Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods [Online Game Code]

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ASIN B00CPS63E2
Release date May 9, 2013
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Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.

Now is the time for greatness…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!

Main features:

  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more



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Requires the base game Crusader Kings II to activate.


System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 2 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 video card, 512MB graphics memory required
Additional Info: Direct X-compatible sound card, DirectX 9, 3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer
Requires Steam account for installation and activation

System Requirements:
Supported OS:  Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP
Processor:  none specified
RAM:  none specified
Hard Disk:  none specified
Video Card:  none specified

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I would first say that people need to ignore the reviewer who said it didn't install from steam. That was a misunderstanding of the delay for steam updating the game. It is now on steam and downloads and works fine. The expansion does what it advertises, and that is a bit more than previous expansions. Like the Sword of Islam and Republic expansions, it adds playable groups, this time the Pagans (Including norse, baltic, african, and mongol strains of pagans), as well as Zoroastrians. It also adds an earlier start date, something not done in previous expansion DLC. If you ever wanted to play as vikings, as Lithuanians, as mongols (including the great Genghis Khan and his descendants), or start at the beginning of some of the great dynasties in Europe, this is a well worthwhile DLC to get.
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I like this expansion and yet also hate this expansion.

Overall, the new mechanics are well balanced. You can now play pagans, and work with the limitations of the religion. for the Norse, this means you can't avoid having each of your children inheriting and having to go to war or raiding every year or 2. It makes for a lot of early conflict.

The game does try to help at first, as the initial Norse counties have high levels of troops and a few pre-planned invasions. This makes it easy to get some quick conquests in.

Of course, that has a flip side. If you are facing this onslaught (Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, etc.) you end up facing 20-30 years of heavy conflict, and will likely lose quite a few provinces early. And if you want to play as an independent count in any Norse region or one they are likely to attack expect to end up conquered because they will hit hard at first.

But once their initial leaders start dying the kingdoms tend to come apart with internal conflicts. So they really only have a major effect on the game for the first 50 years and then it does down a bit despite their need to keep raiding. (by then its hard to raid from a single province and the fragmentation of their kingdoms means they don't have multiple provinces to use.)

Good, but it basically just sets up a huge Zerg-rush at the start and then it settles down to the old game.
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I love this DLC package. I am able to play the Magyars and see if they can conquer their future homeland. I also get to pay East Roman Emperor Basil I the Macedonian. The new raiding/rebellion features forces you to keep on your toes for raiders/rebels.

The ONLY drawback is that you can only start from 867 AD. I hope that future patches to the Old Gods DLC will allow you start the game from concurrent dates. I WOULD lobe to be able to play Basil II the Bulgarslayer or Nicephoros II Phokas.

Keep up the great work Paradox.
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By Jetpack on May 28, 2013
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As noted by others, no issue with Steam installation.

A review on release day is a bit silly, but I'll expand as I go and cover the big parts.

If you play CK II now, this is probably worth getting just for the ability to start 200 years earlier. Note - I don't see a way to start between 867 and 1066, though.

The raiding feature as a Norse is just plain fun. Visit new and interesting people and steal their loot. Be sure to watch the loot toggle button. That threw me when I couldn't siege once. Being able to travel up rivers adds a lot of depth to a pagan character. Do NOT ignore that feature.

Something to keep in mind. Mercenaries can NOT pillage like your normal troops. Let that sink in. I understand why it was done that way, but sure sounds strange.

I'm not sure what I think of the reformed pagan option. Not keen on the need to change your pagan religion to being more like the monotheistic religions.

It's quite a shock as a reformed Norse the first time that you get raided.

Strangely enough, I don't think there are any disease events in the Old Gods period. I completely forgot about them until they started showing up again around 1066.

Edited from 4 to 5 stars - I really am getting my money's worth out of this.
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When I first bought this expansion, I had the impression that I will be able to play as the Norse and do a lot of Viking raiding and conquering. I then found out after I bought it that it not only allows me to play as the Vikings, but the Mongols as well. The expansion also added some features to the technology system and supposively to the rebels system (as mentioned by the developers in a video diary, but I can't seem to see the difference)

However, I was a bit surpised that I have to purchase the Norse faces, hymns to the old Gods and nrose unit packs individually, since this expansion costed $5 more than the Republic and Sword of Islam (although I know that Paradox have practiced this marketing strategy since Hearts of Iron 3)

Overall, if you like the CK2 base game, this is one of those must-haves along with the Republic and Sword of Islam expansions.
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Contrary to another review, this installs and loads on Steam with no problem at all. The DLC adds some great features; I especially like having the earlier start date with all the world changes that brings. Makes it almost a new game for a pretty low price.
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