Awesome / Crusader Kings

The Main Games (Vanilia CK, CKII)
  • Sucessfully defending against a Mongol Invasion. Bonus points if you push them off the map and send the riders back from whence they came!
  • Any time you, the player, achieve something that seems impossible in the scope and the setting of the two games, such as unifying and establishing the Empire of Britannia early, or surviving in Abyssinia, or bring a fallen Dynasty back into prominence. You can achieve the impossible.
  • Leading a successful Crusade, and earning the admiration of your vassals and allies. Bonus points if you create the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • Seeing your plotting and political manoeuvring come to fruition as you ascend in power and prestige.
    • In the same vein, going from being a lord of a paltry 2 counties to owning a Kingdom consisting of 14 instead. Modest in the grand scheme, but still impressive.
    • Installing your dynasty onto the throne(s) of great kingdoms and empires, bringing prestige to your family name.
    • All of this goes double if you manage it within a single lifetime. Imagine being born as some count in a relatively impoverished backwater, and ending your days as one of the world's foremost rulers.
  • Victory through intrigue! Instantly ending an unwinnable claim war by assassinating the claimant. Isolating your enemies by assassinating the spouse who secures a powerful alliance. Tywin Lanister or the Salarians would be proud.
    • With the removal of assassinations, plotting the character's demise now becomes the main way of disposing of them. Pull enough people into your plot, and with luck... success.
  • Using a proper understanding of the combat system - the mobility of ships, attrition, good commanders, retinue specialization, and terrain - to defeat bigger armies than your own!
  • As a Catholic ruler, forcing the Papacy to submit to your will. This involves becoming an emperor, setting up your own antipope, and claiming the Papacy for your antipope. You'll have to fight the mercenaries hired by the Pope, along with any Catholic ruler who supports him. If victorious, you now have the Pope in your pocket, making it much easier to keep your Catholic vassals and neighbours in check.
  • Undermining your liege as a powerful vassal. Bonus points if you reduce him or her to a Puppet King or queen. Add more awesome points if you undermine his or her religion as well by being of another religion yourself.

The Expansions (Sword of Islam, Legacy of Rome, Sunset Invasion, The Republic, The Old Gods, Sons of Abraham, Rajas of India, Horse Lords, Reaper's Due)

  • In the majority of the Seven Deadly Sins trailers, The King usually suffers as a direct result of his own flaws and vices, but in Envy we get to actually see him unambiguously win for once, pulling off a plot that ends with two thirds of his brother's kingdom under his direct control.
  • After a very long period of badly worsening performance both before and after the "Can I Castrate?" issue, Paradox managed to impressively optimize the game at the release of The Reaper's a level even better than the game's initial state and before India was added to the map.