Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
User reviews: Very Positive (14,456 reviews) - 92% of the 14,456 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

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February 9

Conclave Dev Diary #5 Post Launch


It’s been a week since release and a lot of people have been playing Conclave. As usual, we have carefully listened to feedback from our players, and as Doomdark explained last week, we’ve been looking into ways of improving the design and implementation of certain features. The two main areas of concern are Coalitions and Shattered Retreats, and we are currently testing the revised solutions. Read more about these changes in Conclave: The Near Future.

On top of this, we’ve been looking to improve the experience in Conclave further. Here’s a selection of new features:

  • A new favor use where a vassal can get pardoned by the liege.
  • A new faction that can unite vassals against tyrannical rulers, change succession law and put the most liked (or the least disliked) vassal on the throne.
  • Clarity, balancing and some new non-congenital traits in the Education system.
  • More events related to favors.
The patch also feature some quality of life improvements such as:
  • A next song button.
  • An option to ignore the music scripts and play all songs randomly (Christmas carols all year long!)
Plus about a hundred more fixes.

As soon as the changes are fully implemented and approved by our internal QA department, we will release it as a public beta to get the opportunity to gather your feedback before finalizing the patch.

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February 2

Crusader Kings II: Conclave is out now!

Crusader Kings II Expansion Now Available

Once upon a time there was a king. He had amassed a large kingdom through the assistance and guidance of his wise councilors. Their skill, martial prowess and intelligence were guided by total loyalty to the king’s royal will. But these men, all drawn from the most powerful nobles in the realm, were not immortal. Now their equally powerful children hold their fathers’ seats, and they seem to have ideas of their own.

Crusader Kings II: Conclave, the newest expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s critically acclaimed medieval grand-strategy game, is now available at major digital retailers and the Paradox store. This expansion focuses on the internal dynamics of managing a realm with powerful vassals demanding to be heard on the royal council. How much power can you give to your advisors before you stop feeling like a king?


Conclave also includes:

- new realm laws to fine tune the future and culture of your country (including female inheritance)
- fine tuning of how much money or gold you expect from your vassals
- new diplomatic system returns royal marriages to the center of medieval politics
- changes to the military game, including renting your soldiers out as mercenaries

And, we're releasing a new content pack - the cleverly named Crusader Kings II: Conclave Content Pack, to bring you new cosmetic changes to your game including world wonders, new portraits for some nations, and some new unit designs. It is sold separately.

And, as usual, whether you buy Conclave or not, the release is accompanied by a free, major patch that will improve Crusader Kings II for everyone.

So raise your banners. The council is in session.

Full Patch Notes 2.5.1

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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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485 of 513 people (95%) found this review helpful
322 people found this review funny
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015

•Played as a Viking in the late 8th century.
•One of my more ambitious council members "has decided it's time" for me to leave this world.
•He begins a plot to assasinate me.
•The rest of my council advises me to righteously imprison him.
•Instead I notice the poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is just lonely and wants to get married.
•Marry him off to another lonely girl in my court.

•She's happy.
•He's happy.
•I ask him kindly to end his plot to kill me.
•He agrees.

☺ I'm happy..

Best feel good simulator 11/10.


( EDIT: Seeing as this reached the top I wanted to let everyone know that YOU CAN NO LONGER DO THIS!! (There is a manual work-around and mod available, but still) As of Patch 2.5 The "Get Married" ambition and many others have been removed in favor of new ones! The reason is the old ambitions were believed to have been "largely insignificant" in terms of gameplay! Not only does this change remove HUGE OPPORTUNITIES for roleplay, but the old ambitions ACTUALLY DID affect gameplay or outcomes and now with Conclave they would have been far more useful! Why get rid of ways to keep your counselors happy when the new DLC harps on that? I was able to stop my murderous counselor from killing me by keeping him happy when I helped him achieve his ambitions of marriage! (which gave like a 30 point boost to opinion rating, btw) Please Paradox, revert the old ambitions! THEY WERE MEANINGFUL AND FUN!! ~ K Thx, Bai! ♥)
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461 of 488 people (94%) found this review helpful
257 people found this review funny
896.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
I am sussex, one county in enlgand at the 769 start.

I realize I picked a bad start, and need to get land fast. so I took over kent, the de jure duchy.

I am now the duke of Kent, but am stuck with mercia, wessex, and northumbria. so I decide to take those too.

I am now the king of England. Unfortunately, ireland and scotland seem to hate things that aren't celtic and think they can attack me at will. so I take them over.

I am content with staying on the empire of Britannia and never expanding as that brings trouble. except the vikings think they can constantly spam raids on me. so I take over all of scandinavia to stop the germanics.

now that I am no longer surrounded by long boats, I can finally rest...

and then the muslims invaded aquataine. realizing how screwed I am if the muslims manage to take france and germany, I proceed to commit genocide across the iberian peninsula to ensure christian safety. I can now finally stop conquering...

until I notice that africa is only made of muslims since the shia took over mali. so to make sure that I don't get steam rolled later, I take them over too...

I finally stop conquering for 50 years... until the mad emperor decides that he wants jerusalem, france, germany, italy and middle francia. so he conquers them all and eventually dies from a combination of stress, depression, and a wound.

good thing that his genius son managed to keep the empire from being broken apart from all the lords who just don't like the Haesting family. unfortantely, I lose jersualem from every single muslim joining the jihad. but thats okay, I pushed into egypt and took control of the byzantine empire.

The caliphate must have realized what I was planning, for 30 years after the fall of jerusalem he thought he could take anotolia. Neither he nor I expeceted the christianized mongolians helping me. I keep anatolia and eventually take back jerusalem.

on May 30th, 1350, I was crowned Roman Emperor and given the nickname 'the glorious'.

10/10, would restore rome as an anglo-saxon again.

EDIT: At 820 hours, I have finally beaten my first ironman game. This game lasts far too long if you start at the 769 date since the game lags bad at the end.
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425 of 488 people (87%) found this review helpful
421 people found this review funny
284.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
>Be king of spain
>Zealous as ♥♥♥♥
>For some reason the pope doesn't like me
>Check out the pope, see what he's like
>Holy ♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s a baddass
>Ex peasant rebel
>Learning 2, knows next to nothing of theology
>Wrothful, gluttonous and lustful
>Cynical, doesn't actually believe in God
>Martial score of 19
>Pastimes include hunting and poetry
>Has two kids with some random wench he met in the woods
>Best mother♥♥♥♥ing pope ever
>Come back a few years later
>One of his sons is pope


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493 of 575 people (86%) found this review helpful
818 people found this review funny
6,045.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
This game is not very replayable.
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258 of 284 people (91%) found this review helpful
221 people found this review funny
105.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Game Of Thrones Simulator 2015

So, I was playing with a friend in Poland...

I was the King, and he was a Duke.

He overthrew me, and then I became another Duke in Poland. I gained a lot of allies, and after I had assassinated my friend's children for the lols, I decided to rise up to throw him off the throne.

I succeeded, and, when I became King once again, I castrated my friend, and executed his entire family.

He was really ♥♥♥♥♥♥.

11/10 would lose a friend again

(later on, he actually overthrew me again as another character, but this game is so great)
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