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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August 25

Crusader Kings II: The Reaper’s Due available now!

STOCKHOLM - August 25, 2016 - Few things are more contagious than the stories people tell about Crusader Kings II. Tales of intrigue, piety, conquest and murderous sibling rivalry have circled the internet for over four years. Today, Paradox Development Studio adds the world’s greatest pandemic to the mix in The Reaper’s Due, the latest expansion to its best-selling medieval grand strategy-roleplaying game.

The Reaper’s Due adds a host of new mechanics centered on the Black Death and other world shaping epidemics. Lock your gates to keep the plague from infecting your court, even if it means cutting yourself off from your suffering citizens. Peace and good management will see your provinces reward you with greater wealth and manpower, but rampant disease may depopulate your countryside.


The Reaper’s Due introduces many new systems and features to what is already the richest medieval tapestry in gaming:

- The Black Death: New additions to epidemic system include this super destructive disease and a new map mode that track the expansion of deadly illnesses.
- Court Physicians: This new position for learned courtiers opens up a series of events tied to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases with medieval tech.
- Hospitals: Slow down the spread of epidemics by investing in these outposts that care for the sick and infirm.
- Prosperity and Depopulation: Watch your provinces thrive under your careful attention and degrade under the pressures of diseases run amok.
- Seclusion: Take a page from the Masque of the Red Death and hide yourself away with your court as plagues ravage the countryside.

And even more: New physical traits, new events chain and a host of smaller changes.

Are you a clever enough ruler to make it through one of humanity’s darkest moments? Invest wisely and avoid the plague, or shut yourself off and take advantage of the destruction later. The choice, as always, is yours.


Free update patch 2.6
And as per usual the expansion is accompanied by a free patch that should have been downloaded by your Steam client already. You can read the patch notes here!

The Reaper’s Due Content Pack
Also a new content pack has been released and is available . You can see a preview of the content here!


Full Plate Metal Music Pack!
From Tobias Gustavsson, composer of Viking Metal and Guns, Drums and Steel”, five completely original compositions have been created to add intensity to your Crusader Kings experience, with inspirations drawn from Viking music, the Main Theme, Nordic culture, and – of course – heavy metal. You can get it right here!


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August 25

Patch 2.6.1 Released!

Hi all!

2.6.1 is finally out for you to enjoy. The release of the expansion The Reaper's Due, content pack and Full Plate Metal will be within an hour.

FYI: 2.6.0 + 2.6.1 were merged together and are released at the same time (now), that's the reason behind calling the patch "2.6.1".

Important information:
Older save games should work with 2.6 but if you want to be really safe you should finish off any games in 2.5.2 before updating

How to revert patch level: Right click CK2 in Steam, choose "Properties", click "Betas" tab, select 2.5.2 in the dropdown list and let it update

############ 2.6 The Reaper's Due 2016-08-25 #############

# Free Features
- Game Rules have been added to the game - Whenever you start a new game, you can change the rules to customize your experience:
- Major Epidemic (requires 'The Reaper's Due'): Dynamic/Delayed Dynamic/Historical/Deadly
- Gender Equality: Default/Historical/All
- Mongol Invasion: Historical/Random/off
- Aztec Invasion (requires 'Sunset Invasion'): 14th Century/Random/Off
- Shattered Retreat: On/Off
- Defensive Pacts: On/Off
- Dynamic De Jure Drift: Default/Restricted/Off
- De Jure Assimilation Duration: Very Short/Short/Default/Long
- Supernatural Events: On/Off
- Culture Conversion: Default/Restricted/Faster Melting Pots/Slower Conversion/Combination
- Religious Conversion Speed: Default/Slower
- Raiding: Historical/Unrestricted/Off
- Adventurers: Normal/Rare/None
- Interfaith Marriages: Restricted/Open
- Matrilineal Marriages: On/Off
- Custom Realms (requires 'Charlemagne'): On/Off
- Story Events (requires 'Charlemagne'): On/Off
- Vassal Republics: Restricted/Unrestricted
- Vassal Theocracies: Restricted/Unrestricted
- Invitation to Court: Default/Open
- Diplomatic Range: On/Restricted/Off
- Regencies: On/Off
- Provincial Revolts: Normal/Rare/None
- Defensive Attrition: On/Tribal Only/Off
- Pagan Reformation: Allowed/Disallowed/Players Only
- Assassination: Plots Only/Direct Action
- AI Seduction (requires 'Way of Life'): On/Off
- AI Intrigue (requires 'Way of Life'): On/Off
- Provincial Revolt: Normal/Rare/None

- The old succession screen has been replaced with one that is much more elaborate!
- The graphics and layout of the screen has been improved.
- A flavorful text will tell your more of the deceased character and what they will be remembered by.
- A picture representing the characters death has been added.
- You will now hear your own death sound when dying.

- Added events through which one can get female councillors, the women can either be talented relatives, vassals or strangers
- Added a 'Release Tributary' decision
- Added a decision to Recruit prisoners
- Added a decision to ask characters to leave your court (at the cost of prestige)
- Added decisions for Hindu Merchant Republics to claim the Vaishya caste
- Added a confirmation event whenever you expel a holy order to avoid expelling them by mistake
- Added a Continue button to the launcher, which boots the game into your latest save
- Added loads of new nicknames
- Added more autosave intervals: every 10, 25, 50, and 100 years
- Changed and optimized compression to improve Ironman saving (and saving in general) times. Unfortunately this means save files are also bigger. For reference, saving my test case file went from 29s to less than 6s.
- There is now an event informing the world when a Crusade/Jihad etc ends inconclusively
- Skilled or ambitious female vassals may now demand a seat on the council
- Added an event to rename "Middle Francia" to "Austrasia" if no longer held by a Karling

Way of Life:
- Added a bunch of new events for the War Focus (Way of Life) where you can get leader traits and teach them to your commanders
- Added a bunch of events for the Theology focus where you retreat into solitude to pray and reflect upon your life
- The Family Focus can now also remove rivalries between close family members

The Old Gods:
- Added some stronger versions of the Viking trait, Ravager and Sea King, which can be gain from further raiding.
- Added targeted decision 'Appoint Shieldmaiden' for Norse pagan rulers, which grants eligible female character the trait 'Shieldmaiden' as well as access to the Commander minor title
- Shieldmaiden training events
- Combat events where a Shieldmaiden can save her liege on the battlefield
- Event chain for befriending a Shieldmaiden
- Added two decisions for defensive pagans - one to worship the ancestors, where a sacrifice can lead to different outcomes in a chosen area, and one to summon a band of devout warriors when getting invaded by religious enemies.

There is more! Much more, but they don't fit in here, so please click here to continue reading...

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

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

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

About This Game

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

Key features:

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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
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182.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Even the Vanilla game without the DLCs is quite enjoyable. I find myself attached to the characters and kingdoms and actually encourages me to spend more time looking up historical events and locations when not in game.

This is a slow strategy game that takes time to complete. It is challenging in may aspects which encourages a lot mental stimulation. If you're a casual gamer who's looking to build and accomplish things- this is a game for you. If you're the type who likes to pass an hour here and an hour there- this game may not be for you as it has a stiff learning curve.
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24.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
In Ethiopia some time around 860Ad King Wudup Kang was born.
Far from the home land of his Jewish heritage and surrounded warring sunni tribes its little wonder young Kang Wudup was driven mad and even rumoured to be possessed due to his erratic behaviour.
He was the prototype Gary Coleman, a homosexual dwarf driven solely by his lust and passing whims.
During his second year on the throne at the feast of passover Wudup met the love of his life the city stable, a creature rippling with muscle and musk... a centuar! sadly following this night of passion the two never cross paths again. Over the next decade all the Kangs died following a siege but the united savage tribes that surrounded them.
He will never be forgotten, remember when you hear his name! Wudup, Wudup, Wudup!
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Hugsy Wugsy
1,146.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Easily my favorite steam game that I own. The perfect strategy game for those who are familiar with the genre. Enticing to those who are new to it as well with some of the... debauchery that takes place. Just stay away from any game versions beyond 2.4.5 and the Conclave DLC.
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Hillbilly Elite
561.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Great GREAT...VERY GREAT GAME!!! If you enjoy VERY GRAND Strategy games, you should PLAY and LOVE this game!! CKII is one of my VERY FAVORITE GAMES OF ALL TIME!! I have personally spent HUNDREDS of hours playing this game, and each time I play is as much fun as the first time. CKII has IMMENSE RE-PLAYABILITY!! That is not something I often say about video games. And each DLC that Paradox creates is a welcome addition to an already amazing complex game!

To ALL of those people who said, and I quote "CK2 is a great game" or "Loved this game, I considered it one of the best games I ever played" and STILL gave Crusader Kings II a THUMBS DOWN review, your reviews are OVERLY CRITICAL and do a dis-service to all of those potential buyers of this AMAZING GAME!
Sure, the price of the DLC is ridiculous and DEFINATELY should be changed, but I SURELY don't believe that the game as a whole deserves an overall thumbs down review! CKII is one of the GREATEST GRAND STRATEGY GAMES EVER CREATED!! And if you want to see more games like this, you should give it an OVERALL THUMBS UP REVIEW!

If you enjoy strategy games, you owe it to yourself to pick up Crusader Kings II, and then watch for the older DLC’s to go on sale. When they do go on sale (which they do pretty often), pick them all up!! YOU WILL THANK ME FOR IT LATER!!!

Do you recommend this game?
(I am REALLY hoping for CRUDADER KINGS 3 someday too)
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932.4 hrs
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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Horton Hears a Suicide
844.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
This isn't your average chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Ingredients (yields about 1 1/2 dozen):
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
14 tbsp. unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda in a medium bowl.
Melt 10 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat (I used a stainless steel skillet to easily see when the butter had begun to brown). Continue cooking and swirl pan until butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma (about 1 to 3 minutes). Transfer to a large bowl and add remaining 4 tablespoons butter and stir until completely melted. Browning the butter is a key element of this recipe! It gives the cookies a great depth of flavor.
Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla to melted butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk, and whisk for about another 30 seconds until no sugar lumps remain. Here comes another key step! Let the mixture rest for 3 minutes, then whisk again for 30 seconds. Repeat the rest/whisk cycle two more times (totaling 10.5 minutes from the beginning of the first rest period). Doing this helps the sugar to better dissolve in the butter, helping the cookies to retain moisture during baking yielding soft, chewy cookies. The mixture should be thick, smooth, and shiny at this point.
Stir in flour with rubber spatula, mix until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Using 3 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls and place 2 inches apart. I know the dough balls seem huge, but the bigger cookies also help to keep the cookies soft and chewy rather than crispy and dry. Bake one cookie sheet at a time, for 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. My cookies averaged a baking time of about 12 minutes.

The game is pretty good, too. I'd recommend it.
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551.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
When Paradox releases DLC
I have a sneaky suspicion that petty jew king in East Africa's butt hole is stealing my gold.

Or maybe it was that new Jewish courtier that I appointed Mayor and Steward of my council...

Time to expel jewry and lead a crusade.
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Surprise Feudalism
173.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Crusader Kings II is a combination real-time Grand Strategy game and dynastic RPG set in the Middle Ages. You play as a dynasty of rulers, nominally trying to take over territory and secure the stability of your realm and your line of succession. In practice you're trying to get up to whatever crazy medieval hijinks suits your fancy, often by doing your best impression of a Disney villain. Kidnapping, assassination, seduction, drunken carousing, The Crusades, and dubious definitions of "Portugal" are all fair game in your quest for fun.

The game's RPG elements are what set it apart from other strategy games and give it great replay value. When your ruler goes stark raving mad and begins appointing horses to important cabinet positions, it's all part of the fun.
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9.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
If you have ever wanted to be an actual player in Game of Thrones, Crusader Kings II is as close as you can get without inventing a time machine to take you back to the middle ages.

There is only map level interaction with battles, but this game exchanges that minutae, which is the mainstay of most Total War games, for the political manouvering that surounds each battle, and everything far beyond simple conflict. Direct war can be managed to only be a very minimal part of this experience. You can crush your foes with economic or diplomatic traps before ever having to resort to violence. Again, where most empire games are something like Gladiator, Crusader Kings is Game of Thrones.

This is the precursor to Euorpa Uneversalis, but more focused on you, your family, and your dynasty than just your realm. Assassinations, forced marriages, courtly manouvering, royal tournaments, heading off seiges...this is a game worthy of Tyrion Lannister.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
My little brother of 12 year old had deep hatred for me because I was going to be king one day and he wasn't.

So I took the little ♥♥♥♥ out

11/10 12 year olds were already little ♥♥♥♥♥ a 1000 years ago
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
168.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Started game as King Boleslaw the Bold of Poland
Had a feast every November and prepare it with the the best acts and lavish food if I could afford it.
Mayor Maslaw of Warszawa would cut the throat of one of my servants nearly every other year.
Would always imprison Maslaw for his act.
Would always ransom him to himself for 25 gold.
Contintued to leech 25 gold from Maslaw every few years at the expense of unlimited servants.
Can't wait for next year's feast. 10/10
*EDIT August 22, 2016*
Wish Romance of the Three Kingdom games had this ammount of depth. Take note, KOEI.
Would be great if there was another discount on this and it's DLC in a few weeks, particularly the week of September 15, 2016.. 950 years after the start of the vanilla game. We could wait around another 50 years for the true millenial anniversary.. NO! No we can't.
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
301.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
In school you were taught vlad the impaler was an evil sadistic monster. However this game made me realise he didn't go far enough.

If you think your a good moral person, i challange you to play this game and see how long your morality lasts...
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56 of 73 people (77%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
6,354.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
6,349.7 hrs on record.
Well, i guess its ok...:P
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
447.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This all actually happened. I can screenshot the deaths if needed.

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

This is how it all began.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O Tiberius Tiberius, why has thou wrought upon me this curse?
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83 of 129 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Don'y get me wrong, CK2 is a great game BUT this DLC policy must be discontinued.

For Christ shake some years old content still cost 15 euroes which is ridicilous!
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
318.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Strangely addictive game. I had this in my library for a while and never figured out how to really play it until I found a community beginner's guide. After that, I haven't put it down.

Its challenging, fun, but not at all a game you can really get through in an evening. Not at all for the casual "I'll pick this up, skip the tutorials and master the game" style of gamer. Spend some time, learn the game and if you like strategy mixed with RPG mixed with the desire to conquer the world, this game is for you.
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72 of 116 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
827.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Loved this game, I considered it one of the best games I ever played. I also liked some of the major DLC such as The Old Gods, Rajas of India and Charlemagne. Even DLCs that added things I felt should have been there at the start such as Sword of Islam did improve the game. Hell I even liked Sunset Invasion because it made gameplay more interesting in the west even if it is nonsensical. A few of the DLCs did make the game better. There's also some enjoyable mods such as the GOT mod and the Elder Kings mod. I also love many of Paradox's games. It should have been impossible for them to turn me into an annoyed customer.

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

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

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

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

They change things that don't need changing and add things the game was better of without and it's frustrating watching a game you like become worse. If it ain't broke don't fix it would be a good principle for Paradox to start following :(.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
334.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Feels great when you're playing as the King of Abyssinia and Nubia but need the kingdom of Egypt to create the Abyssinian Empire and you set up the proper marriages and your heir inherits the Byzantine Empire from your wife and your heir's heir likewise inherits the French Empire, allowing the expansion of the rightful world Empire of Great Abyssinia, stretching from Iceland to Sri Lanka. Next game, you play as a Croatian duke and grow to take over basically everything from the Greek borders to Northwestern Spain, becoming the most powerful man in the Byzantine Empire (despite not actually being the emperor) and eventually declare independence because these "laws" are for lesser men.

Next game, you decide to change it up and play the Game of Thrones mod and play as the Reynes of Castamere and see if you can beat the mighty Lannisters (instead of having Tywin wipe out your entire house). After years of carefully setting up marriage alliances, you realize you may have overdone it as the combined armies of the North, the Riverlands, the Reach, and Dorne all join you to defeat the Lannisters. But hey, as long as you have alliances with all but two of the Lords Paramount of Westeros, why not just take the Iron Throne and rule them all?

Oh, don't forget the incest, murder, and seduction for seduction's sake!
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
211.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Paradox and their DlC..... Again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 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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