Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
User reviews: Very Positive (12,274 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

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July 14

Horse Lords expansion is released



My Lord, good news!

You have been chosen the Great Khan! Paradox Development Studio arms you with new territories, new armies and new ways of ruling the restless hordes at your disposal in Horse Lords, the newest expansion to Crusader Kings II, our best-selling medieval strategy simulation.

Get more info at the link below!

Horse Lords Release Details

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July 8

Development Diary #9 - July 7th



My Lords!

Welcome to the Event of the Century, not this century of course, but of centuries past. The latest Dev Diary for the next CKII expansion (Horse Lords) discusses Events, everything from the Silk Road to the adventures that might befall a mercenary Captain.

Get more info at the link below!

Weekly Development Diary #9

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
2,641 of 2,913 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
337.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
-Started as Byzantine Empire
-1 in the afternoon
-February 1st
-Start at War against the Muslims
-Imprison military general named Mohammad
-Castrate Mohammad
-Get blown up by ISIS
-Make peace with Muslims
-Fight wars against Italy
-Conquer all of Italy and castrate King
-Have son
-Son Born in Purple
-Italy will be lost upon succession to first born
-Arrest and castrate first born
-Italy safe
-Vassals hate me
-Vassals rebel
-Put down rebellion
-Revoke titles and castrate all rebelling vassals
-expand against Armenia
-Shi'a rises in Arabia
-Holy wars against Africa
-Take most of Northern Africa
-Castrate all land owners and blind all military leaders
-Go to war against Bulgaria
-♥♥♥♥ Bulgaria
-Castrate Bulgaria
-Have two sons, not born in the purple
-Have son born in the purple
-Excommunicate, arrest, and castrate first two sons
-People approve castration
-Holy war against Moroccan Empires
-Caliph gets called in
-Muslims are ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me
-Ruler dies in battle
-Gain cruel trait blinding general
-Whole kingdom revolts
-Crown authority gets rekt
-Muslims win
-1000 gold in debt
-Set up merchant republic in North Africa
-Borrow money from Jews
-Expel Jews
-Castrate remaining Jews
-Rebuild army
-Take rest of Balkans
-Army is huge
-Take Southern HRE and southern France
-Entire Arabian Empire rebels
-Caliph down to 7500 troops
-Holy Wars against Caliph
-Take all the way down to Egypt
-Capture Caliph
-Castrate Caliph
-Wage war on Morocco
-Capture Morocco
-Just Spain left
-Have another son
-Born in purple
-Ask for first son to be excommunicated
-Denied
-Arrest son
-Castrate son
-Vassals hate me
-Vassals rebel
-Hire mercenaries
-♥♥♥♥ Vassals
-Arabia invades
-♥♥♥♥ Arabia
-Castrate Vassals
-Castrate Caliph
-Holy War against Spain
-Take eastern coast in many holy wars
-So many castrated Muslim men
-No more reproduction in Spain.
-Build back army
-Castrate my first born for the last time
-Finish off Spanish Muslims
-Castrate whole prison cell
-Take Christian stronghold in Spain.
-Release king
-I am merciful
-Reunite Roman Empire
-Look up at clock
-1 pm
-February 2nd
-I guess Rome was built in a day

15/10 would castrate world again
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762 of 827 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
649.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I was playing with my friend the other day. He was a dashing young duke and I was an ugly 50 year old German count with an ugly 16 year old wife.

I seduced my friend's wife and got her pregnant. I got to hear him yelling about some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ getting her pregnant behind his back for a year before she gave wife and told him about me. He tried to revoke my titles, I kicked his ♥♥♥ and let him have white peace.

Over the next 10 years, I simultaneously had 11 lovers:
The Queen of England
The Holy Roman Empress
The Byzantine Empress
The Queen of France
The Queen of Poland
The Queen of Bulgaria
The Queen of Scotland
The Queen of Norway
The Queen of Denmark
The Queen of Sweden
The Queen of Croatia

Finally I died of stress, but by then it was already too late. I had assassinated the heirs to every kingdom and empire, and my secret royal ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ children were set up to inherit every throne in all of Europe.

Every single one of my children was betrothed to one of their secret ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ half-sisters and half-brothers, leading to an entire generation of my family line that was inbred to the point that they were entirely useless.

10/10
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760 of 856 people (89%) found this review helpful
1017 people found this review funny
437.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Was playing as Poland, Had inbred son. Named him Plick. Awarded him the title of Count of Plock. Hence, Count Plick of Plock the Inbred Polock.

11/10 Inbred sons.
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341 of 362 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
202.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Dear Diary,

Day 1, I played CK2 as a Viking Lord in Norway. I was able to get FedualisAm and reformed Religion. 65 years old and on death door I was able to get Primogeniture passed as a tribe and formed kingdom of sweden and norway.

Day 2, Today the throne was passed to me by my father. I was able to take over Finland and Denmark to create an empire.
Found a new home in England and that will be the target of my son.

Day 3, My father was a viking berserker, He lead an army of 5000 men charging toward 3000 skirt troop but he was manage to get surranded and killed. I got on the throne just 14 years old and I will probably rule it a long time.

Day 4, I am still on the throne and now i am now 70 years old. A lot things happened and United Kingdom is now under viking Banner and I am still a bit short of forming the wendish empire. It's Already midnight here so a new day will start.

Day 5, It's pass mid night and i will play until i pass the throne to my son. as 70 I will need to slow down and manage my titles, county and Duchy well. Time to be a bit ruthless tyrant and once I die all bad behavior will be washed away.

PSSSSttt.. I am now 83 years old.. Why won't i die? All the vassal are extramly unhappy with me taking duchy, Banish overpowered lord. I had to bribe people regulary. Murder over powerful faction member. And forget about Fabricate Claims I need it to keep my subject happy.

MAARARAFDAAS... I am now 93 years old.. I accepted the fact that i won't die anytime soon And it's 5:30 in the morning already.

Meh.. This is a review? Not a Diary? Why are you Staring at my story.., Buy the game and start your own story.

Update:
A little update to the fun fact.. he finnaly died at 95. then the heir was 75 and died with the year then the heir was 59 and already mained and ill. He died in 3 month. Now i am playing as a 2 year old infant. Wow. I love this game.
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155 of 166 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,421.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I had a family before this game, I had friends... Now my wife left me, took the kids too. Got fired and to top it off I havent bathed in at least 6 months... I didn't ask for this. But by god the Serene Republic of Venice is now a mediocre trade power thanks to me. Ten outta god damn Ten.
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