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Playdate: Crusader Kings II

Austin takes us on an historically accurate tour of the Caravellas and their humble backstory.

The crew of Giant Bomb invites you to join us for some fun times with video games.

Aug. 21 2015

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Austin

Posted by: Vinny

In This Episode:

Crusader Kings II

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Long live Vincenzo

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Greattttt game, and austin showed it off pretty well.

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Awesome, missed this earlier. I've always wanted to get into this game but I've never really tried.

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I haven't watched this yet and I already want another.

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Missed this live. Looooove CKII.

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Was hoping the deck would be "almost two hours of Messina round".

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I bought this years ago but never even started it up because it just seemed so daunting. I feel like I would end up losing months of my life to it.

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Yay! Been looking forward to this soooo much! CKII is fantastic.

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this is awesome

i love ck2 and eu4 and vic2, and i also love giantbomb, and it's amazing to see these two worlds colliding

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This was great! Austin did a great job not making the game seem too daunting, I've had this game installed for months but I've been putting off properly playing it because its so horribly complicated looking but this did actually help understand some of it.

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If you squint your eyes just right, this game looks like a DAW

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Remember when Dave did a quick look in 2012? Ahh, good times.

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Thanks for the quick upload, missed this

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Here's to more Grand Strategy on Giantbomb. Hail to the king baby.

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Vinny is a boss. The only way to make this more awesome would be to get Snider to play along in multi-player.

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Hell yes, I've been waiting for this to go up!

Edit: okay I kind of need them to revisit this. Continuing adventures of Vincenzo!!

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This is almost exactly how my first game of the year goes in CK2 after taking an extended break. Right down to starting in Italy and running out of money for mercs during the first holy war.

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I want some mid-tier play!

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I love Civ 5, but this game seems way too deep for me. Definitely a super interesting watch though.

Also, fuck Nike Town.

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More! More! More!

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Hopefully they do more of this, I've had a lot of fun with CKII and watching GBEast's brand of hijinks in that setting was great!

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This video seems...strange...Austin seems to be trying to teach Vinny and Alex how to play this game, yet he doesn't seem to really know how to play the game himself. He seems to have the very basics down, but little things like trying to befriend infidels and not auto-adding to plot were weird and made it feel more like he was learning to play with them and not helping them learn.

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Those who like the look of the game but feel daunted - as this shows you don't need to be. The menus and systems are complex but it really comes down to role-playing as your character. It's quite intuitive to learn if you think of the game that way. It's the Sims as a strategy RPG, kind of.

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Friday night and I'm ready for some diplomacy!

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This just makes me wish GBEAST could do this more often.

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Damn this is something I would never play, fun to watch though.

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Oh, my...

Is this- Is this Random PC Game by another name?

I guess I'll find out.

EDIT: "I'd like you to meet my wife: Arsenda Vahorse."

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Also super can't expert past EU4, that is not a thing, I wish it was a thing, but it's super not a thing.

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This game is hilarious. The amount of hate you can feel for some asshole spreadsheet man is insane.

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Yeah this is the greatest game ever made, please play it more (forever)

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I thought this was the sword-fighting game that Drew was into a while back. This is probably great too though.

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This looks like Civ in real time. I am definitely down.

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This was fantastic. I'd love to see this be a recurring feature.

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@austin_walker thank you for doing this video, I bought this game on a steam sale forever ago but then realized it was going to take forever to learn by myself and never got around to playing it.

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I Came, I Saw, I Vinny'ed.

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@mrblobby64:Thanks! The tone of this was definitely inspired by this Graham Smith post on Dwarf Fortress' Adventure Mode, which does the same thing. "Hey, here is this super complicated game that you can actually have fun with even at a low level of knowledge!"

@thatoneguy830: Hey! I'm definitely SUPER rusty. It's been about two years since I've given the game any REAL TIME, and I just haven't had the free time I'd like to in order to shake off that rust. But that's sorta the joy of the GBE Playdate feature: It's an excuse to play the games we'd love to play but between our respective packed schedules just don't have the time for! Thanks for watching me bumble through this thing, and let me know if you have any other specific tips so that I can continue to get better at Medieval Politicking: The Game.

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I have at least a hundred hours in this game and I still feel like I've only broken the surface. This game is the flight sim of medieval lords.

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Good to have someone on the site who deals in more than just casual games for children.

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@reasonableman: Good times. That's what sold me on this game in the first place!

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Remember when Dave did a quick look in 2012? Ahh, good times.

I'll have to check that out, right after I kill some babies.

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I had an ancestor that became king by cooking his nephew. Sometimes you gotta kill a baby.

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"People may not know about Crusader Kings 2"

Its pretty popular, along with EUIV, they're not very obscure any more.

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Man, this was great. I'd love to see a video series of Austin, Vinny, and Alex slowly conquering medieval Europe.

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Anti Pope Best Pope!

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Never played one of these games but that was quite an entertaining watch. I'd totally live in Vinny's kingdom, hopefully I could avoid his elaborate murder plots long enough to see him actually take over another kingdom.

Enjoy watching them play crazy games that allow them to inject their own personality into the gameplay like this. It's a lot more entertaining to watch Vinny and gang let loose in this than just watching basic platforming a la Castlevanisa which just doesn't allow the silly scenarios that Vinny can produce in games like this, or just discover in Contradiction.

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This is amazing! I would love to see more of this or other Paradox grand strategy titles.

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this is great! I hope there are more videos.

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I will say one thing against this game, some of the DLC break out seems kinda rotten