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Favorite Paradox Game?


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Techpriest

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I want to get into Paradox games badly but first I need to know if my laptop can run the game and then I need to know how much to save up for the DLC's.

Also, I'm torn between buying Crusader Kings 2 or Hearts of Iron 4.for my first Paradox experience.
If you’re looking for a good base game I’d say CKII as most of the DLC for that just adds in more playable factions and if I remember right the Deluxe edition gives you the Byzantine and Islam DLC’s to play around with - so you can play pretty much almost anywhere on the map. CKII isn’t an easy game to understand at the start however.

After that, the DLC to look at are Old Gods, Holy Fury, and (personally) Horse Lords. You can swap out Horse Lords for Rajas of India if you want. Old Gods adds an earlier start date, new cultures, playable pagans, and really sets the tone for the DLC to follow. Holy Fury is amazing - it expands further on the mechanics introduced by Old Gods, revamps the Crusades to more accurately reflect the various results from historical crusades, allows pagan rulers to embrace organized religion in a historical fashion, gives ways to customize faiths, makes holy orders more important, etc etc. It’s fantastic. Horse Lords and Rajas of India allow you more flexibility on where you play, with some nice quality of life additions for other people. Neither are mandatory but until you’ve played the second coming of Atilla the Hun but this time you’re Jewish, or sacrificed the pope to Kali, you haven’t really fully experienced CKII IMO

Reapers Due, Sons of Abraham, Monks and Mystics, and Jade Dragon are nice for flavor and adding variety but I wouldn’t call them mandatory. Reapers Due is easily the best of the four.

The Republic DLC is for when you want a very different game from your standard play through, as it focuses around the small merchant republics that would see a large growth in power and influence as the Middle Ages advanced.

Charlemagne is a mixed bag. The older start date and tribal governments can lead to interesting games, but also to megablobs. It’s Old Gods but far worse.

Conclave is a love it or hate it. I like it for giving me an actual reason to not just give all my council seats to random courtiers but plenty of people hate it for the same reason.

Sunset Invasion is for the After the End mod and for when you want to throw all historical accuracy out the window.
 

Just Some Other Guy

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If you’re looking for a good base game I’d say CKII as most of the DLC for that just adds in more playable factions and if I remember right the Deluxe edition gives you the Byzantine and Islam DLC’s to play around with - so you can play pretty much almost anywhere on the map. CKII isn’t an easy game to understand at the start however.

After that, the DLC to look at are Old Gods, Holy Fury, and (personally) Horse Lords. You can swap out Horse Lords for Rajas of India if you want. Old Gods adds an earlier start date, new cultures, playable pagans, and really sets the tone for the DLC to follow. Holy Fury is amazing - it expands further on the mechanics introduced by Old Gods, revamps the Crusades to more accurately reflect the various results from historical crusades, allows pagan rulers to embrace organized religion in a historical fashion, gives ways to customize faiths, makes holy orders more important, etc etc. It’s fantastic. Horse Lords and Rajas of India allow you more flexibility on where you play, with some nice quality of life additions for other people. Neither are mandatory but until you’ve played the second coming of Atilla the Hun but this time you’re Jewish, or sacrificed the pope to Kali, you haven’t really fully experienced CKII IMO

Reapers Due, Sons of Abraham, Monks and Mystics, and Jade Dragon are nice for flavor and adding variety but I wouldn’t call them mandatory. Reapers Due is easily the best of the four.

The Republic DLC is for when you want a very different game from your standard play through, as it focuses around the small merchant republics that would see a large growth in power and influence as the Middle Ages advanced.

Charlemagne is a mixed bag. The older start date and tribal governments can lead to interesting games, but also to megablobs. It’s Old Gods but far worse.

Conclave is a love it or hate it. I like it for giving me an actual reason to not just give all my council seats to random courtiers but plenty of people hate it for the same reason.

Sunset Invasion is for the After the End mod and for when you want to throw all historical accuracy out the window.
Yeah, Sunset Invasion is whack if you don't specifically want to play it. I didn't even know what it was and activated the huge list of DLC. Was having a fun time painting Britain green and helping in crusades, then all of a sudden Aztecs come out of nowhere. Was one of the most WTF moments I've had in a game lol.
 

SkeletonBias420

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Anyone know if there's a way to set starting positions for custom empires in Steallaris? I want to create a game with my factions of different species clustered near each other.
 
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griefsquirrel

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Is there any fix to make CKII playable on a 4k screen or have they fixed it? The last time I tried I almost went blind as you basically can't read the UI because everything is so tiny.
 
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turboNIG-3k

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Its not to bad in their forum. they reduced the spammers alot and you still can talk freely. keeping a very specific forum none-political and free of basic insults isnt a big deal.
they also dont have a SJW problem.
Yeah, their forums are alright IMO. Subreddit, however, is in somewhat advanced stages of faggotry, and for example kaiserreich sub attracts unironic communist degenerates. To be fair, those commies are at least trying not to get a conniption fit every time someone makes a Kingfish meme.
 
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GentlemanFaggot

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I thought Kaiserreich basically was always meant to be communist fapfic anyway.
If that were the case then there's no way they'd have half of the Totalists (The closest branch of Socialism in KR to Stalinism) be real life members of Fascist parties. A Communist fapfic wouldn't have that kind of self-awareness and never would dream of having Mussolini show up as a Communist.

There's plenty of ironic and non-ironic political idealogues among the fans. Sometimes it seems like the Communists are the loudest but not always.
 
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GentlemanFaggot

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Well going by /vg/ threads there were plenty of fascist wehraboos and Mosleyites too.
It's a Grand Strategy Game. Wehraboos are attracted to those like flies to honey, but at least flies don't cry when they get stuck in the honey about how "It's not fair! The Tiger Tank was as powerful as 100 Shermans!"
 
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mindlessobserver

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Well damn. Paradox, stop being faggy if you're going to keep making historically based games. I will still continue to gladly creamapi every bit of that dlc mountain, though.

You should see how many of them roleplay as Commies in their Dev clashes. Makes you wonder just how much they are roleplaying.

Also, I am almost to 1,000 hours in Stellaris though admittedly some of that is me just pausing the game and leaving it running. The last patch really fixed the AI's inability to run their own economy, and on the grand admiral difficulty level it really gives you a run for the money. This one is really coming across as a labor of love and its probably the best space 4x ever at this point. Even better then MoO, FIGHT ME!
 
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Stoneheart

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I thought Kaiserreich basically was always meant to be communist fapfic anyway.
Just if you are bad at the game, the german bloc and the Russian Bloc and even the Japanese are strong as hell. UK and France are waaay weaker than the SU in the basegame.

Also, I am almost to 1,000 hours in Stellaris though admittedly some of that is me just pausing the game and leaving it running. The last patch really fixed the AI's inability to run their own economy, and on the grand admiral difficulty level it really gives you a run for the money. This one is really coming across as a labor of love and its probably the best space 4x ever at this point.
And It Runs super smoth as long as you dont use mods to make the universe even bigger.
 
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