"In Light is Shadow..."
The world of Europa is on the brink of war, a war which threatens to engulf everyone and everything until all hope is lost...
Will you, an agent of the Old Tzardom, be able to infiltrate the mighty Sirathean Empire and discover the reason for their aggression? Or will you take the path of the ordinary adventurer, striving to survive in an unstable world? Will you lead your own company of soldiers or will you fight for wealth and glory under another's banner? Will you collect riches by trade and plunder or will you do battle for a better cause?
Will you try to prevent the war?
Your destiny awaits."The Blue Stone: Call to Arms"
is a total conversion for Mount&Blade: Warband. While retaining the flavour and style of medieval combat, TBS
aims to allow great immersion in a world you've never been to before. The mod also happens to be a prequel to the book I'm writing. As I'm a megalomaniac, I have pretty great plans for this project, and they will hopefully come true... one day.
The Singleplayer experience is my main focus. TBS
aims to throw the players into a greatly enhanced, yet well-known M&B-style medieval environment and to provide a greater, deeper layer of immersion and functionality to the game, while retaining its core mechanics. You will see the weather change (and maybe seasons also?), you will walk around your army's camp during a foggy early morning and listen to what your soldiers have to tell you... You will explore dangerous caves and dungeons, as well as abandoned fortifications from the age of the Event, and maybe even older. You will lead your army through a hail of arrows to take key tactical fortresses or cities, or you will sneak inside during the night and open the doors silently, allowing your troops to enter freely. You will go to taverns to enjoy a mug of ale and smoke from you pipe, while listening to people's stories or the bards' music... You will use tactics to defeat your enemies and take decisions which could mean the difference between life and death. You will search for hidden items, solve ancient puzzles, explore long-forgotten regions and read the Legends of Old... But will you survive, this I cannot tell.
On Multiplayer I shall work later on, and I'll try and give players a combination of the new, fresh TBS
additions and the classic Warband multiplayer. I'm saying this now: The will be a global ranking system where you get experience from doing different things while playing the game, combined with an unlock tree. However
, should you wish not
to use this system, you'll be able to play in a "classic" mode, much like Native's. This way, I hope everyone will be happy. Oh, and by the way, playing the "classic" mode will still net you experience for the other mode, allowing you to unlock everything the game has to offer without "grinding" and unwanted activities.
The Multiplayer aspect will feature twenty different game modes, some of which will be cooperative, while others will not. TBS
will strive to achieve great diversity of available maps and game modes, and attempt to allow each map to be used for every game mode. This way, people could have more fun and see how the change of objectives modifies the tactics that the teams would use.
I also have some other nifty things planned for MP, but we'll get to them later on.
The story of the mod takes place in the late spring of the Year since the Event 316, or E316 as it's called by the people, i.e. three months before the events of the book.
Some things, made specifically for the player's interest, will not have happened in the book, as the book follows only the "canon" story that you will achieve without deviating a lot from the main questline.
The rest of this post will introduce you to other information which you may (not) find useful, as well as a features list. The second and third posts of this thread could also be of interest to you.
- The Book
"You can't stop the tidal waves..."
In the face of the unyielding Sirathean Army, a few people from the small Duchy of Timar must find their way through foreign lands and forge an alliance - the only chance their country has against the invaders. And still, will it be enough to save Timar?"The Blue Stone"
is a fantasy/science fiction novel
that is currently in the writing. By November 2012 (i.e. around the time of writing of this post), I have a manuscript of 91 pages and nine full chapters, and I haven't even reached one-fifth of everything I'm planning to include. You can read the first chapter of the book by clicking here.
It should hit the shelves of your local bookstore in a few years. I hope.
- Mod Team
Lumos - everything. I'm a one man team, so don't expect me to work too fast. I also am mediocre at 3D modelling, and can't texture with a mouse, so... yeah.
Part-time contributors: (which are awesome and I thank them for their efforts!)
Beobart - Models and textures;
Zimke Zlovoljni - Models and textures;
Mëanor - 2D art;
Geren - Music; First Book chapter translation;
Jenove - Additional textures;
Belendor - Additional textures.
Download the Alpha
(~147 MB)Warband 1.153
. Latest full release 0.3.0
, latest patch 0.3.2The 1.011 version of this mod has been discontinued. Information on reply #998.
- Features List
Legend: + (plus)
; - (minus)
means "Planned/In the Works"
You'll get a cookie if you read through all of this, until the bottom.Singleplayer- Singleplayer campaign.
With lots of quests and many different outcomes. Will tie directly into multiplayer. Is entirely optional, of course - you can simply choose to not play it, and play freestyle, like the regular M&B is.+ 21 factions with unique, balanced troop lines.
Some factions have many different soldiers to choose from, some don't; some are large, some aren't. Smaller, weaker factions are more challenging to play with. Will you be up for the challenge?+ Several hundred different troops.
All of the different soldiers from all the factions, when combined, give a number that is several times one hundred. And it's planned to increase even more.- One to three unique armour types for every faction.
You'll be able to know what soldiers you're facing even from the other side of the battleground.- Unique female troop lines for every faction.
Perhaps not as extensive as the male troop lines, but women will also contribute a lot to the war.+ Total world map overhaul.
The map now has several thousand settlements and is incredibly large, in order to provide more realism and to better represent a large continent.+ Freelancer mode.
You'll be able to join any army as a regular soldier, getting equipment and payment for your service. Based on the well-known Freelancer mod, but I'll be adding some modifications to it.+ Faster overall combat speed.
Sprinting added, jumping improved. Combat is now faster, deadlier, spontaneous. One wrong move could be the difference between life and death.+ Combat: Stamina and fatigue.
You can get tired from running around with all that gear on your back and the slashing you're doing. Your stamina will allow you to sprint and do more powerful strikes, but if you get fatigued, your survivability is dangerously low until you recover. This will prevent soldiers from slashing around massive greatswords and axes all the time and will add another level of tactics to combat.+ Combat: Shield bashing.
Shields will be used to bash, dealing moderate damage and temporarily disabling enemies - this could give you the edge in uneven situations.+ Combat: Advanced formations and tactical options.
You'll feel like a real commander now. TBS incorporates some of the best and proven modder-made enhancements to combat tactics and army management, and with a large enough battle size, you could really feel like a field marshal.+ Combat: Advanced AI, which also does tactics.
As a branch of the above. You shouldn't think that you're going to be the only one smart enough to do battle properly...- Combat: Deployable and pick-up-able pavise shields.
You'll be able to carry and use a very heavy Pavise shield, place it on the ground before you in order to defend yourself, and later on retrieve it to move to another position.- Combat: Fire arrows.
You will have the option to order your archers to enflame their arrows. Flaming arrows are visible in the dark, deliver slightly more damage, and will ignite targets on fire. However, fire arrows will depend on the amount of oil in your inventory.- Combat: No targeting reticle.
In order to make things more interesting and realistic, the targeting reticle is removed. You'll need to learn to aim...- Combat: Iron sights for crossbows.
Crossbows will now be aimed in a more proper way, as a soldier would attempt to do while using them. This may or may not be an advantage.- Combat: Crouching.
But done properly, with you being able to attack and move and so on while crouching.+ All new weapon type: Hybrid Polearms.
Hybrid polearms are modified regular polearms, which sacrifice raw damage and attack speed for greater versatility while using shields.- Special weapon: Mini-Crossbow.
Incredibly deadly in close quarters, this weapon may become your best friend or your greatest enemy. Depending on which side of it you are, that is.- Special weapon: Repeater Crossbow.
The Repeater will allow you to take several shots without reloading. However, it inflicts less damage than a normal crossbow would.+ Special weapon: Hand Ballista.
One of the most powerful, if not the
most powerful weapon available, the Hand Ballista is incredibly slow, but can penetrate even plate armor with one of the single stone bullets that it uses instead of bolts. Of course, bullets don't have the aerodynamic shape that arrows have, so the Hand Ballista is more suited to closer-range engagements.+ Special weapon: CLASSIFIED.
Some things you must find on your own.+ Improved Crossbow damage.
Crossbows are now considerably more powerful than they were before, in order to balance the factor of Power Draw in the later game.- New, revamped one-of-a-kind damage system.
I'm still considering this one. It will be based on factors such as limbs, body parts, injury, wounds, and bleeding. You certainly won't be able to die from an arrow to the
toes.+ Important Focus skill.
Replaces the nearly useless Weapon Master, provides greater benefits for nearly everything. You'll want to max it out quickly.+ Classes system.
You will be allowed to choose one of four classes to provide you with unique skills to use in battle. Later in the game you will be able to specialise in one of two other classes, which are in turn dependent on the first class you chose.- Two combat skills per class.
Different classes accord to different playstyles. Your skills could be very different, depending on which class you choose, and later on - on your specialisation.+ Very powerful professional soldiers.
Native's strongest unit, the Huscarl, is at level 28. In TBS, we have troops that are level 45, and even a few that are level 50. Encountering such a troop while you're at a low level will surely mean your death.+ Town/Castle recruitment.
You can recruit the powerful soldiers from towns or castles, and not from villages, with some exceptions.+ Permanent Death.
Period. However, this situation can be remedied a bit...+ Difficulty setting.
So that you can play in whatever way you want. The recommended difficulty is "Normal", however you could find yourself troubled and pick "Easy", or up the ante by choosing "Hard". Difficulty can not be changed after being selected.+ Improved landscapes.
The continent of Europa will look much more beautiful than the regular game.- Improved settlement scenes.
Trust me on this. Oh, and village improvements are visible after being built.- Improved generic scenes.
On your travels, and during battles, you will see more variety than you normally would.- Larger, more realistic towns.
I really mean it.- Unique scenes for every settlement.
I will need help from the players for this, and I will offer rewards if you help me.+ Quest Journal.
Taking a quest will show a popup with relevant info, so you don't have to go hunting for information in the menus.- Skill tree.
Ever wondered why you can learn Surgery with 3 intelligence and zero Wound Treatment and First Aid? Now you won't be able to. This will also increase the RPG element of the game and provide different ways to play.- Three different armour types.
Light, Medium, and Heavy. Your class determines what you can and can't carry; penalties for doing otherwise. That way we won't have agile marksmen in full plate armour.- Weapon limitations.
Your class now determines which weapons you can or can't use; penalties for doing otherwise. That way we won't have agile marksmen carrying greatswords as a secondary weapon. - "Campaign" mode.
Campaigns are series of combat missions, which follow the major battles on the Old Tzardom - Sirathean war. More info will be revealed later on.+ Favour.
Favour can be obtained by doing honourable acts, and will grant you some benefits. If you think you're badass enough, you can screw the whole favour idea... at your own risk...- Improvement tree for villages and towns, as well as new buildings to be built.
Let's do it in a more interesting way. Building buildings unlocks new buildings to be built.- Siege engines.
Including, but not limited to battering rams, catapults and ballistae. This ties into the line below.- Good-looking destruction.
Your siege machines will really make a difference on the battlefield.+ Tiered troop system.
All factions have one to three troop tiers: Militia (recruited from villages), Veteran (recruited from towns) and Elite (from castles) troops. Different factions have different tier configurations. Some factions don't use tiers, progressing their village troops to Elite status (the so-called "General" tier).- Taxation and laws.
If you're the faction leader, you can decide to use different policies for your people.- More freedom during sieges and village raids.
You'll also get the option to directly annex an enemy village.- Free vassal troops.
If you own a village, for an example, the soldiers you recruit from it will be free and will not require wages. However, this will be limited to lower-level troops for balancing reasons.- Troop experience has effect on morale.
Hardened veterans don't mind slaughtering people and marching for long periods of time as much as fresh recruits do.- Village rebellions.
Don't get carried away with taxes, or you'll be sorry. I mean it.- Resources system.
Completing the regular economy, we'll have a system with villages producing one of four resources - Food, Wood, Gold and Stone, which you can refine and use for other purposes. Using raw food to produce goods while in the field, Gold to mint currency, and Wood and Stone - to build structures. Different regions focus on different resources.+ Greatly increased diplomatic options.
Provided by the well-known Diplomacy mod; too numerous to list here (and to be honest, I don't have the slightest idea what they are...
).- Lots of new sidequests, not related to the main questline.
As I imagine it, nearly every place you go to will be related to a different questline.- Customizable banners.
Properly working custom heraldry, yeah.- Crafting system.
You'll be able to create new items from raw materials, repair items that were damaged from extensive use, or improve already existing ones that you have. Or you could just forget about all of this and hire a blacksmith to do it.- Religions system.
There will be a number of religions available for you to choose, and every faction will have an official religion. Partaking in a religion will offer unique benefits and will have different consequences for you.- Secret locations.
And things to find in them. Many things. In many locations.+ Better faces.
Need I speak of this?- Real bookreading, Journal and Diary.
Use the diary to take notes you might need later on. Books will have text in them, which you'll be able to read. I already talked about the Quest Journal above.+ Automatic item looting and selling.
In order to speed up and eliminate the redundancy of these actions.- Sea travelling, combined with one-of-a-kind sea battles system.
Order your archers to sweep the enemy deck with their deadly hail of arrows, board the enemies and bring them your cold steel, or simply ram their ship and send them on a long trip to the sea bottom!- Customizable weather.
Or, I guess not. Just different weather showing up more often.- Seasons.
Still considering this one. We'll see.- Riddles, Encrypted Logs and other annoying puzzles like these.
Yeah, I'll try to invent some stuff like that, and I'll do my best to ensure it's really nasty.- Flying.
I shall reveal no information about why this will exist and how it will work.+ Scavenging.
Scavenging will allow you to indulge in many glorious ground-digging, thing-finding activities during your spare time on the world map. In other words, it provides you with a small chance to obtain something in return of a few hours on the world map.+ Random name generator.
All parties and people with placeholder names will have names given to them upon game start. You're also able to use the generator for various purposes.- CLASSIFIED.
This serves as an excuse for anything I have forgotten to add. Multiplayer- Twenty different game modes.- Global experience and ranking system.
Experience will level you up, levelling up will give you Unlock Points to spend on new stuff in an unlock tree.- Assist points on killing enemies.
Something much needed that vanilla Warband lacks.- Nearly all combat enhancements from the singleplayer will be present in the multiplayer.
Things like combat skills, deployable shields, flaming arrows, stamina and all that crap will be present in MP.- Global banning system.
If I approve a person, he or she will not be able to access any multiplayer server for this mod, ever again. Be very careful about what you're gonna do when you play TBS MP. I hate rulebreakers and cunts in MP games.- "Classic" mode.
(Available for every gamemode.) For people who don't like the need for levelling and prefer the regular M&B style of multiplayer. Of course, this will eliminate all of the goodies that the regular TBS MP will have, but this is the price you must pay for being traditionalist. - "War" mode.
Missions are to be played on a dynamic map of the continent, split in sectors, until one of the factions wins and takes control of the entire world. - Every map will be playable on (nearly) every gamemode.
Why limit the available maps? Let's have it more diverse!- Possibility to use every single location from Singleplayer to fight on.
For variety's sake... - Day/Night cycle during battles.
That way you could partake in sieges which start at dawn and continue until dusk, or throughout the night.- Perhaps something else?
We shall see.These features will be updated and extended as I progress with their development.
First of all, great thanks to TaleWorlds
for creating M&B and allowing all of us to mod it. Needless to say that without them doing that, this mod would be unable to exist.
Special thanks to cmpxchg8b
for his Warband Script Enhancer
, a tool that allows me to make most of my ambitious plans come true.
Credits and thanks to:motomataru
- Formations and AI;rubik
- Custom Commander, some community kits;dunde
- Different kits, assistance;Computica
- Amazing basis for the new map. This person is a master!Caba'drin
- PBOD, kits, assistance;gutekfiutek
- Polished Landscapes & Buildings;Cartread
- Inspiration and basis for the deployable pavise;Waihti
- Dueling kit;Tempered
- Improved faces;taragoth
- Crouch fixes, ideas and assistance;Bismarck
- Native Mod Compilation, that excellent thing that I resort to when my source ****s up;sphere
- ModMerger;Narf of Pinklestink
- Some of his models;Dejawolf
- Some of his helmets;Talon
- The SWUP;lucky lancer
- Training fields overhaul;Openshaw
- The Expanded Horizons modI may have missed someone. If that's the case, be sure to tell me right away and I will correct my mistake.
Other names shall be appended to this list in the moment I'm finished with integrating the feature they are related to.
- Signature Banners
If you like the mod and want to support it, you can use one of these images inside you forum signature.
Looking back at my previous such signatures that I did years ago, I think that some of them are quite dull, so I'm scrapping them.
Here are the only few that I fancy currently.
First are Jenove's two great signatures that he did.
The others below are mine.
Did this one when my source code collapsed to the ashes once. I did a complete restart back then...
Related to a bug which I caused accidentally. The issue is fixed now, but the sig remains.
Occupies less space.
As you may have noticed, this mod has a permanent short URL: www.tinyurl.com/tbsmod
(leads to this very page), which you may also use.
If you have the skills and/or desire, make your own signature banner and show it to me. If I like it, I'll post it here as an "official" one.
The next post will introduce you to the world of Europa, and screenshots await you further down. Read on...