Alright so I'm a bit late to the party again - please excuse my laziness - but thanks for the discussion anyways, guys.
Oh, you're right, I had almost forgotten that one. Definitely a useful trick. Back when I was new to this game I got some real bad heirs because of the moronic (yet skillful) guardians so I guess I've just not thought about it after that. That has changed since I read your post the day you posted it, though. Actually I recall it popped independently to my head at around the same time.Originally Posted by Basil II the B.S
Oh, you see it that way. Of course there could be more useful traits than that, but personally I don't wait until a more useful one appears. I rather get a decent trait on the spot. Although I'm not striving for Content, naturally.Originally Posted by absinthia
As for the favourite traits, the ones I usually get if I can are Kind, Charitable, Gregarious, Humble and Midas Touched, of course. I'll choose Wroth over Kind if I'm in a bad need of army strength, but generally I find Kind better because of the vassal relation bonus (and higher diplomacy skill). Zealous isn't bad either. I guess the preferred basic traits are pretty much the same for everyone.
Actually in this recent Muslim game of mine I had a character with at least 11 traits (including everything in the display line of traits - education trait, Hajajj, Scarred, Wounded etc.) for decades rather than years so it's either different for Muslims (don't think so) or you had some bad luck.Originally Posted by absinthia
Now this is funny, in my new Castille game my Tough Soldier character first turned into a Skilled Tactician and then into Brilliant Strategist. Quite the opposite of what happened in that earlier game. It's so cool to play this game after a break of one year, I'm still stumbling upon new cool patch features all the time.Originally Posted by absinthia
Yeah, I don't think I've seen an Ambitious vassal that didn't cause problems. And of course I always prefer Ambitious to Content for my character, but you don't get the former that often.Originally Posted by John I Tzimisces
Yeah, pretty much what I thought. In my current Castille game (20 or so years into it) I'm holding most counties within my kingdom to prevent powerful vassal revolts while I'm arranging things for the long term. I got Kinslayer already, too - I had to get rid of a kinsman holding the Duchy of Léon and three counties within it. And now my only allies, Navarra and Galicia ruled by my relatives, hate me for that. My economy sucks at the moment because of exceeding the demesne limit but at least there aren't problems I'm not ready to face, especially since my current (2nd) character is still a minor.Originally Posted by John I Tzimisces
Actually I was about to do a stupid mistake already. In the beginning of the game my kingdom, Castille that is, had gavelkind succession. My heir was my brother, the King of Léon, and for some incomprehensible reason I thought it was bad because he was not a character inside my realm. So I changed the succession law to ultimogeniture... At the same time I was the heir to Léon, so if either of us had died I would've ended up with a character with two kingdoms, and I was too stupid to realize what's going on until I had changed the law.
My brother declared a claim war on the King of Galicia, a brother of ours as well, however, but I helped the Galicians and Léon got beaten badly. In the beginning of the game I had cherished the idea of having three or four separate Christian Kingdoms in the Iberian Peninsula - I intended to leave my brothers' kingdoms untouched, I swear - but because that bastard for a king had already attacked a mutual ally I thought I had the right to do the same to him. So now I am the king of both Castille and Léon. I'm a bit unsure if I should get Galicia for myself, too. From a rational point of view I should do that of course, but I like the idea of having an allied Kingdom or two in the Peninsula rather than making all that land mine. It's boring to have the colour of your realm all around the place on the Independent Realms map if you know what I mean. Although I'm not sure I can trust those maggots anymore, since the first claim war.
Alright, alright, I can see you are not buying it. I'll go get Galicia.
So, as you can tell, I ended the previous game as the Umayyad sultan. That was because of, by the time I decided to leave the game uncontrollable, decadence. I guess the only way to keep that under control would be to limit the growth of your dynasty, but how exactly do you guys do that? The decadence revolutionists are awfully powerful.
Wow, my first wall of text in quite a while. I had almost forgotten how it feels.