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Crusader Kings III

cbwjm

Hero
Nice always fun playing in that area across numerous Paradox titles.

Gonna try and inherit Sweden?

Denmark's often a nice area to get. Not as good as Brussels, Egypt, Constantinople but comparable to say London.

This guy usually does interesting paradox videos.

Count Guide.

Might have to try the African Queen matriarchal empire with historical settings.

Ive been checking the succession for Sweden but I'm not very good at arranging succession in other realms to suit me, normally it happens accidentally. I think i need a whole other mindset for it. I'm thinking of going down the intrigue skill trees and seeing what I can do with them. I'll probably just subjugate them at a later date.

I'll check out his video. Quill18 has some interesting ones, some others are about that have helped me understand the rules of succession. I think that's what I've always had issues with.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Ive been checking the succession for Sweden but I'm not very good at arranging succession in other realms to suit me, normally it happens accidentally. I think i need a whole other mindset for it. I'm thinking of going down the intrigue skill trees and seeing what I can do with them. I'll probably just subjugate them at a later date.

I'll check out his video. Quill18 has some interesting ones, some others are about that have helped me understand the rules of succession. I think that's what I've always had issues with.

I'm not particularly good at forcing succession either. Short of marrying a lady with no brothers.

They made it harder in CK2.
 

cbwjm

Hero
Nice always fun playing in that area across numerous Paradox titles.

Gonna try and inherit Sweden?

Denmark's often a nice area to get. Not as good as Brussels, Egypt, Constantinople but comparable to say London.

This guy usually does interesting paradox videos.

Count Guide.

Might have to try the African Queen matriarchal empire with historical settings.
I started as #10 in that list.
 


Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
Some cohorts and I are attempting to unify the Iberian peninsula. Pretty big battles with the Moors. And Navarre kept taking land as well, but were backed by the Byzantine Empress so we didn't really want to force that issue. Luckily they converted to Islam and Byzantium dropped them like a bad habit.

Got Holy Warrior out of it for my character's son once we washed over the Navarre lands. Taking a long time to convert their culture and religion back to what the rest of our lands are. Progress none-the-less.
 
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cbwjm

Hero
Some cohorts and I are attempting to unify the Iberian peninsula. Pretty big battles with the Moors. And Navarre kept taking land as well, but were back by the Byzantine Empress so we didn't really want to force that issue. Luckily they converted to Islam and Byzantium dropped them like a bad habit.

Got Holy Warrior out of it for my son once we washed over the Navarre lands. Taking a long time to convert their culture and religion back to what the rest of our lands are. Progress non-the-less.
Nice. Converting everyone does take a while, taking long enough converting everyone in Scandinavia to the Asatru faith.

I've finally managed to conquer Scandinavia which also won me the kingdom of Ireland. Soon I shall form an empire. Not sure what's best after that, I'll have 5 kingdoms and I'm wondering if I should parcel them out to my sons while keeping the empire and kingdom of Norway as part of my titles.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Nice. Converting everyone does take a while, taking long enough converting everyone in Scandinavia to the Asatru faith.

I've finally managed to conquer Scandinavia which also won me the kingdom of Ireland. Soon I shall form an empire. Not sure what's best after that, I'll have 5 kingdoms and I'm wondering if I should parcel them out to my sons while keeping the empire and kingdom of Norway as part of my titles.

Do you need to get the required lands in XYZ area to form an empire or can you still form an empire just by blobbing?

Creating kings as an empire makes it easier for vassal management but idk if they've changed the mechanics of making vassals easier to manage.

I would probably keep the titles to the core of your empire and have sub rulers in overseas territory, Kings of your bloodline though.


If things go pear shaped the independent kings will still be your bloodline. Still counts iirc.
 

cbwjm

Hero
Do you need to get the required lands in XYZ area to form an empire or can you still form an empire just by blobbing?

Creating kings as an empire makes it easier for vassal management but idk if they've changed the mechanics of making vassals easier to manage.

I would probably keep the titles to the core of your empire and have sub rulers in overseas territory, Kings of your bloodline though.


If things go pear shaped the independent kings will still be your bloodline. Still counts iirc.
I'm not 100% on what lands you need, I'll have to have another look at the option in the decisions panel, it ticks off a number of requirements and I'm not sure if it is just X number of kingdoms under your control or if they have to be mostly of a single empire, the only two times I've been able to form an empire I've had the kingdoms of Brittania and Scandinavia.

It probably will make things easier to manage them now that you mention it. As my empire grows, I'm king of various kingdoms and a multitude of powerful vassals are constantly being added to my empire. If they become the vassals of my sons in their own kingdoms, then they become someone else's problem.

I'll be keeping at least the kingdom of Norway as my title, maybe also Sweden. There is a title where you can become king of kings but it requires 10 people in your dynasty holding a kingdom, I think this is going to be how to do it.

I'm also wondering about the benefits of making a cadet branch of my dynasty. My current ruler isn't the dynasty head, that title goes to my older brother.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I'm not 100% on what lands you need, I'll have to have another look at the option in the decisions panel, it ticks off a number of requirements and I'm not sure if it is just X number of kingdoms under your control or if they have to be mostly of a single empire, the only two times I've been able to form an empire I've had the kingdoms of Brittania and Scandinavia.

It probably will make things easier to manage them now that you mention it. As my empire grows, I'm king of various kingdoms and a multitude of powerful vassals are constantly being added to my empire. If they become the vassals of my sons in their own kingdoms, then they become someone else's problem.

I'll be keeping at least the kingdom of Norway as my title, maybe also Sweden. There is a title where you can become king of kings but it requires 10 people in your dynasty holding a kingdom, I think this is going to be how to do it.

I'm also wondering about the benefits of making a cadet branch of my dynasty. My current ruler isn't the dynasty head, that title goes to my older brother.


Cadet branches still add to your score at game end at least CK2.

I racked up a massive score once despite having a small realm because my bloodline was on the thrones of half the map.

Core realm was Brittania but they ruled Empire of Hispania, France, Crusader States and parts of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Some of it was deliberate but most of it was just marrying younger members off to lonely Countesses and Duchess and over the years they rose to prominence in those realms.

Also managed to do it with daughters but had to get foreign heirs into my court and matrilineal marry them to the females.

You could also carve duchies out of foreign realms so you can nibble the HRE to death one duchy at a time.
 


cbwjm

Hero
Lol the North Korea strategy.


Basically you skip the feudalism part of the game. One ruler no vassals.
Haha, interesting way to play the game, I wouldn't have even thought to do this.

I've been looking through videos that are all "10 things I wish I knew when I started". I now know that the reason I gained a heap of vassals when I became Duke was because they were my de jure vassals, so the king gave them to me to reduce strife in the kingdom thus paving the way for me to overthrow him.
 

cbwjm

Hero
Apparently the best physicians lock you in your room after breaking a pot of angry bees there with you.

As an emperor, I'm finding it hard keeping on top of everything. I'm also not the dynasty head which has crippled me a bit since I can't modify my dynasty boons nor can I use various decisions that require being the dynasty head.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Apparently the best physicians lock you in your room after breaking a pot of angry bees there with you.

As an emperor, I'm finding it hard keeping on top of everything. I'm also not the dynasty head which has crippled me a bit since I can't modify my dynasty boons nor can I use various decisions that require being the dynasty head.

Yeah the random health treatments can kill you.

Generally avoid the experimental stuff unless you have something terminal or want to bump your ruler off.
 

Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
That awkward moment in CK III where you are totally paying attention to a Crusade and once the intense battling is over, you realize your character had been courting his own mother...

It has gotten bad in our multiplayer campaign. We can't have any marital alliances for a generation or two, just too much, uh... keeping the bloodlines pure.

The good news is I married my sister off to the Populist Uprising in Burgundy and they won. I now have a queen of Burgundy and once the King dies, the Kingdom itself. At least for my household.
 

cbwjm

Hero
I had crazy times last night. My newly ascended emperor was murdered at the age of 34 right after starting a war for Mercia.

My heir (not my choice of heir, I hadn't even had time to get people on my side) took over but was already embroiled in various wars and all of my kings and dukes decided that they wanted less crown authority and started a war against me. I lost, but in that time, I executed all of the prisoners I captured, becoming a kinslayer since most were of my dynasty. I then reformed the religion, hit stress level three after going against my traits, and abdicated the throne. Now my eldest, and hopefully best, son has taken control of the empire.
 

fba827

Adventurer
So I came back to this game after several weeks ( I got it when it came out but was I just wasn’t able to do what the tutorial was telling me - ie it told me to select something and no matter how much I clicked nothing actually happened. Plus just lots of information when I tried without tutorial).

anyway I figured out what I was doing wrong on the clicking ( I was clicking on portrait, not name, as I thought the entire line entry was one item to select).

im still trying to figure out doing wars. But aside from that as long as I keep diplomacy and schemes to minimize wars against me, I’ve beenmanaging. Even got one of my guys to be given title of king and created his own off shot religion at some point. But once I made my own religion that’s when I had more wars declared on me than I could Diplomatically get myself out of. ;).
Was fun.
 

cbwjm

Hero
I think there are still a lot of things that I'm not 100% sure about. I think it took me a while to figure out that the best way to fight for the land you want is to make a claim to it, also you're lucky, the fabricate claims option can get a whole duchy instead of just a county.

I've also found that not spending all of your gold on upgrades is a good way to go so that you can hire mercenaries. Last night I lost the kingdom of ireland, regained it, died, and had my 2 year old son as ruler. Then I had to fend off pretenders to the throne as well as neighbouring rulers that outclassed me in number or troops completely but since I had several hundred gold I was able to hire a couple of mercenary bands to supplement my forces. Finally stabilised it after 3 (incredibly short) generations.
 

cbwjm

Hero
Also, Christian rulers really don't like it when you adopt a form of Christianity different from theirs. They really don't like it when you form your own offshoot that makes it matriarchal instead of patriarchal.
 


cbwjm

Hero
I was so close to forming the empire of Britannia, I went on a massive campaign as Alba conquering the British Isles, I knew I wouldn't have the required resources to form it before I died but figured my son would be able to do when he took over. I died and as it turns out, because he was the son of the King of England he was an Anglo-Saxon instead of Gaelic, a requirement to form Britannia. The most annoying part was that I educated him and could have changed his culture to Gaelic but I didn't even think of it, just clicked on through :(

Hoping that I can adopt Gaelic culture and form Britannia before everything falls to pieces, otherwise, I'll be starting over... again.
 

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