Dipped my toes into Empire Total War's grand campaign today; I've done the Road to Independence tutorial, the late start United States campaign, and the Warpath campaign, but I've never played the real one. Settled on Prussia, since it looks like an enjoyable challenge. Only two territories, cut off from each other, with two much larger powers on my east and south and all their protectorates on my west. Austria attacked by turn 4, but they were foolish enough to go after Poland-Lithuania too. I repulsed a small invasion force, and an alliance with the Poles allowed me to invade Silesia. Things are going much better than expected.