Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
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Requires Crusader Kings II (base game) to use this DLC.
Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.
Now is the time for greatness…
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!
Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
New beautiful Pagan interface skin
New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more
Great DLCFaPaThY | April 1, 2014 | See all FaPaThY's reviews »
I love what I've played of it so far. As someone who thought the original start and end dates were on the "short" side, being able to start almost 200 years earlier is great.
I've only tried the Vikings, but they're as fun as you'd expect, if not a little on the OP side. you'll be raiding, pillaging, taking concubines, sacrificing prisoners at your feasts and generally being badass. They're all about battle, so vassals won't get mad if you raise their troops for long periods of time, and will in fact be pissed at you if you're at peace for too long. They do have their drawbacks when it comes to holding large realms though, and only having the options for Gavelkind succession, unless of course you convert your religion, but where's the fun in that?
Anyway, there's a bit more added than just that. New events, playable Zoroastrians(who are into incest or something), holy sites, etc. If there's 1 expansion DLC to get, this is probably it.
Huge Dlc Worth Every PennyELELITHETERRIBL | Dec. 14, 2013 | See all ELELITHETERRIBL's reviews »
The Old Gods dlc to Crusader Kings 2 is one of the best expansions i have ever seen the amount of content it adds is beyond your wildest dreams for example it sets the starting date of the game about 300 years back (to the year 867 ac) but the biggest changes are the changes of the pagan religions (like norse , tengri and so on) which are really fun to play as.
The extra 300 years can make your game a lot longer and in my opinion it makes the game more fun.
In addition there are more countries to play as in 867 because they were not yet conquered by the stronger ones or united with them to form kingdoms and empires.
Also as a pagan lord u now have more special choices which are exclusive to pagans like holding Great Blots which are basically big parties for your vassals where you execute prisoners, for each prisoner you will gain some prestige and piety and will make your vassals like you better.
To sum up this is a great expansion and its worth every penny.
Essential DLCConorEngelb | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »
If you buy one CK2 DLC, make it the Old Gods. Without a doubt, the two best things to ever happen to the game are the 867 starting date and the ability to play as Pagans. I wanted to play as the Norsemen from the start, and now it's possible. At last. Worth getting, whatever the price.
Great DLCHolyGigi | July 11, 2013 | See all HolyGigi's reviews »
Worth every penny, getting to play the Norse kingdoms brings you an entirely new game basically. Plus, you can raid Constantinopole.
If you love CK2, get this, NOW!
Excelent expansion, but heathens are overpowered!Kosmonaut | June 11, 2013 | See all Kosmonaut's reviews »
This is so far, my favorite expansion for Crusader Kings II. Ironically, although the game is focused on viking's paganism, I have had so much fun playing challenging games as Zoroastran. But something that I have noticed is that, even with all the odds against them, some of the pagan groups tend to be overpowered, or have mechanics that are easily exploitable. With Paradox, and with each expansion, it's almost expected that the part updated by the DLCs tend to be overpowered, but this is very noticeable with heathens.
Also, and this has happened since the introduction of retinues: this kind of army can destroy easily other armies, like mercs and vassal's levies. The most infamous example is the skirmish retinues, that can siege holdings in such a record time that I'm able to fill the War Score upt to 100% and the enemy is still organizing its army. Is amazing,
Overall, it's a good, solid expansion, highly enjoyable and well worth the price. The best Crusader King II expansion so far.