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A Slightly Different Kind of Legacy...

So, I don't know if this'll work or anyone will be interested because it's not actually TS2... Thing is, I still love the whole family thing and I love my Rymans too, but my Rymans now take a lot of work and starting other sim legacies just lacks things for me now. I need to tell stories to get me attached to characters, sim or otherwise, and really the only challenge I find in sim legacies is staying interested and motivated. However, there is this game called Crusader Kings 2, where you play a dynasty and it is such a challenge.

Thing is, it being set in history and all, you can die. Of 'natural causes', at any age. Of illness at any point, in battle if you go, by assassination also... And you have to have an heir to take over who also reproduces before they die of any of the above. And you can't actually decide to have kids - you have to wait for a pop-up that tells you that your character or their spouse is pregnant; all you can do is try to pick someone with ostensibly high fertility who your character (or their family member) will like. And if you aren't playing one of the places where women can inherit (unfortunately few), you also have to cross your fingers for a boy. If a woman can inherit, you have to ensure that female heirs get married off matrilineally, because if your dynasty becomes unlanded it's game over. Which also means you have to ensure you don't get invaded and your land stolen. There is actually a way to control the difficulty; if you play as a King you'll have much more land to survive from invasions even if you lose some land, but I like to play it small - one county, which means there's a good chance I could be screwed after my first war. It's also a lot easier if you live in a merchant republic because your family house counts as land even if you aren't in control of any places, but I'll probably leave that until I've failed so much I'm on the point of rage quitting.

Managing 10 generations is going to be hard as hell, but I'd like to give it a go and document it so I can be more attached to the characters. I'll take screenshots of the characters so you can have an idea of what people look like, but due to the style of game, it'll mostly be just little bits of text in a diary-ish format (eg 1 January 769 ...). I've already started my first attempt, maybe people will give it a look when I've written it up?


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Aug. 20th, 2015 10:27 am (UTC)
It sounds intriguing! Honestly, I don't know much about the game, but I'd give it a look if you wrote updates :)
Aug. 21st, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks ^.^ I might be misrepresenting the game slightly, but I guess that's what we've done with the sims as well; you flesh it out a bit more so it makes sense beyond basic programming and random number generating :P
Aug. 20th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
Seconded! If you decide to post it, I'd definitely be having a look. :) I'm not familiar with the game beforehand, so that alone is interesting, plus the challenge in it obviously. In TS2, it'd definitely be a hardship challenge. A mash-up between, I don't know, the Royal Kingdom challenge and the Apocalypse, maybe? :D
Aug. 21st, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's weird not having as many pictures in it as our sims stuff, but it's not dissimilar. I'm pretty sure the game is meant to be more war-and-take-over-the-world-based, but I can't resist playing the more family angle.

The thing that really gets me is the way you really don't know what's going to happen (though it can almost make you tear your hair out) - you raise your kid for 16 years, all ready for marriage- and then out of nowhere they die of 'natural causes'! May also be slightly addictive, not gonna lie.
Aug. 20th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Will you stop tempting me? *shudders at the idea of playing CK2 without cheats*

But of course I'll read it if you put it up!

Also, I have horselords now!
Aug. 21st, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's fuuuun! Or at least if you enjoy challenges. I've already got somebody planned for my second attempt when this one inevitably fails XD

I haven't bought horselords yet actually, mostly because I didn't want it to mess up the mods I was playing the game with at the time, but I expect I'll get it eventually.
Aug. 21st, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well, the two I play with the most have already updated, so .... But I understand.
Aug. 21st, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
Sounds fun. (Sounds like more work than I can manage: the only thing I've run other than the EHL in the last ever is a sim survival challenge I'm still working the kinks out of.)

(Weird anon is me, BTW, it booted me halfway through posting the commment and went through as Anon? Windows 10, do you hate me?)
Aug. 21st, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'll be curious to see your challenge when you've sorted it.

Cool cool, deleted the other one. Thought it was far too sensible and coherent to be a Russian spambot :P
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