When this product was first announced, I was very excited about it as it sounded very cool. The reality of the situation is, that this product is nothing short of a scam, a waste of money and false advertised.
The core features of the product were the following:
1. The ability to customize your character, at any point during the game. This is misleading, as you can only change your hairstyle and (if you are a male ruler) your mustache/beard. This doesn't provide you with the in-depth customization that you would expect with, for example the Ruler Designer.
2. You are suppose to be able to change your dynasty name (IIRC: at any time during the game). However, you can only do it, IF you are the head of your dynasty. This means that if you have been playing for several generations, you can forget being allowed to change it.
3. You can design/change your Coat of Arms to whatever you wanted it to be (within the boundary of the customizer’s ability). As of the recent patch (2.2) and with the introduction of the Charlemagne DLC, this core feature was REMOVED!!!
Paradox Development Studio (PDS) response to this was that “This is currently WAD, as the you are not allowed to change your CoA to a shield that does not belong to your religion. This was made like this as the game makes a check on start up and if your shield was of the wrong religion, gave you a random one instead.” (Yes this is a direct quote from their Dev & Q/A team) So instead of fixing the problem, they decided to “remove a core feature” from the Product....
The worst part about this situation is that this product has been on the market for 15 months when Paradox Development Studio (PDS) made the decision to remove one of the core features of this product. Serious... What the ♥♥♥♥!!!
I would highly recommend NO ONE to buy this piece of ♥♥♥♥ DLC.
Storepage Features: http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/226666/ss_7f9405ef893c5633d423be3d6e286ec0f2c3b952.1920x1080.jpg?t=1376496122http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/226666/ss_48d31a270c44fc682c06aaacfdc370f09ab78e74.1920x1080.jpg?t=1376496122
Removed Feature: http://cloud-4.steampowered.com/ugc/539631097954568153/2165980A0249D141E7535C4CC7BB46F20DF2BC01/
It appears that in the last patch 184.108.40.206, that PDS has reversed their decision regarding this DLC and has patched back and "fixed" the features that they removed. It still doesn’t change my viewpoint with this review, as they should NEVER have removed the feature in the first place.
What adds insult to injury is the fact that they actually fixed the problems with the COA being replaced on the startup of the game, if your religion was different. I don’t see why they didn't bother to just fix it, instead of removing it.