Q: Why does the game end when my character dies?
A: If the first character on your succesor list is from a different dynasty, then the game will end when your character dies. This is extremely unlikely to happen under salic primongentiture so I would recommend you use it.
Q: Under Elective Law, my heir is so-and-so of a different dynasty, but I become so-and-so from my own dynasty (who holds a title)!
Read above answer. However, if a relative with your dynasty holds a title somewhere, you will usually continue playing as them. Remember, you are playing a dynasty, not a country!
Q: Why can't I arrange marriages for everybody in my court? / for my son out of court?
A: You can only arrange marriages for people of the same dynasty in your court.
Q: Why can't I arrange marriages with pagans and muslims?
A: During the Crusader Kings time period, Christians and Infidels rarely were on friendly terms (think crusades). Therefore, whenever you capture an Infidel's province, you get to keep it but you cannot engage diplomatically.
Q: Why is the crusade system so messed up?
A: Beacuse that was how it was made. The only way it will stop as of 1.04a is if there are no more infidels. In the betas they have implemented new "crusade targets" which work a lot better.
Q: I'm papal controller and keep losing all my courtiers. Is this intentional?
A: Yes, but only for people with an ecclestical education.
Q: What are these "I could be a better..." events?
A: These events fire when somebody in your court could be better than somebody already in a court postion (i.e. Chancellor, Spymaster, Marshal, Steward) or there is nobody in the court position to remind you of this. There is no appoint option because there is no appoint command. (Edit: There is an appoint button in the beta)
Q: Why isn't Germany called HRE?
Don't ask. Have a search and you should discover that it has previously started flamewars, cause thread closures etc. So don't.
Q: I click on the save game in the left hand corner, but I can't load it!
You have to pick a country from the list every time you load the saved game.
Dynasty: Different surname/last name
Infidels: Muslims/Pagans as known during the CK time period.
Links of interest:
I could be a better... and other courtier events FAQ, the place to find out more about these events.
Encyclopaedia CK, a decent reference guide to CK that should help with a beginner's guide and interesting things.
Useful things to know about CK, check here before shouting "Bug!"
FAQ section for more comprehensive coverage of different subjects.
Yeah, very basic. If you have any contributions or ideas, feel free to post and I will add them.