Possibly the best strategy games of all time. Since I know there are a number of people here who enjoy strategy gaming I thought I'd recommend a couple of games I discovered recently. The first game is Europa Universalis 2. It's a "grand strategy game" that lets you control a freely chosen historical nation (about 200 to choose from) through 400 years of history. The game is meant to be part simulation and part game, so even though you have complete liberty to make decisions about the direction your nation takes scripted historical events will influence the choices you make. You control everything from domestic policy and investment to diplomacy and war. The scripted historical events will sometimes give you a choice as to which direction to take. For example, playing as Sweden I could choose whether to break up the historical Kalmar union or not, did it and found myself in a wat with Denmark which nearly wiped me off the map. Some desperate fighting and political maneuvering later I managed to drive them off and annex Norway. Fun fun fun! There are variable starting dates to choose from, and since every nation's starting situation is unique no two games will ever be the same. The historical events are dependant on triggers, so some of them can be avoided (rarely happened to me though) or they can happen earlier or later than expected. The diplomacy system is one of the best I've ever seen. To declare war without your population and your neighbours going ape**** you need a casus belli. Even if you have one of those you need to be careful about going around declaring war on people who share your religious beliefs. Once you're in a war with another nation the aim is usually to occupy as much of their territory as possible and to destroy their war making ability, all to get yourself a good position when it's time to negotiate a peace. You can make different demands, like territory or that the country become a vassal, for example. The other game is called Hearts of Iron 2 and is even better in my opinion. It's basically the same game, only set in the 1930's through 40's. There's an expansion called Doomsday which lets you play right up to '53 (or even longer if certain conditions are met) and I highly recommend getting that. The differences between this and EU" is that there's far more detail to the combat and the technology research and it's a lot more fun (which I didn't think was possible). There's a million things to think about, and if your strategy fails in some respect you'll have to think fast and hard to avoid disaster. You have to speculate about the consequences of every action you take, both long and short term. It helps to know something about history too. For example, if you're playing as the Third Reich, make sure to let the Russians think Finland is theirs. If you don't make that consession they will not declare war on the Finns later on and you won't be able to use that to create extra preassure once you decide to invade, which you will. Plase note that EU2 got a rating of 9.0 over at IGN, and that HoI got 8.7. These are good games.