Sintang, Borneo, is only populated by immigrants from Asia Minor, which happen to be aristocrats.

I was casually browsing /r/gamedeals (yeah, as if I don’t already own enough games!), inspired by the latest Humble Bundle to look for a good price for chronically expensive Crusader Kings II plus expansions, when I stumbled upon this great offer by previously unknown to me BundleStars: Victoria 1 + 2, together with all expansions and DLC, for only €4,49! Steam keys and all! I only had vanilla Vicky 2 on GamersGate, where I received the review key, so I was itching to get it on Steam somehow. I got it and spent 6 hours non-stop trying to get the Netherlands into Club Great Eight. Alas, my warmongering and trying to take advantage of a surprisingly weak Prussia alerted the bouncers.

Once upon a time, I was writing here about how excited I was that Vicky 2 was announced… “Looks like it could be the best Paradox game yet”, I wrote. Heh, it was still two years too early for Crusader Kings II and three years too early for Europa Universalis IV. Paradox Development Studio has come a long way. Proud of you Swedes. ^^J

Wow. I just realised I’ve reviewed all of these games; that’s where the links go. The reviews are in Greek though. Here’s the one for Vicky 2 also.

In that last review, four years ago, I wrote that Vicky 2 was still a little bit unpolished. Two expansions and lots of patches later, it’s still not perfect, but it’s much more playable. If you also consider all of the mods that inevitably emerged, which I can’t comment on because I haven’t tried them yet, there’s a lot of stuff to discover.

Consider this, from the description of Episode 217 of podcast Three Moves Ahead:

3MA Producer Michael Hermes and GWJ editor Erik Hanson joins Rob and Tom to talk about Victoria II: Heart of Darkness. Rob is reconsidering some of his earlier, harsher views on Victoria while Tom argues that it is a towering achievement of game design that speaks to real-world politics in a way few others have ever attempted.

Victoria 2 might be a more polished gem nowadays, but it’s still notoriously difficult to understand and play, even compared to other Paradox games. Definitely one of the most complex games out there.

But don’t worry. If you buy it at this incredible discount, and I would strongly encourage you to do so if you can see yourself remotely enjoying such a game, here are a couple of videos to help you get started. Let’s play together then and carve Europe between ourselves. }:}

European border change timelapse (1000AD-2003AD)

European time lapse map από stefanelonikitelo

Awesome! Reminds me of all the hours I’ve spent playing Civilization, Europa Universalis, Victoria and Crusader Kings. 🙂 I had a similar idea for a time lapse but more interactive… I guess that’s not needed now.

Also: the music is EPIC!


0:00-0:30 Muslim Spain… <3 0:16 Breakup of Byzantine Empire into Latin duchies. 0:25+ THE GOLDEN HORDE! 1:05 Constantinople/Istanbul changes colour. 1:25+ Poland-Lithuania. Will you look at that! 2:35 Wild Greece appears! 2:45 Unificiation of Italy and Germany 2:50+ Greece, Balkan Wars and Asia Minor campaign. Around 2:50 the change is almost poetic, in its fashion...

Game 2.0 — Crusader Kings II Review

Η Paradox ξαναχτυπά με το game το οποίο καλύτερα από κάθε άλλο θα μπορούσε να λέγεται και Game of Thrones και να το εννοεί! Εξαιρετικό.