Myth - Indeed, too many meals in the kitchen makes for a frazzled chef.
stnylan - Thank you, sir. I am interested myself.
As for the restart, I thought I had a fix on my save game but tried it and it did not work. That leaves me to restart the game once again so here we go for the other, other game...
The Glory of France
A Gameplay/MMG2 AAR
...and all that jazz. We'll give you France's start again at least:
And once again, those pesky English sit in Gascogne. I aim to deal with them very much in the same way I did the previous time. But first, let's adjust settings once more. I copy my moves from the previous game except this time I get a better class of advisors to start (either that, or I was not paying attention...it's happened.) This go around, I pick a juicy 6 star stab fella to go with my Govt and production tech (who's not too shabby himself.) See -
Not bad at all...
Charlie, of course, remains the same and he remains as dour looking...
I get the same trade agreements and request for access from Provence. No to the trade agreements, yes to Provence. Burgundy comes courting again and I take her hand in marriage once more. This time, we make it a big wedding and include Lorraine who I also marry. I am going to try and kiss my way to victory in Northern France.
I also receive a strange event which pulls Foix into my alliance. I had not asked, though I will take it. It's risky though as it might draw me into wars to the south I don't wish to get into. In previous games I have held those southern vassals at arms length until things were in better shape. When Armagnac calls a few months later and joins as well, I guess I have to grin and bear it, accept them into the fold and hunker down in case the Iberians want to tangle. Thankfully they do not as of yet, but we do have a war going on as it is...
The Hundred Years War continues...
This go around, I change my forces from how I sent them forth in the last game, sending the 5,000 infantry with 5,000 cavalry with Xaintrailles (again, known as "X" henceforth) to wait for the inevitable English landings. Bureau goes with an 8,000/3,000 mix to attack the 1,000 force English garrison in Gascogne.
Bureau finds success yet again.
Bureau finishes off the English, this time under the leadership of Richard of York, and sets to his siege while X waits. The other 6,000 infantry head over to Lyonnais. They remain rebel occupied as was shown in the previous update. I also got the Barbary Pirates again, as well as the Inefficient Govt., Bad Relations with HRE, and Major Power events.
While I am working on the siege, I sit back and work on my vassals. Orleans and Provence enter the alliance and this game I decide to take a cooler tact towards Brittany. I am not seeing the English land there as I was and I soon find out why. The English are off my western coast and unloading. While I wait, I get a message saying Aragon has inherited Sicily...
Aragon after the inheritance
That could be problematic later on. I need a weak Aragon to my south if I can help it. Maybe I can...but for now, the English...we fight the English. And fight we do as they end up landing nearly 4,000 in Gascogne, each one beat off with great ease and into the waiting jaws of X stationed to the north in Saintogne.
By August, they are just about all in and well beat but off into Perigord the lot of them. So I chase with X who meets them and soundly beats them again. This begins a round-robin. While this is going on, there appears to be a scandal at the court which costs me a couple of prestige points. There's a joke in there somewhere but I'll be damned if I can find it. Instead I wait for Mr. X to get back to full strength and follow once more to Saintogne. I also invite Auvergne into the alliance and they gladly accept.
A new King?
Above you can see that a new King leads the English forces, Henry VI likely snuffed out by some scheming Beaufort, and he does about as well as any of the other commanders. Theres a Percy in there and surely a Neville. The English wisely decide to switch back to the Rose of York for their next loss,
Richard Plantagenet back in charge
The pesky English have snuck a few more passed Bureau who's moving along with a better pace in his siege (I'm at 50% by November.) The ping pong continues but I do not see any other action from the English. I finally remember to put my navy out in the south in the event they try a landing (which they did in the previous game.) All in all, it's a waiting game at this point. Round about now I get an interesting event:
Glory if I can help it.
It says something about a western Europe tech group which I assume is good. New event and what the MM team is about so I'm interested to see where it leads. As I do this game but we are just about out of space. I got the game back up and running with the new patch and just about to where I left off playing before. I pause the game at November 1st and save, leaving me with 64 ducats (same slider adjustments as before, about 0.32 inflation rise), -1 stability and 8,322 in my manpower pool. Gascogne is about half way there and Lyonnais is 75% in the bag. It's a good restart. I'll take it. The situation as we part:
A foiled invasion by the English...but pesky