Way of Life

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Release date / Patch
2014-12-16 / 2.3

Store: Immersion pack

DLC icon Way of Life.png Way of Life (WoL) is a small expansion for Crusader Kings II which was released on December 16th, 2014,[1] alongside patch 2.3.

It allows the player to more directly influence the type of events that may happen, rather than relying solely on personality traits or random chance. Random lifestyle event chains are replaced with manual focus selection, and new lifestyle traits and event chains are added.

DLC features[edit | edit source]

All characters with count tier or higher can have a focus, a "way of life".

By assigning a focus, the player:

  • gets an immediate modifier to the corresponding attribute
  • unlocks related events, diplomatic actions or decisions (e.g. the Theology focus is required to go on Pilgrimage and become a Pilgrim )
  • eventually receives a lifestyle trait, as a result of prolonged focus (e.g. the War focus can eventually grant Duelist or Strategist )

There are ten different focuses:

When WoL is enabled, ambitions to improve attributes (like Obj improve diplomacy.png improve diplomacy) are removed. Instead, the associated events are triggered by having the relevant focus chosen and having less than 8 of the relevant attribute.[2]

Patch features[edit | edit source]

Free patch 2.3 included some major modding features[3]:

  • Diplomacy actions are now accessed through right-clicking the character portrait of the person you want to interact with.
  • New scripted targeted decisions appear in the same place as diplomacy, and replace vassal decisions (legitimizing bastards, straightening up your decadent relatives, ...)
  • Possibility to save event targets (character, province, title) in a temporary custom scope, only expiring with end of the current chain of events.
  • Possibility to set several texts for any event, with triggers to select the appropriate one.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Uniquely, the patch accompanying the expansion went through an open beta, without the DLC content, as it was easy to separate that content from the rest[4].

Dev diaries[edit | edit source]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the Way of Life expansion and patch 2.3.

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Life Focuses Character focus, changes in diplomatic interface and new scripting features. 2014-12-10

References[edit | edit source]