Stubborn

The theme of my gaming this weekend seems to be “Endurance”.

Europa Universalis 4:
I started a game the other night as Portugal, which starts with the territory of modern Portugal (Portugal, the Azores, and some other islands) as well as Ceuta, a single province in modern Morocco that was conquered by Portugal in 1415 and, in our timeline, became Spanish territory in 1668.
After starting this game recently (possibly Saturday morning?), Sunday night and early Monday morning I played as the Kingdom of Portugal from June 1, 1450 to July 1, 1480.
At one point, Burgundy attacked my ally England to seize Calais (in northern France), so I joined the war to aid my English ally.
To make a long story short, somehow about 20,000 Burgundian and Dutch soldiers appeared in Portugal (I don’t know how- possibly they marched through France and Spain), I tried attacking them and lost, and at some point made peace in exchange for a lot of money.

In 1455, Morocco declared war on me wanting Ceuta. Unfortunately my English and Castilian allies dishonored our alliance and did not join the war. I think England was still at war with Burgundy and Castile was at war with France. Anyway, the ensuing war lasted 22 years and resulted in 81,000 Portuguese casualties and about 60,000 Moroccan casualties. Highlights include Portugal winning victories at sea (I only lost 1 heavy ship and captured several transports) but being unable to win in Morocco- I’d occupy a province, or even a couple provinces, but then the numerically superior (and, at one point, technologically superior) Moroccan army would stomp my army, and it was very frustrating. After taking out a bunch of loans and debasing my currency (both of which earned me 62 ‘ducats’ each time, but with varying long-term effects), finally Morocco offered me a “white peace” where neither side gained or lost territory (despite me being at -60 war score). Before that peace offer, every peace offer they sent would have resulted in my ceding Ceuta and Algarve (southern Portugal), and I refused to cede Portuguese territory. I was willing to give up Ceuta if I absolutely had to (if nothing else, it would probably allow me to focus on the exploration and colonization game), but I didn’t want to give up any Portuguese territory just because Morocco had fabricated a claim on southern Portugal.

Portuguese victory was also aided by rebellions breaking out in Morocco- a peasant revolt and a pretender revolt. I supported the pretender rebels, and both rebellions occupied several provinces. Shortly after the Moroccan-Portuguese peace, there were notifications that Morocco had gone bankrupt and the rebels had broken the country. The pretender rebellion won, though the new Moroccan regime still hated my guts (despite my support after they had rebelled).

After the war, with the explorer I started with and continuing technological development, I’ve begun to explore off the coast of Africa and North America.

Mount and Blade: Warband

In my current game of Mount and Blade, I recently entered a mercenary contract with the Kingdom of Swadia, which is currently at war with all but one of the other kingdoms in the game. As a condition of my contract, I’m supposed to serve the Kingdom of Swadia for a month.

There have been a couple occasions where I meet a superior force and, by sacrificing a few men, am able to escape.

My proudest moment of this weekend was fighting a battle against a nominally equal foe- I had 42 soldiers against 37 (I believe they were Rhodoks). If I remember correctly, I lost 5 men and had several wounded while killing 32. Granted, I think I’m currently playing on an easier difficulty, but absurd odds like that are always enjoyable.

I haven’t been defeated and captured yet, though I’ve had a few defeats and, like I said, a few times where I’ve had to sacrifice a few men in order to escape.

Empire: Total War

This is the first time I’ve played Empire: Total War since July, if I remember correctly. In my last game I was playing a campaign as Sweden and had taken Moscow and was working on defeating Russia, Denmark, and Poland-Lithuania.

In the campaign I just started, I’m playing as the Ottoman Empire. I just defeated Georgia, making them a protectorate after defeating their army when they tried to break my siege of their capital, but I’m still at war with Venice (who has sunk most of my fleet), Russia (I’m not sure if I’ve actually faced them in battle yet), and Morocco.

I’ve defeated the Venetians in southern Greece, and I’m currently laying siege to the capital of their holdings in southern Greece. Unfortunately they have a more powerful fleet, and I’m not sure what I can do about that short of spending treasure and several turns building up an equivalent or more powerful fleet. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite got the hang of naval battles in Empire, but it’s particularly annoying when the enemy has a superior fleet and you don’t know what to do about it. Venice had 2 frigates (1 5th rate and 1 6th rate), several smaller ships (brigs and sloops, maybe), and a couple galleys, while I had 1 frigate (my admiral’s 5th-rate flagship), a galley, and 2 light galleys, for a grand total of 50 guns and about 250-300 men against Venice’s couple hundred guns and several hundred men. After losing my galleys in the Black Sea and retreating, I lost my flagship when Venice caught up with my admiral’s flagship and a sloop in the Aegean Sea.

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Saturday night’s all right?

I don’t know what to write, but I feel like I should write something.

The semester started the week before last, and the two classes I’m retaking this semester shouldn’t be too challenging. I’ve taken them before, I basically know what’s expected, and I know what my mistakes were last semester- I just have to get them done, and hopefully get good grades. We’ll see how that goes.

I’m working on the job search front, but no progress yet.  Continue reading

Fortunes for the Bold: Part 1

Current AAR project: Stellaris 1.9 with assorted mods
Here follows the state of the Vrinn Consortium at the beginning of the 2220 CE elections for Chairman, which resulted in the re-election of Chairwoman Vikal Taras (born 2165) to her second 20-year term.

The Vrinn Consortium

Ethoi: Pacifist Materialist Xenophile
Authority: Oligarchic
Government: Trade League
Civics: Corporate Dominion, Mining Guilds


Planets

Jara (Jenisha I): Vrinn homeworld and capital of the Consortium
Type: Tropical
Size: 18
Population: 12.2118 POPs (approximately 12 billion Vrinn)
Economy: +17 energy, +10 minerals, +3 unity, +2 Physics, +7 Society, +6 Engineering,
+2 food per month
Industries: Agriculture, finance, light and heavy industry, research and development, education, energy, culture

Malh Toledurk (Rijin III)
Type: Tropical
Size: 23
Capital: Enterprise
Colonized: 2206.6.13-2208.7.1
Population: 3.6925 POPs (approximately 615,500 Vrinn)
Economy: -0.4 energy, +2 unity, +2 food per month
Industries: Agriculture, culture and tourism

Vi Talas (Bisanavi II)
Type: Ocean
Size: 25
Capital: Vikal’s Landing
Colonized: 2210.3.16
Population: 2.9601 POPs (approximately 194,000 Vrinn)
Economy: +0.6 energy, 1 food per month
Industries: Agriculture

Valk Goram (Bivham II)
Type: Desert
Size: 22
Capital: Endeavor
Colonized: 2217.12.22 – 2219.8.1
Population: 1.1242 POPs (approximately 15,000 Vrinn)
Economy: 1 energy and -1 food per month
Industries: None of significance

Beginnings and Endings

I hadn’t realized it had been more than six months since I wrote here, but somehow that’s not a surprise. I know I had forgotten I had this blog until recently- and I don’t even remember what reminded me. I think it was visiting some site that used WordPress.

Anyway, the big story in my personal life of the last month is breaking up with the girl that I had been in a relationship with for two years. While I’ve been wanting to write about it (particularly since we have sort of started communicating again), I also am leery of writing too much here. Among other reasons, it’s weird imagining her reading anything I write here (though I don’t think I ever told her I had a blog), to say nothing of her current boyfriend, her family, or Internet archaeologists of the future. Haha. Anyway, to abbreviate a long story, she had started talking about wanting an engagement ring and a wedding proposal soon, and I didn’t want to propose to her. After several weeks of arguing about it and her departure for the winter break, she gave me the ultimatum of either proposing or breaking up. I didn’t want to propose, so we broke up. We maintained sporadic contact (mostly initiated by her) for about the next week and a half, and at some point I apparently made her think I had changed my mind. Once I told her that I hadn’t, she said she didn’t want to talk to me unless I had changed my mind or unless it was about getting her stuff back. Aside from a few text messages, some of which I’m sure were intended to make me jealous or otherwise upset, we had stopped talking, which has been its own adjustment. I can write more about that later.

Unfortunately, the spring semester began Tuesday. On the bright side, I only have one class Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this good news is somewhat marred by the fact this class is at 9:30 AM (not good news for this night owl, especially on nights I work until midnight) and the fact that Mondays and Wednesdays this semester I have three classes spaced out between 11:15 AM and 6:45 PM. Of course, since the semester just started, I haven’t had any serious assignments yet, but I’m not looking forward to having assignments and projects due.

In other news, I’ve been playing a lot of Stellaris lately (and this was particularly true before this week). I decided to start working on another AAR, this time based on playing as a Trade League (ethoi: Pacifist Xenophile Materialist) after playing a brief game because I had never tried the Corporate Dominion civic. At the moment I’ve been having mild “writer’s block” not quite knowing how I want to start it. I have decided I want this to be sort of a history, rather than the narrative story based on another Stellaris game that I played last summer. With that in mind, I’ve decided I want to start with a sort of prologue of the first ruler’s term covering the first twenty years of the game. Right now I think I’ve decided on listing the achievements of the first term (information about planets colonized, technologies researched, economic growth, diplomacy, etc.) before I start writing the history proper. Of course, before I write that history, I’ll also have to play past 2220, and decide whether I want to go with the random election, or burn most of my current Influence reserve and keep my current ruler for another twenty years. Decisions, decisions.

Well, I’m overdue to go to bed, so that’s all for now. I’ll try to write more here later- if nothing else, writing a blog post might make me feel more accomplished than some of the alternatives.

So long (in various senses)

Once again, the time has come for me to write here. I hadn’t realized until I logged in and read my notifications that my last post was nearly a month ago- I guess I forgot.

Near the end of last month I realized that my summer was about half over, which was somewhat sad, and I have about a month and a week until my fall semester begins August 21, so that doesn’t help. Unfortunately, my computer has not been working for roughly the past two weeks, so my plans to play many hours of Stellaris have hit a roadblock and I’ve been badly suffering from withdrawal. Well, not really. Unfortunately, my most recent game of Stellaris (featuring my custom empire of theocratic xenophobic militaristic Space-Elves, and the story I had/have been planning based on the game) has suffered; I hope that I won’t have to completely reboot, but it’s possible that I may have to format the hard drive that all of my personal files were installed on, and I may end up losing some things. Continue reading

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part VII

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton


VII: Blood
February 2689 – February 2691

Duke Lyman and Duchess Diana’s daughter Pastoria had always been a sickly child, and on Februray 24, 2689 she died after an especially prolonged illness at the age of one year and six months. Duke Lyman’s eldest sister Fairuza resumed her previous place as Duke Lyman’s heir.

The death of Duke Lyman’s daughter reinforced the urgency of securing the succession. An infant daughter would have made a poor enough heir, but due to Duchess Diana’s status as a traitor who made war against the Iowan crown, and the separation that had resulted due to her exile, Duke Truman had decided to seek a divorce from the Pope and purchased indulgences in July and August 2688. Shortly after the death of his daughter Pastoria, Duke Lyman purchased more indulgences in late February and March 2689 before petitioning His Holiness the Pope for a divorce, which was quickly granted in April on grounds of consanguinity. Some scholars of canon law had objected to the match in the first place on the same grounds, as the former Countess of Icaria’s mother Pastoria and Duke Lyman’s mother Fairuza were sisters, making Duke Lyman and the former Duchess Diana first cousins, and therefore too closely related according to some.

In March 2689 some 1600 Northmen from Michigan raided the country near Dubuque, and after his divorce and some searching Duke Lyman arranged to be betrothed to Juniper, the 13-year-old daughter of Duke Napoleon of Little Egypt. Duke Napoleon was also fighting alongside Duke Keifer of Illinois. Duke Lyman and Juniper were betrothed by proxy in May 2689.

In May some 4000 Iowans defeated the Northmen raiding near Dubuque, and in August about 200 Northmen were sighted raiding near Decorah, along the Iowan border with the Northmen of Saint Anthony.

In July 2689, a Indianapolitan army of some 4500 men began to besiege Champaign. The training grounds near Maryville were completed in September, and by Christmas the Illinois army under Duke Keifer’s relative Count Kasimir of Peoria was laying siege to Purdue. In September of that year, the wife of Duke Lyman of Iowa (Duke Lyman of Chariton’s grandfather) had a son, who was named Lyman.

King Ned of Platte died at the age of 72 years on December 7 2689 and was succeeded as King of Platte by his eldest son Ned, whose coronation was held in Omaha on Christmas Day, 2689. By virtue of her husband’s accession to the throne, Duke Lyman’s sister Fairuza became Queen of Platte.

In February 2690, Duke Lyman’s friend Paul was married to Claudette, a natural daughter of the Abbot of Crowley in Arkansas.

Purdue fell to the Illinois army  by early March 2690, and in late May an army of 2200 Badgerlings crossed the Mississippi River from Galena and began raiding near Davenport. The 4000 Iowans encamped near Dubuque marched south and met the heathens in late June, putting them to flight at a cost of about 500 Iowan dead and wounded and about 1000 dead Badgerlings.

After having spent several months bedridden and comatose, Duke Truman’s grandfather Duke Lyman of Iowa died in June 2690 at the age of 68 years. He was succeeded as Duke of Iowa by his infant son Lyman.

By July Champaign had fallen to the Indianapolitan army and the Illinois army under Count Kasimir of Peoria, after taking Purdue, had moved on to besiege Kenapocomoco.

King Franklin of Iowa celebrated Christmas with Duke Keifer of Illinois in Decatur, as King Franklin finally saw fit to cross the Mississippi River and directly join the war against the Atomicists of Indianapolis. In December 2690, the Indianapolitan army had marched to re-take Purdue after accepting the surrender of Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet and the fall of Kenapocomoco to Count Kasimir’s army.

On January 22 2691, Duke Lyman’s sister Evanora, the wife of Duke Roquat of Driftless, gave birth to a son, who was named Poynter after his father’s father, the first Duke of Driftless. The Duchess Evanora had never been strong, and after giving birth she spent much of her time in bed, trying to recover.

In early February 2691, Duke Lyman began to spend less time at King Franklin’s court in Des Moines and more time in his own lands.