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    Quote Originally Posted by lukew View Post
    Here's my German empire using the Death and Taxes mod. I set myself the task of becoming as powerful as possible without expanding too much outside of Europe. Here are the results.
    (P.S. My army is only 2.6 million men, it would be far bigger but I went full quality, so they all have 200% discipline, effectively giving me 5.2 million men)



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    What is your desktop resolution? 2560x1600?
    Also what is your monitor?

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    This is an update on my first game: Castille -> Spain. Again, no mods, no cheats (in fact, looking for achievements), easy difficulty and the rest is default config.

    I'm leading PU's with Sweden, Muscowy, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldavia and Wallachia, so I'll pretty much get rid of the inheritance system, since the rest should be annexed in a future when I form the HRE, so it will be time to switch to a republic, I guess. But not for now, as I'm bordering a lot of hordes (mmm, land for free, "me wantee") and people say that you can't inherit while at war with them... I'll give it a try now that my next objective is to lower my infamy.

    Europe, Africa and Asia:
    http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/989...spa1534980.jpg

    During the last 40 years, I focused on Holy Wars and waiting for the opportunities to force PU's claiming throne mainly or using spies in few situations with the last big independent european nations. I started "colonizing" the India for the achievement (I should have waited, since I think I have enough time to do a WC) and, just after I met the hordes in person, I offered them no chance to retreat, consuming any province bordering the empire and increasing the land size considerably.

    World map:
    http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/4...spa1534981.jpg

    World map with PU's & vassals:
    http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/7...spa1534982.jpg

    Current objectives: Set up a land connection with north Africa, finish off all of the hordes in case I couldn't inherit because of bordering them and, in summary, Holy War FTW below the infamy limit! Forming the HRE can wait (personally, I don't like the tag nor the color so I'll let it be as a low priority...).
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    This is an update on my first game: Castille -> Spain.
    You must have numerous rebellions every month, its hell to deal with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukew View Post
    Here's my German empire using the Death and Taxes mod. I set myself the task of becoming as powerful as possible without expanding too much outside of Europe. Here are the results.
    (P.S. My army is only 2.6 million men, it would be far bigger but I went full quality, so they all have 200% discipline, effectively giving me 5.2 million men)



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    Es ist... WUNDERSCHÖN!

  5. #6465
    My latest game as Castille -> Spain.





    After first buying EU3 seven or eight months ago, I've play about ten games in total, all on Easy difficulty. By this point I felt I was ready to wean myself off of that and kick it up to Hard, so for this I picked a powerful country, Castille, to let me get used to it.

    My goal here was pretty much to colonize historically and play a "conventional" Spain game, while keeping it interesting by having random lucky nations on. It seems a lot of people don't like to use lucky nations, but I for one like it because it sets up clearly-defined, stable powers and a less chaotic atmosphere.

    After completing the Reconquista I just went with the flow when I got the mission to take provinces in North Africa. I ended up force-vassalizing Morocco and taking one of their landlocked provinces solely because it had gold. One of the coastal provinces bordered Algiers so over the next century I exploited the Holy War CB to eat up Algiers and sell all the provinces to Morocco to make them more powerful. True, their troops eventually became relatively backwards later in the game, but they had a large enough military to give some strategic benefit.

    Boundary Disputes on Portugal led to me to slowly force them off the continent over the course of the game without many obstacles. Aragon was a much harder nut to crack though. After France's early collapse, the power vacuum to my north was filled by England, Burgundy, and Aragon. On the second map above, all my vassals you see in southern France were once part of Aragon, which by early-16th-century was a huge threat to me. For a while I was convinced they were "lucky." But wars with England and Burgundy broke them and I was able to take most of their provinces and force them to release southern French minors which I later diplo-vassalized. By this time I allied with Burgundy and England, and we were the three most powerful nations in the world. However, for most of the game I was pulling my hair out, unable to conquer Aragon due to a huge web of guarantees and alliances, often involving Burgundy and England themselves.

    By far the biggest power here was, as you can see, Austria. Needless to say, all of Siberia was theirs as soon as they reached the Black Sea. They've been HRE for the entire game and they managed to pass all but the last two reforms. They even attempted to Revoke the Privilegia but it failed, which kind of disappointed me because I was looking for a big boss-type threat. They were already immensely powerful but they were a sleeping giant. I never went to war with them because I knew they would have crushed me. They inherited Aragon in the late 1600s which enraged me and almost destroyed all hope of forming Spain, but I soon realized I could gain Barcelona by using spies to spawn stack after stack of patriot rebels which they were powerless to defeat, considering their mere 20-strong transport fleet.

    Predictably, I conquered the Inca and Central American natives as quickly as possible and proceeded to colonize in all directions. I wanted to finish the game with all of South America as my private continent, but I didn't quite make it. I ended up forcing several minors off the Brazilian coast, but I conceded to leave Britain and Austria alone. Britain, my reliable ally and almost evenly-matched power, was not a country worth warring with, and there was no way I was going to mess with the Austrian beast.

    As far as PUs go, I got a peaceful PU on a weak Sweden in midgame and subsequently forced a PU on Denmark which had colonized extensively in Canada. After inheriting both of them, I released Denmark as a vassal and sold them all of Sweden's former provinces, allowing them to form Scandinavia.

    Vijayanagar was a huge stable power stretching all the way from the Bay of Bengal to the Caucasus, until Austria pulverized them in the 1700s. Rather interestingly, in the late game, Ming actually offered me an alliance, which I accepted partly for the sheer novelty of it, and partly because, despite their backwards troops, they had the third largest army in the world at the time, at over 400,000. B-ut alas, almost immediately after I accepted, Ming fell under a personal union with a Hindu Khorasan that Austria had forced Vijayanagar to release earlier. So now I had the Confucian Chinese being ruled by a Hindu Persian king thousands of miles away. Not something you see every day.

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    How do you block other countries from colonizing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronn View Post
    You must have numerous rebellions every month, its hell to deal with them.
    Indeed, I'm getting revolts all the time. But I've got a lot of armies scattered where the hottest spots are located, so it is not very painful, hehe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcvalons View Post
    How do you block other countries from colonizing?
    You can steal their coastal provinces, or focus on trade tech to get the Quest for the New World first and then to naval so you increase your naval range. If you're quick to colonize the provinces they could reach before they have the tech for that... That's it
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    My Eastern Roman Empire in 1405.

    Pretty much secured my power, only threats are the Jalayirids and the Mamluks.

    I'll deal with the Hungarians after I secured Three of the Four Patriarchates.

    And I'll attempt to see how I'll deal with the Naples.
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    Gotland, 1675.
    Started by TO, made vassal Gotland with Theocracy, loaded as Gotland.

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    I wonder how people can colonize so fast. How many colonists you have per year? You take NI for them? You take provinces one by one or you just send 100 colonists in each in your range and just wait untill it will grow up? And if so, where you get so much money to maintain them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byzan View Post


    My Eastern Roman Empire in 1405.

    Pretty much secured my power, only threats are the Jalayirids and the Mamluks.

    I'll deal with the Hungarians after I secured Three of the Four Patriarchates.

    And I'll attempt to see how I'll deal with the Naples.
    How did you get so large in six years?
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    He probably started in 1356. That's possible in the Death and Taxes mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Gate View Post
    How did you get so large in six years?
    D&T has a scenario that starts in 1356 (or something like that), where the Byzantines start with more land. And they have great sliders, decisions, events and such things
    It seems I've developed a habit of posting halfway through writing. Chances are I'll edit it shortly thereafter

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProneOyster View Post
    D&T has a scenario that starts in 1356 (or something like that), where the Byzantines start with more land. And they have great sliders, decisions, events and such things
    Because as we all know: Byzantium was a superpower in 14th century

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uebergold View Post
    Because as we all know: Byzantium was a superpower in 14th century
    They aren't. I think they start with 5 provs, but you can make them one.

    Which is pretty much the whole point. It really helps that in the 1356 start the Ottomans are (obviously) nowhere near as strong as they are in the 1399 start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerbo View Post
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    Dark Continent, 1736.
    I'm not going to let this go unnoticed. I demand details! To post a Dark Continent game and tell us nothing about it is just flat out wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanOmer View Post
    What is your desktop resolution? 2560x1600?
    Also what is your monitor?
    27" iMac. And yes, 2560x1600.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruanek View Post
    Only 2.6 million men, lukew? That's bigger than some countries, man.
    I suppose so

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    Russia. Look at the year. :P

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    And the infamy. Nice job, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruanek View Post
    And the infamy. Nice job, though!
    I could wait 10 years to annex them diplomaticaly, but my aim was to form russia ASAP. I also got kazan, which i got by fighting GH atb. I got it cored, cause claim the steppes mission. Now novgorod got 11 base tax and more manpower... Muscowy missions are quite OP, but i also got lucky, as i got claims on our rivals, and got cores on smolensk, ryazan, tver and belozeero, so i could just dow novgorod, and tver at the same time with no stabhits, and in separate wars.

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