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    Napoleon's Ambition

    It's being released tomorrow morning!

    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...&page=1&pp=20.

    Here is the log of development diaries incase you want to know more.
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    After a day's play, all I can say is: WOW. Lots of small improvements everywhere and most important: The game is seriously faster! On top speed it goes around as fast as Eu2 on the same computer. It's amazing!
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    My impressions:

    The new interface featers do help. There is a new ledger screen showing the size of armies from all countries. The colonist successful/unsuccessful screen is now much more detailed and gives you the option send another colonist. The battle win/loss now shows your losses for each type of troops.

    The new gameplay options are neat. You can turn off infaltion or make it from gold only. You set the AI to be more or less agressive. You can make colonists and merchants free (good when playing as small country). You can also set leaders (as in generals I think), advisors, and rulers to be historical. You can also set them to event (don't know what it means).

    By far the biggest improment is the speed. I may have payed the $20 dollars for the speed improvement alone.
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    A quick threadjack:

    Can I import an EU2 AGCEEP game into Victoria?
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    It's no official converter, but an unofficial one can do vanilla EU2 at least, don't know for sure about mods.
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    Only vanilla? Meh... My beautiful Spanish Empire will not see the 20th century then.
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    From VickyWiki:

    The converter in it's present state converts savegames from vanilla EU2 to vanilla Victoria 1.03 or above. That means that it will work with every patch released by Paradox for either EU2 or Victoria after 1.03. If converting either from or to a modded game, oddities can occur. And the "Countries.txt" and "Cultures.txt" files will probably have to be changed as new countries and cultures are created, removed or changed in some modded games.
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    Yeah. Well, I got tired of that game after 350 years anyway.

    I have this question about Victoria though. What are my goals? In EU2 I start with infra research, going at it as much as I can with some land tech when I have to. Build bailiffs, and start slowly conquering. What do I do in Vicky when I start the game?

    I started a game as Belgium, won the war against the Netherlands getting two provinces, set a research goal and got the liberals elected. Now what?
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    Your goals will vary depending on country. I think this page will be of great help for you, as will some of the AARs in the forums do.

    For Belgium, you probably should strive to get a colonial empire going and go for the economical powerhouse. Your position hardly makes it viable to compete military with the great powers. BTW, do yourself a favour and try out VIP. It's the leading mod and greatly enhances the game.

    rl=http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?t=305484]This AR/url] will hopefully help you understand some of the aspects, particulary the economy. I for one am hardly good at that at all, but the economy is very important in Vicky, so if you do manage to get a grasp of it, it'll greatly help you!
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    Do you recommend starting the game with VIP, without getting some experience with the vanilla version first?
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    It's said to be harder, but I suck just as much with both really. VIP gives more choices though.
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    Well, the VIP game crashed after two months, so I'm back to vanilla Revolutions.

    I think I'm starting to get the hang of this game, although I still don't understand what long term strategies are possible and how to pursue them.
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    As Belgium? Get a colonial empire going. Build up your economy. Enact reforms and preferably get a liberal party in office. Take the enormous amount of immigrants you probably get by then and become a leading power in the world.

    ...but get a better player than me to teach you exactly how to do it.
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    Belgium is a good starter nation. You make enough to build factories and do a bit of colonizing but you aren't so big as to be distracted by to many details.
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    Well... I took Holland (except Amsterdam) and attacked Prussia and it's allies while it was busy fighting Austria and it's allies. I annexed about 7 German minor provinces, also conquering the entire western part of Prussia (the noncontinuous one), but they refused to make peace. Then Prussia suddenly defeated Austria and started kicking my ass, so I went for a white peace. 7 provinces is good enough.

    As could've been expected, Prussia turned into a monstrous Germany and continued to kick my ass in three wars until I gave up.

    So now I'm playing Sweden.

    I already bought Finland from Russia, found myself on the wrong side of the Crimean War, destroying ~30 British and French invading divisions with my tiny army, and still losing a lot of prestige in the peace.

    Now it's a race for Africa, which I'm winning for a change.

    I still didn't get the hang of this immigration thingie though, and for some reason I'm out of research options despite there still being undiscovered technologies (tried changing the research establishment, or whatever it's called. didn't help)
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    The immigration thingie is not easy in my experience either. Liberal party in power and social reforms are the most important though. And you must have no debt IIRC. As for the technologies, the answer is easy: Some techs can't be researched before a certain date.
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    That explains it. I must've researched very well, because it's been 10 years and still no new techs to research. Got me a nice big pile of research points.

    Btw, I read on a number of guides that you can promote POPs to capitalists, but I don't have that option in the usual promotion screen. What gives?
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    Capitalists can only be promoted from clerks. With the right resources of course. You need some money, but it's mostly worth it.
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    Aha. If I had only known it sooner.
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    I'm starting to develop an unhealthy hatred of Democracy. How the hell can I quickly switch parties to get a few month of State Capitalism? The damned capitalists are great at building railroads, but they really suck with factories.
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    Cursed French.

    So I invaded the Netherlands, triggering a war with France which guaranteed their independence. The Netherlands were swept away easily, quickly concluding peace for 4 provinces.

    Now France... I took ~30 of their provinces in Sub Saharan Africa, and my forces are continuing in the conquest of the remaining 5.

    I took about 10 provinces in Mediterranean Africa. And yet, with ~40% victory, they refuse to make a 15% peace.

    The French were stupid enough to send their French divisions to Africa, and they are slowly pushing back my native ones. Very slowly.

    I used the opportunity and landed 15 badass divisions in Dunkirk, taking about 5 heartland French provinces, including Paris. Except two beaten French divisions, nothing stands between me and the rest of France.

    So I have a 65% victory, I hold the capital, I can take over the entire homeland, and the frogs refuse to make an 11% peace! All I want is a few colonies!

    I guess I'm just going to load up 5 more divisions to take France itself faster, and another 5 to sweep the remains of Africa while my native forces are holding the line. Grrr.
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    Originally posted by Eli
    I'm starting to develop an unhealthy hatred of Democracy. How the hell can I quickly switch parties to get a few month of State Capitalism? The damned capitalists are great at building railroads, but they really suck with factories.
    Not fool-proof, but if you keep a low stock of the commodities you want to manufacture yourself, the capitalists are more likely to build the factories neccessary.
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    Originally posted by Eli
    Cursed French.

    So I invaded the Netherlands, triggering a war with France which guaranteed their independence. The Netherlands were swept away easily, quickly concluding peace for 4 provinces.

    Now France... I took ~30 of their provinces in Sub Saharan Africa, and my forces are continuing in the conquest of the remaining 5.

    I took about 10 provinces in Mediterranean Africa. And yet, with ~40% victory, they refuse to make a 15% peace.

    The French were stupid enough to send their French divisions to Africa, and they are slowly pushing back my native ones. Very slowly.

    I used the opportunity and landed 15 badass divisions in Dunkirk, taking about 5 heartland French provinces, including Paris. Except two beaten French divisions, nothing stands between me and the rest of France.

    So I have a 65% victory, I hold the capital, I can take over the entire homeland, and the frogs refuse to make an 11% peace! All I want is a few colonies!

    I guess I'm just going to load up 5 more divisions to take France itself faster, and another 5 to sweep the remains of Africa while my native forces are holding the line. Grrr.
    The AI is pretty stubborn some times. When such things as this happens, I use "neville" in the console just for that specific peace. Only occation I use cheats.
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    I edit the game files to kill the badboy, in all Paradox games. I just find it stupid.

    In EU2, you can't conquer a single continent without the badboy completely killing your stability costs.
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    Yeah, 'cause all those who tried to conquer all of Europe didn't get into BB wars IRL.
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    BB wars work only at the highest difficulty, while I played at a lower level. So all I got is ridiculous stability costs, which is not realistic for a militaristic Empire bent on world conquest.
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    So...

    I, Sweden, controlling Sweden, Norway, Finland which I slowly bought from the Russians, Denmark, most of today's northern Germany and about 50% of Africa, entered a war against Germany and it's ally, NGF, together with my good friend and ally, Russia.

    I was #3 in score. Third in Prestige, 4th in military power and 3rd in Industry.

    My 50 veteran divisions, with all kinds of brigades attached to them, led by strong leaders, easily wiped out the German and NGF armies. The peace agreements left a 3 province NGF and a Germany split into three parts, with me getting provinces all the way to the Russian border.

    The Industry I took from the Germans pushed me into #1 in Industry and #1 overall. It was a great day.

    3 months later, the alliance with Russia expired. A few more weeks and Russia declares war.

    Well, excellent. I'm #1 overall. I have 50 excellent divisions ready to fight at a moment's notice, and much more could be built from my huge manpower pool. The plan was to hold the line in Scandinavia, sacrificing Finland, while slowly conquering European Russia.

    Let's just say that the Wehrmacht had it easy... Expecting an easy victory, I made a few tactical blunders in the early battles. Two months into the war, I lost Finland, as expected, offering no resistance, but in mainland Europe my 50 veteran divisions, who were supposed to take St. Petersburg, were buried in the fields of Poland.

    The Russians, being smarter than I thought, bypassed my formidable defenses between Finland and Sweden, coming from the sea. Outnumbered 5 to 1, I kept my armies in the forts and lost my homeland.

    By my count, I destroyed 143 Russian divisions, give or take a few. They started and ended the war with 250 divisions. Nuts.

    Anyway, in the peace I lost all my newly conquered German lands and Finland.

    There are 23 years left in the game though. Time to get the reactionaries elected - I need a 300 divisions army within 5 years.
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