• Paradox Interactive Megathread V1 - "Rebels, Rebels Everywhere!"
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[img]http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/images/misc/vbulletin4_logo.png[/img] [release][img]http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4346/132831954723480.gif[/img][/release] Paradox Interactive is a Swedish video game developer based in Stockholm that is known for producing historical strategy computer games. It is also a video game publisher, publishing its own games as well as others through traditional retail channels as well as digital distribution services, such as GamersGate. The lead game programmer is Johan Andersson. Paradox Interactive was previously a division of Paradox Entertainment, owners and developers of properties such as Conan the Barbarian as created by pulp author Robert Ervin Howard. [release][img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg140/scaled.php?server=140&filename=132832102923539.gif&res=medium[/img][/release] [img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg696/scaled.php?server=696&filename=eu3chronicleslogo1.gif&res=medium[/img] [release][b]Description:[/b] Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis gives players the freedom to rule any nation from an impressive choice of over 250 countries. Europa Universalis III: Chronicles also brings the expansion packs Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind to retail shelves for the first time, deepening the experience and extending an already robust playing time. [b]Features:[/b] * Play any historical nation between 1399 and 1820 to build your Empire through the use of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. * Highly detailed and interactive countries and cities allow you control over the development of your Empire. * Co-operative multiplayer over LAN or Internet for up to 32 players * Engage in the thriving Europa Universalis III online community: download modifications to add to the gameplay, find friends to play online [b]Screenshots:[/b] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/screen_2.png[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/screen_3_copy.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/screen_4_copy.jpg[/url] [b]Video:[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXY_fFCYiow[/media] [/release] [img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg38/scaled.php?server=38&filename=53178orig.gif&res=medium[/img] [release][b]Description:[/b] It’s time to dust off the field marshal's baton and take command of any nation in World War II; the largest conflict in history. The first expansion to the critically acclaimed Hearts of Iron III lets you take charge - or delegate - at any level, from division to nation, through a variety of scenarios. [b]Features:[/b] * Lead any one of 100 different countries from 1936 to 1948 * Explore the advanced Technological system with hundreds of categories * Interact with thousands of historically accurate military commanders and politicians * Realistic military command AI allows for unprecedented levels of interaction * Historical accuracy combined with an unparalleled level of freedom of choice * Experience the most detailed depiction of World War II ever created on a map covering the entire world * Flexible technology system with hundreds of categories, where major powers get their own unique attributes [b]Expansions:[/b] * Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi * Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland [b]Screenshots:[/b] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/heartsofiron3collection_1.png[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/hoi3game_1941_unit_upg_su.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/hoi3game_1943_nat_decisions_jap.jpg[/url] [b]Video:[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGkTF0J9ch0&feature[/media] [/release] [img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg163/scaled.php?server=163&filename=v2logocopy0.gif&res=medium[/img] [release][b]Description:[/b] Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century. Victoria 2 is a grand strategy game played during the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country, guiding it through industrialisation, political reforms, military conquest and colonisation. Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences over all the world. The population will react to your decisions based on their political awareness, social class, as well as their willingness to accept or revolt against their government. [b]Features:[/b] * Eight types of governments. * Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories. * Historical gameplay on a large map, covering the entire world. * Over 200 different countries can be played, from the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII. * Advanced Technological system with hundereds of inventions to be discovered. [b]Expansion:[/b] * Victoria II: A House Divided [b]Screenshots:[/b] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/V2_2.JPG[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/V2_10.JPG[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/V2_14.JPG[/url] [b]Videos:[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ChuNCY30Y&feature[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNolMbj2uSM&feature[/media] [/release] [img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg812/scaled.php?server=812&filename=crusaderkingsiilogo.gif&res=medium[/img] [release][b]DEMO:[/b] [url]http://www.fileplanet.com/224596/220000/fileinfo/Crusader-Kings-II-Demo[/url] [b]Description:[/b] Europe is in turmoil. The lands are fragmented into petty fiefs, the emperor struggles with the Pope, and the Holy Father declares that all those who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins. Now is the time for greatness. Increase your lands and fill your coffers, appoint vassals, battle traitors, introduce laws while interacting with hundreds of nobles, and create the most powerful dynasty of medieval Europe. A beleaguered king will always have friends to support him. But beware, as your rule and realm may find trouble when a loyal vassal becomes a bitter rival. Stand ready, increase your prestige, and listen to the world whisper your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King? [b]Features:[/b] * Start a game in 1066 and forge 400 years of European history * Take on the role of a Christian noble and carry them through the ages from Count to Emperor via the line of succession * Gather Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your dynasty * Expand your feudal domain at the expense of your rivals * Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each armed with their own agendas * Re-enact the Crusades, defend against the Mongol onslaught, and form feudal nation-states * Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops * Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode [b]Screenshots:[/b] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/crusaderkingsii_08.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/crusaderkingsii_10.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/crusaderkingsii_09.jpg[/url] [b]Videos:[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzkVTDfxIUI[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0QPD6qHMG4&feature=plcp[/media] [/release] [img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg140/scaled.php?server=140&filename=sengokulogolow.gif&res=medium[/img] [release][b]Description:[/b] The year is 1467 and civil war has broken out. The authority of the Ashikaga Shoguns has collapsed and it is every man for himself in the provinces. Honor and duty vie with survival in the delicate dance of power, conquest and betrayal as you attempt to unite the land of the Rising Sun through a combination of deal-making with foreign powers, sending your powerful samurai armies into battle against your enemies, and unleashing shadowy Ninja clans under the cover of darkness to assassinate your rivals! [b]Features:[/b] * Control a noble family in Feudal Japan * Rise in influence and power within your clan and go on to claim the ultimate prize * Conquer and grow while rewarding your most valued retainers in your bid to become Shogun * Detailed historical map of Japan during the warring states period * Make deals with external powers, including the Portuguese and the Dutch * Employ the aid of powerful Ninja clans when your Samurai armies are not enough [b]Screenshots:[/b] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/sengoku_release_4_copy.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/sengoku_release_3_copy.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/sengoku_e3_units.png[/url] [b]Video:[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqaA3dla4mU&feature[/media][/release] [release][img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg816/scaled.php?server=816&filename=132832525123755.gif&res=medium[/img] * Europa Universalis I * Europa Universalis II * Crusader Kings * Hearts of Iron * Hearts of Iron II * Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun * Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold[/release] [release][img]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg37/scaled.php?server=37&filename=132832549323775.gif&res=medium[/img] [url]http://www.paradoxian.org/[/url] [url]http://www.paradoxplaza.com/[/url] [url]http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/[/url][/release] Questions? 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Currently enjoying Pride of Nations by the Paradox France/AGEOD guys. Too bad the game has atrocious 5 minute turn processing times.
Added Sengoku to the games list, is there any others that should be added?
[QUOTE=Tac Error;34536575]Currently enjoying Pride of Nations by the Paradox France/AGEOD guys. Too bad the game has atrocious 5 minute turn processing times.[/QUOTE] Check the forums, I remember there is a quick fix to reduce the time between turns. In PON I'm trying to figure out colonization with Sardinia Piedmont. How the heck do I build a land fort or rather how do I get my military control above 0 in foreign land.
Land forts? I think you click and drag the fort icon from the selection bar into the region where you want the fort to be built.
[QUOTE=Tac Error;34537309]Land forts? I think you click and drag the fort icon from the selection bar into the region where you want the fort to be built.[/QUOTE] You can only do that with provinces in which you already have Military control, I'm trying to play the colonization card.. I'm trying to colonize the horn of Africa. The part of the shore just below Ethiopia.
Does colonial penetration play a factor as well? I've only played Japan up to 1860 in the grand campaign so far so I haven't delved much into the colonization.
[QUOTE=Tac Error;34537655]Does colonial penetration play a factor as well? I've only played Japan up to 1860 in the grand campaign so far so I haven't delved much into the colonization.[/QUOTE] Barely, it only has to be 25%, it' pretty easy with a few turns and a bit of gunboat diplomacy.
Paradox Interactive releases some great games, I really like their games. Although at times I am just completely overwhelmed by the complexity. But Paradox manages to fill a niche in the gaming industry and the players like it. I really like Hearts of Iron. Might try some Victoria 2 though. I own Pride of Nations because it was included in a 3 pack. But I never got around playing it really. Seemed really difficult.
I can't wait for Crusader Kings II. The RPG elements makes it a lot more interesting for me than HoI or Victoria.
WW1 mode for Darkest Hour: A Heart's of Iron Game is good, playing as Germany and slowly making my way through Low Countries but the Brits like to invade Amsterdam when I took it over.
The CK2 demo has been released which has a 20 year time limit (1066-1086) and allows you to play 4 characters: [b]* King Boleslaw the Bold * Duke Vratislav II of Bohemia * Doux Michael I of Adrianopolis * Duchess Matilda I of Toscana[/b] Link is in the OP.
Random image from the HOI3 screens uploaded on steam [t]http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540652982246104973/43AECEE48FA422853AC2203C9074D83642C1CC52/[/t] I'm not sure how that happened, all I remember is after the war Poland instantly become communist and was part of the USSR even tho it was the allies who liberated them. [editline]4th February 2012[/editline] Here have another, not the same save [t]http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/594705382451918814/013EFF2153CEECE8EB22C8D38B882A2C847E2F61/[/t]
One thing you should never do with a Paradox game is either pre-order it or buy it near release. All of their games take at least 2 expansions or months of patching to be playable (Sword of the Stars II, Europa Universalis 3, HOI 3, etc.). Also: don't buy HOI 3; Darkest Hour and Arsenal of Democracy are better and don't require 2 paid patches to be somewhat playable. Darkest Hour is probably the one, but they're both good.
I used to play the shit out of Europa Universalis III but it's not compatible with my current setup. I think I'm getting withdrawal symptoms... Definitely my favourite Paradox Interactive game. MEIOU made it even better.
[QUOTE=timmyvos;34545126]One thing you should never do with a Paradox game is either pre-order it or buy it near release. All of their games take at least 2 expansions or months of patching to be playable (Sword of the Stars II, Europa Universalis 3, HOI 3, etc.). Also: don't buy HOI 3; Darkest Hour and Arsenal of Democracy are better and don't require 2 paid patches to be somewhat playable. Darkest Hour is probably the one, but they're both good.[/QUOTE] Darkest Hour also has the amazing Kaiserreich alternate history mod. After playing it I haven't went back to the regular WW2 setting in HoI ever since.
Didn't they make Mount and Blade?
[QUOTE=cdr248;34551139]Didn't they make Mount and Blade?[/QUOTE] No, TaleWorlds developed it and Paradox Interactive published it.
[QUOTE=Sharpile;34544373]The CK2 demo has been released which has a 20 year time limit (1066-1086) and allows you to play 4 characters: [b]* King Boleslaw the Bold * Duke Vratislav II of Bohemia * Doux Michael I of Adrianopolis * Duchess Matilda I of Toscana[/b] Link is in the OP.[/QUOTE] I previewed CK II here. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxI_ukQkJJA[/url] If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Considering getting AHD for Victoria II. Heard it makes the politics a bit more complex, and allows me to fabricate casus bellis.
I haven't played AHD enough to appreciate the features (or even vanilla Vicky 2 for that matter), but AHD gets a nicer and smoother 3D camera which is a cool feature.
When you've played Victoria II, and created the great Hawaiian empire, you can pretty much say you know everything about it.
[QUOTE=Fables;34553429]When you've played Victoria II, and created the great Hawaiian empire, you can pretty much say you know everything about it.[/QUOTE] Pics or It didn't happen.
[QUOTE=AWarGuy;34554300]Pics or It didn't happen.[/QUOTE] I didn't bother to take any and it was around 8 months ago. I can go do it again, you have to invade Brunei then head to Zulu for man power, you can also spam generals out to become westernized (though I think in AHD you need to do a lot of things differently.) After that you just need to pick on the minor Asian countries, or Yemen can work too. [editline]5th February 2012[/editline] [img_thumb]http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/559795813678343743/4FDCD4332CE503F7ADBF4296D43F59E339F022A4/[/img_thumb] Democracy at work.
How fun is Victoria in the later periods? I'm more interested in that late 19th century through Great War era.
The question is can you even play Victoria in the later periods? It's lagtastic by then; even at maximum speed days pass every 5 or so seconds.
How are the mods for Victoria 2 (i.e. POP Improvement)?
[QUOTE=Tac Error;34555727]How are the mods for Victoria 2 (i.e. POP Improvement)?[/QUOTE] Don't know of many mods that specifically work on populations. But there are plenty you can check for, some will basically turn it into a FFA game (those tend to work out horribly from my perspective) There is Divergences, but I honestly don't like it. I tired out Empire, here's basically what happened: [img_thumb]http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/559794544996967769/46671D58660962DC4795097A6B94A32F2E9599A6/[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/559794544999246813/E06250EA3B99F7E6C6BB4C858A1C7AC384BED910/[/img_thumb] My biggest complaints for Victoria II is the war system in general. I personally would want one that was more like HOI3's.
so far in the CK2 demo every wife I've had has plotted against me and my brother/heir just had a son with his daughter so I gave him some lands for keeping the bloodline pure then sent him to prison for plotting against me.
If you're playing the CK II Demo and want to play as someone else than the 4 selected guys just start the game with one of the 4 guys, and while it's loading quickly click on the region of the person you want to play as. It worked for me at least.
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