Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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September 26

Man vs Machine



What’s this, a dev diary on a Monday?! Yes, it’s true, we’ve moved them to Mondays so they’ll coincide with CK2 streams. The Reaper’s Due has been out for a while now, and I am very pleased with how both it and the free update were received (I wasn’t sure the focus on Death would be so universally appreciated!) As Game Director, I rarely have time to do much coding and scripting anymore, but I did help out with the optimizations and several of the Game Rules. The game is in safe hands though; the current CK2-team has done an amazing job so far!

Work has now commenced on the next expansion and I can already reveal it’s going to be something a bit similar to Way of Life, which I believe I actually mentioned in my previous dev diary. I also promised optimizations, AI improvements and quality of life stuff. Well, the optimizations are done for now, so the next major free update will feature AI and GUI improvements, which brings me to today’s topic; usability.

Now, we are aiming to tweak several interfaces and while I cannot go into much detail yet, I can say that I’d especially like to address the following main areas:

  • Plotting (quality of life)
  • Prisoner management
  • Guardian vs Educator (clarity)
  • More space for Traits and Character Modifiers
There are other things in the works too, but when you’ve worked on a game for so many years you tend to get blind to many usability issues and simply accept them as they are. That is why I’d like to hear from you, our faithful fans, what you find most annoying and clunky about the CK2 interfaces. Are there any actions you find hard to do, or useful information you cannot easily find (or not at all)? All feedback is welcome!


That is all for now; please post your suggestions on our official forum...

Don't miss today's livestream - Medieval Monday with Emil and Doomdark - 16:00CEST on https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive

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September 20

CK2 Dev Diary#24: The 2.6.2 patch

Hello and welcome back to another CK2 Development Diary. The 2.6.2 update looms rather near now, and if everything goes to plan it should be released on Thursday. I’ll start out with the bad news; due to some unforeseen problems one of the game rules I mentioned last week will not be included with this patch: The Multiplayer Assassination rule. However, we do have two other game rules for you which you may find interesting:

  1. De jure Requirement: Default/Required. On default, nothing changes, but with “Required” characters who hold titles which have de jure land will eventually lose the title if they don’t hold any of the de jure land.
  2. Horse Lords:Nomad Stability: Unstable/Stable. Now when a Khagan dies, his vassals have the possibility to break away and form their own realms -with the new Khagan getting a CB on them. Setting “Stable” keeps the old behaviour.

There was some outcry last week because Jews and Zoroastrians didn’t also get a crusader style trait, so I’ve managed to sneak both in with the Shaddai and Gond-i Shahanshah traits. While we were in a trait-adding mood, both Cannibal and Lover’s Pox were changed from character modifiers to traits (although we have left the old modifier checks in place so ongoing games aren’t broken).


The Gender Equality gamerule and laws revealed a few problems with Muslim events always assuming Muslim rulers would be male, so we’re spend a bit of time adding the appropriate checks which should result in a more flavourful Muslim experience.

As well as this, there are plenty of small fixes and additions to many other things, but I’ll let you explore the game and/or the patchnotes to discover them for yourselves.


Full patch notes in original thread
(These are works in progress, when the patch is released we’ll post a final version)

And, last of all, from next week onwards we’ll be posting CK2 DDs on Mondays instead of Tuesdays.

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Reviews

“...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

Windows
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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Jwoodward25
234.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
If you like strategy, this is a really good game
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Messer Petrarca
213.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Unique in style and gameplay, crusader kings lets you do stuff you cannot elsewhere. Such as inbreeding and plotting the murder of an entire family that has insulted your honour.
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Lord Støneheart
23.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Difficult at start.
hard to learn.
stressing.
depressing.
taking your social life and sleep.
10/10
one of my favorite games.
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KarmageddonGR
110.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
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daNNux
680.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Great game gets even better with Ck+!
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Icarus
345.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
i can sex my brother and have kids with my neice. 10/10 would praise ahura mazda again
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Gourmet Chromosomes
279.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
I decided to play as Castile in 1066
Kill Brothers, invade Andalusia, etc.
Form Empire of Hispania
Invade West Africa
Form Empire of Mali
Then something unusual happens
Pope calls crusade in ♥♥♥♥ing India
"Crusade for Punjab"
Go on Crusade and Capture Punjab
Continue to invade India
Form Empire of India
Be me, Emperor Fernando XII 'the Gentle' of Hispania, Mali, and India
Die of cancer, heirless at the age of 24
Game Ends

10/10 would die of cancer again
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rugbyrulez_77
34.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game but the AI is hell bent on your destruction and will kill every memeber of your fsmily 90% of the time
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GBN
7.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
it's ok.
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Delor
74.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
Crusader Kings II is, IMHO, Paradox's best game. It's a grand strategy game that throws many of the popular complexities of the genre such as a complicated tech tree, deep strategic combat, and a rich economy and city building out the window for very simple implementations of each and replaces it all with one thing: interpersonal drama.

It's all about what other people have that you want and what you have that other people want, and it produces epic struggles, dramatic twists of fate, and wonderful soap opera fodder.

At the start of the game if you have a small nation, you can play it a bit like a standard 4X. Locate a smaller neighbor with no major allies, conquer, repeat. As your empire grows, however, you begin to need to split up your holdings among relatives and friends- a province here, a duchy there.

And then those people begin to want things, and have armies, and begin to plan among themselves.

And maybe you have too many children, and those who aren't getting enough of the land start to hate you. And maybe your king dies and his underaged heir who fewer people like and nobody respects takes over under the care of one of your trusted vassels, who may even now be plotting regicide.

When that daughter you married off a decade ago and forgot about suddenly inheriets a third of the Holy Roman Empire due to an accident of inheritance laws and a suspiciously high mortality rate among the nobility? The knives will begin to come out before the crown has had time to settle on her brow, and damage control doesn't even begin to cover what follows.

Play enough of this game, and familicide won't even be an interesting enough story to warrant telling your spouse about after another play session where you stayed up three hours later than you wanted it.

Crusader Kings II is big, and imposing, and takes a long time to play, but there's pretty much nothing like it out there. It might take a dozen hours before you really get what's going on, and I suspect most people who even try it will bounce off of it without understanding why it's such a big deal. If it bites into you, though, your time will be repaid with an endless array of amazing stories and crazy alternate histories of Europe.
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45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Played as the Norse Cheif of Dyflinn in Ireland. My son came of age, and I discovered he was a homosexual. Married him to a blood relative of the Chief of the Isle of Man to secure an alliance to take over Ireland. Noticed his wife began to fancy me, so I gave her a good tumble. She has a son by me, and my son believes the child to be his own. The lineage is secure.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I just bought this game recently, and it has already absorbed nearly 20 hours of my life.

I can forsee myself playing this for a number of hours that makes people question my sanity.



If you are looking for a generic civilization game, this isn't for you. If you like the idea of micromanaging a dynasty and making strategic marriages...then get this game immediately.

My only honest complaint is that so much of the map is unplayable unless you buy DLC. They aren't super expensive, but it is a bit irritating.

Still, for what the game is and the uniqueness of it...I'll give it a 10/10.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Be me king of Poland a long long time ago in a back water country far far away
Marry my son off the the Byzantine princess think nothing of it
5 years later his wife dies (much sadness)
Then realize my darling boy has a slight claim on the entire Byzantine empire
Byzantine scary king dies
Little kid in charge
Call the banners
Go to war
R-R-R-Rus, Hun-gary, and Sweedon answer the call
Wars going great 99% war score
About to drag the kid emperor out of his toy castle
In this war I've lost a hand
Been horribly disfigured
Become maimed, severely injured and crippled
Bout to exact my vengeance on this little boy
Wtf is this Byzantine empire pulls a 10k army out of its ♥♥♥
I have a cheeky force of 4k
R-R-R-Rus, Hun-gary, and Sweedon dicking around in Greece
Bout to get me ♥♥♥ handed to me on a silver platter
I start winning the battle slight hope enters my eyes
Useless son loses the right flank
I become imprisoned
My son runs away
I realize quickly how Byzantines treat those accused of treason
-100% warscore
Rage quit

11/10 would start a world war again
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
My First Proper Game
- Start out as a single province in Ireland.
- Set up my court and give out titles.
- Get married. Make an heir.
- Everything is going amazingly.
- Declare War on the neighbouring province.
- Win the war flawlessly.
- Give province to my most trusted courtier.
- Declare War on the another neighbouring province.
- Win the war flawlessly, again.
- Give province to my other trusted courtier.
- Life is going incredibly well, soon Ireland will be mine!
- SUDDENLY, one of my stupid vassals rebels for no reason!
- Crush the rebels and go completely mad, imprisoning him and all of his family then executing them all! No mercy for traitors!
- Everyone hates me including my wife!
- People starting plotting against me left and right!
- I get super paranoid and start executing everyone!
- My other vassal rebels.
- Some random place I've never heard of declares war on me.
- My army is totally crushed.
- Laugh like a mad man and lose EVERYTHING.
- Game over.

10/10 would go completely insane and lose everything again.
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74 of 123 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
280.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
At first the DLC expansions sounded like a good idea.

Then they started breeding faster than the Zerg.
I stopped playing the game altogether because it always feels incomplete since I can't afford to buy all the (gameplay) DLCs at the rate they are putting them out.

To top things off, Paradox stopped putting DLCs on a 75% off discount, and you can hope for 66% at most. Doesn't sound like much of a difference, but hey, 1000x 1 euro is a lot.

Unless the publisher puts out a DLC bundle (which gives you a discount based on how much DLCs you already have) I'll probably never play this again.

Whew, managed to go throught the review without comparing them to EA and Ubisoft. Oh -
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
958.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Playing as Catholic: 10/10 would Deus Veult for Jerusalem again.
Playing as Muslim: 10/10 would sack Constantinople again.
Playing as Germanic Pagans: 20/10 would ♥♥♥♥ and pillage anyone who isn't a Germanic Pagan again.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
310.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
>Be me
>Start as a single county in Ireland
>Counquer all of Ireland in 3 generations
>Feeling pretty good decide Ill start to conquer scotland and unite the UK
>Marry My son off to a daughter byzantine emporer
>Byzantine EMporer has 5 sons
>First 2 sons die from assasination
>Second 2 sons die from disease
>Realize I could inherit the empire
>assasinate the last remaining son
>Daughter is the only remaining heir
>Emporer dies and my son inherits the empire
>I die with scotland and Ireland in hand
>Go from owning scotland and ireland to owning all of modern turkey, greece, and half of italy
>finish conquering all of italy
>get quest to reconquer and restore rome
>Take all of israel and persia
>reclaim egypt and africa
>Take france through marriage
>Claim all of spain
>begin work on Germania
>Aztecs come but never invade because they fear my roman might
>Mongols come and romans and mongols fight in a epic multiwar with some loses and some wins on either side
>Rome finally wears down mongol forces and assasinates the leader
>Mongol empire is in chaos
>Rome finishes conquering UK and Germany
>Working on conquering Mongols back to their homeland and then game ends.
>Now time to transfer game to EU IV and have Rome take over the world.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,885.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
You know, ive been playing paradox games ever since europa universalis rome and in that time iv e played at one point or another most major paradox titles espically their strategy titles.

Now out of all those titles, crusader kings 2 overall probably isnt any better than its counterparts europa 4, hearts of iron 4 and victoria 2..but it does have something that none of the others do..in fact while the aforementioned games are similar to each other crusader kings 2 stands out..europa 4 attempts to combine various aspects from all of these titles into one large jack of all trades that everyone can enjoy, victoria 2 embraced the economic side of paradox strategy with some hearts of iron style warfare..hearts of iron 4 while a massive improvment on the third entry in that series is still a war sim far far more than anything else.

Crusader kings was intended to be grand strategy meets rpg, and it pulled that off wonderfully in the process however something uniqe and special in the gaming world was born..something that i have never been able to find a sutiable comparison for when looking at all aspects of a game..there just isnt another game that pulls of making you feel like you are that indivudal king or queen even though you arent because they are often actual historical charaters .so that every year of thier rule feels personalized to you despite the fact that the game isnt tryin gto say YOU are that ruler.

At the same time your ruling for hundreds of years over dozens of rulers so how could each ruler feel individual, and to an extent that applies however..imagine the old idea of re incartaion, throughout the eons you are reborn essentialy the same sould but into different bodies and lives ((or as a tree)) adapt that slightly and you have what playing a ruler in crusader kings 2 feels like.

Now i could elaborate further as i intended to cover the other points i wished to make but this review is getting a bit long so ill wrap it up...there would have been at least four blocks that size.

The point is this game does something you will not find anywhere else, you may find individual aspects in other games or even a combination of a few but overall there simply isnt another comparison, at least not yet.

So very simply put if you like the idea of roleplaying as a king or queen while running a country paradox style than this is the game for you.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
:plays my first game
:formes scandinavia
:anialates brittan
:passes a law that lets woman rule if there are no valad men
:wants to be progressive so i start increasing the status of woman
:a few bad deaths on the glorius battlefield, i am now a female ruler
:sees that one of my vassals has a claim on the kingdom of germany
:time for war!
:makes my self the leader of the army
:"Woman can fight and lead just as well as men! Il'l show you world!" i said
:the first battle begins between the saxons and the scandinavians, with my glorius female ruler leading the charge
:she imediatly dies on the second day of battle
:back to being a man
:*immediatly starts revoking all status of woman and making it so they cant inherate
:i see why the people of old didn't like woman soldiers

10/10 would hate woman again


in all seriousness, this game is real dang fun and lets you see so many funny thing.
only problem is that its pretty hard to learn, but when you do, it will be hours upon hours of fun
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
211.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I had a son who was so hedonistic and lustful that he managed to still have a fertility bonus after getting gonorrhea
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