|Oh, Ah, Oh, Eh, We're a Happy Family!|
I have some big ambitions, me, and it's best not to waste any time! My overall goal, for this game in any case, is to unite the various counties of Ireland and create the Kingdom of Ireland with me as its head. I also want to change my succession laws to allow my female offspring to inherit land and titles, so one day a Queen may sit on the throne. Further to that I plan to import some 'colour' in the way of exotic spouses because, as we know, the Irish can't tan and too many pasty people running about ruins my mood!
|Snog, Marry, Avoid?|
In order to change my laws to allow females to inherit I need to have the cultural trait 'Basque'. As the game lasts 400 years, nothing happens immediately and planning for the future is essential. By sending your children off to be educated, they acquire the traits of their mentors- including cultural ones. In order to have a Basque ruler one day, I need to import some Basque blood. Not wanting to settle for some common pot-scrubber, or courtier, I arranged to marry a Basque Princess. Marrying "up" socially provides a bit of a prestige bonus, and the skills of your partner count toward your own total and make your ruler more efficient so choosing wisely is key. In game characters can choose ambitions and the first one available is 'get married'. Easy enough then! With that done a few more options pop up, including the one to kill my new wife. For some reason the game is big on domestic violence and I've found, at times, that is my only option for an official ambition.
After getting married, checking out my vassals, building up my infrastructure, appointing councillors, hosting a grand hunt and few other intrigue events it's time to get busy uniting my island. I use my Ducal claim on my neighbor as an excuse to attack (keep in mind I am using the cheat code to allow an unlimited supply of gold in this game). A randy band of Saxon mercenaries are only too happy to pillage the countryside on my behalf. Ahh, it's good to have gold.
|Sleep with my nephew's wife? You bet!|
|I like that the character portraits change as you age, and in this case, get the Pox.|
|Ahh, it was a good life.|
|Just what every Irish ruler wants- someplace sunny to vacation.|
|The Kingdom of Ireland. Note I'm already expanding east.|
|My goals of marrying an exotic fulfilled. My little brown babies will one day rule Ireland!|