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Old World is a quality historical 4x strategy game that you should not pass up, especially if you love you Civilization styled games and this latest DLC adds in plenty of new content. The game has only continued to get better and better since it jumped from the Epic Store to Steam back in May, 2022. It's probably one of the best in the genre.

Old World - Behind the Throne is the 5th main DLC for the game with this focusing on character interactions and court politics.

Some of what's included:

  • 350+ new events centering around court politics, intrigue, and personal ambition. The world behind the throne is a complex web of deceit, personal goals, and opportunities.
  • New historical characters
    • Alcibiades, Athenian statesman, and notorious political double-crosser.
    • Enlil-nadin-shumi, usurper of the throne of Babylon.
    • Harpagus, Kingmaker of Akkad.
    • Bardaisan, scientist, scholar, and philosopher of Assyria.
    • Mago the Author, Carthaginian writer on agriculture.
    • Avicenna, famed philosopher from Persia.
  • New projects and improvements
    • Estates, expensive new, improvements with a wide variety of benefits.
    • Opulence, a new project made possible by Estates. Use your wealth to generate additional victory points.
    • Slums, which balance faster population growth with risk of rebellion.
  • New Gameplay mechanics
    • Rising Stars - Powerful non-leader characters who present dangers and opportunities as they accumulate experience, triggering a wide range of events with both negative and positive effects. If they become too much of a nuisance, there’s always ways of “dealing” with them.
    • Stress & Revelry - Stymied ambitions, jealous lovers, raging barbarians, and much more can all take their toll on a ruler. Will your ruler indulge in hedonistic pursuits to escape the stress?
    • The Grand Vizier - Take the minutiae of managing your cities off your plate, handing control to Viziers who will manage based on their personalities. Wise Viziers will focus on culture, courageous ones will recruit military units faster, while disciplined ones create specialists and special projects faster. Be warned, though – power corrupts, and a trusted Vizier might turn their gaze towards your throne.
    • New Political Eras - Civil wars, grand reforms, and periods of corruption and decadence will bring forth new challenges for your empire as a whole.

Old World has Native Linux support, and last I checked it ran really well on Linux. To go with the new DLC release the base game and previous DLC are all on sale.

Created by Mohawk Games based in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) the studio is led by Leyla Johnson and Soren Johnson, the lead designer of Sid Meier's Civilization IV and co-lead designer of Sid Meier's Civilization III. Mohawk Games previously released Offworld Trading Company.

You can buy it from Fanatical, Humble Store and Steam. While GOG does not have the Linux version.

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CatKiller May 29
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It's been on my wishlist for a while, but with the ability to comfortably power through games on the Deck my scope for games that require a big time commitment of being at the desktop has been very much reduced. I've still got some, but new ones will have to wait till I've got through the ones I've already got.
Cmdr_Iras May 30
THis is on my wishlist, but havent picked it up. How does it compare to the likes of Humankind and Millenia ? I was kind of burned by humankind not as good as I would have liked, and Millenia has some similar focuses as Humankind (picking of tribes).
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