Crusader Kings II
Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:33 AM
After reading this thread and the review over at RPS I think I am going to buy this game. That's good...and bad. Good because it sounds amazing and wonderful, bad because I need to balance it with work, school, kids, woman, BF3, Forza4, Kingdoms of Amalur and eating and sleeping. I can give up more eating and sleeping, but the other things..not so much.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:19 AM
From there it's been cake. The Island starts off so fractured and independent and in such a swamp of claimants that it's just been a matter of finding those claimants, inviting them to the dark side, and stomping face with superior numbers. I've been able to fabricate claims to one of the counties in the North, and already propped myself up with a second duchy so as to press de jure claims. After ~15 years and one botched war (well I didn't botch the war itself, I just screwed up and supported a claimant to a rival duchy and not the county, so after I won the war my man said "Ok, thanks dude" and considered himself my equal. D'oh. Worse off his ungrateful son doesn't even think positively of me. He will die.) I've managed to seize control of 7 counties, 3 under my direct control (one that I passed off to a grandson to stop his whining, which so far hasn't backfired), the rest under vassals that are all at least 30 to the green/loyal. That gives me enough control to claim the throne of Ireland but so far I lack the money and piety. My duke is a lech and a bit of a populist and thus not particularly good at raking in the cross-points. Right now I'm torn between continuing to expand as I have been, though claimants to the remaining 6 counties are sparse, and saving up, consolidating, and taking the remainder of the isle by becoming king and either vassalizing the wimpy duke pretenders or pressing the new crop of de jure claims. Buying indulgences will almost surely be part of that plan.
So far my best assets have been my son, who is an excellent marshal, and a phenomenal steward, who though he's not a Littlefinger-esque financial whiz is loyal, and has strong numbers across the board, so I've assigned him as tutor to each of my grandkids as they turned 6. My Chancellor, spymaster (who was my wife until she died, and whom I replaced with my son's wife because she wanted the job, was loyal, and because I had no good alternates), and religious tutor all leave quite a bit to be desired (in fact my Steward would be better than all three at their own jobs), but I suppose you can't have everything.
Certainly off on the right track so far.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:55 PM
We have fought three wars, both initiated by him over a claim on one of my provinces. I have won all three, and although I don't like I can't expand my victory (I've taken Ulster in all three wars and haven't gotten to keep it), I do love winning wars. So many ransoms, PLUS your disloyal vassals often revolt, allowing me to crush them and throw them in jail.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:15 PM
I pray that they take the core of CK2 and use it to build EU4. CK2 is by far and away the best Paradox game so far.
I have been playing as Byzantium in my first game. So far I have learned loads about how to actually get a large enough functioning economy to throw down with the big boys. HRE ate Italy, Poland, Bohemia, Denmark most of France and is working on chewing up the Arabs in Iberia
They sure made the Arabs much tougher compared to CK. I cant wait to see the Mongols. Im hoping they eat up the Seljuks.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:41 PM
I love this game but I'm beginning to think starting Irish in the early period is just way too easy.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:04 PM
Anyway, I managed to piss off one of my underlings enough that he declared war on me (easy pickings - made for a nice chunky increase to my demesne). The Azerbaijanis came roaring up the side of the Caspian Sea and conquered Alania, which was very convenient because it saved me having to figure out how to fabricate a good enough claim to conquer the place. Fought a couple of wars over Alania (the first lost me my aging king, the second was rather more successful) and eventually carved out a nice little kingdom for myself.
Next door, the Byzantine Empire keeps having revolts. Unfortunately I'm never quick enough to get a claim on some of their territory and grab it for myself...someday soon, perhaps. I'm loathe to try to expand North because I know the Mongols are coming and frankly I want to have as much time to prepare as I possibly can. But fortunately there's more of Azerbaijan to sink my teeth into, so I don't think I have to worry about space for a while. Might run into problems when I get down the the Seljuks though...
Edited by Sir Thursday, 24 February 2012 - 08:05 PM.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:06 PM
The best way to buy it is through Paradox's game portal Gamer's Gate, gamersgate.com. it's DRM free that way unlike through Steam.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:52 PM
Whether you download or get a physical copy from Amazon, I believe it still has to be activated through Steam. Which isn't a problem if you like Steam, but if you don't your best bet is to get a digital download through Gamersgate.com