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Europe is in turmoil. The lands are fragmented into petty fiefs and the Emperor struggles with the Pope. At this very moment the Pope has declared that those who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of all sins.

Gather prestige and piety and the world will whisper your name in awe. Will you co-opt other monarchs, and the Pope, under your leadership to liberate the Holy Land? Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?

Key Features:

  • Take control of one of the Great Christian Dynasties of Europe and forge the bonds of your vassals from a circle of friends into a Nation
  • Increase the greatness of your lands and your treasure coffins, build Cathedrals and Castles, and combat Highway Robber Bands and defecting vassals
  • Historical multiple-choice events will spawn from the actions of your monarch
  • Engage in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War, the five Crusades and the Mongol Wars during 400 years of gameplay
  • Reenact the crusades, defend against the Mongol onslaught, and form feudal nation-states in Europe
  • Introduce laws, set taxes and interact with hundreds of courtiers and nobles
  • Experience realtime grand-strategy based on the engine used by the award winning Europa Universalis-series
  • Engage in an evolutionary combat system
  • Play all religious orders – choose between the Knight´s Templars, The Knights of St John, The Teutonic Order or the Order of Calatrava and the Order of Santiago
  • Engage in fierce multiplayer battles with up to 8 players
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In the 6th and 7th centuries the Merovingian rulers of the Frankish realms, including Neustria (modern France), Austrasia (Middle Francia or Lotharingia), and Burgundy, began to appoint maiores palatii or maiores domus (English: Majordomo, Mayor of the Palace, or Mayor Palatine) from among the nobles to help administer the realm.

St Hubert of Lige offers his s
Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and self-styled "Duke and Prince of the Franks," receives
allegiance from the nobility. He was the father of Charles Martel and grandfather of Pepin the Short.


At first just an advisory and administrative role, the Mayors of the Palace evolved into the true power behind the throne, so much so that the final century of Merovingian rulers are known as Rois fainéant, or "do-nothing kings." Kingdoms under the same king, but different mayors palatine, were often at war with each other under the command of the mayors. Eventually, the last mayor of the palace, the Pippind/Karling Pepin the Short, did away with the facade and totally usurped the title of King itself.

In keeping with this history, A.D. 633: Rise of Islam has added Mayor of the Palace laws, which, similar to revocation laws and centralization, are another set of realm laws that are enabled only for those of Frankish culture, or who claim descent from Merovingian Blood.

Mayors of the Palace Law
The three levels of mayoralty law


There are three levels of Mayor of the Palace law:

    • Abolished.
      There is no change in the administration of the realm from the base.
    • Advisory. (+5 Vassal Opinion, +5 Vassal Limit).
      The Mayor Palatine is an additional member of the council. He is capable of forming and joining factions even when other council members cannot, and he gains a weak claim to the realm on succession. Additionally, the Mayor Palatine always acts as Designated Regent.
    • Regency. (+15 Vassal Opinion, +10 Vassal Limit, -1 Demesne Limit)
      The Mayor Palatine acts as regent for a figurehead monarch, even when the ruler is perfectly capable. A competent Mayor may by event be given the opportunity to pass on the title to his heir. Capable monarchs may or be given the chance to reclaim power. All effects of Advisory Mayoralty are active.

Mayor of the Palace example
Example of a Mayor Palatine. As a council member, the powerful vassal is satisfied.
Also, the Mayor Palatine title supersedes any landed titles in the form of address.


To raise the stakes of Council Power factions and wars, Mayors of the Palace law will be increased by one level in the event of a Council victory. However, if you have the misfortune of getting Mayoral Regency, all is not lost. A new plot will appear through which you'll have the chance to reclaim your power, as long as there are enough backers, which shouldn't be too difficult with the big opinion boost you get in a Mayoral Regency.

All in all, it's a neat bit of historical flavor that will be a nice gameplay variation for Frankish or Meroving players.

Look for this and other cool features coming soon in the latest update of the A.D. 633: Rise of Islam mod for Crusader Kings II.

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Leogg
Leogg

This contains an expansion as well thats why it costs more

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Vonyx
Vonyx

more then on steam?

Well, it contains the expansion on steam as well.

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Vhorthex
Vhorthex

Ouch... Vonys is right it's basically twice the price. :/ Great awesome game though! Hours just melt into it. (Given that it's your type of game)

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RookieDagro
RookieDagro

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Because Steam users aren't stupid.
I've only got desura for project zombid, because the development team are **** and can't go on Steam like good games.

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MisterKay
MisterKay

You know what other game isn't on Steam? Minecraft. Just sayin'.

Also, have you noticed that NO alphafunded games are on Steam? That doesn't mean Project Zomboid "isn't good enough" to be on Steam in the future. It just means that, if anything, Desura is more developer-friendly than Steam.

One more thing. Calling someone a *** is the best way to advertise an ignorant, knee-jerk opinion.

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AlexVSharp
AlexVSharp

So basically you're a) implying Desura users are stupid, b) saying all games that aren't on Steam are "bad games", and c) insulting the Indie Stone crew who made Project Zomboid because they are alphafunding here...?

I see no reason not to bury your ridiculous comment.

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jeremysan
jeremysan

Im with this guy on this. Mount and Blade series is a great quest line (unless you cheat), and there are a variety of endings for the game but wait. There is no ending because the AI never die. Love that game. And it is on Desura. Not to mention Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

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ImG
ImG

linux?)

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vuldin
vuldin

+1... this needs to be available on linux.

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oldjackgrey
oldjackgrey

this is $10.00 on steam

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ixnari
ixnari

It's also $19.99 on GamersGate. Do they have some sort of deal with Steam?

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irogue
irogue

Yeh $9.99 on steam why is it twice the price on here?

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