I am starting my second full game of Crusader Kings II as King Stenkil of Sweden. He is married with four sons. Annoyingly, Sweden has an elective monarchy. I really prefer some sort of primogeniture; anything else seems unnatural. Or at least gavelkind. Maybe I'll live long enough to change it.
Until then, Prince Inge is my heir. That's fine. Let's make sure he has a good kingdom to inherit.
You can see what the immediate neighborhood looks like. Norway and Denmark are things, and there are some small entities waiting to be embraced by the Swedish fatherland.
First we marry our heir off to a Hungarian princess.
Then we gobble up Dal, a county between us an Norway we have a de jure claim on.
Next, here's something I get to do that I never did in my first game -- a holy war against the infidels. We look to the north and annex Hälsingland. The pagans to the north joined the war, but had no effect on the outcome. In both wars, I had about 2000 men to less than a thousand for the people I was trying to conquer. I would keep going, but my vassals are getting whiny about the levies, so I'm going to consolidate for a while.
OK, so I'm 12, and I don't have much territory. Not great. Let's start off by getting myself betrothed to a Greek princess. I don't have much in the way of troops (see small territory above), but I can probably afford to hire the smallest company of mercenaries (the Sami band) and take over an adjoining county. The Sami band is hired out right now, though, so I'll wait. I'm 12, I have my whole life in front of me, so I can wait. OK. That worked. Now I have three counties under my control and (in theory) bringing in money and providing troops. I have been avoiding serving my king, since I view that as rightfully mine, but perhaps I need to chill out and play along. Besides, I might be best off taking back the kingdom of Sweden rather than Noridake. So now I'm Chancellor of Noridake. I am saving up some money for another war, and waiting out my truce with the guy I took the last county from, when Count Rolf gets snippy with me. I try to throw him in
It's me, King Matt. My dad sent me into hiding, and it didn't appear to do too well for me. Let's come out of hiding. Worst thing that happens, we start the rule of my son, Count Kettil soon. Somehow, I've inherited a county surrounded by the Byzantine Empire. Can I figure out how to give that away? Gave it away to someone in my court, but it's still part of the realm. Defeated the revolting bishop, but discovered the King of Estonia was trying to kill my son. So I killed him first. OK, if anybody is actually reading along, I'm going to end this experiment here. I think I've learned a little bit about chronicling. In particular, this has been too haphazard and too dry. To do something about the haphazardness, I think I'm going to incorporate the chronicle from the Charlemagne expansion. Maybe that will free me up to be more interesting. Here's an idea of what the chronicle looks like for Matt's reign: King Algot of Uppland died a natural