seasons Did you try? My suggestion is to try and remember they’re not Civ games, they have no win states and you should not feel obliged to play to the end cause, well, nothing happens at the end, the game just stops. I’d suggest looking up basic concepts - what’s a casus belli? what’s a demesne? - but then just playing. Both CK2/3 and EUIV have a couple of suggested scenarios to play for beginners, with pretty clear early goals that nudge you in the right direction. In CK, start small: pick a duke somewhere on the outskirts (Ireland, Scandinavia) and try and form a kingdom. In EUIV, start with Castile, Sweden or Japan. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the mechanics cause most of them are not essential: you can get very far with just knowing how to form alliances and wage war. Don’t be afraid to save scum, though you will be fucked over by the simulation sometimes and that’s just how it is.