The Phoenix Rising
A Note to the Reader
Chapter I: An Introduction
This is a beta AAR for Europa Universalis IV and, as such, there's no guarantee that the game plays exactly the same upon release. At the time of writing the development team is constantly balancing and improving the game, not to mention fixing bugs and eradicating exploits, so it is to be expected that wars, diplomacy, and the economy have all been tweaked somewhat once we hit release, and that some of the things I do in this AAR will prove harder and others easier.
In particular, that means that any specific values I might mention, such as “it costs X to do Y” or “so-and-so provides a Z% modifier” may or may not hold at release. I know you love getting such details in a beta AAR and I include them whenever it feels appropriate, but please, for the love of God, do not consider them definitive. As I start writing this there are weeks until release and it is practically a guarantee that some of the values will have been rebalanced by the time the game reaches the public.
Now that I have completed the disclaimers, let me return to the narrative that is of interest to the reader, while promising solemnly that I will avoid any further “but this may have changed” legalese in the many chapters to follow, namely the AAR itself:
This AAR game deals with Byzantium and makes use of the Purple Phoenix DLC, which enriches the Byzantine experience by adding further events and missions with mostly symbolic rewards (but oh-so-satisfying text popups!) to the considerable amount in the base game.
Rather than engage in an all out no-holds-barred conquest spree, in this game I take my time and focus on completing the missions I am offered. No matter how outrageous or ill-timed they may seem. Missions in EU4 are more guidelines than anything else and seldom carry significant rewards, but it makes for an interesting change in playing style. It goes without saying that “taking my time” is a concept that should be understood in the context of the geopolitical situation. In particular, that determined by being surrounded by the Ottoman Empire on all sides. A lucky Ottoman Empire, since I've selected to play with historically lucky nations.