- Jun 24, 2004
The Glory and Nobility of the Kaisers of Prussia
The Glory and Nobility of the Kaisers of Prussia
The first two AARs listed are narrative stories, though Fire Warms is mixed with historybook sections. Fire Warms was also found worthy of the Gold VictAARian Cross, and it's my magnum opus on Paradox.
Fire Warms the Northern Lands -- A Prussian AAR
An alternate history where Prussia follows the road less traveled, and it's an interesting journey, to be sure! Konig Friedrich Wilhelm IV never reigned, giving Konig Wilhelm I a longer reign, and it goes from there. Watch the Prussian/German Empire materialize over a 100-year period (1836-1936).
VictAARian Cross Award for best completed Vicky AAR in the 1st half of 2006!
Fire Warms the Northern Lands also voted AARLand Choice Favorite Vicky AAR: 2005 Q3, 2005 Q4, 2006 Q1, 2006 Q2
If you're not sure where to start with an AAR as massive as Fire Warms, I have an index of about 200 key updates that show the general storyline.
Castles in the Sky (or The Wild, Wild West) - A Colorado AAR
Alexander Hamilton survives his famous duel with Aaron Burr, and... what's a former Founding Father to do??? A tale of adventure, intrigue and treason in the early United States, based on a series of true historical events!
Castles In the Sky also voted AARLand Choice Favorite Vicky AAR: 2007 Q1
Serenity - A V2 v1.3 Isolationist Japan AAR
Role-playing Japan as a country that starts the 19th Century not wanting to modernize, and mostly just wanting to be left alone. That... doesn't work out so well.
Kriegsgefahr (Impending War)
Kriegsgefahr is an experiment to see whether the SF/HPP mod might allow Germany to remain at peace through the whole period of the game. It's turned into two parts -- the first a complete game through 1948, the second I went back to an earlier savegame and sparked a war between Germany and the USSR while the Allies stood by to watch. Doubly interesting! (Ongoing, but on hiatus - last updated in May 2012 - to be continued soon)
Kriegsgefahr also voted AARLand Choice Favorite HOI3 Gameplay AAR: 2011 Q2 & 2011 Q4
Locarno is another attempt to find the limits of the HPP mod, this time by taking a historically plausible branch from our history where Mussolini's Italy stands up against Hitler's Germany in accordance with the Locarno Treaties. (Ongoing, but on hiatus to be updated soon)
I Am Siam
I Am Siam is an attempt to become a civilized regional power with Siam, a medium-strong uncivilized nation in Asia (Thailand). Like many of my other recent AARs (all that I've written since I began writing strategy guides for Paradox), this is meant as an instructional AAR focused on the finer points of strategy -- sort of an extension of the Strategy Guide. It is mostly gameplay, with lots of screenshots. Ideally, by the end, it will demonstrate how to operate a country as an unciv, a civilized nobody, a secondary power, and eventually a great power! (Complete)
I Am Siam earned a Silver VictAARian Cross (tied) for best completed AAR in 2011, and was voted AARLand Choice Favorite V2 Gameplay AAR: 2011 Q1, Q2 & Q4
An attempt to survive as Axis Portugal. It's a very popular AAR (one of the most popular in HOI 3), and is as helpful as a teaching tool on how to survive HOI 3 as a mid-size minor as it is an entertaining AAR. It is mostly gameplay, with lots of screenshots, but also contains a sprinkling of fictional drama, following the crew of a Portuguese FW-200 Condor naval bomber! (Several updates Jan-Feb 2013)
Império Novo voted AARLand Choice Favorite HOI3 Gameplay AAR: 2009 Q3
Sforza!!! - A Milan AAR (ongoing from 1670's)
There's a new Sforza (force) in the Mediterranean! The small but rich trading country of Milan spreads its wings, builds its fortunes, and fends off jealous neighbors, growing into a worldwide superpower... (Several updates in January 2013)
Sforza!!! also voted AARLand Choice Favorite EU3 Gameplay AAR: 2007 Q1 & Q4
The Die is Cast - Caesar's Civil War (705 AUC)
Julius Caesar has just cast his lot against the Roman Senate -- he's outnumbered, poorly funded, and desperate! But he does have the support of several loyal legions, and some of the greatest military minds of what might soon cease to be known as the Roman Republic. How will he fare? (Ongoing but on hiatus - last updated May 2012)
The Die Is Cast also voted AARLand Choice Favorite EU Rome Gameplay AAR (tied w/Jaspume's Colchis): 2008 Q2
A Long Time Ago... (short but complete)
An ambitious Argentine dictator tries on the confines of South America for size, and gets more than he bargained for! As far as I know, this is the only Argentine AAR for HOI 1.
Bouna tez Petros (Mountains of Stone) - A Beta AAR for Rome CE Owners (brief but complete)
Egypt's Greek rulers begin the year already at war with the more powerful Greek rulers who rule Syria, Babylon and Asia Minor. Egypt is hardly in any shape to compete, and yet... Can careful strategy and good fortune allow Egypt to not only survive, but to succeed?
The Babylon Project (abandoned)
This is a Galactic Civ AAR using the Babylon 5 Mod. I'm playing Ambassador G'Taleph, the Narn Ambassador. And, yes -- we do hate the Centauri for what they did to our planet and people!
Af Khan i Stan - The Insular Khanate (abandoned)
One man stands atop the windswept mount, steadfast for his native tribe and land... Will the red- or green-coated barbarians defeat the civilized tribes, or will Afghanistan survive???
The following are contributions to the most excellent Guess the Author competition (actually a writers' forum which can very much help an author improve in his craft!). Anonymous authors submit their work on a preselected theme, and then receive constructive criticism for their work. You also get to try to guess who wrote each passage. The challenge of writing fiction according to an assignment is a worthwhile exercise! You should go try it out!
Guess the Author Entry: A Discovery (Austrians in Texas)
This one is my favorite! Based on an experience I had in Texas, it's a humorous mindbender of a tale...
Guess the Author Entry: Treason (A Defection...)
This scene is based on a true story, as I imagine it might have happened...
Guess the Author Entry: A Mad Ruler (Emperor Morihito)
This is simply a wicked twist... Or, rather, the characters twist in an attempt to avoid what seems inevitable... Will they succeed in outthinking the Emperor? I hope it makes you sweat to read it!
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Strategy Guides Written by Ed Hanks for Paradox
Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne Strategy Guide – The original EU III Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide, updated with new information and revised to bring it current to the Heir to the Throne (HTTT) expansion as released (including the In Nomine and Napoleon’s Ambition expansions). Available from Lulu.com as a print-on-demand hardcopy, or in digital PDF format (for registered users only).
Europa Universalis: Rome Strategy Guide (in digital PDF format for registered users only). EU Rome Tactics Guide (for Collector's Edition owners only).
Hearts of Iron III Strategy Guide (in digital PDF format for registered users only).
Hearts of Iron III Strategy Guide Supplement – release day updates and new information that didn’t make it into the original Strategy Guide (in digital PDF format for registered users only).
Hearts of Iron III Update for v1.3 – updated information on how the v1.3 update patch changed things mentioned in the original Strategy Guide and Supplement (in digital PDF format for registered users only).
Victoria II Strategy Guide (in digital PDF format for registered users only).
Thank you, to anybody who cares to examine any of my writing! Please, feel free to leave comments, even if you've not read the whole work. Just mention, in your post, what you've just read, and I'd be happy to hear it!