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Three Moves Ahead 505: Crusader Kings 3

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Three Moves Ahead 505:

Three Moves Ahead 505


Crusader Kings 3
Rob, Rowan, Fraser, and Leana discuss their feelings on Crusader Kings 3 a few weeks after launch. How do we feel now that we've spent more time with the full version? Why does Rob keep sleeping with his grandkids' wives? Listen in and find out!

Crusader Kings 3

 

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Regarding the difficulty curve of the game, it stuck me in playing the game that being cruel and evil is the easy way to play, and it's much more difficult to play as a good person.  Being a sadist, for example, can be the game on easy mode.  As a sadist, you can torture and execute people willy-nilly and you get dread (very useful) plus stress relief.  Try being generous instead, that's much harder as things like revoking the titles of vassal who took up arms against you creates stress.  

 

So it becomes easy to snowball if you're playing as a despot, and the game often subtly encourages you to play as such.  It's effective.  But if you take a step back, you as a player realize you've created a murderous tyrant.

 

It's generally more difficult to play as a good person.  There are tools to help with it, true, but it's so much easier to kill your foes than befriend them.  

 

All of which is to say that there's a lot of different ways to approach the game, and those different approaches reward players differently.  Which is great!  But it also means that if you just sort of go along with how the game initially presents itself to you, if you play the game as a game,  then you're often going to find it easy.  Sometimes you need to find your goals from outside what the game presents on its surface, and CK III is great at providing some of that depth.

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Regarding Rob's story of his lecherous king... "Dirty old man seduces his useless/uninterested son's hot wife" is an extremely common plot in Japanese porn.

 

On the topic of the weird eugenics optimization part of CK3, is it possible to accidentally on-purpose end up with offspring as messed up as the Habsburgs from all the excessive consanguinity?

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On 9/29/2020 at 2:56 AM, chanman said:

On the topic of the weird eugenics optimization part of CK3, is it possible to accidentally on-purpose end up with offspring as messed up as the Habsburgs from all the excessive consanguinity?

 

The "inbred" trait is pretty harsh, but there are perks in the legacy trees quite early on to minimize the harms of inbreeding, so... yes and no?

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