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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September 20

CK2 Dev Diary#24: The 2.6.2 patch

Hello and welcome back to another CK2 Development Diary. The 2.6.2 update looms rather near now, and if everything goes to plan it should be released on Thursday. I’ll start out with the bad news; due to some unforeseen problems one of the game rules I mentioned last week will not be included with this patch: The Multiplayer Assassination rule. However, we do have two other game rules for you which you may find interesting:

  1. De jure Requirement: Default/Required. On default, nothing changes, but with “Required” characters who hold titles which have de jure land will eventually lose the title if they don’t hold any of the de jure land.
  2. Horse Lords:Nomad Stability: Unstable/Stable. Now when a Khagan dies, his vassals have the possibility to break away and form their own realms -with the new Khagan getting a CB on them. Setting “Stable” keeps the old behaviour.

There was some outcry last week because Jews and Zoroastrians didn’t also get a crusader style trait, so I’ve managed to sneak both in with the Shaddai and Gond-i Shahanshah traits. While we were in a trait-adding mood, both Cannibal and Lover’s Pox were changed from character modifiers to traits (although we have left the old modifier checks in place so ongoing games aren’t broken).

The Gender Equality gamerule and laws revealed a few problems with Muslim events always assuming Muslim rulers would be male, so we’re spend a bit of time adding the appropriate checks which should result in a more flavourful Muslim experience.

As well as this, there are plenty of small fixes and additions to many other things, but I’ll let you explore the game and/or the patchnotes to discover them for yourselves.

Full patch notes in original thread
(These are works in progress, when the patch is released we’ll post a final version)

And, last of all, from next week onwards we’ll be posting CK2 DDs on Mondays instead of Tuesdays.

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September 13

More rules, less lunatics

Hello all, it’s time for a CK2 DD once again. Now before I get into the meat of this one, I want to let you know that DDs between DLCs are going to be shorter than the big feature-explainers I could write during Reaper’s, so don’t be surprised if some are brief.

Moving on, work on 2.6.2 continues well, and I’ll post the patch notes when it’s closer to being done, but some fixes that may interest people include:

  • AI Characters are much less likely to take Experimental treatments for minor illnesses, which means you should see less maimed or insane character about in the world.
  • Patricians can now properly Go into Seclusion and Search for Court Physicians.
  • Characters under 16 no longer get gout.

We have added more Game Rules:
  • Supernatural events can be set to Unrestricted, allowing the AI to have fun with them too.
  • Both Mongol and Aztec invasions can be set to “Delayed Random” where they will show up at random but not before the year 1000 and not before the game has been played for 50 years.
  • Turkic Conquerors can be set to Historical/Random/Off.
  • Way of Life users can set Dueling to Normal/RestrictedUnrestricted.
  • Both Vassal and Demesne limits can be set to Normal/Unlimited/50%/25%
  • Grant Independence can be set to Normal/Unrestricted.
  • Assassinate plots in MP can be set to Normal/No Players/No Players + Heirs/No Player Dynasty.

We have also continued to add more Content, including:

The various Defensive Pagan faiths now allow you to pick a Patron Deity granting a bonus to certain stats, and allowing access to certain new events:

Plus, all Pagan religion now have their own Valhalla-bound equivalent:

Characters in Seclusion may find they have an uninvited guest:

Immortal characters are now a lot more likely to wake up from Incapacitating head wounds, and there is no longer an age limit on said event for Immortals.
Even non-depressed Immortals who find that life Eternal isn’t all that great may now attempt to end their life.
Not only that, it’s also possible that Immortal characters may find they are not the only people to have found Eternal life, and that their brethren are not the most welcoming types:

say one thing for Rurik Rurikid, say he's lucky
And that's it for now, see you next week!

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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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306.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Vikings, thats all that needs to be said
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545.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
It's sad such a great game is so poorly optimised for laptops.
Using a gaming laptop 16gbram, 3.6ghz CPU, GTX970M 6gb nvidia card yields me 15 fps on speed 4.
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545.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
As an infant emperor of Britannia, I was murdered by mother... because she didn't like my father (and predecessor). 10/10
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257.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
I play this game far too much. great game that is even greater then it's origanal greatness when you play with mods.
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m k tengri
476.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
The strategy is deeper than you even realize when you're playing. The scale is immense, and has genuinely different playstyles available. The story is entirely emergent. I love this game.
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55.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
After 50 hours I still dont know how to do the achievments ! 11/10
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Generic David
301.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
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Shatter Messiah
176.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
This is the game you play when Risk isn't hard enough for you.

You will spend at least the first 20 hours learning the basics of the game if you don't have someone teaching you.

You will spend the next 20 hours building the perfect dynasty in your first "serious" game.

Only to have it fall apart because your genius heir got sick and died when you are 70 and unable to have any more children. Then your great uncle Frank will take over for you and several civil wars will ensue for control of your kingdom. At the same time 2 different super powers will decide to pounce on you in your moment of weakness, Then all of a sudden British Italy with a Norse king is asking the Indian pope for permission to wage a crusade against the Irish-Iberian muslims. Then Frank decides to die with no heirs and then the world is plunged into even more turmoil.

Damnit Frank.
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39.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
Found a 12 year old duchess of Galicia with quick, attractive,ambitious and kinslayer. Her father and brother died suspiciously, older sister killed, mother and younger sister still locked in the dungeon. Betrothed my only son to her,few years later, guess who has to play a 2 year old boy with a young queen regent?

10 twelve year old kinslayers out of 10
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95 of 115 people (83%) found this review helpful
93 people found this review funny
887.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
-Creates Custom Ruler
-Creates Shahdom of Azerbaijan
-Reks Seljuks
-Becomes Shahanshanshah (Or something like that)
-Becomes Shayoshan (Or something like that)
-Has 11 Sons and 13 Daughters
-Marries the to each other
-Has Grandchildren that are either strong or genius or attractive or inbred
-Marries them to each other
-Reks Byzantium (F*ck you Leonidas because THIS IS PERSIA!)
-Kills Seljuk Ruler for being named Sultan Sultan Shah Seljuk of the Seljuk Sultanate (Meaning King King King Seljuk of the Seljuk Kingdom)
-Reks Ghaznavids (Or something like that)
-Conquers Greece
-Conquers Egypt
-Burns Alexandria
-Crosses Ganges
-Tells Alexander the great to eat sh*t
-Conquers India
-Converts every Muslim province on the map to Zoroastrian (Or something like that)
-Yells "Persia strong!Remove Kebab!"
-Says "Mission accomplished."
-Marries 1 Sister and takes the other ones as concubines
-Gets nicknamed "the dragon"
-Title is inherited by wroth,inbred lunatic
-Becomes paranoid
-Gets known as "the mad"
-Has a son that is a duellist and a poet
-Has tournament
-Son wins tournament
-Has a massive civil war
-Son dies in battle against rebel leader

Would Targaryen again
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Played as the Norse Cheif of Dyflinn in Ireland. My son came of age, and I discovered he was a homosexual. Married him to a blood relative of the Chief of the Isle of Man to secure an alliance to take over Ireland. Noticed his wife began to fancy me, so I gave her a good tumble. She has a son by me, and my son believes the child to be his own. The lineage is secure.
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I just bought this game recently, and it has already absorbed nearly 20 hours of my life.

I can forsee myself playing this for a number of hours that makes people question my sanity.

If you are looking for a generic civilization game, this isn't for you. If you like the idea of micromanaging a dynasty and making strategic marriages...then get this game immediately.

My only honest complaint is that so much of the map is unplayable unless you buy DLC. They aren't super expensive, but it is a bit irritating.

Still, for what the game is and the uniqueness of it...I'll give it a 10/10.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
330.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Oh the thoughts this game makes you think.

"If you have another child I'm just going to murder him as soon as he turns sixteen so his older brother Pandolf inherits the whole kingdom."

"I could do a quick raid to steal some of their gold OR I could beseige their castle, capture all their womenfolk and either sell them for ransom or take them as my concubine."

"If I press my subject's claim on a city halfway across the continent resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers and locals in the process, I might be able to get another half a percentage point more prestige closer to crowning myself emperor."

You start thinking about these things in the shower, then just before you go to bed, then you stay up starting at the ceiling mapping out your strategy for the next time you hop on, growing anxious if you saved and quit right at the end of a massacre at the hands of a Mongol deathstack or your infertile wife turned forty, discovered your plot to murder her and went into hiding. It will consume your life, and even work will be an endless scroll through /r/crusaderkings just waiting to get home and play this productivity vacuum.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Be me king of Poland a long long time ago in a back water country far far away
Marry my son off the the Byzantine princess think nothing of it
5 years later his wife dies (much sadness)
Then realize my darling boy has a slight claim on the entire Byzantine empire
Byzantine scary king dies
Little kid in charge
Call the banners
Go to war
R-R-R-Rus, Hun-gary, and Sweedon answer the call
Wars going great 99% war score
About to drag the kid emperor out of his toy castle
In this war I've lost a hand
Been horribly disfigured
Become maimed, severely injured and crippled
Bout to exact my vengeance on this little boy
Wtf is this Byzantine empire pulls a 10k army out of its ♥♥♥
I have a cheeky force of 4k
R-R-R-Rus, Hun-gary, and Sweedon dicking around in Greece
Bout to get me ♥♥♥ handed to me on a silver platter
I start winning the battle slight hope enters my eyes
Useless son loses the right flank
I become imprisoned
My son runs away
I realize quickly how Byzantines treat those accused of treason
-100% warscore
Rage quit

11/10 would start a world war again
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
My First Proper Game
- Start out as a single province in Ireland.
- Set up my court and give out titles.
- Get married. Make an heir.
- Everything is going amazingly.
- Declare War on the neighbouring province.
- Win the war flawlessly.
- Give province to my most trusted courtier.
- Declare War on the another neighbouring province.
- Win the war flawlessly, again.
- Give province to my other trusted courtier.
- Life is going incredibly well, soon Ireland will be mine!
- SUDDENLY, one of my stupid vassals rebels for no reason!
- Crush the rebels and go completely mad, imprisoning him and all of his family then executing them all! No mercy for traitors!
- Everyone hates me including my wife!
- People starting plotting against me left and right!
- I get super paranoid and start executing everyone!
- My other vassal rebels.
- Some random place I've never heard of declares war on me.
- My army is totally crushed.
- Laugh like a mad man and lose EVERYTHING.
- Game over.

10/10 would go completely insane and lose everything again.
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71 of 119 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
280.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
At first the DLC expansions sounded like a good idea.

Then they started breeding faster than the Zerg.
I stopped playing the game altogether because it always feels incomplete since I can't afford to buy all the (gameplay) DLCs at the rate they are putting them out.

To top things off, Paradox stopped putting DLCs on a 75% off discount, and you can hope for 66% at most. Doesn't sound like much of a difference, but hey, 1000x 1 euro is a lot.

Unless the publisher puts out a DLC bundle (which gives you a discount based on how much DLCs you already have) I'll probably never play this again.

Whew, managed to go throught the review without comparing them to EA and Ubisoft. Oh -
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
956.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Playing as Catholic: 10/10 would Deus Veult for Jerusalem again.
Playing as Muslim: 10/10 would sack Constantinople again.
Playing as Germanic Pagans: 20/10 would ♥♥♥♥ and pillage anyone who isn't a Germanic Pagan again.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
310.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
>Be me
>Start as a single county in Ireland
>Counquer all of Ireland in 3 generations
>Feeling pretty good decide Ill start to conquer scotland and unite the UK
>Marry My son off to a daughter byzantine emporer
>Byzantine EMporer has 5 sons
>First 2 sons die from assasination
>Second 2 sons die from disease
>Realize I could inherit the empire
>assasinate the last remaining son
>Daughter is the only remaining heir
>Emporer dies and my son inherits the empire
>I die with scotland and Ireland in hand
>Go from owning scotland and ireland to owning all of modern turkey, greece, and half of italy
>finish conquering all of italy
>get quest to reconquer and restore rome
>Take all of israel and persia
>reclaim egypt and africa
>Take france through marriage
>Claim all of spain
>begin work on Germania
>Aztecs come but never invade because they fear my roman might
>Mongols come and romans and mongols fight in a epic multiwar with some loses and some wins on either side
>Rome finally wears down mongol forces and assasinates the leader
>Mongol empire is in chaos
>Rome finishes conquering UK and Germany
>Working on conquering Mongols back to their homeland and then game ends.
>Now time to transfer game to EU IV and have Rome take over the world.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,885.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
You know, ive been playing paradox games ever since europa universalis rome and in that time iv e played at one point or another most major paradox titles espically their strategy titles.

Now out of all those titles, crusader kings 2 overall probably isnt any better than its counterparts europa 4, hearts of iron 4 and victoria 2..but it does have something that none of the others do..in fact while the aforementioned games are similar to each other crusader kings 2 stands out..europa 4 attempts to combine various aspects from all of these titles into one large jack of all trades that everyone can enjoy, victoria 2 embraced the economic side of paradox strategy with some hearts of iron style warfare..hearts of iron 4 while a massive improvment on the third entry in that series is still a war sim far far more than anything else.

Crusader kings was intended to be grand strategy meets rpg, and it pulled that off wonderfully in the process however something uniqe and special in the gaming world was born..something that i have never been able to find a sutiable comparison for when looking at all aspects of a game..there just isnt another game that pulls of making you feel like you are that indivudal king or queen even though you arent because they are often actual historical charaters .so that every year of thier rule feels personalized to you despite the fact that the game isnt tryin gto say YOU are that ruler.

At the same time your ruling for hundreds of years over dozens of rulers so how could each ruler feel individual, and to an extent that applies however..imagine the old idea of re incartaion, throughout the eons you are reborn essentialy the same sould but into different bodies and lives ((or as a tree)) adapt that slightly and you have what playing a ruler in crusader kings 2 feels like.

Now i could elaborate further as i intended to cover the other points i wished to make but this review is getting a bit long so ill wrap it up...there would have been at least four blocks that size.

The point is this game does something you will not find anywhere else, you may find individual aspects in other games or even a combination of a few but overall there simply isnt another comparison, at least not yet.

So very simply put if you like the idea of roleplaying as a king or queen while running a country paradox style than this is the game for you.
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