Actual Play: Crusader Kings II Game of Thrones Mod
I picked up Crusader Kings II over the weekend because the idea of a historical kingdom simulator with the royal houses of Westeros from the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, whatevs) series sounded like something that I would enjoy immensely. Crusader Kings II allows you to do basically whatever you could possibly want to do in a historical simulator: You can raise armies from your vassals, arrange marriages, name people to your council, have people assassinated, control your taxes, name your hier, and so much more than that. With that said, it is also a pretty insanely detailed game and I had to spend a good hour reading boring tutorials to have even a base idea of how to play the game. Once I figured out what I was doing (at the most basic level ever), I loaded up the Game of Thrones mod and got to picking who I was going to conquer Westeros with. The Game of Thrones mod takes placed during Robert’s Rebellion, which is 16 years before the actual events of the books and the amount of detail that the modders have put into this is amazing. Characters, major and minor, make an appearance and the land of Westeros looks great. The in-game portraits leave something to be desired, but I think that is part of the base Crusader Kings II, and I got used to it soon enough.
To begin my conquest of Westeros, I chose Lord Petyr Baelish, known to those of you that have read the books (or watched the HBO series) as ‘Littlefinger’ and quickly set my goal to ‘Become Independent.’ Never mind that I have no idea how to do that, but I knew that Littlefinger would not suffer under the rule of Jon Arryn for long.
Feeling smug of myself, even though I have no vassals and only one small province (the smallest of the Fingers) to my name, I set about my long-term goal of breaking my dependence on Arryn. I decide to check out the the status of my Council, my most trusted advisers that will help me with my break. I notice that I don’t have a Maester, but I figure that can wait for a little bit while I get a feel for what is going on around me.
I also make note that many of my adviser’s have low scores, meaning they are not terribly good at their jobs. They will need to be replaced as I climb the ladder to independence (and controlling all of Westeros!). As I plot my next (first?) move I get a messag that worries me: Apparently I am sick.
You know what would be great? If I wasn’t sick. Still, I decide to continue about my business. I won’t let a little sickness keep me down… And then I die.
With no heir, my lineage ends and my lands pass to Arryn, my liege (I assume). Which is the opposite of what I wanted to happen. We’ll try again, though. Oh, I promise we’ll try again. Next time I’ll pick someone that has at least a little more land and maybe a couple of armies.