- Feb 21, 2012
Milan - An Adventure in Italian Politics
Well, I wasn't planning on starting an EUIV AAR this soon, since I'm having a hard time keeping my Welf epic going on a regular basis. And well not to mention the fact that this AAR is going to be based off of my very very first playthrough of EUIV that I just started today! So it may be a short and sweet AAR if I mess everything up to horribly, which could happen as ten years in Austria and Savoy are eyeing me a lot.
But with luck and not too many horrid mistakes, I will get the game off the ground and see where it takes me. It isn't my intention to paint the map or really anything, my one and only goal is to keep Milan's starting borders intact and unadulterated, if I see a chance to expand I will. Will also try to build the Duchy of Milan up into more of a regional economic power to better rival Venice, but since I'm not all that sure how that aspect of the game works well that may be harder to do than painting the map.
Also it should be noted that I will be starting on March 27, 1450, almost a good 6 years after the start date. Why such an odd and precise date in history? Because it is when a Mercenary Captain who wed a Duke's daughter, was handed the title of Duke, Duke Francesco Sforza of Milan.
And so this story will start two days prior, on the 25 of March, the day of the Annunciation, the day that the gates of Milan were swung open to allow the young Sforza to stride forth and take stock of the city that had tried to betray him.
****Now as far as how I will write this story, I will be mostly using Narrative style as it is currently on the latest Chapters of my other active and at times dormant AAR The Return of the Welfs which means there will probably be quite a bit of storytelling, and making my own little stories out of different events and decisions I make. Which will leave out a lot of the gameplay aspect of the AAR. SO, I should let it be known that if you are curious about certain decisions I make in game, or need any clarification on what my strategy was or what I was thinking feel free to ask.
With all that said this introduction has come to a close, and I hope to have the stage setting chapter up on here sometime in a few days. Along with my usual Table of Contents and Ruler Lists. *****
Hope you all enjoy!