With some trepidation, and quite possibly a large dose of fool-hardiness, I have decided to try my hand at an AAR, after a long break.
I last played EU3 in any "serious" effort back in vanilla, and though I got both NA and IN in their time, I barely played. Instead my gaming needs were fulfilled by MMOs (EVE Online, LOTRO, more recently Wizard101). Likewise for a good long while I have stayed away from Paradox and these fora, during which period I have met, proposed to, and married the woman who makes my soul sing; have started to shed that dreaded label of being monolingual; and otherwise generally been rather busy. But the pull of this place never quite left me, and when I say EU3 Chronicles on sale for a very good price, well, the tempatation was just too much.
So here we are, patch 5.1. Quite a lot up from where I remember. So, time to re-learn the ropes of this wonderful game.
I have chosen to play Milan as I think it offers interesting possibilities in terms of potential places to expand, and keeps open the possibility of colonisation. Plus, Italy, what's not to like?
I am playing vanilla, Normal/Normal, random lucky countries. IIRc the only other changes I made were to lengthen the spread of sea/land provinces to 100/200 years.
I intend to write this in a mixture of styles, likely depending on my fancy at the moment, though I imagine that gameplay/historybook will be the most common.
Generally I use this colour when making Gameplay notations otherwise my remarks are "in character", as it were.
Advice for gameplay is most gratefully received! I intend to try not to play ahead of the AAR (we'll see how long that lasts).
I apologise in advance for the fact the first update will have no screenshots, because I simply forgot to take them. See, this AAR is already off to a good start