Crusader Kings 3 is a fantastic game because, despite the large map and zoomed out perspective, it goes roughly people. Paradox Interactive has created a strategic role-playing game that is a little closer to The Sims than Civilization.
The most interesting upcoming feature coming Crusader Kings 3 is the Ruler Designer, which allows players to create a new head of state instead of taking on an existing role. Ruler Designer was in Crusader Kings 2, but was not in the third game at launch. Now it will be released with the upcoming patch 1.2.
There are two advantages to going with your own ruler, instead of a preset historical figure.
- You can adjust every aspect of their appearance, from jaw width and eye size to body weight and weight.
- You get access to all the traits in setting up your character, which can set up a story before the game even starts.
For example, I can create a young woman and then decide that she was the leader of a peasant revolt and assign that quality to her. Popularly that gives her a comfortable boost, but other gentlemen and ladies look down on her. I can go ahead and make her a master of tactics and a terrifying berserker, and that’s presumably how she took the throne through rebellion.
On the other hand, if I want a more challenging run, I can create a young man who beat the odds and survived medieval pneumonia, and now has to use his vast intellect to take control of an entire nation. I can give him some social traits to top that off, like the ability to write out his feelings and be really great at parties.
It’s really varied, and players can go ahead and make any kind of ruler they want. Paradox already provides the opportunity for players to change their game rules and have a totally equal world despite being 1066, so it’s great to start rulers who can thrive in these new worlds. I can even set up my character’s starting family by marking them as married and assigning them a number of sons or daughters. (You can’t customize the spouse and children, unfortunately, but they are generated with your preset beliefs and culture.)
Eventually my budding characters will die and their ancestors will take over the wheel, but I’d still like to start with a completely original character that I created myself, and not a pre-generated character. That way it is easier to get into the story. I can even go ahead and pick out some of the more interesting and occult traits like Witch and get hard on a coven from day one.
This isn’t a huge game changer, but it will get you into it Crusader Kings 3 a lot easier. The amount of strategy and information available can be overwhelming, especially since it is nestled in so many menus. Starting with your own ruler, made from scratch, negates some of that. I don’t care about the little king of Ireland, but I do To do care about my original character.
Ruler Designer is coming to the game in Patch 1.2. The game’s most recent dev diary shows some nice additions to the game, such as a fix that makes ‘ugly’ characters look more unattractive, and a list that lets you rethink all of your past murders. There are also more killing events that pop up when you take out your enemies, and you can get your doctor to kill people through sub-optimal care. In front of Crusader Kings 3 players engaged in war, armies can now join allies and the combat interface has been cleaned up to show more information.