I decided to fail some more with state politics, so I played Croatia again, this time as Petar Krešimir. As usual, I failed big time, mostly because I have no idea how to play the game. It was time to put an end to this.
After some google-fu, I’ve found The Bible of Crusader Kings. A thread on Something Awful described the game basics from the perspective of an Irish duke. I followed the instructions there and, while I didn’t do as well as the author, I managed to unite Ireland, learn how to manage my kingdom and even do some sinister plotting. Eventually, I also conquered most of Wales, took part in a crusade and even started conquering Scotland. Since then, the thread has been archived and moved to the Let’s Play Archive.
Then a duchess in Burgundy somehow got herself a claim on Ulster and while I was struggling to chase her armies out of there, the rest of my kingdom rebelled and eventually caused me to rage quit. Still, for a first proper game, I didn’t do too bad, earning around 17k points.
Regarding the crusade, there was something that sort of made me laugh. There we all are, fighting these huge armies, strategically attacking and retreating at the right moments, with everyone contributing as much as they can, especially Croatia.
Anyway, I’ll try some other character soon, or I might even try again with Ireland. The same thread I mentioned above also included a post with a list of a bunch of interesting people to play with, so I might try one of them. I’m not sure how to exactly write about my playthroughs, but I’ll try to figure something out.