I can talk to you on irc/msn if you want.OK, I'll admit that I'm still super-noob, but am getting a bit frustrated. This game seems a lot like Texas Hold 'em Poker -- 25% skill and 75% luck. After a few false starts as Castille and then Burgundy, I finally got a good start as Burgundy. It is now about 1500; I have finished most of the missions OK, and put up with the various ups & downs caused by the "random events." A month ago I was doing pretty well -- a good strong military and good manpower, building level 3 buildings everywhere, Legitimacy = 100, Prestige = 80, BB = Zero, WE under 2, four strong HRE votes lined up for when the old fart from Austria finally dies. The only weak point was my 26-year-old heir, whose claim was weak. Well, damned if my 90-year-old king didn't finally up & die this month. ZAP! Legitimacy immediately drops to -30, Prestige drops to about 50, I lose all my RMs + I lose all my hard-won HRE votes. So, well, OK I think, my Legitimacy is supposed to increase by +2.3 per year so in 30-40 years everything will be peachy again. So I fast-forward for a year or two, and see my Legitimacy go from -30 to -31 to -32 (while the tool tip says it should be increasing by 2.3 each year). What the hell? I feel like I should reload a saved game from 26 years ago and drown the little bastard when he's first born! Would that be the only solution?