The Protectors (in short TPC) is a stand-alone mod of the game Warlords Battlecry 3, produced by
Infinite Interactive. Stand-alone means that it can be run without having the original game installed.

Currently, TPC is under development (since 2010) and has not reached a stable version.
However, there are beta versions available for download. All users are encouraged to report
bugs and suggest improvements on TPC forum, as they are considered beta testers. Becoming a
member of TPC official site will also ensure your name's (or nickname's) appearance in the credits list
once the mod is fully developed.

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List of highlighted improvements:

  • Story driven campaign (new locations, quests, characters, videos)
  • Improved RPG part (dialogue choices, multiple endings, psychological profiles)
  • Improved RTS part (new units, buildings, terrain, food system, temples)
  • Improved A.I. (no longer freezes or gets stuck, seeks quests, builds mortars etc.)
  • New hero system (new spells, perks, racial synergy bonus, proficiency)
  • New items and item sets
  • Improved editor (scene events, interface, manuals, custom portraits)
  • Support for high resolutions (up to 1920x1080)
  • A lot more music (warlords themed)
  • New graphics (portraits, GUI, loading screens etc.)
  • Cheat codes
  • More multi-player scenarios
  • Hundreds of bug fixes
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Version 0.8.5 FULL

WARNING! Chapters modified. All chapters reset
WARNING! Heroes modified. All heroes and saved games lost



Fresh install! Uninstall all older versions and delete The Protectors folder in My Documents

Run in compatibility mode! For windows xp sp3 or windows 98

What's new?


Visually, The Protectors is more appealing now. Some old units were revived (faerie dragon, wraith...) and edited (new avatars for titans, etc.). Some more wobbly animations were corrected. New units with new effects were also created (celestial hatchling, umbral phoenix, lodestar wisp...), all matching the original game's graphics. The GUI was improved as well: now the army limit display should be more comprehensible along with mission objectives. Allies have a blue selection ring, contrasting with the enemy's red ring. Several hero and character portraits were also added. A few minor updates to the terrain were done, and new tiles such as the rock road and grass river intersection were added. Last but not least, 9 new side colors were added into the game.

High elven units

New side coloursFour more tracks were added to the music section and some minor bugs related to the modular system were fixed. Many new sounds and voices were added or improved, including moving sounds (huge walk, flap...), attack sounds (cannon shot...), death sounds and ambient sounds (lightning...). Special characters (Robert, Gront...) now have a lot more speech files. The game is now free of microlagging and sound blast problems.

The AI is now smarter and deadlier. Firstly, it now uses the Racial Synergy Bonus whenever it feels threatened or whenever an opportunity to severely hinder the enemy arises. Secondly, heroes are now actively seeking and completing quests from shrines and/or mausoleums. The user will not only have to worry about the quest expiration timer, but also about competitors completing the quest before him. Thirdly, AI controlled units will no longer try to cast spells on units immune or out of range.

All units have been rebalanced. Production for all races was altered. Building stats were reworked. Research and upgrades were redone. Weather effects were changed. All of these make The Protectors much more enjoyable and fun. Of course, the manual and in-game help were updated to reflect these changes accordingly.

Lore-wise, version 0.8.5 unlocks chapter 4, A Girl's Wish, featuring the Ssrathi in exciting and unique scenarios. Furthermore, users can now create their own chapters and/or campaigns! This new implementation supports fan-made DLCs and as an example, The Hero of Etheria original Warlords Battlecry 3 campaign was added, along with The Duernothian Cult fan-fic chapter. More "official" TPC packs can and will be shared in the future.

The Duernothian Cult

Heroes now have new skills (Diplomacy, Witch Hunter...) and new classes (Warlock). The Hero Creation Quiz was also updated to help the user choose between all these options. Perks have been tweaked and spells have been rebalanced. Two new items were also added (Carapace Shield and Poison Dagger).

A large collection of skirmish and multiplayer maps was added, and previous scenarios were edited to increase fairness on all sides and/or fix minor design bugs.

An incredible amount of time was invested in fixing well known vanilla bugs, many of them reported on the WBC3 wiki. Of course TPC-related bugs are on the list of bug fixes as well, including the berserk bug fix that plagued the last version.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The lengthily list of changes can be read, as usual, in the changelog provided. Thank you all for the participation in making this game even better!


The Protectors Team

The Protectors version 0.8.4 FULL now available

The Protectors version 0.8.4 FULL now available

8 months ago News 13 comments

Did you miss the original units? Got frustrated by unbalanced gameplay or dumb AI? We were too, which is why The Protectors now has new units unlocked...

Epic Modular Music

Epic Modular Music

9 months ago News 7 comments

The Protectors now supports fully customizable modular music, bringing gaming experience to a higher level. Music will now change based on what the player...

The Protectors Original Soundtrack 2: Dark Evocations

The Protectors Original Soundtrack 2: Dark Evocations

1 year ago News 0 comments

Spread the word: the new songs of TPC OST are available for listening. Another hour of music but now faster, more complex in composition and heavier awaits...

The Protectors reaches version 0.8.3

The Protectors reaches version 0.8.3

1 year ago News 6 comments

Did the AI upset you for being dumb or was it simply not providing enough of a challenge? Say no more and forget about that with The Protectors 0.8.3...

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3 months ago Full Version 106 comments

One of the most balanced and stable versions yet, version 0.8.5 brings a new chapter, custom campaigns, new units, side colors, new hero classes and skills...



8 months ago Patch 8 comments

Hotfix for the critical burn bug and the 30k+ hit points bug that made the game unplayable.



8 months ago Full Version 16 comments

This patch unlocks original units for production as well as balancing stats, costs and spells. New features such as the spell timer, the cross-reference...



1 year ago Patch 24 comments

Other than unlocking the main campaign and giving access to item stash, this patch brings support for high resolutions (up to 1900x1080) along with more...



1 year ago Patch 30 comments

This patch brings the new game duration feature as well as allied play for multi-player, skirmish and campaign slug fest and raze fest modes. Old terrain...



1 year ago Patch 11 comments

The all-about-orcs chapter is available in version 0.8.1, and with it the possibility of creating and enjoying more text-based quests at a higher level...

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Guest Nov 14 2015 says:

I love this game so much so far :D, one thing i noticed in the editor is huge dragon is that a new unit? is there any way to build it in game with out useing the editor ? by the way keep up the good work i support you 100% and will continue to play this game i missed wbc3 so much since i was in school now i have that same feeling again when i play this version :D

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Guest Nov 16 2015 replied:

Ahh okay looking forward to that thanks for the fast replys guys

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jfpoliveira12 Nov 15 2015 replied:

That is probably the Dragonlords Titan. This standalone mod plans on adding a new draconian race based on Warlords lore.

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Patrick_Winekiller Creator
Patrick_Winekiller Nov 15 2015 replied:

For now, you only encounter the huge dragon in the chapters (and fan made maps of course).

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AnYnA Nov 12 2015 says:

The most fun and complete fantasy game i ever played
It's been years since i was playing this one maybe 5
I played all 3 Warlords Battlecry and my fav faction from 3 are the saurians ( forgot their correct game name )
I sure wish Warlords Battlecry would have a HD remake or even a sequel

Forget other fantasy RTSs , Warlords Battlecry is the big thing and yes i played the Protectors too
I got overcrowded with other games now but i might get back in it for the nostalgia

Vote 10 from me

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ZeTo49 Creator
ZeTo49 Nov 12 2015 replied:

Don't get too excited about an HD version of WBC (honestly, I think it will never happen). The Protectors is our best chance to make improvements and... it's free!

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AnYnA Nov 12 2015 replied:

Nice to see you here , Zeto my comrade
It's been a long time since we talked too
I hope everything is fine with you and things
Maybe i'll see you around some more sometime

On topic speaking that was just hopeful wishing of course but it would be great wouldn't it , a HD version that is
I remember they promised a number 4 but i haven't seen any news about that ever since i was playing it

If they'd make a Warlords Battlecry 4 with even more races than 3 brings , all along keeping the unique gameplay and all things that matter intact , i'd gladly buy it no matter the price but i suppose you guys know better than me what's going on with it these days , so wishful thinking again

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn Nov 13 2015 replied:

I2 never promised a fourth game, but they did say they wanted to and were only held back by budget. They created a thread on their official forums to gather ideas from the community, as well as sharing their own with the public. (One thing I distinctly remember them saying was that they would go down the route of "factions" instead of races, so you would end up with an army similar in racial diversity to the cast of Lord of the Rings.... or someone who's been completing a lot of quests in WBC3 :p )

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AnYnA Nov 13 2015 replied:

That would work too i suppose but the budget problem is indeed the most serious reason why a game cannot be developed
No money , no honey even in the gaming industry which is a pity of course
In a socialist/communist system the state would fund the developer to create a game and if he or she delivers they'd be just fine

Hahah , just saying anyway

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ZeTo49 Creator
ZeTo49 Nov 12 2015 replied:

The days of Strategy games are forever lost imo (AoE, WBC, even Rise of Nations!). WBC HD would be awesome, but it is like you say: wishes are made of high clouds.

I don't even think wbc4 will be born in the strategy game that we were used to (if going to be created at all)...

I feel sad to see kids playing LOL and such games, but what can we do, but stay loyal to the Protectors?

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AnYnA Nov 12 2015 replied:

What are you talking about ? The RTS genre is live and kicking maybe not improving but certainly moving on well

From the 4X genre to city builders and plain RTS , titles like : Etherium , Gray Goo , Planetary Annihilation , Planetbase , Company of Heroes 2 , Anno 2205 , Galactic Civilizations III , Banished , Endless Legend up to Nightside a really recent one i didn't screenshot yet that i liked a lot for its concept

And Age of Empires II HD has just received its second expansion the African Kingdoms , right next year Age of Mythology Extended will receive a new expansion , as for Rise of Nations i got the Extended Edition of course which is really good
Also waiting for Cossacks 3 soon to come

You are either very picky , comrade , or not updated with the latest in strategy but i'm sure surprised to see you here at this game i also played
I wonder what else you played if you like to share

As for Warlords Battlecry 4 i only found a site where people were sharing wishlist ideas of how the sequel should be and i almost agreed completely except a certain idea where they said it should be online I really don't like MMOs at all and barely tried one or two in all my life so if it ever happens , you never know , i sure hope it's not gonna be online

Yup , we will stay loyal to the Protectors but i am reluctant to try it now because i got a feeling that Warlords Battlecry 3 won't run on Windows 10 that i'm using but i'll try anyhow sometime

Nice talking with you again

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ZeTo49 Creator
ZeTo49 Nov 12 2015 replied:

jfpoliveira12 nailed it... The expression I was trying not to mention is precisely "Golden Age".

I returned recently to games again (after a period of 10 years without using a computer for purposes other than work and school) and the first game I tried, for the first time was WBC3. Actually, I got disappointed... since my mind was in WBC1 all time. But now the Protectors are a new experiment, let's see how far it can go (and to answer your question AnYna, that's all about for me. Here and there old school games, but nothing truly heavy or new).

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AnYnA Nov 13 2015 replied:

I understand
You are just disappointed about the times that changed or you simply detached yourself from gaming

This is a good thing in a way and someday i see myself doing the same thing I won't play games for life that's for sure but until then i'll try to check out many of them
You have to dig a lot , try many titles until you find one suitable these days

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jfpoliveira12 Nov 12 2015 replied:

WBC3 does run on Windows 10, but even if it didnt, The Protectors does and its basically an improved WBC3.

I believe he meant the the "Golden Age" of RTS has passed, on wich I agree, the best RTS right now is an expansion for one of the greatest games of the 90s (AOE2). I would also add that the golden age of fantasy gaming has passed aswell, most fantasy games today either murder all the classical tropes (Im looking at you Warcraft3 and WOW, why couldnt you be like your 2 older brothers?) or just introduce weird modern creatures and elements that dont really belong in any mythology or classic fantasy and make once beautiful and somewhat balanced worlds a complete mess with some hidden political/moral brainwash message (orcs which murder, pillage and rape but arent evil, just controlled by evil masters, poor orc beasts...).

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AnYnA Nov 13 2015 replied:

I understand now if you put it this way
Indeed it is so but what can we do

With the indie wave of game creation all ideas are on a form of anything goes just to make a game they hope to get money out from They are too commercialized with little care for genuine gameplay , story and all the good things that matter for gamers , connoisseurs gamers that know what games mean , like you guys that seem to be all veterans - thing that cannot be said for the new generations that play more and more simple things and if it's a lot of explosions and floating score points they like it and so on

With this indie trend everybody can attempt a game no matter if the idea is bad or good , no matter if they make the game playable or not
The most i hate is that they release pre full version games that promise they'll get better but seldom get better , alpha , betas and the like

I do miss the days when games were released from version 1.00 and further , patches were for free and games were receiving consistent content in the form of expansions not these DLCs and there was no Steam either
Steam might be liked more now but i still don't like it
Now even mods cannot be downloaded by everyone freely if you don't have Steam that downloads them for you

I'm just glad MOD DB and the Nexus is around , otherwise many mods i play i could not because i remained used to buying the game in a physical copy not downloading it from a site
I like to know that i own what i pay for

And sure i can also say that AAA studios were doing better work too
They were not so open to discuss with the community , they were just working , releasing the game they had in mind and everything was fine
Now as a developer you must put up with everyone that wants everything and the game in the end becomes a mixture of all ideas like placing all ingredients for 3 types of dishes in the same pot , which ruins everything

I'd sure want the days back , i'd sure want all those great games to be just upgraded to nowadays graphics and in the rest to remain the same

****** that Age of Empires IV never came to be , it was that online one i never got to play until i found servers are closed , no Neverwinter Nights 3 , no Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds 2 and many others stay forgotten without a sequel

I can go on and start naming RPG titles these days that stand out like the Witcher series , the Elder Scrolls , Sacred 2 but not 3 of course ,not sure about Fallout 3 and recently 4 but i heard the first Fallouts those in 2D graphics were far better , then i cannot mention Diablo 3 because i never played it due of being online and i can also name the Divinity series that are also good up to Dragon Commander which is not an RPG but quite fun , Mass Effect series is ok but not such big deal , too cinematic , Dragon Age 1 was cool , 2 was not so liked but i still finished it , not sure about Dragon Age 3 because i never played , there is a good RPG i tried called Pillars of Eternity made in the form of old RPGs similar to how Baldur/Icewind are ( and at least these have HD remakes ) too bad there isn't an Icewind Dale 2 and a Baldur's Gate 3 - it would be too much work i suppose

Then in the racing area we still got Need for Speed but i hoped for ages that they're gonna make something along the lines of NFS 4 High Stakes ( i liked that one the most ) but instead they released clones of Most Wanted , Underground and Hot Pursuit and they became really boring not to mention that you can find almost the same damn cars again and again.Would've really loved brands like TVR , Ascari , Wiesmann and others that never were - but i am glad Ferrari is back at least

The one and only cathegory of games i never played is sports like football simulators and the like They're just not my thing so i cannot say anything here I did play some pool games though

In conclusion we can only just adapt and try to accept how things are and keep on playing what the present times offer or just remain playing the old

I still don't wanna give up , i still want in the near or less near future to get myself another gaming machine with the latest hardware and such with HBM , UHD and things but i must think well what games i'll play on it and if the investment is going to be worth it

The only games i am happy at the present are Planetbase , Starpoint Gemini 2 and Anno 2205

Great news that Warlords Battlecry works on Windows 10
Ah yeah , i forgot to talk about the TBD area hahah but the post is gonna be too big
In short i don't like Civilization Beyond Earth at all but i remained liking Heroes of Might and Magic VI and Age of Wonders 3 , maybe even Disciples III , these i think are good enough

Nice talking with you guys

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jfpoliveira12 Nov 13 2015 replied:

Actually, there is an Icewind Dale 2, its epic, google it. I agree on most you said though, its good to know people that apreciate what gaming was, even women of all people (makes it feel less like a boys club).

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AnYnA Nov 13 2015 replied:

Thanks a bunch

Women are few in gaming still but increasing

I think appreciation comes because i'm 27 and i caught the period when games were games

I begun with Unreal Tournament 1 ,Quake 3 Arena in the FPS area , Warcraft 3 , Age of Empires 1 & 2 , Dune in the RTS area , there was also Empire Earth the first in that time which was really good at the time and Starcraft 1 then Morrowind , Diablo 1 & 2 , Neverwinter Nights , Arx Fatalis in the RPG side , NFS 4 and NFS Porsche Unleashed in the racing area and so on

I did not catch the period before 1999 too much , sure i heard and watched games like Duke Nukem , Doom 1 & 2 , Blood , Quake 1 & 2 and others more old but i haven't played them

The good games age ended in 2005 to me right when bloom showed up as a new graphics effect
The last good game i remember from 2005 was FEAR the first the best from the series

This year i could name only Galactic Civilizations III ( first place for me from all 4Xs ) and Anno 2205 the best releases i mean

Now i wonder if you guys play only Warlords Battlecry 3 at the moment

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jfpoliveira12 Nov 13 2015 replied:

Im playing WBC3 (The Protectors), AoE2: African Kingdoms (love Portugal lategame ;)) and Sword Coast Legends (the gameplay is way off from traditional D&D but the campaign story is great and the roleplaying with good DMs is awsome).

P.S.: I am also 27 years old.

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AnYnA Nov 13 2015 replied:

Amazing ! Nice to meet someone my generation around here for a change Nice age isn't it ? We are approaching the 30s but not there yet I don't feel old at all but neither a teenager anymore

I'm happy the game works for you , to me African Kingdoms crashes to desktop when i try to play with the african civs
Waiting for patches is all i can do now

Yup , i did love the new building they gave to Portugal but i'm ****** they haven't given a new unique building like that to each and every civilization , at least for the new ones that come with this expansion or maybe they will in the future - they only gave it to Portugal probably to test the feedback from the players

I managed to play both Portugal and the Berbers , i quite liked the Berbers more except that they have the same old middle eastern building theme and that theme is overused by too many civs in the game I'm all for unique looking buildings in RTS games generally so this is why i'm pointing this out and btw Warlords Battlecry does a great job at this with each and every one unique looking , not that Dark Elves could use buildings looking like the Undead but hahah you know what i mean

As for Legends of Sword Coast i watched it on Steam. Comments there say the game is short , bad etc but i don't believe what people say too easy so , judging by the screenshots and gameplay video i think i'm going to like it PLUS if you say it's good it has to be good I'll take your word for it

I was always fighter or barbarian class in DnD and i loved all those choices so all i hope is that it has some roleplay too not just fighting Will get this game soon

Nice talking with you

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Patrick_Winekiller Creator
Patrick_Winekiller Nov 12 2015 replied:

Version 0.8.6 will be launched this winter, so perhaps it is best to wait a little longer before jumping in.

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I've been a huge fan of Warlords Battlecry II and III. The protectors is a mod for WBC III which brings some nice ideas to the original game such as an improved hero leveling-system, balance changes (in the first skirmish I played to try this mod out, I ran into barbarian war hounds which were strong and pretty useful, compared to their weaksauce-version in WBC III) and the re-introduction of bronze and zinman-mode. The new perk system brings an interesting twist to alter your playstyle. You can…

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