Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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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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June 21

Development Diary - The End of Days



Hello all, once again I am here to tell you about the horrors wonders of <Secret DLC>! Today the subject is our new narrative events. We have added two new chains of events, the first being the titular End of Days chain(s).

The concept behind the EoD events are that your people have become scared and uncertain and this has given rise to various doomsayers and general unrest. Possible results of this include:

  • The rise of a Prophet of Doom, who is convinced the world will end if he doesn’t overthrow your rule.
  • A general belief that the dead have returned to walk the earth and attack the living.
  • Panic based on a solar eclipse, which is surely the herald of the End Times.

These events are somewhat rare, and each possible doom has several ways to resolve it, for better or for worse, so we hope you will find them rather interesting should they appear.





The other chain we have added is The quest for Eternal Life. Much as I encouraged you to do in an earlier DD, characters in CK may find themselves contemplating their mortality, and as rulers of realms they have rather more resources available to them than you or I. The quest for Eternal Life is long, dangerous, and prone to failure, but when the possible reward is the ability to defy Death… well, you can see why people may undertake it anyway.



That’s all for now, next week I will go into detail about our new Maimed traits.

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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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turd ferguson
( 770.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I own all of the major dlcs except conclave and horse lords. I've only owned this game for like five months. I didn't even start playing on ironman mode until 200-300 hours in. This game actually peaked my interest in history. Its like civilization V, total war, and the sims all entered into an open relationship with eachother and this game is their lovechild. Just an awesome game.'

EDIT: I think it is important to note that I bought this game on a massive steam sale (and all the dlcs except conclave, horse lords). So in total I paid about $30 for what would have been $100-120 easy off steam sale.
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Ant
( 77.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I still have no idea what I'm doing.

10/10
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spiritfiend
( 818.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is the perfect intersection of Grand Strategy, History, Geography, Vexillology, Religion, Diplomacy, Intrigue, Seduction, Murder, and Incest. There's a bit of a steep learning curve, but the game is very engaging and replayable.
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Jørgen
( 383.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Make scandinavia great again. 10/10.
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mrdaruis
( 245.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A game that teaches you that failure in a game is acceptable as long as you understand WHY you failed and HOW you can get better.

A steep, very steep learning curve that pays off once you are able to scheme your way from a lowly pissant count to a powerful war lord emperor that has many people under him. Watch as you manage a family and have to deal with unexpected outcomes such as bad heirs, genetic breeding that goes terribly wrong, and religious differences due to heresies and make it work toward your favor.


There is NO goal in Crusader Kings but to keep your family going from line to line, which may sound like a walk in the park.... until a Muslim/Aztec/Catholic heretic brigade comes to town or even when your underlings decide they don't like you.
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LiuChuTrain
( 318.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Still recommended, although RECENT DLCS AND PATCHES HAVE SERIOUSLY DIMINISHED GAME QUALITY. Like, this game gets more and more complicated and annoying every month. Ex: shattered retreat. Before the patch, armies were easy to defeat; you could, like in real life, win a war after only a couple battles. Now, you oftentimes have to chase the enemy across half the earth to win one stinking county. Paradox, please listen to the fans or else I will forever retreat into my crashy Game of Thrones mod and block updates.
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忘我竹
( 427.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR TIME!!!
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cianoneill
( 75.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Love this game
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Jack
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Built myself from the lowest count into the most powerful lord in the land. Regent of the King, father of the Queen Spymaster, Duke, children set to marry my rivals lands into my own. Then I gave birth to the spawn of satan who murdered or crippled her siblings until I was left with an incompetant vegetable hated by his step-mother regent and unable to marry or produce heirs.
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scurvygoblin
( 326.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great game but limited without the dlc´s of which there is plenty to buy.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
350.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Kill your brothers! Kill you sisters! Kill you mother!

Imprison, behead, castrate, poke eyes off, plot, plot and plot!

Kill everyone you hate!

Make you medieval kingdom paved in blood!

For the DlCs I can only recommend Old Gods, there are other good DLCs, but I only play pagans and vikings.

There is a Game of Thrones mod, so you can do all the above in Westeros!

Totally recommend :D
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52 of 68 people (76%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Recommended
97.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I banned pants and was killed by my inbred son

10/10
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78 of 112 people (70%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This is probably one of my favorite games of all time, but Paradox has gone mad with DLCs, content packs, and basically just any way to get money out of the consumer that doesn't require improving the actual game itself.

It's like painting over a wall with a giant gaping hole in it.
Oh, and you're paying for the paint.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,202.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I've only played this game for a little bit, but it's definitely fun every now and then. You absolutely won't find yourself playing for hours straight on the weekend or a day off when you thought you were only going to play for an hour at most. I've never felt the desire to cancel on plans or dates with other people due to intriguing events occuring in my realm. Realisstically speaking, this game has some replayability, and though it isn't addictive to the point you actively avoid sleeping, it's still an engrossing game.

Oh and you should absolutely buy the DLC when it comes out, and not when it's on sale. Paradox is extremely fair with their DLC prices and you'll never look at the 6 million DLCs and think "wow, don't you think that's a bit much for that little content?"
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,080.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Some people bad-mouth this game saying the dlc costs too much or that they should fix this and that before adding in more. But for me a game that 150 euro (or 250 if you buy the dlc later) it been worth it, why, becuse Crusader kings 2 has given me over 1k hours (So far). That's a lot. You'd had to play more than 40 days straight non stop to catch up with that. For me crusader kings is more than a game it's a hobby. Some people spend just as much money (or more) and hours to fix a car for example. In the end it's up to you if you feel like investing time and money into it.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Had a loyal Danish Count in my lands (my friend)
who later on refused the Duke's request for financial aid
I proceed to imprison this unloyal man, for the greater of the realm
A revolt begins in the count and all hell had been broke lose
I manage to imprison the count after I had ended the revolt with violence
I proceed to execute the filfth and succesfully rid him off the realm
His heir full with revenge, proceeds to kidnap me and then execute me with no mercy at all
Then my heir tries to imprison him and he flees with his army like a little ♥♥♥♥
He then imprisons my siblings, and kill my heir.
He slayed my bloodline
and this was all part of the plan, Knut the Fat had made.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
209.2 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
101.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Crusader Kings 2 is real time/paused strategy game developed by Paradox Interactive. Same developer who made other great games like Europa Universalis 4, Victoria 2, Hearts of Iron 3 and Stellaris. This game is based on Middle Ages to start of renaissance, where EU4 starts. Without DLC starts around 1066, but if you have dlc\'s like Old Gods and Charlemagne you can start it on 700\'s.

However before saying this game is all about invading other lands like Civ and Total War, no. Because this game is unique. You rule your dynasty and lead it through the age. You have to control your family by marrying other people for example Holy Roman Empire\'s princesses. Then you extend your family and realm. Same time there is world map, where you can invade land, like in every strategy game. But only land available is Europe, North Africa and part of Asia.

There are many events in this game. I\'ll explain hordes, rebellions and crusades in this review. There are many hordes. For example Mongols and Abbasids. If you have Sunset Invasion DLC, Aztecs are gonna invade Europe too. Hordes born quickly and rise by invading all neighbor realms. They are hard to defeat but they collapse easily with rebellions. Rebellions are events where claimer of duchy of puppet state declare war on country and try to switch government or get independece. That\'s why you see all rebellions threats on your intrique menu, so you can prepare at threats or plot to kill threats. And last, crusades. If you part of catholic or orthodox religion, pope or archbishop might declare crusade to invade Jerusalem, Anatolia or any lands where real life crusaders were. You don\'t have to join crusade but if you join and get most points you\'ll gain all lands that were invaded in crusade.

Family relations are pretty important as your sons that have bad relation with you might try to kill you or start rebellion. And affairs are just gonna anger your wife and your children. However having family member in countries like Holy Roman Empire might help you make alliance with them, so that is useful. On my game, I just spammed my every daughter on big countries, HRE, England, France and Byzantium.

Combat works really well, but units are pretty hard to make and army levies might rise too big.

Overall this game is great and I had alot more fun with it than with Civ or EU4. I recommend it!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
179.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Crusader Kings II ruined the Europa Universalis series for me.
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