Crusader Kings 3 is a detailed grand strategy game that’s surprisingly beginner-friendly. These tips will help you understand the basics.
Paradox Interactive has always been at the helm of creating impressive grand strategy games that are fun to play. However, there is one drawback that players note in the games of this studio – they are extremely confusing at first glance and can be quite difficult for new players. But in their new game, Crusader Kings III, Paradox has fixed this disadvantage.
No other game from the studio has been as easy to understand for newbies as Crusader Kings III. New players can easily start with this title to gradually grasp the basics of the series and move on to the more difficult parts of the series. Beginners are encouraged to use the following tips to understand the mechanics of the game and take the first step into the amazing game world of Crusader Kings III.
Be sure to complete the training
Most games now have some pretty annoying guides that mention the most obvious information. Therefore, it makes no sense to blame the players who immediately start playing without hesitation.
However, Crusader Kings III is an exception to this rule. It’s almost impossible to dive into a title without training. Without proper guidance, players will be amazed at every turn.
Check tooltips as often as possible
One of the main reasons Crusader Kings III is pretty self-explanatory is tooltips. Almost every difficult part of the game is made easier by the inclusion of tooltips that provide important information, explaining mechanics, historical terms, or the like.
Don’t miss these tooltips, especially if you’re confused. The fact that there are a whole bunch of settings to control the duration and blocking of these tooltips is a testament to how important they are to understanding the nuances of the Crusader Kings III.
Stay tuned for important in-game notifications
Another thing that has been used to make Crusader Kings III less confusing is in-game notifications. With this mechanic, you won’t miss important information or urgent tasks.
While these in-game notifications can sometimes be tricky to follow, they shouldn’t be overlooked by new players. The points listed here can be critical to your success.
Don’t declare war right away
Unlike most strategy games, the main purpose of Crusader Kings III is not to declare war and conquer territories by force. Vassals and neighbors always dislike the rulers hungry before the war.
You must take power into your own hands and make deals (some more fatal than others) in order to gain control over certain territories. After all, Crusader Kings III is a game about politics, and war is only a small part of it.
Always keep your vassals in the mood
Vassals are the backbone of the Crusader Kings III. Considering that you will not be able to control all territories on your own, it is obvious that the management work must be delegated to other subjects of the court.
However, maintaining the mood of the vassals is still a task. They can be quite demanding, especially if they become powerful and want to be on the board all the time.
Keep competent people on board
The Hint is another part of Crusader Kings III that you need to constantly focus on. Each EA has their own useful skills, and having to shuffle the lineups to get the best hand is an amazingly fun part of the game.
However, you cannot keep the same top advisors all the time due to the Powerful vassal system. Therefore, a perfect balance must be struck so that the advice is not incompetent.
Form fewer more powerful alliances
An important part of Crusader Kings III is the alliances that players can form with other rulers, mainly through marriages or conquests. Even in this area, there must be a balance.
Too few allies will lead to the fact that during the war you will be overpowered by stronger opponents. However, too many alliances also have their drawbacks – you will be forced into numerous minor conflicts with dire consequences if you choose to ignore the calls for war.
Start with simpler dynasties to enjoy your first playthrough
There is no need to prove anything by immediately starting to play as a humble duke or ruler of a county in Crusader Kings III. This option is mainly recommended for experts who have a clear understanding of the game and its course.
Beginners should choose time-tested rulers who have a lot of resources to start with. This will help you understand the basics of the game easily without much frustration in the process.
Be sure to put yourself in the shoes of a ruler
Each ruler in Crusader Kings III has special and unique personality traits. Trying to force the characters to perform actions that are contrary to their nature will result in unnecessary stress, which could have dire consequences in the future.
To avoid stress from the ruler, you must put yourself in his place and reckon with his point of view. Taking actions that make rulers happier is the key to long and successful rule.
Learn from your mistakes, don’t repeat them
Defeats are an integral part of Crusader Kings III. After all, most real-life dynasties have experienced ups and downs, and the Crusader Kings III is no exception.
Loading previous saves whenever you get stuck is definitely not the best option. Instead, you should learn from your mistakes and pay special attention to the order of inheritance. This is the most important aspect of Crusader Kings III, everything else is secondary.