Excerpt: "For $10 you can do no wrong by adding The Republic your game of Crusader Kings II. If you’re not big on war, this is ideal for committing some evil, underhanded plots and securing local victories over the big scale ones. That said, if you are brand-new to the series, I cannot recommend this for someone who just bought the base game. It can just be too overwhelming early on. The Republic is a remarkable expansion that will occupy your time as you are caught in mystery and intrigue trading the Mediterranean coast."