I've heard many great reviews about Paradox games but have never attempted to try a grand strategy-type game, so now am thinking of going ahead with it. I've purchased HOI3 as I love WWII history, plus the Semper Fi expansion, as well as a couple sprite packs.
The first question I have is regarding installation. Do the sprite packs need to be installed before or after installing Semper Fi expansion? I know all they do is just replace the picture of some of the default units, but I was worried that if Semper Fi includes some new sprites as well that they might be overwritten by the ones from the separate packs. What should I do? Should I even bother with sprites and use counters instead?
My other question is what would be the recommended settings in terms of difficulty for someone who has never played any of the Paradox titles before?