PDXCON: Coming Soon

We’re getting to that time of year: GameCon season. We just saw Slitherine’s Home of Wargamers event just a few days ago, and now Paradox is hosting an event for their big games, which is very exciting. Paradox is known more for strategy, both grand and skim flavors, than wargames, though we feel that they are adjacent to our hobby here.

There are panels that start on Friday (May 21st) and go on for the whole weekend, dealing with their flagship games, mostly seeming to be CK3, HOI4, and Stellaris, as well as their less grand strategy games, such as Empire of Sin, Cities: Skylines, and Surviving the Aftermath. Notably, there seems to be a lack of content for Imperator and EU4, though more panels for those games could be announced. We’ll definitely be reporting on any big news from the event, but if you’d like to check it out for yourself, you can sign up here.

Tank Designer, my beloved.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the HOI4 panels, since we can get a good look at the new features rolling out in the currently unnamed expansion. Also of note is the NOCB podcast doing a liveshow on Friday, which is very exciting for them, and I’m eager to hear our game journalist comrades’ thoughts on the event. We’ll be chatting about the event in our Discord, which you can join here. Looking forward to talking with everyone about the event!

-Jack Trumbull

Stellaris: Nemesis is Releasing Soon (and so is Dick 3.0)

Soon, it will be time for my space foxes to ride again, to conquer the galaxy with new bits and bobs. That’s right, a new Stellaris DLC is coming out this Thursday (that’s April 15th), and boy is it chock-full of new things to do with your space empires.

Nemesis has several interesting features, key ones listed below:

  • Espionage: now as a formalized system, you can both learn more about other spacefaring races and feed them misinformation about your own. You can also, of course, get up to mischief with your spies to sabotage and steal from your competitors.
  • Crisis Schmisis: your empire can take the mantle of “Galactic Custodian” to protect from end-game crises, giving you emergency powers to beat back the hordes of… whatever the crisis is. Or, you can also become the crisis yourself, following a path of choices that lets you become a galactic supervillain, complete with the ability to “end all of existence.” Sounds fun!
  • New ship sets: Cosmetic ship sets, which are always nice. These in particular are influenced by famous sci-fi pieces, so keep an eye out for some familiar looking craft!

As usual, the DLC will release alongside a free update, that marks Stellaris’s ascension to 3.0 (the “Dick” update, named after noted author Philip K. Dick), which is pretty remarkable, considering HOI4 is still working on their 1.11 update. Anyway, if you’d like to get back out there in the galactic space and conquer things in the name of the empire/the hivemind/space communism/ your bottom line, looks like Nemesis could be a good fit for you. Expect a full review, though likely later this month.

-Jack Trumbull