Well it's a good thing that Floris adds so much replayability. I guess when 2.6 comes out I can try my hand at being a villian instead of a law-abiding peon
Haha yeah. And it's a good thing we can cheat too. I don't really feel like going through the harrowing experience of running around as a weak and poor civilian trying to earn money by trade routes just to keep a small inexperienced army fed.
I wonder if it's possible to make companions follow you around as captains of their own army even without turning them into vassals. You know how like those bandit leaders have smaller bandit groups following them too? You can manage their armies, even tell them to recruit more guys of a certain culture like the recruiter from Diplomacy, tell them to patrol a certain point, etc., like they're your vassal. But this way, you can split them from your group any time.
I also wonder if it's possible to have them re-absorb into your army if you want to, and take all of their soldiers into your army again. If your party is full, you get to that screen where you can choose which soldiers you want to add to your party and let the others go.
I think it can be a useful feature for those who aren't in a hurry to be king (actually even if you were, it still takes a long time to get a kingdom going without cheating anyway). Like if you're still trying to earn money by doing trade routes or as a mercenary captain for some faction, which could take months. This whole army/vassal management stuff is what excites me about being king actually. Not so much the domination of other factions or gaining territory or whatnot. I just like having a bunch of NPCs doing stuff I tell them to do (hence the PBOD thing).