Europa Universalis Development Diary #14

Power Struggles, Solo Scenarios, Sleeves, Events, Vídeo en Español

We are putting all our efforts into finishing the game as fast as we can without compromising on quality, and that means it is hard to find the time to write updates amidst it all. But again we have packed this update as full of neat content as we can, and hopefully, that can help make the extra wait more worthwhile.

Here you can see the extensive list of components included in the Deluxe Edition. I cannot remember if we already told you, but the box is estimated to weigh a whopping 5.8 kg with everything in it. Further down this update, you can read more about some of all that content that has been added or finished since the latest update.

Component list. Deluxe edition upgraded components in bold.

Backers who have pledged for the Spanish version of the game will sadly have to wait a while longer for their games to arrive, since there is so much content to translate. We are very sorry about this, and accept the full blame for the situation, since there was no way translation work could start before the English language content was finalized. Our partner, MasQueOca have published an update on this on their web site.

If you have any questions, please send an email to victor(at), and I’ll happily help you with anything I can.

The Struggle is Real – Power Struggles​

We are very excited to present you with Power Struggles, the final component of the game to be revealed. These have been around in some form for a while, in internal testing, and limited testing on TTS among the Discord community, but last month they finally all saw the light of day officially.

Power Struggles are a set of mini cards that brings the focus to certain Battleground Areas on the map where real historical conflicts took place. They give players an opportunity to score additional Prestige here at a specific moment during the game and are triggered by certain Events (once or twice per Age, depending on your set-up). The fact that all players score the Power Struggle simultaneously, means that each of the objectives can only be scored by one player. Power Struggles are designed to increase the level of tension in the game and will encourage PvP interaction and conflict, and the inclusion of these cards in your game is completely optional.

Each Power Struggle has some individual scoring criteria, but they all list a number of Battleground Areas which give extra at the end of the Round if you have a presence there. If you would like to know more about how Power Struggles work, we can recommend reading Mikhs’ (Roberto’s) excellent article about them on Board Game Geek.

Down to Byz-ness – Byzantium Solo Scenario​

A New Dawn for Byzantium

Made for the numerous and passionate Second Rome enthusiasts of the Europa Universalis community, for all Byzantine souls living today, with some beautiful new illustrations made by Joeri Lefévre.

“We are gaining back the territories the Ottomans took from us. With our new allies, and a renewed and stronger Orthodox Church, we will bring the Roman Empire back to the heights of its former glory, and beyond. Because we fear neither barbarian heathens, nor insurgents or false pretenders!”

Blessed by the Byzantine Emperor

In this Solo Scenario, we are going back in time to undo those crucial moments where the old Byzantine Empire made those fatal mistakes. This challenging scenario will pit you against the deadly Ottoman armies and the Venetian maritime hegemony, where you must fight every inch of the way to regain Byzantium’s position as the dominant force across the Mediterranean region – will Balkan, Anatolia, the Levant, and Italy, once again bend the knee and join the dominion of the true Roman Empire? There is no place to hide, so you will have to play your cards carefully, and defy the odds, to make this once so mighty empire again rise from the ashes like a phoenix, and claim its rightful place in the sun!

Thanks to Aaron Isley and Patrick Johnston-Hart for the invaluable help in developing this one.

Oh the Glory! – Ulm Solo Scenario​

Follow the light

For this scenario, co-written with the legendary author of the AAR from EU3 and EU4, Svip (, get ready for something completely different!

Yes, for those who are unaware, the Ulm meme has been around for a decade, and Svip is the creator behind the original comic, which gave birth whole Ulm movement. Though the meme has taken on a life of its own, the comic has stood the test of time, with its trademark acid humour and wit. The “Glory for Ulm” scenario gives the beloved humour of the AAR a new life, in a new format, providing the wrapping for challenging and fun gameplay, for those who want start out with just one measly little province.

As a one province minor you have to develop, and expand discreetly, in order to be able to take on, and eclipse, your rivals. Stay under the radar of the Emperor, so you are ready when it is time to strike. But be careful, as France is also waiting to encroach on your immediate surroundings as soon as the opportunity arises.

You can see what’s all about on this work in progress Scenario document and on our Discord, where community members are playtesting and posting their experiences with it.

Setting up the PPC – Eye Candy​

Last Wednesday we set up the PPC in full, just to take some pictures, and to give you a feel of how it all looks when you are ready to start a game for real. Informative eye candy.

The trays make the setup go a lot quicker, and also function as an in-game supply.

Welcome to Sleeve City​

♪ ♫ Take me down to the All Sleeved City, where your cards are safe and all the edges are pretty. Oh, won’t you please take me home. ♪ ♫

Yes, we finally have tested it – we wanted to be absolutely sure we could fit every card in the box before making any bold statements.
As you can see, you will be able to fit them in the box without using a chisel or hammer. It might not be perfect, but it works.

The boards will keep the cards in place for the most part, but you are probably going to see some cards sliding from one well to another during transport.

The ones that go on top, where the piece of foam has been removed. We recommend ziplock bags for the ones on top. Sleeves are a slippery business.

These are the one we tried and fit perfectly

Important! The ones above are the sleeves we tested and found to be a good match. Other brands, even though they claim to have the exact same measurements, may not fit at all, or at least not as smoothly as these.

  • UltraPro – Standard American Gaming Cards (56x87mm) and Mini American Gaming Cards (41x63mm)


  • Board Game Sleeves – Non Glare Board Game Sleeves, Medium (Me 57×89) and Mini (Mi 41×63)

New card back designs​

Above you can see: Top row, Trade deck, and Action decks (Administrative deck, Diplomatic deck, and Military deck). Bottom row, Event decks, Ages I through IV.

Vídeo en Español​

En este vídeo en el que hacemos una pasada casi todas las reglas y la mayoría de los términos, te ayudará a hacerte una idea de como funciona el juego, incluso a poder jugar sin mirar las reglas. Gracias a Mikhs por la ayuda y a los de la comunidad española, que estuvieron haciendo preguntas y aguantándonos un buen rato.

That was it. Take care!

Eivind & Víctor @aegirgames

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