Does The Pope Sh*t In The Woods? Find Out With The Sons of Abraham: Crusader Kings 2 DLC

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I wrote some time ago about how badass Crusader Kings 2 is here, but if you have any interest in grand strategy gaming and this one has somehow passed you by, I urge you to check it out. CK 2 presents you with a vision of Medieval Europe in the grips of never ending war and charges you with the care of one family dynasty among many hundreds.  It is then up to you to use intrigue, cunning and marshal prowess to secure your bloodline and expand your realm. It is compelling stuff, if a little hard to penetrate for first time players, but the effort is well rewarded with complex and at times hilarious narratives emerging by shrewd design or by pure happenstance.

The vanilla game offers nigh infinite replayability and the DLC to this point has been of a high standard, adding some nicely fleshed out new features to the core experience. The latest nugget of additional content, ‘Sons of Abraham’ takes the magnifying glass to the tricky business of religious conflict:

Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG , focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism. 

Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

Features:

  • Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals
  • Ask the Pope for money and favours
  • Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel
  • Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow
  • Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari
  • Retire troublesome courtiers to a monastery
  • Go on a pilgrimage to one of the holy places
  • Experience hundreds of new religious events”

(http://www.paradoxplaza.com)

While the mechanics of religion already play a part in the game it is, historically speaking, a hard thing to overstate. It’s great to see the papacy coming into its own as the true seat of power in Europe and the addition of Judaism to the mix is sure to give plenty of interesting playthrough opportunities around re-establishing the historical Kingdom of Israel. Right now I’m into GTA Online up to my shoulder, but judging by the feature list and the first of a series of dev diaries, Sons of Abraham looks well worth laying down my A-K and dusting off my mitre for when it is released on November 18th.

-Craig