Speed - A Castille (mini-?)AAR
Game will be played at maximum speed (which, with a Core i7, is relatively fast), pausing during a session isn't allowed.
Each session lasts for five minutes, with an alarm letting me know when time is up.
When a session starts, I immediately hit space and ram the + key to get to full speed ASAP.
When a session ends, I pause the game, save and take a screenshot. Potentially, I can also save a world map if the readAARs request.
I'm not allowed to click on anything other than the menu with save, quit etc. when the game is paused. I can, however, study whatever is currently on the screen as well as any screenshots I managed to grab during the session.
To make it extra masochistic, I'm not allowed to use an external keyboard or a mouse. Instead, I'm stuck with a pretty clumsy laptop touchpad and a keyboard with which you can't take a screenshot without using both hands.
Vanilla DW, all game settings normal.
As some people around AARland know, I'm currently on an extended and quite busy work trip. Fortunately, in this case more work has equaled more income, and I have a shiny new laptop to show for it - one that's quite a bit faster than my old computer. Unfortunately, playing EU III has become a bit frustrating as the fastest setting leaves absolutely no time to react to anything (if I, while paused, double tap space as fast as I can, the game actually advances two days) and the second fastest is too slow for most non-complex gameplay.
So being the sane person that I am, I decided to try and play at that speed without pausing at all and make an AAR out of it. It probably won't be a masterpiece in any sense and the presentation might be a bit heavier on text than I like (because of limited time to take screenshots) but I'd imagine it'll at least be good for some laughs.
I chose Castille because it's pretty strong and doesn't have a neighbor that typically declares war immediately. That said, I played one test game (mostly to see if the message settings I customized for the occasion limit the popup spam enough) and Aragon declared war, destroyed my army and was sieging five provinces before the two minute mark.
Let's just say that I fully expect to fail big time here, but here's hoping that I can get a bunch of updates posted before that happens!