I have worked for Paradox just over 10 months now, and had quite a lot of experiences meeting the fanbase of Crusader Kings 2 in particular, but also Paradox fans in general. You hear a lot of nasty and concerning things when you start out as a new game developer. “You want to go out on the forum battlefield? Why would you martyr yourself!? You have so much to live for!!” I figure I’d write down my thoughts after becoming a season forumite these last months, for posterity’s sake.