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Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II review

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4 years ago

Feature: The vanishing of Angel Blaze

This Is The Way The World Ends, Not With A Bang But A Click

That feeling when you finish a long series of books, or a television series, and say goodbye to the characters for the last time. Closing a world, pulling down the shutters and knowing that it has run its course, is a peculiar sensation. Indeed, it can provoke a sense of loss. How utterly ridiculous I felt last week when I mourned the ending of tens…

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Feature: And which are the best?

RPS Discusses: Do Expansion Packs Still Matter?

Expansion packs were once a core part of playing PC games, but they can often feel less essential in a world of constant updates and microtransactions. Original game Alec, expansions Adam and Graham, and brief DLC Alice gathered to discuss their favourite game expansions and why they still think the model works.

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Feature: They should have sent all of the poets

Paradox’s Space Strategy Game Stellaris Has Won Gamescom

Paradox’s internal development studio, responsible for Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria and Hearts of Iron, is deep into development on a space strategy game. We’ve already seen it, and picked the brains of CK II maestro and project lead Henrik Fåhraeus and EU IV designer Tomas Johansson about this giant leap for the studio. The project, which the company announced at their Gamescom fan gathering…

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Feature: In the Steam pipe, £5 by $5.

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 5

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 5 of the sale.

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Feature: Prologue: The Rules Of The Game

Breaking History: A Crusader Kings II Journal – Part One

Let's Play Crusader Kings II [official site]. Or rather, let's watch Crusader Kings II play itself. Partly inspired by the ongoing Civ V AI Battle Royale and partly by my own longstanding interest in the interplay of game mechanics without player intervention, I've decided to run a Crusader Kings II campaign, beginning at the earliest possible start date. I'll be running the game in observer…

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Feature: 769 - 796: Northern Exposure

Breaking History: A Crusader Kings II Journal – Part Two

In the second chapter of an AI-only alternative history, the Very-Much-Not-United Kingdom is home to several Lords who get a kick out of impaling their enemies, our own Earl Osbald proves to be quietly competent and ambitious, and Charlemagne owns just about everything. Part one, which lays out the rules, is here.

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Feature: The joy of limitations

The Random Element: Scenario Generator

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Scenario Generator is a tool that creates random restrictions, goals and startup settings for a variety of games, and it's the reason I've become happily lost in Crusader Kings II [official site] and Civ V [official site] again. Reinvent an old favourite with the click of a button, as you find out precisely…

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5 years ago

Feature: A Game For All Seasons

The Time Thief: A Game For All Seasons

This year has been unusual for me, gaming-wise, because I haven't had That One Game. You know the one - the game that keeps you up at night while also managing to occupy your coffee breaks. The one that you can play while you're listening to the new Flying Lotus album just as easily as you can play while Corrie's on. It can take up…

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Feature: From The Archive

What I Write About When I Write About Games

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam explores his own gaming history to understand why he plays and why he writes. This is my first week back from a holiday, during which time I barely looked at an internet, let alone wrote on one. I didn't play…

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Feature: Keep The Faiths

Opening The Passage: CK II – Rajas Of India

I don't think anyone at Paradox expected Crusader Kings II to spread into India with quite as much gusto as it will this March. The next expansion adds around 50% to the world map, with almost 400 new provinces, three new religions and a continent's worth of new events, including the possibility of chained 'reincarnation' plotlines. As always with these generous chunks of DLC, a…

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Feature: The Crusade Continues

2013’s Grandest Strategy Game: Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings 2 is one of my personal favourites of 2013, as it was in 2012, but it didn’t have a place in our calendar. It could been included using the Trojan Horse of DLC, as XCOM did thanks to Enemy Within, but it’s hard to pick out the stand-out expansion for CK II. Even The Old Gods, which expanded the timeframe, felt like part…

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6 years ago

Feature: "sneaky back-stabbing bastard"

Have An A-Mod-Zing Weekend

Jim is basically the J. Jonah Jameson of RPS: I was handsomely making sweet news for you guys when he stormed into the forbidden RPS chatroom of mystery, slammed his fists on the desk with the rage that only an editor can muster, and demanded I find some mods. "It's the weekend!", he angrily typed. "If you don't find at least three mods by the…

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Cartoludography: Crusader Kings II Republic Gets A Trailer

If you listen carefully you'll be able to hear Adam, all the way hidden in darkest Manchester, mumbling to himself about how much he likes Crusader Kings II. Listen now... [mumble mumble awrite ourkid i love crusader kings ii mad for it mumble mumble]. Did you hear it! He'll be uncontrollable with glee to learn there's a new trailer for the Republic expansion, as well…

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7 years ago

Republic Enemies: Crusader Kings II Expansion

When all of the expansions are in place, Crusader Kings II will be a completely inaccurate title. They'll just have to change the name to 'Medieval Chaps and Ladies (also infants)' because everyone will be playable, even if they have no interested in Papal-dictated conquest or monarchical pursuits. Moving away from the previous alternate history DLC, The Republic is a meatier expansion that should alter…

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Feature: Escaping the shackles of simulacra

What I Write About When I Write About Games

This is my first week back from a holiday, during which time I barely looked at an internet, let alone wrote on one. I didn't play any games either, unless you consider freezing to death on a remote Welsh hillside to be some sort of game. As is often the case, not doing something for five minutes has made me think about why I do…

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Feature: A Song of Lice and Ire

An Iberian Winter: Crusader Kings II Diary Part One

I've been creating all kinds of stories with Crusader Kings II and with the release of the Sword of Islam expansion I decided it was time to pen a chronicle or two. Somewhat experimental, this is history from several perspectives, being the tale of a thousand men and women, and the genesis of nations. This is how their world ends and how the modern world…

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Feature: Sheiking things up

Consultan The Creator: CKII Sword Of Islam Interview

Familicide is an actual word with a meaning as horrible as you might imagine. A lot of the things that happen in Crusader Kings II are horrible and familicide is just one of them. I've misplaced more blood relatives than I've had hot dinners, and that's mostly because heating food takes time and that's time that could be spent crushing infidels, betraying loyal vassals and…

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Cultural Expansion: CK II – Sword Of Islam

June 2012 will bring the Sword of Islam expansion to Crusader Kings II, allowing players to select any Muslim dynasty at the beginning of the game and "delivering a wealth of specific new mechanics distinctive to these rulers, creating a whole new gameplay experience. Laws, marriage, holding, traits, titles and more will work completely differently." Equally exciting is the news that a major patch will…

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A Mod Of A Game Of Thrones: Crusader Kings II

I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to all things Game of Thrones. I've only read the first book, I've only seen the first two episodes of the TV show and I've never even so much as flirted with any of my blood relatives. Even so, I declared Crusader Kings II "the best Game of Thrones game you will probably ever play" and in an…

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Feature: No cabbages, just kings

Regal Counsel: Crusader Kings II Interview

Having fathered both bastards and imperial legacies, Adam still refuses to release his grip on Crusader Kings II. To learn more about his latest love, he communed with project lead Henrik Fåhraeus and asked about future plans, the difficulty of incorporating RPG elements into an epic historical strategy game and the features that didn't make the cut. Upon learning that one of those features was…

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