After several years I've decided to start a new AAR. I am starting as the County of Holland in 1399 and will be aiming to become the Netherlands. I will be aiming for a more-or-less historical/in-character playstyle, so no WC and no exploits. There are no lucky nations and discovery spread for both land and sea provinces is 100 years, otherwise all settings are normal. It took me a few restarts to work out the optimal strategy to ensure that Burgundy doesn't kick my ass in the first 5 years, but other than that there's no reloading.
I am playing with HTTT 4.1b and will be using any new patches that appear.