I’ve played Paradox games for years, ever since i found the first HOI. I’ve owned all the HOI series, EU II, III and IV. Victoria I & II and now just jumped in to CK2 with both feet buying all the DLC’s. I really enjoy it so far, the intrigue and close attention to managing people. my experience is still limited and i haven’t played to the 1000s yet but I think it could be improved upon by having more options through war and diplomacy. Also, as I learned through the podcast, the Francs naval patrols discouraged the Vikings from raiding and I’m suprised there is no naval combat. even if it’s just grappling and boarding.