1.5 Crusade changes would be great, except... the Pope is in control of the war, and ALWAYS calls off the Crusade after I capture a few holdings and I'm winning. WTF?
well this has basically ruined the game I started on 1.5 now, seeing as my ambition is to become paragon of virtue and I was really relying on gaining some piety from the Crusade. I've replayed it several times, even from before the Pope calling the Crusade to begin with, but as soon as we get there and start taking stuff he calls it off..
Ok, I continued on anyway...
Second Crusade... the Pope's not calling it off this time! but it's not as much of a success either, as the Muslims are more unified.
However it could easily be won if I could hire the Holy Orders - in fact, I did, but then they disappear... reload, try again... again they disappear. The Holy Orders are joining the Crusade on their own, but can't get any ships, and they're stuck at the Pope's new home in Sweden!!!!!!
1. Why are the Holy Orders able to join the Crusade on their own? Why do I waste 150+ Piety to hire them if they can thereafter join the Crusade on their own and leave my service? Absolute insanity.
2. If Holy Orders should join on their own, perhaps they could be given money or an event that hires some of the new merc fleets so they can actually help the cause?
Honestly, 1.5 could have fixed most of the problems I had with this game, but now Crusades are completely unplayable. What a joke.