I wouldn’t blame you if you’re unfamiliar with the Paradox ”grand strategy” games. Paradox ”grand strategy” is a general unofficial umbrella term that refers to Paradox‘s historical simulation series, including such titles as Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron and Victoria. Each title allows you to lead a country of your choice through a very specific period of history, from ancient Rome to World War II. Crusader Kings is the latest title in this specific niche, covering the medieval era—specifically from just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 all the way to the end of the Hundred Years war. You’ve probably guessed that it’s an incredibly nerdy title, but it’s also a lot of fun and possibly the best introduction to the “grand strategy” niche.