Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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May 31

Development Diary #8 Life goes on



Hello again. Last week I told you about the horrors of the Plague and your inevitable death, but so you don’t fall into total despair I’ll tell you some steps you can take to delay giving the Reaper his due.


The first and most immediate defense against Epidemics is to go into Seclusion. This is somewhat similar to going into Hiding, but in this case you Seclude your entire court in your castle (or capital holding of your choice). Seclusion is a very effective way to stop disease getting into your castle… provided, of course, that you don’t bring in anyone who is already infected. While in Seclusion there are unique events which deal with such things as; interpersonal conflict or bonding, angry people outside who want in, food shortages, murder, and maybe even a little cannibalism. Only a little! Happy DD, happy DD…



Another, longer term defense is to build Hospitals. Hospitals are a new holding type, built in the same way as Trade posts or Forts. Their primary effect is to make the chance of an Epidemic breaking out or spreading to the province less likely. Hospitals can have several buildings built within them, which mostly serve to increase the Disease Defense level, but Leper Colonies can also lower revolt risk.


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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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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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Richardtheninja
( 881.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Its kind of like drugs but with more incest and kinslaying
so its actually better than drugs
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YOUNGNOBLE
( 1,111.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I really tried to like this game
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SerRug
( 192.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Hugely engaging and intricate in its mechanism, both in combat and diplomacy - cannot be mastered which is what i love about it :)
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Artophwar.aC
( 194.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
You can play as small or as big as you want. You can focus on just building your dynasty and just stay as count or duke while influenceing the area around you still. OR you can go full out world domination if you so desire.

I love the game for the stories that evole out of all the random events and mistakes that I can make. Having your leader die at the wrong time and then your kindgom splits up as you have to play as a baby for a few years doesnt sound fun but it weirdly is. Espeically if 50 years later you have taken back your kingdom and MORE as that same character. Right from baby to 50 year old King. :)

It is really hard game to describe for me. If you like Strategy, RPGs, History, then you may like CK2. But it has a high learning curve and the UI isnt the greatest.
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Lylaya
( 92.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great game, but be warned it takes a lot of time to be even remotely acceptable at it. But, believe me when I say all the work is worth it once you murder your first child.
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shawn.benson
( 75.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
10/10, will have 5 kings on newbie Island murdered in 1 year again
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KreamKorn
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Ehhh, cant understand most of it more than half the time, just not a fan of grand strategy.
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Gloomy
( 54.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I never played this game before. I bought it on a sale with a hole bunch of what looked like a millian DLCs and had it sitting in my library for quite some time. At some point I decided to pick it up and give it a try.

Since I like playing the underdogs I decided I'd try to create a Buddhist World Empire. So I picked some random Buddhist dude on the top right corner of the map, designed a nice flag for him, browsed briefly thru the hair styles and gave him some nice sounding name. And there I was, a new Buddhist Lord in the year of 769.

Boy was i confused. So damn much was going on and I didn't understand half of it. I soon found out that I had picked a guy who was the vassal of some other Buddhist lord. It took me about 30 years, but within my first character I was able to marry my lords daughter. My first character did nothing more then that, he just waited until he finally died so his son could take over.

After that it was a ever so slowly progression. The more I learned how to play, the better it was. Slowly and steady I extended my new Buddhist Empire, taking over county by county, then losing half of them again to my brother the moment a transition from one leader to his son happened. Rinse and repeat. The bigger I grew, the more I understood the importance of keeping my vassals happy. I tried to adopt. A few times I had to reload because my empire had been torn apart by revolution. It took me about 200 years, until 800 something, until I felt ready to extend to the north. So I slowly took over the Tengri region above me. This worked out fine. I spend some time mixing up the bloodlines, dealing with revolts and stuff, until I finally had something of an stable empire. Now the only way to grow was to the west, into the Arabian empires. I had to reload some times and figure out the best time and approach. I seeded revolutions over there and struck just when they where hit hard by multiple regions braking into independence. This went on for a couple of years, slowly extending county for country into Muslim area. Each time I had conquered a country I did my best to convince the leader to convert to Buddhism, eventually, and very forcefully, spreading the word of the Buddha to the west.

By this time I felt pretty confident that I could extend all the way to the Indian regions, where some bits and peaces of Buddhism where still existing. My dream of a big Buddhist World Empire was closer then ever.

Boy was I wrong.

In the year 1220 a huge army of Mongolian forces arrived and stood all of the sudden right in the power center of my empire. I was, at that time, able to round up a total of almost 11.000 men, a number I had seen increasing over the past 100 years and was incredibly proud of. The Mongols landed with something around between 50.000 and 70.000 men. I gave up fighting withing the first year.

I was thrown into prison and most of my direct holdings where taken from me. My Buddhist Empire that I had been so fond of was forcefully integrated into the much larger Mongolian Empire. After some years I was demanded to change my religion to Hindu, which I did with great reluctance. Struggling to survive I tried to marry myself or one of my hires into the Mongolian Empire, but since they where Hindus alone the “Not the same caste” message killed me of. Nether the less I managed to keep my bloodline alive and seed some of them into the Mongolian Empire. I took some of my titles back and could at the very least keep my little Buddhist Kingdom, even thou the Tengri Part was lost for good, since the Khagan himself had inherited that title . I did some attempts of murder, but had no backers and mostly just ended up begin “politely” asked to drop it. I even tried to reclaim the title by force, when I saw a huge stack of 80.000 armies pass thou my land and into India, figuring I might have the time to win this war before they could reach me. I was wrong. So I ended the game as I had started it: a pitiful, meaningless nobody in some little remote state, that had given up his believe and lost every bit of his power to a greater leader.

I bow before you, game. I enjoyed every single hour of this almost 60 hour game. I regret nothing. Next time I have so much more I know, I might even not fail as bad. Or even more – who knows. Next I' ll try to conquer the world with some Afrikan Empire...
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eAtom
( 146.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This game, and every Paradox game, have within it the seeds of your destruction. In most games, time+skill = positive end result. Not so in Crusader Kings 2. This game will RNG you into a fit of rage.

Don't fall for the temptation. It isn't fun to be rewarded for your diligence and effort with 4 civil wars in a single reign or, perpetual viking onslaught. F*** Paradox!
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Notoriousmrbaker
( 57.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I think i've figured out what most of the buttons mean.
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mwang1997
( 1,415.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Worth it if you have the patience in your heart and the evil in your mind.
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entropyjones
( 1,581.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This used to be my favorite game ever. I have hundreds of hours logged into this game. I even loved crusader kings 1.

But Paradox has decided to let some no talent idiots take control of the Crusader Kings 2 project. Essentially they have repalced the main development team and the vision of the game has drastically changed. I have almost all the DLC's for this game and have spent quite a bit of money on it and NOW they start ruining it? Instead of giving us new things to conquer or new characters to interact with or new cool things to do they have decided just to make the old things harder and more annoying.

Between conclave and the proposed black death dlc the developers are severely limiting game play by injecting annoying, illogical and unrealistic events into the game. People already plotted to rebel and acquire power for themselves but conclave made it easier for them. There were already illnesses that caused quite a bit of devastation in the game so the new DLC is proposed to maximize that already annoying situation. What fun is that going to be?? Well let me tell you it will be about as fun as micromanaging all your vassals is in Conclave. Basically none. The UI and real time mode of game play severely limit micromanagement oppurtunities.

I am very unhappy with the direction crusader kings 2 is going with the dlc's and I will no longer be purchasing them. But even that doesn't stop the new jerk developers because they patch in idiotic things like broken retreat into the game whether you like it or not. I have quite a bit of money wrapped up in this game and the jerks have made it unplayable. The developers are so arrogant and foolish they don't even make their stupid new rules optional.

This is what happens when you don't allow negative feedback on your forums and fill it with bootlicking yes men. They pretty much ban anybody who makes the slightest criticisms of their games on their forums. Don't believe me go and see. Screw you paradox. No more money for you.
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REBELLION
( 1,040.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
An insanely addictive and satisfying game (so long as you know how to play it). If you're new to paradox games, this'll take a little while to get used to. This game may not be for everybody, but I highly recommend it. There is nothing like the first time you murder a 2 year old to inherit a small duchy in switzerland. 9/10.
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A Spooky Luxemburgist
( 643.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
What to say about Crusader Kings 2.....

I believe it's safe to say this game is a masterpiece. Do you enjoy murdering your siblings? Your wives? Your secret lovers? How about conquering the lands of Europe, the Middle East, India, and Northern Africa, only to have them split up between your bickering children when you die because of your sucession laws? Murdering your lieges? Rebelling against them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can do it in CK2. So buy it.

BUT WAIT, THERES MORE:
As much as I love this game, don't buy it and the DLC without a sale. Paradox, while making the greatest of games seem to have a problem with DLC. However, most of the DLC are very good and you can still have SO MUCH FUN with the main game. So buy it. DO IT! JUST DO IT!!!
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arnodeblaauw
( 138.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Very good game, have played it for many hours. The game gets deeper every time you play it. When you think you have figured it out, it gets back at you realise that you suck at this game. Welcome to the world of paradox.
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marcus3702
( 93.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Gameplay Mechanics: 9
Visual: 8
Audio and Soundtrack: 7
Pacing: 8
Experience: 10
Tutorials: 10
Overall: 9/10
Comments: Great game for anyone who loves in-depth strategy simulation.
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IdeaFactory
( 370.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
One of the best strategy games I've ever played. This game is as fun to loose as it is to win, and when things go wrong they are often hilarious.

There's so many ways to play I cant begin to describe them all. A good start would be to take a small county in Ireland and learn the game at your own pace as you build a kingdom.

10/10 Would raise lunatic heir again.
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Suitcaser
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
My brother got half of my kingdom.
MY KINGDOM.
Gonna invade this little scat really fast.

Well his army is huge, calling for help.
Nobody answers.
Except my mom.

Of course I will help you. Here's my army, take it, son, destroy your enemies.

...
Thanks mom.
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Mutley
( 415.3 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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152 of 165 people (92%) found this review helpful
144 people found this review funny
Recommended
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?"

"No."

"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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66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
10/10
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63 of 95 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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38 of 54 people (70%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
814.7 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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Recommended
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
118.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Nothing like unifying Ireland and taking over England, Scotland and Wales.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
pros:
+history
+waging conquest war through casus belli (lat.: justified war)
+nations and ethnicities galore
+multiplayer (real-time-pause is weird though)

cons:
-oldish engine (lacks modern polish)
-so much dlc and some of it bad
-learning curve
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
this game make me sour
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
873.2 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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