After playing a few games of EU, I decided that I was going to tackle the BIG one, the GCG. Choosing a country was not easy. I am allergic to England (The Conquered Syndrome I imagine...), too sympathetic to France, Spain too hot, Sweden too cold, Poland too surrounded, Austria? I hate heights. Turkey? I prefer red meat. So I went for Russia. I Chose the Hard/Aggressive mode, prayed and launched the game....
First impression? Well to me Russia seemed much bigger. A few provinces, 122 000 inhabitants and about the same population of soldiers. 8D per month income and technologically we are mastering the bucket - with handles.
The court of the Duke(Tzar)is full of bearded men... and women. It is a balmy minus a million in the frozen streets of Moscow and just a little warmer inside the hut, er castle of the bearded Tzar. As newly appointed counsellor to the Tzar I have a few minutes to explain to him my policies to bring about greatness and riches to Russia (and him of course).
It seems that the the only way out of the Dark Ages for this country-wannabe is to attack, and fast. Somehow there is a great army out there with even more cavalry that I could dream of. So here we go. Kazan, the Hordes and Astrakan in that order. All before 1500. I need to build an alliance west to keep Poland busy too.
Pskov is my first target for a gift. 100D. They seem to enjoy the idea of mutual friendship and climb to +46. No money left. I start to move my armies east in preparation for the great offensive against Kazan. Striga Obolenski seems like a good leader and I am happy to see him there, we will sure need him!
A good look at the armies tell me that it will not be an easy fight. We still are in the early stages of middle-aged warfare and the infantry does not look too eager to fight! I hope that Kazan does not have a big army or I am doomed.
The Czar is still eagerly eating in Moscow waiting for news.
Spain (I long for that warm breaze of Seville now!!) has annexed Grenada. The Czar barely burped his interest at the news. The gathered herd of bearded nobles all mumbled "Da" with great shakes of shaggy-haired heads.
I can't wait for our infrastructure to go up enough for us to invent barbers...
Still waiting for a diplomat. I put up a poster last winter asking for volunteers to go deliver a message to Kazan but I still wait for the pleasure of the first interview. Bearded maybe but smart are those nobles! Meanwhile a Danish official bravely made his way to court today and asked to see if we could maybe possibely spare a Duchess or a Marquise to wed a close cousin to the King of Danemark. The Czar was terribely exited by the news and even lifted his head off his plate, but not the beard wich seemed glued there, permanently. The assembled hprde of nobles cudling in a bunch near the fire grunted "Da's" and seemed almost as enthousiastic. I ran all over the palace for a decent looking clean and unbearded princess and with good fortune found one. She seemed very happy to leave and actually was last seen in the streets of the capital pushing and shoving the envoy up is horse and off they went. So moving. My dream of creating a western block was, granted in a very small way, starting to become reality.
An other embassy, this time from Bohemia forces the construction of a guest house at great expense and the shipping of our second clean princess to the west. The Czar even took time to ask where in hell was Bohemia. Such knowledge in table maners ripped a great sigh from the assembled nobility, now without their coiffe, but still bearded, assembled now by the open window.
War. Finally a mad monk decided to bring the letter to the kazan savages and the army follows a few days later. A siege force of 13i is send to Ryazan and Lipetz while Striga follows a few days later with 6i and 42c. The Kazan main army of 42k is heaaing for Bodabo and his 36i 7c.
Victory!!! At Vladimir today Bodabo wipes out 25k of the ennemy while losing but 3i 1c himself. He might have looked Cro-Magnonish in the corner of the palace but he is solid as a rock out there! He pursues the enemy to Kazan.
At Lipetz our siege force was beaten by 10c and retreats to moscow. A few days later Striga catches the enemy and wipes him out to a man.
All our forces save the siege armies move back to Russia to wait out the winter. A few assaults gives a lot of casualties but for little gain.
Where are my canons? The only way russian can siege is by building wooden trebuchets and towers. It seems that these sieges will last forever...
New Year. Or is it. It is neew year on christmas day in germany, in october here, on easter in Italy, on march 1st in France and on January 1st on my watch (well hidden of course). The only good thing is all the parties the various embassy throw!
Income is still low, my armies are dying in the fields of Kazan and the cities are witholding the sieges with alarming ease!!
On the 19th we offer another princess (the word is getting out that there are un-bearded men out west and it is really shaking the princess-world) this time to our friends from Pskov. They accept and we throw yet another wild party, all the while thinking with envy at our troops warmly sieging the enemy out east!
Oups tim flies! gottago, the rest will follow soon!