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.
'ally France to do all the heavy lifting'
Interesting, how much do you reccomend feeding France so that it doesn't annex you too fast? And do you take bordeaux/labourd to release aquitaine for when you betray France?
Did you try joining the HRE? That's my plan incase the French drop the allaince. Annoyingly Brittany allied Aragon this game rather than an Irish minor so I can't beat England to annexing them all or easily vassalise Brittany but was able to get the cores on Naples by 1450rerovence
France can't be your long term ally, so use them hard and leave them. I recently did a Provence run with the intention of picking up a France PU, but after a few restarts it seems nigh impossible to grow large and fast enough to avoid becoming a french meal and the good relations necessary for a familial pu chance. I started by triggering the war with England and sniping everything in the North except Calais. I left the southern English holdings alone, mainly with the hope of keeping tensions between Castille/England/France exploitable.
There was no preserving the alliance for long after that, you might be able to get a quick second war out of them, but by then you need to have new powerful allies lined up.
While it is by no means an optimal run, I ended up going Provence -> Jerusalem -> France, while picking up Aragon and Hungary PUs by mid 1600s with cores and claims over just about everything one would need to complete any achievements around Our Sea. AE is horrendous, and there are still some tough nuts to crack (GB formed, Commonwealth is thicc).
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Did you try joining the HRE? That's my plan incase the French drop the allaince. Annoyingly Brittany allied Aragon this game rather than an Irish minor so I can't beat England to annexing them all or easily vassalise Brittany but was able to get the cores on Naples by 1450
Shame you have to start as dehli to get the cheevoMost countries in India that are bigger than an OPM but still dwarfed by the major powers qualify for this, that land is just too good. Shout out to Sirhind who seems hard because it's a vassal but is just flat out better than Delhi in every way.
How do you ally Austria in time before they fill up their relationship slots?Serbia. The gold mine in Kosovo helps you a lot economically and you have an easy early expansion path into Bosnia and Herzegovina. With alliances with Austria and Hungary beating the Ottomans early is doable.