Auto-Stop Plots, Let Plotters Plot in Crusader Kings 2

Checking the Auto-Stop Plots box is a neat way to avoid a lot of micro-management in Crusader Kings 2. However it comes with an opportunity cost. Here we will cover 7 reasons why you should leave it unchecked and let plotters plot. Get Crusader Kings 2, dlcs and other great games here. – Amazon affiliate […]

The Logic of War According to a Libertarian

[Editor – I originally wrote this back in 2014 as a forum post on the politicsforum.org mostly as a bit of fun. I thought I would give it a new home here to kick off a new section of writing with a more general philosophical bent rather than my usual gaming material. Do not mistake […]

Chapter 5 of Local Boy, A United the Kingdoms Achievement Run

Here follows Chapter 5 of Local Boy Makes Emperor, A United the Kingdoms Steam Achievement playthrough for Crusader Kings 2. In the last chapter we followed the latter part of King Uthyr’s saucy career of philandering and no small amount of murdering. Now with his second and final death we will follow here the career […]

Chapter 4 United the Kingdoms

Chapter 4 of Local Boy, A United the Kingdoms Run

Here follows Chapter 4 of Local Boy Makes Emperor, A United the Kingdoms Steam Achievement playthrough for Crusader Kings 2. Thanks to a lost save file King Uthyr lives still. Disregard the last entry July 834 AD of Chapter 3. It seems that King Uthyr’s death from stress was just a fever dream from eating […]

Army Commanders Guide for Crusader Kings 2

Beginners Guide – ck2 The Function of Commanders Commanders provide leadership to flanks of an army. They can increase and decrease the effectiveness of the flank they lead in battles. Outside of battles they can modify an army’s attrition, speed and effectiveness at sieges. Get Crusader Kings 2, dlcs and other great games on Amazon […]

Chapter 3 of Local Boy, A United the Kingdoms Run

Here follows Chapter 3 of Local Boy Makes Emperor, A United the Kingdoms Steam Achievement playthrough for Crusader Kings 2. At the end of Chapter 2 of Local Boy the brilliant Queen Rhiannon died of old age during the war to vassalise Northumbria. The electors of Brythoniaid choose her son Uthyr to follow her. So […]

Chapter 2 of Local Boy, A United the Kingdoms Run

Here follows Chapter 2 of Local Boy Makes Emperor, A United the Kingdoms Steam Achievement playthrough for Crusader Kings 2. At the end of Chapter 1 of Local Boy the mad old King Gwriad of Brythoniad had killed himself after a particularly depressing poetry reading. Thus the kingdom he forged out of the patchwork of […]

Traits You Did Not Know You Wanted in ck2

We all want to be diligent and ambitious geniuses or failing that brave and gregarious. Certainly we don’t want to be inbred imbeciles. That is universal for players of Crusader Kings 2. So far, so obvious. However some of the quirky traits our character can have are bad but also sort of good. Good enough […]

Chapter 1 of Local Boy, A United the Kingdoms Run

Following the inexplicable disabling of steam achievements in Chapter 4 of Marriage and Daggers I have elected to suspend play on that run until I can figure out a way to renable achievements. To keep playing at something I have decided to start a new run for a different Steam achievement for Crusader Kings 2. […]

Chapter 4 of Marriage and Daggers, a Lombard Ten Thrones Run

When King Ilderic finally crumbles into pieces from leprosy I incarnate from him into his eldest son and heir Alahis Gausian, now King Alahis II of Lombardy. See the preceeding chapter, Chapter 3, for the riveting chronicle of the last days of King Ilderic of Lombardy. King Alahis II of Lombardy 808 AD – Orientation […]

Chapter 3 of Marriage and Daggers, a Lombard Ten Thrones Run

Following the beheading of Countess Ansia I have become her cousin and executioner King Ilderic “The Purifier” of Lombardy. See Chapter 2 for the story of Countess Anisia and how she came to be beheaded. King Ilderic of Lombardy At the time I become him Ilderic is not the most pleasant of characters: he is […]

Chapter 2 of Marriage and Daggers, a Lombard Ten Thrones Run

With the passing of the old Duke Arechis II, I inherit into his eldest son Romoald “the festive” who is now the new Duke of Benevento. See Chapter 1 of Marriage and Daggers for the murderous career of Duke Arechis II. Duke Romoald of Benevento To recap I am, as Romoald, the next in line […]

Chapter 1 of Marriage and Daggers, A Lombard Ten Thrones Run – ck2

Following the misfortunate run at the Ten Thrones Steam Achievement as Ragnar Lothbrokfor Crusader Kings 2 I am having another go at bagging the achievement. This time I will try using the “Marriage and Daggers” strategy mentioned in the preamble. I am looking at being a Catholic this time and also probably a Lombard to […]

Chapter 2 – Ragnar Lothbrok – Ten Thrones

Welcome to Chapter 2 of my Ten Thrones Achievement Run, the reign of Ragnar Lothbrok! You can read the preamble here. And you can read the first chapter, Sigurdr Hring, here. To recap I have inherited into Ragnar the only son of Sigurdr Hring in the middle of a big war for the subjugation of […]

Chapter 1 – Sigurd Hring – Ten Thrones

Welcome to the first chapter of my Ten Thrones Achievement Run for Crusader Kings 2! If you have not already done so check out the preamble to this run for an overview of the strategy we will employ here. Sigurdr Hring – Opening Moves – 769AD Hail Sigurdr Hring Petty King of Sweden! So this […]

Ten Thrones Achievement Run, Strategy and Playthrough – Preamble

Ten Thrones Achievement Conditions The “Ten Thrones” Steam achievement is all about painting the map with blood rather than political unity. There must be ten independent kingdoms all ruled by fellow dynastic members. The exact win condition is here: Have your dynasty rule 10 independent Feudal/Iqta/Monastic Feudal Kingdoms or Empires with at least 25 realm […]