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Crusader Kings

I just read Cadotte's review of CK, and I feel it is a fair and direct review. I grade CK up a bit from him simply because I enjoy the Paradox titles, but I don't yet find CK as engaging as I do EU2, HOI, and Victoria.

I believe one reason for this is because there are significant amounts of time where the player is just waiting for things to happen, such as changes in another kingdom's inheritance line or inheritance rules. Of course, war is always dynamic. I do like how troop strength is recruited in-game, during times of war then back to the fields when peace returns. I feel research is handled well, through cultural diffusion. Although you are actively researching advancements, you can randomly receive technology through cultural diffusion.

My problem is I'm too impatient. If you don't play as a king, then mustering the forces to take on other Dukes & Counts can be risky, because their leiges almost always come to their defense. Ouch! Patience is a virtue in this game.

The game is long, even the shorter scenario will take a few weeks if you're a working/family man.

Edit: Downgraded CK to a 7, time for reflection.

Posted on October 20, 2005 at 6:04 am
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