Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part IX

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton

A Crusader Kings II: After the End mod After-Action Report


Part IX: Wars in the North and South
November 2694 – January 2699

On May 19 2695 Mayor Isaac of Rock Port, who had spent 31 years as Mayor of Rock Port, died in his sleep at the age of 59. After a brief meeting of the city council, the leading citizens of Rock Port elected Isaac’s eldest son Everett to succeed him as Mayor of Rock Port.

In early October 2695, Duke Lyman noticed that his wife had developed an interest in romantic poetry, and sent her books of romantic poetry purchased in Des Moines, Rock Port, and Carrollton.

In late June 2696, there were sordid rumors that Muriel (a courtier of Duke Lyman’s) had been seen in the company of King Franklin.

In August 2696, Theodora Nodaway, the natural daughter of Spymaster Lavon’s wife Pamela, was betrothed to Asa, the heir to the Barony of Lincoln in the Kingdom of Platte.

In December 2696, Muriel gave birth to a son, who was named Morris. She claimed King Franklin was the father, and once the word reached Des Moines King Franklin acknowledged the child as his own. In the same month, Theodora Nodaway was married to Asa Lincoln.

In February 2697, rumor had it that the Rust Cultist Oligarch Grimhilt of Cuyahoga had stood firm and dealt a defeat to the the Ursuline Abbess-General, which prompted Abbess-General Bella Dompierre to make peace with Oligarch Grimhilt and call on her flock to adhere to the peace treaty and pray for guidance.

In early March 2697, Abbott Lee of Bethany requested permission to duel his rival, which Duke Lyman granted. On March 16, King Franklin summoned his vassals for war against Jarl Ollrod of Saint Anthony, declaring his intent to return Rochester and the surrounding lands to their rightful place as part of Iowa. While the armies mustered, Duke Lyman was charged with training troops near Des Moines.

In June, Micaiah, self-styled Governor of Missouri, died and was succeeded as Governor of Missouri by his 17-year-old son Micaiah, who claimed his father had originally come from Atchison, near the State of Missouri’s northern border with the Kingdom of Platte. A few days later, Duke Peter of the Quad Cities announced his interest in assuming the Iowan throne. Later the same month, 4100 Iowan men began to lay siege to Rochester.

On July 1 2697, Duke Lyman summoned his vassals for war against the State of Missouri, declaring his intent to press Count Napoleon of Thompson’s claim to the County of Saline. Duke Lyman’s 2200 men from Maryville and Kirksville, as well as Count Hannibal’s 200 men and Count Napoleon’s 200 men, were ordered to meet at Moberly.

In late July 2697, it was announced that Duke Lyman’s wife Juniper was pregnant.

In early August, Duke Lyman’s army of 2600 men united near Moberly. Duke Lyman’s friend Lavon was given overall command, with Count Napoleon of Thompson commanding the right flank and Theophile Lucerne in command of the left flank. Lavon was ordered to march on St. Joseph.

King Franklin’s first wife died in July after a period of illness, and King Franklin married Rosa Steinbach, a sister of Duke Keifer of Illinois, in late July or early August. Duke Keifer of Illinois accepted his brother-in-law’s call for aid and joined the war against the Jarl of St. Anthony in mid-August.

In late August, the Chariton army began to lay siege to Saint Joseph.

Rochester fell to the Iowan army by mid-October, and on October 18 Ana, wife of Duke Truman’s steward Phineas, gave birth to a daughter named Bertha.

On November 6, Duke Lyman’s steward Phineas was killed by a mob of angry peasants while trying to collect taxes. He was survived by his widow Ana and two daughters. Sheldon, who had previously served as Duke Truman’s steward and Duke Lyman’s steward in his minority, replaced Phineas as Steward. Sheldon’s son Paul, a friend of Duke Lyman, was appointed spymaster and Solomon, Sheldon’s youngest son, was appointed chancellor and sent to Rolla to improve relations with the Duke of Waxhaw.

In January 2698, Duke Lyman questioned his steward about some money that was missing from his treasury. After Sheldon’s confession, Duke Lyman ordered him to pay back the money he had stolen.

In February, King Franklin’s youngest brother Count Cole of Fort Dodge announced his interest in sitting on the Iowan throne. On February 23, 2698 Duke Lyman and Duchess Juniper’s first son Zerubbabel was born.

In late February, a heathen army of 4600 men from St. Anthony and Jarl Ollrod’s allies took Rock Rapids while King Franklin’s army was laying siege to Winona.

On June 11, after a siege of 9 months, St. Joseph surrendered to Duke Lyman’s army. Pinola, the mother of the Count of St. Joseph, and Fanny, an infant girl whose father was unknown, were taken into custody. Duke Lyman’s army marched south and began to lay siege to Platte City.

In early August, Duke Peter of the Quad Cities was captured by Jarl Ollrod of St. Anthony after the battle of Rochester, which saw 4200 Iowans face some 4500 Northlanders. Nearly 3300 Iowans were killed or wounded, while only some 400 Northmen were killed or wounded. In mid-August, Duke Lyman’s chancellor Solomon married Lily, a woman from the county of Hannibal.

On August 24, Platte City surrendered to Duke Lyman’s army, which began to march south to besiege Kansas City. Duke Lyman’s 2200 men began to besiege Kansas City on September 20.

On January 6, 2699, Kansas City surrendered to Duke Lyman’s army. Mayor Fitch of Kansas City had tutored Governor Micaiah Atchison of Missouri and served as the Secretary of State of Missouri, but was unable to personally surrender the city to Duke Lyman’s army due to his being in the field and commanding troops in the Missouri army, or so the delegation of prominent citizens that surrendered Kansas City informed Lavon and the other commanders of Duke Lyman’s army. After accepting their surrender, Lavon’s army marched east to besiege Marshall in the County of Saline, but after hearing that the Missouri army was laying siege to St. Joseph the Chariton army crossed the Missouri River near Carrollton and marched west to St. Joseph.

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part VIII

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton


VIII: New Wife, New King
August 2691 – October 2694

In August 2691 Duke Lyman of Chariton married Juniper Ramsays of Little Egypt.

In November of the same year, Duke Lyman began preparations for a great feast for his vassals. Due to his obligations in Des Moines, it was to take place there rather than in Maryville. Count Hannibal was dispatched to hunt boar and Duke Lyman spent lavishly on food and entertainments. Count Hannibal of Hannibal, Count Napoleon of Moberly, Abbot Lee of Bethany and Mayor Isaac of Rock Port were invited, and all replied that they meant to attend.

On December 28 2691, after a prolonged illness, Duke Lyman of Chariton’s sister Evanora Still, Duchess of Driftless, died in Dubuque at the age of 23 years. Her husband Duke Roquat of Driftless was commanding troops in Illinois when she died.

Count Hannibal and Mayor Isaac were each attacked by bandits near Des Moines on their way to the feast in February 2692, but otherwise the feast passed without incident.

In March the Atomicist Duke Grannuslav of Calumet attacked Duke Keifer of Illinois, claiming to be the rightful ruler of Kannakee. In early March, an Illinois army and a Calumet army, each of about 1000 men, fought near Kankakee while 3800 Indianapolitans began to retake Joliet and Chicago from Illinois and King Franklin’s army began laying siege to Champaign, which had been held by a small Indianapolitan garrison after its surrender.

In June, the Iowan and Indianapolitan armies met near Streator. In the Battle of Streator, 1700 Iowans under King Franklin met 3300 Indianapolitans, including Northlander mercenaries in the employ of the Duke of Indianapolis. Some 800 Iowans were killed or wounded, and about 200 Indianapolitans met the same fate. Later the same month, the Ursuline Abbess-General declared that any true Christian who took up the cross and fought the Rust Cultist Oligarch Grimhilt Stahlbleche of Cuyahoga, Upper Ohio, and Miami Valley would be absolved of their sins. The Oligarch Grimhilt ruled most of what was once called Ohio, on the eastern border of the Duchy of Indianapolis, and this news was mostly met with apathy in Iowa.

In August the court in Des Moines recieved news that Prince Franklin had been captured by Duke Ralston of Indianapolis after the Battle of Mount Zion, which saw 4500 men from Iowa and the Duchies of Illinois, Little Egypt, Great River, and Lead Belt defeated by some 3100 Indianapolitans and their mercenaries. About 2400 Catholics were killed and wounded, as were some 1200 Indianapolitans and their mercenaries.

In September, Duchess Juniper of Chariton was named High Almoner by her husband Duke Lyman.

Lavon, who had been a friend of Duke Truman’s and ably served both Duke Truman and his son Duke Lyman as a chancellor, regent, and spymaster in spite of his long-standing demonic possession and heretical Neo-Gnostic beliefs, was murdered on the orders of his wife Pamela on October 30, 2692. Paul, a son of Duke Truman’s old steward Sheldon, replaced him as Duke Truman’s spymaster and Melville Baltic replaced Milo Trenton as Duke Truman’s chancellor. Chancellor Melville was dispatched to improve relations with King Franklin.

In late March 2693, a group of soldiers in the service of Count Napoleon of Moberly set up camp in a field belonging to a farmer in Nodaway. The farmer claimed that their campfire spread and burnt all of his crops and, in early April, the farmer brought the matter before Duke Lyman’s court and demanded compensation. Duke Lyman paid the farmer from his own treasury.

In late December, a Consumerist merchant named Marius came to Duke Lyman’s court and requested permission to stay at court and carry out his trade in luxuries and rare artifacts. Duke Lyman granted him permission, on the condition that he answer a few questions about the political situation on the East Coast. A few days later the same merchant came to Duke Lyman requesting special privileges in the markets of Duke Lyman’s lands, which Duke Lyman granted for a period of 6 months.

In early 2694 the Indianapolitan duke made peace with the Duke of Illinois and the various Catholic rulers who had come to his aid. In late June, the Consumerist merchant Marius requested his trading privileges be renewed for another 6 months, which Duke Lyman agreed to. After less than two months, in August the Consumerist merchant left Maryville for Cincinnati.

On October 16, 2694 King Franklin Stonewall of Iowa died at the age of sixty-five years. He was succeeded as King of Iowa by his eldest son Franklin, who at the age of twenty-three became the third of that name to rule as King of Iowa. Prince Peter, Franklin Stonewall’s second son, inherited the Duchy of the Quad Cities, and Prince Cole inherited the County of Fort Dodge. The new king retained Duke Lyman of Chariton as Lord Marshal of Iowa.

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.

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part VI

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton


VI: Union and Separation
January 2686 – January 2689

In early January 2686 Ana, the daughter of Mayor Isaac of Rock Port, married Phineas, the only son of Duke Truman’s former marshal of the same name.

In January 2686, Duke Lyman invited Count Napoleon of Moberly, Count Hannibal of Hannibal, King Franklin Stonewall, Abbot Lee of Bethany, Mayor Isaac of Rock Port, Isaac’s son Everett, and a few courtiers from the counties of Kanesville and Icaria to a small feast. Everett, the Mayor of Rock Port’s son, was also married to Fairuza, a woman who had come to Duke Truman’s court.

Unfortunately, Abbot Lee and most of the courtiers that Duke Truman invited declined their invitation, but Glen (the guardian of Countess Diana of Icaria) and Mayor Isaac of Rock Port agreed to come to the feast.

Calvin Rodman, former Duke of the Quad Cities and Mayor of Sioux City, died in his bed at the age of 74 in late February 2686. Around this time Daffodil Graham, the 10-year-old illegitimate daughter of Lavon Graham, was betrothed to the 20-year-old Shadrach Maizeflower, the late Mayor’s grandson and, it was rumored, spymaster. The new Mayor of Sioux City was named Asa.

In late April Duke Poynter of Driftless was heard discussing ways to reduce King Franklin’s power over the nobility and Sheldon was replaced as Duke Lyman’s steward by Phineas, son of Duke Truman’s onetime Marshal and Spymaster.

At a feast in May, Duke Lyman befriended Count Hannibal of Hannibal, and around the same time King Franklin made Duke Lyman Lord Marshal of the Kingdom of Iowa.

In early June, Duke Lyman of Chariton married his cousin Countess Diana of Icaria. Continue reading

winding down

Once again, I haven’t written anything here for a while. This morning at 7 I registered for the spring 2016 semester, and after working until midnight last night and going to bed about 2:30 I set an alarm to go off a few minutes before 7 with the plan that I would wake up and be ready to register for classes, and then maybe do a few other things before going to my 11:15 business law class.

As planned, I woke up, rolled out of bed a few minutes before 7, and was ready a couple minutes before 7. This morning before going to bed I had picked out which sections I wanted to register for. My desired section of German 2 only had 4 seats available, and accounting 2 had a few more seats than that, but writing 1 (i.e., the class I tried taking last summer on campus and online last spring and the summer before that, never mind during my second semester of freshman year almost 6 years ago) and American History had, and have, a bunch of sections available because they’re required general education courses, so I picked out sections so I would be taking 2 classes every day of the week next semester (in contrast to this semester’s schedule of 1 class Monday/Wednesday/Friday and 3 classes back-to-back Tuesday/Thursday – not something I wish to repeat).

Anyway, I registered for classes, and then had to wait about 30 minutes before the university website was working so I could see that I had successfully registered. Continue reading

Current writing projects

As promised, I’ve decided to briefly write about my current writing projects. Unfortunately, being a full-time student and working part-time interferes with my productivity, though doing one or the other would probably be manageable. Of course, if I didn’t work I’d have to find some other way to pay my bills, and that might be an issue from a financial standpoint.

Crusader Kings 2: After the End mod

I’ve written here before about Crusader Kings 2 and the After the End mod, which takes the feudal mechanics and gameplay of Crusader Kings 2 from medieval Eurasia and North Africa and throws them into North and Central America and the Caribbean, starting in July 2666. At present, I have a couple projects related to this setting, as well as ideas for more.

The Americanists, who worship the Founding Fathers and other important figures from Old America (i.e., the United States before civilization as we know it ended about 600 years before the game starts [somewhere between 1945 and 2077]), have believers scattered around America, including near Mount Rushmore, in Texas, and are the predominant religion of Central Florida, Virginia, Maryland, south New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania.

The project I may have made the most progress on thus far (even if only in terms of game progress) is my as-yet unnamed game as Elias Waltney, who is Chief of the Mouse in central Florida when the game starts, and (soon) his successors. I have yet to actually start writing the “history”, but in-game Elias Waltney is in his mid-60s, and so probably within a few years of passing away.

The other After the End project I’ve been working on lately is a game as the ruler of Springfield, Missouri. This is, admittedly, primarily because I’ve lived here for a couple years, and I’ve already played a game as the ruler of where I’m originally from (a few versions ago, I admit, but that game is the Chariton game I post about here on occasion). A slight difference from “the Florida game”, as I’ve referred to it, is that I’m trying to write this as a narrative, from the perspective of various characters, as opposed to a more historical and scholarly perspective.

Europa Universalis IV: Super States mod

I don’t have many projects currently going for this game and mod. My current project is as California, which (as of the 1460s) has annexed Baja California and quashed a Baja Californian rebellion, in addition to various other entertaining oddities such as Washington conquering Oregon, New York conquering Vermont and northern New Jersey and northern Pennsylvania, and Minnesota losing land to Iowa, Manitoba, and South Dakota. I’m not sure if I’ve firmly decided on an end for this one, but I think, and have thought, that a history of North America between 1444 (when the game starts, shortly after the American, Mexican, and Australian states and Canadian provinces found themselves thrown back in time) and European contact (1494? probably the 1490s, anyway, assuming a roughly historical timeline).

As with the After the End mod for Crusader Kings 2, ideas here are fairly easy to come by. I’m a Missouri native, so I think playing Missouri at some point would be interesting, though unfortunately in-game Missouri is rather boring and only produces Grain (while California, for example, produces Wine, Naval Stores, Grain, and possibly a few other goods). My current idea is that I might try Missouri in either the next version of the mod or after I’ve made some significant headway on California – maybe after a halfway point is reached or something.

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part V

(I sort of forgot about this, honestly.)

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton


V: The Regency
July 2680 – January 2686

In December 2680 Pamela, the wife of Regent Lavon of Chariton, gave birth to a girl, who was named Theodora. When pressed, Pamela claimed that the girl’s father was Count Zedkiah of Prairie Rapids, but he did not acknowledge the girl as his child.

In February 2681 the seat of the Queen of Lakotah fell to an Iowan army. Queen Lacotawin evaded capture, but Iowan armies were laying siege to her lands.

On May 1 2681, Duke Lyman gave the order for a summer fair to be held at Maryville, and it ended on the last day of June.

In July 2682, the self-proclaimed State of Missouri (also known as the Boonslick Republic) declared war on Duke Carl of Kansas.

After King Franklin had begun his war for Rock Rapids, various lesser rulers took advantage of the Iowan-Lakotah war to try conquering various parts of Lakotah ruled by Queen Lacotawin, including Count Daniel of Freeborn and Chief Stuart of Black Hills.

On August 12, 2682, Queen Lacotawin and King Franklin made peace. Queen Lacotawin ceded Rock Rapids (formerly ruled in her name by Duke Yahto Ingyang of Siouxland) and the surrounding lands to King Franklin.

The next month, King Franklin took Estherville from the heathen priest who had been ruling it and granted it to Gerald, who became Abbot Gerald of Estherville and would later serve as King Franklin’s court chaplain.

In February 2683 there were rumors that King Franklin sought to take Icaria from Countess Diana, Duke Lyman’s betrothed.

King Franklin of Iowa was first called Stonewall in July 2683, after a singer sang of his deeds in the war for Rock Rapids. Continue reading

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton, part IV

(It’s been 4.5 months since my last post in this series. Oops.)

Deeds of the Dukes of Chariton


IV: Victory and Succession
April 2676 – July 2680

In early April 2676, Duke Truman mustered his levies and became known as a skilled fighter.

Prince Salathiel of Iowa, King Franklin’s fourth son, was born on May 15, 2676.

Duke Truman’s friend and chancellor Lavon began to speak in tongues, so he was replaced as chancellor by Milo Trenton, a knight in Duke Truman’s service. Lavon was given overall command of Duke Truman’s 1400 men once they had all gathered at Kirksville, and the army began marching south to Moberly in early May.

In early June the improvements to Maryville’s walls were complete and, a few days later, Duke Truman’s 1400 men met Count Napoleon’s 600 men near Carrollton.

After some initial skirmishing saw Lavon Graham’s 700 men put the Thompson pickets to flight, Theophile Lucerne and Lavon Graham, commanding the Chariton right and left respectively, advanced in support of the Chariton center as Lavon and his 500 men charged Count Napoleon’s 500 men.

Some 200 men of Duke Truman’s army were killed and wounded, while 500 of Count Napoleon’s men were killed and wounded. Only a few of Count Napoleon’s light horse and light infantry managed to flee East, and Duke Truman’s men began to lay siege to Moberly.

Count Napoleon’s surviving men raided near Hannibal and Kirksville, but Duke Truman decided that Count Napoleon’s 80 men were not going to cause any real threat and taking Moberly would bring about a faster end to the rebellion.

In January 2677, Duke Truman’s daughter Evanora was betrothed to Roquat, the eldest son and heir of Duke Poynter of Driftless. After Phineas resigned as spymaster, Duke Truman made his friend Lavon spymaster.

In March 2677, Moberly and Count Napoleon surrendered to Duke Truman. Count Napoleon was taken into custody and imprisoned in Maryville.

In June 2677 King Franklin created the Duchy of the Quad Cities. In August, Duke Eustace of Iowa’s ambition to become King of Iowa was discouraged by a visit from King Franklin, and in September King Franklin inherited the barony of Moline from Baron Otis of Moline, who died of a sudden illness at the age of 39 years. Duke Truman sent Milo Trenton to improve relations with King Franklin, but this failed to have the desired result when Milo Trenton accidentally insulted King Franklin.

On Christmas Day 2677 King Franklin of Iowa summoned his vassals and declared his intent to return Rock Rapids and the surrounding lands to Iowan rule as opposed to its current rule by the 15-year-old Queen Lacotawin of Lakotah, the granddaughter and successor of Tasinagi the Lame. Continue reading

summer and strategy

Apparently I haven’t written any posts here for almost two weeks. I suppose I should change that, shouldn’t I?

I don’t know that I can think of anything recently that’s particularly exciting, since I’m still working, taking a writing class, and corresponding with F (the young woman I’ve been texting since late February).

The night of the 4th of July wasn’t as busy as I had expected it to be, but of course the next day, when I had the kitchen to myself, was the day that more people decided they wanted pizza. I managed, and I’ve heard that my hard work is appreciated, so that’s always good to hear. Days off are always nice, particularly this week – I had last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off work, worked Friday and Saturday night, and then I have three days off this week, which I just realized are about half over, since I had Sunday (for once), Monday, and Tuesday night off.

Last Tuesday I drove to campus and sat outside the classroom for several minutes before one of my classmates pointed out, as he was leaving, that there was a sign posted that class had been canceled. I had received a wake-up call from my mother that morning, which meant I was awake 45 minutes to an hour earlier than usual, and I later saw that the teacher had sent the e-mail canceling class around 8:30 that morning. Driving to campus only to find out that class was canceled was slightly frustrating, but it was nice having class canceled on a day off (even if I had trouble imagining being ill in July, as the teacher apparently was).

I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned Europa Universalis 4 or the Super States mod here before, but I’ve been thinking about it lately. Europa Universalis 4 is a game from Paradox Interactive (the company that makes Crusader Kings 2) that allows one to play as any country between roughly 1444 and 1820. About a year ago, I discovered that someone had made a mod (the Super States mod) that allows you to play as a US, Mexican, or Australian state or Canadian province that somehow wound up in 1444. Now, of course, there are a few additional scenarios, but playing as a US state thrown back in time has appealed to me. I’ve thought before that it would be interesting to play a game with that mod and then write a history from “the beginning” (1444) to European contact in the late 1400s/early 1500s. European interaction with the new world would be very different if there are equally advanced states of European descent occupying the New World.

Previous ideas for writing this “history” have included Missouri (because I’m a life-long native of Missouri) and California (because it offers more interesting opportunities, like the possibility of having a navy and Pacific colonization and exploration). The creator of the mod, however, has been busy with vague “real life” issues, and has not been able to keep the mod updated for the current version of EU4, since several expansions had been released since the last mod update. However, an update for the mod was released on July 4, which unfortunately wasn’t working but did get me thinking about the interesting possibilty of a strategy game, like RISK or Diplomacy, set in the United States. Or perhaps I should say the Divided States.

Initially I thought it would be interesting to have the players playing as different states, and that led to the idea of having the players start by fighting over a particular state, uniting it, and then moving on to try uniting the States in their image. I drew a few rough maps of Midwestern states (Missouri by hand, Iowa and Nebraska on the computer) for this game, but it’s somewhat hard to do that when you’re not familiar with an area of a state and there’s not much in a region. It’s fairly easy to designate a metropolitan area as a “territory”, or to draw a shape around a town that’s obviously going to dominate an area due to having the largest population in a particular area, but beyond a certain point I feel like it would be difficult for aspiring governments to hold on to territory beyond a certain distance if they’re limited to pre-modern technology.

I’ve also been thinking about the After the End mod for Crusader Kings 2, probably because thinking about the Divided States and pre-modern technology reminded me of it. Lately, for some reason, I’ve been thinking it would be interesting to play in the southern US – I’ve never been east of Chicago, but lately I’ve been thinking Florida, the Carolinas, or Virginia (among other places) might be interesting to play because of the possibility of naval combat. Who doesn’t like ships, right? At the moment I’m considering a project, similar to my Chariton after-action report, for somewhere in Florida, but I don’t think I’ll start that until some time after the Horse Lords expansion is released tomorrow and the After the End mod is updated with whatever new mechanics they decide to integrate.

Summer!

My Business Applications final has been available for a week, and was due by the end of finals week, which if I remember correctly is Thursday of this week. (See previous posts about online classes leading to disconnnect from campus schedule.) Anyway, I submitted my final earlier this afternoon, and according to my math even if I don’t do very well on my final I should achieve a satisfactory grade, considering I have 100% or close to it on all of the assignments, and about 90% on the two quizzes over Microsoft Excel and Access in the last weeks of April. Now I can enjoy the week until final grades are available and the 27 days until my summer class starts.

Technically, that number should probably be more like 26, considering today is essentially over due to my working from 4 to midnight tonight. Tonight is, however, the last day I work this week, and now that my spring semester is over I can (finally) return to amusing myself with Netflix, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, and writing.

In Chariton news, I’ve played to (if I remember correctly) 2767, and the current Duke of Chariton is in his 50s, so he probably has less than 20 years left. My current plan is to finish playing his rule. I’m not sure what will happen next, but Paradox Interactive (the company that makes Crusader Kings 2) released the first information about the next expansion, which will probably be coming out sometime in the next month or two. For my next After the End-related writing project, I’m considering playing as a Norse chieftain in the wilderness once known as Wisconsin, but that probably won’t start until after the next expansion is released. I know the After the End mod has expanded to California, and I’m looking forward to updating my version of the mod from 0.4 to 0.5 and seeing how California might impact the rest of the map (though I admit I don’t anticipate much influence from California to reach the Midwest).

I’ve also been thinking lately about how I haven’t posted much about the Chariton game here lately, which I’m going to have to address now that I’m done with the spring semester. I think my writing has reached the point at which I’ve played to, but since I haven’t looked at that for at least a week or so I’ll have to look at that later. I also keep thinking about writing 25-year updates to show the state of “the world” (or at least the part on the map), which would be at roughly July 2691, 2716, 2741, and 2766. I’ve also considered playing a while in “observer mode” to see what the AI might do. So far, the current Duke of Chariton’s heir has proven to be quite lustful, considering he’s acknowledged a bunch of illegitimate children in addition to a decent number of legitimate children.