So my first Duke (Murchad I) lasted until the grand old age of 78, not bad even for today’s standards! Things got extremely hectic straight after that. This game can be both incredibly busy (thanks goodness you can pause time), or incredibly slow (but you can fast forward pretty rapidly too).
Having my first Duke die was a good learning tool for understanding the laws of succession better. My new Duke now has a son, I have named him Frederich and even though he’s only 1 I have high hopes for him! But first I need to get him to the throne. To do this, I need to change the laws of succession, and to do that I need to have ruled for 10 years and have every vassal like me. That last bit is tricky, I tried to revoke the title of the ruler of Leinster a while back (so that I could own it outright) and didn’t do a great job. The siege ended but nothing seemed to happen, so I called peace and retreated. Clearly I was no longer on his favourite person list. So, a couple of years later I tried again (with a bit more of an understanding of battles) and this time succeeded. I now have fewer vassals (by 1) and they all like me. Once I hit 10 years, I shall change the laws and all will be good (in my dreams)
Another aspect to the game (which I still don’t fully have my head around) is upgrades to your county’s, such as walls, markets, harbours etc. I’m upgrading things, but I’m just not sure whether they’re the right things. Again, more research required.
Some games in Steam have a link to the manual on the right hand side of the library page, CK2 doesn’t for some reason, but I found it here for anyone interested. This Wiki is also great for beginner help and strategies.
EDIT: Actually you can get to the manual from within Steam, just the store page rather than the library page.
My husband likes games that are self explanatory, where you don’t have to do a lot of research, reading, watching etc. This is not one of those games
I think I’ll keep plugging away and post a summary when I’m finished. Kind of like a mini review. Already I can say that for a complex game, and me not being a great strategy game player, it’s surprisingly good fun and as long as you do a bit of homework first, you can jump in and at least give it a try without the game ending too fast