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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"An unforgettable wander through the bastions, banquet halls and bedchambers of Medieval Europe."
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April 8

Patch 2.3.4 Released!

MAJOR:
- Fixed CTD issue caused by character flags not being saved properly

MINOR:
- Now unborn children of dead popes no longer inherit a claim on the papacy when they are born.
- You no longer feel bad for having a romantic relationship with your spouse.
- Added console command 'add_lover'
- Fixed a problem with delayed events having the exact same random seed as the firing scope
- Seduction Focus: AI will not try to seduce targets that already have lovers (unless lustful, etc)
- Seduction Focus: AI seducers less likely to acquire multiple lovers
- Seduction Focus: Married women and concubines are less likely to fall for seduction if they like their husband better than the seducer (unless lustful, arbitrary, etc.)
- Seduction Focus: Toned down AI seduction attempts of player spouses and concubines even more
- Seduction Focus: It takes much longer to attempt seduction of distant targets
- Seduction Focus: More personality checks for married women and consorts
- Seduction Focus: Added missing "Seduction in the Wild" event (WoL.431)
- Intrigue Focus: Spying on an adulterer (your spouse, consort or the other party) can now uncover the affair
- Players can no longer see other lovers of their spouses and concubines in the interface without using the 'charinfo' console command
- Hunting Focus: Fixed a bug with duplicate events fired (from WoL.5066)
- Fixed bug where only the last character was visible in the end game list of played characters
- Fixed bug where the AI did not always build buildings.
- Fixed an issue with the trade route chain that could create the trade route for the other party instead.
- Toned down courtier lover creation event (456)
- Seduction events: Fixed some issues where execution would break incorrectly
- Fixed the broken 'remove_claim' effect when used in CB's like depose anti-pope.
- Added events to attain the Strategist trait through War focus.

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February 16

2.3.3 PATCH RELEASED - Checksum DAQH - NOT for problem reports!

Hello folks,
Here is a very minor patch to iron out some multiplayer lobby issues and prepare the converter for El Dorado.

Here are the patch notes:

MAJOR:
- Fixed issues in lobby when players were loading saves

CONVERTER:
- Added copy folder to sunset invasion scenario conversion

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Reviews

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

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

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

About This Game

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

Key features:

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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
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1,187 of 1,271 people (93%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
114.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Daughter contracted syphilis. Made her marry my enemy and give him syphilis.

10/10 biological warfare simulator
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1,979 of 2,174 people (91%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
755.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Noticed one day that my little boy turned gay all of a sudden.

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

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

10/10, would imprison and execute my pedophilic gay uncle again.
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2,482 of 2,801 people (89%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
2,799.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Meh, the fun only lasts for a little bit, so I didn't play for very long.
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408 of 439 people (93%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
271.0 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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593 of 665 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
My 7 year old baron son wanted to institute a law that forced the women of his barony to have sex with him.

69/10 would raise a real man again.
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672 of 761 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,469.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I no longer see people. I only see tools that I can use to further my own ends. Friends? Pfah! They will wear a smile on their face as they twist the knife in your back. Family? All envious of my position and willing to eat eachother just for a chance at my crown. Children? More tools in my political war chest to use as I see fiUURRRRRK...

Welp, My pops is dead. Guess that makes me king now.
Sooo... Who wants cake?
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663 of 762 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
They killed my son, the perfect child of a 300 years of eugenics-tier breeding and conditioning...

So I burned their Empire to the GROUND.

10/10 Eugenics Sim. Beautiful.
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475 of 557 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
258.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Arrested a Duke's son for trying to murder his father.
Duke gained a -50 opinion modifier towards me for imprisoning his son.
50/10
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300 of 342 people (88%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
4,089.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
It's an alright game so far, haven't played enough of it to really have a solid opinion on it though.
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155 of 161 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
678.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
At the age of 21 I had lost count at 25 lovers, and I had 16 legitimized ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s (I didn't legitimize the ones with birth defects). This didn't sit well with the cuckolded kings of Christendom however, and I was promptly assassinated. I left my mark in more ways than one though, because now they all have herpes. I live on in the memories of the Frankish and Lombard kings; every time they feel the itch they think of me.
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192 of 210 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The only game on Earth where you can murder your uncle and the pope while plotting to rebuild the Roman Empire and fight Aztecs. 10/10 would play again
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116 of 123 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
A maimed, Ill, Wounded, Blind courtier with tiphus just won the grand tournament i hosted
10/10
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130 of 142 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
My daughter-in-law kept hitting on me until I gave in & took her to my private chambers...
She gave me the offspring that my wife couldn't.
Dynasty saved.
Would tap dat a$$ again! 10/10
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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
620.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Love this game and it's endless replayability. The DLC's are ok, a couple of really solid ones, but is the mods that really shine. Game of Thrones fan? Mod for that (which I personally believe is better than the base game). Elder Scrolls fan? Mod for that (its decent, not as well developed as the game of thrones one). Want to play in a post-apocalyptic America and pretend its Fallout? You bet your ♥♥♥ there's a mod for that.
Go get this game
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66 of 67 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
170.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I was at the top man.

I had it all. Concubines, soldiers, loyal vassals, mercenaries, all the indulgences a human life could need and all the assurance I could want of my entrance into the afterlife.

Yes, the good old King of Ireland was ready to form the Empire of Brittania at the ripe old age of 59.

But then my son died and then I died and I lost the game. Never have I ever been so destroyed by a game. 10/10.
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551 of 783 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I didn't know what to write about in my review, so here's a recipe for pancakes instead:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
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85 of 99 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I have no idea what I'm doing.
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56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
613.2 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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80 of 95 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Made my sister the court jester, got invaded by a 3 year old, had almost every human being hate me, poisoned woman's husband and had her fall in love with me.

10/10
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,317.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Fun for a couple of hours.
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