I don't know how to explain why this game is amazing. It simply is. Everyone I have met who has played it is simply engrossed. Whether it is by the desire to conquer, the intrigue of state diplomacy, or simply getting revenge on their brother-in-law whose wife plotted to kill their son. This game will draw you in and before you know it you will be marrying your neice to the son of a rival country in order for their eventual grandchild to have a decent opinion of you so you can call on his aid in a war against your cousin who you had excommunicated.