This is my first attempt at writing a report based on my EU3 gameplay. I figured I'd write one because 1.) EU3 is an aweomse game and 2). To show people viewing this thread a bit of what EU3 is like. I still consider myself fairly new to EU3 so looking through the reports I'm sure veterans can find places were I could have made more optimal decisions but trial and error is half the fun.
This is only my 4th game of EU3. My first I played on Very Easy and used liberal cheats. My second was on Very Easy and I used the money cheat once at the beginning. My 3rd game was on Very Easy using no cheats. This game I am moving on to Easy.
Game settings: All default except: Difficulty is Easy and Lucky Nations is off.
Let us EU3:
The State of the Teutonic Order was formed in 1224 during the Northern Crusades. In 1410 it lost the Battle of Grunwald against Poland & Lithuania, triggering it's decline. It finally ceased to be a state in 1525 and was succeeded by Ducal Prussia.
First the state of the world at the beginning of my game, October 14th 1399:
For people who have never played EU3 here is what the map of Europe looks like at the beginning of the game, the Teutonic Order is the gray country above Poland & Lithuania:
Here is a better look at the immediate area around the Teutonic Order:
Castille is the current Papal Controller and Bohemia is the Holy Roman Emperor:
Since the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) will probably be mentioned quite a bit in this report and any following here is a picture of the Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the game. Bohemia in light green is the current Emperor. Medium green the HRE Electors and dark green is the rest of the Empire:
To my south are my biggest rivals, Poland & Lithuania. Better yet they are allied and in a Personal Union. Poland is the top in the relationship.
The game starts off paused to enable you to familiarize yourself with your country and also to make you opening moves.
The Teutonic Order starts as a member of the Hanseatic Trade league. I notice have no Casus Belli (CB) against any other nations. That will not do. The Teutonic Order is a theocracy and its leader is Hochmeister Konrad von Jungingen. I've only played monarchies up to this point and Hochmeister is definately more awesome than King.
I check to see what advisors are available and the only one of note is a 4-star Army Organizer (+24% Land Forcelimits) so I hire him. A note on advisors. You start only being able to hire those who were born in your country. Sometimes you will start with a dozen options and sometimes you start with zero. After 1 year any advisor not hired by their own nation will go into the general advisors pool. So be sure to pause the game at October 15th, 1400 and check to see what advisors just became available.
The Teutonic Order starts with an army of 4000 men and a fleet of 17 ships. Checking my support limit I see my Land limit is 16 and my Naval limit is 18. 4k just isn't enough men for the warmongering I have in mind so I immediately start raising another 5000. Seeing a 20,000 strong Lithuanian army right across the border certainly motivates me as well.
Now it is time to make my opening moves.
The first mission I am given is too make Mazovia my bitch
vassal. Yay a CB against someone! Mazovia is a one province minor (OPM) located directly to my south. And since in every game I have ever played the AI Teutonic Order always declares war on Pzkov (another OPM) I say what the hell and declare war on it as well. Since I don't have a CB against Pzkov I have to take a -2 stability hit.
I notice I have a General available right from the start so I put General Ulrich von Jungingen in charge of my 4k strong army and begin to march it south towards Mazovia.
That's it for my opening moves and it's finally time to unpause the game.
This is usually the point in the game where if you were a monarchy you would be fielding Royal Marriage offers and spending your extra diplomats trying to marry off your (most likely) fat, (most likely) ugly, (most likely) inbred daughters into other royal families.
As usual the insults start flying as countries try to lower their standing with their future victims. Sweden seems to particularly hate Denmark. Also as usual the opening round of wars flare up as all the bullies try to make some OPM their bitch before anyone has any alliances:
Burgundy vs. Brabant
Tver vs. Yaroslavl
Novgorod vs. Yaroslavl (lol Yaroslavl)
Papal State vs. Urbino
Naples vs. Epirus
Aragon vs. Navarra
Castille vs. Granada (seriously Granada must be a mortal lock to get annexed in every single game)
The only wars even vaguely interesting are:
Austria vs. Milan
France vs. England (France taking a break from curbstomping OPMs at game start)
The Pope (controlled by Castille) is feeling frisky and immediately calls a Crusade against Morocco.
Savoy sends me an Alliance Offer but I tell them to **** off since I have no desire to get involved with France anytime soon.
Pskov says hello by marching their 1000 man army into one of my provinces and sieging it. Hochmeister Konrad just waves merrily at them while my other 5k army continues recruiting.
Sweden continues to insult Denmark. Then my other 5k troops are ready and I send them off to greet Pskov.
Now since my province of Gotland (the island in the middle of the Baltic sea) has both Sweden & Denmark cores on it (giving them both a Reconquest CB against me) I decide to offer Sweden Military Access to my country (You get a -5 stability hit for declaring war against a country you have Military Access to). They accept.
I offer the same to Denmark but they don't accept. Whatever Denmark, I hope Sweden skull****s you.
My 5k army somehow defeats Pzkov's 1000 men and continues on to siege Pzkov itself. At the same time my siege of Mazovia is complete and they graciously accept vassalage in return for not raping them further.
My mission complete, the angels sing and pass on another message from God. God must love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Or maybe God has it in for me since Pommerania is part of the Holy Roman Empire.
My army has just got back from Mazovia when General Ulrich promptly decides to die. Well done sir.
At about this time I notice my province of Samogita is a comprised of heathen Animists. Since my nation is a loving Catholic nation this just won't do, so I send a missionary to convert the dirt worshippers. /swidgen
I check in with Europe and see how the Austria-Milan war is going. Apparently the Austrians didn't think through the consequences of going to war with a fellow HRE member. The Emperor (Bohemia) decided to get involved and in the east Hungary decided Austria had a pretty mouth and wanted in on the action.
My conversion of Samogita is successful! 2000 rebels decide to throw me a thank you party.
Hungary offers me an alliance. Since I'll need an ally to help me with Poland and Lithuania I accept. No sooner is that alliance sealed when Naples sends me an Alliance Offer as well. My conquest of Mazovia must have impressed them. I notice that Hungary & Naples are also allied to each other. The powerful Teutonic-Hungarian-Neopolitan Ice Cream Alliance is formed.
Allies in teal, Vassal in light green, Pskov still won't recognize my supremacy.
Austria loses it's war and is forced to release Tirol as an independent nation.
Pzkov comes to it's senses and since I don't want to take 8 Infamy to annex it I make it a vassal as well.
A power play in the Curia makes Poland the new Papal Controller. Great.
Some of the other wars are beginning to come to an end. Castille annexes Granada. Burgundy vassalizes Holland.
Power play in the Curia. Bohemia is now Papal Controller. Yeah as Emperor they weren't powerful enough. A black day for the Church indeed.
After already losing to Milan, Bohemia, and Hungary, Austria tries to go for a record of some kind and also loses a war against Aquileia.
Lithuania's eastern border is getting engulfed by the Golden Horde.
Muscowy offers an alliance, which I accept. Lithuania is now surrounded by myself, Hungary & Muscowy.
It is time to strike!