sad but interesting outcome. The Vindelicia episode was a nasty little sequence, all in all, but at least the game was keeping me on my toes!Nice episode, there's finally peace. At times, EU:R feels like whackamole but it seems the worst is over, for now
Sorry for Paterculus
He'll serve well as a general after his term as well, good choice by the senate
I hate it when this happens :/ well at least Helvetii is now finished.
what are those rebels using, rifles?
I think this is good, free colonized province to take 5 years later
Another good general
Good idea, in fact there's supposed to be another law which speeds up slave to freedmen conversion if I'm not mistaken, maybe you can go for that one as well
Quite. This was a necessary sacrifice of stability. I don’t want it going down to L1 though, so another law is going to have to wait for a while (and see how necessary it is - the laws are zero sum games. ‘Civis Romanus Zero Sum’Stability shmability, the important thing is to get men into uniform! Or, in Rome's case, get young and muscular men in very short skirts. Such is civilization.
Glad you like the cover image! I thought I’d better get with the young folk and put one up.Firstly the banner image at the top (or whatever in God's name it is called) is marvellous.
I happened to watch the episode where Hacker wins the party vote to be PM, and the lovingly written anteroom chats between Humpy and Bernard. This matches that perfectly, and as ever made me smile.
Again one cannot but feel that the achievements are of containment rather than glorious conquest, @diskoerekto is right that it has a "whackamole" vibe.
Yes, after the bloodletting of that first Eastern War, Rome needed time to rebuild, while gaining almost as many new western provinces as were gained in the east from that war (though they are of course not as settled or valuable in the short term). Another eastern war needs to wait for truce expiration, manpower rebuild and unit construction, but it will surely come eventually. Gaul and Hispania are well on their way to either colonisation or tributary status, but the settlement mechanic does mean it takes time to achieve it for barbarian lands.The good news is that there is finally (relative) peace.
Gaul and Hispania still need to be fully subdued, of course, and there’s always the required subjugation of the Hellenic Powers...
Actually, what’s stopping the “Great Eastern War 2” from having Rome finish taking Greece and (most of) Pontus and then forcing the Seleucids to release a bunch of states?
Very unsettling. Still, he has his ways of ameliorating such disturbing effects!Poor Humphronius. A far too proactive Consul for his tastes. Indeed, a Consul with ideas!
Quite quite dreadful.
It could be possible, but not something I’ve delved into. If I do play another game of this era again, it will probably be Imperator. What I would like to see is Paradox extend it so it can encompass the Fall as well as the Rise part. Gibbon was able to (and some other game titles, such as Annals of Rome - an old old game) - can’t see why it couldn’t be done.As others have observed the stream of small unthreatening barbarians is some repetitive, however the larger hordes are more interesting. Is it possible to mode the game to have fewer, but larger, barbarian hordes?
In other news I am pleased to see the Republic survived a proactive Consul and that his idea was not too damaging (fortunately he was not one of the very rare Consuls with two ideas!) Let us hope for Humphronius' sake that the next Consul is not such a stressful experience.
If you've already hit L3, maybe wait for the other law for another stability hit. If my memory serves me right stability 2 to 3 is more expensive than all other stability increases.I’ve been considering the other law, but need to wait until stability has rebuilt - and sacrificing to increase to L3 has now become very expensive - I’ll mention it in the next chapter.
although Rome has a lot of money so maybe paying the L2-L3 twice is better than dropping to L1, I was always broke when I was playingQuite. This was a necessary sacrifice of stability. I don’t want it going down to L1 though, so another law is going to have to wait for a while (and see how necessary it is - the laws are zero sum games. ‘Civis Romanus Zero Sum’
You’re right, each level is more expensive than the last, while the cost for all also increases the bigger you get. Level 2 right now, and while we have a lot of gold, wait till you see how much buying L3 costs!If you've already hit L3, maybe wait for the other law for another stability hit. If my memory serves me right stability 2 to 3 is more expensive than all other stability increases.
although Rome has a lot of money so maybe paying the L2-L3 twice is better than dropping to L1, I was always broke when I was playing
The initial fighting went pretty well, even if the first big battle was close and expensive and there were the small losses at the end. Though the ‘loss’ by Legio XIII was really a crushing victory in terms of casualties - they just didn’t occupy the field of battle at the end of the day. Of more concern is that approaching Pontic army, and any others they or the Seleucids may now send.So the fighting is not without its setbacks, but not without its successes either.
Humphronius should be happy - with a war to fight these politicians are much more manageable.
Macedon is in big trouble - they presumably still have an army of 18 regiments somewhere between Colchis and home, but they have to make it past the Roman Navy, and may be short of replacements given their manpower woes.Macedon seems about to fall, and Sparta can probably be taken here.
The Senate was being stupid, but that’s not new. This seems to have been resolved, though, so that’s good.
Cato the Elder exists now? That’s interesting, indeed?
Perhaps Pontus’s Thracian provinces can be taken, along with Bithynia?