I'm trying a game without fabricating any claims or inviting any claimants to court. It was 150 years before I made it up to the Duke-tier. But a lot of fun.
I started in 1078 so the ERE would have already lost most of Anatolia to Rum and the Iberian Christians would have a chance. And I also cheated and tag-shifted to marry the Duchess of Aquitaine to the King of England (I couldn't resist when I saw it was possible to recreate history that way). As a result the game has been pretty historical:
- The Kingdom of Jerusalem was formed, but with England and France occupied by the Hundred Years War, most crusades have been inconclusive or failures,
- Seljuks had a successful Jihad to recapture Jerusalem, but almost immediately got backstabbed by the Mongols, who now have all of Persia and Arabia.
- In the West things are a bit less historical. The HRE inherited Wales?! And the Muslims eventually recaptured Sicily, and now are driving north. Spain has been more or less a stalemate.