Crusader Kings 2 diary: How far can one AI go utilizing wits, talent, and plenty of cheats?


1. Decide a pacesetter, and presents them over to laptop computer laptop administration.

2. Use console instructions to assist them out.

3. Do not use the console to (instantly) kill anybody.

As a lot as I’ve appreciated Crusader Kings II by means of the years, I’m nonetheless not good at it. Optimistic, I can embroil myself in drama and intrigue merely together with the next aristocrat, nonetheless concerning ambition—to rising my kingdom and crushing my enemies—it nearly regularly goes flawed. To counter this failing, I’ve devised a mannequin new strategy: don’t play Crusader Kings II.

At the least, don’t play it instantly. As a substitute, I’m going to resolve on a personality and use the ‘observe’ console command at hand them over to the AI. Then, as a result of the pc does your entire heavy lifting, I’ll current help contained in the sort of completely totally different console instructions. There’s tons I can do correct proper right here: give characters gold, standing and piety, add or take away traits and even set lovers or rivals. I may homicide folks with the ‘kill’ command. I resolve in opposition to utilizing this latter choice—it’s a bit bit too extraordinarily environment friendly, even for any particular person setting themselves up with godlike powers.

I load up the sport, enabling all DLC packs (thanks Steam product gross sales!) save for Sundown Invasion—an alternate historic earlier pack that imagines what would occur if Aztecs crossed into Europe to destroy your save file. I’m going for the usual 1066 begin, and start searching for a personality to undertake. I resolve a duke would make for the correct ward—I need to see if, with the correct prodding, they’ll make a play for the throne. Whereas absentmindedly clicking all through the de jure duchies map, I encounter Matilda di Canossa, Duchess of Tuscany.

Matilda holds slightly little bit of central Italy, and likewise has vassals overseeing Corsica, Lucca and Cinarca. She’s furthermore youthful and has small household—hopefully guaranteeing a life freed from jealous siblings. And if she’s feeling daring, Matilda’s liege is Kaiser Heinrich IV of the Holy Roman Empire.

My little spy

First, although, Matilda ought to get her home so as. She’s regular amongst her vassals, which is nice, nonetheless her advisors depart a lot to be desired. Her Spymaster significantly is deemed an incompetent schemer by Crusader Kings II’s ranking system. Fortunately, I’ll help with this. Utilizing the console, I improve the important issue attribute of every member of Matilda’s courtroom docket docket. Then I elevate all of Matilda’s stats, and presents her a carry to cash, standing and piety.

I unpause, and Matilda’s treasury instantly empties. I shortly see why, as armies begin marching out from her provinces. Some troops head north, turning right into a member of Kaiser Heinrich’s battle with France over the county of Zeeland. Nonetheless Matilda has furthermore began a battle of her non-public to steer the Rely of Gallura to show into her vassal, thus extending her territory into Sardinia. A 4,767-strong navy begins a siege of Gallura’s cities and castles. This is not going to be an extended battle.

In June, it’s revealed that Matilda is pregnant. Because of debug data I’ve enabled, I can see that the daddy is Matilda’s Courtroom docket Chaplain, Bishop Lealdo. And look, I’m not correct proper right here to guage.

Whereas ready for the wars to finish, I uncover Matilda has gained some life targets. The primary is to marry a ruler. “The ambitious Duchess Matilda thinks that marrying a ruler would be an excellent way to climb the social ladder,” the sport explains. My hope is that Matilda’s AI ideas may have the nice sense to marry matrilineally, thus retaining her title and standing comparatively than handing it off to some rando dude. Matilda has furthermore launched a plot to kill her Marshal, Rely Anselmo di Lucca. I’m unsure what the intention of that is—presumably homicide is one among her hobbies?

The battle in opposition to the Rely of Gallura is gained in January 1068, with Matilda along with one totally different vassal to her courtroom docket docket. Factors cool down shortly after—in Might, Matilda throws , which, ensuing from me further boosting her coffers, should be lavish. In June, it’s revealed that Matilda is pregnant. Because of debug data I’ve enabled, I can see that the daddy is Matilda’s Courtroom docket Chaplain, Bishop Lealdo. And look, I’m not correct proper right here to guage. All I’ll say is that Lealdo’s ambition is to develop proper right into a paragon of profit so it appears as if he’s obtained a methods to go.

Pretty than let being pregnant gradual her down, in October 1068, Matilda begins one totally different battle to vassalise but yet one more Sardinian rely. This time she takes command of a 7,493-strong navy, abandoning one totally different 3,000 troops to defend the mainland. In December, she presents start to Ermenegilda di Florenz, presumably on the battlefield.

The endgame of Matilda’s vassalisation wars comes the next yr, when in December 1069, on the age of 23, she declares herself the Queen of Sardinia and Corsica. And nevertheless none of her talked about targets have been fulfilled. She’s single—an issue, due to her illegitimate daughter can’t inherit her title, that means the entire thing would switch to Kaiser Heinrich all through the occasion of Matilda’s demise.

She furthermore nonetheless hasn’t murdered Rely Anselmo of Lucca. Significantly digging has revealed that Matilda is the inheritor to the county of Lucca, nevertheless in addition to that Anselmo has been abusing his place of Marshal—each potential the rationale why she needs him ineffective. I actually really feel I’ll help with this. Whereas my self-imposed rule prevents me from killing Anselmo myself, I nonetheless left myself some loopholes in case such a state of affairs arose.

I uncover Matilda’s Spymaster, and… wait, why is he an fool? I considerably made him a masterful schemer to counter any potential assassination makes an strive. I research Crusader King’s II’s character database, search via Matilda’s realm, and realise what went flawed. Finally, she determined to fireside the actual individual I reworked correct proper right into a genius plotter, and adjusted him with the Rely of Gallura, a person with no intrigue whom she as shortly as declared battle on. That is, I truly actually really feel, a daring varied. It’s really not one I’d have made had I been in administration. Nonetheless, that is the mattress I’ve made, and now I’d elevated restore it ahead of the legs fall off.

All the points is permitted

Firstly, I restore the distinctive Spymaster’s distinctive intrigue rating so it’s as soon as extra to solely about nothing. He was aggravated at Matilda for firing him, and that’s merely an assassination in a position to occur. Then, I elevate the Rely of Gallura’s intrigue, take away a few of his additional erratic traits, and add optimistic traits that match a few of Matilda’s non-public—elevating his opinion of her on account of their shared outlook. As quickly as I’m achieved I’ve a mannequin new grasp Spymaster who’s blissful to miss all of that battle enterprise from just a few years ahead of.

Lastly, I reap the advantages of the ‘murder’ command. No, don’t check out me like that. The console’s ‘murder’ command is also very fully completely totally different to the ‘kill’ command. The latter merely makes your goal be ineffective. The sooner requires you specify a assassin who will try and kill the target. Which means there’s an opportunity the homicide will fail—though supplied that I’m asking Matilda’s new grasp murderer the Rely of Gallura to homicide the oblivious and corrupt Anselmo, it appears unlikely. Optimistic sufficient, Anselmo is killed, and one among Matilda’s foremost targets has been achieved.

Over the following couple of months, Matilda begins to consolidate the Sardinian a part of Sardinia and Corsica. The Counts of Torres and Arborea be a part of the dominion peacefully, and the Sardinian island is handed over to Duke Constantino. The one holdout is Cagliari, on the southern tip of the island. It’s owned by Abd-al’Haqq, a revolter who broke off from the Zirid Sultanate. He’s now stopping a battle on three fronts—one among which is in opposition to the entire Holy Roman Empire.

Whereas the Empire and Sultanate do their subject, Matilda launches a battle of her non-public—as appears to be her wont. This time she’s stopping to make Rely Jordan of Capua her vassal. That is notable for being the primary principal battle she’s waged on the Italian mainland. With Corsica and Sardinia nearly fully beneath her heel, is she now making a play for Italy itself?

Sadly, the battle isn’t going efficiently. Not ensuing from a scarcity of troops—Matilda’s principal a 12,000 stack in opposition to Jordan’s 1,106 troops. The problem is her navy has camped out in Spoleto for some objective, whereas Jordan will get on with attacking Florenz. That is terribly irritating. Matilda’s navy merely sits there doing nothing on account of the Warscore ideas in Jordan’s favour.

Utilizing the ‘play’ command to take direct administration of Matilda’s navy is clearly dishonest, so I merely need to let factors play out. Virtually out of desperation, I give her the Good Strategist trait, though I’m fairly constructive that’s not going to do one factor. Optimistic sufficient it doesn’t. Fortunately for Matilda, one different specific individual takes motion instead. The neighbouring Serene Doge Tedice of Pisa sends a navy in to Florenz, to not combat Jordan himself, nonetheless comparatively the little little little bit of his navy on mortgage from the Queen of Croatia. Plainly Jordan’s late accomplice was the 11-year-old queen’s mom, and so the 2 are allies of a kind.

With the reinforcements pushed as soon as extra, Jordan doesn’t have sufficient troops to siege Florenz. Matilda nonetheless doesn’t assault, nonetheless a silly stalemate appears to show into the mannequin new establishment. Whereas I’ve been targeted on this dumb battle, it appears just a few completely totally different factors have been occurring. Matilda has been made Excessive Almoner of the Holy Roman Empire by the mannequin new Kaiser, Ordulf ‘the Drunkard’. On the subject of nicknames, the 29-yearold Matilda known as ‘the Confessor’—presumably due to the bishop tryst?

In early 1076, Matilda marries King Shabsai. He has no family members and no claims to land. Furthermore, the 2 despise one another, partly due to Matilda is now pregnant with the kid of the Duke of Corsico. Irrespective of their mutual hatred, Shabsai appears innocent, that means there’s solely a 50% probability of me asking the Rely of Gallera to homicide him.

Revolting behaviour

In September 1077, factors take a dramatic flip. Matilda joins with the sooner Prince-Archbishop Giovanni-Enrico and launches the Holy Roman Revolt in opposition to Kaiser Ordulf. Supporting it is a handful of counts and dukes. Even with Matilda’s large navy, I don’t like their possibilities.

I intervene, first altering the opinion of Ordulf’s vassals in opposition to him. This doesn’t take extended: he’s disliked by most individuals. Then, I resolve I would as efficiently go your full methodology, and ship Ordulf to Matilda’s jail. That is the ultimate straw. The revolt’s armies had been already holding their very private, nonetheless with the chief of the Holy Roman Empire behind lock and key, the battle is gained. Consequently, the Queen of Sardinia and Corsica secedes from the empire, gaining full independence. What occurs subsequent could also be attention-grabbing: the Empire nonetheless exists, and it’s in no way proud of Matilda. Nonetheless for now, factors are going efficiently.

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