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Karl Wespe
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Hey everyone!

So, for the past year, my favorite gaming pastime has been Paradox's "Hearts of Iron IV" - a WW2 era strategy game where the player takes control of a historic nation and leads them down whatever destiny they wish, all the while managing the economy, navy/arms production and balancing the scope of politics and diplomacy.

Anyway, last month, I finally wanted to see what was all the fuss over the "Kaiserreich" mod. Kaiserreich is an alternate history - set during the same period as the base game - where Germany and her allies won WW1 and reshaped the world to their desire.

I have to say, I was curious, but after doing a few play-throughs, I got to say, this is one of the few exceptions where a mod seems far better than the base game.

A few things I love about it, right from the start:

-So many possibilities! Nothing is set in stone and no two game ever - EVER - are the same. It's something the base game struggles with, due to historicity reasons, but for Kaiserreich, is has just enough leeway to make all of these butterflies plausible without breaking the immersion factor of the game.

-Revamped combat. I liked how Kaiserreich took the time actually not everything a blitz campaign unless the player actively strategizes their moves and strikes at the opportune moment. The base game seemed a tad too lopsided in many regards as soon as you reach a certain level, and I really appreciate the authenticity it brings in that regard. It actually makes me want to micromanage my divisions.

-ROMAN VON UNGERN-STERNBERG! The new "Khan" of Mongolia and everyone's favorite mad man. Just the fact that "Restoring the Mongol Empire" is a legit thing in this world is amazing. (Mind you, this isn't ahistorical either, this man was real and this was what he was really planning to do). 

-A fleshed-out Japan. It may be worth noting that I felt that the base game did Japan a disservice by categorizing it entirely as "Fascist" straight from the get-go. Japan's politics and destiny were more nuanced than that and, with the benefit of hindsight, it may have been that Japan didn't need to go down the route it did in OTL. That said, i think Kaiserreich does really well, giving Japan a variety of options to reflect the country at the time, while still not entirely neutering its imperial ambitions.

- The lore and depth of the world in general. So many varied and interesting stories from every country you play. It makes it feel "real" and you want to play as each country at least once (or more!) to get a feel for them and see that story. 

All in all, if any of you history buffs haven't tried it yet, I would definitely recommend HOI IV, but even more than that, I would also recommend Kaiserreich. It's entirely free if you have the base game and is probably one of the best games I have ever played, bar none. 


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thanks for fav! Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ 
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   .. thx for fave Karl * >Villa   Nod 
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