The man ... the legend ... the one and only IL DUCE!!!
It is time to finish (er... restart?) what I started quite a few months back before I lost my save when I upgraded to HPP 2.0.4. It is time to explore that path of taking on Italy in the HPP mod.
Italy is an interesting country to play with, but the HPP mod takes it to a whole new level. Italy's IC is greatly lessened (you start at ~82 IC). In addition, most countries in the Balkans (and otherwise) have their independence guaranteed by someone or another, so it is not possible for Italy to go on a warring rampage through the Balkans and beyond in 1938 before World War II breaks out. The British will not sit back and watch while Italy seizes the Balkans (as they likely wouldn't have in real life, either).
Anyways, off we go! I have quite a bit of free time while I am on my Spring Break, so I should be able to easily handle this along with my ongoing AARs with Germany and the United Kingdom (HOI3 is the only strategy game that I really play on a consistent basis).
I will be playing on medium difficulty and will start from the 1936 scenario (though it is not as if you have a choice with HPP)