Crusader Kings II Sparkle Pony-all

What's the best DLC to grab in your guy's opinions?

MadGav wrote:

What's the best DLC to grab in your guy's opinions?

Depends on your interests. Want to play as the Muslims? Sword of Islam then. Like the Byzantines? Legacy of Rome. Merchant Republics? The Republic. Crazy alt-history? Sunset Invasion (although be warned: the Aztec invasions apparently do no happen every game, only approx 35% of the time). Just want to play feudal hunchback leper lord? Don't need any of them. The free patches released with the various DLCs add to the game without the need to shell out for DLC. The various expansions add mechanics for the factions that are targeted in the expansion but if you don't want to play in that faction you don't need that DLC.

Personally, I think each one adds to the game, if you are interested in playing in the target faction. I suppose if I had to choose one, it would be The Republic; the mechanics for playing as a Great House are very good and interesting.

Or you could just get all of them.

After about a year this game finally clicked for me. Coming from Europa Universalis (and dabbling with Hearts of Iron) I think I had spent too much time focusing on the map and not much on the managing relationships and whatnot.

A couple weeks ago I started in 1066 as the King of Scotland and promptly lost the throne thanks to a faction that would have had overwhelming force. Left with just the Duchy of Lothian (which made the relationship thing more manageable) I kept playing and over generations added the occasional county and a long ways down the line a couple of duchies.

I ended up assassinating the King of Scotland (he did something to piss me off... can't remember what it was now) and then I realised if I killed the heir and the heir to the heir I would end up on the throne again. A lot of money was spent and my family regained the throne but my King was killed shortly afterwards and with the elective succession my game ended up ending suddenly. It was awesome. What a great game.

tboon has the gift of it! Most of the actual content of the DLCs is actually contained in the patches that came with them.

And great to hear, Roke!

I am slowly getting into this. Have taken the advice and gone with the goal of uniting Ireland. Slow going but I'm in it for the long haul. Until Oliver's Army shows up.

Game ends 133 years before Oliver Cromwell was born, Maq. So you're safe.

Robear wrote:

Game ends 133 years before Oliver Cromwell was born, Maq. So you're safe. :-)

But they are on their way !

So I bought this because of the sale and also IRC and the tutorial is super broken. I've tried the first 3 and each one puts me into a locked state.
Le sigh.

Is it correctly installed ? The current patch version is 1.09

Tutorials are for sissies. Get in and learn by doing.

The ingame tutorial isn't the best way to learn; check out the links in the original post. That'll get you up to speed faster.

Some of the tutorials are literally a single pop-up window with a couple lines of text.

The Republic and the Mediterranean/Russian DLCs just went on super sale on Steam for the first time. Go go go!

As much as I'm looking forward to EU4, it's going to be hard to buy it at launch for full price when Paradox has now trained us to expect crazy discounts on recent games via Steam and Amazon.

Not that I'm complaining, but I bought CK2 for $10 just 3 months after launch and haven't paid more than the price of a cup of coffee for any of the DLC.

I'll be there for EU4 on launch day at full price. Paradox's in-house developed titles have consistently been among my favorite pc games over the last several years, and I'm both excited to dive into EU4 headfirst, and to support them with a day one purchase.

I was surprised to see this weekend that I'm up over 70 hours played in Crusader Kings 2 now. That's among my most-played games on Steam.

Archangel wrote:

The Republic and the Mediterranean/Russian DLCs just went on super sale on Steam for the first time. Go go go!

Awesome, must grab the Republic. For some reason that's the dlc that appeals the most.

davet010 wrote:
Robear wrote:

Game ends 133 years before Oliver Cromwell was born, Maq. So you're safe. :-)

But they are on their way !

I, for one, would rather be anywhere else but here today.

boogle wrote:

So I bought this because of the sale and also IRC and the tutorial is super broken. I've tried the first 3 and each one puts me into a locked state.
Le sigh.

Yeah, Paradox's tutorials are almost always half-broken. Best to check out a video or two and then dive in.

Personally, I like all the DLC.

Sometimes I like to play games where I hope into different nations throughout a single play through. I did that after I had united Rome and it had grown enormously. So I hoped into an islamic power that had managed to grab some land in England for a while.

Kier wrote:

Personally, I like all the DLC.

Sometimes I like to play games where I hope into different nations throughout a single play through. I did that after I had united Rome and it had grown enormously. So I hoped into an islamic power that had managed to grab some land in England for a while.

I like that they let you do this. Switch to another kingdom when you load your save? Sure, why not!

Sword of Islam, Republic and Legacy of Rome DLC bought. Looking forward to cracking into those.

Managed to reach 1453! W00t!

Playing as Sweden, reached 75k points. My favourite part was joining the Crusade for Hungary in order to get my king un/de-excommunicated. And contributing so much I ended up with Hungary. I gave away all the dutchies and counties in Hungary to my loyal Swedish vassals. I kept Hungary as an independent kingdom for a few rounds of succession, but decided to destroy it eventually.

The end of the game was pretty much squabbling with Scotland, putting down local rebellions and trying to get myself un/de-excommunicated again.

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You didn't form the Scandinavian Empire? Looks like you could.

wordsmythe wrote:

You didn't form the Scandinavian Empire? Looks like you could.

Only found out about the option quite late. Most of Denmark was part of the Holy Roman Empire by then. If I do a Scandinavian game again I'll go for it.

Do you guys find that France seems to often take a bunch of Spain?

It seems the Muslims always take Spain and then France always takes it back.

Where else would France expand though? HRE? Ha.

In most of my games France splinters and ends up carved between HRE, Frisia, England, and sometimes even Muslims.

In my last Apulia start, by the time I took over the HRE and headed for France it was a tiny France, independent Aquitaine, independent Brittany, independent Flanders, and Normandy was still English. Burgundy was mostly independent counties.

It usually seems to hinge on how long the first two or three French Kings live. Quick deaths for them usually breaks up France quickly, and they have a tendency to die quickly.

Just as general information, I noodled around a bit with the Linux version of this, and it seemed to run very nicely. But it only wanted to run in the resolution of the desktop; it didn't seem to have the ability to independently set its own resolution. (I like to run this game at lower res, because the UI doesn't scale, and everything is very tiny at 2560x1600.)

Other than that, it looked just about perfect.

wordsmythe wrote:
davet010 wrote:
Robear wrote:

Game ends 133 years before Oliver Cromwell was born, Maq. So you're safe. :-)

But they are on their way !

I, for one, would rather be anywhere else but here today.

Don't start me talking.

Been playing The Republic a bit. It's quite a change, and fun, but balls hard. Started a couple of games as Venice, everything goes well until the Byzantine Emperor decides to go for an embargo war against me. I'm going to persist with the current one, but I'm running out of space in the Med, I need to get someone to embargo Pisa who are taking over.

In this game I've found Intrigue and Diplomacy more important than the vanilla game, but it does highlight the problem that you only have one diplomatic avenue available at any given time, so the chancellor needs to be a jet setter.

Does anyone know the consequences if you take over someone's coastal city? They can't like that.

Hrdina wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
davet010 wrote:
Robear wrote:

Game ends 133 years before Oliver Cromwell was born, Maq. So you're safe. :-)

But they are on their way !

I, for one, would rather be anywhere else but here today.

Don't start me talking.

Agreed. He can talk all night.

Not sure where to put this, so in here it goes. I have an extra key for Crusader Kings 2 as well as the Dynasty Shields DLC. Send me a message if you want it or knows someone who would enjoy it.

Edit: Keys gone.