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

As is my wont, I've been wandering around playing games in western Europe until things get boring (as opposed to playing until the end date).

Last night I had one of the most thrilling times in EU4 as Burgundy. I pushed a bit too much - taking Ile-de-France from France and Normandy from England was fine but when I pushed onward to take Northern Savoy and Liege because of the mission tree claims I took way, way too much aggressive expansion.

About 44 years, at least 14 coalition wars (3 at once to kick things up and then 4 at once later, which might have made things easier), and two bankruptcies later and things seem to have calmed down and people are finally leaving coalitions against me. Subjugating a pretty big Utrecht (those mission tree claims) and taking a few provinces in a couple coalition wars probably didn't help things.

They were costly wars. Spain, Denmark, and Austria stood by as allies early on but I lost Austria after the first stage of war (who then rivaled) and lost Spain after my third bankruptcy. My bacon was saved in the largest of the wars by the Ottomans coming in to intervene for me against Austria, HRE Bohemia. Slackening recruiting standards to keep my manpower up brought my professionalism from over 60% before the wars down to nothing and I also had to exploit manpower development in all my provinces in the last big coalition war. Combine that with that last big war hinging on a battle I barely won and it was a close-run thing.

The big star of almost the whole thing was my 3-star general, René de Chastellux, who led my armies for almost all of the 44 or so years. Generals are generally not something I get attached to in EU4 but his leadership saved the nation. He was so important I renamed my capital after him.

^ Awesome! Sounds like a fun time, if not constant pressure!

Heck of a bundle available at Humble if anyone needs to pick up some DLC.

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/e...

For a complete EUIV noob, and, well, grand strategy noob in general, what tier of that bundle would make for the best experience if I were to try tackling the game?

The game will be easiest with no DLC.
That being said buy the 17 buck tier for third rome and brittania, and you can just toggle DLC in the launcher if its too much.

I have these up for grabs if anyone needs them:

Europa Universalis IV
Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks
Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

Extras that I already had from the aforementioned bundle.

And gone.

PWAlessi wrote:

I have these up for grabs if anyone needs them:

Europa Universalis IV
Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks
Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado

Extras that I already had from the aforementioned bundle.

And gone.

You win! That's the game!

I also have a spare vanilla EUIV key if anyone needs it.

Gone

Bought the pack. Only had the vanilla game. Very curious what it'll be like with ALL the expansions.

I’ve also taken the dive into EU IV with the humble bundle. Time to start clocking up those hours like the great Game King.

CPWilson wrote:

I’ve also taken the dive into EU IV with the humble bundle. Time to start clocking up those hours like the great Game King.

As much as the Game King numbers are impressive, he is dwarved by Florryworry.

I'm finally starting to get into EU IV. I have about 5 hours in and I feel like I'm getting bitten by the bug. The 1 thing that I really love in just about any game is lots of 'Systems' and boy does EU IV have lots of systems!

Clusks wrote:
CPWilson wrote:

I’ve also taken the dive into EU IV with the humble bundle. Time to start clocking up those hours like the great Game King.

As much as the Game King numbers are impressive, he is dwarved by Florryworry.

Whatever, I bet a good 3 hours of that total were spent away from the keyboard.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Clusks wrote:
CPWilson wrote:

I’ve also taken the dive into EU IV with the humble bundle. Time to start clocking up those hours like the great Game King.

As much as the Game King numbers are impressive, he is dwarved by Florryworry.

Whatever, I bet a good 3 hours of that total were spent away from the keyboard.

If you have young kids like I do, it’s not at all uncommon to just leave a game running on the background of a PC and then dip into it to play for five minutes here or five minutes there of gameplay. When every minute counts, the time it takes to load up a game just isn’t worth it compared to the very very minor amount of electricity cost to keep it running indefinitely.

jrralls wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Clusks wrote:
CPWilson wrote:

I’ve also taken the dive into EU IV with the humble bundle. Time to start clocking up those hours like the great Game King.

As much as the Game King numbers are impressive, he is dwarved by Florryworry.

Whatever, I bet a good 3 hours of that total were spent away from the keyboard.

If you have young kids like I do, it’s not at all uncommon to just leave a game running on the background of a PC and then dip into it to play for five minutes here or five minutes there of gameplay. When every minute counts, the time it takes to load up a game just isn’t worth it compared to the very very minor amount of electricity cost to keep it running indefinitely.

Yeah, I commonly do the same thing, for all sorts of reasons. Dog needs to go out. Dog needs to come in. Dog is hungry. Dog needs attention. Cats are hungry. Cats threw up because they ate too much. Phone call. Doorbell rings. Kids need money.

Floryworry plays the game for a living, so we can expect far more hours than the Game King. The Game King got the title because he can post those hours and still keep all the other plates spinning.

If anyone has a spare EU4 vanilla key, please let me know. I gave my spare to a designer I know, then another designer friend heard about it and wanted in. Obviously, I'd just gift him the $1 tier if it was still on sale. Thanks!

So friends, this Wednesday at 9 AM Pacific, on my Twitch channel, I'm soliciting EUIV experts to help me learn the game live as I stream. If you have the time and the inclination I'd love to see y'all there. Thank you!

I’m learning the game like you Veloxi but I will be sure to watch!

One quick question for the group: I’ve been playing Crusader Kings 2 lately as part of the Monarch’s journey and have an interesting French German empire mashup that would be fun to import to EU4. Do you think that would be a good choice for a newer player to learn the ropes, or should I just start fresh?

So, anyone else played since the Emperor update got released?

I haven't bought the expansion (I'll wait until it's 50% off) so I'm only playing with what was patched in, but I enjoy the changes to estates. The much higher attrition to armies moving by sea is pretty interesting.

Given that it took a year to make this expansion, does anyone else think this might be the final one?