Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

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Includes 43 items: Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack

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August 23

Development Diary: Don't Fear The Reaper

Hello all, welcome to the final pre-release Reaper’s Due dev diary. As you might imagine, there is not a lot left to say at this point, so I’m simply going to tell you about the new Achievements and then post the 2.6 patch notes. It’s been a lot of fun making this DLC, and we all hope you have even more fun playing with dying horribly in it!

Hospitable - Build a Hospital.
Aptly Named - Die from the Black Death.
I Got Better - Survive from the Black Death.
Scarrrrrred for Life - Become One-Eyed, One-Legged and One-Handed.
Typhoid Mary - Contract three symptoms.
There Can Be Only One - Become immortal.
Eternity Denied - Kill a character with the Immortal trait.
Not So Bad - Survive the End Times.
No Solicitors - Go into Seclusion.
An Honest Mistake - From Seclusion, kick someone out who did not have the plague.
Close Call - From Seclusion, kick someone out who had the plague.
Papal Mache - Have elephants trample the Pope/Caliph.

you might notice the old "What doesn't kill you" name here, it was changed to Scarrrrrred and became a bit more piratey.

I’ll post the patch notes in sections first and then in full in the following post so I can both keep this post short and allow you to read them in a larger format if desired.

Don't forget you can see the Reapers Due content pack renders over here too!

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August 22

Crusader Kings II: The Reaper’s Due Video Developer Diary

For those eager to know why they should fear the reaper in the upcoming expansion, Game Director Henrik Fåhraeus details what kind of grisly demises you can expect from horrendous world events such as the Black Plague in this video developer diary:


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“...playing is winning, and there’s something quite satisfying about leading your house to power and glory through whatever means you can, for as long as you can.”
9,5/10 – Strategy Informer

“In short, Crusader Kings II is a majestic feudal sandbox, the greatest generator of hilarious medieval soap opera ever created and Paradox Interactive’s best title to date.”
90/100 – IncGamers

“It's perfectly possible to have made a few too many enemies, anger the Pope and find most of Europe out for your blood. That's really what makes the game so damn fun.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...

Key features:

  • Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
  • Pick a Christian lord and make sure his dynasty survives as you play a succession of his descendants through the ages
  • Gain Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your Dynasty
  • Expand your feudal domain - and keep it from falling apart
  • Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each with their own opinions and agendas
  • Take up the Cross and fight the Moor, the Heathen and the Heretic.
  • Defend against the onslaught of the Mongol Horde
  • Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
  • Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
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35.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This is something you pick up when you want to start a fight with your lover by not talking to them.... for a month or 2.
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205.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This is a mess of illogic and broken dynamics, not a game. It works only until you play it as the developers intended it, if you go off that path you'll be punished with unrealistic consequences.
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15.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Got arrested while leading my troops into Devon from Cornwall.

I can't play CK2 in jail :c
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311.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Strangely addictive game. I had this in my library for a while and never figured out how to really play it until I found a community beginner's guide. After that, I haven't put it down.

Its challenging, fun, but not at all a game you can really get through in an evening. Not at all for the casual "I'll pick this up, skip the tutorials and master the game" style of gamer. Spend some time, learn the game and if you like strategy mixed with RPG mixed with the desire to conquer the world, this game is for you.
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262.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Crusader Kings 2, or CK2 for short, the game that introduced me to grand strategy games as a genre and Paradox games in general. For me the best feature of the game (this might be seen as a combination of different features of the game) is that it focuses on characters. By this I mean that I take the role of a character and my decisions influence me and others around me. The game plays a lot like a more traditional RPG (BioWare games comes to mind). While spending to much time deciding who I should marry, or if I should go hunting or just attempt to seduce my lieges wife you come to realize that this game also has some very interesting strategy elements to it. Managing your levies and planning the expantion of your realm is something that you can spend a lot of time on. The best part is that you don't really have to do anything unless you want to. If I don't want to go to war over a neighboring county I don't have to! The game can be played the way you want. I can go on and on about all the things you can do in CK2 but I will close this review by saying that CK2 is a wodnerfull game. The RPG elements is what makes me coming back time and time again.

Some ending remakrs:

- The game can be very overwelming in the begining. I still don't grasp all the systems in this game and the best thing is that I don't really have to. Take your time, watch some tutorials or use the in game scenarios to slowly learn the game, it is worth it.

- Hover over most things to get more information, just something that might help early on and can help you learn the game a bit faster.

- Have fun! Play the way you want to play. Don't be afraid of testing things out, you can always load the game if you want to or live with the qonsequneses.

Hope you enjoy!
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918.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
It's expensive with everything, but if you like Grand Strategy this game is the winner.
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Barbarossa Bey
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Poor version of EU4.
You finish one problem, and 3 more pop up; each being 150% more difficult than the previous one.
When you finish these 3 problems, another 6 pop up just to screw your game in case it hadn't already.

And onwards it goes, the ridiculousness of CK2.

Don't forget the ridiculous autosave lag in ironman mode (even if you click on off, it still autosaves)
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Leon Trotsky
500.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
On my 500th hour of Crusader Kings, I decided to write a review and reflect back on all this time I've spent on the game.

To start, Crusader Kings II is an excellent game, it's one of those games you can forget about for a couple weeks and then come back to when you realize it's there or are looking for a different speed and type of game that day (or night). To be honest, I don't have the conclave pack because of what all the reviews said, however, I have everything else and I've immensely enjoyed the game with all of the content the developers continually add to the game. I really like that one day I can play as an Indian Raja and conquer the Middle East after conquering the Sub-Continent and then the next day I can play as an Anglo-Saxon Muslim, re-enacting John, King of England's plea (and offer of conversion to Islam) in exchange for help against those dastardly French.

I will say that after 500 hours you would expect me to have more achievements but I really don't use ironman mode that often, usually I forget to turn it on but also because sometimes I enjoy stacking the deck in my favor and really screwing with history (who doesn't enjoy a Pruthenian Cathar Kingdom every once in awhile?).

If you're looking for a good game to soak up some time, use some brain cells while plotting how you'll steal the crown from your second cousin or play a strategy game with some friends, this is for sure the game for you. I can't recommend this game enough to everyone from casual gamers to hardcore gamers, it really has something for everyone and as you can tell from the time I've spent playing it, you can certainly sink time into the game.
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142.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
excellent game
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581.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
its okay
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104 of 116 people (90%) found this review helpful
126 people found this review funny
899.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
The Swedish raided, and took money from my ancestors.

It's nice to see that Paradox is continuing the tradition.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
121.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Started game as King Boleslaw the Bold of Poland
Had a feast every November and prepare it with the the best acts and lavish food if I could afford it.
Mayor Maslaw of Warszawa would cut the throat of one of my servants nearly every other year.
Would always imprison Maslaw for his act.
Would always ransom him to himself for 25 gold.
Contintued to leech 25 gold from Maslaw every few years at the expense of unlimited servants.
Can't wait for next year's feast. 10/10
*EDIT August 22, 2016*
Wish Romance of the Three Kingdom games had this ammount of depth. Take note, KOEI.
Would be great if there was another discount on this and it's DLC in a few weeks, particularly the week of September 15, 2016.. 950 years after the start of the vanilla game. We could wait around another 50 years for the true millenial anniversary.. NO! No we can't.
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
250.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Started as Count of Dublin and became Emperor of an Irish Ruled Brittania. Died and took over as my oldest son. Seduced my brothers wife and she died in childbirth. 10/10 would ruin Christmas dinner again.
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43 of 65 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
827.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Loved this game, I considered it one of the best games I ever played. I also liked some of the major DLC such as The Old Gods, Rajas of India and Charlemagne. Even DLCs that added things I felt should have been there at the start such as Sword of Islam did improve the game. Hell I even liked Sunset Invasion because it made gameplay more interesting in the west even if it is nonsensical. A few of the DLCs did make the game better. There's also some enjoyable mods such as the GOT mod and the Elder Kings mod. I also love many of Paradox's games. It should have been impossible for them to turn me into an annoyed customer.

That said the devs have simply made to many changes with patches and DLC that have just made CK2 a lot less fun and they're going to continue changing it. At a certain point all their changes were doing was make everything take longer and be more frustrating to do. The changes to the council, shattered retreats and coalitions for example just make the game more tedious. If the changes you're adding don't make the game fun but just make it last longer then what is the point? All you're doing is annoying the people that are playing and buying your products; you get sick of them changing the game for the worse. That's all without mentioning waiting for them to fix bugs in their new updates, DLC and the ton of cosmetic and sound DLC for the game.

The other fact is it must be so offputting for someone thinking of buyng the game fresh. There's just too much DLC. I cannot imagine how offputting all the DLC must be to a new player I mean what is there like 50+ now? I don't get how Paradox don't get that seeing a £30 game with 50+ DLCs with a price of £122 is extremely offputting especially to new players or players that didn't keep up with the DLC.

I love CK, EU, HOI and like Victoria but I'll not buy another paradox game. They seem to enjoy releasing DLC after DLC that eventually just end up changing the core gameplay for the worse by making the games more frustrating and take longer. On top of that a lot of the DLC seems to change minor things yet are priced the same as the stuff that makes significant changes.

They've ruined EUIV imo, CK2 isn't ruined YET but they've definitely made the game worse than it was and since they're apparently going to be releasing even more DLC for it at this point I've basically braced myself for the game to go more and more downhill. So basically I'll never by another one of their games because I know they'll release DLC after DLC that will eventually suck the fun out of the game I liked.

They change things that don't need changing and add things the game was better of without and it's frustrating watching a game you like become worse. If it ain't broke don't fix it would be a good principle for Paradox to start following :(.
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31 of 44 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Don'y get me wrong, CK2 is a great game BUT this DLC policy must be discontinued.

For Christ shake some years old content still cost 15 euroes which is ridicilous!
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
966.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I love this game, I really do, one of my absolute favourite games. HOWEVER.
Defensive pacts have completely ruined the late game. If you have a large empire, e.g. if you are trying to reclaim the Roman borders, you will find the entire map united against you. What sense does it make for the entire map to come to the aid of a tiny French county? Absolutely none. Why would Anglo-Saxon England come to the defence of God damn Persia? Defensive pacts are broken and illogical. Some of the changes Paradox have introduced, such as defensive pacts and shattered retreats are akin to George Lucas making pointless additions to the original Star Wars trilogy. Stop and fix this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
Once defensive pacts are removed, I would happily recommend this game.
DLC whoring is also pretty terrible though . :(
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
427.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This all actually happened. I can screenshot the deaths if needed.

The curse of Tiberius:
>be me
>playing elder kings
>have a son
>son is genius and strong
>name son tiberius
>tiberius is amazing
>great stats and traits
>tiberius dies in 'accident'

This is how it all began.

>have genius son
>name genius son tiberius
>tiberius dies

At this point I laughed it off as a coincidence. Oh was I wrong.

>Playing singleplayer
>genius and vigorous son
>name son tiberius as a tribute
>tiberius lives for a while but not long enough
>tiberius dies

>have a new son
>new son is genius and strong
>tiberius pls
>tiberius dies

I start to get worried. At least one has to live, right?

>playing multiplayer
>tell friend about tiberius experiences
>friend says dont name any good children tiberius
>have a genius son
>he dies
>genius son

I'm fearful now. Tiberius must be a cursed name... Divines help me.

>have a son
>genius, over 20 in every stat
>is best of the batch to date
>he is named tiberius
>tiberius overcomes sickliness and being ill at young ages
>maybe he can finally do it
>maybe he can survive
>crimson plague
>not worried, doesnt usually do anything drastic
>tiberius gets it
>tiberius dies

O Tiberius Tiberius, why has thou wrought upon me this curse?
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
317.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
(I'm french, so sorry for my mistakes)
This game is one of my favorite game ever so far. I got it a year ago and I'm never bored of this game. With each DLC that came out, the game became sometime harder, sometime easier, but I am not complaining about it. Each extensions gave something new to this already awesome game. However, some of those DLC shouldn't exist because they are quite basic, like the Old Gods or Sword of Islam.

This game is always a suprise because there will always be something strange that happens, like a jihad for Denmark, or a crusade on France. If you like ahistorical game, this one is for you. Oh, and did I mention that you can lay in multiplayer? The multiplayer part of the game is awesome, even if the servers are unstable. You can so so much stuff stupid with your friends! For example, nearly half of my play time on this gamer is on multiplayer with only one friend!

And for those who seek a challenge, try to do the achievements of the game, some are quite hard and will ask you a lot of time of practice! (Kingdom of David for example)

As a conclusion, I do recommend this awesome game and if you ever buy it and like it, try the multiplayer with 5 or 6 friends, you'll never the world the same way, especially if you have the conclave DLC.

PS. Again, I'm sorry for my mistakes.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6,351.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
6,349.7 hrs on record.
Well, i guess its ok...:P
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
266.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
So. Many. God. Damn. DLC. Love this game, but the amount of DLC is completely ridiculous.

Stop milking us players Paradox! Just make it an update!
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