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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March 27

For the Faith!


Today I’d like to talk about the revamp of Secret Religious Cults that we’ve been working on for the past few weeks. At the launch of Monks and Mystics the system was entirely trait-based, i.e. if you were a Catholic in secrecy you would have a ‘Secretly Catholic’ trait. This system was clunky and hard to work with, so we decided to instead go for a code solution where both the ‘traits’ and the Cults themselves are automatically generated. Yes - this means that all religions (as long as they are present in the game at any start date) now have an associated Secret Religious Cult!

We also changed how the Secret Religion itself is displayed, instead of being a trait it is now displayed next to the characters real religion - as can be seen here:

You can also search for characters that are of the same secret religion as you using the new filter ‘Has Secret Religion’ in the Character Finder. If you do, their secret religion is displayed next to their age:

Another thing that we improved is the participation of your fellow members when you’re part of a Secret Religious Cult. They will now much more actively seek out to induce sympathy, induct and recruit other characters to the cult - for better or worse. To balance this increase in recruitment we’ve made it much harder to induct characters who are Zealous or of King/Empire tier. Also, your top priority should be to induct the Court Chaplain of the top liege, lest this will happen to you...

To provide ample opportunity for you to convert in secret we’ve added a whole bunch of new decisions to take, as well as a couple of new options in existing events. You can, for example, choose to convert in secret to the religion of a spouse, concubine or friend. You can also choose to secretly convert to the religion of one of your demesne provinces, or if you happen to own a Holy Site (of an existing, living, religion), secretly convert that way as well.

Not relating to Secret Religious Cults, but rather secrecy in general - if you as a Devil Worshiper isn’t careful enough, it’s possible for you to get attacked by Demon Hunters! This should motivate any dark cultists to stay in the shadows and not reveal themselves by blatantly using their power. As implied it’ll also be possible, if you aren’t careful, to reveal yourself as a Devil Worshiper by using your powers too often (especially if you are independent, as there’s no Court Chaplain that can hunt you down normally!). Note that there are many different Demon hunters that can track you down, and you might even have repeated run-ins with some of them...

Now I’ll hand over the keyboard to Magne “Meneth” Skjæran for a moment to talk about how moddable this new Secret Religious Cult system is:

We’ve designed this new secret religion system from the ground up to be highly moddable. One of our main goals was to reduce the amount of work involved in creating new societies, benefiting both our content designers, and modders in general.

To achieve this, the system is built around a rudimentary dynamic society system. This system is currently only available for religions. What this system allows is defining one or more society templates, which can then be instantiated by religions. This allows separate localisation for each religion’s cult, members, currency, etc., but means that the core of the society only has to be defined once.

We’ve also made a number of other script changes to make secret religions and cults easy to reference. For example, societies can now have a religion associated, and can be used in most places where you can reference a religion. They can now also be saved as event targets, as can religions and cultures. Secret religious societies in particular are especially easy to scope to; the identifier “secret_religious_cult” will now grab the secret religious cult of a character’s secret religion (or if you’re in a religion scope, it’s secret religious cult), and can generally be used anywhere that’d take a society or religion.

There’s also a number of new triggers and effects associated with secret religions, meaning you can now easily tell what someone’s “true religion” is for example, defined simply as their secret religion if they have one, and otherwise their public religion.

To sum it all up, here’s the relevant modding changelog items:

- FROM in on_character_convert_religion and on_character_convert_culture is no longer a temp character, but instead the culture/religion itself. This only provides access to comparing to the culture/religion (or group). It should also still work to set cultures/religions and such. Please report any issues encountered with it. This change also means that it should now be possible to reference the previous characters outside "immediate" and similar without the game crashing - same_society_as trigger will no longer be true when both characters are not part of a society. - Added society icon backgrounds (society_symbol_bg_stone.dds and society_symbol_bg_wood.dds) to gfx/inventory/societies to make it easier for modders to make their own societies that follow the style of the vanilla societies - Added a better secret religion system, now based around a code attribute rather than traits. Characters can have up to one secret religion. If the character ends up as their secret religion, their secret religion is cleared. This can be set and accessed via script: - Added triggers "secret_religion", "true_religion", "secret_religion_group", and "true_religion_group". True religion being defined as your secret religion if you have one, otherwise your public religion - The religion triggers (religion, secret_religion, true_religion, and the group versions) can now optionally take a "target_type" determining which religion of the target they check against. E.G., religion = { target = ROOT target_type = secret } will check if the scoped character's public religion is the same as ROOT's private religion. The valid types are "public", "secret", and "true". The default is to use the same as the type being checked; religion default to public, secret_religion to secret, true_religion to true. A religion (group) name as the right-hand-side works for all the triggers - Effect set_secret_religion takes a religion or a scope. It optionally takes a target type (true/secret/public), but defaults to secret - Added trigger has_secret_religion which takes "yes" or "no" - Added set_secret_religion and clear_secret_religion effects - The "religion" and "set_secret_religion" effects optionally take a religion type (true/secret/public) to determine which to use when a scope is referenced. "religion" defaults to public, while "set_secret_religion" defaults to "secret" - Added "secret_religion" console command that sets a character's secret religion. Defaults to the player's character - Who can see a character's secret religion is defined in 00_religions.txt - Added a can_see_secret_religion trigger. Takes a scope, and checks if the character scope you're currently in can see the target character's secret religion - Societies can now have an associated religion, which is accessible from script in the same way as character or province religion, including on the right-hand-side of triggers and effects. This is scripted with for example "associated_religion = catholic". It has no effect beyond being accessible via script - Added a convert_to_secret_religion effect. Takes "yes" or a character scope. Sets your public religion to your secret religion, or the target character's secret religion if a scope is used - Added a on_character_convert_secret_religion on_action - Added SecretReligion and TrueReligion localisation promotions so that [This.SecretReligion.GetName] and similar work - Added a dynamic secret religious society system that significantly reduces the work involved in making a religious cult society - All religions except those specifically excluded get a secret religious society generated. The attributes of this society is defined by a template in 00_societies.txt - Most the sections in society definitions now provide the society itself as a scope (FROM) - Societies can now have an associated religion (defined with associated_religion = religiontag). This means that scopes can now be used where religons could be used, such as the right-hand-side of the "religion" trigger or effect. It also means that the "religion" trigger and similar can be used within a society scope - Added a secret_religious_cult scope, which will scope to the cult associated with the character's secret religion. Also works in religion and province scopes. This can also be used on the right-hand-side of effects and triggers - is_rank_full can now take a society scope rather than just a society name - Added a "secret_religion" history effect - Added on_society_created and on_society_destroyed on_actions - Fixed scoping to saved society and artifact event targets not working - Added religion_scope, secret_religion_scope, true_religion_scope, and culture_scope as scopes. These scope to the religion/culture of the character/province/society (only religion for societies) currently scoped to. Can be saved as event targets - Added a save_conversion folder in "common" which handles convering obsolete objects in saves. Currently handles religions and societies - Added a clear_flags_with_prefix effect. Works in character, province, title, and artifact scopes - Fixed the society rank tooltip not having FROM defined. FROM is now the society grand master, as with other society tooltips

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March 24


Hi Guys!

We've just released another small patch in order to fix some important issues. We are still working on 2.7.1 which will contain some bigger changes based on the feedback we've gathered from you so far.

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# Bugfixes
- Fixed custom localization crashing the game
- "Next/previous holding" in the holding build view will now also take you to your hospitals, not just regular holdings, trade posts, and forts
- Fixed Anglo-Saxons and female Germans using the wrong age portraits
- Messed up localisation is now less likely to crash the game
- Fixed the French version of the game crashing if you gained a specific character modifier (again)

Please do not report any issues with this patch in this thread. If you experience bugs, report them as proper bug reports in our bug report forum. Thank you!

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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: 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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