Welcome everyone! A few words on this project.
Why? 1) I live nearby – the province to the south (which also was a Hanseatic town but can’t, and shouldn’t, be played as a country, whether Danzig should is also questionable) 2) I wanted to give credit to Helius’s elegant Hansa system in MMP (i somehow can't supress the feeling better when it comes to portraying real Hansa than its HttT incarnation) 3) It seems way more difficult than Lűbeck or Hamburg, let alone Bremen (with its nukes ) 4) I wanted to portray the SRI (the workings of HRE) in the MMP
A gameplay AAR; mod: MMP Xmass edition
(I somehow can’t get into HttT, played the demo and was put off by decisiveness of battles, and as for its many features I found only the new great CB mechanics really appealing and hmm… ‘finished’)
Start date: 24 Nov 1457
Why? Denmark is in PU with both Norway and Sweden so poses a threat to HRE and is actually strong enough to gobble Holstein and threaten Hansa. Austria is NOT in a PU with Hungary, making it a bit weaker and allowing Hungary for its own foreign affairs. TO is (like me) weak and Poland might have a go at taking it down (as otherwise it rarely does). I played from this year many a times and recommend it to anyone.
History vs the Game
The way Danzig is portrayed is far from historical. Generally, the 13 years war should be (Prussian/Polish(?) patriotic/nationalist(?)) rebels fighting TO together with Poland. But the game cannot handle this so Danzig momentarily from a Polish ally turns into Poland’s next target. Strangely, I don’t think the vassalship would solve the problem either as relationships between Poland and Royal Prussia, and especially Danzig, were much more complex (e.g. completely different sliders in game terms). Later in the 16th century, there was even a war or two (some call them mutinies) between Polish Kingdom and Danzingers. But for most of the time, and no doubt directly after the 13 year war, Danzig was loyal to Poland, and Poland protected the city and respected its privileges. I toyed with the idea of making Danzig a Polish vassal but decided against it as it would lead to a much more boring, though pbly more historical, game. Thus the aar will be a historical fantasy from its onset.
Cheating: I am going to do it.
Firstly, I’m planning to change a NI and hit the event finishing ‘reneging the past’ sequence so that I’ll only take the stab and prestige hits.
Secondly, at the very beginning I did a few restarts and at times reloaded when my merchants with over 60% compete chance didn’t make it or when Venice with ‘very likely’ refused the trade agreement.
Finally, I’m going to tab-intervene if AI countries start suicidal wars (also to stop Austria from the Balkans too early)
One more thing, I’d like to see more or less historical reformation and from my experience I usually see only minors and one or two majors convert. If need arises I might ‘help’ some countries adopt the new religion. My biggest gripe is England, which in my games tends to become Papal Controller and remains staunchly Catholic (no religious turmoil). Also Poland hardly ever has Protestant issues. If you people know how I can ensure strong Protestant movement without tab-intervention, please let me know.
Survival strategy: ideas/failed attempts
I tried to spam mercs in the 13 years war to get a prov from TO, but every time Poland peaced out early for a few ducats. So this was a big no no. I’m fully aware I need another province badly if I don’t want to be eaten alive, both Poland and TO have cores on my city and somehow Pommerania is also willing to rid me of it. Sweden and Denmark send me looks and they don’t seem to be Hansa’s best buddies anyway. I figure an island will be preferable as Poland and TO can be dealt with on the Baltic.
Out of Gotland and Ősel the latter seems an easier target (and a future drain on my economy -> it is a 1tax sparsely populated Estonian province producing wax). Yet it's a must-have as it has invaluable strategic value for me.
At first I dowed LIV immediately but somehow while the siege was going on the conflict ended in a white peace. It dawned on me that it was due to LIV breaking its vassalage with TO (and becoming a ‘new country’). So this time I waited till that moment and bang….
Comments and ideas are welcome, i've played only till the 1460s so far
Anyway, on with the show…