Last revision: 19 Jan at 22:40 UTC
TL;DR Germany vs the World. Build up your army quick.
Also available: Ragnarok: 1937
Enjoy playing as Germany, but finding the difficulty lacking? Looking for a more even contest? Then Ragnarok might be just what you’re looking for.
Some mods aim to increase difficulty by trying to make the AI smarter or giving it large bonuses, others by slapping the player with harsh penalties. Ragnarok takes a different approach. By making a few subtle diplomatic adjustments, the German player should get the challenge they’ve been craving.
You might want to man your borders.
ALL your borders.
Intended only for the 1936 scenario, whilst playing as the German Reich.
Difficulty – Recruit: you’ll want all the help you can get, at least on your first playthrough.
Ironman Mode – disabled: ironman deactivates the console, which can come in handy if you encounter any issues.
Historical AI Focuses – enabled: reduces the chance of inadvertently starting the world war early.
Ragnarok: 1937 is more difficult so trying the 1939 scenario first is also recommended.
Getting into a war with anyone starts the world war prematurely.
(Ragnarok: 1937 only – ‘First Vienna Award’ and ‘First Ljubljana Award’ are off limits. Beginning work on either of these national focuses will also trigger an early world war.)
A few balance adjustments are made by event on the second day of the game. Only a handful in the 1939 scenario, many more in the 1937 one.
(Ragnarok: 1937 only – Austria will finish their industrial national focuses at this time as well.)
HoI4 bug – an event granting you a national focus will cause a message box to appear stating that the focus you are currently working on has finished, regardless of which focus was actually finished by the event.
Because of the effect land forts have on the AI (ie. they’ll just sit around, and only rarely, if ever attack), the player can no longer build forts.
For a WWII simulator, HoI4 is quite slow when it comes to getting a proper world war started. As each successive country joins the Allies, it takes more and more CPU time, probably due to the need to grant all the other members of the alliance military access. Hence the the start of the war is handled via a multi-stage event, with more countries joining each time. In all, it can take a minute or more of CPU time to finish. This process only has to be completed once though, and after that it doesn’t seem to have any effect on save and load times.
Additionally, it’s best not to create Vichy France or to stage coups, as the job of creating a new country will take another minute or so of CPU time.
It’s best to spend the first few minutes of the game deciding on one’s long-term strategy. Where will you attack first, where are you going to defend, and what will you abandon? Pay close attention to terrain and rivers, as defending in open plains will prove difficult.
A number of European countries will have their industrial expansion national focuses finished via event in January 1937 including Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. (Ragnarok: 1937 only – Austria will finish immediately at the beginning of 1936.)
Aside from the ‘Treaty with the USSR’, you probably don’t want to be wasting time with national focuses that befriend other countries. Only puppets will remain loyal after the outbreak of war.
It’s probably a good idea to save up some political power for when the war starts, lest you get stuck on Free Trade/Export Focus.
Most mods should work with Ragnarok. My philosophy when creating this mod was to avoid making alterations to the base game and instead use events. Mods that change tech names or replace national focus trees for European countries might still cause issues, however, since events in Ragnarok refer to specific ones.
If you want an even more challenging game, and an AI that actually produces effective divisions, a mod like Expert AI is recommended.
Ragnarok has built-in support for a few mods: Black ICE, Expanded Industry (OLD), Naval Rework (OLD), and Extended Rework (OLD). To activate compatibility for any of these mods, after starting a new game, bring up the console with the tilde (~) key, usually located beside the ‘1’ key in the top left of your keyboard, and then type
and press Enter. From there, you can select the mods you want Ragnarok to work with.
The game will likely be a little sluggish during the first month or so of the war as the AI moves a large number of divisions around. As noted above in the Important Information section, there will also be extremely long pauses for CPU-intensive work when the world unites and joins the war, but also if new countries are created later.
For those who get repeated crashes after the diplomatic conference event but before the war begins, try bringing up the console with the tilde (~) key, usually located beside the ‘1’ key in the top left of your keyboard, and then type
and press Enter. This will activate an event that will have countries make peace and certain ones join the Allies all at once, rather than spread out over the course of a game week as would normally occur.
If you are experiencing crashes at other times, it may be because of a mod that adjusts the names of techs. Try disabling any other mods and see if that resolves the issue.
If AI divisions are experiencing widespread supply shortages on all your fronts (probably due to other mods), you can grant them an additional reduction to their supply needs. Bring up the console with the tilde (~) key, and then type
and press Enter. You will then be prompted for the size of the bonus to give the AI. This bonus can be changed or removed entirely at any time simply by firing the event again.
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-minor improvement to Black ICE mod compatibility
-should now prevent troublesome Croatia creation event (DOD_yugoslavia.10) from occurring (fix untested since requires DLC)
-reverted baseline AI supply needs bonus to -35%
-added new manually fired event (see Troubleshooting section above) for increasing AI supply bonus if necessary
-minor balance adjustments
-Austria was not getting its industrial national focuses completed in Ragnarok: 1937 like intended, seems the event code accidentally got deleted a while ago
-bunch of other balance changes and bug fixes