"1647 was a strange year in which signs on earth and the sky seemed to announce disasters and unusual events. Contemporary chroniclers recall the huge numbers of locusts swarming from the Wild Fields and destroying crops and grass, which forecast Tartar raids. There was a grand eclipse of the sun in the summer and shortly after, a comet appeared in the sky..."
The Deluge is a modification which brings us into the cruel and bloody wars of the 17th century in eastern Europe. You'll be given an opportunity to play as a various characters of those conflicts: an undefeated winged hussars fighting in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ranks, a brave Cossacks rebells, an ambitious Ottomans, a wild and independent Tatars and as a well-equipped Swedes. Moreover, some other factions are under considerations, like Tsardom of Russia, Austria or Germany...
Different time period settings, factions, armors and weapons are not the only things that our mod has to offer. In The Deluge you'll find huge amount of changes and enchantments made to gameplay. We added tons of new features - some are big, some are quite small - many of which are unique and you'll not find them anywhere else.Playable factions:
"The Deluge" introduces advanced cannon system. It supports different cannon types of various power and range, which can be loaded with two kinds of ammunition - cannonballs and grapeshots. Cannonballs are usefull when engaging enemies at long range and for environment destruction. Grapeshots are useless for long-distance combat and do little damage to structures, however, due to firing multiple projectiles and their wide spread, they are really deadly at close range. One shot of that type can take down a whole group of enemies.
It takes two men to comfortably use a cannon in "The Deluge". One man is aiming the cannon and firing it (perforably it should be an egineer, since other troop classes have huge accuracy penalties), the second one reloads the cannon after shot. Handling a cannon alone is also possible, but not recommended, since it takes away a lot of fun.
Cannon system in "The Deluge", even if technically quite complicated, was being written with simplicity in mind. It meant to be as much user-friendly and as much fun to use, as possible.
| || |Boats and FerriesYou want to deal with enemies who took defensive positions on an island, but you don't want to use the only bridge which connects the island with dry land and obviously will be a death trap for you? No problem. Just gather up some of your friends, jump to the boats and take those bastards from the other side. Your tactics are not limited to land anymore. You can sail freely around the lakes and rivers, attacking your enemies from places they would never suspect.
In "The Deluge" boats are fully controlled by players. Literaly, you can sail wherever you want... as long as you'll stay on the water, ofcourse. Be aware though, since people in boats can be an easy pray for enemy sharpshooters or even artillery. Well placed cannon shot can sink a boat along with all the men onboard.
Ferries are much safer to take and can make good defensive positions sometimes. They're not as mobile as boats and their movement is limited by ropes, so they can sail only in two directions - from one river/lake bank to another.
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While weak in direct combat, engineer can be the guardian angel to his teammates. Thanks to his unique abillities to repair, dig and build (and destroy) stuff, he can decide the fate of the battle. He can construct wheeled shields, which can be pushed towards the enemy and protect friendly troops from enemy fire. He can repair broken cannons, he can easily destroy enemy wooden structures with his powerfull axe. He can also use his shovel to dig up some heaps, which can be used as a provisional cover.
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Maps and Architecture
Action of "The Deluge" takes place in quite different setting than Warband. Therefore, you can expect to see a lot of new structures created for the mod. The feel of the world need to be changed, so it would look much more like XVII century. "The Deluge" graphic artists made many new models, to make this possible and to bring this XVII century vision to life.
(Still, a lot of models need to be done. If you would like to help us out with modelling and texturing, please contact b@rtu$)
Almost all old maps are gone. Those two, which were not deleted, were heavily changed to fit the XVII setting and "The Deluge" gameplay and tactics. We bring you a lot of new maps instead. All of them were made with teamplay in mind, all of them take advantage of many unique "The Deluge" features, all of them will let you use different battle tactics to deal with your enemy.
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Now, what kind of XVII century mod would it be, if there were no muskets, right? In "The Deluge" mod you'll find many different types of blackpowder weapons used in that history period. We bring you not only muskets, arquebuses, puffers and pistols, but also unique weaponry, such as deadly blunderbusses (which fire multiple projectiles at once), double barreled guns and some combined weapons, like sword-pistols for example.
Blackpowder weapons wouldn't be so fun to use if there were no good sound and visual effects related to it. Therefore in "The Deluge" mod you'll see a lot of new particle effects related to bullet hits and gunshots, all this supported by new sound samples. Firearm battles never have been such spectacular in M&B, trust me.
And if you're not feeling like shooting at your enemy, you can throw some stuff at them. Get a hand on few grenades and send a whole group of your enemies at once straight to theirs maker.
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New Weapon Models
Shortly speaking, in "The Deluge" mod you'll find tons of new stuff, which can be used to kill your enemies in the way you like. Long and short, big and small, pointy, blunt and sharp, heavy and light, melee and ranged... We have swords, sabres, stocks, yatagans, daggers, all kinds of new bows and arrows, axes, military picks, maces, spears, lances, pikes, berdishes, bills... et caetera, et caetera. There's plenty of that, just check it out.
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"Things get damaged. Things get broken." You didn't expect to choose a winged hussar, pick the longest lance then carelessly and endlessly ride around the map, couched-lancing helpless cossack peasants, did you? Well, you cannot do this here. Some weapons in "The Deluge" have very low durability and can break during attack, leaving a useless piece of junk in your hands.
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Heraldry was very important in XVII century Europe, so in "The Deluge" mod we greatly expanded it's meaning. We replaced all Warband banners with new, historically accurate ones. We heavily modified Native code, to add advanced heraldry support and improve it's visual in-game quality.
"The Deluge" team is also open for clan propositons. If you'd like to see your clan banner in our mod, feel free to ask. If the banner itself doesn't break some basic rules (no funny or out-of-place stuff, sorry), we never say "no".
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Weather and Time
In "The Deluge" mod you will be able to play multiplayer maps in different weather conditions and at different times of the day (and night). Not only visual effect will change, but it will also require a change to your tactics.
Weather and time can be changed by an admin or by a poll accepted by majority.
World in "The Deluge" is no longer static. You'll notice that environment around you responds to current weather conditions and animate acording to wind strenght. This will apply not only to flora, but also to other things, like banners, tents or even window curtains.
Those are just few of features our mod has to offer. Download, check them all out by yourself... and meet us on the battlefield.
Project initiators, not active for a long time:
Old contributors and team members whose work is not present in the game:
Dionysios II The great
to cmpxchg8b for awesome Warband Script Enchancer
to Gutek Fiutek for allowing us to use his Polished Buildings and Polished Landscapes mods,
to REF Clan and SRT Clan for hosting and testing the early versions of the game,
to Ottoman1453 mod team:
for many Ottoman models and textures.
and to a whole polish M&B community that was supporting and inspiring us through the last few years of that hard work, especially to: