- Jun 26, 2018
Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah once more!
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 can only wish that @El Pip can claim better spiritual heirs!...you know, like how children give reverence to their father...some of the time.
While I also miss FKAC, particularly as it was so nearly finished but cruelly taken from us, I think you are being a bit harsh on yourself and Crossfires.I can only wish that @El Pip can claim better spiritual heirs!
Come to think of it, this looooooooooooooooooongish story owes a dreadful lot to Draco Rexus' For King and Country, whose unabashedly Francophobic tone, gladly bordering on the gratuitous insult, did wonders to convince me that forum would have to endure a caricature-free French-centered story. But don't get me wrong, I do miss FKAC. For all its French-bashing fracas it was 1) well-written (moreso than I will ever be able to achieve) and 2) quite thrilling (let's be hionest, there, too, I can only play second fiddle).
Much too kind, my dear Sir. FKAC chapters had a vitality I cannot hope to emulate, alas. Noblesse oblige : Honour where honour is due! Maybe Draco and I are a missed AAR opportunity : had he written about the dashing heroes and me about the somber villains, who knows, maybe we could have been an AARland sensation?While I also miss FKAC, particularly as it was so nearly finished but cruelly taken from us, I think you are being a bit harsh on yourself and Crossfires.
For all it's strengths FKAC was fairly simplistic about it's characters; the King and the Drakes were always right and utterly noble (or were presented as such) while anyone who opposed them was a nasty sort or an idiot. One of the things I love about Crossfires is the depth of the characters, the interesting villains and flawed heroes. And if that is a sign of something that is very well written, then what is?
Then again, I know Butterfly owes a great deal to @Allenby British Interests and I suspect I'm not as good as my inspiration either, so maybe I'm not the best person to be talking about this.
As long as King Haakon remains vigilant about the threat of inferior Baltic Plywood and has to leave early for a long weekend at the Fjords, then all will be well.I am churning the last part of that longer-ish chapter : a meeting between King Haakon (whose ghost I implore to forgive me, as he won't remind us of the necessity of storing matches, candles and flashlights as the lights go out all over Europe) and the British and French ambassadors to Norway. I promise doom and gloom, Royal Marines and Rubis submarines when it's finished.
This should be about a Czech built Ju-87 Stuka, piloted by an ex-Austrian pilot with a rear gunner from the Free City of Danzig, killing Monnet in a bombing raid.Chgapter 126 should be about Jean Monnet (if only to trigger Brexiteers) and Luftwaffe operations against Allied (mostly French) territory.
Be prepared for a tragically missed opportunity then, as I intend to tap Monnet's potential for switching to a rational war economy!This should be about a Czech built Ju-87 Stuka, piloted by an ex-Austrian pilot with a rear gunner from the Free City of Danzig, killing Monnet in a bombing raid.
Anything else would be a tragically missed opportunity.
Once I found out about operation Wilfred and the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred comic, this pun was too tempting to ignore.Another engaging update.
Once more your use of different perspectives on the same events really brings them to life. I love the name of the operation, and of course, french sailors would jump on the vulgar significance of Operation 'pipe'... Sailors will be sailors I guess.
That is very true, although I'll admit I had not thought about it. When I chose - like, years ago - to have Norway side with the Axis I wanted to give the Allies something to worry about, and to turn Scandinavia into a real battlefield. I guess it comes from my World in Flames wargaming days, when involving non-historical minors was a guilty pleasure of mine, my late apologies to Ireland, Siam, Norway, Spain, Turkey and Portugal, not to mention every Latin American country which had a plane or ship counter.The battle of the gladiators was epic, and that Norwegian pilot was quite daring, even though that move killed it, if he had recovered from the stall, he would likely have been home free, or relatively safe for a while at least. A British invasion of Norway makes a lot of sense in that time frame, it's actually something I've done playing as Britain, with the underlying assumption that it would be easier to take Norway from the Norwegians, and then defend it, than to expel German invaders from it. Depriving the Germans of the Norwegian Atlantic ports and it's shipping fleet is definitely a major imperative for the UK, and the Royal Navy especially.
They are my guilty pleasures - not to mention great sources of inspiration whenever I am desperately looking for some story-worth material.I love all the little Easter eggs, the irony of having Narvik defended from the British by the same commander who attempted to defend it from the Germans, and then having the first Norwegian plane to be shot down by the British be the same as the first that was shot down by the Germans OTL, it's a lot of fun really.
I will probably land a single French Mountain Division in Narvik to "secure" the Allied position, in the hope that it will encourage both British and Axis forces to commit in Scandinavia. I sure don't want this conflict (or this story) to be a purely Franco-German affair. But so far all of my forces are deployed facing the German Army, with the exception of Indochina (4 Infantry divisions), Syria (Infantry forces plus 1 Light Armoured division), and token forces in Algiers, Marseille, Bordeaux and Paris (one Infantry or Garrisons div each, mostly as a tripwire in case of a surprise landing). Next update I'll include a picture of the current French forces in Germany.Now you've got me wondering. Will France assist the British in taking over Norway (in the game), or will the British be able to do so by themselves? I guess I'll have to wait for the next update.
If a British gentlemen started seeing omens every time it rained he'd never have time to get anything done.“Mmh? Oh, yes, certainly” replied Dormer, who had stopped to look at the half-dozen black and grey sedans parked in the Palace’s honour courtyard. Dormer did not associate rain with any particular omen - it just was, in his opinion. A mere meteorological fact, devoid of any special human meaning. Only the self-conscious or the oddly romantic sort, he thought, could look at rain and link it to their state of mind, and Bruère certainly fit both descriptions.
I am terribly sorry about King Haakon, but his fate was sealed a long time ago, when I decided Norway would be aligned with Germany. Having a SD plant as his personal physician ("Ill health through plants and unnatural diets", by Dr Paul Steen), I kinda turned him into a King Theoden of Rohan, complete with his own Wormtongue. Not sure yet what will happen to him later.If a British gentlemen started seeing omens every time it rained he'd never have time to get anything done.
Sad to see King Haakon so reduced, poor lad needs some Herring and a trip to the Fjords. Something he may well get as I doubt he's staying on as puppet leader after the invasion. A 'well earned' retirement and abdication is on the cards, let Olav V take over as he's someone the British will be more comfortable with - born in the UK, educated at Oxford, very anti-German and not an idiot.
For all that the baleful story of Norway committing national suicide seems plausible enough, though this version of Hjort seems a bit nastier (and a bit thicker) than the OTL one. He should have split with Quisling years ago and be mucking around with the anti-German Norwegian fascist lot at this point. In fact the whole cabinet seem a bit off, they must have known what would happen if they didn't go along with the plan and that Germany would be far too busy to help. To be shipping anything to Germany they must be doing it on credit (Berlin has no money) so a face-saving, US style cash-and-carry arrangement would satisfy the Allies by effectively cutting German supply lines and preserve Norwegian neutrality and independence. Instead they insisted on standing on a point of honour and getting themselves invaded.
I sure hope Corporal Duffy is going to see a lot of action in this campaign - that would mean the UK AI is realizing there's a world war going on, and Nazi Germany started it, and Norway has just joined the Axis, and wouldn't it be nice if operation Jupiter started NOW!!!Finally, I obviously approve of Operation Pip and am pleased to see the success of Cabanier and his merry band of submariners. May Corporal Duffy and his Marines meet with similar success as the Norwegian campaign progresses.
I imagine the German Generals are dusting down their ideas from 1918 and getting ready for Dolchstoßlegende II - This time we blame the Mormons. Because without the Rhineland Germany collapses in weeks due to there being no heat, light or electricity in the rest of the country, to say nothing of the lack of steel or armaments. Of course this is HOI so the German AI will take a small hit to production but bascially be finehow is the Reich going to withstand that avalanche that has (for the time being) costed Mr Hitler all of Rhineland, plus a big chunk of Bavaria? I'm trying to find the answers in Goebbels' Diaries as well as in a biography of Goering. Other subjects I'm pondering are : US and Soviet reactions, and what happens at Rjukan.
I think some Generals might be in the mood for some "Dolchstossing" of their own. In OTL some were eager to depose Hitler, thinking things would turn catastrophically for the Reich early in the war. Well, here that part of the Generals' Klub has been proven right. But now that the fatherland is invaded, would they act? Also, the Nazi bigwigs might want to sacrifice some of the old guards as scapegoats.I imagine the German Generals are dusting down their ideas from 1918 and getting ready for Dolchstoßlegende II - This time we blame the Mormons. Because without the Rhineland Germany collapses in weeks due to there being no heat, light or electricity in the rest of the country, to say nothing of the lack of steel or armaments. Of course this is HOI so the German AI will take a small hit to production but bascially be fine
Molotov sure can go for the big prizes now. Technology, as you point out, should be high on the list of Soviet acquisitions. I'm also thinking significant territorial demands at the expense of eastern european minors and adjustements of the partition line in Poland,. Technically, the entire German sphere of influence in Europe is ripe for the taking.On that basis I think the Soviets are faced with a very interesting option. Without the Rhineland the Germans will be catastrophically desperate, so Stalin can make ridiculous demands about the German-Soviet trade deals and probably get agreement, though he would be well advised to get payment in advance as Berlin's credit is not looking good right now. But plans for every German tank, aircraft, ship, engine and industrial process probably buys a lot of Soviet material to keep the Germany war economy going at some sort of reduced level.
I agree. And, for the time being, the Wehrmacht is still one Hell of a fighting force. I have one winter to build up and secure my position in Europe. When spring, 1940 finally comes, it will be the real test. If I withstand that counter-attack, I suppose Metropolitan France and its conquests will be safe from any frontal assault strategy. Elsewhere, well, the situation should be more fluid.Ideally from Stalin's perspective he can keep Germany going on life support for a while longer, bleed the Allies a lot more and get his dream outcome of most of Western Europe exhausted and unable to resist his moves in Eastern Europe. The worst outcome for him is the Allies quickly getting to Berlin, liberating what they can of Poland and then staring meaningful at his recently acquired bits of Eastern Poland, so maybe even if Stalin doubts he'll get paid it's still worth propping up Hitler.
Many thanks! I sure took me some damn long time to churn out this one. Oddly enough, it's the diplomatic part of the chapter that got me sweating - usually it's military actions scenes I struggle with, not "bureaucratic" warfare.Great writing and research - I love a good alt-history story that merges and diverges with OTL and you have done it very cleverly and engagingly.
Who knows? You know pilots, there's no waging rational warfare with this lot!Carl-Gustav was lucky he was not shot down. Some chivalry still exists. Had it been the Germans no such mercy would have been shown, one suspects.
You and me both! May the HOI Gods grant some extra furiousness to the AI!Well worth the wait. Will be interested to see how the Norwegian side-show adventure turns out.