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We've been kicking around some ideas about doing a livestream of one of Paradox's grand strategy games. There's a pretty big fan base among GOL readers, so it would be interesting to see how much interest there is and what people would want.

For anyone who has played the games, it's clear that there are some disadvantages to livestreaming them. The most obvious is just how long a game can be, meaning that it would either have to be cut short or split over a few streams. The other problem is that it might not be terribly exciting to watch for some people, but then assessing that is part of the point of this article.

Though nothing is set in stone, at the moment I see two options:

Firstly, a one off stream which most likely would focus on one of the newer titles (Hearts of Iron or Stellaris) since they would probably make more popular viewing. This would be the most straightforward thing to organise with a couple of contributors and members of the community.

The second option I see, which is way more ambitious and would only be up for if there's a lot of interest, is something that takes place once a week over a few weeks. This could potentially be really interesting, but finding people with time to commit would be difficult. That could be amended by doing something like rotating streamers so different people take over other people's empires.

Another thing could simply be to do the first, then if it has a good reception, consider doing the second at some point in the future. There might also be other possibilities, so please make sure they're heard.

Then there's obviously the question of which game. Everyone has their favourites, but it would be good to pick something that is appealing to a wider audience, fun to watch and on Linux (sorry Victoria). For those who aren't aware, the options would be: Stellaris, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron IV and Crusader Kings II.

I personally have my reservations about Stellaris since, although it's an awesome game, with a multiplayer livestream it might be better to have one of the historical games given that all the streamers could play in the same area of the map and see what they're doing rather than being more limited to the player whose screen is being shared, particularly at the start of the game. Others might not feel this way, and if that's the case then we'll go with whatever people think would be best. Article taken from
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After many years of floating through space on the back of a missile, following a successful career in beating people up for not playing Sega Saturn, the missile returned to earth. Upon returning, I discovered to my dismay that the once great console had been discontinued and Sega had abandoned the fight to dominate the world through 32-bit graphical capabilities.

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ravenkind2 5 Jul, 2016
Stellaris all the way here!

Last edited by ravenkind2 on 5 July 2016 at 10:06 pm UTC
sudoshred 5 Jul, 2016
Stellaris all the way! Best 4X game in decades! I'll probably stream too if that's ok?
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