Welcome to this video AAR (After Action Report), or let's play M&B: Warband
as a video series like this is more commonly called (AAR usually refers to written story/narrative, possibly supported by screenshots and other images, while let's play is gameplay videos with commentary).
This let's play has been completed and the whole Calradia was conquered
, so this post is no-longer updated. However - feel free to leave comment, feedback and/or questions if you have any. You can always find all the videos and the complete playlist from YouTube...
Violet's Tale: This let's play is the journey of a young nomad woman adventuring in the land of Caldaria,
dreaming of her own kingdom and making name for herself, trading and fighting for fame and fortune.180 hours
of slow-paced Warband gameplay from the very start to the very end (controlling whole Calradia)
COMPLETE playthrough with a female character (commoner) and using the hardest possible settings.
The whole series was played as ironman, I only saved and reloaded between videos.
Watch the videos on YouTube (720p HD): Let's Play Mount & Blade: Warband - Violet's Tale
And here's the playlist link: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FA2F5D4430134AC2
I like to watch let's play videos (gameplay videos with commentary). I found some Warband let's plays, but they were mostly about goofing around and I had few good laughs, which is awesome, but I wanted something more. I wanted "hardcore" Warband.
Everyone I found seemed to play the game with the easiest settings (reduced damage, etc.), just riding around and killing everything without any challenge. I found that extremely boring to watch. I couldn't find a video series where Warband was played the way I like to play it and it made me think...
- Why no-one (who were making videos) played Warband with the hardest difficulty settings?
- Why no-one was doing any trading?
- Why no-one set up productive enterprises?
- Why no-one was using tactics in the battles, but just charged in every battle, coming out alive with almost full health after getting hit 20 times by the enemy cavalry?
- Why so many videos were about "goofing around" and not playing "seriously"?
- Why there was so much swearing, instead of talk about the game, strategy and tactics?
- Why no-one played to "the end", claiming the throne of whole Calradia, but stop before they even had own kingdom or shortly after starting one?
Maybe it's because I was twice as old as most of those who were making videos or maybe I didn't look hard enough; I don't know, but since I couldn't find a series I liked in YouTube, so I started my own...
And since none of the let's plays I'd watched featured a female character, let alone female commoner...
I started Violet's Tale
I found original Mount & Blade from my hard drive couple of weeks ago (bought it back in 2006), got hooked again, and went on to buy the Warband (while waiting for w/F&S). While at it, I decided to start a let's play, AAR or IAR "In Action Report"
I'm relatively experienced M&B player, but I hadn't played Warband before this let's play.
"Relatively experienced M&B" doesn't mean I'm "good" at the game or anything, just saying.
I prefer the commanding / tactical role over front line fighting. And I also like trading, a lot. That doesn't mean that there isn't fighting and battles in the series, but that there's more trading than most let's plays (I've seen).Game Stuff:
I started with the auto-block on, but after the early videos, went for manual.
I ended up playing on the "hardest" difficulty, with settings:
Control Block Dir:
Control Attack Dir: manual
Lance Control: manual (hard)
Damage to Player: Normal
Damage to Friends: Normal
Combat AI: Good
Campaign AI: Good
300 after E046 (with Warband Battle Size Changer)
131% (with Battle Size 300)
(Not 149% cos I have the "quit without saving" ON instead of 'realistic saves', even that I never quit without saving)Mods:
Episodes 1-23: Started the series with no mods
Episode 24+ Diplomacy 3.3.2
Episode 44+ Warband Battle Size Changer
(500 for E045, 300 after that)
Episode 104+ Pre-Battle Orders & Deployment
v0.88 w/ Hotfix B (Diplomacy 3.3.2 + PBOD v0.88 w/ Hotfix B) & Floris Basic PLUS
(Floris Basic Mod Pack installation on top of Diplomacy+PBOD)
Episode 106+ Movie WB View Texture PackAbout This Let's Play
I'm started as a female commoner, called her Violet. Violet was a hunter, a steppe child, a game poacher with the wanderlust background - The plan was to be mainly a horse archer, with outriding/skirmishing battle style (when not commanding and overseeing the tactics).
In the end, the goal is to get Violet her own kingdom
and eventually, capture whole Calradia
I like the trading part of the game, so there's plenty of that. And that's all part of the process to get enough money to support armies and the kingdom when I get to that point...
Here's the link to the playlist and little "trailer" I made for fun after the first couple episodes:
Since episode 24, the videos are 45-60+ minutes long. Before that ~15 minutes.Some Milestones Along the Way:
Join the journey and feel free to post feedback in this thread or in the YouTube comments.Edits:
Added Foreword, changed formatting a bit, added milestones up to ep.82