Developer diaries

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Developer diaries are articles, sometimes accompanied by videos, published by Paradox to describe the game design in detail.

Art of War developer diaries

All dev diaries about the Art of War expansion.

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Fleets, Autonomy & India A detailed dev diary of the third major expansion 22-08-2014
2 Marches, Unrest & Persia Second dev diary about vassals, revolts, and Persian map 29-08-2014
3 Military Cooperation, Tradegoods & West Africa Third dev diary about directing allies in war, new trade goods, and West African map changes 05-09-2014
4 Army Builder, Rebel Relocation and China Fourth dev diary about army management, rebels on islands, and East Asian map changes 12-09-2014
5 Diplomacy, Catholics and Southeast Asia & Indonesia Fifth dev diary about diplomacy, revamping the Curia, and map changes to Indochina and Indonesia 19-09-2014
6 Client States, Allied Transports and Central Asia Sixth dev diary about custom client states, allied transports, improved battle displays, and the remapping of Central Asia & Siberia. 26-09-2014
7 Religious Leagues, The Reformation and the Near East Seventh dev diary about the new HRE and reformation mechanics, and map changes in the Near East 03-10-2014
8 Sorties, Terrain and the Maghreb Eight dev diary about the new sortie and terrain mechanics, and map changes in the Maghreb 10-10-2014
9 Revolutions, 1618 Bookmark and North America Ninth dev diary about the French Revolution and revolutions in other countries, the 30 Years War bookmark, new historical events and the map changes in North America 17-10-2014

Res Publica developer diaries

All dev diaries about the Res Publica mini-expansion.

No. Title and link Description Date
1 Merchant Republics/National Focus New governmental mechanics 26-06-2014
2 Dutch Republic & Ideas Dutch factions added & 3 new ideagroups 03-07-2014
3 Elective Monarchy & Rivals Elective Monarchy explained & changes to rival mechanics 10-07-2014

Wealth of Nations developer diaries

All dev diaries about the Wealth of Nations expansion.

No. Title and link Description Date
Dev Diary Archive List of WoN developer diaries
1 General Information Introduction & design goals 20-03-2014
2 Trade Improvements New trade mechanics 27-03-2014
3 Naval Improvement New naval mechanics 03-04-2014
4 Companies and Canals Trade company mechanics & buildable canals 10-04-2014
5 Religion New religion mechanics 17-04-2014
6 Improved Diplomacy New rival system & trade related CBs 24-04-2014
7 Free Features #1 Lots of features expanded in the 1.6 patch 06-05-2014
8 Free Features #2 Interface improvements (esp. Macro Build Interface) 08-05-2014
9 Policies & Ideas & More Policies added & expanded climate mechanics 15-05-2014
10 Balance Changes Changes and improvements to mechanics and balance in 1.6 patch 22-05-2014


Conquest of Paradise developer diaries

All dev diaries about the Conquest of Paradise expansion.

No. Title and link Description Date
Dev Diary Archive List of CoP developer diaries
1 Developer diary 1 Introduction & design goals 04-11-2013
2 Exploring a new world American continent randomization 08-11-2013
3 The Tribes New North American native countries 15-11-2013
4 American Progression New tech system for Native Americans 22-11-2013
5 A new way of playing Migrations & federations 29-11-2013
6 Colonial nations Semi-independent colonies 6-12-2013
7 Colonial Diplomacy Colonial diplomatic rules 13-12-2013
8 Liberty! Colonial independence mechanics 20-12-2013
9 Random free stuff! Features included with patch 1.4 10-01-2014
10 Post Mortem dev diary Post-release thoughts on CoP 03-03-2014


Base game developer diaries

All dev diaries about the base game.

No. Title and link Description Date
Developer Diary Archive List of all developer diaries
0 Our Vision Design goals 31-08-2012
1 The world is at your feet Map of the world: interface consideration for province shapes, projection, colors, terrain, seasons, etc. 07-09-2012
2 The purge & all cards on the table Purging outdated systems and new design ideas 14-09-2012
3 Your envoys are awaiting your orders! Envoys: diplomats, missionaries, merchants and colonists 21-09-2012
4 Your Economy is about to change Income, Expenses, Stability, no "Minting" (as in EUIII), Loans 28-09-2012
N/A The 3 tiers... Discussion of the different tiers of countries, and a listing of which countries fall into each tier; the tier of the country determines the amount of developer focus on national events, features and mechanics. 03-10-2012
5 The Return of the Kings Rulers, Monarchs and power, Heirs, Advisors 04-10-2012
6 Do you have any idea about it? Idea Groups, National Ideas, and Ideas Interface 12-10-2012
7 And did those feet in ancient time.... England and Dynamic Historical Events: War of the Roses and English Civil War, War of Captain Jenkin's Ear and The Muscovy Trade Company; plus national ideas, missions and decisions 19-10-2012
8 With God on Your Side? Religion: unique abilities for Catholic, Orthodox, Sunni & Shia, religious unity now visible, and new religion interface 26-10-2012
9 It's a rich man's world... Trade system: trade nodes, merchants, trade power, trade mission, supply and demand, trade efficiency, trade range, trade steering, trade income, and mercantilism 02-11-2012
10 It all belongs to Mother Russia... Russia: strategic possibilities, dynamic historical events (Time of Troubles, Grand Embassy for Westernization), missions and decisions, national ideas; army tradition and navy tradition changes 09-11-2012
11 The Cost & Reward for Technology Technology investment and cost, Administrative, Diplomatic and Military technologies defined. Plus a related video developer diary. 16-11-2012
12 Dominium Maris Baltici Sweden: strategic possibilities, dynamic historical events (The Dacke Feud and The Age of Liberty), missions, decisions, national ideas; plus stability changes from EUIII 23-11-2012
13 FREEEDOM! Rebels, their causes and mitigation: stability, government types, war exhaustion, and overextension 30-11-2012
14 Nobody expects the... Spain: strategic possibilities, events, missions, decisions, and national ideas; plus details on cultural conversion. 07-12-2012
15 Et tu Brute? Milan: strategic possibilities, dynamic historical events (Ambrosian Republic, national ideas, and republican tradition as an analogous mechanism for legitimacy for monarchies 14-12-2012
16 Vive la France! France: strategic possibilities, national Missions, Decisions and Ideas; also brief notes on Harsh treatment to curtail revolts and army morale recovery. 11-01-2013
17 Honey, don't you want to talk about it? Diplomacy: new diplomatic interface, opinions and rivals 18-01-2013
18 Sail away with me! Portugal: Events, Missions, Decisions, Ideas, and a detail on Colonization 25-01-2013
18 Part II - Colonisation Clarification Colonization 26-01-2013
19 War has never been so much fun... Shattering armies, disorganization, combat interface, combat width, flanking, supply limits, attrition, manpower, reinforcement changes, maintenance cost increases. Plus a video: the World Map Trailer. 08-02-2013
20 A Tale of Two Cities The republics of Venice, Genoa, and a link to a video interview of Thomas "Besuchov" Johansson, project lead at Europa Universalis IV. 15-02-2013
21 Leaders & Mercenaries Land units, Naval units, Leaders, Mercenaries; plus a link to an article at Strategy Informer: Paradox Hands-On Special: Master Class 01-03-2013
22 A.E.I.O.U Austria: strategic possibilities, dynamic historical events (The Italian Wars, Privilegium Maius), missions, decisions and national ideas; plus Holy Roman Empire improvements (diplomacy, reforms, elections and wars within the empire) 08-03-2013
23 Tell me sweet little lies... Coalitions, relations (improve relations and insults, overextension and coring provinces. 15-03-2013
24 Heir of Rome Ottoman Empire: strategic possibilities, events (including a series of events for the provincial system and the Janissaries), national ideas; plus a feature on Westernization 22-03-2013
25 Anna Karenina Wargoals, Peace Options, Peace Interface; plus April Fool's: "EUIV, The Musical!" (songs to download and a video) 05-04-2013
26 A smoke and a pancake? A look at Burgundy and the Low Countries 11-04-2013
27 An offer you can't refuse Spy Ideas and diplomatic covert actions: Fabricate claim, Infiltrate administration, Sow discontent, Sabotage reputation, Support rebels, and changes to rebels. 18-04-2013
28 A Kinderegg! Three in one! Scotland, The Hansa, and the Reformation 26-04-2013
29 For the Horde! Province interface and the Hordes of Central Asia: Steppe Nomad government type, separate technology group, automatic casus belli against neighbors, 50% damage modifier for fighting on plains and grasslands terrain and, aside from the Timurids, a set of national ideas; video link to the call to arms 03-05-2013
30 Four more countries and even more... The Mamelukes, Persia, Timurids, Oman; video link to the call to arms. 10-05-2013
31 A Point of Honor Japan: Daimyos and the Shogunate, unification, events, ideas; plus a discussion of the new scoring system. Plus links to the call to arms and to download the songs of the EUIV musical. 17-05-2013
32 The more the merrier! Multiplayer changes, including new networking code, hotjoining, matchmaking, standalone servers, improved chat, and AI takeover (of players who drop out). There is also a video link to the "EUIV musical" "Casus Belli". 24-05-2013
33 Go East! Ming China: The Mandate of Heaven, faction system, national events and ideas; plus debts and loans. Link to the Casus Belli music video. 31-05-2013
34 Unit interfaces and more Changes to Unitview, and the need for military power (MP) for special actions. Also a note on force march and Berber culture national ideas. 07-06-2013
35 Alt for Norge! Denmark, Norway, and a brief look at sieges 14-06-2013
36 Hot States in the Holy Roman Empire quick look at the start positions and national ideas of Brandenburg, Bavaria, and Bohemia. 20-06-2013
37 Aragon, Naples and Korea National ideas for Aragon, Naples and Korea 28-06-2013
38 Ayutthaya, Viyanagar & Muslim Sultanates A look at the national ideas major powers in the Indian subcontinent: Ayutthaya, Viyanagar and the Indian sultanates. 05-07-2013
39 Divine Tactics Fleet basing rights, Enforce peace, and Christian Theocracies 12-07-2013
40 What is our mission? Missions, Decisions, Achievements and Ironman mode. Plus links to the initial videos of an England game play-through by Quill18. 19-07-2013
41 What we all waited for! National ideas of central Europe: Poland, Lithuania, Hungary 26-07-2013
42 The Crusader Kings II Converter Article and video developer diary of how the Crusader Kings II-to-EUIV converter DLC will work. Saved games will be brought in as a mod. 31-07-2013
43 Artificially Improved changes to the Artificial Intelligence (AI), detailing how it makes decisions based on its attitudes for alliances and coalitions, and how it handles its armies in wartime. There is also a brief look at how AI difficulty and handicapping can be set. 01-08-2013
44 Newbie Friendly describes changes to the Ledger, Hint system, Production interface, Tutorial 01-08-2013
45 A very small development diary Demo will be released by the end of the week (10 August 2013); the game will be released on 13 August 2013 at 9 AM Eastern Standard Time (3 PM Swedish time). 05-08-2013

Video developer diaries

Video dev diaries on a variety of topics.

Title and link Description Date
Developer Walkthrough Thomas Johansson, project lead for Europa Universalis IV shows off this new game from Paradox Interactive. 09-11-2012
Technology Technology changes shown off. 13-02-2013
With God on your side Religion delved into in detail 01-07-2013
A Guide to Crushing Freedom, Video Dev Diary: Exploration Video developer diary from Thomas Johansson about how to colonize as an option for more nimble powers. 15-07-2013
A Guide to Conquering Nations the Old-fashioned Way Project Lead Thomas Johansson describes the nuances of war strategy. 25-07-2013
Converter Tool Highlights How the Crusader Kings II-to-EUIV converter DLC will work. Saved games will be brought in as a mod. 31-07-2013
Conquest of Paradise Livestream Highlights Project Lead Thomas sits down with Matt to discus the first expansion for Europa Universalis IV. 8-11-2013
Conquest of Paradise - Native Americans Studio Manager Johan Andersson speaks about the new features in the upcoming expansion, Conquest of Paradise. This DD focuses on the expanded gameplay and mechanics for the Native American tribes, including new nations, unique buildings, and nomadic peoples 12-12-2013
The History of Historical Strategy Highlighting the studio's humble beginnings with its adaptation of Europa Universalis from the tabletop to the desktop, this short film goes on to examine the team responsible for such titles as the Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings series. Games both old and new are shared from the designers' perspective, including a look at what's next for Paradox Development Studio -- their first RPG, Runemaster. 30-04-2014
Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations Video Developer Diary #1 Project Lead Thomas Johansson talk about the features of the upcoming Europa Universalis IV-expansion "Wealth of Nations", which focuses on trade and how to make the wealth of the world flow into your coffers. 16-05-2014
Paradox Live 0010 - The Art of War Europa Universalis IV, The Art of War is coming, lets sit down with Martin and talk about it. 13-09-2014
The Art of War - Feature Highlights We sat down with Wiz to talk about the upcoming expansion for Europa Universalis IV, The Art of War. 23-09-2014
Europa Universalis IV: Art of War Video Developer Diary Martin "Wiz" Anward, Project Lead for Europa Universalis IV, explains some of the new tools available to players as they march to war. Learn about new diplomatic options, the new powers of rebels and other notable changes. 10-10-2014
The Art of War - Gameplay Features Highlights There's smoke on the horizon, war is brewing. So here's the highlights for the Art of War to get you up to speed on the mechanics in this expansion. 20-10-2014