A WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE (GAME OF THRONES) MOD FOR MOUNT & BLADE: WARBAND

     
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And as the dust settles over King"s Landing (và your TV),the Game Of Thrones concludes until George R. R. Martin finishes writing his own take on the finale. Where does that leave sầu a người desperate for their next hit of medieval grimness & scheming? Fan-fiction, probably. Or, thanks to lớn the wonders of modding, interactiveself-insert fan-fiction!

Today I"m taking a look at two massive Game Of Thrones mods for medieval mercenary syên Mount & Blade: Warb& that are vying for a prize greater than any uncomfortable-looking (and now rather warm) throne; your free time.

Stick Em" With The Pointy End

Despite being nearly a decade old, Mount và Blade: Warb& remains popular, in part due lớn its very active sầu gian lận scene. There are dozens of notable total conversion mods for the game, letting you replace its pseudo-medieval world with everything from gritty historical simulations to Star Wars. But khổng lồ celebrate our first week of TV without Kit Harrington looking like he"s on the verge of crying, it"s off to Westeros we go!

The two mods we"re examining here, A Clash Of Kings and A World Of Ice và Fire, - are both enormous labours of love. Large productions in their first iterations, they"ve sầu been updating for years with new features, quests and details. Both of them could be considered advanced mods, adding more management systems to Mount & Blade"s already-exacting simulation, so as such, you should probably clochồng a few hours with the base game before jumping in, but I won"t stop you if you"re desperate khổng lồ get yourTargary"on.

Installation of either of these mods is a walk in the park. If you"ve got the base game on Steam, you merely need to lớn subscribe to lớn the Steam Worksiêu thị version và let it automatically download, then piông chồng it from the Mount & Blade: Warbvà launcher screen. Alternatively (and applicable lớn any other release of the game), you can tải về the gian lận via Mod DB and unpaông xã it lớn your Mount & Blade: Warband/Modules thư mục. It should sit comfortably alongside "Native" which is the default game campaign.

In the Lannister corner, we have:

A Clash Of Kings by "Cozur"

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Lachạy thử Version: 7.1, released May 16thDownloads: Steam & Mod DB, 2.8gb once unpacked.Taleworlds Forum Thread: HereDeveloper"s Patreon: HereOfficial Wiki: Here

Gaming The Throne 101: Not getting stabbed

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Of these two mods, A Clash Of Kings feels slightly more accessible for Mount và Blade newcomers, although that doesn"t make it easy. Similar to lớn the main game, it begins with a quichồng test that you can defkết thúc yourself in a fight against a single robber, before placing you firmly on the fringes of Game Of Thrones lore, & just off the Dornish border. All you"ve sầu got is word that there"s war coming, & your character has resolved to lớn stiông xã around and try lớn turn a profit from it.

One of the most curious features of A Clash Of Kings is its historical sites, usually denoted with white names on the map. Once you"ve sầu picked up a few followers (or at least Brynden Storm at the starting tavern, who is a skilled surgeon), bumble around like a confused tourist và look for vaguely interesting structures -- destroyed buildings, statues, odd hills, caves & whatnot. Approaching them will get you some sentences of lore, plus a fistful of experience points. You can ding a few levels practically for miễn phí.

Unless you plan on fighting from the baông xã row all the time, you"ll want to lớn pour some stat points inkhổng lồ strength early. It"s easy to lớn start out with a character inventory full of weapons and armour you"re just not beefy enough to lớn wear. Quite how a chain coif requires significantly above-average strength I will never know, but you should roll with it. Eighteen strength is a good number to access most worthwhile gear, while ten intelligence will allow you to lớn read books for additional bonuses, and charisma is just where you should dump every free point after that because it"ll let you lead more people.

A Song Of Too Many Verses

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If you lượt thích your lore dense, then A Clash Of Kings is the thủ thuật for you, "cos it feels like someone"s creative writing sketchbook given life. Between the lore text you"ll wade through while exploring, và the first handful of quest NPCs you"ll meet, expect khổng lồ read a lot. Characters feel like they say with a paragraph what could be surmised in a single sentence, but fortunately your quest journal will point you the right way even if you clichồng through it all.

That"s not to lớn say it"s all worth skipping. Brynden Storm"s rambling makes sense, being a loquacious Maester with poor bedside manner for a healer. Some of the quests are nicely written too, making up for the game"s limitations when it comes to lớn scripted set-pieces. I"d recommkết thúc the quest given by a nervous peasant in the Weeping Town inn, sending you to khuyễn mãi giảm giá with a Wight. You won"t need any magical equipment, but you"ll get lớn bởi vì a nice bit of walking sim-lượt thích adventuring through a spooky abandoned village.

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Never Fight A Land War In Essos

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A Clash Of Kings is mostly concerned with the medieval warfare aspects of the setting, with no White Walkers, no Night King & definitely no dragons. Recent updates have sầu further expanded on the more detailed human side of the setting with a greatly expanded fighting tournament system, where you"ll see armoured knights in Westeros, và agile duelists down in Dorne.

A Clash Of Kings"s more restrained ambitions make it easier to step into lớn if you"re relatively inexperienced at Mount & Blade. It provides an opportunity khổng lồ explore & experiment with the setting without too much pressure. Your early days will be spent as a sword for hire, doing odd jobs, or following a lesser lord for pay and experience, and endgame involves setting up your own little fiefdom and managing it. Down-to-earth stuff. The more simulationist bent gives it a less predictable chiến dịch in the long run, though. Let the cloông xã run long enough & you"ll see the plot go completely off the rails, & nations fall and rise in amusing ways. Better yet when you"re the one that nudges a kingdom off the edge.

And now that we"re all warmed up và stuffed full of juicy lore, let"s take a look at our significantly more supernatural challenger in the Stark corner:

A World Of Ice và Fire by "Produno"

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Lademo Version: 4.3.5, released May 18thDownloads: Steamand Mod DB, 4.5gb once unpackedTaleworlds Forum Thread: HereDeveloper"s Patreon: HereOfficial Wiki: Here

Ser Marty Stu, At Your Service

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While A Clash Of Kings was happy let you scoot around on the periphery, A World Of Ice And Fire drops you right in at the deep over. After asking whether you want character names lớn match the TV show or novels, và whether you want khổng lồ throw Westeros into lớn procedural chaos (instead of scripted), it puts you right at the epicentre of the story. You"re there when Sean Bean gets captured by the Lannisters, & the Starks task you with leading two of their men khổng lồ Winterfell to deliver the news. Accepting their offer gets you into the main story within minutes.

Unfortunately, signing up with the Starks while in King"s Landing paints a big red target on you, so you"ll be chased by Lannister troops & bandits the whole way. My only recommendation early on is to lớn piông chồng nobility as your starting origin, which will give you enough clout to maybe pichồng up some peasant followers as you travel. Eventually you"ll reach Winterfell, and find plenty of questing opportunities.

Once you"ve sầu found your feet, there"s a lot more to lớn worry about in A World Of Ice And Fire. Bandits, broken men and other ne"er-do-wells roaming the maps will trang chủ in on you with horrifying glee. Even when you"ve sầu got very little to lớn thua trận, there"s still the chance of suffering permanent injury, thanks lớn a new advanced wounding system. Get hit hard enough & you"ll kết thúc up with stat-hobbling injuries, and unless you get them treated by a Maester or other surgically-minded character (always a good reason to keep them around), they"ll become permanent. You"ll probably not want to play this in Iron Man mode.

Will Conquer For Food

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A World Of Ice And Fire does let you go off the beaten path, but by default it"ll push baông chồng before long. You"ve sầu got two years, give sầu or take, until the White Walker invasion happens, with the Night King và his horde rolling in from the north. Yep, there are proper undead enemies this time round, as well as giants (recruitable, if you over up befriending the Wildling tribes), & even a Direwolf companion. If you want to lớn fight the undead, you"ll need a Valyrian weapon, or incendiaries lượt thích Wildfire flasks.

While lacking in dragons, this mod does have sầu almost every other notable face you could think of. Head up past The Wall và you"ll be able khổng lồ sign up with the ever-horrible Mance Rayder. If a warmer climate is more your style, you can head across the sea và towards the Free Cities. If you feel lượt thích getting involved in scripted story quests, you can seek out Danaerys Targaryen, Varys and other members of her crew.

Keep Your Friends Cchiến bại And Your Enemies Well Paid

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As brutal & uncompromising as A World Of Ice và Fire can be, it all feels there khổng lồ add texture to the thủ thuật. I wouldn"t recommend this as anyone"s first Mount & Blade thủ thuật, but I would recommend it to fans wanting to play around in the world of the TV show & novels. Keep your eyes peeled (or consult this hack wiki page) and you"ll be able to hire Bronn, notorious cutthroat mercenary and most likeable person in the entire TV series.

And there you have sầu it - two massive worlds to explore. The former a little more accessible, but less likely to lớn give sầu you your fix of fan-fiction action unless you"re deeply invested in the geography & history of the setting. The latter is a more ambitious affair, but uncompromising in its difficulty và perhaps a little too willing to lớn get you rubbing shoulders with big characters. Neither of them is easy, but they"re the best way to lớn explore Westeros on a budget. You won"t even need a travel guide.

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You can pichồng up Mount và Blade: Warb& on Steam, Humble & GOG for £15/€20/$trăng tròn. None of the DLC is required, or even particularly recommended.