Crusader Kings II Sparkle Pony-all

ebarstad wrote:

I started in Scotland as Duke of Moray and it's been a pretty safe place so far (first 60-70 years). The various kings of Scotland have had their hands full, though. A lot of usurping and assassinations and general upheaval.

Unfortunately, my game feels a little on the boring side now because the king has instituted Absolute Crown Authority so I can't declare war on anyone. I'm not sure what I should do. If I go against the King, I think I'll get crushed as I don't have enough cash to support as many mercs as I would need. Is there a more subtle way to try and lower crown authority?

Start a faction to lower crown authority and see who joins.

tboon wrote:

Surprisingly, Denmark is a nice place to start. Wealthy, nice neighbors, stuff to take over close by.

I started a game as the Duke Harard of Slesvig, who is one of the kings bastard sons. It worked great for me, I ended up running Denmark in about 20 years after the king and one of his sons died fighting in the baltics. For some reason all the other children really liked me and never threw up a revolt, the only issue I have is that the emperor of the HRE has one of my provinces and I don't know how I'll get it back other than waiting but I do have time for that. I've found it to be a great place to learn about larger political issues like calling crusades.

Heads-up -- Steam Midweek Madness is CK2, and all of the DLC (except the 3 newly-released Russian music/unit/portrait packs) is 75% off. Good time to grab anything you're missing (this is my chance to pick up Legacy of Rome and -- what the hell -- the Aztecs).

Dixie_Flatline wrote:

Heads-up -- Steam Midweek Madness is CK2, and all of the DLC (except the 3 newly-released Russian music/unit/portrait packs) is 75% off. Good time to grab anything you're missing (this is my chance to pick up Legacy of Rome and -- what the hell -- the Aztecs).

As Tanglebones pointed out to the IRC crew, the Aztec expansion is not discounted.

RoughneckGeek wrote:
Dixie_Flatline wrote:

Heads-up -- Steam Midweek Madness is CK2, and all of the DLC (except the 3 newly-released Russian music/unit/portrait packs) is 75% off. Good time to grab anything you're missing (this is my chance to pick up Legacy of Rome and -- what the hell -- the Aztecs).

As Tanglebones pointed out to the IRC crew, the Aztec expansion is not discounted.

Oops -- mea culpa. I missed that because, for some reason, the Sunset Invasion pack doesn't show up in the DLC list on Steam at all. Was it pulled for some reason?

EDIT: Never mind. It shows up if you search for it. And now the Russian DLCs don't show up in the DLC list on the CK2 page either. Ah'm confoosed.

Dixie_Flatline wrote:
RoughneckGeek wrote:
Dixie_Flatline wrote:

Heads-up -- Steam Midweek Madness is CK2, and all of the DLC (except the 3 newly-released Russian music/unit/portrait packs) is 75% off. Good time to grab anything you're missing (this is my chance to pick up Legacy of Rome and -- what the hell -- the Aztecs).

As Tanglebones pointed out to the IRC crew, the Aztec expansion is not discounted.

Oops -- mea culpa. I missed that because, for some reason, the Sunset Invasion pack doesn't show up in the DLC list on Steam at all. Was it pulled for some reason?

It's available, just not listed on the CK2 page for whatever reason - Crusader's Kings II: Sunset Invasion

Picked up the designer and the 2 expansions. Don't care about the others.

I had the designer and the two expansions already, so I grabbed the last of the discounted cosmetic DLC. I'm sure Russia & the Aztecs will go on sale at some point.

Dixie_Flatline wrote:

Oops -- mea culpa. I missed that because, for some reason, the Sunset Invasion pack doesn't show up in the DLC list on Steam at all. Was it pulled for some reason?

It doesn't show up as a DLC because it's completely ridiculous and unworthy of the CKII name. Angry Internet Man raaaaaaaaaaaaage!

Started a new Greek leader and was almost immediately given a duchy. Noice.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
ebarstad wrote:

I started in Scotland as Duke of Moray and it's been a pretty safe place so far (first 60-70 years). The various kings of Scotland have had their hands full, though. A lot of usurping and assassinations and general upheaval.

Unfortunately, my game feels a little on the boring side now because the king has instituted Absolute Crown Authority so I can't declare war on anyone. I'm not sure what I should do. If I go against the King, I think I'll get crushed as I don't have enough cash to support as many mercs as I would need. Is there a more subtle way to try and lower crown authority?

Start a faction to lower crown authority and see who joins.

Thanks! There was already a faction so I joined it. A little while later, we got what we wanted without any bloodshed. Sweet!

How do you deal with factions? Buncha jerks don't respect my Swedish authoritah.

wordsmythe wrote:

How do you deal with factions? Buncha jerks don't respect my Swedish authoritah.

I usually found the best way of dealing with my Irish factions was to relieve the leader of his lands, if possible. That usually put a stop to it. Then I put out rumours that the leader was (whispers) [size=10]teetotal[/size]. You'll be surprised how well that goes down in Ireland

wordsmythe wrote:

How do you deal with factions? Buncha jerks don't respect my Swedish authoritah.

Be less dorky.

Of course all the DLC goes on sale when I'm still trying to learn the game and decide how much I like it. I'll stay strong and resist the opportunity to play the Muslims... until the winter sale when the Sword of Islam will probably be discounted again.

Oops. It's 75% off.

I'm wavering.

Do it - then watch a couple of Let's Play series and that green dinosaur will soon be rampaging over Europe

You will get way more than $10 worth of fun out of this game, Maq, if you're at all into intrigue and politics. The war mechanic is simple, but largely secondary - the most fun I've had out the game went the first 100 years or so with no actual warfare.

Guys, how can you quibble over whether you're gonna save $10 or $15? This is one of the actual best strategy games of all time. Period. It's worth full price, absolutely. Discounted... pffff! Instabuy. If you're at all interested, buy it, it's tremendous. If you're a strategy game fan, you'll like it.

Stupid sale. What I totally needed was more content for a game I already have about 500 hours in.

wordsmythe wrote:

How do you deal with factions? Buncha jerks don't respect my Swedish authoritah.

Use your spymaster to scheme in their territory.

Have them killed.

Revoke their titles.

Send gifts to make them like you better.

Have them killed along with everyone who looks like them.

If their strength is rather low (<10%), ignore them.

LilCodger wrote:

Revoke their titles.

If my tyranny weren't a main cause of people wanting to depose me, I would totally do this.

You've always been tyrannical, though, Wordsmythe. Their probably upset about the whole grammar thing, like. Maybe you should try... Vernacular!

wordsmythe wrote:
LilCodger wrote:

Revoke their titles.

If my tyranny weren't a main cause of people wanting to depose me, I would totally do this.

If you have a claim on the title before you revoke it, it's not tyrannical.

Since you're already a tyrant, might as well play the part! Hold on until inheritance time I suppose.

Hope that he rebels when you tell him you're going to revoke his lands. If he then attacks you and you beat him, as far as I remember you can revoke his lands with no hit on your other vassals as he's a traitor.

Robear wrote:

Guys, how can you quibble over whether you're gonna save $10 or $15? This is one of the actual best strategy games of all time. Period. It's worth full price, absolutely. Discounted... pffff! Instabuy. If you're at all interested, buy it, it's tremendous. If you're a strategy game fan, you'll like it.

I buy all the DLC for this game every time they release more of it. It's my freakin' game of 2012, for crying out loud!

I haven't been this satisfied with a gaming purchase (and its ongoing support) since... I'm not sure if ever, actually.

Is there a way to tell from the Steam interface whether or not someone has purchased a given set of DLC? I want to gift someone the Legacy of Rome, but I don't know if they already own it.

It's still on my wish list for a reason.

My game keeps crashing Just as I have taken Iceland and about to take a large chunk of Scotland as well. Although I think if my 55 Year Old King dies to leave his 5 year old Grandson in charge, there maybe problems.

My Welsh bid for Brittanian rule continues at a good pace. Unfortunately, I accidentally mixed up the gene pool, and my new king is culturally Castilian, so I'll have to fix that at some point. In the meanwhile, I'm king of Wales and Ireland, and control all but two of Ireland's counties, as well as six English and two Scottish counties.

Bought it.

You monsters =(