Just decided to delurk and thought I'd come in guns blazing. So I've seen a lot of Crusader Kings II threads on this forum, and while they're pretty great, I haven't seen any one province minor attempts. I aim to change that. So, without further ado, lets get started! Ah, Crusader Kings. You give me so many houses to choose from. Will I play as the Capets of France, who spread all over Europe and were one of the most prestigious families of their time? Or perhaps the de Normandies, conquerors of England and Sicily? No, I think I'll play as the Galta (insert your own umlauts). Who the hell are the Galta, you ask? Well, they are this guy: Count Faste of Galta, first of his name. He owns the lovely, landlocked, dirt poor province of Dal, King Stenkil of Sweden starts the game with a de jure casus bellis on him (for those who haven't played, that means he can wreck my shit as soon as the game starts), and he's an unmarried 27 year old with no political connections or children in a game based on political connections and making children. He is also completely illiterate. Quite the looker, though. Just look at that jawline! Damn sexy. Anyway, before unpausing the game, I betroth myself in marriage to a neighbor's daughter in Varmland. Now I wanted to marry Ragnhild here, as she is set to inherit Varmland, and by marrying her all of that land would pass into my family when her father dies. Unfortunately, he seemed to realize that and denied the marriage. So instead, I betroth myself to her younger sister, Sunniva. I also immediately start plotting to murder Ragnhild so that Sunniva (and by extension, me) inherits Varmland. So to recap, this game essentially starts with borderline infanticide and promising to marry a girl that could be my daughter when she comes of age. It will only get worse. The spymaster of Varmland agrees to help, skyrocketing my plotpower to 135%. This kid is toast. I make a note to execute the spymaster of Varmland when I inherit. Can't have child murderers just running around my castle, after all. Well that was vaguely threatening. Being a de jure part of his kingdom means I can vote on any laws he tries to pass. While my vote is virtually meaningless and counts for only one elector (dukes get around 3-5, and they will do just about anything the king asks at this point), I decide to ignore the vote to piss him off a little. Take that, king of Sweden! The rest of the year is fairly quiet, and I am sure that Stenkil, K o S, is getting ready to invade my little county, but then something amazing happens. Jarl Erik the Heathen, house af Munso, Prince of Sweden, first in line for succession, and a devout Norse pagan, launches a sweet ass viking rebellion against the Christian lords of the south. This is awesome for two reasons. First, fucking vikings, man. Odin worshipping, axe wielding, manly as all hell vikings just goin' around and viking-ing it up. Second, this distracts Stenkil from conquering my ass for at least a little while. As a little side note, while you can't choose a pagan nation to play as from the start, I could send any children I have to be tutored by the Norsemen, and there is a chance that my children would adopt their religious beliefs. So Valhalla, here I come! A few months later, the rebellion ends. They lost one province and gave up. Sigh. You know, after all that disappointment, I could really use a pick me up. Maybe a plan coming to fruition? Some devious plot, perhaps? Oh wait, whats this?!? Put on your party hats everyone, after a scant three years I've assassinated my first child and set any children I have up to inherit some land! This will not be the last child to die. Though reading that description makes me wonder why Count Faste is saying "To hunt a man is truly the greatest sport." A.- You Just killed a 12 year old girl in the middle of the forest, that's neither a man nor a hunt. B.- He's saying it like he's done this before, which makes no sense as he has the kind and charitable traits. Also, it's unethical and horrifying. But mostly it annoys me because it doesn't make sense for his character. Anyway, back to the game. Well that's unfortunate. Maybe I've displeased Thor Jesus with my copious kindergartner killings? Oh well, to battle! Remember, though we may fall, true courage never dies! For honor and glo- So I've just been conquered. I was fortunate enough to keep my land, though, so I've a few options. Firstly, I could keep playing this game and try to scheme and murder my way to the throne. Secondly, I could start up a new game as a different count that has a better chance of maintaining independence. Maybe a Bedouin or Byzantine ruler? Thirdly, I could play some other paradox grand strategy game since there are already a few Crusader Kings II threads. Europa Universalis 3 is fun, and I also own the first crusader kings and europa universalis rome, though I don't really enjoy that one as much. Fourthly, I could do something completely different and play a vn or some shit. You'd have to tell me which one though, as I've only ever played Katawa Shoujo. If anyone deigns to read this, let me know what game and country you think I should play as!