Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Adam Smith)

Crusader Kings II is almost fully grown. As a kid, it didn’t have the breadth of thought to explore more than one belief system and certainly didn’t know how a Republic operated. With age came wisdom and the youngster was soon travelling all over the world to learn about different cultures and faiths. As part of the MA in Early Medieval History that it completed recently, CK II wrote a biography of Charlemagne and now it has left the cloisters of academia and is ready to enter the real world. The school of life. I give it two weeks before it’s bedding its own father in law and having its brothers chopped into messes.

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Community Announcements - BjornB

Do you have an idea for a Crusader Kings II inspired motivational post? Then please come on over and post it on our facebook page.

Thank you for playing Crusader Kings II!!!
Community Announcements - [Pdx] Escher
Hi all!

After a thorough open beta phase we are now ready to unleash version 2.2.1 to the world! In fact, we've already done so! Should you not have received the prompt to update your client then just restart Steam to grab the latest update.

We made a whole host of tweaks and changes across the board, so many in fact that it makes Steam's character limit tremble in fear. As such, please click the link below for the full patch notes!!
Community Announcements - [PDX]TotalyMoo

Change of plans guys! This turned out to be far more serious than we thought, and required some fairly dangerous code to fix, so we are postponing the regular patch to early next week to give you guys a chance to test the fix and make sure it works.

We also threw in a fix for the "Shia Calphate always being created early so we never get the rise of the Shia event" problem for good measure.

If nothing else super-serious pops up this is what will be released as the 2.2.1 patch.

Keep in mind that this is a beta branch, so there could still be bugs, crashes and odd behaviour, use at your own risk.
If you want to use the beta branch, right click the game in the Steam client, choose Properties, click the "Betas" tab and select the "Beta" version of the game.

Here is the full changelog of the beta so far.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Adam Smith)

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam explores his own gaming history to understand why he plays and why he writes.>

This is my first week back from a holiday, during which time I barely looked at an internet, let alone wrote on one. I didn’t play any games either, unless you consider freezing to death on a remote Welsh hillside to be some sort of game. As is often the case, not doing something for five minutes has made me think about why I do it in the first place. Why, of all the wonderful and fascinating things that exist, do I spend so much time thinking and writing about games?

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Community Announcements - BjornB

We at Paradox endorse a fratercide free holiday!
Community Announcements - BjornB

Do you miss any DLC's for Crusader Kings II?
Then head over to the "Featured Deals" page at Right now you can pick up a lot of DLC's for CK2 as well as other games from our catalog to a very reasonable price!

This page will continue to list current deals in our webshop, so come back now and then for current deals.

In other news...
A new open beta patch (v2.2.0.3) was released yesterday, so if you have experienced problems with Crusader Kings II since the release of Charlemagne, please head over to our forums for more information.

Best wishes
Björn - Community Manager @Paradox Interactive
Community Announcements - [PDX]TotalyMoo

Greetings rulers of differing ranks and origin!

Paradox Extra, our new YouTube/community project, is proud to present a new video by Paradoxian Rojiru - a tutorial showing the new features in Charlemagne.
This channel is a new project by us at Paradox, aiming to get closer to our fans and players. Want to participate, contribute, join and/or learn more? Follow this link!

The Paradox Extra Team

Community Announcements - BjornB
STOCKHOLM — October 14, 2014 — The Father of Europe leads the youngest expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s best-selling grand strategy game, Crusader Kings II. Charlemagne, the newest expansion to Crusader Kings II, is available now worldwide for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. This major expansion adds new story events, another hundred years of gameplay and long requested game features to the widely popular grand strategy game of dynastic politics and family rivalry.

Charlemagne can be purchased from digital distributors everywhere for $14.99. New downloadable content (DLC) for Crusader Kings II is also available today, including the Dynasty Shields: Charlemagne collection, new portrait packs, and an e-book version of the medieval epic “Song of Roland.” Full details and purchase location can be found now at"]

See the Dark Ages end and the medieval world arise in Charlemagne through a new trailer:

As usual, the expansion will be accompanied by a host of free changes to the core Crusader Kings II experience, available in a major update that can be downloaded today. This free content includes a major overhaul to the nomadic tribes of Europe – now they are even more distinct from their neighbors hiding behind castle walls.

"Charlemagne" will introduce Crusader Kings II players to the man who became the “Father of Europe,” uniting much of the continent for the first time since the since the fall of Rome and founding the Holy Roman Empire. Including the ability to start a dynasty as far back as 769 AD, the expansion will include a series of story events surrounding the rise of Charlemagne. The expansion also features game options to allow players to chart their own places in history – such as a new in-game “Chronicle” that highlights a dynasty’s conquests, marriages, and labors for the faith.

Crusader Kings II is currently at 75% off on most digital outlets! To learn more about Crusader Kings II, visit
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Adam Smith)

I haven’t checked in on Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II for a while, but both games continue to expand in my absence. For Crusader Kings II, the Charlemagne expansion pushes back further into the early medieval period, with another hundred years added to the timeline and enough features to make the DLC equivalent in size to the gargantuan Old Gods expansion. EU IV’s Art of War expansion might be even larger and is certainly the grandest piece of DLC for Europa Universalis to date. As the name suggests, the focus is on military campaigns, but every system in these games is linked, so it’ll affect far more than the fracas. Videos below.

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