Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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July 5

Development Diary #13: Pagans, advisors, and warrior women



Hello and welcome back to another dev diary about <Secret DLC>! One day we will actually announce this DLC and I’ll be able to use the proper name, but that day is not today! Anyway, right now I am here to tell you about some extra stuff we have made for Pagans, which will be part of the free 2.6 patch (of course, you still need The Old Gods to play as a pagan), and our new Female Advisor events. So, uh, actually this DD is really about 2.6 content and not <Secret DLC>, really, but anyway, onwards!

First of all, Defensive Pagans now have the ability to summon bands of Devout Warriors if they are the primary defender against an enemy of a different religion at the cost of 200 piety. Overall this is rather like the Raise Tribal Army decision and gives Defensive Pagans some extra punch when attacked.

Next, Defensive Pagans also have a new decision which can be used while at peace, and not more often than every 10 years: Ancestor Worship. This allows you to ask your ancestors for help or advise with some part of your life, perhaps you want triumph on the battlefield, maybe you want your realm to Prosper, or perhaps you are just lonely? In any case, once you have decided what it is you want, you must decide what you will offer up to get your request heard, and can range from offering up your eye or a human sacrifice to a more modest feast or carving a simple idol. With the sacrifice made, hopefully you see some kind of result in the not so distant future. Although, skeptics might point out that there’s no evidence the ancestors actually did anything and you may simply be giving them credit for a happy coincidence, that isn’t the kind of thought a pious man ought to have.



here we wish for affection and offer up a feast

With Defensive Pagans covered, let’s move into their more Offensive cousins, the Norse. The first change here is relatively simple, and some of you guessed it from the Trait icons I showed in an earlier DD, but there are now two improved versions of the Viking trait: Ravager and Sea King. These are gained from continuing to sack holdings while raiding after the Viking trait has been gained and come with larger bonuses.



A couple of minor yet neat changes:

  • The Norse may now also gain a trait similar to Crusader when taking part in Great Holy Wars, called Valhalla-bound.
  • Norse Culture will no longer split into into Swedish/Danish etc when it’s part of a powerful Norse realm (which I seem to remember was said to be the case long ago but doesn’t seem to have been implemented) where the ruler either has 2 kingdom tiles or an empire title, or if the faith has been reformed and the Fylkir is Norse. On a related note, Pictish, Old Saxon, and Visigothic cultures will also no longer split/change when part of a powerful realm or their head of religion is of their culture.

Finally, Norse religion rulers now have a decision to appoint female characters in their realm with good Martial skill and appropriate traits as Shieldmaidens. These warrior women can act as bodyguards and/or can be set as commanders for your armies regardless of your gender laws. Shieldmaidens have a number of events relating to both their actions in battle and their training for said battles, and if a player happens to end up as a landed lady they can experience the Shieldmaiden content from the other side.



Now leaving Pagans behind, but staying with cool women, we’ve added a couple of ways to get more female advisors. Firstly, close relatives of a ruler with high stats may ask to be given a job. Secondly, a talented woman may show up in your court and offer her services to you. In either case if you accept they will take up a council position, but you will get an opinion penalty with your vassals - if you have Conclave the size of the penalty is reduced if you have increased your Gender Equality laws. These events do not fire if your gamerules/gender laws/religion/culture allow women to be appointed normally, since in that case you could simply hire them if you want to.



That’s all for this week, next week Doomdark will talk about the future of CK2 beyond <Secret DLC>.

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June 28

Development Diary June 28th - Maimed!



Hello all, it’s time for another DD about ZombieInvasion <Secret DLC*>! Today we’ll take a look at what we’ve done to the Maimed trait. Well, we’ve removed it! People without <Secret DLC> can still be Maimed, of course, but the lucky owners of <Secret DLC> will instead receive more specific injuries, such as: One-handed, One-legged, One-Eyed, Disfigured, or Mangled (this represents severe trauma to the torso, mostly). As well as allowing more specific wounds and flavor, this has allowed us to remove the Health penalty from most of these traits (Mangled still has one though). Instead, when you receive a maiming-type injury you will also receive the Severely Injured trait, which has some health and stat penalties, but will be lost after some time has passed. Afterall, while losing a hand is certainly not an enjoyable process, you do eventually heal up and can be perfectly healthy besides the missing appendage. Also, if anyone is feeling creative, please suggest interesting effects for these new traits - we do of course have some penalties on them, but I worry they are a little dull, so fire away and I may shamelessly steal your ideas.

Since both One-eyed and Disfigured affect the faces of characters, we have added a lot of new portrait props to reflect this. Here is a small sample of what you might see ingame:


We have also added several events relating to life with missing body parts:

a disfigured ruler holds a masquerade ball


the loss of a hand is a severe blow to a famous warrior


That’s all for now, next week I am not certain which DD we will show, either I will talk about some extra Pagan features we’ve added, or Doomdark will give you some of his thoughts about CK2. It will be a surprize!

*= DLC contains no zombies


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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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halcenion
( 88.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
One of the best games ever. I have burned up so much time.
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Flying Purple Hippo
( 608.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Who needs Europe when you have Westeros to conquer.
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Niccolò Machiavelli
( 111.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
>became king of wales
>had four kids - a btard, twin boys, a girl
>made btard a small lord as he had some good stats
>twin boys squabbled over petty stuff - called them bob and rich
>married the girl to english king to cement alliance
>i die

>immediately quit the game, re-load
>i play as the btard instead
>i sow dissent between bob and rich, they go to war over who should be king
>rich believes he is the eldest by a minute, bob believes he is instead
>bob he has more holdings, but rich has higher martial and £££
>it's a stalemate on the battlefield
>english rally for rich after he does some marriage shenanigans
>the entire kingdom is divided into factions upon factions
>even some bishop revolts
>i sit in my small castle, slowly building wealth to amass a mercenary army
>my trueborn brothers plead with me to join their sides whilst 10s of thousands die on my land
>my sister is assassinated by a young courtier in england hoping to become queen
>but my sister gave birth to a boy before she died
>this boy has a claim on wales too
>he presses his claim and his daddy's army, which was fighting for rich, suddenly starts sieging everything
>all of rich's sons are killed on the battlefield by the english
>rich is blind but his ridiculously high martial (28)
>bob meanwhile just keeps sending low morale armies to be slaughtered

>twenty years of war have passed
>i finally raise my army and support a claim
>my own claim(!!!)
>i lift the small revolts and reclaim order for the peasants
>i vanquish a mercenary invasion
>whilst the english and the other two welsh armies are locked in combat, i swoop in
>everyone else is at low morale
>i lead my own army cos my martial is high too (18)
>and a king does his DUTY
>i kill the english king in combat
>i capture bob during the battle
>i have him executed at sunrise
>some of my vassals protest, but i just bribe them off
>my chancellor resigns and joins rich's side

>two welsh lords rally to my claim, and we march on rich
>the siege is going on for too long
>i carry the war focus
>i duel rich in single combat
>i win, and kill him
>i marry my niece because need to cement my claim
>i siege the remaining holdings throughout wales
>i seize the throne and legitimize myself, building a dynasty that stretches across the isles and france

10/10 would scheme again
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Slokra
( 670.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
one time i played 500 hours of crusader kings 2 in one summer

it's fun
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Rhys
( 46.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
>character dies from drinking and whoring out at the age of 71
>play as sixth born 9 year old son
>oldest son doesn't become emperor because lol feudal elective
>big brother is my heir, ambitious, brave, crusader, 26 martial, brilliant strategist, holy warrior and unyielding leader
>his men adore him
>the people see him as a demigod
>vassels collapse when he enters the room
>basically alexander the great 2.0
>"for reasons you can't comprehend, you have a new regent"
>its big bro
>declares war on the remnents of the byzantine empire, who're now located within india
>landslide victory
>big bro maimed leading his 30k stack against the byzantine capital
>retires to a life of leading the empire for his younger brother out of sheer love
>big bro gets assasinated by our ♥♥♥♥ing mother 6 months later
>get depressed
>I then get assainated by my homosexual, lunatic dwarf uncle a year later all the way from Crete who somehow had a claim on my land
>empire collapses from within 50 years later

And so ended the Empire of BREXIT BRITANNIA
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Dubhe14
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
At the time of writing, this $40 game has $240 of DLC available.

Crusader Kings II is a great game - and I'm not using that word lightly, it's a GREAT game - but I can't recommend it. I've put a lot of hours into this game (more than Steam has counted), but it's never been a fulfilling experience because of all the goddamed DLC.

Listen, I'm no enemy to DLC, if a developer makes more content for their game, I'll pay to play it. But the way Paradox does it is straight up insidious.

"This new update adds North Africa to the game......but you can't play there unless you buy the Sword of Islam DLC"

"The newest update adds all of India to the vanilla map.......but you can't play there unless you buy the Rajas of India DLC"

"We just added the entire Asian continent to the game.......but you can't play there unless you buy the Horse Lords DLC"

DLC in this game isn't comparable to DLC in other games, it's not like it adds a weapon skin or an extra level. Crusader Kings II DLC fundamentally changes the core gameplay of the game, and some things that have DRASTIC changes on how you play (such as the ability to have a standing army, form custom kingdoms, or even the existence of the Jewish religion) are hidden behind 4 years and $240 of DLC.

To put it simply, I have never felt like I was playing a finished game. Every time I turn it on, there's an ad for yet another piece of DLC. Once I finally save up enough to buy the next biggest DLC pack, another is announced. It's just not fulfilling.

Until Paradox decides to wrap this game up like they've done with Europa Universalis IV and Hearts of Iron III, and put their energy to developing Crusader Kings III instead of squeezing more DLC money out of current players, I can't recommend it.
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BeardsmanB25
( 443.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Paradox created one of the best base vanilla campaign-esque games I've ever played. I would say I've played CK2 every way imagineable, but I'm still finding new ways to play. I highly recommend it for roleplayers as well. I have lost so many hours of my life roleplaying in my head while playing. Yes, there is an overwhelming amount of DLC. Yes, the newest additions have added a few annoying features. None of that matters. Between MODs and literally getting to choose the content you want to purchase and play, the options are almost endless. I tend to play CK2 based on the type of mood I'm in. If I'm in a bad mood, I will typically start as a King and just curbstomp the world. If I'm looking for a long haul game, I'll start at the lowest in the food chain and roleplay my way up into independence, or I won't and I'll remain loyal to my liege, leading his armies to victory.

Cons:

Uhhh, I guess having to buy all the DLC if you want the complete package. However, I see DLC and bundles for CK2 go on sale ALL THE TIME. It's a huge value.

The new shattered retreat feature can be annoying, but it's not a deal breaker. It makes more sense in a RP sense for it, but for gameplay you'll need to adapt to your troops running a few counties away in whatever direction they please.

They can't add features and content fast enough.

Pros:

Everything, even the aforementioned because who cares about those little details.

Choose how you want to play.

Want to rule the world? Do it. Don't want to? Focus on building your network, ensuring your future and bloodline, play the political card, etc.

Everything.

Features. It's VERY feature rich and focused around individuals rather than nations (like in EU4). Characters can gain/redact traits (even become POSSESSED BY THE SATANIC FORCES AT WORK, HOWLING AT THE MOON LIKE A MADMAN) and historical titles, "King AwesomeSauce, the Terrible."

Intrigue. I feel like there needs to be more, but it's already indepth. Plot to kill, kidnap, seize, betray. If intrigue is your thing, CK2 got you.

Laws. Impact your realm by advocating for law changes, either Crown Authory, Succession, or many others. Tax the bejesus out of your holy people and vassals or give them freedom to rule among themselves under your overall rule.

Everything.

They continue to pump out content.

I should probably request some time off of work. Need moar CK2.
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samicx_sigma
( 34.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I know that there is a fun game in here somewhere, probably behind all the insane DLC. I think the setup of this game is great, but I feel that the player as too little control, especially in combat situations. I'm sure the lack of control was designed purposefully, but it makes the game far less enjoyable, at least for me.

Overall: 2/5
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Milesware
( 22.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It is astounishing how this game handles the random event.
If you are a novel writer who are depleted of idea.
Not to worry, sit down and play this game and the inspiration will come to you.
Let's be honest, some of the randomly generated character interation are way better than the script of any of the latest Assassin's creed.
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MilkyWayMikah
( 126.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
- Be me
- CK2+ mod on
- Varys la Rojo II de Malizan, Emperor of the Malizan Empire
- Divorces first 3 women
- Has 9 kids through those marriages
- Settles on 4th wife
- Has 4 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s during marriage with three other lovers
- Seduces the wife of my enemy, the King of Leon, and takes his title
- Kills my own kin because they start getting pushy.
- Meanwhile my brother Diego la Rojo is having an affair with his daughter
- She's a lunatic
- They have ♥♥♥♥ed up baby I have to deal with now when they both die
- Meanwhile I die in battle at almost 70 right after my 5th ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is born
- Was also trying to kill son because he went on a holy war in africa, only to come back married to a random Ethipoian woman
- Pope makes me a Saint anyways

Historical accuracy is on point.

11/10
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113 of 122 people (93%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
108.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I went from a Count to a Duke, got married, had childeren, even managed to marry off my daughter to the 3rd in line to the throne and let her keep her name.
Then civil war broke out over the crown between the king and his eldest son, I fought for the king and beat back the forces on all fronts except one ( The king and his army were there, so i assumed they would take care of things )
But tragically the king died in battle, which left his heir and recent enemy of the crown to become rightful ruler over the lords and lands in the kingdom, concluding the war and putting me in the bad books for taking his farthers side.
I decided to rebel, in hopes of being able to give my son in law and now 2nd in line to the throne the crown.
The war waged on for many many years and took it's toll on everyone involved.
The kingdom was split in half, the West fighting to rid the evil tyrant and the East fighting back with every thing the crown had, but it was not enough, the king's forces were pushed all the way back to the capitol.
I was quick to gather more troops from the few of my vassals that were able to help.
These were tough times on the kingdom, after so many years of war the kingdom's financial state was in tatters, the lords were struggling to keep their provinces under controll while fighting off the mass hordes of troops invading their lands.
But i knew the moment we had fought so hard for was close at hand.
I launched a seige on the capitol with the few hundred troops i had left, the seige lasted over half a year before my forces managed to break through and begin the assault on the castle.
It was a bloodshed, an absolute massacre, the king and all his men and been defeated but not before i had lost over 3/4 of my army in the attack.
But the war was over, the new King had taken the throne and peace had come to the land.
After all the years the kingdom spent in turmoil, only a couple of faces were familiar from the begining.
most of these lords are the sons and descendants of those that rode with me against the prince before he became king.
Many of their fathers fell in the war but they continued the fight for them.
As the years pass following the over throwing of the old king, The lords and houses fight and conspire against one another but nothing major happens within the realm until the king, my son in law and father of my grandson, becomes ill.
Shortly after he passes from his illness, many of the lords start to question my grandsons right to rule.
A few small rebellions start over in the far east end of the kingdom.
My son, heir to my lands and house, rides east to meet the rebels in battle.
he defeats three of the rebellions before lossing the battle and his life at the fourth.
With only my grandson to carry on the family name, i try my best to gather enough troops to march over the rebels and stop them from usurping the throne.
All my effort is wasted tho as the young king mysteriously dies from causes unknown.
I spend last years of my life fighting against the kings that come and go, only to fall victim to a event that causes me to be a paraplegic and die alone and incapable of doing anything.

10/10 would feel like it was all for nothing again
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88 of 103 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
220.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
-Playing as a lunatic and possessed Petty King of Northumbria
-Make law requiring two holes in every household
-Vassals get irritable
-Say ♥♥♥♥ the vassals and continue being glorious King
-Make new law requiring all citizens to turn in their gold and replace all currency with turnips
-Vassals get enraged
-I'm King, I make the rules, ♥♥♥♥ the vassals, this law will bring salvation!
-Come home from a ride one day and decide my horse is glorious
-Tell my Chancellor to ♥♥♥♥ off
-Make Glitterhoof new Chancellor
-Vassals furious
-What can possibly go wrong?
-Vassals revolt
-Vassals are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
-Higher elite mercenaries to defend me and Glitterhoof from ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Vassals
-They whoop vassal ♥♥♥
-I win
-Imprison treacherous vassals
-Time to celebrate
-With a glass of wine
-*Sips*
-Suddenly can't breathe
-Gasping for air
-#Joffrey Baratheon life
-On floor dying
-Look up
-See Glitterhoof looking down at me
-Help me my beautiful stallion
-He turns and walks away
-RIP

11/10 Would get killed by my horse again
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Not Recommended
429.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Let's set things straight: this is one of the best Paradox game and probably my favourite one since it covers a period of time I like a lot and since it's less complex and tactical than other Paradox. It has got, instead, a great RPG component. An amazing mix which makes the game very addicting.

Why the negative review? Because this game alone is almost nothing. It lets you play just a very small amount of countries. If you want the full game you must buy the DLCs... nothing new you could think. Well, the problem is there is a HUGE amount of DLCs and after years from the publishing of the main game they're still developing new one. They're getting always more useless, DLC after DLC, while the price gets higher (some of the last costs half the main game...LOL).
As a loyal and old Paradox fan i get frustrated not only because they're obviously trying to get any cents out of my wallet, but mainly because after 4 (FOUR!) years I still can't enjoy the full game: whenever you start a new campaign (and a CK game can be pretty long and time consuming) they announce a new DLC with new features and new rules and you feel like you're playing an useless match and feel like abandoning it and wait for the new DLC. Problem is: when you get it, they have already announced a new one.
Also, every DLC comes with patches which totally change the rules of the game and you have to learn them again and again and again. It's like playing an early access game, but I've always hated those and I would have avoided it if I had known.

Basically they're policy with games lately has become: "let's publish an incomplete game and let's charge a lot with DLCs if they want to play its full version" and they're not the only company to do it, but when they finished the game they started to make useless DLCs (there's one of fantasy history in which aztecs invade Europe... which is not a great thing in a game of such historic realism) and to change the rules to worse just to justify new DLCs. They're literally to the point in which a great game is turning into a bad one.

Saddest thing for a loyal customer like me was the DLC to convert CK2 games into EU4 games to continue a campaign there. So I, a huge fan who bought all of your games, get rewarded for this by being forced to pay 10 euro just for a crappy converter if I want to "fuse" together the Paradox games I possess? Nice policy Paradox...

To give you an idea, today you need 165€ just to play the full game (without even considering the massive amount of graphic and soundtrack DLCs or the EU4 converter) and DLCs are still coming out. The game can be good but its not worth half of that price.

You better wait till they start working on CK3 and stop squeezing money out of this game. Then maybe they'll lower the price of a 4 years old game (prices are still the same even for the main game) and you can buy a cheap package with all the DLCs.
It's not worth a penny before that. You can trust someone who loved this and other Paradox games.
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Not Recommended
1,270.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
The new changes are horrible and I hate this game with a passion now.

I have over 1,000 hours of this game, and I would play it every day after coming home from school, raid kingdoms and villages as the Vikings and other pagans... Now that was fun.

This new interface and "the Conclave" decision is just... awful. Ruined it all for me. What ruined it more was the "shadowed retreat" update, where your troops run away, like they do in Europa Universalis IV. Pure annoyance and bullscheisse.

BULL. SCHEISSE.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
608.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
It was one of my favorite games. Now it is has been reduced to a shell of its former glory and splendor. The changes have irrevocably hurt the game. It shouldnt be this way. :(

PS The last good dlc was the Old Gods.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
So I installed the Game of Thrones mod..

- Play as Daenarys
- Liberate cities a la the actual narrative
- Get caught up in maintaining the cities a la the actual narrative
- It's ok, my dragons are keeping the revolts at bay, the Wise Masters of Essos will tremble at my feet
- Give birth to a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ son out of wedlock. Name him Jon2
- Give Jon2 his own dragon to continue the trend
- He still can't inherit even though I legitimise him
- Rebel army of 30,000 rises up in Mereen
- My dragon-led army of 16,000 annihilates it
- this ledge is rickety...
- I fall off ledge
- Targaryen dynasty comes to an end

Valar Ledgeghulis
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
475.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
To start off this game has been an amazing journey, I bought this because it was in my queue long ago. I am just a person who is interested in one strategy games and two historical games. This one fit the bill perfectly and when I purchased it I was extremely impressed. Before playing this I had never heard of Paradox nor played any of their games, after this game however, I love to play all of their games. This game is exciting and allows you to rule as your own medieval ruler after that you can do just about anything you want. The community for mods is also great and makes excellent improvements to the game the devs also have made excellent expansion packs. Many reviews will talk about the devs failures and how DLC is over priced. I do not agree with that in any way, I have slowly purchased most of the dlc and have loved every bit of it. The DLC add great content to the game and bring in new and interesting features. Yes the game is a lot of money if you purchase the game and then all the DLC however, how I like to see it as this you are getting multiple games out of one game. You want to play as a Viking you can do that, you want to play as a Muslim Caliph you can do that, you want to be a Catholic King you can do that, you want to be a Byzantine count you can do that. My point out of that is you can be anything in this game you get the chance to make your own story over and over and over again. Sure the game is not perfect however, no game is the game is special however, and this game will allow you to have a great time on it. The learning curve is steep and at some points extremely hard, thats okay though thats the fun of the game the harder you have to work the more spectacular the experience will be. I hope you enjoyed this review and I would recommend you begin playing this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Stage your very own brexit, Chexit,Polexit,
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
146.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Was King of Norway.
Died.
Start playing as favorite son when he assumes throne.
Legitimized ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ brother starts civil war with me and wins.
Imprisons me.
Releases me from prison after stripping me down to a count.
Unable to start faction to get myself back on throne because only a count.
This sucks.
Sickly younger brother comes of age, immediately starts new civil war for throne, loses, and is imprisoned.
Younger brother dies unmarried in prison.
I inherit his duchy because he has no heirs and start faction to put myself back on throne.
Start another civil war, pretty much all soldiers in Norway are dead from past civil wars.
Call in King of Denmark, to whom I just married my daughter.
Crush ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ brother.
Enjoy being the human sacrifice at the Great Blot you SOB.
Am king again, Norway is leveled but there is no more competition for throne. 10/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,061.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game... ahh this game. I was introduced to the world of Paradox games via EU3, and it was during the wait for EU4, it's acclaimed successor, that I fell into the world of Crusader Kings 2. Before anything else I will tell you this, Crusader Kings 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. I have spent countless hours having absurd amounts of fun staring at little marching sprites and glorified statistics pages on my computer screen. I have put more planning into securing lands, titles, marriages, etc in this game than I have on probably most anything in real life. I wouldn't have it any other way. The sheer amount of DLC is abusive and must be bought at massive steam discount. Much of it is purely aesthetic and need not actually be bought at all. But this is made up for with the sheer number of quality mods, including huge overhauls like my personal favorite Game of Thrones one. CK2 is basically the gaming embodiment of Game of Thrones whether the blades my little commanders are wielding are Valyrian or Damascus Steel.

The point is you should buy this game. If you like strategy, if you like grand strategy, hell if you like court intrigue on TV, you will like this game. The learning curve can be a little steep. But a little effort to learn the game is paid back tenfold with endless story forging opportunity. Because that's what this game is, the most incredible merger of sandbox strategy and deep plot there ever was. Hopefully the people in your life will be at peace with seeing you less often.

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