Poland in 1066 is good, not too hard and lots of pagans to bash (and if you are still playing in 200 years, lots of mongols to bash/be bashed by).
Originally Posted by Bloodmerchant
I've seen many suggestions that you start 10-20 years after 1066 though for a more historic middle east (after the byzantines have lost most of asia minor).
I'm told that for a more advanced player the Kingdom of Jerusalem after 1100 is good.
IMO, 1119ish is the most interesting start for KOJ. Good King, Antoich a vassal.. you're strong enough to fend off the usual AI Jihad gangbang a few months after game start and prime position to expand. Possible succession crisis if not careful.
Originally Posted by Fawr