Few games appear as overwhelming as Crusader Kings 3. Its sheer freedom of opportunity, scope of play, and reams of nested pop-up menus often intimidate new players before they have a chance to discover the rollicking medieval machinations that lie within. Even old hands at Hearts of Iron 4, or adept nation-builders experienced from thousands of hours sunk into Europa Universalis 4, may become befuddled by the open-ended, character-focused systems of Crusader Kings 3.
But bewilderment is not fitting for a medieval ruler, and should be rectified before your aggressors perceive such hesitation and descend upon you, knives out. We’re here to help with that. Guiding you through the basics of the game, we’ll introduce you to its core systems, while providing advice and explanation on where to begin, player objectives, the operation of characters, the role of councils, how to wage war, and a few final tips.
By the end, you’ll be ready to sit steadfast upon your throne, boasting a firm grasp of the core tenets of statecraft. The game’s systems are complex, and its learning curve steep, but you’ll surprise yourself with how quickly you pick up its core mechanics after a little in-game experimentation.