Crusader Kings Complete

Crusader Kings Complete

panchirajoey Jun 23, 2013 @ 10:44am
Is there a manual?
I recently downloaded this game for £2 because, well, why not? But I can't even begin to play since I don't have the slightest idea of what's going. I'm pretty sure I can't find the manual anywhere in the steam app folder, so does anyone know where I might find it? Is there even a manual to begin with (and if not, how the heck do you play)?
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Espresso Jun 24, 2013 @ 12:24pm 
I don't know if there is a manual. You can find some stuff online, but unless you jump in an actually play it won't make much sense. So, this is basically how to play the game...

First, just set up a game how you want it. Pick your starting time, and where you want to start. There's three leader ranks - count, duke, and king. You can start as any of them, depending on what countries were around at that time. The important thing to do is go to options before you start, and make sure autosave is on (the game likes to crash), turn the difficulty down, and turn down the AI aggression.

The calendar date at the top of the screen is also a pause button. You will want to click that often. A lot of the time, things will happen rapidly, or you may need to issue a bunch of orders at once. Pressing Ctrl and + and - changes the game speed, if you need to.

Now, actually playing the game is basically about working with several different stats. On the top of your screen, there are several numbers. The first one, which isn't labeled, is your stability. This decides how likely good or bad things will happen randomly. The second number is your gold. Next, with a crown icon is your prestige, which you can use to get titles and influence your realm. Last is piety, which is your standing with the church.

Below all of those things is the face of your ruler, clicking that will bring up a profile page. It will list all of the ruler's stats, and above those are traits which are unique to the ruler. Some are good, some are bad. It also shows the ruler's relationships, and at the bottom is a list of successors should he die. Every character in the game has one of these pages, and you can find it by clicking on their pictures any time they appear.

Most of the game is played by clicking on a shield/coat of arms of someone you want to interact with. On your king's portrait, there's a coat of arms that opens a menu that lets you control your kingdom. You can assign court members, change taxes, etc, from here. Clicking on your own shield over your home county lets you do other, more political things like create titles and arrange marriages.

You can click on any coat of arms, and interact with that ruler. It will bring up a list of possible actions, as well as a summary of that ruler.

You cannot declare war on someone without a reason. A reason would be that you are claiming one of their titles, they are at war with your ally or vassals, or they follow a different religion. At any time during a war, you can sue for peace, making an offer to end the war. Going to war too often and stealing too many titles destroys your reputation, and it takes a long time to repair it. If your reputation is ruined, your vassals and followers will turn against you.

You can earn or take additional titles through various ways. If you have a lot of prestige, you can grab someone else's title, then declare war. In the peace treaty, you will get a chance to take their title from them. You can also inherit titles if you are in the line of succession. You can offer vassalization to lesser rulers, then revoke their titles. Or sometimes, you can make your own titles, if you have enough gold and enough land. You can also give titles away, which helps with your reputation. Having too many counties can destroy your economy, as well, so keep your demense small enough. Assigning titles one rank lower than your title also boosts your prestige (kings get prestige from dukes, and dukes get prestige from counts).

You can also give your count titles to the church as bishoprics, by clicking on your county's coat of arms. This can only be done with there are theologically trained courtiers available. Every time you do this, you get a huge piety boost. There is also a chance one of the bishops might become pope, and you become the papal controller, which gives you the ability to excommunicate your rivals.

Research, construction, and combat are other matters entirely. Construction is not complicated, just click on one of your counties (not the coat of arms, the county itself), and then click on the picture of the county. If red or green objects appear, there is something that can be built in the county. Green means you can start building it right away, red means you can't afford it yet. If nothing appears, nothing can be built yet. This is based on research and other buildings.

Research pretty much handles itself, and it is very slow. You can decide what you want to study, but it will take decades for a single advance. Instead, you learn technology by the neighboring counties. Each county has its own technology, so what one county knows, another one won't, but technology spreads randomly.

For combat, there are two ways of getting troops. One is to click on your county's coat of arms (or a vassal's), and command "mobilize host". The other is to click on the county (like with construction), and then click on the soldiers there. If it is a vassal's county, and they are upset with you, they might not let you use their soldiers. Mobilized soldiers cost a lot of money, and can bankrupt you quickly. Between wars, disband your armies, and they immediately return home and can be re-mobilized if needed. Combat simply consists of moving your soldiers into another area and waiting for the results. If they enter the same place as enemy soldiers, a battle occurs.

In battle, there are three things to watch. One is the troop numbers. If you lose all of your troops, you lose the battle. The second is the faces of your commanders. If you have several armies together, the faces will be shown, and if you are starting to lose the fight, you can see them leave the battle and your numbers will drop suddenly. Finally, maybe most importantly, is the morale bar. Based on how the battle is going, how well trained the troops are, the terrain, and other factors, this bar tells you when the soldiers are willing to give up. When the morale runs out, the army will run away, and will not respond to commands until after they arrive in the next county. So it's not uncommon to outnumber your enemy, but lose the battle because of morale.

Sieging a territory just means sending your troops there and waiting. It takes time, and the more troops you have, the faster it will go. If a battle occurs during a siege, the siege is paused until the battle ends.

Well, that turned out to be pretty long and detailed...hmm...
panchirajoey Jun 24, 2013 @ 8:42pm 
Thanks a bunch. I'm pretty sad that there isn't an actual manual, because I'm one of those people who likes to study every detail (140 pages of Europa Universales took me quite a while). It just frustrates me when I see a stat and don't know what it means/does exactly. For example, my first ruler had a trait which gave a bonus to intrigue. Great, thought I, until I realised I have no idea what that means!

Still, thanks for the detailed explanation. I'll try to give it a go with your help.
Espresso Jun 24, 2013 @ 9:03pm 
Well intrigue affects assassinations and protects you from spies, and decides how many counties you can control yourself.
7isprime Dec 19, 2013 @ 3:02pm 
[FOAD]Iron Mar 15, 2014 @ 12:26am 
That link contains nothing but a gibberish file (for me anyway). Here's a link to a working manual:

Still can't believe there's no tutorial.
a1_death Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:00am 
Just wanted to say thanks for the insight and manual links
Drake Dangereux May 17, 2014 @ 11:47am 
i'd start as a king,personally i like to pick one of the Scandinavian ones(Norway,Denmark or Sweden) or Byzantium because Byzantium has really good characters
RazingHel May 21, 2014 @ 1:05am 
Originally posted by FOADIron:

Still can't believe there's no tutorial.

That is because the devs don't give a **** about this game and it shows. If this game was a person Paradox would be fined for indecent exposure.
Filosofi May 21, 2014 @ 1:18am 
This is a ten year old game... How many that old game works well nowadays? Damn these kids are annoying whiners...

Thanks for quick instructions, going to buy this now...
Sentinel Sep 8, 2014 @ 12:20pm 
Yeh, you can download a manual on the internet somewhere, just have to look for it :)
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Alter Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:32pm 
Two years later but anyway, I made a guide, the game is very good, maybe you wanna give it another try. Check out the guide in the Guides section.
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