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Crusader Kings III (Steam link) is supposed to be released on September 1st, so I guess it is time to start getting aboard the hype train! I'm starting this thread as I think it is time to do so rather than just adding items to the old CK2 thread.

Just to fill out this first post a bit, I'll repost some info provided by Max Peck:
And also my own post that had a link to the CK3 FAQ - Developer Diaries, Questions from the Community, Dev Answers and Important Information

Finally, there is the first video in a introductory series from Paradox, released today:
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This is well situated to be the next game that I buy, play for 15 minutes, and then never find the time to play again.

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Holy Crap. September was forever away just yesterday, wasn't it? I'll be tempted by this. Not sure what that means yet. I guess part of it will depend on the release pricing.

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LordMortis wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:48 am
Holy Crap. September was forever away just yesterday, wasn't it? I'll be tempted by this. Not sure what that means yet. I guess part of it will depend on the release pricing.
Green Man Gaming is offering a 12% discount, so $43.99 USD for the standard edition.

Funny how you mention September being forever away, my wife and I were just talking about how slow this year has been going by.
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If you buy it (especially at launch), you'll constantly be waiting for the DLC to make it the sequel you want.
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El Guapo wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:45 am
This is well situated to be the next game that I buy, play for 15 minutes, and then never find the time to play again.
But constantly eyeing the 100's of DLC packages for "shiny" moments and then decide you want to play it, but only with DLC so you get the full experience, spend about the same amount you paid to buy it on DLC, and then only play for 15 minutes again.
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Pyperkub wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:23 pm
If you buy it (especially at launch), you'll constantly be waiting for the DLC to make it the sequel you want.
I'm of mixed minds on this. I know that is baked in to Paradox model but I also know that in 2 years, they'll have a ton of DLC and the price won't have dropped and then I won't want the game based on the price point for everything. Whereas buying now, and getting the DLC that looks good as you go (usually behind one or two releases to catch sales), I don't feel too jilted. I did this for Stallaris and Surviving Mars and BattleTech and I don't feel jilted at any of those purchases.

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I just hope this one is easier to get into. I really liked the 2nd one, but it's not something you can just pick up and play. It's just too much for my ADD brain. :lol:
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LordMortis wrote:
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I'm of mixed minds on this. I know that is baked in to Paradox model but I also know that in 2 years, they'll have a ton of DLC and the price won't have dropped and then I won't want the game based on the price point for everything. Whereas buying now, and getting the DLC that looks good as you go (usually behind one or two releases to catch sales), I don't feel too jilted. I did this for Stallaris and Surviving Mars and BattleTech and I don't feel jilted at any of those purchases.
That's actually a good way of looking at it. I never tried CK2 multiplayer, I wonder if CK3 will be a good MP game.
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New Developer Diary, Dev Diary #36: Gotta Go Fast, Performance & AI
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I’m Magne “Meneth” Skjæran, one of the programmers on Crusader Kings 3. You might know me from my work on CK2 and the Paradox Wikis. Of particular relevance today is my work on performance and AI in CK2. Today I’m going to talk about how we’ve worked with these two areas in CK3 to ensure a better game experience than CK2.
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El Guapo wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:45 am
This is well situated to be the next game that I buy, play for 15 minutes, and then never find the time to play again.
Yeah, in terms of most money spent relative to actual entertainment hours, Paradox games are the champs.

Games always sound fascinating, I bite, I play a short time and find them sterile -- typically map painters with little else to enjoy -- so I put the game aside until a couple DLCs come out. Then I hear on forums that the game is now great, so I buy the DLCs, and... can't understand the game at all because of all the changes making documentation and tutorials outdated.

I forecast the same cycle with this game. :roll:
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dbemont wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:03 am
El Guapo wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:45 am
This is well situated to be the next game that I buy, play for 15 minutes, and then never find the time to play again.
Yeah, in terms of most money spent relative to actual entertainment hours, Paradox games are the champs.

Games always sound fascinating, I bite, I play a short time and find them sterile -- typically map painters with little else to enjoy -- so I put the game aside until a couple DLCs come out. Then I hear on forums that the game is now great, so I buy the DLCs, and... can't understand the game at all because of all the changes making documentation and tutorials outdated.

I forecast the same cycle with this game. :roll:
I mean, I love their games, it's just that they're generally inconsistent with having a full time job plus kids. If I were in college or whatnot I am sure I would play the hell out of CKIII.

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They must be doing something right recently. The two PDS games I've enjoyed the most, by far, have been HOI4 and Stellaris. I'm not sure I'd ever play them single player but playing them with my gaming group has been an absolute blast. In fact, our next game is going to be a new game of HOI4 and we're all being Allied powers for a change. :D

For any of you who seriously got into CK2 - is there any indication that CK3 will be a good multiplayer game, or is it better suited to single player?
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Paradroid wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:56 am
For any of you who seriously got into CK2 - is there any indication that CK3 will be a good multiplayer game, or is it better suited to single player?
It is probably too early to know, until someone posts a gameplay video or stream with MP. Hopefully one of those new Introductory videos they have been posting (like the two above) will give more info about multiplayer.

After seeing the first two videos I mentioned, I went ahead and pre-ordered through Green Man Gaming. Instead of a 12%, I used my XP challenge or whatever they are calling it, and the discount increased to 16% :D

For those of you wondering about the CKIII expansions, here is what they have to say in their FAQ:
What kind of content can we expect post-launch?
► Our DLCs will be split between Flavor Packs and Major Expansions.

Flavor Packs - SRP $6.99 USD: in-game content focused on a theme or a region.
Major Expansions - SRP $29.99 USD: larger, meatier expansions with content and mechanics to expand and enrich your experience.
Free Updates: As usual, each Major Expansion will be accompanied by a free update that will provide new features, fixes and changes to improve our players’ experience.

If you are familiar with Paradox Development Studio games, you surely have realized that we will start with a Major Expansion for CK3 at a slightly higher price point than those of our previous titles. This is due to the fact that we want to spend more time on our CK3 expansions and deliver bigger DLCs with better, more exciting content and well-enhanced mechanics.

In-between the Major Expansions, smaller Flavor Packs will be released to add some spice to themes and specific regions of the world and give everyone something to spend your time with.
Which says to me, not as many major expansions, but expect that each will be fairly chock full of content. I'm really liking what I've been seeing in the dev diaries about the new direction they are taking and since I don't have that much to play in September anyway, it will be a good time killer :wink:
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Interestingly, EUIV just added a subscription that gives you access to all released DLC for $5 a month. Someone calculated that you could play on that sub for more than four years before you matched paying for each DLC as released.

Obviously EUIV is an older game, but I wonder if we'll see something similar for CK3.
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Paradox seems like to experiment, like in giving away CKII for free now for over a year. I'm sure they are constantly running numbers to see how these approaches change their bottom line.

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Another video, captured from yesterday's stream:

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Another of the introductory series:

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A video from the Kings And Generals YouTube website, documenting the world in 867 AD, one of the two default starting dates in CKIII.

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I'm looking forward to it although I am in the extreme minority, I seemed to have more fun with CK1. Same with "The Guild", enjoyed the first one over the second.

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Remind me in 2023 after they release years of patches and updates. :horse:

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Since I'm getting Troy for free today, I've decided to average out my strategy game expenses for late summer, therefore arriving at a de facto 50% discount on CK3. Why wait for a sale when I can create my own!

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Another in the introductory series. I'm really liking these, they aren't too long as to be off-putting, but there is enough information so I can get into the game quicker when it releases in just over two weeks.

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Another of the special Kings and Generals videos that ties into the CKIII world.

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Now starting the last set of four introductory videos....


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I'm really excited for this game. Thanks for posting those videos. I'm going to watch the set of them before release.

The individual elements of the game look really fun. I'm hopeful that all the pieces put together make for a fun play experience too.
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I'm looking forward to the game as well, especially since it looks like there won't be anything else too interesting till later in the fall.

I am hoping that there will be more in the way of tutorials and basic handholding. When I started getting into CKII I was often at a loss to just understand not what I could be doing, but what I should be doing.
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Yeah, I remember staring CK2 and staring at the screen and clicking on things for the longest time without knowing where to start. It wasn't until I followed along with a Let's Play that I had any clue what to do first.

And I remember having about 60 hours in the game and feeling, "Okay, I'm starting to understand this now."
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I normally haven't been posting these Dev Diaries, but this one is kind of fun:

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So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at what achievements you can get, and the ways of getting them. As we’re so close to release, we’ll be taking a gander at the full list!

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So, sieges are literally nothing more than a countdown timer?
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Freyland wrote:
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So, sieges are literally nothing more than a countdown timer?
It was somewhat this way in CKII, but remember there are a lot of modifiers to that timer. Also events can happen that change the timer or even reset it. The timer isn't that unusual in that sieges of this period often would have a predicted length, based on experience and knowledge of the enemy and your own forces.
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To continue the thought, the famed French engineer Vauban would say that not only could he predict the successful outcome of a seige to the day, he might be able to predict it to the hour. Surely some exaggeration, but seiges have a great deal of scientific basis. For instance, so many men could dig so many feet of trench in such and such a time.
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I guess what I mean is it seems lacking in a combat component. I of course respect that a fortification doesn't just roll over (usually), but there doesn't seem to be any martial factors involved, just waiting.
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