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.
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Egads! Has it been a year already?!? Well, congratulations are in order. And my, has the little tyke grown. From a sickly little backwater to a sickly bloated backwater.
That was a nice little memorial. Ah, the memories... Baggage train raids, dead and maimed marshalls, pagan uprisings... My eyes are getting a little misty.
Is that the Big Yin himself coming in for a night cap (following the motto 'If you can't beat them, join them')?
A year - congratulations! Feel like a proud father yet?
I'll echo Stuyvesant's remarks, it's nice to look back on the rulers of the past. Reading that update I couldn't help but cast my mind back to all those poor marshals wounded in amusing ways...
Keep up the good work!
Is the part where "all the gang are together again" when we get a Rurikovich song and dance finale?
A year already. I started posting on the forum regularly just as this was beginning and this is, without any doubts, one of my favourite AARs and threads, in which I've been lucky enough to follow and contribute to throughout the last year. Congratulations on the anniversary and hopefully a year from now there are still Rurikovich/Harry and Astarte/some member of this AAR's antics being reported on (I rather hope the M&B plan proves a success!). Many memories from this short review, this line though definetly caught my attention;
The poor, poor Marshals in this AAR have ever suffered, thankfully in relatively comedic ways though (although typing that, I'm not sure how being severely wounded is comedic, but oh well)!
How many 'Russian' monarchs has Russia had so far?
CK is great like that. In my Scottish mega campaign I stopped having Scottish kings about four monarchs in.
I must admit I don't know why I had so many injured marshalls. Have played other CK games and it only happens sometimes, other AARs aren't filled with the flower of chivalry (tm) hurling themselves to ther deaths, but here we are.
Being a marshal is sort of like being a henchman, and what henchman expects a long, healthy retirement.
Recently I seem to be sufering more from rulers with a deathwish.
a huge cheer breaks out
"we're on our way to Byzantium, the Rus are gonna do it again, we're the Rurikovichs, the boys from Russia ... and we're gonna be the Emperor"
"1-0 to the Rurikovichs" can be heard
How many times have the Rus so far sieged Constantinople?
From me too!
Why support a football team when you can back a warmongering tyrant?! Loved the constant comments and mutterings from the assembled Rurikovichs with regards to Bugra's actions, really great stuff.
I too cheered at the cheering remark
And the general atmosphere does remind of being in the pub during the opening game of the 1998 World Cup when Scotland were gloriously defeated by Brazil.
For those of you unaware, just before half time Scotland were awarded a penalty kick. A great hush fell over the pub. John Collins stepped up, winked at the camera, took the penalty and - BOOM - it was 1-1 with the mighty Brazil! The entire place went completely MENTAL (in fact, I think the entire nation went completely mental) apart from one poor soul who came out of the bathroom, looked at the unfolding chaos and asked someone next to him "What just happened?"
Cue a dozen stares of "REALLY?!?!?" from people all around him before someone yelled "They've just picked a new f&*!ing Pope - what the f$%k do you think just happened?"
That guy was a bit like Boris II
I think I've made this observation before, but it bears repeating: sometimes, this stuff just writes itself.
So, is this a preview of the end of this AAR? Unable to definitively assign the Rurikovichs to Heaven, Hell or one of the various pagan underworlds, the whole lot gets carted off and quarantined in this no-man's land, in the Bar Harry Built (tm), with Harry himself serving as barkeep, for the rest of eternity?
Apart from the celestial embarrassment if the raunchy Rurikovichs get their grubby mitts on the Emperor's Crown of the self-styled 'Vice-gerent of God on Earth', I don't really see how this squabble over the remains of Byzantium have Michael so worried. I guess it's just the instinctive reaction of one who reflexively, unthinkingly, opposes everything Harry does...
Boris I is being marched out the room, having been told by Vladimir I that IF he had died in battle by now he'd have his own personal group of Valkyries. His state of sexual tension increased when Vladimir teased him as to what, if anything, they wore anything beneath their breastplates.
I think if I were alive in this alternative world I would most certainly be a spear carrier. Your war leaders just seem to be built to suffer!
Civil war, what was the number? 289th?
I love how Rurikovich Russia is like an iceberg in warm waters: sure, bits are falling off left and right and there's no way the thing's going to survive, but it damn well is going to send that Titanic of a Byzantium to the bottom of the sea before it happens.
Loved these lines. Poor Boris being taunted cruelly by Vladimir. I also had to chuckle when noting that with a warscore of 500 a Rurkovich is audacious enough to attempt a 2,000 point peace deal. Hopefully all of these rebellions do not slow things down too much, the Byzantines must be defeated! Very good stuff.
Just what does Freya and Astarte's dance routine consist of?