Fantastic game created by Creative Assembly based out of the UK, game mixes real time strategy elements with a campaign map akin to something that looks like Risk. You play as one of many kingdoms in Europe and the Middle East circa 11th century and you try to lead your kingdom to greatness through conquest of your surrounding neighbors. Diplomacy does not play a huge role in the game and could be one it's faults but the Total War series has never been known for it's intricate diplomacy systems. The goal is to build your kingdom as best as you can, build armies and invade. The gold pack also includes the Kingdoms expansion which is a must have as it includes the fully updated game to 1.5 and introduces mini scenario maps which some history buffs may really enjoy. These include the conquest of the Yucatan by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the British Isles in the 13th century, Crusader campaign in the 12th century, and finally the Teutonic Campaign in the Baltics in the 13th century. The game is also supported by an enormous amount of modders who continue to improve the game and introduce new scenarios on their own time. I highly recommend this title if you are new to the Total War series.