Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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May 24

Development Diary #7: Get Sicker and die harder

Hello and welcome to another Developer Diary about getting sick and dying! Previously I talked about this in the personal sense, but today I will tell you what we have done to Epidemics.

In our upcoming but still unannounced DLC, we have added many more scriptable values to Epidemic diseases which allows us to do many more interesting things with them. I’ll skip the technical details here, but Epidemics can now spread along the Silk road when present, and are more likely to spread to rich and coastal provinces while being less likely to spread to poorer inland areas. Different Epidemics can have different speeds and likelihoods of spreading, as well as different maximum provinces they can spread to and durations to last for.

Epidemics also have another effect now, they can cause Depopulation in a province. Depopulation is a modifier on the province which reduces tax incomes, levy/garrison sizes, and supply limits. Different diseases have different chances of causing Depopulation, and the effects can remain long after the diseases have died out.

Of course, I can’t talk about Epidemics without mentioning The Black Death, since it was a somewhat notable event in the CK2 period. In the past, the Plague hasn’t been too impressive, but now… well now we have made some changes:

while it's possible for the Plague to come from central asia and bypass India, in this instance it arrived in the North-east of the subcontinent and spread throughout it and outwards. Meanwhile, England has Smallpox.

As well as making The Black Death larger and more deadly, we felt it was a shame you’d have to play until 1300 to experience it. So, in our generosity we made The Black Death more dynamic and there is now a chance for a major outbreak to occur 200 years into any game, regardless of startpoint (and the 1300 outbreak of course remains possible too). After a major outbreak has happened the disease becomes endemic and may break out again, but likely on a smaller scale. I should note that the dynamic Plague is a Game Rule, so if you want to restrict the first outbreak to 1300+ it’s still possible.

Is it all doom and gloom in this DLC? Well no, not entirely. As I mentioned previously, Court Physicians will try to treat your illnesses, and you will also be able to build Hospitals, and/or go into Seclusion to attempt to avoid infection - but those are topics for a future DD. Until then, contemplate your mortality.

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May 17

Development Diary May 17th - We Don't Talk About The Dead


It is my turn to write a DD for CK2 and it is about something that perhaps we don’t mention that often: Audio.

Or more specific for this entry; Death Screams & SFX.

For the new expansion I got an important task, it was to create new sound effects for executing characters and also create assets for other ways different characters can die in the game such as falling off a balcony or being mauled by a bear.

So basically for this task I did a bunch of research to see how cruel people were back in the days and how “creative” they could be when executing people.

I needed to create a lot of “gore” sound effects so to achieve this I went out and did some grocery shopping.

The leek and celery were to recreate some “sweet” and intense bone cracking sound effects while the pepper and salad were to create a “slow crushing” sound effect.

The big problem for this task was a major one; Screams. And a lot of them.

So I took the opportunity to do some internal auditions and invited co-workers to the torture chamber aka sound studio.

Another challenge was to get people to sound like they are… dying? I got to do a lot of “dummy” recordings where you could hear me die in different ways, and some of these recordings made their way into the expansion as well, so my co-workers could get to “dub” me or have some kind of a reference.

I’ll not tell you who is dying, that is up to you to guess. \m/

Here we have a female version of being impaled:

Here is a version from the Spanish method of garroting:

There could be a few hunting accidents:


Or sometimes people went kind of extreme with burning people:

Few causes when people were thrown down into a nasty pit:

Or just want people to suffer really hard before dying:

A bonus video of our dear CEO trying out for a role:


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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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( 414.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Awesome strategy game, but be warned as you really need a brain to enjoy this one.
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Lord Bryan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
this game make me sour
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( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
How to play this game?
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( 74.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Not sure I can see this game ever getting old - it's one of those occasional ones that is only improved by sinking a bajillion hours. The depth offered by a game where you can play one campaign as a lowly Scottish count, the next as the Pope and the next as Genghis Khan or a Maharaja of India or the Abbasid Caliph speaks for itself really.

Yes, it's super hard to understand at first, but just get going in Ireland and the finer points of assassination and gavelkind will make sense to you in no time. The only other criticism I can think of is that - like other Paradox games - you need an active imagination because a lot of the graphical detail is a bit basic (though mods completely improve that) and action like battles and assassinations take place automatically, pretty much in your head. It's more than made up for in the level of detail offered, though.

Basically, history nerds will love it, and everyone else who plays it will become a nerd then love it. Highly recommended.
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( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
If you have even remotely poor eyesight, avoid this game. I found it very difficult to read the large blocks of text required to understand the game. This is the only game I've played in recent memory that I've had this problem with.

Game seems fun, but I can't recommend it to anybody that has difficulty reading small print.
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( 26.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game beat out Fallout 3 as my favorite game of all time. If you can get past the steep learning curve that most Paradox games have, you'll find the best diplomacy system ever implemented in a game, where one choice will bear fruit generations later.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
You have to pay for the base game and 3 dlcs to play as all the kingdoms
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( 222.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game is realy good. And, if you want, you can makes stories out of it. Like my 200 year gameplay as house Breizh (Kingdom of Brittany) A nice story, but i cant remember it good enough to tell it :(

But you can make better stories, or create big country... or a little one. You can start big, you can start small. Maybe you are a vassal? or maybe you want to play in Westheros (GoT mod)? You can do it in this game. Just buy it... but be carefull.
This game have one problem (besides occasional bugs) many DLC´s. You want to play as pagan? DLC! You want to play as a horde? DLC! You want to start game in earlier? DLC! You want to play as muslim? DLC! Republic? India? DLC!
But not only big ones, i can understand those big ones. But things like, make african... their color (hope it sounds ok), or indians, arabs, franks, germans, norse, finns, russians, and so on and so on. Or MANY other things, as a DLC. But if you can buy it, or live without it, you gonna have a GOOD time.
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( 425.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Amazing Grand Strategy game. The game revolves around your character and their dynasty, rather than the country itself. It contains a large amount of thought provoking strategy and scenarios for you, and the harder the challenge, the more fun I have.

9.5/10 game, Merchant Republics still OP and I love them.
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( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Love this game, played it for ages but for the last month it's crashed every single time I've tried to play it. I deleted it and reinstalled it and it's still happening. My laptop is running fine, the game is bugged. SORT IT OUT!
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( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
In what other game can you seduce and marry your sister to aquire the rights of both Norway and England, and then hire an assassin to kill her with lots and lots of dung?

In what other game can you sleep with a rival king's daughters and kill any suitors that meet their fancy, to ensure that your future generations get the rights to your kingdoms, and your rival's?

In what other game can you sex your way to total domination?

69/10. Would dominate europe by lots of sexing again.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
It is a great game !

But the DLC is kind of a rip off to be honest... :/
Would only recommend if you buy the full game with all the DLC on a sale.
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( 44.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
A very good game for those who enjoy the viking to medieval eras of europe northern africa and the middle east. Pick a person to emulate and try to be the very best like no one ever was. Kill all your enemies and seduce all the women in the kingdom with your super amazing charms!. Political intrigue and etc etc etc, theres alot ot offer from this game and its complex but less so then europa in my opinion which will make it more accessible to those new to the grand strategy genre as it focuses more on the interactions between the characters you control and those around you. I wouldnt recommend that you buy this game without any dlc like I did as it made it a huge hassle later down the line to buy every single dlc seperately. This game will frequently be on sale for 75% off and more and you should purchase it along with all of its dlcs at the same time to get the best experience from the game, you can exclude the ebooks if you dont plan on reading them. A must own for fans of medieval history and "what ifs" like me who want to see what could of happened

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( 286.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Compared to some people I'm still new to this but I think I can say its a great game... however being a cheap ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I'd say wait for a sale or get someone to gift it to you
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( 314.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is quite possibly the best game on steam.

Its hard to play and learn, but once you get it, it rewards 10 fold.
Ive been a tyrant and slept with all my vassals wives, ive contracted small pox, had children with smallpox and crossed them with leppers. I have a sickly family tree but its big. married genius to morons, dwarfs to ugly people.

I have had a ball playing this over and over and losing time and time again, because of a stupid decision, like becoming a heretic or deciding to clame a title whos owner has a 10x army and allies. This is a programming marvel really, id hate to be one of the developers (well most of the time id prolly love to write a game like this)

I have spent over $200 on all the DLC, Concaive is interesting, but i prefer vanilla. I almost always play as Ireland because i havent managed to finish a game yet :) and ive tried. I like to play on hard. this is a game i will be playing all my life and espically something to look forward to in the undesirable event im hospitalized and about to die. I can play CK2 between chemo sessions. 10/10 - Keep the DLC comming and MOD MOD MOD. :)
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( 507.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
If you get to the stage where you have played 500 hours, you might...just might about have a grasp on how the game works.
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( 70.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
This game is amazing, But alot of good modders are taking down their mods sadly, But I do reccomend this game
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eat some glass, kid
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
I don't own this game.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Not saying that the game has no charm but not even 40 minutes in and i was so over whelmed with all the text pop ups i had no idea what i was doing and i was going through the tutorial, i wanted to punch my computer screen
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225 of 263 people (86%) found this review helpful
233 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I have no idea what I'm doing but I feel important
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140 of 152 people (92%) found this review helpful
134 people found this review funny
538.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
At the court of the newly founded German kingdom of Suckmahbutt:

"My king, my king, we have news!"

"What news you filthy peasant?"

"The Sarazens tremble before our great forces! Not long, and we will call Jerusalem ours once again!"

"Ah, good news indeed. But I have too many vassals already, don't I?"

"Yes, M'lord. Shall I bring you the chronicles?"

"Yes, nameless lowborn scum, do that. Find me a distant cousin of my dynasty whom I can declare ruler of Jerusalem once the city falls and the war is won. Can't have it to rule such a distant kingdom myself."

"But there are other news, still. The Permian nobles have risen up and hold their banner for independence."

"Well, what do I care? Where's Perm even supposed to be?"

"Why, it's a tribal duchy south of Siberia."

"Why do you tell me of the rebellion then? They're too far away for me to attack them anyway."

"Why would you wish to attack your own lands, my king?"

"MY LANDS?" The king starts laughing "How is this snowy outback tribal lectern of a duchy MY LAND?"

"Well, remember the cousin your grand grandfather married off to a uyghur warlord to get a treaty out of him?"


"Me neither. But apparently their entire clan went extinct after some crazy viking coastal conquest went down and... well, I dont know the details either. But it appears you happened to inherit those lands, and now they're ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off to be ruled by a German infidel."

"This is madness."

"Madness? No. THIS IS... nevermind actually. But we have it 1241, and you're related to pretty much every royal in Europe, so this kind of stuff happens, I suppose."

"What happens if I just ignore the rebels?"

"They'll win the war, you'll lose prestige and the big blue blob formerly known as France will probably take the chance to invade us."

"Well, we can't have this. Make peace with the Saracens. We go to war in... what was it called?"

"Perm, M'lord. Will you lead the troops yourself?"

"No, I have to outlive my firstborn son, after all. Put him in charge, if we're lucky this lunatic imbecile glutton dies in battle and his brother inherits."

"So it will happen, M'lord."

10/10 would marry uyghur infidels again
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61 of 62 people (98%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
106.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
At 16 got the crown from my Father "the great".

-Regency ended and decided to execute those whom my father held prisoner
-Enjoyed their screams, raised the crown authority to "High", this is my realm
-Due to my extreme attractiveness, wife loves me and became my spymaster
-Uncovered a plot to lower crown authorty.
-Laughed, imprisoned the nobles children, then his wife, then himself...
-Let him watch me murder them all, then threw in in oubilet to rot.
-Nobles and Vassals all hate me, raise the flag in 1st revolt.. crushed. All imprisoned along with their children..
-Murdered all...
-2nd revolt from the brother of one of those murdered, crushed, imprisoned..
-Have a few children...
-When children grow up see their fathers evil..
-1st child revolts, is crushed, and imprisoned..
-Tortured 1st child... killed..
-2nd child suffers same fate...
-3rd child is thrown in prison because i can't trust them anymore...
-3rd child thrown in oubilet, becomes a lunatic...
-4th child realizes his brothers fate, does not revolt and just waits for his evil father to die.
-More revolts crushed, nobles children killed. Or tortured, whatever i see fit...
-become Liveurncio "the Black"
-Ruled my realm for over 70 years....
-Die in peace in bed... After torturing and murdering those in my realm for 70 years..

Would torture and murder again
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55 of 84 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
304.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Paradox DLC Simulator. Good game, bad DLC policy.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
647.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I've spend 600+ hours in this game, and I still cannot "beat" it, or truly ever understand it. I still routinely start in Ireland and attempt to conquer everything. I have all the DLC and I have tried in other locations, but there are just so many things left to do. I cannot stress this enough, BUY THE GAME.
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29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
510.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Great game, but Paradox needs to be punished for adding new expansion more quickly than correcting the bugs and flaws they create by doing so.

So it's a NO review, until they change policies.
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32 of 48 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
432.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I like this game. I really do. It is well crafted, has phenomenal replayability, and is constantly being updated. The problem? The sheer greed and avarice of its creators. To gain access to the full gamut of features available to players of this game, you'll have to spend upwards of $200. Most of the "expansions" for this game are in the form of $15 DLC packs that add as much content as a minor patch for similar games such as the Total War series or even Civilization.

Long story short, don't buy this game unless you are willing to pay nearly $300 for the full experience.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,713.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This game is awesome. Start out as a little guy in Ireland and become the Emperor of the British Isles, and then lose it all in a generation and you're a count again. Except this time you're a count somewhere in Germany because on a previous character you married some German count's daughter, and he had a feud with someone who murdered all of his sons and you ended up inheriting it. Well now I guess you're in Germany so you start all over again. You fabricate some claims, and invite some claimants and land them, allowing you to take land for them that will be added to your overall realm. Eventually you're big enough and you've bribed enough people that you manage to get yourself elected Holy Roman Empire. Now the might of the Reich is going to go down upon that upstart Duke who thought he could overthrow you as Emperor of Britain.

Every game can be this interesting. Try it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
811.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The CKII Experience:
1. Create an awesome looking character with so-so traits.
2. Marry a princess from some far-flung kingdom.
3. Sire some children (and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s)
4. Use your so-so council to spread your influence over nearby lands.
5. Fabricate some claims, infuriate some nobles, and rise from a count to a duke.
6. Your character becomes depressed, stressed, and possesed.
7. You die in a Viking raid from some distant pagan chiefdom.
8. Your heir, despite your efforts, becomes a tyrant.
9. His councilors contstantly join plots to kill him and eventually his siblings rise up and, with the help of the freaking Holy Roman Empire, revoke your titles, imprison and execute you.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
526.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
You know, I feel like ,compared to some of the great players (e.g. those mad tings' with 2000+ hours invested into the game) I really haven't experienced that much. In fact, I haven't even managed to run through a full game yet, that is both from the DLC-given 769 Charlemagne starting date and the vanilla 1066 date, and I like to consider myself a competent player - atleast I would hope so by this point... BUT, by my sweet black baby jesus' grace, it was when all of this hit me that I decided to write this review.

That is ♥♥♥♥ing amazing.

400+ hours of gameplay, nearing 500, and I still haven't managed to finish a game?

CK2 is the ultimate strategy out there. It doesn't recquire particularly acute battle-planning however, that is all done by a simple combat simulator and AI Martial Ability, no. This sort of strategy is that of court intrigue, seducing the Queen of Lombardy and marrying her so your heir becomes King of Italy whilst also coming from a family of barbaric Norse pagans?

What? The predominantly Catholic Italians don't like the idea of having a Pagan King and try revolt against you? Beat them down then, that's what your well groomed retinues are for.

But still your Council might find themselves growning a tad bit agitated with your ritual sacrifice of their fellow Christians and might attempt to, instead of overthrowing you competely, limit your power with diplomacy and the use of a strange concept. Democracy. Well, ♥♥♥♥ them, send your spymaster with his seditious intent to capture or kill them.

All this in the meagre period of twenty years.

Who knows what other trials, tribulations and resounding triumphs, await you upon your purchase of this game?
Well to answer that. No-one. Because the possibilities are, literally, absolutely infinite.

Oh and I also suggest shelling out, legit, everything in your wallet on the main DLCs, which are everything exluding Aztec Invasion.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
140.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
From the Chronicle of House af Munsö

879 A.D. - A ten feet tall woman was crucified in the province of Vermaland.


882 A.D. - People in Vestmannaland claimed to have seen two suns at the same time.

883 A.D. - A dragon was seen in the province of Möre.

884 A.D. - Villagers saw blood raining from the sky in the province of Medelpad.

885 A.D. - The earth shook for three days in Nerike, killing two hundred peasants and a priest.

886 A.D. - King Björn Ironside of Sviþjod died a natural death on 18 May, 886. His son, Eirikr, succeeded to the throne of the Kingdom with a grand ceremony in Håtuna.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
118.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Nothing like unifying Ireland and taking over England, Scotland and Wales.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
+waging conquest war through casus belli (lat.: justified war)
+nations and ethnicities galore
+multiplayer (real-time-pause is weird though)

-oldish engine (lacks modern polish)
-so much dlc and some of it bad
-learning curve
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3,782.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Possibly the best game ever? I have sunk a LOT of time into paradox games in my time, but this is by far my favorite. Control a man and then a dynasty, enjoy intrigue and politics and strategic marriages. Build your empire and shape your world. Start as a count and work your way up to emperor, reunite the Roman empire, or even inherit Byzantium as the HRE. the amount of things that I have done and can do in this game astounds me, as does every new paradox game. 100/1/00
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
>playing as king of england
>forced to marry a princess of aragon (we were betrothed in childhood)
>request pope to get a divorce
>pope says no
>catch my wife cheating with duke of northumberland
>duke of northumberland is my rival, part of many factions against me
>gives me reason to throw his ♥♥♥ in jail
>pope lets me divorce my wife
>she goes back to aragon
>marry my step-grandma instead (she's my age, long story)
>cousin comes of age (my new rival)
>cousin becomes a lunatic
>marry him to my ex, forcing her to come back to court
>make her the court jester

11/10 best Cheating-Ex Revenge Simulator of the year!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
445.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I have played this game for over 400 hours. Expanded my Empire from one small Baltic tribe. Expanded real Baltic religion to nearly all north Europe. Then - wham! New patch! Patch which broke all game system. Technology points were all gone, vassal opinions were all gone or of some enourmous amounts. Prestige points, piety points, score points, all gone or of enourmous amounts too. Contacted Paradox, asked for help - got replay that game system changed becouse of the latest patch.

Okey I thought to my self, scew these 400 hours or carefull planning and conquest. I will start anew, better Baltic Empire. Not to mention the pain with Viking leaders/founders of Kiev rus and Novgorod, which are imba, packed with stats like on uber steroids, but they also get a huge packs of army right from the start. So I had to defend from them. Plan my battle carefully. Picking a place and time. I beat them in first battle and made them retreat and then - wham! New mechanic - "Shattered Retreat".

"Shattered Retreat"
So that imba unber steroid packed doom ball just retreated and I had to chase them all the way to their lands. Till I got to them, they have already recovered in morale and received reinforcements. I nearly lost that other battle. And it happened again - they just made Shattered Retreat again! And again I had to run around threw all the map just to get into same doom ball with full morale and reinforcements! But by that time my vassals were mad at me because I took their armies for too long and my gold account was empty.

I have bought nearly all DLCs for this game. It's roughtly 250 EUROs and I get this, Paradox?!
So this is what you developed all this time using your player community money, Paradox?!

I am stating very clearly for the new commers - DONT BUY THIS GAME !!! You will be scewed up time after time and after time.

Shattered Retreat mechanic was a last nail into the coffin that I am putting this game into, Paradox. You failed miserable... just pathetic.

EDIT No.1: Tried to find some solution to this "Shattered Retreat" crap. Looked all over the internet: Reddit forums, Paradox forums, YouTube, etc. The only working solution I found was on Steam Workshop mod called "Normal Retreat".

But guess what?! After activating it, my savefile Ironmode got corrupted. This means I can't do/complete any game achievements! Well done Paradox! I tried a new game, same thing! Well done, Paradox!!! Standing ovations!

Looks like Total War games from now on.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
866.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A great game for roleplaying a dynasty in the middle ages. In this game you don't play as a country, but you play as the dynasty leading the country.
It is my most played game of all time and has given me hundreds of hours of fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
293.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Incredibly addictive. The depth and the range of options are very impressive. Sometimes it feels a bit odd with the strict rules of family management (like, why can't I as an Emperor persuade my lackwit elder son that he's better off in a monastery than ruling; had to excommunicate him and then reconciled and sent him to monastery nevertheless).
Allows some really strange manipulations with history. I rebuilt the Roman Empire through heroic attempts of three consecutive female Empresses and finally a couple of decent male rulers. And that's a pretty tame story if you compare to what people are posting here and elsewhere.
Absolutely worth playing a lot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I was the King of Italy and my good friend was a duke under me. By the end of our session my friend had his dukedom stolen by a foreign host, he died a billion times, we reclaimed his dukedom, but I then had him assassinated so my family inherited the land.

10/10 Yes @Brokenbranch I killed you to take your land.
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