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    Crusader Kings II best features - According to 5 devs

    5 of the Crusader Kings II devs were asked about their favorite feature in the game. Here is what they answered:

    Doomdark - Henrik Fåhraeus – Project Leader & Lead Designer.

    "I love the opinion system in Crusader Kings II. In the first game, you had a whole slew of overlapping concepts: stability, loyalty, "badboy", friends, rivals, and relations between countries. When you think about it, these are all basically the same thing: the views that characters have of each other, i.e. opinions. The new system unifies all of these concepts very nicely. You can see exactly why characters feel the way they do about each other, and it has a clear effect on the gameplay. It is unilateral, meaning your character can love another character, while that character still hates your guts. Needless to say, I am pushing for a similar system in our future games... "

    Captain Gars – Niklas Strid – Historical Researcher & Content Scripter
    "One of the game mechanics I like the most is plots. To be able to secretly plan for the demise of a hated enemy, or presenting your liege with a demand when you know you have the military power behind you to back it up is very enjoyable. Plots also help making AI characters come to life, as it gives them personal goals which they will pursue rather ruthlessly. Plots were introduced in Sengoku and was my favourite feature there as well, but with CKII I think we have managed to take them to another level. It's definitely a game mechanic I hope to see in more of our games from now on."

    Johan Lerström - Programmer
    "I love it when I notice that some random character in the periphery does something interesting or has something interesting happen to him or her. I sometimes keep track of what characters do their entire lives, following them around as they marry their hunchback niece and murder their brothers in an effort to reach their goals. Keeping an eye on your neighbors is not only an interesting distraction but also a great way to figure out who is vulnerable and who might become vulnerable with some nudging in the right direction."

    Kallocain – Linda Kiby – Associate Producer

    "Walking around in the office and hearing what people discuss during playing sessions. The situations can become so bizarre and weird. "I have too many sons, I can't give them all land! I'll need to marry them off or kill them I guess." Gives a certain flair to the conversations nowadays."

    Tegus – Fredrik Zetterman – Programmer
    "My favorite feature about CK2 is the succession wars. There you are, running your kingdom, everything is going great. Then BOOM - your ruler dies, half of your kingdom rises in rebellion when the evil twin brother tries to wrest the crown from your heir. It makes the game really interesting, because you really need to think about which titles you give to whom. You can't really overpower your heir too much either, since he might actually try to take the crown _before_ the current king dies "

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    Sounds awesome. Like all the things I hoped for.
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    So first you announce Crusader Kings 2, then a game with Crusader Kings elements set in feudal Japan. Why not just go the whole hog and give away a rock of Paradox brand crack with every pre order?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannie View Post
    Johan Lerström - Programmer
    [I]"I love it when I notice that some random character in the periphery does something interesting or has something interesting happen to him or her. I sometimes keep track of what characters do their entire lives, following them around as they marry their hunchback niece and murder their brothers in an effort to reach their goals. Keeping an eye on your neighbors is not only an interesting distraction but also a great way to figure out who is vulnerable and who might become vulnerable with some nudging in the right direction."
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    Alright alright alright.

    I preordered it, bought AHD, and bought Sengoku on sale. ARE YOU HAPPY PDOX?! EH?!!

    I'm just a bitter broken man.. surrounded by thousands of hours of brilliant strategically-oriented interactive entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    that's why we need a bookmark characters option ! or the possibility to a be follower @thiskinkyneighbourIneedtolookaftercarefully!
    It's funny that there is function to mark characters as interesting to better keep track of them in Sengoku and now in V2/AHD but not in CK2.
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    If this game sells 800k copies please dont allow EA to buy you out...

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    Very illuminating. Keep on rocking guys. Judging from steam sales alone I have a feeling we might have a bestseller on our hands, might even break a few records at Paradox. Hopefully good sign for future support

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    that's why we need a bookmark characters option ! or the possibility to a be follower @thiskinkyneighbourIneedtolookaftercarefully!
    While playing the demo I wish I could have a RSS feed reader for characters and titles. Like to notify me every time the title King of England changed hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannie View Post
    Kallocain – Linda Kiby – Associate Producer[/B]
    "Walking around in the office and hearing what people discuss during playing sessions. The situations can become so bizarre and weird. "I have too many sons, I can't give them all land! I'll need to marry them off or kill them I guess." Gives a certain flair to the conversations nowadays."
    Could you guys just pay me to do this and test in office? That's be greeaaaaaaat. /sips mug of coffee
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    It seems to me that you are confident of the merits of your new game.
    I am looking forward to playing CK2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siis View Post
    It's funny that there is function to mark characters as interesting to better keep track of them in Sengoku and now in V2/AHD but not in CK2.
    What makes you say there is no such option in CK2? There certainly was last time I checked (right click portrait, right click the "character" button - toggle message interest)
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    Is it tomorrow yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daf269 View Post
    While playing the demo I wish I could have a RSS feed reader for characters and titles. Like to notify me every time the title King of England changed hands.
    +2 Double Second this!!!

    That would be awesome like some sort of internal twitter feed (lets call it having eyes and ears at another character's court like a bribed maid or scullion boy sending letters to your spymaster). It would be completely optional wouldn't have any major game consequences but you could "spy" on a few interesting characters, getting notifications every time something significant happens to in their lives. Sorry but message log is WAY to busy to follow at times especially when you're just interested juicy gossip from your close neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billt568 View Post
    If this game sells 800k copies please dont allow EA to buy you out...
    I wish Pdox would be more forthcoming about how successful its games are. I honestly have no idea about what kinds of figures Pdox games sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billt568 View Post
    If this game sells 800k copies please dont allow EA to buy you out...
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daf269 View Post
    While playing the demo I wish I could have a RSS feed reader for characters and titles. Like to notify me every time the title King of England changed hands.
    That would be really fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForzaA View Post
    What makes you say there is no such option in CK2? There certainly was last time I checked (right click portrait, right click the "character" button - toggle message interest)
    Oh my god! I'm learning something new about this game everyday. Guess no need for the above suggestion then.

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