Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings Chronicle: The Prologue

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The world stage

Crusader Kings II lets you jump into one of a handful of historical scenarios, and the one I’ve selected is Stamford Bridge. It’s 1066, and there’s a three-way war for the throne of England going on between Norwegian Vikings under Harald Hardrada, Normans under William the Bastard (known historically as William the Conqueror, but the game may not play out that way...), and the faltering Anglo-Saxon ruling class under reigning King Harold Godwinson. That’s far from all that’s going on, however.

Basically ruler of the world

The game’s map encompasses everything from Iceland in the far Northwest to Siberia and Persia in the East, and as far south as Mali and Ghana in the Southwest. The clash between Christianity, Islam, and native pagans is a primary source of conflict, and the Holy Roman Empire under Pope Alexander II is the single most influential political entity in the world.

You can choose any of the hundreds of nobles on the map to play. For this game, in an homage to my Civilization V Celtic Chronicle, I’ve selected the House of ua Brian (O’Brian). Who are they, exactly? Well...