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    It starts in 30 minutes. If anyone has questions to ask, you can sign up for a free account and ask, or post here and I will ask for you!

    edit: yes its 2 am.

    02:01:28 -

    Tom "Super Moderating Hero" Bramwell: First things first Kieran, thank you for joining us. Can you tell our beloved readers who on earth you are and what you do at Creative Assembly? And for the benefit of those of us in the UK, can you confirm that you WERE attending the university when you signed up for today's quiz and aren't secretly an ugly accountant?

    Kieran Brigden: I am Kieran Brigden Esquire, the Communications Manager at the Creative Assembly. I can confirm that I received my doctorate via a reputable internet university that required credit card details.

    02:04:52 -

    Blackguard asks: Can you tell us anything about multiplayer campaign mode which we hear is in the works?

    Kieran Brigden: The multiplayer campaign mode will be a post release feature of Empire Total War. We are going to release it as a beta shortly after the game's come out. The campaign mode allows two friends (or mortal enemies) to play against one another and the AI through the Grand Campaign mode. Players will be given the option of fighting every battle as the enemy, meaning whoever your friend fights wherever in the world it will always be the two of involved in a deathmatch. It's an awesome new feature and one we've been keen to do for a while. The basic code is there, now we're getting the rest sorted!

    02:05:51 -

    drunkymonkey asks: Does the Creative Assembly team play many mods of their games, and if so, what have they learned from them, and has it led to any improvements to the series as a whole?

    Kieran Brigden: One of the great thing about the TW series is the modding community. There are some very impressive mods out there, from AI enhancements to full-scale total conversions. We always watch the mod community for ideas and indeed talent. Our very own Jack Lusted was a modder prior to joining CA at it was his modding that brought him to our attention.

    02:10:07 -

    filsoofj11 asks: Hey, what kind of improvements have been made on the AI? The recent reviews all say that the AI has been improved by a lot, and you guys have brushed [on] the topic in the past, but can you narrow down exactly what has been done to make the AI better both on the battlefield and the campaign map?

    Kieran Brigden: As far as the battle AI (or battlefield AI) is concerned it is a total change. AI uses a state-based approach in general; this means a kind of 'chess game' to the way it plays. One move, followed by a set of possible next moves and so forth. This can lead AI to being predictable and repeated. With the Battle AI in Empire we use a system called a Goal Oriented Action Planner (GOAP). This means the battle AI is constantly looking at a list of 'objectives' or plans, which it will prioritise according to what is happening. This means as things (like protect the general) go up in priority (because you're flanking his army) it will react more dynamically.

    02:10:40 -

    Moderating Hero: Quick follow-up to the multiplayer campaign question - Any indication when that will be released? Will there be a public beta or anything like that?

    Kieran Brigden: There will be a beta phase for the multi campaign. We're still finalising for logistical reasons whether it will be public or invited, and it will be done when the feature is ready for roll out. Which is, as soon as it's ready.

    02:11:46 -

    beerio asks: The demo had unconscionably long load times for both the battles and to start the demo itself. Was this, as rumoured, an artifact of the compression used to keep the demo small? And how do the load times in the actual game itself compare? If they're as long as the ones in the demo I think I'll be cancelling my pre-order, as waiting a couple of minutes for a fight to load up is not really on given the number of battles in a campaign.

    Kieran Brigden: That's a fair point. Since the demo build (which is incidentally very dated now) we've knocked a large amount off the loading times at the start, and to and form, battles. This is the basic process of optimisation, it takes time and is often done very close to release. You should notice a significant difference in the load times, somewhere between 30-40 per cent and in some cases more than half.

    02:13:00 -

    pevergreen asks: Are there any plans for the pre-order bonus units (Death's Head Hussars, Amazon Warriors and the HMS Constitution) to be made available for download for a fee or free?

    Kieran Brigden: This is a possibility, but it won't be for a good while if we decide to do so. The pre-order units are an incentive for those buying those editions so we want them to remain unique for a while, but I wouldn't rule it out a way in the future.

    02:14:15 -

    Gremmi asks: As your advert appears to look like Sean Bean, can we look forward to any hero units 'inspired' by fiction? Say, a Lieutenant Sharpe and the 95th Rifles, or Captain Jack Aubrey aboard a capital ship?

    Kieran Brigden: Haha! The Sean Bean figure! Yes, I think he's been given that nickname internally too, although that was never the intention during design. I don't want to spoil it but there are various historical, fictional and indeed 'Easter egg' figures who pop up at certain times, in certain regions and with certain factions.

    02:15:56 -

    IainMcKenzie asks: Could we ever see another series of Time Commanders? It was cool for featuring game playing on mainstream TV and for having school teachers and accountants put in charge of armies. Could you please ensure the BBC are sent links showing the new awesome of Empire?

    Kieran Brigden: We'd all love for there to be another Time Commanders but it has to be by licence-payer demand (hint hint), so the BBC would want to make a series like it. The BBC have indeed shown interest in Empire and have been here covering it today of all things! But yes, as far as a TV series goes, some kind of 'Big Brother' X-factor style Total War would indeed be fun. It's a case of watch this space.

    02:18:32 -

    tobs asks: Why would you make the game a Steam exclusive knowing that lots of players avoid Steam like the plague?

    Kieran Brigden: Steam offers us a lot of really good features. Rankings, achievements and automatic patching amongst others. Yes, it's also a copy protection method, and it does help there too, but it isn't the only reason we've chosen to go with it. From a development point of view it also offers us the chance to do a lot more of interest to the player. It's fully integrated into Empire with the ability to chat and invite others in etc. All things we've wanted to do for a while.

    02:20:08 -

    Anim asks: What will the mentioned modding tools for Empire: Total War contain and when will they be released?

    Kieran Brigden: Primarily, and of most importance, Empire is moddable without tools. I imagine a large number of people will write their own basic editors for a variety of parts of the game and its also possible to edit it with other basic apps. Our own dev tool-set isn't for public release as its not UI friendly and is internal software, so the answer there is 'soon' but the game is moddable without tools, although there are some functions for which users may want to write their own tools in the short term.

    02:23:52 -

    Britesparc asks: Do you feel compelled, when dealing with historical periods, to censor inappropriate material? For instance, some friends of mine were shocked in Medieval when I showed them you could go on Crusades or wage Jihads. But (as far as I know) you've steered clear of the slave trade, for example. Is this to avoid controversy or because it's a tricky subject to implement in terms of the game mechanics? Incidentally, I'm not actually SUGGESTING you make a game where you can profit from the slave trade.

    Kieran Brigden: This is an interesting question. How much of history should we include and to what degree? The crusades are contentious, especially given the current political climate. Slavery too is a difficult issue and there are reasons for us to avoid it. Empire does not ignore slavery - there is a technology that gives you a public order bonus when you abolish slavery which is the result of socio-philosophical research. There are also downsides in terms of production for plantations and farmers in the colonies etc. So we don't totally dodge it, but we don't actively let players trade in slaves no. How many World War II games are there that simulate the holocaust? And why is that? It's because the added realism is not necessarily good for gameplay. These things are difficult social issues which we treat with care but do not avoid for the sake of being PC.

    02:25:52 -

    willh1990 asks: "Yalaa, my Sultan wishes you dead!" "If it is a fight you wish, come closer!" and "I only respect strength! Something you LACK!" are just some of the brilliant lines from Medieval II: Total War... Who writes the superb lines that accompany the Total War campaign characters?

    Kieran Brigden: We have a team of awesome writers at our disposal. These guys spend a lot of time reading epic novels, watching too much Monty Python and collecting historical diction from other more arcane sources. They are responsible for the fantastic atmosphere of Total War games, the exchange of dialogue amongst characters being top amongst them. Look out for some true gems in Empire's diplomatic exchanges and info popups too. There's also a serious Easter egg language-wise in the info boxes, but I'll let you all find it.

    02:27:26 -

    random_samurai asks: Will there be a hotseat mode similar to the past TW games? I don't want to know about the online multiplayer campaign, just whether there will be hotseat. If not, will it be possible to mod hotseat into Empire?

    Kieran Brigden: On hotseat, we're still looking at that. There is the ability to invite players into your games and have them hook up and play thanks to Steam, but Empire, given the multi campaign angle (sorry, I know you didn't want me to include that), actually does it a little different. Code changes like that might indeed be moddable, but given the Steam interface may need to come from us, which is not to say that they won't.

    02:29:36 -

    Britesparc asks: Would you ever consider using the Total War engine for a licensed property? For instance, if someone asked you to do Middle-Earth Total War or something, would it pique your interest?

    Kieran Brigden: Something like that would indeed be interesting, and we never discount any options (although we don't have the licence for LotR games) but TW games tend to have to meet certain criteria which can make licences a little difficult. We need a period of great change where several factions could emerge as the dominant power, a period of technological change where new armaments becomes available as time passes and it also has to be a time that lets us to do something new (such as naval battles in Empire) so any possible licence would need to meet those requirements first and foremost to make a fun TW game.

    02:32:29 -

    lillis asks: I have yet to see a negative review of Empire, but even the most praising ones mention the naval combat as a drawback - mainly the problems which commandeering larger fleets introduce. Most reviewers seem to think that it's simply a bit too much to keep track of, and tended towards auto-resolving fleet battles quite often. Did you design the naval system with a steep learning curve in mind?

    Kieran Brigden: This is an interesting point, and one I'm glad to get the chance to address. The naval battles are new. The tactics within them are new. There's a whole depth of strategy yet to be worked out (we're still playing in the office). And I genuinely believe that as people play more they'll master more. Additionally there are a lot of functions that can be used to make controlling large groups more easy group formations and orders are one example and some of the reviews haven't seemed to mention those, meaning its possible they weren't used. That said, it's an area for us to develop, we recognise that this is our first attempt and over time with patches and indeed with any possible new titles we'll continue to polish naval battles. We're proud of them now, but equally we've been doing land battles for years and they just get better and better, so...

    02:33:24 -

    senso-ji asks: Medieval got a (deserved) sequel. Any chance of Rome/Shogun 2?

    Kieran Brigden: Let's just say we're looking at all our options...

    02:34:19 -

    pevergreen asks: For the inevitable expansion, is it planned to go down the route Kingdoms took and have multiple new campaigns, the older route like Viking Invasion and Barbarian Invasion with a new campaign, general additions to the Grand Campaign, or is nothing really decided upon?

    Kieran Brigden: For the expansion I can say we will be improving general gameplay and features, naturally. We're not ready to announce our expansion plans yet but I will say that if the Road to Independence style 'mini campaigns' are of interest to players and are successful we'd like to do more such things, perhaps as an expansion. But for now, it's just conjecture.

    02:36:05 -

    jimmy444 asks: Have the graphical issues concerning ATI 4800 series cards been resolved? There were a number of issues including tearing, blue markers, strange graphical anomalies involving these cards. Will ATI release a driver for these kind of issues or is this included in the first patch?

    Kieran Brigden: Hi Jimmy, the ATI cards had a few issues with the old demo code. A lot of that is our old code. Again, as with everything, the game needed some balance and optimisation. To put your mind at ease I have five computers running 4870s, two with X2s and several top-end NVIDIAs. All of them are now working fine on ultra, no bother.

    02:38:07 -

    nick_stone08 asks: Why hasn't the team included Africa in the campaign map? As it was a fierce bit of territory for the powers of Europe to fight for.

    Kieran Brigden: It was indeed a major theatre of war for the period, and the northern part of Africa is indeed present - what we would now know as the eventual French colonies, and British Egypt. That said, right now, the map is MASSIVE. It is genuinely hard to explain that fighting through any one of these continents and its islands is a whole game unto itself. You won't feel a loss not having that area necessarily, and who knows? Its certainly an area into which we could expand...

    02:39:04 -

    noobchewer asks: Will nations be able to rebel and make a faction? Like the Irish?

    Kieran Brigden: In short, yes. Certain nations when they rebel form their own unique factions, peoples like the Scots, Irish, Hungarians etc. There are loads of these for you to discover... as a result of not running the territory properly!

    02:41:09 -

    El_Draque asks: Are there plans for a Mac version?

    Kieran Brigden: Possibly is the answer to that, I don't want to promise anything at this stage but its something we do keep in mind.

    02:43:24 -

    Britesparc asks: Do you think there's any way to do a console version of the Total War games?

    Kieran Brigden: There is a place for RTS and strategy games on consoles yes. The DS version of Civ is indeed good fun, the recent moves by games such as Halo Wars have also been interesting. Primarily it's about control. Most RTS games on console fail because they're ports. You have to design for console from the ground up, and if we ever crack the magic nut of control then of course we'd love to bring TW to a console audience.

    02:45:43 -

    Tullaris asks: To many veteran Total War players Medieval II was perhaps too easy. Battles were only lost against overwhelming forces. Do you think winning the Empire Total War campaign on very hard is going to be more of a challenge?

    Kieran Brigden: In short, yes. The new Battle AI is a genuine challenge, it will continue to try and outfox you and is much more dynamic than its predecessors. The campaign AI too is a lot more nuanced, especially from the diplomacy side. Something we're doing with Empire as we go is also to continue to evolve the AI through post-release patches and balance fixes, this means where we think it can be improved further we will do so and continue to offer replayability to the player. There is naturally still work to do, but this TW feels much more accomplished in that sense than our previous titles.

    02:47:27 -

    Jesterrr asks: I'm really intrigued by the different equipment, drills and tactics you can research in the game. How does this work in terms of skirmishes and online battles? Also, sometimes I felt that the scope for customising your force in these battles was a little too broad. Has any thought ever been given to creating skirmish scenarios where the player has to choose a force that adheres to some restrictions, i.e. no artillery, only up to 20 per cent of your force can be cavalry, limits on unit experience etc.?

    Kieran Brigden: As far as drills and tech are concerned these depend on fighting in the early or late period of the game, as certain techs are assumed to be available in the 'early' period and others in the 'late', although in the campaign the rate at which you unlock them is up to you. By choosing a period certain troops and drills become unavailable or are added. When it comes to adding multiplayer restrictions we leave that to players to discuss, so if you and a friend want a full army on full army battle using only pikemen in Paris, that's your call.

    02:48:46 -

    michaelius asks: Have you considered using 17th century wars in Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea area and Turkish invasions as a possible setting for another Total War game?

    Kieran Brigden: There are lots of historical periods that are incredibly interesting and could be used for a TW title. As before, all our titles need to meet the fundamentals required by a game of this nature and scope. The great thing about working form history is (ironically) it's infinite.

    02:50:41 -

    Moderating Hero: On this note, out of personal curiosity - we see a lot of people commending Total War for its realism, but do you ever get approached by an institution or a historian and told off for anything?

    Kieran Brigden: All the time! We get some fantastic lobbies telling us we didn't represent bagpipes properly or that the moustaches are of the wrong style etc. Our designers are genuinely great and eagle-eyed on this fact, but we can't please everyone all of the time. For some people they want more 18th century silverware to be featured and there just aren't enough spoons in Empire for them. It's a weird mix, but we always try and take everything into account and make adjustments where possible.

    02:52:55 -

    modo_komodo asks: Do I need to have a good understanding of Napoleonic warfare in order to progress or can I still win with more generalised tactics?

    Kieran Brigden: Yes and yes. Your tactics are your own. If you find a certain combination of weapons that work for you or a unit drill that you like then you will have a fighting style. Every general in history has had their own ideas and tactics and these are what make TW so much fun. Do you want to try and win by throwing a thousand troops into the meatgrinder? Go ahead. Are you a 'throw some donkeys in the mix then hit them with bayonets' type? It's up to you. Or you can use speical tactics of the period - it's up to your playing style. Not that a little knowledge of the period wouldn't help of course...

    02:55:36 -

    Schaep asks: In the previous games, alliances were pretty much useless. The campaign AI always had its mind set on certain settlements, even if they had never belonged to them. This always resulted in betrayal of alliances, even if your faction had overwhelming military strength. Sometimes the AI would even attack settlements with only 1 unit! Has this changed at all in Empire?

    Kieran Brigden: Alliances are an element of diplomacy and have received much more attention this time around. If anything it may be the player that ends up having to break long-standing alliances in order to push for a certain province! Now countries' opinion of you rises and falls over time - trade helps increase it for example - and eventually if they like you enough you can form a alliance. There is a huge depth to the diplomatic menu, friends of friends, same religion, an enemy of my enemies, trade, etc. All of these things mean a more realistic diplomatic world. No longer does the AI love you for 50 years only to stab you in the head for no reason when you wont hand over a key region. That said, it can indeed betray you if it REALLY REALLY must, or if you've pushed it that far.

    02:56:10 -

    Catafrato asks: Do Scottish regiments have bagpipes in the full game?

    Kieran Brigden: Again with the bagpipes? Seriously though, all I can say is tartan makes an appearance.

    02:57:56 -

    Tullaris asks: What games from other companies do CA staff like? Do you prefer strategy games such as Europa Universalis, Civilization or are you playing totally different games?

    Kieran Brigden: We play everything. There's a strong belief here that you cant just be a PC-based strategy gamer to design good games. Its like a chef only eating olives. We have to look at everything and we do - console game, PC titles, and lots of board games too. We have some seriously obscure strategy board games here. There's a bit of a Left 4 Dead fetish with the QA department at the moment, and every other title gets a look in too.

    02:59:14 -

    greg99 asks: Will there be any surprises like in Medieval 2 when the timurids invade?

    Kieran Brigden: There are plenty of surprises, but I wont spoil them. There's also a fantastic kitten Easter egg but I've already said too much.

    03:01:26 -

    Darren asks: Not related to Empire Total War whatsoever but is there any chance of a sequel to the rather good Viking Battle for Asgard on the consoles?

    Kieran Brigden: Thats a nice question, the answer is maybe. We're looking at a lot of ideas on the console side at the moment. Some kind of sequel to Viking is naturally amongst them. But there will be more on any possible projects in the near future.

    03:01:59 -

    Moderating Hero: We're getting a lot of suggestions for future Total War games. My favourites so far are Cold War Total War "where you do nothing for 199 turns" and Jurassic Park Total War. Any fantasy scenarios you guys enjoy?

    Kieran Brigden: Can I take a minute before I answer this question and say Empire goes live on Steam in Europe in about 60 seconds?

    Moderating Hero: Yep!

    03:04:17 -

    Moderating Hero: Now answer my very serious question about Jurassic Park.

    Kieran Brigden: On the question - I love those ideas. My personal favourite would be Caveman total war, where you bash each other over the head for 100 years and then get wiped out by a disease.

    03:04:53 -

    rsslcs asks: Will the game feature a map editor, like the editor that could be unlocked in Rome Total War?

    Kieran Brigden: This one links in with the earlier questions on modding tools - we will offer tools in the future and I expect there will be a user-generated map editor pretty soon after release.

    03:06:21 -

    Shroomthing asks: As I understand, there will be no blood in Empire.
    What's the motivation behind this? And without blood will there be other signs we can look for to see if a soldier (or a general, since in previous TW games it was always a good thing to retreat your general when he looked "bloodied") is injured?

    Kieran Brigden: As always units have a 'status' when you mouse over them. If the unit is injured or hurt it will be indicated there along with morale. There are also some more obvious signs too - when a unit keels over on his face, he's pretty much a goner. But the relative health of a unit is best seen via its popup status, or its number of men still standing.

    03:08:26 -

    nick_stone08 asks: Again of the subject, following your point about the kitten Easter egg, does that explain Mark O'Connel's avatar having a kitten? On topic - why has it been said that it's near to impossible having 15-20 ships fighting each other?

    Kieran Brigden: Question the first - No comment on Marko's kitten avatar. He just kind of likes that stuff, but...maybe. On the second part, it's not by any means impossible. With a good usage of grouping, target selection and good ship-usage there's no reason you should find it hard to control twenty ships. But as before, naval battles require tactics, new ones. And these will take everyone time to master. It's just an added element in that respect.

    03:09:50 -

    El_Che asks: Why wasn't this game available for preload on Steam? Right now Steam is going down because of it, and at least I can't download the game I bought.

    Moderating Hero: We're getting a few of these. Do you know?

    Kieran Brigden: No problem, this is a genuine issue. Sadly it's one that's out of CA's hands. The Steam preload was something we wanted to do but for regional reasons we aren't able to implement. I'm sorry if it's caused a problem for anyone, which I know it has for some. All I can say it was our intention to offer this and we weren't able to do so for technical reasons outside our control.

    03:10:52 -

    Sailorboy asks: "If you have purchased a boxed copy...You will be able to activate your boxed copy of Empire and play on Wednesday 4th March." quote from the totalwar.com. At what time (CET) is the activation to be released on the 4th of March?

    Kieran Brigden: Empire goes live at 1700GMT 1800CET TODAY. For the US its 0900GMT tomorrow.

    Moderating Hero: Kapow!

    03:12:35 -

    FornicatingBaboon asks: What sort of process is involved when deciding on issues of realism versus game balance?

    Kieran Brigden: Good question. It's what works regarding gameplay. Some historical tactics might be fun (line formations and demasting for example) and others are difficult and annoying (tacking, which got dropped). It's about what's fun and realistic; if we can't make it functional and fun it doesnt make it.

    03:13:15 -

    Blackguard asks: Which of the factions has been your favourite to play?

    Kieran Brigden: I'd be tried for treason if I didn't say Great Britain, but on top of that I really enjoy the Prussian campaign and the Indian faction campaign is also a real breath of fresh air in that it's very different.

    03:15:26 -

    dangerpuss asks: How has being bought by SEGA changed the way you develop games? Do you get encouraged to do more console games?

    Kieran Brigden: Being bought by SEGA has actually been a positive for both parties. And I'm not just saying that because Sonic will kick me. SEGA gets a guarantee of solid and critically acclaimed titles from a studio like CA and we get the guarantee of getting to make the games we love for a publisher that recognises their critical and commercial value. We have a whole console team which would be working on console games regardless; the difference is we have SEGA's backing on this too.

    03:18:05 -

    Schaep asks: Would you please comment on why the blood has been cut? Since you seem to have masterfully dodged that in the previous question!

    Kieran Brigden: Thank you for noticing my masterful dodging. The blood hasn't been 'cut' per se. There are age rating reasons, but it's not like we've removed violence. Men are still impaled on bayonets and the like but we don't have intestines running all over the floor as a result. It's technical in some ways, when ten thousand guys are running around on screen having each of them bleed and expel objects and textures is an additional workload. On top of that it doesn't necessarily add anything. You get that same feeling of brutal combat without having the newspapers on your back.

    03:19:19 -

    modo_komodo asks: I really enjoyed your Prussian campaign progress report on total war.com, will you be adding to it? What happened to the Dutch! I must know!

    Kieran Brigden: Haha! For those of you unfamiliar with this, I wrote a report on how the campaign went through the Prussian faction as I was playing it. I might indeed add to it in future, but as I said in my closing statement, the game is yours now and so are all the epic stories that will come from it. As Empire ships I plan to do two things. 1. Sleep. And 2. Spend even longer playing it.

    03:20:58 -

    Rorsch asks: Much of the fun I had with previous Total War games was the brutality of the battles - waiting for the enemy to come, getting charged, charging. In the demo of Empire Total War the battles felt more slow, tactical, calculated. Don't you feel that as Total War moves for more civilised times the game experience will change a lot?

    Kieran Brigden: Yes and no. The age of the musket is also the age of the bayonette and the sabre. Men will still have to clash in massive numbers and smash one another with rifle butts and stab one another with sword and point. It's just more calculated. It's now about firing lines, and drills, shots and volleys and only committing to that brutal, bloody charge when the time is perfect.

    03:22:51 -

    Moderating Hero: Right, and now to avoid being brutally charged myself, I'm going to have to wind up! However, we have one last, killer question, which all must face. Would you rather be invisible or have lasers for eyes?

    Kieran Brigden: Invisible. Because then I could go to an army defence lab and steal laser eye technology before being only a pair of glowing disembodied laser eyes. SWEET.

    Moderating Hero: Genius! Thank you Kieran, you've been amazing. Any last words for the Eurogamer readers?

    Kieran Brigden: Thank you so much to everyone thats taken the time to follow Empire and for reading about it and waiting for it. Not to gush but its you that make all this possible, if you like it, discuss it, buy and play it we get to keep making them. Thank you.

    Moderating Hero: Good night!
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    Oooh! Someone ask them about DLC. Maybe we can get some decent info out of them.


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    Awesome, thanks pevergreen!

    Could you possibly inquire about their expansion and/or downloadable content plans? If they are looking to do several small ones or fewer big ones? And whether it will be opening up new theaters (Like South America) or having new campaigns within existing theaters (Like American Civil War or Napoleonic Wars)?

    Also maybe ask about how moddable they think Empire is compared to previous titles, and what their plans are for supporting the modding community?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Beane View Post
    Oooh! Someone ask them about DLC. Maybe we can get some decent info out of them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogfish View Post
    Awesome, thanks pevergreen!

    Could you possibly inquire about their expansion and/or downloadable content plans? If they are looking to do several small ones or fewer big ones? And whether it will be opening up new theaters (Like South America) or having new campaigns within existing theaters (Like American Civil War or Napoleonic Wars)?

    Also maybe ask about how moddable they think Empire is compared to previous titles, and what their plans are for supporting the modding community?
    Done, done and done.
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    Someone post the content back here…Okay?


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    I'll do a full log of it, presuming it goes like the last live Q&A I was at went.

    Expect all the questions and answers I can get my hands on, at least!
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    Typical, a live Q&A right when I have a job interview. I assume that all the answers will be posted here by some enthusiastic scribe. Will probably be enough to keep me ticking over until tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IlDuce View Post
    I assume that all the answers will be posted here by some enthusiastic scribe.
    I live to serve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pevergreen View Post
    I'll do a full log of it, presuming it goes like the last live Q&A I was at went.

    Expect all the questions and answers I can get my hands on, at least!
    Excellent . You have the thanks and gratitude of your fellow Orgahs, as much as that might be worth .


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    Somewhat along the lines of the downloadable content question above, I would be interested to know if all the different bonus units from the regular editions (Constitution, Amazons, etc.) will be made available. I would think so, but you never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Incitatus View Post
    Somewhat along the lines of the downloadable content question above, I would be interested to know if all the different bonus units from the regular editions (Constitution, Amazons, etc.) will be made available. I would think so, but you never know.
    Done.

    Edit: I would like to point out, I can not say if any of these will be answered, but I'm trying.
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    Updating first post with Chat Log, as it comes.
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    OMGOMGOMGOGMOGMGM HE ANSWERED ONE OF MY QUESTIONS!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pevergreen View Post
    OMGOMGOMGOGMOGMGM HE ANSWERED ONE OF MY QUESTIONS!!!!
    Yaaay! Good for both you and us.


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    I'm the most loved! Two of my questions have been answered!
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    Huzzah for modding tools! And great questions pevergreen. I'd love to see mini campaigns in an expansion, Kingdoms style.

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    I wanna know what's going on, the suspense is killing me .


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    I'm asking him about the friendly fire issue I've experienced with the demo... I hope he responds to it.
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    Its over.

    Im going to bed, I have to go to the doctors in the morning and its nearly 3:30 AM.
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    Its over.

    Im going to bed, I have to go to the doctors in the morning and its nearly 3:30 AM.
    Night! and thank you!

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    Can someone post some kind of transcript for those of us who havn't got an account?

    Edit: Nevermind, I'm blind clearly.
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    I love how they apprently get asked a lot about bagpipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mailman653 View Post
    I love how they apprently get asked a lot about bagpipes.
    And so they should. Bagpipes are an intergral part of the game .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Beane View Post
    And so they should. Bagpipes are an intergral part of the game .
    The bagpipes are an integral part of life!
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    Thank you for posting this pevergreen!

    And congrats on getting *two* questions answered by the mighty Kieran!

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    Thanks pevergreen!

    I was reading and refreshing the screen as you posted. It was just great!

    Sorry it ended before you got to ask another question…

    You did up proud!!



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    A great read! Thanks for putting this up pevergreen!!


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    Wait, did I get this right? People in Britain are getting it activated 5pm local time but people in the US are getting it activated 1am tomorrow Pacific time? Ugh, have to wait 2 more days as I have work + school tomorrow and won't have time to play after getting home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewt View Post
    Wait, did I get this right? People in Britain are getting it activated 5pm local time but people in the US are getting it activated 1am tomorrow Pacific time? Ugh, have to wait 2 more days as I have work + school tomorrow and won't have time to play after getting home.

    People in Britain can play it now in fact, and some are. People in the US will have to wait until tomorrow unfortunately.


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