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.
List of highlighted improvements:
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
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.
Four 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.
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
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...
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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10
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…
Jan 11 2014 by MCDT