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Attrition is a mechanic used in many turn-based and real-time strategy games to represent the gradual depletion of a unit's strength. A unit suffering from attrition will become weaker over time and may eventually die or disband.
An engine developed by Paradox Interactive AB for Europa Universalis 3. This engine specializes in a 3D map view of part or the whole of the world.
A game mechanic in which you can interact with another country/civilization. Usually games allow you to declare war, offer peace, trade, etc. using diplomacy.
Digital distribution method for PC games. Direct2Drive is maintained and owned by Gamefly Digital Inc.
If not certain demands or conditions are met, demanding workers/citizens may revolt, demonstrate, switch sides, saboteur or stop working altogether. Does mostly occur in real-time strategy games and business simulators.
The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on June 15-17.
Experience Points are part of a character advancement system commonly found in RPGs. These points are generally gained by defeating an enemy or completing a task.
A staple in both the real-time and turn-based strategy genres, Fog of War simulates the unknowns of the battlefield by covering areas of the map, to be progressively revealed by the player.
GamersGate is a client-free digital distribution service.
Armed forces. The arm of government that deals with fighting wars and protecting a nation from external or internal threats
Steam is a digital distribution service owned by Valve. Originally created to distribute its own games, Steam has since expanded to become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games, and supports community features, downloadable content and achievements. Starting 2010, Steam now offers Mac games; Linux games were added in 2012.
Steam Trading Cards is a built in feature in the Steam client. It lets users collect cards from certain games and trade them and receive rewards for complete sets.
A "Tech Tree" is a concept used mainly in strategy and role playing games. Unlocking a node in the tree generally unlocks some effect (example: a new ability in a role playing game or new unit in a strategy game). Unlocking a parent node allows access to its child nodes.
The period in world history between 1800 and 1899. It saw some interesting events play out, including the Industrial Revolution, the height of British imperialism under Queen Victoria, the American Civil War and westward expansion, the Napoleonic Wars, and the end of Japan's feudal era, all of which have been depicted in video games.
The act of buying a particular good for a low price at one location, and selling it at another location for a higher price, resulting in a profit.
War is a series of organized conflicts carried on by force of arms between two or more nations or groups. Whether it never changes or has already changed is up for debate.
A viewable map that displays the entire game world. The map also usually shows the player's location in the world.
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