Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by Tellus, Nov 17, 2011.
The Harry Potter CK2 mod has been restarted
You know what I'd like to see in CK2? A 632 bookmark.
Think about it: it's the aftermath of Muhammad's death, and Abu Bakr wants to prove himself the prophet's successor by defeating the Arab rebels, and then spreading his dominion outside Arabia. While this is going on, there's dissent among the Muslims, as there are some who believe Ali is their prophet's true successor.
Meanwhile, all is not well in the Sasanian Empire. Weakened and exhausted by two devastating wars - one against the Byzantine Empire, another between its own people - it seems grim days are ahead. An eight-year-old boy sits on the throne, and the power of the central authority is held by the empire's generals. Can the Sasanians pull themselves through these tough times, or is this the beginning of the end?
Even as the situation in the Middle East seems poised to change forever, other significant things are happening in Europe. Charibert II rules Aquitaine, but his grip on the throne seems insecure and there are rumors of schemes against him. Dagobert, the King of Austrasia, wages war against the Wends. And Kubrat, ruler of the Onoğundur–Bulgars, has just established a confederation, but the Pannonian Avars might not be happy about his success...
Honestly, having a 632 bookmark seems like a no-brainer, considering how historically significant the year was. It could be a good excuse to finally overhaul Islam, and maybe add some new religions (namely Arab paganism and the followers of the self-proclaimed prophets that started popping up at this time).
Well, if you want to try, there is a mod called 633 Rise of Islam. You can find it on the Steam Workshop or the Paradox Forum.
I've been thinking that a date around 1010 would be a good one. It doesn't require a lot of new stuff, because it's already in the scope of the game, but there's plenty happening.
Brian Boru is tearing things up in Ireland, the Byzantines are beginning to dismantle the First Bulgarian Empire; with the help of a consolidating Hungary; the English are about to be attacked by Sven Forkbeard and Cnut; the Caliphate of Cordoba is starting to collapse.
Loads of interesting things occurring there. Not sure what's happening further East in that time frame.
HIP has a 1014 bookmark.
I played the first Paradox games, a long time ago, a time without kids, without a big house...
EU1 and EU2, HoI1 and HoI2, a little of Victoria and EU3... But never CK, and of course not CK2...
I looked at the price and the extensions of the game.
And I have a few questions please...
CK2 is here since 2012, I looked for the next version, seems to be here next year or maybe it's not official ?
Which extensions did I need for CK2 ?
Can I played the game without them, or i's better to have one or two at least ?
Where I can find the best sites to explain me the game apart the Paradox official site ?
Can you recommand me where to buy the game apart Steam ?
Can an elected king cast a ducal vote if his duchy isn't part of his de jure realm?
1) Nothing official yet;
2) Personally I would say Holy Fury (my favourite DLC so far), Way of Life and Conclave (and maybe Legacy of Rome and Sons of Abraham). You can safely ignore Republics (unless you want to play as them), Horse Lords and Sword of Islam (again unless you want to play as them, since they don’t add anything new to the gameplay).
3) Some of them really change the base game;
4) Ask other players or alternately watch a couple of videos on youtube.
5) Humble Bundle: base game plus all DLC for 15$. Additional stuff (like content pack or portrait) can also be found discounted there but are not necessary.
Way of Life, Conclave, Holy Fury, and Legacy of Rome are all considered essential, unlocking lifestyles, a more dynamic legal system, dynamic religion mechanics and bloodlines, and retinues (ESSENTIAL for late game!) respectively. Monks and Mystics (societies), Jade Dragon (China interaction), Old Gods (pagans and pagan reformation, MUCH better with Holy Fury!), and Sons of Abraham (Jews and some stuff for Catholics) are all also very important. Horse Lords, Rajahs of India, Sword of Islam, and Charlemagne are all niche but very fun if you like playing Mongols, India, Muslims, or want an early start date.
Reaper's Due, Sunset Invasion, and The Republic are less critical but very fun IMO. Sunset Invasion is ahistorical but at least provides a late-game challenge for western Europe.
Best place to buy is either Steam on a Winter or Summer sale (CK2 is generally given a 50-80% discount during those) or on Humble Bundle.
I don't really go for the content and portrait packs, but some people like those for immersion and don;t like that Paradox carves them out, which is fair enough.
Thanks for your answers, I will think about them and do a little additionnal researchs.
Conclave and Way of Life are the only two I don't play with. Conclave because I don't like the council system or favours and I prefer the old education system. Way of Life I skipped because I didn't want to deal with AI seduction focus, but I guess that can be turned off now.
I have a blast with both--duel option from War focus is great, Learning focus's chance to drive you insane so you fight Cthulhu rocks, and seducing everything with a pulse is a hoot. The Council system is just so much more dynamic and immersive than the old legal system, too.
Conclave's interesting as a DLC because of how easy it is for players to have differing experiences with it. It seems to be the most polarizing DLC outside of the completely ludicrous Sunset Invasion.
Basically your mileage may vary with Conclave and it's possible to really love it or really not.
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