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The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
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 game of knights, schemes, and thrones...
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I recommend you go through the basic tutorials and then start playing. As you play you will come up with more questions and can go back through additional tutorials. I only wish you could access the tutorials in-game. We did discover that Paradox Interactive only uses their forum page for technical support. There is no telephone support. If you are not a pretty techy person this might be a bit of a problem if you have technical issues.
If you like strategy games you will probably like this intensive game.
CKII lets you place yourself in the role of a minor or major noble in Europe between 1066 and about 1350. There are no real objectives in the game, other then to keep your family line alive and gather as much prestige and piety as you can. That's it. Everything else is up to you. There are so many variations to the game, that no game is ever the same. I began as the ruler of Scotland in 1066. In my first game, my ruler died within five years. I played again, and my character reigned for almost 30 years.
If you are on the fence about this game, take my advice and download it. 100+ hours of gameplay later, I still enjoy CKII.
The game really shows the issues that you have as a Feudal ruler. And the danger of a ruler change, as suddenly your friendly nobles now want your new ruler's blood.
It's certainly less complex than HOI III, but it's not easy at all. Definitely suggest reading the FAQ's at the official forums. Lots of replayability. Really enjoying building a strong Polish kingdom, though we'll see how that goes when the Mongols show.
If you like a good strategy game, easy to recommend.
Crusader Kings 2 (CK2) is similar in some ways to the Civilization games, you do control a country (or duchy) and attempt to build up its power over the years in an attempt to become the most powerful. CK2 goes one more step and actually has you playing the role of a specific ruler. As a King you have more duties than just conquering territory. You have to find a wife, provide and educate your heir. Once he's of age, marry your son off for maximum political gain. Hope he and his new wife get along so your dynasty can keep going. Work against your powerful vassals so they don't plot to overthrow you. And then invade your neighbors to gain more land.
Oh, and go on crusades in the holy land too, from time to time.
For those who might be frustrated by the game at first: give it time. Read some AARs on Paradox's forums. Watch some Let's Plays on youtube. See how others play the game. It's a tough nut to crack, but tasty once you get in there.
Finally a note: while the game does use Steam for activation of the product, it is not required at all to run the game. You can just create a desktop shortcut of the game and run it directly from there. This is not the same shortcut that Steam would create for you. You will have to open up the game directory itself, and create the shortcut on your own. The Steam client does not need to be running at all to run this game.