The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
At this point, the HRE is way too strong to go to war against. Wenzel is a genius, a brilliant strategist and all his vassals love him. Richard has average stats, fickle vassals and is stuck between two giants. They're also gaining a steadier foothold in the Levant. It's a stroke of luck that they're busy in Jerusalem, because Richard has a problem to take care of.Yes, seems more likely you'd encourage them to keep their attentions on the east by moving their western border a little more in that direction. Just a gentle nudge, make sure they're pointed the right way.
When it happens, it's really frustrating, but when I look back at it, I find it amusing. It's one of those "we'll laugh it up when it's all over!" situations. I also love to write "Curses!" whenever I get the chance!Losing casus belli appears to be Richard's bane at the moment, though I'm sure he'll manage. Good update.
I'm an indoors guy, so summer doesn't have much appeal for me, besides girls becoming strangely more eye candy. I prefer autumn: it's prettier than early spring and not too hot nor too cold.I understand what you mean about the heat; I've been fanning myself with a SimCity 4 manual (which is now torn and crinkled) and drinking boatloads of water, pop, and lemonade. No fear, soon we'll be back in the comfy embrace of a winter.
Keep your eye on the Flanders Republic; they'll hate you for the difference in government systems, and the more money the Doge has, the more it will take to bribe him.
Yeah, I'm waiting for the temperature to drop to around 0c so I can put on a t-shirt .I understand what you mean about the heat; I've been fanning myself with a SimCity 4 manual (which is now torn and crinkled) and drinking boatloads of water, pop, and lemonade. No fear, soon we'll be back in the comfy embrace of a winter.
This revolt was nothing compared to what's coming in the 1300s. We haven't heard the last of Gaucelin either. The bastard will live up to 8 decades! Uc reminds me of Budehuc castle in Suikoden 3 for some reason... What an odd name.Yeah, I'm waiting for the temperature to drop to around 0c so I can put on a t-shirt .
Good work on the revolt, Mithfir. It's maddening when siblings try to undo all the good work done to date. And am I the only one who thinks Duke Uc sounds like an Orc?
Not really, because most of it is held by the Holy Roman Empire, the strongest faction currently. The Kaiser is strong and besides, I have other, better, opportunities, as you'll find out in the next chapter. At this point, I tread lightly because I always feared the HRE would declare war on me. Of course, the emperor's eyes are always looking towards the east...Do you have plans for Italy considering that your house does come from that country?
Also what site do you use to upload your photos?
That's the same thing I was wondering. In the update it mentioned the union of Silesia and Francia, not Poland and Francia. It also said that it would spark the birth of Francia Orientalis. Two separate empires perhaps, both administered by the d'Ivrea's? Or one empire to rule them all? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...Interesting update! Also how will be Poland dealt with? Will a cadet branch of your grand house hold a free Polish kingdom?
Interesting update! Also how will be Poland dealt with? Will a cadet branch of your grand house hold a free Polish kingdom?
Richard III is winning so far, isn't he?That's the same thing I was wondering. In the update it mentioned the union of Silesia and Francia, not Poland and Francia. It also said that it would spark the birth of Francia Orientalis. Two separate empires perhaps, both administered by the d'Ivrea's? Or one empire to rule them all? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
Indeed! Since Richard III is my next protagonist, I gotta make sure that he succeeds for the good of the empire, whether he has a horse or not.... Said everyone to Henry Tudor.
What is this music I hear from my eastern window? It is the dawn, and from the Sun's radiance come Lady Van Henegouwen in all her greatness! Thanks again. One more compliment and you get a whole poem! I guess history AARs aren't very popular compared to humourous/memes ones, but then again I used to be a history student before I switched to a communications (journalism) degree, and now I'm heading towards a computer course in September, phew! When I was playing further down, I thought: "Hmm this is a little too easy... I wonder if it will get more challenging at some point." And it does, oh it sure does... I guess Paradox loves to throw a spanner in my well-oiled imperial machine to make it more interesting. I'd rather not reveal too much, as I already hinted that the 14th century will be turbulent.I like this AAR so much - it's the only one written in history-book (or even pseudo-history book) style which I read. It seems that just about every other update there's someone getting a kicking, or the CK2 game mechanics decide to screw over the player, and while you're always in a position of strength it doesn't feel dreary since there's the feeling that things could really fall apart any moment.
I'm surprised Aquitaine is still a mega-duchy despite about a century of your management, or maybe it's because they haven't actually rebelled yet and given you a chance to revoke something. I'm a firm believer in prioritising keeping vassals weak over keeping them happy, and perhaps a few (unprovoked) political assassinations here and there would have been helpful for weakening the megadukes. It's absolutely stupid that he rebelled despite having 100 relations, and it's things like that (and the constantly disappearing casus belli) which fuel my loathing for actually playing CK2. You need to enlarge your demesne to keep your vassals from thinking they can overpower you.
Also, your rulers keep marrying young brides despite already having a secure line of succession, even if you won't inherit any lands. Is there a reason for this, like roleplaying? Because all it does is gives your descendants problems with pretenders and other claimants. I usually tell my ruler to marry some old granny with incredible stats to help boost his state attributes.
Richard's son's rebellion for the throne was pretty awesome though. I wish I saw AI 'smartness' that actually personally benefited the player-run country in my games. Violante on the other hand just sounds like a nutter, Aragon vs England? Unless England is having some serious internal problems at thsi point.
Both Richards have the deceitful trait... Since I do some roleplaying immersion, why not go all the way?England, you say? Troublesome cadet branches? Shades of the Habsburgs. This was another enjoyable post, Mithfir. I especially liked the section about the correspondence containing symbolism and codes. Makes sense in an age when such letters could be easily intercepted and used for nefarious purposes. Not that it could ever happen in this day and age with the internet