It’s time to start another Let’s Play. This time, I’m tackling another Paradox Interactive game; Crusader Kings II! For those not in the know, Crusader Kings II is a medieval assassination simulator (there is also politicking and war, but those pale in comparison to the fun to be had murdering everyone stealthy-like). Unlike most other Paradox grand strategy games, CKII has you play a dynasty, rather than a nation. In other words, you pick a character, and when his time runs out, you play his heir – whomever that might be – and move on from there, taking up your late fathers titles and ruling as king/duke/chief/whatever, and so on until the games end date.
For a clearer picture as to how the game plays, exactly, imagine Game of Thrones, but with a cast of ten thousand spanning four centuries (six if you have The Old Gods). The scheming and killing would actually make the perfect Game of Thrones videoga-
There’s a Mod for That.
This can only end well!
Yes, folks, I am playing the exceedingly wonderful GoT mod for Crusader Kings II. There are plenty of scenarios to choose from, but I will be taking the scenario central to the early books; the Clash of Kings (so yeah, major spoilers for the early books).
But who should I play as? Really, there is only one choice, only one sane man in the whole of Westeros. Only one King who can guide the Seven Kingdoms with a steady hand and noble heart.
Joffrey Baratheon (Lannister) shall reunite the Kingdoms of Westeros under the flag of the Iron Throne. The heads of Robb, Renly and Stannis will lay at my feet within a month! In the meantime, let’s take a look at the new map of our great continent. Joffrey needs to know where he stands.
As Joffrey is too young to rule on his own, his mother Queen Cersei Lannister rules as regent (not that this is going to help). In the south, Stannis Baratheon, Joffrey’s uncle, lays siege to his brother in Storms End. The border with Robb’s kingdom is secured by Joffrey’s grandfather, Lord Tywin Lannister, who holds fast with twenty thousand men in Harrenhal. Before Robb can build his armies up, Joffrey should raise his own vassals. One must be ready for anything, and with enemies all around, Joffrey is in a dangerous position.
Calm down, Joffrey!
I’m sorry, what?
Who will you choose? What’s the plan, Joffrey?
And what about Sansa?
That might not be the best plan.
I’m more worried about the geek rage as we stray off canon.
Watch the hilarity unfold.
I’m not sure you can just imprison people willy-nilly. There’s a whole process to –