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Crusader Kings Chronicles: Lords of the North, Chapter 3

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Victory or Valhall! With the release of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, the time has come once again to weave a stirring saga of war, love, betrayal, and adventure. This is the Crusader Kings Chronicle: Lords of the North.

Last week, I threw off the chains of the oppressive Haraldr Fairhair, derailing Norwegian history irreparably and setting up the House of Stórr to one day rule the entire country. Then, out of nowhere, the Swedish king Björn Ironside, son of Ragnarr Loðbrok, declared a subjugation war on me and my people. We take up our swords for freedom once again! Onward!


East vs. West competition gives you the chance to become a Cold War character

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Paradox are giving you the chance to become a character in their upcoming strategy, East vs. West: A Hearts of Iron Game. Which may sound cool, but just think about what this means - anyone could end up playing your virtual avatar in a game based around the increasingly tense diplomacy and proxy battles of the Cold War. Who knows what alternate history travesties they could cause in your name?


War of the Roses update adds firearms and a new map

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You know you're in trouble when the other guy brings a handgonne to a swordfight. The latest update to Fatshark's War of the Roses: Kingmaker lets you do just that, with the addition of guns, more armor options, and a new map called Ravenspurn.


Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition launches with predictably awesome trailer

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The new meta-tabletop RPGKnights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition is now available from Paradox Interactive. And with it comes, like clockwork, an amazing and hilarious launch trailer. Check it out and enjoy the retro pixel-art sendup of tabletop gaming.


Crusader Kings Chronicles: Lords of the North, Chapter 2

T.J. Hafer at

Victory or Valhall! With the release of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, the time has come once again to weave a stirring saga of war, love, betrayal, and adventure. This is the Crusader Kings Chronicle: Lords of the North.

Last time, I set sail as Chief Þórólfr of Nordland to raid the Baltic coasts. The plunder I brought back would allow me to hire mercenaries, and begin my bid to become King of Norway. My plans had to change, however, when Haraldr Fairhair dishonorably attacked my lands while my men were away, forcing me to swear fealty to him. The House of Stórr will not bow for long, however, and already the flame of freedom smolders. Onward!


Leviathan: Warships review

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On an internet of visual chaff capable of eliciting millions of disingenuous LOLs, the ‘jazzy trailers’ for Leviathan: Warships stood out as being authentically amusing and intriguing teasers for this top-down, turn-based naval strategy game. The good news is that Paradox Interactive have, with their usual creative flair, produced something that’s as entertaining as its advance publicity augured.


Salem dropped by Paradox, sandbox MMO to continue independently

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Free to play MMO Salem is to part from publisher Paradox Interactive, with the sole responsibility transferring to developer Seatribe next month. The game, which has been in beta for the last year, casts players in a Colonial-era sandbox, and tasks them with surviving the wilderness, light magic and roving armies of naked players. Paradox will drop all support for the game on July 8th.


Free gift copies of War of the Roses: Kingmaker sent to players today, Paradox seeks new recruits

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Leviathan: Warships trailer wins E3 - launches free Jazz Boatman update

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Shut it down, guys. It's over. I mean, it's not over - there's more than a day of E3 to go. But here, now, we've witnessed the peak. Not because of some loud and shouty on-stage exclusive, or a hotly anticipated sequel announcement, or even a childishly amusing video making fun of a competitor. From the comfort of their conference booth, Paradox have sunk the competition by deploying the latest in the Leviathan: Warships jazztrailer odyssey.


Crusader Kings Chronicles: Lords of the North, Chapter 1

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Victory or Valhall! With the release of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, the time has come once again to weave a stirring saga of war, love, betrayal, and adventure. This is the Crusader Kings Chronicle: Lords of the North.

This introductory chapter will bring you up to speed on what you need to know about Crusader Kings II if you’re new to the game, as well as introducing the starting characters and briefly touching on some of the new expansion mechanics. Onward!


Europa Universalis 4 release date set for August, pre-orders now live

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Paradox have revealed the date of their upcoming grand strategy sequel, Europa Universalis IV. You'll be able to trade, war, diplomatize and explorate your empire towards global dominance come August 13th. In celebration of the announcement, the studio has released a trailer showing 47 seconds of hot cartographic action.


Crusader Kings 2 patch 1.10 prepares for The Old Gods

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Crusader Kings 2's The Old Gods expansion launches tomorrow. In preparation, Paradox have deployed a huge patch list of tweaks, balance changes, fixes and new additions. And that means more funny-out-of-context patch notes. Last time, we got such gems as "tweaked deathdate of Mubashir, Duke of Mallorca, and made him eunuch." This time? Missing children restored, marriages fixed and inbreeding increased.


Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods contest gives you the chance to create an in-game event

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Life for the pagan warriors of 867 AD was certainly eventful. You had to decide which of the many gods you'd offer a freshly chopped head, fight over the exact distribution of the spoils of a successful pillage, and endure continuous interruption from the members of Led Zeppelin, who were constantly looking for inspiration for 1970s rock songs.

Now Paradox are offering you the chance to add your own notable pagan conundrums to their upcoming Crusader Kings 2 expansion, The Old Gods.


The Showdown Effect gets two free characters and maps, plus "terrifying hats"

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The Showdown Effect is currently 50% off on Steam, and in a startling coincidence (well, probably not) the explosive sidescrolling action game has just been updated with a bunch of new, mostly free stuff. The two additional stages comprise the Tagliatelle Western-themed South Eastwood and Fort Fiesta, while the new characters are...considerably less Wild Westy. Thelma Vayne is a British superspy, while Dr. Johnny Bionic is, you guessed it, a werewolf cyborg. There's also the matter of some "terrifying hats", but I'm too afraid to check if they live up to their reputation. Stick around for the DLC trailer.

Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods in-depth Q&A

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It's less than a month until the longships land to bring us The Old Gods, the pagan-focused expansion for Crusader Kings II. We've been keeping close tabs on new details at our Viking Analysis Desk, and today, we've got some extra meaty details for you. Inside you'll find our massive Q&A with project lead Henrik Fåhraeus, covering everything from concubines to pagan sacred kings.


Leviathan: Warships prepares for launch, deploys second pun-filled trailer

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Later today, Rockstar will post a trio of GTA 5 trailers, almost certainly destroying the internet under a three-pronged attack of fevered streaming. In which case, this launch trailer for Leviathan: Warships - a video that likely cost .000000004% of Rockstar's budget - could well be the last promotional game footage you ever see.

Which is something I'd be okay with, because it's a return of the Smooth Jazz and Ship Pun combo that made their last trailer such a delight. Although this time, they're really plumbing the depths of acceptable punning.


Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods release date and new details from Monday's livestream

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Paradox studio lead: "I don't agree... that a game is either mass-market or complex"

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Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods — Dev Diary 3 breakdown

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Welcome back to our Viking Analysis Desk for a look at the third development diary for The Old Gods, the upcoming, pagan-focused expansion for Crusader Kings II. This entry focuses on prepared invasions, and clarifies some information about which types of pagans will be able to do what, and to whom. Let's dive in...


Leviathan: Warships trailer sets sail with boat puns and smooth jazz

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First Blood Dragon wows us with its hyperactive FX-laden CYBERWAR; now Paradox bring us back down to the other end of the silly-spectrum with their trailer for Leviathan: Warships. It's got smooth jazz, a low-budget voiceover and methodical tactics. Niiice. It also features a boatload of nautical puns. They've really gone overboard. It's unfathomable.