This is the long awaited sequel to A Descent Into Madness!
ADIM was a comedy/gameplay AAR based upon a random EU3 country switching game, the tortured confines of my own mind, and apparently channeling movies I'd never seen. If you haven't read ADIM, here's the cast of characters that are returning:
Chaos (when he speaks it is always in italics): Primary Elemental Life Form, or PELF, embodying the very essence of randomness and chance. Can take the shape of anything he wishes, but most often possess other beings. Cannot manifest in his physical form or all who witness it go mad.
Order (when he speaks it is in boldface): Chaos's brother, also a PELF, embodies discipline and consistency. Looks exactly like Hugh Beaumont.
Death (his speech is underlined): The third of the brothers, embodies, well death. Has a number of LELFs (Lesser Elemental Life Forms) working for him. Looks exactly like Vincent Price.
"Rob", or the former RoboCommentator 6000 and RoboBartender 1000: Robot who bears a distinct distaste for all humanity.
The actual game will work like this: I will take turns playing a new country every five years (possibly ten; I have to see how it'll work out). I will generate the country by using random.org to give me a province ID. Then, I will take that province's owner for the country. If a province is uncolonized or if I've already played the country, I'll generate a new number.
1. No gamey tactics.
2. No cheating.
3. No breaking the infamy limit.
4. No save/reload.
I'll have more information on how the actual AAR will work in the introductory post, which I'll try to get done this coming week.
How points are tabulated:
5 points for each month (defined as thirty days) that a country is a Great Power, unless it started as one.
1 point for each month a country is a Great Power if it started as one.
-40 points if #1 GP drops out of GP status.
-30 points if #2 GP drops out of GP status.
-20 points if #3 GP drops out of GP status.
-10 points if #4 GP drops out of GP status.
-5 points if #5-#8 GP drops out of GP status.
3 points for each month (30 days) a country is a Secondary Power, if it did not start as one.
6 points for each year a country is a Secondary Power if it started as one.
25 points for modernizing (only the last stage counts for this bonus).
5 points for each war goal successfully attained.
3 points for each new technology (this includes steps in modernization).
1 point for each new province gained.*
-1 point for each province lost.*
2 points for each country added to a Sphere of Influence.*
-2 points for each country removed from a Sphere of Influence.*
-5 points for each revolt.
-10 points for each successful revolt.
-20 points for bankruptcy.
-50 points for annexation.
-1 point for each .25 over the infamy limit*
1 point for each improvement of 10 points in total score*
-1 point for each decline of 10 points in total score*
*Tabulated at the end of the session.
For Chaos: P, Y, L, N, and F.
For Order: G, D, J, C, and Z.
EDIT: Playing with A House Divided, 2.31, from 1836 start. No mods.
EDIT: Added rules and letters to original post. 7/8