Does anyone else have a soft spot for the little publisher that could, Paradox? I know they have a reputation for pushing out broken games on release day (Hearts of Iron 3, Victoria II), and taking 3 years and as many expansions to complete a game (EU III), but they're still awesome. No one makes such ambitious games.
Presently I'm balls deep in a HoI3 American campaign. Japan conquered Republican China, the Republicans won the Spanish Civil War, and Germany invaded Poland on schedule. They first tried to go through the Maginot Line, and were repulsed by Anglo-Franco-Spanish forces. I thought it would be a repeat of the Great War, but after the winter of 1940 they got smart and did the historical thing by wheeling through Belgium and crushing French resistance. Before long both France and Spain were under the Nazi boot. Portugal saw the writing on the wall and joined the Axis. This, combined with the Italian invasion of Greece and historical Axis members, gives Germany complete control of the European continent. As of mid-1942, the invasion of the Soviet Union has not yet happened. I might load up Germany and declare war if it doesn't happen soon.
I'd been building up ever since Japan went after China. I fortified my positions in the pacific and built new carriers. I had 12 fleet carriers with escorts when war was declared. I admit I cheated a bit and spread them out.
So far so good on the American front. Within two months I had destroyed the entire Japanese Combined Fleet in actions near the Philippines and Guam
I sunk the entire Japanese Combined Fleet in early war actions near the Philippines and Guam. Very lucky. I pulled off a combined Airborne-Amphibious operation to take Saipan right after. I also seized the Azores early in the war to use as a base to bomb Portugal back to the stone age.
This is probably the first game that I really can't stop playing. Micromanaging things is absolutely awesome, to the point that it takes me an hour to play a month.
Anyway, anyone else here like Paradox? Or Pie?