Challenge Accepted II: Vanilla Europa Universalis IV is.
But that was my first ever EU4 game, so don't take my advice as anything but anecdotal.. the ever-shifting central and eastern Europe that you're safe from conquering nations but you're still close enough to play some role in the goings on of Europe. Castile is also in a great spot for expansion and colonization of Africa and the New World.
You can skip this one entirely if you want to play strictly with the historical New World continents and don’t care about North American tribes (specifically in what is now the US and Canada - Central America was addressed in its own expansion). The new mechanics listed on Steam for colonial nations are actually part of the free patch, so you don’t need to buy the DLC to access them. If.
Being defender in EU4 sucks, as you can't use any of your CBs (during the war, or for duration of truce afterwards), can't declare anyone cobeligerent, and don't get CK2-style reparation for winning. To make this slightly less miserable, mod increases defender AE discount from 25% to 50%.
Declare on Scotland. If you can get allies into the war, you don't need to worry about France. If your allies can kill enough French troops, Burgundy will be more likely to declare on France. - Later when you are Tech 10, you can always Seize Land from Scotland until they are under the required city limit for the Diplomatic Formation of GB.
Total Beginner player's guide (). Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is a grand strategy game that will take you on an epic adventure through an alternate history of Earth. The most important thing to realize is that the player is an omnipresent, immortal leader of a country in which the rulers and armies within it will follow your every command.
I played EU4 a lot and tried to learn from other people I play with, but most times people talk much and don't really know what about. I started to play EU4 more serious than I did in the past. I am a guy who starts something new and doesnt like guides, just jumping in and trying to learn on my own.
England, 1444- Built to Force Limit and waited for manpower to tick up. Allied Castile. Ceded Maine to the French. Got the Margaret d'Anjou event, she became my ruler, and her dynasty ruled for about 150 years. Couldn't attack Scotland as I was to.