GWJ Plays Europa Universalis IV

Join Sean Sands as he teaches Cory Banks and Shawn Andrich the ways of Europa Universalis IV.

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Oh I'm looking forward to whenever I get a chance to sit down and watch this.

Are the visuals necessary if you already know the interface? I might try to listen to this podcast-fashion.

Lysias wrote:

Oh I'm looking forward to whenever I get a chance to sit down and watch this.

Are the visuals necessary if you already know the interface? I might try to listen to this podcast-fashion.

I watch the majority of YouTube videos this way.

wordsmythe wrote:
Lysias wrote:

Oh I'm looking forward to whenever I get a chance to sit down and watch this.

Are the visuals necessary if you already know the interface? I might try to listen to this podcast-fashion.

I watch the majority of YouTube videos this way.

Confirmed, it works well. I'm through part one, very enjoyable, especially the talk of how to approach the game. Also, I did not know pressing F brought up a find window, definitely needed that one.

I am sold. Thanks Gents. I wish I wouldn't have missed that big sale from two weeks ago.

Great videos. It is very interesting to see the very different reactions of Cory and Sean to EU and the card game.

As a noob who's put about 17 hours into the game, this is a fantastic intro and tutorial. Thanks!

I kind of think we should continue the game. Maybe another video, and Sean can mock us even more? What do you guys think?

Well, you kind of ended at Certis achieving International Douche Chills. You can't just end there!

Demiurge wrote:

I kind of think we should continue the game. Maybe another video, and Sean can mock us even more? What do you guys think?

I'd watch. You ended too soon since Corey was likely a half hour from rage quiting, so I'm surprised you want to go again.

I had many laughs but my favorite was likely (paraphrase) :
Corey Banks: Can I tell you about my plans?
Sean Sands: Sure, you do that while I look at this
CB: I'd like to be Pope
SS: Okay, so, now, remember when I said you can't do that?
CB: Yes, but I think you might have been wrong
SS: well, I've only played 380 hours of this game, so I might be wrong.

Lysias wrote:
Demiurge wrote:

I kind of think we should continue the game. Maybe another video, and Sean can mock us even more? What do you guys think?

I'd watch. You ended too soon since Corey was likely a half hour from rage quiting, so I'm surprised you want to go again.

I was pretty frustrated, but that might have been because we were taking it so slowly. I have to admit, I've been thinking about the game quite a bit since we recorded. I'm not ready to give up just yet.

I had many laughs but my favorite was likely (paraphrase) :
Corey Banks: Can I tell you about my plans?
Sean Sands: Sure, you do that while I look at this
CB: I'd like to be Pope
SS: Okay, so, now, remember when I said you can't do that?
CB: Yes, but I think you might have been wrong
SS: well, I've only played 380 hours of this game, so I might be wrong.

This is why Sands is the best.

Demiurge wrote:

I was pretty frustrated, but that might have been because we were taking it so slowly. I have to admit, I've been thinking about the game quite a bit since we recorded. I'm not ready to give up just yet.

I wonder if part of that is that you guys moved along at a fairly consistent pace. I'm new to the game and I'm pausing every time there is a pop-up or new flag. Helps me feel more in control (which might reduce the frustration of fulfilling Sands' quests like "find your vassels") but could be less watchable in a let's play.

I would watch more EU videos. I remember when GWJ played Sins of a Solar Empire multi. I think this game would be fun in a similar fashion.

I was pretty frustrated, but that might have been because we were taking it so slowly. I have to admit, I've been thinking about the game quite a bit since we recorded. I'm not ready to give up just yet.

Castille is a little bit of a slow burn, but you have a lot of options. It's supposed to be more of a country that is played at a faster pace in the early game -- ultimately what you're trying to do is unite the non-Portugese parts of the Iberian peninsula. And, it didn't help that you had a totally crap king, so that slows down the advancement pace.

That said, I think if I were going to revisit this game -- and I would _definitely_ do that -- I'd go ahead and goose that effort by trying to reclaim Aragon. If you built up a war machine to do that, would be a pretty serious war, it would be far from boring. It'd also take us through some mechanics we hadn't been through yet, like naval battles, managing your allies and paying attention to land/army modifiers -- Spain is a much harder place to fight a war than the dainty fields and orchards of Northern France.

I refuse to play again unless it begins with an Aaron Sorkin-style speech from Elysium about the state of the world and what we have to do.

Certis wrote:

I refuse to play again unless it begins with an Aaron Sorkin-style speech from Elysium about the state of the world and what we have to do.

THIS. At least one Gilbert & Sullivan quote required.

"I can manage diplomatic relations with Aragon, I can influence the papal state, and I'm never, never sick at sea!"

I refuse to play again unless it begins with an Aaron Sorkin-style speech from Elysium about the state of the world and what we have to do.

Something like this.

The Europe, this Europe, we are building will become something bigger. Something more grand and important than the flawed, corruptible one of our shared and disappointing history, because here and for one moment we can stand tall on the backs of the giants of nationalism and rebuild fate from the ground up. A grand French people built on a firm foundation of progress that never requires its people to rise up in furious and deadly revolution, cleaving pointless heads from mindless monarchs. A Spain that passes on the mandate to bring syphillis and guns to a quiet continent, and instead unifies a storied people under bold ideas. We stand for something here, and if you aren't willing to bring stability, science and a strong social contract to a world aching to drink deep on a better life; if you are content to leave generations grasping in the desert grasping for a single drop of hope, then know that I will bring the thundering contempt of a hundred thousand men clad in armor and the certainty that they need not tremble at the bluster of despots down upon your head.

Oh my God that's beautiful. Terrifying and beautiful.

I imagined Martin Sheen saying this as he walked down a hallway.

WipEout wrote:

I imagined Martin Sheen saying this as he walked down a hallway.

Oh no, he'd stop for that one. The camera would still be moving around all over the place, though.

i´ve been wanting to play this game for a long time, but i´m seriously terrified of the possibility of spend an inordinate amount of my sleeping time playing it, i got a life to live, books to read, (other) games to play, i´m doomed

sixpackrules wrote:

i´ve been wanting to play this game for a long time, but i´m seriously terrified of the possibility of spend an inordinate amount of my sleeping time playing it, i got a life to live, books to read, (other) games to play, i´m doomed

I know the feeling. Last night my wife fell asleep at 10 so I thought cool, 1-2 hours for EU4. 3.5hrs later...

Great couple of videos to listen to. It took awhile to get into EU4, but since then, it's been like an obsession. Currently in the middle of a slow game as Russia trying to create a Russian North America and crush my long time Lithuanian & Polish rivals. Recently tried to get one of my co-workers into the game, but could see his eyes glaze over as I tried to explain the intricacies of the game. Great listening to Elysium try and walk the guys through the game and get them as excited about it as he is. I only wish they had webcams on themselves to watch their reactions to trying to learn how to play.

These videos were some of the best 'Let's Play' that I've seen, both for the educational value and entertainment value.

The obvious place to take this is to make it a long running series, where Castille and France work together to assimilate the globe to their cause. That is, until the building tension and rivalry roiling under the surface results in an increase of hostilities until the full blown war erupts and finally reduces both super-powers into a hollow shell of their former glory; husks to be picked apart by former vassals and enemies alike.

Also, I could listen to Sean try to pronounce regions in France all day.

Also, I could listen to Sean try to pronounce regions in France all day.

God, yes. The only thing better would be Pyroman playing as England and doing his British accent the whole time.

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I really enjoyed this quite a bit, thanks for putting this out. Sean did a fantastic job of explaining and teaching the basics of the game.

I felt sorry for Cory though, he did not seem like he was having as good a time as Shawn.

I also wanted to click on stuff so badly while watching.

tboon wrote:

I really enjoyed this quite a bit, thanks for putting this out. Sean did a fantastic job of explaining and teaching the basics of the game.

I felt sorry for Cory though, he did not seem like he was having as good a time as Shawn.

I also wanted to click on stuff so badly while watching.

Mostly due to external factors. I want to play again.

The only external factors I'm aware of were me and Sean. I've got a 50/50 shot!

I was the one who told him he couldn't be pope, so it was probably be me.

Look, if I could have, I'd have made white smoke at a papal conclave for you, pooky-bear.

Demiurge wrote:

I never wanted to play Counter Strike more in my life.

Box. Quote.