From the makers of the Victoria, Hearts of Iron, and Europa Universalis series, Paradox Interactive brings you the latest game in their grand strategy genre
Crusader Kings II
Many were called, few were chosen
Europe is in turmoil. The lands are fragmented into petty fiefs, the emperor struggles with the Pope, and the Holy Father declares that all those who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins. Now is the time for greatness.
Increase your lands and fill your coffers, appoint vassals, battle traitors, introduce laws while interacting with hundreds of nobles, and create the most powerful dynasty of medieval Europe.
A beleaguered king will always have friends to support him. But beware, as your rule and realm may find trouble when a loyal vassal becomes a bitter rival. Stand ready, increase your prestige, and listen to the world whisper your name in awe.
Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
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Just what is Crusader Kings 2?
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 title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.
The earliest starting date for the game is 1066 C.E. and is playable through to 1455 C.E.. You basically take on the role of pretty much any medieval noble and carry them through the ages from Count to Duke, from King to Emperor via the line of succession. Prestige is gathered for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your dynasty. Expand your feudal domain at the expense of your rivals, unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each armed with their own agendas, re-enact the crusades, defend against the Mongol onslaught, and form feudal nation-states. Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops and relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode. If you've never played one of these grand strategy games, it's sort of like an RTS meets a TBS in that the game can progress real-time by day-sized turns (which can last as long as 7-10 seconds or be shorter than 1 second depending on changes of speed) and you can pause the game whenever to issue as many commands as you'd like while it's paused.
There is an insane amount of strategic depth to this game and a huge focus on characters involving management of politics at your internal court, external diplomacy with your vassals and beyond, military maintenance of the traditional levy-armies of the middle ages with a variety of different types of units (within the same tech level from light/heavy infantry or cavalry to pikemen and horse archers), complicated economic and technological management, detailed provincial building system etc etc etc...
Be warned! This game is not intuitively easy! You will play this game for hours with little to no idea what is going on and only slowly climb up the very steep learning curve. The learning process can be a mix of frustration and awe at how little you understand what's going on, but it's extremely fascinating and the more you learn the better it gets.
Tuesday Feb 14th
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