One of the hardest aspects of any Paradox game for me has been deciding what date to start a new game, and whom to play. I created one of these utilities for CK2, and (after having played a total of 4 hours of EU3) decided to create one for EU3 as well.
What It Does
After loading up EU3Chooser (and telling it where your game is installed), you select a date to load into the utility. You can manually enter a date, choose one of the game's standard bookmarked dates, or randomly generate a date.
Once your date is entered, EU3Chooser will load up the relevant historical data, and create a database of playable countries available at that time. Push the "Pick a Country" button, and there you go. EU3Chooser will pick an appropriate country and display it to you.
You can also generate a in-game bookmark once you've selected a country, that will let you go directly to the date and country you've chosen.
You will need the .NET runtime for this utility. You can get it here:
Past that, just put the attached executable wherever you want, and run it.
Disclaimer and Compatibility
This is an initial version I put together in a matter of hours, using code I developed for the CK2 version. So far, it seems to work fine, but I anticipate issues. That said, the only damage this thing should not damage your game install.
I haven't tested this with any mods, but it should work with them as far as I know (assuming your mod data is in the same place as the "standard" EU3 data when you run this utility).
Hope you enjoy it. I intend to make future improvements if there is sufficient community enthusiasm (particularly filters and more info about the selected country). More than anything, I just wanted something like this for my own use, and didn't see a similar utility out there already.
- Attempt to fix parsing error some users are experiencing.
- More informative error message.