Europa Universalis IV Catch-All

Are the Ottomans back to being a behemoth? Last time I played was when the update dropped where the Mamluks became the major power in that region.

Clusks wrote:

Are the Ottomans back to being a behemoth? Last time I played was when the update dropped where the Mamluks became the major power in that region.

In my Brandeberg/Prussia/Germany game, they look the same as always. I’ve managed to cobble together the provinces I needed for Germany by 1690ish, Trier was a pain - having to fight GB and France, but it was never in doubt - just took longer than it should’ve because I don’t have the naval capacity to keep up with both countries, let alone one of them. So I sat on trier and locked down France until they conceded.

The Ottomans I’ve kept in check by making Hungary huge, essentially splitting up Poland between us so there’s a huge buffer; however, the ottomans simply took all of the Middle East and North Africa and, score wise, are first, followed by France, then me. It’s been a fun ride. Not really sure where to go next. I was considering leaving Western Europe and cracking on the Livonian order, which is still a large country and taking the territory around the original Novgorod for my own, but I haven’t decided. It’s a little too late for me to start colonizing and I have no desire to start building a navy that is capable of that (or stealing colonies).

Well, I've dived back in to EU4, after a hiatus. I'm still between the 30-40 hour mark for total game time.

I keep playing the Ottomans over and over again for some reason, although this time is more of an excuse to use the Cradle of Civilization DLC I bought a few months ago. Gobbling up the small countries is still fun. I also thought I'd try something different and ally the Timurids, and they immediately called me into a defensive war against countries I can't come close to reaching. Since I don't really have a way to get to the fight, might just hang out and see if anyone is foolish enough to come my way. I was thinking about trying to make Dulkadir a vassal since they liked me, but the message said I can't since they were in a war. Curious, I looked into it and they were up against 4 other countries somehow, and then three massive Mamluke stacks cruised through their territory. I quickly left them to their fate.

I think my main issue in this game right now is I still keep forgetting to buy boats or use them correctly, so usually they get wasted at the start of every war and I promptly get blockaded.

Sundown wrote:

Well, I've dived back in to EU4, after a hiatus. I'm still between the 30-40 hour mark for total game time.

I keep playing the Ottomans over and over again for some reason, although this time is more of an excuse to use the Cradle of Civilization DLC I bought a few months ago. Gobbling up the small countries is still fun. I also thought I'd try something different and ally the Timurids, and they immediately called me into a defensive war against countries I can't come close to reaching. Since I don't really have a way to get to the fight, might just hang out and see if anyone is foolish enough to come my way. I was thinking about trying to make Dulkadir a vassal since they liked me, but the message said I can't since they were in a war. Curious, I looked into it and they were up against 4 other countries somehow, and then three massive Mamluke stacks cruised through their territory. I quickly left them to their fate.

I think my main issue in this game right now is I still keep forgetting to buy boats or use them correctly, so usually they get wasted at the start of every war and I promptly get blockaded.

I used to have that issue with boats. Now, unless I’m one of the few true naval powers (and usually even if I am) I send all my boats back to ports the opponent is likely to blockade. For the Ottomans, the inland attack boats that are inexpensive are definitely the best way to go.

So I'm now many years into my game as the Ottomans by now. I've successfully gobbled up the Balkans and several chunks of the Mamelukes. I even beat back an Austro-Hungarian invasion (who picked the moment I was weakest to attack me; I had just used up my manpower fighting the Mamelukes the first time, and had bitten off too much, because the over extension had kicked in, and several stacks of 30k rebels started popping up everywhere which forced me to hire all the mercenaries to squash them, and then disbanded the mercenaries about a week before I was attacked) several decades ago with the help of Tunis and the Timurids.

I'm now in a potentially interesting situation. Hungary has now been mostly been gobbled up by me and Austria, and so we now share a large border. Taking a glance at alliances, it was Austria (who also ate Venice), Britain, and Spain (who ate Italy), and Portugal versus me, Bohemia, Tunis, and the Timurids. So I ally France, to put another regional check in place. I also looked at dropping someone for Muscovy, but they're far away and up to their eyeballs in debt so I drop that notion. So in effect, we have two alliances with three Great Powers on each side (Ottomans + Bohemia + France vs. Austria + Spain + Britain). I would like to get a foothold into the Venice trade note, but it's not looking good for now. Instead, I'm going to focus on the middle east and north Africa for awhile, but we could easily start WWI in the 1500s if someone gets twitchy.

I'm still new to the game (only 53 hours), but I still recommend if anyone has EU4 sitting on their steam account, install it and try the Ottomans. It's fairly easy to wrap your head around, and you always get to be doing something and expanding, since there are so many fronts to beat up other countries on.

Has anyone checked out the new DLC? Pirates are my jam and I love the idea of starting a pirate republic. Not sure that would be a good choice as a new player though.

Hello All,

This may be an elementary question but numerous searches haven't found the answer.

What does it mean and what is the significance of when the game announces so and so arrived in a region? It is usually in yellow font.

Thanks!

I may be wrong here, but check the name you see against the list of advisors available to hire. I think the game is announcing there is a new advisor available?

EDIT: It could also be diplomats/missionaries/colonists arriving for or returning from missions, I suppose. Maybe check against their names too.

In any case, I'm 99.5% sure there are no gameplay implications to ignoring the message and just keeping an eye on such things in the outliner.

It appears you are correct. I saw the message and then looked through the available advisors until I found his name. Thank you