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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January 15

Quick Hotfix 2.3.2 released - Checksum MMUR

In addition to the previous 2.3.1 patchnotes we add:

2.3.2 - MMUR

MAJOR:
- Fixed so you can build holdings again

MINOR:
- Fixed the break-up interaction with your lovers.

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January 14

Patch 2.3.1 - UKYK - Released - bugfixes



Hey guys!

Several major issues stamped out in this one. Sorry for any problems these might have given to people. Now get back in there and have fun. There's also some converter changes thrown in to fix some minor details.

Here's the patch notes for 2.3.1

MAJOR:
- Fixed bug where vassal levies could not always be dismissed.
- Fixed crash issue on Linux when the AI tried to build settlements.

MINOR:
- Temple successors now get their liege's religion rather than their top liege's
- Rebalanced seduction to make it harder to seduce the spouses of great rulers
- AI: Reduced seduction craze a bit
- Seduction: increased risk of scandal
- Adjusted default message settings to reduce spam
- Fixed a grammar variable bug in event WoL.201
- Fixed a bug with event WoL.3050 happening for a single character only
- Fixed a bug with event 63103, where vassals of vassals could go independent with Elective Gavelkind succession
- Reduced the Catholic Holy Order regiments in size
- Fixed a minor issue with the court where some newborn bastards ended up
- Fixed text bug in event WoL.11000, which referred to the recipient rather than the actor
- Better tooltips in the event options for WoL.11000
- Better tooltips in event WoL.11006
- Fixed some problems with the 'inbred' trait calculations
- Added 'real_fathers' console command
- Added missing text EVTOPTA_WOL_415
- Fixed bug where the culture group trigger and religion group trigger did not properly check against other characters, making Indian Subjugation wars impossible to use.
- Christian pilgrim events now check for character's capital location rather than current location when checking for available destinations.
- Fixed a bug with the WoL scholarship events where an event might start repeating incorrectly.
- Fixed a faulty text tag reference in a Carousing boardgame event.
- Cooldown for Carousing is now visible in tooltip.
- Fixed a bug where characters could sometimes get both the Bastard and Legitimate Bastard traits.
- Heliopolis is now a temple holding instead of a city holding.
- Moved Kabul Zunist holy site to Nagarahara temple holding (in the same province).
- Moved Multan Zunist holy site to Mulasthana temple holding (in the same province).
- Updated faulty localisation function in the last event of the business focus trade route chain
- Fixed a crash when hovering an option in the event that let's you end the rivalry of a converted Christian
- Hungary should now get a crown authority law when forming from the Magyar decision
- The form Hungary decision no longer creates exponential amounts of troops
- Reworked Holmgang events to use personal combat skill rather than martial skill
- Reduced mean time to happen for Holmgang if you have War focus
- Fixed a rare case when duels could break
- Duels now potentially give the kinslayer trait
- Shortened the text of one outcome of duels to avoid long names making the text too large for the event window

MODDING:
- Fixed an error with change_variable for titles

CONVERTER:
- Fixed outdated modifiers in special national ideas, all global revolt risk has been changed to global unrest modifiers
- Fixed the four missing province mappings in eastern europe
- Added unique modifiers to some christian heresies
- Made sure to update the colors of all heresies to their CK2 variant of color
- Fixed so messalian and nestorian are converted correctly.
- Added proper icons for norse personal deities
- Arabic cultures now map to their corresponding one in EU4
- Steppe cultures now part of same culture group as turkish
- Moved visigothic to iberian culture group

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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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1,455 of 1,578 people (92%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
461.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
At the age of 16, my character developed a mad crush on a local girl. He crept into her room and banged her, then declared he loved her. 9 months later she gave birth to a child, he decided he didn't like it, smothered this child in its crib, pushed his lover off a balcony and then married a horny Greek princess and did it all over again until he commited suicide at the age of 72 because his son turned gay after coming back from a visit to Constantinople. Brilliant!
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897 of 973 people (92%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
666.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Noticed one day that my little boy turned gay all of a sudden.

Couldn't think of any good reason for it, so I click on his "Relations" tab.

And what do I see? My uncle, listed as my boy's "Lover."

10/10, would imprison and execute my pedophilic gay uncle again.
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726 of 780 people (93%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
192.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Determined to unite Ireland. Crazy Norse wife kills all my spymasters, poisons 2 of my sons in less than a year.

Half a year later adventurer from spain threatens me and I think "It's fine, he's no threat to me." 1 year later, 30,000 angry men attack my fledgling, petty kingdom, vassals declare independance, revolt happens and king dies from head injury in battle.

3 year old son put on the throne only to be poisoned by wife.

10/10, would play again.
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1,220 of 1,346 people (91%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
2,771.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Meh, the fun only lasts for a little bit, so I didn't play for very long.
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527 of 568 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
517.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
With 400 hours played, my biggest hope is that they stop releasing new DLC so that I can stop buying it.

The game is certainly not for everybody, and as above the amount of DLC can be intimidating. But if you find the thought of creating a dynasty and playing it throughout history then this might be the game for you.
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546 of 605 people (90%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
79.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I bribed the pope, murdered a whole family, including babies. Was granted the title 'the Holy'.

10/10
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842 of 972 people (87%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,319.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I haven't played this game that much, but it's pretty solid.

9/10
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494 of 554 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
350.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
I got assassinated by a 1 year old.

10/10
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400 of 441 people (91%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1,330.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I no longer see people. I only see tools that I can use to further my own ends. Friends? Pfah! They will wear a smile on their face as they twist the knife in your back. Family? All envious of my position and willing to eat eachother just for a chance at my crown. Children? More tools in my political war chest to use as I see fiUURRRRRK...

Welp, My pops is dead. Guess that makes me king now.
Sooo... Who wants cake?
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701 of 803 people (87%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
236.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
best incest simulator of the decade

10/10 would lannister more
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650 of 744 people (87%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Married my 4 month old son to a 68 year old to improve diplomatic relations.

11/10
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363 of 413 people (88%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
They killed my son, the perfect child of a 300 years of eugenics-tier breeding and conditioning...

So I burned their Empire to the GROUND.

10/10 Eugenics Sim. Beautiful.
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212 of 232 people (91%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
453.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I imported Muslim and African men into France by marrying them to members of my court. In less than 200 years the Capet Kings where black.

Thank you Merchant
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388 of 456 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2,057.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
I guess it's a decent game. I'd certainly reccomend it.
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161 of 168 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
296.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Just minding my own business down in the little duchy of Serbia when three royal marriages and two feasts later I get a notification that I have inherited the entire kingdom of Denmark.

This game, with all of its DLCs for its full potential, is absolutely brilliant in that it brings character customisation and character development to a whole new level. Certainly different from the other Paradox Interactive franchises but in the best way possible. Each Paradox Interactive grand strategy has their own unique focus of gameplay which corresponds accurately to the time period and Crusader Kings II has definitely nailed it with their focus on indepth feudal systems and royal relations.

Also I imprisoned all my Danish vassals and watched Denmark plunge into anarchy under my command.

10/10 would usurp title again
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182 of 205 people (89%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
252.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
so i was legitimizing my ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s
and i accidentally clicked Expel Jews

10/10 Game of the Year
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243 of 286 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
241.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Arrested a Duke's son for trying to murder his father.
Duke gained a -50 opinion modifier towards me for imprisoning his son.
50/10
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120 of 128 people (94%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
89.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Killed everyone my brother knew and loved, then let him die of depression.

Inherited his counties.

10/10
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117 of 124 people (94%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
My 7 year old baron son wanted to institute a law that forced the women of his barony to have sex with him.

69/10 would raise a real man again.
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146 of 166 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY THIS GAME AND I LOVE IT.
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