Apr 272013

While i am sure that you quickly figure it out, there haven’t been any updates here for quite some time. A lot of the information that is here is no longer accurate due to changes made in patches that i have not kept up with.

I enjoyed putting together what is here, but for someone without a lot of free time, it perversely kept me from actually playing the game. With the advent of the CKIIwiki, there was little reason to keep going. See you all on the Europa Universalis 4 wiki.


 Posted by on April 27, 2013 at 9:14 am
Jul 222012

Upon my return to the site, i learned that someone finally did the good deed of creating a CKII wiki. It is at the altogether reasonable location ckiiwiki.com. This is a good thing.

Of course they will eventually crush me traffic-wise, and probably already have. Of course while there are a lot of stubs, one thing that definitely worked was the ad space. Just one ad space mind you, not the horror that is Wikia, but it is there and the ad itself is advertising advertising. A moment ago i could have placed my own ad there for $0. Of course community driven information will be more complete and accurate. Judging from the recent user activity over there, it looks like Meneth from the Paradox forums is involved, and he has done a lot of fine work. I am sure it will be aces. Continue reading »

Jul 222012

I have been playing a game a Palermo to put the Sword of Islam DLC through its paces, and i am pleased with it so far. I would definitely say it is worth some money. I may not quite be ready to say worth $9.99, but i have yet to see all it offers.

Palermo is not a wonderful place to start as a Shia ruler. You are basically surrounded by rulers with sweet, sweet Holy War Casus Belli on you, and they aren’t shy. You of course have the same options to use against them, but unless you have managed your alliances wisely (cough Egypt cough four wives cough), you aren’t going to have the necessary muscle to fight off the extra six countries who come to their defense.

But you don’t have to sit and wait for you Vizier to fabricate claims either. Continue reading »

Jul 172012

I am, quite likely, back. And to my surprise, there are still people visiting. Lots of people. Let us all give three cheers for the Steam summer sale, for getting a great game into the hands of even more prospective counts, barons, dukes, duchesses, kings, queens, and emperors.

Hip Hip     Hooray!

Ok, one cheer will suffice..

So I am looking around at all this rubbish i have written, and it appears i am well behind the times. I have bought me some DLC, so i should be able to add the Sword of Islam’s many different and (I’m sure) complicated systems (Decadence anyone?) here sometime soon. Sicily must be taken from that cur, Roger of Reggio, and the rest of the d’Hauteville dogs shall soon be without a bone to gnaw on, or something along those lines.

Beyond Sword of Islam, i am pretty sure that there have been other changes leaving specifics on these pages out of date, for which i apologize.

And while i am apologizing, forgive me, dearest reader, for whence i bought Diablo 3, i knew not what i was doing. I remember old Blizzard, and playing the hell out of Warcraft 2, and staying up all night so i could get into the Diablo beta test, and years of sort of enjoying WoW a little bit. And many of the friends that i played those games with were friends that i would get to spend time with in Diablo 3.

Unfortunately, Diablo 3 is a free to play game that costs you $60. The advent of gold selling on the real money auction house meant that all was now a real money auction house, so the pay to win is complete. So i return, beg your forgiveness. But i never really left. My barbarian’s name was dHauteville.

May 162012

Hello everyone. Contrary to all evidence, this site is not dead. It is merely, uhh, hibernating. Yeah.

After a two month Crusader Kings binge in which i spent more time researching the game than playing it, i am now in a definite ‘purge’ cycle. I also have a lot of friends telling me i should play Diablo 3 with them.

So, i will be away for a bit longer (as far as updates – I still get emails when there are comments and such, so i am not really away-away).  When i return, i will have an updated PC to play on, and it is simply embarrassing how much of a difference this will make.

I still enjoy CK II, i still enjoy building  the site, and i still enjoy seeing that folks are stopping in and getting some use out of it. I have plenty more i’d like to do, beyond just finishing the basics. I will be back soon.

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Apr 242012

Hello, visitors. I have a request for you today. I have been trying to figure out exactly how Attached Armies work so i could put up a page about them, but in my limited experience, they don’t work, and it is pissing me off. In my Roger of Reggio game i am now involved in a crusade against the Shia Caliphate for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, as are like 20 other folks, and i can see that all the other guys are apparently attached. I have a little attach button i can click, and yet no one ever joins me, and no matter how many times i click, i never join anyone else.

The ‘Attach’ button on the army pane would seem to indicate only that you need a “friendly” army to attach to, as when you are alone in a county the button will be greyed out and will tell you there are ‘no friendly units.’ When there are friendly units, the button is not greyed out, but clicking it doesn’t change the button state at all to indicate success. I click it, it stays the same, i get no feedback, and my unit continues to sit where ever it is even when the army i had hoped to attach to wanders away.

I have searched on the Paradox forums, and the web generally, and can find no info on how this is supposed to work, just a couple places on the forums where Paradox agrees that it does not. Without knowing what it is supposed to do, i have no idea if i should be bug reporting or not… So, some questions for the gallery… Continue reading »

Apr 212012

I have updated the Ruler Designer page with details on what exactly it does, what exactly it does not, and whom i think may get some use out of it. The short answer is, not you if you are playing a saved game, but yes if you want to start as a heretic for juicy casus belli goodness.

UPDATE: The link here is now fixed, Ugh…

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Apr 182012

So far today i have mostly finished a Mercenaries page (still need to detail the vassalization process), i have taken screenshots for a Titular Titles page and a Naval Mercenaries page, so expect those soon. I have update Holy Orders to reflect the 1.05 changes and then moved them to a child page of Mercenaries. I have swept the DLC pages to get them up to date with the new releases (see last post for links).

Right now i am going to step away for a bit. I expect to have the Naval Mercenaries and Titular Titles pages up before the end of the day, and maybe some other goodness as well.

UPDATE: Naval Mercenaries page now up.

Apr 172012

Boy Howdy, 1.05 has a lot of changes, both announced and unannounced. It all looks good to me too. I have pages to update all over the place. Holy Orders can now hire mercenary navies to get where they need to be, so that’s an edit… Titular titles will need wrapped into my existing title pages, so there’s another…  But hey, patches drive traffic.

I have the next two days off, so i will be pounding away at some updates and new content. I should be able to get an annotated list of the patch changes up later tonight, taxes permitting. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

UPDATE: I have added annotations to the Patch notes on a My Take page.  We’ll see how far off i am…

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