The month of strategy games, or otherwise known as March, is the month where we highlight the game Crusader Kings 2. It is a strategy game like no other. Different game elements is what makes this game so fun, for example Crusader Kings 2 nicknames, traits, skills, playing as a character, historical maps and expansion of land via wars, plots, death and marriages.
In the genre strategy games there is one special title that has unique gameplay and that you should try out. Crusader Kings 2 (ck2) is the name of that title. Crusader Kings 2 is made by Paradox and is the successor to Crusader Kings.
What makes CK2 stand out from other strategy games where you need to conquer as much land as you can? CK2 lets you play as a historical individual character instead of playing from the viewpoint of an entire country like the game Europa Universalis IV.
The goal of Crusader Kings 2 is of your own choosing. Pick a character and decide for yourself what goals to achieve. The only way to lose CK2 is when your character dies and you have no heirs to succeed you.
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Game play of Crusader Kings 2
From a humble count to a mighty emperor
Since the whole point of CK2 is to play as a individual character, you have many starting characters available. The base game of Crusader Kings 2 starts at the year 1066 and will run until the end of the game in 1453. Any character from this time frame you can play (with the expansions: Charlemange you can start in 769, and with The Old Gods you can start in the year 867). For example play as the king of England with Harold Godwinson in the year 1066.
Harold Godwinson was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England until his death at the battle of Hastings against William the Conqueror. Cheat history by defeating William the Conqueror and produce a line of legit heirs that inherit the Anglo-Saxon title for many years to come. William the Concqueror is an example of the Crusader Kings 2 nicknames system.
Another example of a starting character is starting as the count of Penthievre with Edouarzh de Penthievre at the 1066 starting date. The interesting thing about the count of Penthievre is that he has one daughter, thirteen sons (half of them are bastards) and six legit grandsons. This character is a good choice for if you want to learn and start experimenting with marriages to increase your land.
Crusader Kings 2 nicknames
Each character is unique because each character will start with random skills, education and traits. Sometimes you get lucky and get a character that is a master diplomat, while other times you get a below average character.
However, that is what makes CK2 so fun, all the random possibilities that could happen and that makes each game truly different.
The different stats and traits provide some fun role playing opportunities. For example if you have the trait attractive and you are male and between the ages of 15 to 59 then your nickname will be the Handsome. Another example is if you have at least 1000 piety and you are over the age of 20 then you might become known as the Blessed.
There are so many different nicknames your character could get based on age, skills, traits, gender, education, prestige, piety and events. Some nicknames are: the Bewitched, the Terrible, the Viking, the Shieldmaiden, the Sword of God and the Undying.
Mods are a great way to increase the fun of the vanilla gameplay. One great mod is the game of thrones mod. The game of thrones mod provides a completely different map and characters based on the television show Game of Thrones and the Game of Thrones book series. Did you always like to imagine that you live in a fantasy land like the world of game of thrones? Then the mod CK2 is a must have and will let you play as a character of the house Stark or the house Lannister and many more houses.
Crusader Kings 2 is a strategy game for the pc that you must try out. It is a very complicated game, which means you will visit the CK2 wiki or the CK2 reddit forum a lot, but it is so much fun.
The game Crusader Kings 2 is available on the steam platform. Add funds to your steam wallet via the Amazon steam gift card.
Go and play CK2 right now and change history the way you want to!
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