Pic is my last run, ironman
I mostly use EU4 for memes at this point.
most recent game lad
only game where i got to 32/32/32/
Ran out of time, at least i killed all the Turks
the game is literally called europa universalis lad, it's based on europe aswell
I'd say CK2 can be fun if you're into roleplay and weird shit but it can get pretty boring and it is very buggy
>I won the 100YW
Yea, that's what I said, the king is French
Haven't played for like a year
did they fix it being shit yet? I notice memel's in the right place now, but everything east of vilnius still looks like total ass
Has someone made a decent map mod yet?
and does anyone know how to get pirated DLC working on linux? Everything seems to be windows specific
French ones are mine as i inherited them, the rest are all independent
Play CK2 so you can fuck your qt siblings
Haven't been there for quite some time. All I remember is Casual Kings 2.
They're pretty historically accurate, USA and Haiti are English, Mexico, Columbia and Peru Spanish, Brazil Portugese
No cheats here. After great wars unlock its piss easy to conquer great swatches of land. I was at war agaisn't UK+france+russia+austria and i just fully sieged and dismantled all of them this was the result.
Just started my ironman as Brittany.
I wrecked the vikings and and managed to steal some territory in a war with france.
I just need one more tile of french clay and I can be the Kingdom of Britanny instead of a shitty duchy. So I guess I'll murder their rulers and encourage dissent so they get into another civil war I can profit off of.
Not true there is a christian heresy in the base game that allows incestual marriages aswell
>he doesn't please jesus
Don't build battleships they said, just spam destroyers they said
HoI is shit don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
While I don't like the time period of Vicky 2, it's probably the best game, in terms of economy. If you must play it, play uit with all expansions and HPM mods.
CK2 for longevity/roleplaying. This is the one I usually play, currently trying to form a strategy on surviving kebab/poos as Zunist. I can deal with kebab, but I'm surrounded by poos. I've had to restart 5 times already due to warmongering poos.
EU IV for blobbing and beginners.
I played a game of Attila Total War as the Ostrogoths, and then modded an alternate The Old Gods start based off that plus some additional tweaks and creative interpretations and such.
Attila really burned down a lot of Europe, I had to make up a lot.
The only one I've played is Cathar, and it didn't have incest only it gave more power to females. Is it Lollard or Fraticelli? I've never played either.
Last I checked I don't think there are any Muslim heresies that allow you to do the same.
>you spend half of the game doing nothing.
that's probably why
The Huns really were absolutely nuts in my game.
It probably didn't help that I became solid Huns of the allies while shitting on everyone else, so every one-province German bumfuck of a realm declared war on me, and then the Huns trotted over to their patch of the Black Forest and killed everyone.
Protector of Christianity Britannia
I only like to play EU4 with alt his mods because I like V2 and CK2 so much better.
I am from NY for people without the flag script, so I am playing NY
Also muslim scandanavia
Sure, but why use county lines for the provincial borders within the state?
I mean all American administrative borders serve as a terrible basis for province borders, but even if state borders must be adhered can't at least the borders within those realms change a bit?
Plus those straight lines always clash horribly with the rest of the map.
The mod creator is just really bad at drawing province borders for the East, he lives in Arizona. The great plains states are squarish because the states are squarish in general.
HoI is great, you plebs. It's obviously not as expansive as EU, but what it does it does well.
Shitskin poland along with extra sand in my rulers portrait
i would have expanded more, but i prefered to islamize the pagan countries next to me, and some christian dynasties
was hilarious to see civil war in HRE because some guy i islamized and released back had claim on crown.
What's a good game to start with if I've never played any Grand Strategy game before?
Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II are the easiest to start with, but there's still a pretty big learning curve for folks who've never played a Grand Strategy game, and even for people who are used to Civilization and Total War.
Play the tutorials, they're not going to help too much but they're something to at least get you started. Then play as a fairly powerful and easy country and see if you can get your shit together, it's alright if you lose as long as you've learned.
Really once you get the hang of it, it's pretty simple.
>tfw after playing eu4 I no longer enjoy the total war games
>tfw i enjoy both
EU with totalwar battles and other minor stuff would be op
I have gained 10 favors now, and I can summon you to war of aggresion
r8 my borders so far. playing with the ck2+ mod.
basically i was playing observe from 769, and the byzantine empire got fucking disbanded. when I started playing it was just reformed, having only constantinople, in ~836 I think. the emperor also had like -4000 prestige, and was constantly losing piety. He was also Armenian.
now I'm his grandson, because his kids died of illness, and his last direct heir got fucking murdered by his wife.
In Europe all of Charlemagne's son's kids started marrying muslims, so the karlings are all brown now. They're still Christian tho.
>+400 years game
>Started as the Duke of Benevento
>Inherited Italy in a lucky sucession of deaths
>After 200 years of mowing down Byzantium I finally get to claim it through assasination and wars
>Can't restore the Roman Empire because Holy Orders have a couple of baronies in Jerusalem and Antioch
>Can't expel them because of a bug
>A month worth of gaming thrown away because of a stupid bug
Shitcastle looks too connected. An ideal sedentary khanate in CK2 had one province in each kingdom of the former realm. I've literally seen disjointed realms stretching from the White Sea to the Tarim basin in true Paradox fashion.
What are some tips on taking huge amount of clay in Victoria 2. I've played it for quite some time.
I hate it when i'm converting a province to Orthodoxy and the game gives me a happy sound notification and a popup that it was converted to reformed.
i cri every time
and that's how you win wars
That's why you don't ally USA in this game, they're too far away and even if they join they're not gonna do anything.
Thank you Poland-bro made my day
>mfw empire so big cant even make a proper screenshot of it
Depends on the situation, ideas etc.
Usually you get attacked when you're down on manpower just done with another war.
Poland always has godly generals and shock, i remember having twice their army and got stack wiped several times because i didn't commit all my forces to Poland because i was invading the pope.
They're my march but they fucked up their estates to the point of no return, this is the result
How do people do shit like this without cheating?
When i tried to do world conquest i ended up with Italy, France and Spain in 1750 and i know that thanks to overextension and shit i would at most get Germany or Balcan before the end of the game.
It does sometimes get boring desu.
Maybe try forming Spain... as Portugal?
Or maybe Italy as Genoa.
I've never been in a game where Genoa didn't get fucked.
Alternatively try some Indian minors
HRE games are boring coalitions and unlawful territory.
I really love CKII, but it gets boring after a while.
Usually once your the head of a very powerful country. You should be able to invade whole countries, and not just fucking counties or duchies.
Finally I found the perfect name for my future paramilitary organization.
It's edgy, it's mystical, it's radical.
>you can fully annex an entire country regardless of its dejure territory if your character is from the altaic culture group, or tengri
yeah I know, and it's also pretty fast with nordic people as well.
But what I usually like to do is start as count in France, and make my way to the top.
>tfw watching youtubers play EU4
>tfw they NEVER use mapmodes
The gif I posted is a year old and using an earlier version of VeF (which also limited blobbing unlike vanilla). How did I do it?
I literally only played with Bulgaria for several months. Every small mistake that resulted in me ceding territory was followed by a full restart and another attempt. After something like ~25 attempts, I learned every single step I needed to take with Bulgaria to conquer Europe. The campaign I posted has me annexing Russia, because I was lucky enough to also get a PU and integrate them. How do you do that shit with Bulgaria tho?
What I used to do is split my rivals by 3 groups : Europe, East and Muslims. They were usually rivals between themselves too. What happens here is that every time you get AE against one side, you get close to none against the others. If you blob hard into Anatolia you will get 0 AE against the Golden Horde and Europe. The only thing I did to secure my safety from Europe is to ally all my relevant close neighbors - Poland, Hungary, Austria and Naples. You get 0 AE against your allies. Then, after I was big enough to land an army to beat everyone around me, I simply started diploannexing (creating a vassal, feeding him territories, making his spend ADM to core them, then annexing it). You can see that from all the growing miniblobs and then suddenly having them turn into me. Another thing I did was waiting for a state with a lot of cores to disappear, then taking one of their cores and releasing it as a vassal, then proceeding to reclaim all its territory for almost no AE. And another thing, when you get coalitioned by everyone, declare war on a single-state country, that way you get 100% against the coalition when you occupy it (or at least used to a year ago)
So that's basically how you blob with Bulgaria, throw in a bit of RNG and luck and you might as well do what I did plus China. I needed 30 more years and I would've integrated Scandinavia, Africa and the UK, and possibly puppeted China
i can't play this game at all, that's why i am this small and not blobbed across the continent like you guys probably would be
I remember when I used to play this game. The graphics were horrid and worse overall than in EU II, but my, did I have a great time becoming the emperor of the HRE as Bosnia and converting France to Orthodoxy, all the while appeasing the Turk.
>Bosnia 30% Hungarian
>slovaks are a minority in slovakia
>Transylvania with a Hungarian majority
Is there a better feeling?
>tfw that could never happen in vicky
At least I got this meme
In your experience, does USA (if they even form) ever go from coast to coast?
I just finished a campaign were they absolutely kicked ass and eventually conquered pretty much the entirety of modern day USA, Canada (except BC) and parts of N. Mexico.
The campaign before that they sucked. Which outcome would you say is more likely?
It's alright lads, I punished them for breaking the alliance.
after this hungary attacked ottomans and they bankrupted again
I have a lof of fun playing National Napoleonic France in this mod. I'm kind of stuck in a statu-quo though. French commune collapsed and I was only able to reclaim south of France before German restored French Kingdom in the north.
At the beginning I decided to go for east and make a second and sucessfull Egypt campaign so my Napoleon can restore his dynasty prestige.
I didn't stop and thought It was a good idea to achieve Alexander the great dream. Then I came back in Europe by taking commie south of Italy and then the war broke between Germany and the Commune. Communard were more busy fighting their brothers in Marseille instead of fighting the Reich.
I'm thinking about invading Romania, Poland, etc. To gain more power but I still feel like in a war against German Empire is near impossible to win. I would loose on every front (Asia, Africa, Europe) and I'm not sure I would achieve anything meaningfull even if I concentrated all my forces on just one front.
Trying to recreate Russian Empire to its greatest extend, 1866 or something like that.
Holy shit it was huge, still missing Finland, most of the Central Asia, Alaska, and some minor locations.
>can eurosmalls even compete?
>mfw liberty desire went from 30% to 90% as I got the commonwealth
>overload of meme events
>lack of any new flavor for actual crusades and other holy wars
>pope is useless and ignorable in fucking middle ages
>inflation of armies, thousands of troops pop out of nowhere from events
>wasting time on adding retarded start dates like Charlemagne
>everyone fucking everything around
This country wouldn't survive. it would dismantle itself after few years.
You don't have resources to feed all the people, you conquered only northern parts of russia. Frozen shitholes.
>Teutonic order conquered Poland
>AI UK conquered that much land in France
only did it to coast cuck the Russkies
>You don't have resources to feed all the people
>form prussia in ironman
>almost can form Germany
>ironman mode goes somehow off by itself
>ignore it because i am not gonna cheat
>get german ideas
>Theodoro conquering all German territory
How did you do it? I;ve tried to do a Theodoro run before but I always get cucked by either Crimea, Commonwealth, or Ottomans.
Is Ukraine your vassal/buffer state?
Finland has pretty nice ideas in eu4
too bad its really hard because of shitty economy and neighbours
Theodoro is the territory (Gothic culture) south of Crimea, that usually gets cucked into vassaldom within the first 10 years or so. How he was able to take all that territory, yet at the same time abandon his original province, I don't know.
A lot of smaller nations have nicer ideas. Navarra has some pretty good ideas too but unless you ally with France and another Iberian kingdom, you'll be cucked. Even then, they'll still try to get you to become a vassal by increasing your opinion of them and asking you to become a vassal.
>Is Ukraine your vassal/buffer state?
Yeah it's a client state. My vassals: Lithania, Livonian Order, Ukraine, Greater Armenia.
>How did you do it?
I don't remember that much because it was months ago, but I know that I've allied Georgia or Circassa, defeated Crimea, took some provinces and vassalized them, then I allied Muscovy I think.
I also remember Lithuania and Poland bullying me, had some big problems with them before I grew in power enough.
Just straight conquering, did it for achievement because I enjoy completing them.
Here is my recent GroBsilesiumreich.
So much hate for HoI.
HoI2 and DH are both very good and fun. They have the Kaiserreich mod, which is the best mod in the history of paradox games. Tho it's gotten a bit worse the last years since Akira and Kibbles left.
EU3 used to be fun and good despite its many flaws, but now EU4 is actually fixed enough that it's cleanly better. EU4 isn't perfect by any stretch but it's a p good place to start. My issue with it is that games tend to look alike too much. It's always France, Austria, Ottos and Muscovy blobbing. 95% of games. So for me at least if you mod it to be less predictable that makes it A LOT more fun. Because it gets old seeing the same old blobs every game.
V2 is okay because it has some fun unique aspects like pops and industrialising can be satisfying.
>tfw assimilating slovenians, croatians and hungarians into germans
Feels good man
But the issue with V2 is that it's very static, it's all full of huge blobs and the games tend to look alike. I don't find it fun because I like to play as a small country and get ripped.
Then there's CK2 which is good or bad depending on if you can feel immersed in the setting. It has many broken aspects and it's bad at portraying recession of empires, if something like the HRE starts big then it'll only get bigger, unlike what happened historically, so that's some shit.
So overall, they're all flawed, because paradox aren't very good, they're "pro indie devs" if you can imagine that, they're not as good at making games as some other studios. But they're the biggest devs making this fringe genre of games so autists gotta deal with it
HoI2 and DH are both very good and fun. They have the Kaiserreich mod, which is the best mod in the history of paradox games. Tho it's gotten a bit worse the last years since Akira and Kibbles left.
I could never get into Kaiserreich, its randomness is both a blessing and a curse. Also, I think it lacks a large scale conflict that make DH and HoI games so fun.
I still remember my first DH game as Soviet Union where Germany actually managed to advance right up to Moscov and Stalingrad before I managed to barely stall them and push them off, was really close.
>oh man so many nations I can't pic-
>play as Genoa
>go Genoa stronk
>it's the worst thing you can do, France always outnumbers you, Austria always steamrolls you
>cheat my way through, Italy MUST HAPEN
>always war ottoman and Ethiopia for my clay
>once Italy has all the clay, always war UK
>I fucking hate UK
>game is end for me
step up your game senpai
>Having this much problem with kebab, frogs and germs in denial while playing Italy
I think I accidentally deleted my France-Austria coalition, but I can assure you you are doing it wrong.
I have had memorable games both in Kaiserreich and in vanilla.
My favorite vanilla game was one where I was Germany and my bro was France, and we allied right at the start and then proceeded to conquer the world and split it up between us. It was fucking great. I remember our slow grinding war against Russia, I was kinda noobish back then so I advanced very slowly and made encirclements methodically. It was safe, but very slow. The upswing was that we only lost like 3 or 4 battles the whole war, they had no chance against my panzers. Also, my friend kept trying to assassinate Stalin, and right as we had broken the soviets and were cleaning up, he actually succeeded, so we had a big laugh about that.
My favorite KR game was with the same friend, I was Japan and he was Bengal (the poo in loo socialists). I built over a 100 mechanized divisions that game. I remember when we had over 4 million soldiers and tanks gathered in the caucasus, ready to declare war and march into Russia, after only a few months my mech divs had eaten up my entire stockpile of oil and I didn't even notice how fast it happened. We were so overwhelmingly powerful that we could just attack move everywhere and the Russians couldn't do anything. So that was fun. We also had a gigantic battle in Lithuania against a huge German army, it was one of the bloodiest battle I've ever seen in a game, millions dead after months of fighting (the legendary German troops being ridiculously stubborn as usual). We broke the Germans and pushed all the way to the French border. Good times.
I think the randomness of KR is only a good thing, like I said, I don't like determinism and things playing out the same way every time. I understand that many armchair generals love this, they want to reneeact the historical etc, but I'd rather see something entirely different or surprising every time if possible, new scenarios to try to adapt to.
AYO HOL UP HANS
If you start past the American discovery (my mission is to eradicate British in all of their forms, everywhere. And American means British in my dictionary) you must start late. How are you supposed to kill USA if USA was not formed?
Also Genoa will get rekt by Florenz and Savoy-Piedmont soon unless you attack them first, but one is under the SoI of France, and the other is under the SoI of Austria...
>Not playing ironman
You don't know how many restarts to get a "perfect" run as a smaller nation. Reclaiming former Byzantium territories was annoying, for example. If it wasnt for the Commonwealth, Osmans would have cucked me, without a doubt. I'm currently trying to do a Taberstan --> Persia run, but I'll have to restart due to Russia and a GH run (conquer all former Mongolian territory) but it's 1670~ and I've only just conquered some land in Persia, I don't think I'll be able to take on Ming/Qing especially since Bukhara is allied to Ottomans and now Bukhara is attacking Persia.
Then again I'm not the best gsg player, so what do I know.
>I think the randomness of KR is only a good thing, like I said, I don't like determinism and things playing out the same way every time.
Stuff I don't like is for example, you can start as Austria, and then in 1 year, you can get all of Balkans, Hungary and Bohemia for free without even firing a single bullet, or you can have them all declare war on you.
Same with many other nations, when all your plans depend on a roll of a dice.
Had some fun KR game as France recently though.
>fighting is stalled in mid Germany, can't really advance
>finally make a decisive breakthrough in the north, go for massive encirclement of 40+ divisions
>AI desperatly pulls most of its forces from the south to try to save northern front
>they get out of position, exploit it, make a second breakthrough and encirclement in the south
>destroy total of 90+ divisions in span of 2 months
felt really good
got bored, reformed the roman empire
give me something strange to do and i'm going to do it as a possesed lunatic dwarf
HoI is nothing like other Paradox games
It's focused on very small period of time and has great combat system, unlike the other games, while it lacks in other aspects due to very limited scope.
It's more of a tactical and strategy war game than GS game.
Genoa starts with one division made of 1 horsemen and 4 infrastry, 6 galleys, 4 trade ships, 3 heavy ships. When Florence and Savoy march into your tiny 2 province country, it's over
>Bathes in money
Yet the surrounding Italian city states want your province/hate you apart from Milan (don't remember), Crimea wants your territories. It's a shame EU doesn't have the functionality of creating trading posts like in CK2 for merchant republics.
If only you could build more regiments.
Geona is a powerhouse actually, it has great missions, events, is a republic, and is situated in the best trade node in the game, can easily expand into Asia and Africa if you want. Only ideas are shitty, but those don't matter that much when playing against the AI.
Mazandaran (Tabarestan) and Mongolia are my vassals, which more appropriate since Russian Empire never directly annexed the areas.
I suppose I should've left Moldavia/Wallachia as a vassal too, but felt like fortifying the area against Ottomans myself.
>try to do it in Vicky 2 with Sardinia-Piedmont
I tried with Two Sicily and this shit happened, even though they were in my sphere, well maybe not S-P, but erveryone else. Played this game 1-2 month ago, after a year or two of not playing v2.
That's true, Austria is very random because RNG for each event, but hey, just giving you all that shit for free would be weird... It's true that should probably be handled in some better way, I don't know, I don't find Austria enjoyable to play even if you do annex the whole empire. so I don't care.
I Love the second american civil war in KR, it's really cool and fun. CSA 4 lyfe.