What is Europa Universalis IV?
EUIV is a Grand Strategy Game from Paradox, makers of fine games such as Crusader Kings and Sengoku. You can play as any nation in the world at any time between 1444 and 1789. The game ends in 1821. The game is a sandbox, where you make set your own goals, such as starting as a small nation in the HRE and forming Germany or Prussia, returning Byzantium to its former glory, or hitting speed 5 as the Inca until the Spanish destroy you.Where can I get EUIV?
EUIV is steamworks, so it is available on Steam and other fine retailers like AmazonWow this is a lot of DLC
Paradox has been using a model similar to CK2, where there is a lot of smaller cosmetic DLC and a few large expansions. Here's some descriptions from wikipedia:Conquest of Paradise
, which adds more native American nations, and a random world generator which randomizes the landscape of North and South America.Wealth of Nations
, which improves the game logic for trade and merchant republics, and patches the rest of the game for balance.Res Publica
adds improvements to governance and trade, while overhauling some events.Art of War
focuses on the Thirty Years War, while making changes to vassal mechanics and naval management. It also increases the number of provinces on the game map, in regions which previously lacked detail, such as Asia and Africa.El Dorado
will introduce a custom nation designer, as well as changes to native Central and South American nations, exploration and trade fleets.
If you have questions on what you should get, feel free to ask the thread.This game seems pretty complicated, where should I start?
Portugal is probably one of the best places to start as a new player, you are given an explorer right from the beginning and can begin learning the ropes of colonizing without worrying about getting into land wars. Just be nice to Spain/Castille and you'll be a-OK.
I've also learned a lot from watching players play LPs on Youtube. Arumba, Shenryyr, MadDjinn, FlyingMacguffin and Quill18 are all good players to watch.
Also feel free to ask questions here.I'm a grizzled vet who wants more
Check out Veritas et Fortitudo and MEIOU and Taxes. They're both complete overhauls of the game systems and have two slightly different takes on what EUIV 'should' be. And they're both in fairly stable releases right now. You'll have to grab them from the Steam Workshop, or by registering a CD Key on the PDS forums to gain access to the mod pages.