Last edited by pocho; 01-05-2012 at 20:35.
The fact is that kings give away their kingdoms to relatives regularily, and have done so throughout history.
I'm not talking of kings who give away their crown, I'm talking about kings who do it for NOTHING. All those kings have reasons to do what they did.
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Dont know if there are any benefits in CK2 but in CK1 I usually gave my heir a "training" Kingdom
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I often give up Kingdoms that are far from my core realm (where I speant my money building up county holdings) like any from Crusades (after converting their religon and if possible cultures and installing my bloodline) because it causes more problems than its worth IMHO. If you manufacture the situation so that you install a strong dynastic calimant you often gain more than loose (like the Hungry example above).
In one of my earliest games, I conquered Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Inherited England and Norway too. Didn't want Norway, so I gave it to a cousin.
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See you had a lot of success in your game. I had a size 300 Poland but finishing before 1.05 I had only one kingdom title.
I think it makes the game interesting. It is difficult for me, coming from EU3, because I think of my country as the measure of my success, but of course in CK2 it is all about your dynasty. If you have a slew of Kingdom titles, especially ones in far away lands (like Jerusalem), it makes management quite difficult sometimes. If you give those away to a member of your dynasty and he goes on to do well for himself, he is just further spreading the glory of your name across the world!
I always try and get a handful of kingdoms for family members. Sometimes they can keep it for the entire game sometimes they can't. It gives you allies the entire time they keep the kingdom and if they get into any trouble for their crown it gives you a war to join.
Personally I never become emperor and I only keep 1 de jure king title the rest are all titular. If I get any other de jure title from random inheriting or crusading I give it to family members.
There's an old Italian saying, don't burn your tongue on another man's soup.
This can be cool actually if you have seniority succession, and have a rotating pool of kings in your dynasty.
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