Joffrey Meets The Reaper:
CK II Game Of Thrones Mod Update

It’s always a happy day when an update for a much-loved mod appears. The Game of Thrones total conversion for Crusader Kings II [official site] is such a blindingly obvious combination of worlds and mechanics that it simply had to exist. That the team working on it continue to do such a good job is fantastic. The latest update brings in support for the latest expansion to the base game, The Reaper’s Due, which adds all sorts of epidemic modelling and hideous disease-related deaths. So, yes, you can watch your least favourite characters suffer and squirm as they try to sweat or bleed out the bubonic plague.

You can find the full changelog over here, but I’ve picked out some gems:

Dragons and other special characters can no longer be accused of being witches
Restricted experimental treatments to serious conditions (no more removal of limbs to cure the flu)
Added a new method to murder someone
Added an event where a ruler can get cut on the Iron Throne
Characters can now only catch gonorrhoea if lustful or have the seduction focus (except if a lover or spouse has the disease)
Characters on foreign tour will no longer try to marry into pirate realms
Bearded Priests now have beards

Reading through the changes brings home how much work goes into the mod. The Reaper’s Due is a fantastic expansion and has sucked me straight back into CKII, but some of its mechanics don’t quite suit Westeros and much of the flavour text is completely inappropriate. All of that has or is being changed. I don’t follow either the books or the TV series anymore so I couldn’t tell you if there are spoilers in the changelogs, or if the whole thing is as authentic as it seems, but the level of detail is hugely impressive.

The new 1.3 version is available here, for Windows, Mac and Linux.


  1. Lacessit says:

    “Bearded Priests now have beards” is my favourite sentence of the day.

  2. Someoldguy says:

    If you want to cure flu, naturally the only sensible recourse is to remove the head. Not ideal for the patient but it does help stem the spread of the disease.

  3. Captain Narol says:

    Best Mod Ever !

  4. ThePuzzler says:

    That dragon turned me into a newt! Burn it at the stake!

  5. Arglebargle says:

    Just finished an excellent run of 500 years of Targaryan dominance. Pentos, Norvos, and plenty of others brought to proper governance. While there was one particularly frightful republican uprising, the only power capable of unseating the Iron Throne was Corrupted Save File.

    Guess I can actually upgrade out of 4.5.2 now.

  6. Zankman says:

    God dammit I really need to eventually actually play this.

  7. Slazer says:

    Best way to get into this, or CKII at all?

    I started 2 times, with the ingame tutorial and a let’s play as support, and I always ran into a wall and stopped

    • NandoCanedo says:

      Me too! Same story

    • lordcooper says:

      Ireland, 1066. Their name escapes me at present, but there’s a count whose father is really old and also landed. Pick him and basically just wait to inherit daddy’s land. Form there, start fabricating claims or make a strategic marriage, and work on unifying Ireland and forming the Kingdom. Ireland is pretty isolated and full of independent petty rulers so makes for a forgiving place to get to grips with the mechanics. Once you are King, your main options are taking Wales or (riskier) getting involved in the Iberian wars.

      • JB says:

        Ireland makes for a great learning area, I agree with lordcooper

  8. Captain Joyless says:

    I haven’t played since before they added the eastern continent (which must have been pre-Horse Lords). Really should go check it out… with my current gaming calendar I can probably pencil it in sometime in 2018.

  9. Captain Narol says:

    Just let it go and follow the flow, the world will unfold his random stories around you…

    At start, don’t try to control everything, give yourself simple objectives and try stuff to see what they do, it’s the kind of game that you learn by practice rather than by following a tutorial.

    In CKII, people say that “losing is fun”, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s a long game and you have plenty of time to do correct them.

    Anyway it’s more about immersing yourself in a breathing world than about “winning”, it’s a game of politics and characters not a race to paint the map your color the fastest way you can…

    EDIT : That was an answer to Slazer and Nando

  10. Monggerel says:

    Somehow, Game of Thrones seems like a step down, not up.

    In GoT, murdering children is evil.
    In CK II,
    *the horror*
    *the… horror*