Cool, you crawled from under your rock because you saw Crusader Kings. You've been a VGC member forever but we haven't see you much in a long time.
Yeah, 270 hours is extensive. I wish I could get into it and get hooked. I love the "only one more turn" feeling.
I love complex games and hate dumbing down, but still a steep learning curve is often an obstacle to me.
Maybe I should go for Civ 5 or something. It's much much easier to get into, isn't it?
Btw, as a Paradox game lover, do you consider games such as Civ 5 too easy?
I honestly don't know, I've neither played nor properly looked into the Civilization games. But from what I've heard, Civ V is more accessible/dumbed down (depends on who you ask) than the previous entries. But in regard to your question: easy =/= simple. Many of my other favorite games are 2D platformers and other strategy games with less... front-loaded learning curves than CKII. I'm really fine with any learning curve as long as the time it takes to start enjoying the game isn't more than, say, a fifth of the time the game remains enjoyable after that. So no, I don't.
And yeah, I'm not really a frequent visitor. I'm not quite sure what that relates to, though. :P