Shadow Empire Design Snippet #25

Snippet #25: Diplomatics

Shadow Empire diplomatics are relatively simple, but I think they’ll be engaging. Basically either you or an AI regime can take the initiative. You can do so by playing diplomatic Stratagems. For example requesting to make contact, opening an embassy or proposing a scientific exchange. The AI can do the same, but on top of that the AI controlled Major Regimes will be involved in stories that are driven partly by their political and ideological attitudes and partly by their strategic analysis of their position versus that of the player.

In this particular snippet we see the Kaiser of Freikopf Reich being willing to move his attitude from COLD to FRIENDS. Well if you make the right choice and don’t roll particularly bad dice that is.

Note that your 1st Strategic HQ commander has a rather unpleasant attitude to diplomacy :)

p.s: Also note a scripting error in the message. The compliment is of course not for running his ‘reich’ but for running your empire.

Best wishes,

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12 Responses to Shadow Empire Design Snippet #25

  1. stdwanze says:

    Does the stance of the Commander have influence on the available options and there outcome?

  2. vic says:

    It would be nice to have extra Decision options based on your Regime profile or the Leader handling the decision (in this case your Secretary, the Commander is just giving his opinion). But I have to prioritize a bit, so don’t think so for launch at least.

    However a fair amount of Decisions and Stratagems do involve skill rolls. Here the commander definitely has an effect (in capability and motivation to do a good job).

    best wishes,

  3. stdwanze says:

    So a more how not why influence. Sounds nice.
    Always looking forward to your “monthly” updates.

  4. ernieschwitz says:

    I am sure Vic tries hard to make these updates monthly.

  5. GrizzlyKt says:

    where and when could i get this please

  6. vic says:

    Hi Grizzly,

    ETA is somewhere early 2019. If all goes well it should be available through Matrix Games shop and Steam.

    Best wishes,

  7. Chris says:

    Hi Vic,

    I haven’t gotten a response at the Matrix forum. I own both DC games. I get the error message “No valid serial number found”. Case Blue is installed. How do I enter the serial number to use DC Project Beta?

  8. vic says:

    Hi Chris,

    Sorry there. So many forums nowadays, sometimes forget to check some.

    Anyway 2 questions:

    What is your current version of Case Blue? After starting it you should see it in the startup menu.

    What is your Operating System?

    Best wishes,

  9. Chris says:

    I have Windows 10 Pro 64 bit. Correction, I have Warsaw to Paris installed. I installed Version 1.60e. It’s installed at C:\Matrix Games\Blitzkrieg Warsaw to Paris.

  10. vic says:

    Ok just to be 100% clear what is the issue.

    DC:Community Project won’t start right?

    What is the EXACT and full error message it gives?

    You can run DC:Blitzkrieg Warsaw to Paris?

    I think it might be an issue with Matrix changing the way their installer works. Please reply to the above questions and if so i’ll set to making a new build of the Community Project that picks up on this.

    Work around in the meantime is getting a free steam key for Warsaw To Paris. Once you have the Steam version installed the DC:Community Project should run.

    Best wishes,

  11. Chris says:

    No valid serial found for DC:Barbarossa or DC:Case Blue the Matrix version AND no Steam install of DC:Barbarossa or DC:Case Blue found as well. The DC:Community Project is only accessible to DC:Barbarossa and DC:Case Blue owners. VR Designs error-code: MBA1MCB11MWTP11SBA4STM52SCB24SWTP224.

    It’s installed at C:\Matrix Games\Blitzkrieg Warsaw to Paris.

  12. vic says:


    Right. So you have the Matrix Warsaw to Paris installed.

    1. And that game (DC:WTP) runs? that confirms its serial key works and its properly installed.

    The error code seems to suggest you might not have the latest version of the DC:Community Project as it returns WTP11 where it should return WTP111 as error if WTP is not found. (but this might also be a typo in your post)

    2. If not a typo… Please try reinstalling v91b and making sure you also apply the patch v91e to it.

    3. Possible work around is also installing the Steam version (you can get free Steam key from Matrix) or try installing another DC game (if you have any).

    best wishes,

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