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12-02-2012, 12:56 AM #1
Best economic/political to get started on
So I've been playing alot of Civ IV lately. I've always 4x games and the Fall From Heaven 2 mod in particular. But lately I've been getting bullied in school for playing these because all the cool kids are playing hardcore political sims like Victoria and Europa Univarlis. As the girls flushed my head in the toilet again I wondered where would I start in a market that has become so surprisingly crowded with seemingly half of Paradox games fitting the description.
So any suggestions for a decent gateway political sim which does all the deep simulation and so on but still manages to be user friendly or at least includes a useful tutorial.
12-02-2012, 12:59 AM #2
12-02-2012, 01:29 AM #3
Most politics games except Democrapy (Democracy) forget that most voters are stupid, swayed by extreme opinions and impossible promises. Tropico (i prefer 3) doesnt forget. But if your voters mum starved to death because their wasn't enough food, and no cheap housing(she is retired and you don't support a pension system) near the food sources he'll remember.
The game that works small but has a thousand justifications for its events beats an abstracted mathematical model of "this thus this". Tropico (I prefer 3) doesn't feel like it judges or condemns any actions, want sweatshops pumping out cheap exports? Your rivals in the intellectual faction will struggle to oppose you when the island lacks education facilities and their faction is starved of new members.
Its a class above the maths models guys because you can watch the problem playing out and see where the starvation (or crime of various sources of dissatisfaction victims live/lived.I am once again writing a blog, vaguely about playing games the wrong way
12-02-2012, 02:55 AM #4
12-02-2012, 04:50 AM #5
One of the best political games I've played is Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator
"Put into the role of the new Israeli Prime Minister in January 1997 just after the previous one was assassinated, you are thrust into the corrupt world of fantasy Middle Eastern politics."
Whatever you may think of Israeli politics IRL, the game is very simple yet compelling.
12-02-2012, 06:05 AM #6
12-02-2012, 08:49 AM #7
We and Japaneses have tons of those games, mostly in turn-based strategy. We have Three Kingdoms period (westerners called it Three Kingdoms, but actually all three monarchs declared themselves emperor, believing that they would eventually united the whole nation under one's sovereign. Turned out one long established gentry family conquered the southwestern state, then deposed its own regime, then conquered the remaining southeastern state. Stupid history). Japanese has Warring States period.
Of course every generation has at least one war to experience, throughout our civilization. The above two eras are just two of infinitely many. Koei's Genghis Khan, you should not miss. But this is not democracy game, it's all about command and conquer.
Democracy is just a fantasy, enjoying it in games is great, but dont try to promote it to people under non-democratic regimes pls.
12-02-2012, 09:21 AM #8
12-02-2012, 09:42 AM #9
In 1911 Revolution we were excited to topple the imperial regime in just less than one single year: the revolution broke out in October 1911 and the Qing emperor abdicated on 12 February 1912. We all thought that, how easy it would have been to establish a democratic regime, only to soon realize that we were then in a civil war-torn state for about 4 decades, one whole generation's time wasted.
If you are already in democracy, treasure it. If you are not, try to dream about it in afterlife.
Okay I am off-topic. Let's talk back games. I hate to, playing as a leader, to have my favorite decision being veto by the populace. It's just retard.
12-02-2012, 12:03 PM #10
12-02-2012, 01:34 PM #11
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Europa Universalis 3 is probably the easiest to dive into from the start. Victoria 2 second and Hearts of Iron 3 a far, far third. Ignore all the side games based off the engines for now, these are the primarily supported ones.
12-02-2012, 02:14 PM #12
Thanks. Thats just what I wanted to know.
Any idea on how accessible the Crusader Kings games are? I like the idea of simulating thousands of petty court rivalries and preserving your family but I haven't tried the demo for 2 yet.
12-02-2012, 02:24 PM #13
12-02-2012, 06:44 PM #14
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I think the main problem with all these games (for me at least) is not so much the mechanics (which do take a couple of trial and error games to understand), but the fact that you are given very little direction, compared to the Total War games, particularly Shogun 2. To use the CK2 demo as an example, you can pick the Duke of Bohemia, but once you're in the game there's very little indication of what you should be doing. I think this is still the part PI haven't really done much improvement on over the years.
13-02-2012, 03:49 AM #15
I second Tropico 3, for starters. Paradox games (or, at least, published by them) tend to have more advanced, sophisticated political, economical and strategic gameplay mechanics.
13-02-2012, 09:11 AM #16
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I tried to play a bit of Europa Universalis III yesterday, but yikes, that game is hard. I started with Sweden and found out they start with a lousy economy, and that I had no idea about how to turn it around. :)
13-02-2012, 09:31 AM #17
Doesn't Sweden start as vassal of Denmark? Probably not a very good way to start even though the strategical position is excellent later in the game. On the upside, Denmark will protect you in case someone should be bothered to attack you.
I suppose you should first focus on building up your economy and establish a center of trade in Stockholm. Once you are wealthy enough you can try to break out of the PU and conquer Denmark and Norway to form Scandinavia. Doing that will grant you a ridiculous amount of cores, including Iceland and, I think, Greenland - which makes for a great gateway for colonizing the Americas. On the other hand you may look for new provinces east of your position, if Novgorod and co are sufficiently weakened by the Golden Horde. It's in your best interest that Russia is never formed.Immersive Sims on Steam WIP
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13-02-2012, 09:14 PM #18
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@Yachmenev: I'd actually suggest you not to start with the grand campaign, but with a strong country on one of the other scenarios. Or you could try playing with Spain around 1520.
If you have problems managing the economy, remember that your monthly balance isn't as important as your yearly balance (the 1st of Jan you get a surplus income): so don't worry if you lose some money every month, as long as your yearly balance is positive (if you place your mouse over the money icon on the top left, a tooltip with monthly and yearly balance appears). If you're still having problems, just mint money (http://www.paradoxian.org/eu3wiki/Mi...s_of_inflation). Allowing inflation to rise is bad long term, but to learn the game it's fine; I mean, you don't need to play optimally. :)