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Ooh, the possibilities that video brings to mind...
On a different thought, are you planning on using the Random New World feature?
 

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Ooh, the possibilities that video brings to mind...
On a different thought, are you planning on using the Random New World feature?
I wanted to but it horribly messes up with converted game and forces me to manually assign provinces, which means there is no surprise for me because to do this I have to make the whole map visible. So in short: no.
 

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Lovely dev diary.:)
 

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2. Are you planning on altering the nations that have not appeared yet, like China, Japan, or the others in the New World? I'm just thinking if you leave them as they are, the Aztecs might rule all of the New World by the time you get there, and the Mongols might dominate the Far East.
+1. History, with Aztecs ruling the seas and Inca inventing fire arms, can not be the same.

What if the mysterious travels of the Treasure Fleet, led by Zheng He, didn't stop in Africa? What if, after they arrived to Roman shores, heard of the xenoi and wanted to know more about them? I can only imagine one epic thing: A massive naval battle between the Aztecs and Chinese!

Czoklet, I know that you are dealing with a lot of work with this AAR and this "mod" (yeah, we can call it mod), but if the Aztecs invaded Europe, everything is different. Maybe, at 1444, the Ming dinasty was in trouble. But a common enemy leads to unity of people. Fear is a tool that many leaders use to manage their countries. What could be the role of China in this mad world?
 

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Ah, I didn't realize using the Random New World feature would cause so much trouble (just bought EU4, to carry on my own games, make Japan a superpower, and possibly be helpful in the Senate). I thought it would be a cool surprise, but if it messes things up so much I can completely understand not doing it.
 

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A gread dev diary! :)
Seriously, you should be a writer- everything you write is interesting.
Btw, I sent my application. Looking forward to the interactivicy.
 

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Lovely dev diary.:)
Thanks!

+1. History, with Aztecs ruling the seas and Inca inventing fire arms, can not be the same.

What if the mysterious travels of the Treasure Fleet, led by Zheng He, didn't stop in Africa? What if, after they arrived to Roman shores, heard of the xenoi and wanted to know more about them? I can only imagine one epic thing: A massive naval battle between the Aztecs and Chinese!

Czoklet, I know that you are dealing with a lot of work with this AAR and this "mod" (yeah, we can call it mod), but if the Aztecs invaded Europe, everything is different. Maybe, at 1444, the Ming dinasty was in trouble. But a common enemy leads to unity of people. Fear is a tool that many leaders use to manage their countries. [size=+1]What could be the role of China in this mad world?[/size]


;)

Ah, I didn't realize using the Random New World feature would cause so much trouble (just bought EU4, to carry on my own games, make Japan a superpower, and possibly be helpful in the Senate). I thought it would be a cool surprise, but if it messes things up so much I can completely understand not doing it.
Yeah, it's a shame but it wouldn't work really great I fear.

A gread dev diary! :)
Seriously, you should be a writer- everything you write is interesting.
Btw, I sent my application. Looking forward to the interactivicy.
Thank you very much, I'll respond to it ASAP.
Writer? Me? It's just a hobby but who knows what future will bring :p Right now I want to finally get to writing the story for "Charlemagne" contest.
 

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That picture... oh, the Warhammer 40K puns.
 

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this hsa been a delightful read. I also wanted to say that this looks, aesthetically, much more like future humanity would normally than WArhammer. Interesting.
 

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All hail the Imperium!

Also enjoying the notes for the countries, especially the strangeness that is Mali
Though I hope you don't nerf yourself too much, as much fun as it is to see the eternal struggle I think it would be rather unfair if you made the whole world instantly align against you and burn the light of civilization down in year one (not to mention not as fun).
Regardless, looking forward to this
 

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I can't wait for this epic showdown to start!! LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!! LONG LIVE THE IMPERIUM!!
THE ANGELOI PROTECT!!!
 

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I would like some clarification for the rule. You MAY NOT create characters who are pagan, Catholic or of a culture/nationality that doesn't exist within the Imperium.

Does this rule rule out minor houses of Scandinavian culture? (orthodox ofc) My reasoning for thinking it should allowed was that the varangian guard has to get its recruits from somewhere, and with their homeland occupied it seems unlikely that they come from there.
 

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Interesting. I'll second what others have said, that your tweaks so far seem very sensible for bringing the EU IV game closer to the CK II circumstances.

So... China as the Tau, an ally against the Xenoi. An ally to be betrayed as soon as the situation allows, I take it. ;)
 

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The problem from a gamplay POV, is that China will be more prone to be against us that against the Xenoi if Czoklet gives the same situation. Maybe giving outposts in America dating from Zheng He and exploration as ideas could be a way to have a more interesting America ;)
 

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I had much the same idea as one of the houses so I won't be sending an application but I'm really looking forward to this AAR and hopeing it carrys on much like how the snakes of the nile was able to do.
 

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To all those who sent their applications - I read them and I'll send you my response soon. I'm not in a hurry with those since it's still 2-3 weeks before the AAR starts for real, so don't be nervous if you didn't get my response right away :)

That picture... oh, the Warhammer 40K puns.
Oh yeah.
this hsa been a delightful read. I also wanted to say that this looks, aesthetically, much more like future humanity would normally than WArhammer. Interesting.
Thanks! Well, they are supposed to be the highly advanced race with minimal grimdark so it may sense.
sent in the email with my application to be one of the senators.
All hail the Imperium!

Also enjoying the notes for the countries, especially the strangeness that is Mali
Though I hope you don't nerf yourself too much, as much fun as it is to see the eternal struggle I think it would be rather unfair if you made the whole world instantly align against you and burn the light of civilization down in year one (not to mention not as fun).
Regardless, looking forward to this
Thank your for your application!

I'm glad you like the changes I made. I'm not afraid of nerfing myself - besides, it's not like everyone is going to ally against me. The Horde and Timurids hate each other as much as they hate me and Xenoi, well, they have also the Far West to take care of :)
I can't wait for this epic showdown to start!! LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!! LONG LIVE THE IMPERIUM!!
THE ANGELOI PROTECT!!!
So say we all!
I would like some clarification for the rule. You MAY NOT create characters who are pagan, Catholic or of a culture/nationality that doesn't exist within the Imperium.

Does this rule rule out minor houses of Scandinavian culture? (orthodox ofc) My reasoning for thinking it should allowed was that the varangian guard has to get its recruits from somewhere, and with their homeland occupied it seems unlikely that they come from there.
Perhaps you remember that when Sweden was destroyed, a small number of Norse (Scandinavians) was saved by the Imperium and found refuge in Konstantinoupolis. So yes, I would allow House of Norse (Scandinavian) origin - if your story convinces me how could this happen ;)
Application sent, I just hope it's okay. House Muzaka is real mess.
Thanks, except my answer soon!
Interesting. I'll second what others have said, that your tweaks so far seem very sensible for bringing the EU IV game closer to the CK II circumstances.
So... China as the Tau, an ally against the Xenoi. An ally to be betrayed as soon as the situation allows, I take it. ;)
Thanks!

I never said they were Tau ;)
The problem from a gamplay POV, is that China will be more prone to be against us that against the Xenoi if Czoklet gives the same situation. Maybe giving outposts in America dating from Zheng He and exploration as ideas could be a way to have a more interesting America ;)
Assuming your speculation is correct... Two great powers with a common goals which could flourish if they engage in peaceful trade and close diplomatic relations turn against each other, blinded by hatred and ignorance, and during series of terrible wars weaken themselves greatly while the Enemy approaches. It can't get more grimdark than this, can it? ;)
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Lol.
I had much the same idea as one of the houses so I won't be sending an application but I'm really looking forward to this AAR and hopeing it carrys on much like how the snakes of the nile was able to do.
Remember, you can join at any moment. "The Serpents of the Nile Part 2 - The Continued Tales of the Egypto-Norse " were a great read and I hope I'll deliver AAR (at least) as good ;)
 

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Hey a question for you (alt) history buffs, does a member of the varangian guard become unable to inherit titles once he joins, and is it even possible for them to hold land once they leave the service? I am asking because i was working with the idea of an exile house who likes to throw unwanted sons to the guard as a way for the family to gain prestige and to give the kids a way to make a name for themselves.
 

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Perhaps you remember that when Sweden was destroyed, a small number of Norse (Scandinavians) was saved by the Imperium and found refuge in Konstantinoupolis. So yes, I would allow House of Norse (Scandinavian) origin - if your story convinces me how could this happen ;)
*prays*