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Crusader Kings II
posted by Rustic Etruscan (244 comments total)
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is a computer game in which you play as any one of hundreds of feudal lords in Europe in the High to Late Middle Ages. Hoping for your family to become just that little bit more powerful, you scheme against your liege, your vassals, and occasionally even your enemies. Meanwhile, at least half of the game's cast of thousands schemes against you. The game's potential for Shakespearean intrigue has made it ripe for post-game write-ups called after-action reports. With the recent release of The Old Gods
, an expansion allowing for play as a pagan ruler, PC Gamer
published its own series of after-action reports: Lords of the North.
The game's thematic similarities to A Song of Ice and Fire
/Game of Thrones have not gone unnoticed
, either.Lords of the North
: 1 2 3 4
Playing the Game of Thrones
: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Crusader Kings Chronicle
, PC Gamer's
previous AAR: Prologue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Wot I Think
and abortive Sword of Islam AAR.
The Sword of Islam
expansion allowed for play as Muslim rulers. Later, The Legacy of Rome
added flavor to the Byzantine/Orthodox game, The Republic
allowed for play as republican aristocrats, and Sunset Invasion
brought an Aztec invasion to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond.
Three Moves Ahead
on the game. Related blog Flash of Steel on the humanity of Crusader Kings II
, a response to a blog post by Rowan Kaiser on CKII and Fate of the World
Some AARs from Paradox Interactive's forums:
We Can Not Sow
, an Iceland AAR.
In the Shadow of Certain, Painful Doom
, about Abyssinia.
Subject: Re: request for Leon lecture notes
, a short León AAR with an interesting conceit.
The forum's collection of all its AARs.