Hey all, it's been a while since I did one of these solo. I've done some stuff with CK/CK2 as multiplayer succession game madness, but not a solo LP. I've been thinking about doing another Paradox game though. CK2/EU3 are a bit too easy to blob, and I've been playing this lately, so I thought I'd give it a try.I'm new to Paradox, what is this?
Victoria II is, shockingly, the sequel to Victoria. Both games are about the age of European imperialism and industrialization. The game uses the crowning of Queen Victoria and the first moves towards WW2 as its bookends and lasts from 1836 - 1936. During that time, we'll be researching technologies, building factories, going to war, influencing rivals, and dealing with a billion random events! We may also colonize Africa and/or southwest Asia, southeast Asia, and the Pacific. So far, there has been one expansion, A House Divided, which focuses on the American Civil War, in addition to fixing a lot of things that were not great about the game on release. We will be playing with that and one other thing.
If you're unfamiliar with Paradox generally, they make grand strategy games. Their most successful and most accessible title is Crusader Kings 2, which deals with the middle ages. The Renaissance and Enlightenment are handled in Europa Universalis 3.Here
's our Paradox thread.Here
is the CK2 thread/succession game thread. I... accidentally conquered most of Iberia on the first turn, which made us somewhat overly powerful. Fortunately, I am less good at this.What's the one other thing?A POP Divided
It's not essential, but it's a user mod that makes the game better in a bunch of ways and make more sense. Also adds a bunch of historical events without ramrodding you into playing real history.Any special features?
I like user participation, so I'll be putting most things to a vote, approximately every five years.Who are you playing as?
I don't know! I'll offer a few suggestions that might be interesting and a few that are banned. Linked for huge:http://www.paradoxplaza.com/sites/default/files/V2_2.JPG
There's Europe. I refuse to play as the UK because 1) it's a management nightmare and 2) it's impossible to fail. The UK is too big and strong and spends its time annexing India and beating up China and generally being a dick. I would prefer to play as a smaller nation capable of interesting things. Sweden -> Scandinavia and Sardinia-Piedmont -> Italy -> Seeing how much of the Roman Empire I can get back are particularly interesting ideas. But really anyone other than the UK. France has a large population, starts second to the UK, and is generally hard to stop. Prussia has a natural path towards becoming Germany, massive industry, and one special thing I'll get into if we pick it. Austria is on the decline, but can do fun stuff. Russia is a slow moving, illiterate goliath, but if you can modernize them, they're unstoppable. The Ottomans would be tough. Belgium is actually close to a great power to start and can be made one easily, but other than becoming the ruler of the Low Countries, you're a bit boxed in until you go do what Leopold II did and massacre a bunch of Africans. Netherlands are similar, but you have a fairly large presence to start in Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies). Luxembourg/Switzerland would be very boring. Denmark too, probably.
We're not being the USA. It's easy mode. You beat up the Mexicans, put down the Confederacy, and then do whatever the hell you want for the rest of the game. We're also not being Brazil, because I just did a game with them, and they're kind of South American easy mode. Mexico could be interesting, as it would require us to fight off the Yanqui menace in the Mexican War(s) while dealing with our own instability. Argentina is also sizable with a decent potential for growth. The rest of the Americas are hard mode. The USCA or Ecuador would be particularly hard.
There are a couple Asian countries we could have fun with. China is China. Ton of people, shitty government, shitty technology. If you can modernize without the British having taken too much of your stuff, you can beat up everyone and become the modern PRC a century early. Japan has massive potential and is much safer without the history bits of the game directing the British to come smack them every decade or so. Once modernized their large population base means we could basically try to replicate what the actual Japanese Empire did and conquer Korea, Manchuria, China, and possibly the Dutch East Indies, depending how things look.
So vote for a country you'd like to see me try!UpdatesUpdate 0 - Introduction (1836)Update 1 - Beating Up Sheiks (1836-1840)
Featuring: Teach me about technology, ebum!Update 2 - The Oriental Crisis (1840 - 1845)Update 3 - Recovery and Progress (1845 - 1850)Update 4 - Dominance of the Eastern Mediterranean (1850 - 1855)Update 5 - Reforms (1856 - 1860)Update 6 - Golden Age (1861 - 1865)Update 7 - Foreign News (1866 - 1870)Update 8 - Social Reforms are Expensive (1871 - 1875)Update 9 - Scandal! (1876 - 1880)
Also State of the World 1880Update 10 - Budget Crisis! (1881 - 1885)Update 11 - Africa! (1886 - 1890)Update 12 - Boom Times! (1891 - 1895)Update 13 - A New Century (1896 - 1900)Update 14 - Chaos in Europe, Prosperity at Home (1901 - 1905)Update 15 - In Which Brilliant Plans Go Awry (1906 - 1910)Update 16 - The Sick Man of Europe (1911 - 1915)Update 17 - In Which We Clean Up Our Borders Slightly (1916 - 1920)Update 18 - Pissing Off Germans (1921 - 1925)State of the World1850
Featuring: Teach me about political reform, ebum!Tutorial information not in actual updatesTeach me about POPs, ebum!Teach me about foreign policy, ebum!Teach me about the military, ebum!
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