Because I like organization and this sounds fun and it'd be cool to get it off the ground not long after release, let's formalize multiplayer talks. The manual says that 32 person max is actually not really true for internet games (they recommend LAN only for 32 people) and you should probably cut it down to 12 or so.
Current save: http://phyphor.padev.net/autosave.zip
I think we could probably get five more from the people talking about it in the thread. I would host, but I don't have the best computer/connection (they're fine... but not great, I'm sure one of y'all have a better one). It recommends we all know the host's IP.
Obvious next question: time. We'd have to schedule.
And according to the manual, there are two 1066 start dates. In the first, the three way battle for England is ongoing, in the second William has conquered has England and is now "the Conqueror" instead of "the Bastard." There's also the Third Crusade and the Hundred Years' War. I'd prefer one of the two 1066s, but if there's support for one of the others that's fine too.
I think Phyphor's smallish, widely separated duchies idea is a good one, though determining what is a smallish Duchy is an interesting question (I feel like Bohemia and Normandy should be banned). The masochistic among us could take Counts (bonus if it's Vermandois, though I should probably change my avatar/sig at this point) as well. And I think either Aragon or Navarre could be taken, but other Kingdoms I'm sketchier on. If no one minds, I kind of want to unite Ireland and see what I can do from there?