Summary: To begin with (on the grand campaign) you start off in the medieval ages and move on to the gunpowder ages, Imperial and finally Napoleonic. You can start as many nations including: England, France, and Castile (later becomes Spain), Austria, Ottoman empire, China etc. This proves for excellent replay value. Once you get red of the unwanted message boxes into the game log it is a really fun game. You battle to start an empire in the Medievil ages e.g.