April 11, 2021

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Crusader Kings 3’s new Ruler Designer lets you make the monarch of your dreams

If you’re the kind of person that’s frequently frustrated by the fact your game-assigned Crusader Kings 3 ruler isn’t, say, sufficiently beardy, minuscule, or Ugro-Permian enough to suit your own highly specific tastes, Paradox now has an answer in the form of its robust new Ruler Creator, which arrives tomorrow, 24th November, in the free 1.2 update.

Crusader Kings 3’s Ruler Designer does pretty much exactly what it sounds like, providing a wide range of in-game tools and tweakable parameters so that players can quickly and efficiently create the ten-foot-high bald tyrant (or otherwise) of their dreams.

The first step in your quest for perfection is to define your ruler’s background, with options available for sex, sexual orientation, faith, culture, name (which can be auto-generated based on your selected culture if you’re feeling uninspired), as well as coat of arms.

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Introducing CK3 Ruler Designer.

From there, it’s time to begin fiddling with Crusader Kings 3’s various points-based gameplay elements, raising and lowering values for age and weight (affecting health), and adjusting points assignment for diplomacy, intrigue, martial, learning, stewardship, and prowess. Paradox notes that if players opt to stay within the standard 400 points limit, achievements remain enabled while using a custom ruler.

There’s more to tweak here, of course, including the likes of traits, marital status and offspring, but the real fun begins with the appearance editor – a world of absolute wonder for fans of sliders, where it’s theoretically possible to create everything from a square-jawed heartbreaker to a face only a mother could love.

There’s a good introduction to the incoming ruler editor in developer Paradox’s new video, above, but it’s not the only thing arriving as part of Crusader Kings 3’s version 1.2 update. There’s also an extensive list of fixes, additions, and quality of life improvements, ranging from an enhanced ugliness system to an enhanced Dynasty UI, as detailed in Paradox’s recent blog post.

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