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My Elephant in the Room: An 'Old World' Postmortem


With Old World, Mohawk Games set out to reinvigorate the historical 4X genre by reducing thematic scope and removing rote decisions to make room for procedural characters and narrative. In the process, Mohawk reexamined and often rejected genre conventions, including the deterministic tech tree, the diplomatic bargaining table, the conventional citizen tile yield model, and moving every unit every turn. In parallel, they built a dynamic story engine that enabled the creation of over 3,000 events, each with their own unique triggers and effects, adding variety, texture, and depth to the game without bloating the design.

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