I Played Crusader Kings 2 Until The Sun Came Up

I Played Crusader Kings 2 Until The Sun Came Up

After work yesterday, I had a hankering to play some Crusader Kings 2. I set aside a couple hours in the evening, ordered some Indian food and cracked a beer, thinking I’d get to bed around midnight. By the time I closed the game and went to bed, I heard birds chirping.

This is not the first time I’ve played Crusader Kings 2 until the sun came up. There’s something mesmerising about the game’s rhythms. No matter what, no matter how hard I try, I always end up playing it for at least six hour stretches.

I’m not the only person I know who has this problem, either. A friend banned himself from playing Crusader Kings 2 entirely after neglecting work and sending me videos of his growing empire like some kind of dynastic Soundcloud rapper showing off his new beats.

Last night’s game was a good example of the way it sucks you in. I was playing a random French duke, and for the first hour or so, nothing too eventful happened. I got my wife pregnant, married off my heirs and pushed some claims I had on neighbouring territories to add them to my own.

As the character I was playing neared 50, I sped up the game, trying to just garner some wealth before I died. Then I got an invitation to join the game’s version of the Church of Satan, the Lucifer’s Own society. I was about to go to bed, but, damn, I really, really needed to see what that was about.

From there it was a sprint to amass dark power by desecrating temples and rank up in the society. Religious societies like Lucifer’s Own were added in the Monks and Mystics DLC, and it was content that had never triggered in one of my games before.

I wanted to see it all, especially because, well, Satan. As I got more powerful I started to add devil worshippers to my court, marrying them off and making them my advisors. I knew I had a limited amount of time, since characters in Crusader Kings 2 don’t live too long past 60, so when I had the chance I started trying to convert my heirs to Lucifer’s Own.

The son who was next in line for the dukedom wouldn’t join me, so I converted his brother. I died before I had a chance to assassinate my own son to install his satanic brother, and because I was so intent on making France the country of the devil I hadn’t realised that a few of my titles wouldn’t stay in my family after my death.

As the new ruler’s younger brother was burned at the stake for being a witch, I geared up my armies for war to press the claims I had on the land around me. Then France joined like three holy wars, and then my new wife cheated on me and I had her imprisoned, and then I had a rebellion, and then, and then…

Just like actual history, the stories you make in Crusader Kings 2 don’t have a convenient stopping point. Life just keeps on going. While it makes the game wildly fun, it also makes it impossible to actually play without ruining my sleep schedule.

I’m very tired today, hail Satan.


  • Great game, this makes me want to fire it up again. I haven’t messed around with too many of the expansions

    • The expansions are ultimately what put me off the Paradox games (that and the time investment). They often introduce new things that break other things or mess with the mechanics and require patching/balancing. Then they do a new release and it starts all over again.

  • I haven’t played this since the merchant republics were added. I did enjoy murdering my way through Italian politics 🙂

  • This happens to me when I fire up EUIV after a long time away from it, before I know it… it’s 1.30am and I need to be awake in 3.5 hours X-O

  • I just wish I could really get into this game, but every time I try to play it my interest just fizzles out within a couple of hours.

    Nothing eventful really seems to happen to me and I just hit this point where I’m waiting around for something to happen. Probably doesn’t help that I’m not big on just conquering everyone around me.

    The most fun I had was playing as one of the viking rulers and organizing raids and stuff to keep my people happy.

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