TomChick - :60 Reviews - Comments - 06/11/04
In Richard II, the king gets bad news that his vassals aren't sending any armies to help him put down an insurgency (which can also happen in Crusader Kings when you haven't cultivated enough loyalty). So he freaks out and gives a little speech that I've edited slightly to convey what it's like to play Crusader Kings:
"For God's sake, let us sit at our computers
And tell sad stories of the deaths of kings!
How some have been deposed, some slain in war,
Some poisoned by their wives, some sleeping killed.
...for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court."
Sincerest apologies to the Bard, but that's sort of the point of Crusader Kings, which is as much about the lives and deaths of kings as it is the marching of armies. This is a shrewd combination of a dynasty simulator and a medieval strategy game.
Read Tom's full review of Crusader Kings at Gamespy. Note that Paradox released a patch today that might address a couple of complaints in the Gamespy review (notably the anemic diplomacy).