So where are we on this, now? I played a round as Belgium a bit after release. Thinking about trying one as Sweden, because it’s a Paradox game and they always put in some extra candy for the Swedes, right?
Do we think the game is in a good state now? Is there supposed to be a patch coming soon? I haven’t really been following.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the November update’s final release gets pushed back a bit, but that’s simply because next weeks beta was supposed to be feature complete but still won’t be.
Turns out a major overhaul to war among other large changes is a lot. It kind of blows my mind how much they are tackling in this update, they just keep unveiling more stuff. And then the expansion on tap a few months after that.
Something I struggle with when trying to play Victoria 3 is that I load up a country, see it has 2 furniture factories, one glass factory, one …, two fishing huts, three lumber camps, and so on. What do I do next? What should I build next? Should I even be building?
The only time at release that I had fun with Vic 3 (I have only played like a dozen hours) is loading up a blank slate like Haiti and going from the ground floor. I am not saying this is the game’s fault, it could very well be mine.
I was wondering if anyone had good guides to teach how to think strategically in the game? Assume I know what each button does in the interface, but how do I think about setting and achieving objectives in this game especially in regards to the building part? It could even be a good streamer doing a lets play that is good at explaining the motives for everything they do. Every PDox GSG has this same learning curve in different ways, I am just struggling with Vic 3 for some reason.
I don’t have any guides to point you, but I’ll write my thoughts here. Not that I have a vast number of games under my belt, so take this with a pinch of salt.
I tend to sort the market by price, so whatever the country is most short of comes first. Then I look among those goods for anything that has a large deficit (i.e. excluding the things you don’t produce and don’t use more than a trickle of). That should give a rough priority order, which you should bias towards raw materials then things your people need.
From this priority order, you need to consider which will be most effective to import right now, and which you should increase production of locally. (Of course you can and should change this over time.)
This should work in general terms for a good chunk of the game, with the major exception that there tends to be no demand for “new” good types as they become available through technology. I’m thinking of telephones, engines and even steel. These are all important goods though, and the demand will appear once the capacity is built, partly from new production methods becoming viable.
I think Vic3 might be deceptive in terms of economic goals cause you’re used to the idea that money good. You might be hesitant to raise taxes because it makes people sad, but otherwise it might feel like you should build a lot of profitable buildings. You often should but there are many other concerns. I’d say for most countries your initial goals are:
Get some money and building capacity. Yeah, you still need money, but don’t be afraid to go into debt. Switching to more advanced building method might be available early but unless you’re starved for workforce it probably costs too much. To get money you can build profitable buildings, perhaps export some of them. You can also put consumption tax on luxury goods: it’s likely that it will only concern the rich and they are well enough to not be bothered by this.
Screw the landowners. Most likely they have a huge influence on your country and they want party like it’s 14th century. You can use some other influencial force to pass laws that will lower landlord influence. E.g. it’s possible starting police and army laws help the landlords in addition to being terrible on its own, and it’s likely the army is influential enough to allow for the passing of these laws. You can also start undermining them in the political screen, I don’t remember how exactly is it called.
Make sure your people are less sad. Sadly this is tricky as it’s often conflicting with the Screw the landowners objective. When you get people from subsistence farms into mines and factories they start buying stuff to live, and most of this stuff is produced by facilities that are likely owned by aristocrats, which empowers the landowners. It is likely that your people would want cheaper grain, but building farms makes sure you get stuck in the medieval era for a longer time. Technology that changes ownership laws can help with that. And with grain, for example, you can make food factories that will turn grain into food products that people will buy, and more profit would go to people who are not aristocrats.
Secure resources. Very quickly you are likely to discover you are starved for paper, tools, and maybe directly wood. You need iron and wood production to produce paper and tools and to make them cheaper. Later you’ll need coal to upgrade these facilities but it can be done step by step, while without wood and iron, your whole economy stops. You need paper to build government administration and tax people, and also create trade routes.
It’s very likely you need universities. Check out how many research points your country could produce with enough universities and build up to that. The academy will need even more paper though.
I’m not saying anything about military affairs here because it’s very situational. Know though, that sometimes it pays to go to war early, especially if you’re outside of Europe and the wars are predictable. Before the technology becomes powerful having more people might be enough to secure victory. Getting some infamy may disappoint your neighbors but early on it might not be important.
I am not a great player of course, just played a few games and noticed these are the things you should worry about first. Perhaps I’m wrong and for many countries it
Building construction capacity will greatly increase your demand of the basic construction materials and this can often be the biggest drain on your cash reserves. So build that up. Lumber is the base of so much of what you need early(as Aleksei said tools, paper, base construction production methods) so pin that resource and make sure it stays cheap. Iron is next after that. Once you’ve got that addressed( which includes the paper mills and tool factories) you can start to worry about food and clothing to help out your populace.
Now, if you’re going to play with the newest beta or in three weeks when the patch gets its full release, then you have to start really worrying about where you build stuff initially due to local pricing. From what I’ve seen from OPB he basically picks one state to focus on early to try to build his production chain locally up to construction sectors.
Beyond those basics, you’ll likely have a lot of authority early on, so use that! You can boost your basic resource production early in whatever state you’re investing in with one of those edicts. Plus, luxury taxes can be huge for softening your budget deficit. Save 100 or whatever it is to weaken the landowners too, if you can.
As Aleksei says, you’ll be fighting against the landowners early, so do what you can do weaken them, and try to address some of your most backwards laws. Agree that starting with the laws that explicitly boost landowner influence is the way to go as it makes passing additional laws easier going forward.
And as always in a Paradox game, be wary of anybody in the neighborhood who is stronger than you and use diplomacy to deal with that appropriately.
Well, I ran into a pretty annoying bug so there went my lack of productivity.
Started as New Granada with a goal of seeing some of the new SA content and form Gran Colombia and beyond. First of all, despite economically being very undeveloped, New Granada has a really good set of starting laws, along with easy access to iron and coal to build out industry quickly.
Anyway, one of the journal entries involves stopping Bolivia from absorbing its Peruvian vassals. So I went to war to transfer all of those vassals to me, with Brazil joining me in return for a slice of the Amazon. Was going really well and we were well on our way to winning when Ecuador started a diplo play against Bolivia to liberate some territories in Peru. That went to a war I did not involve myself in. Somehow Ecuador was then able to take those territories I already controlled and get a peace before me, taking those territories and royally screwing up my fronts/armies to the point where I couldn’t capture any territory back. My army would travel there and then just head home. Really frustrating and led me to nope out.
I’m planning to fire it up this afternoon. But my impression is that Paradox is not very good at getting their patches right on the first time out and that subsequent hot fixes are pretty much the norm for them.