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 0.8.6 FULL

TPC_beta_v0.8.6_FULL

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


Version 0.8.6a patch HOTFIX

TPC_beta_v0.8.6a_patch HOTFIX


Requirements

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

Run in compatibility mode! For windows xp sp3

Other issues on modern setups: read this how-to


What's new?

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Firstly, many improvements have been brought to the AI. Compared to the original game, these newly modified AIs now have a realistic economy: they are no longer cheating, but instead carefully use their resources, making use of intriguing strategies to surprise the player and ultimately attempt to defeat him. They produce units that counter the enemy’s, they prioritize certain researches which can bring them advantages in their environment. They take great care of their hero, retreating to a tower when the odds are not in their favour. Lastly, we added an even harder difficulty than the existing game had, the Grand Emperor, using some unique strategies never before expected from an AI.

Of course, an improvement of the AI helps both the single players and the players who like to play together online. Our focus was directed towards multi-play, implementing a new chat system that allows more text and displays the portrait of the speaker. The chat is even available while players are syncing right before a match. Admins have access to some special commands to enhance and keep the order on their servers. Because sometimes a match can last for quite a few hours, players can now pause the game for everyone, with the other's permission of course. To increase diversity, we also added a new map pack which includes tens of new battlefields with missions. Certain fan requested game options were created, such as the No mine depletion game type.

Spoils of warBalancing the units and their cost was the next step to improving the competitive gameplay we find in multiplayer matches. Many new researches and abilities were added. Heroes in particular were greatly redesigned, swapping skills or adding new ones, changing perk effects, and balancing racial synergy bonuses. Fourteen new hero items were added, and old ones had their effects changed, rebalanced. For instance, it is not rare that heroes wielding a sling will actually have a ranged rock attack. Journeymen might sometimes encounter even cursed items, giving both a great bonus and a negative mysterious side-effect. Victorious players will have their army gather the spoils of war – a new feature often resulting in a collection of dropped hero items. More adventure awaits your hero now seeking tens of quests from the new pyramid building, or by approaching the dangerous Fey lair. We have also added new units, like the Night Dragon and the Sol Dragon.

Pyramid   Quests

Visually, many new hero avatars were added, including the Female Ssrathi and the Female Daemon, all fitting the original game’s graphic style. The UI has also been improved adding a new RSB button, more accessible than the older one. Certain button icons were redesigned for a better understanding of their functionality. The old troublesome food display was now updated to allow for a better understanding. Resource income is now also displayed. The tutorial was of course updated to reflect these changes and we encourage even the veterans to go through it. The loading screen page has been increased to allow for more text. Several pop-up boxes were enlarged and had their text alignment changed to show a more pleasant arrangement. Some units were re-coloured to better fit their racial theme; others were corrected at pixel level, removing unwanted graphical glitches. The mini-map has also received some attention, now showing more information with mini-icons of different features like rocks, houses, trees. Players may now experiment with a new cave terrain set, a brainchild of Extorias.

Daemon Hero on a clay bridge

Audio-wise, we’ve added several new voice sets for different units (dragons, heroes) courtesy of the resourceful voice actors Ronnie is Ready and Sarah Mears. A variety of weapon sounds were added, creating a more appealing battle atmosphere. The Protectors Original Soundtrack has been expanded with four more compositions by Andre Paiva. The modularity system was also improved and made to play only soft songs at the beginning of battle, and reserves the vivacious ones for later in the game. To help the player in creating his own custom soundtracks, we’ve added an option that shows the title of each playing track in game.

Blocked SquaresSpeaking of customization, the in game editor has been greatly improved to ease the work of map-makers. New special effects can now be added, as well as visual and sound effects. A really helpful tool in creating the topography was created, smoothing and varying terrain tiles, all with a click of a button. Item chests can now be edited, showing details of each item and its effects. Another option we added is showing the blocked squares of a map, making the process of blocking paths easier than ever. The Random Map Generator was slightly improved as well, now correctly randomizing starting positions and utility placements. For the script users, we also added a handful of useful NIS commands, all explained in the manual provided. Story loving fans now have more flexibility in creating their own chapters and campaigns: they can now customize their own companions.

Since not all story loving fans are also creators, we have substantially added to The Duernothian Cult custom chapter, as well as slightly modifying the official ones. Descriptions of items were also updated to better reflect the lore of this fantastic universe. Minor modifications were brought even to the vanilla campaign of Warlords Battlecry 3. All of these are available to play with this installation.

As per usual, a multitude of bugs were fixed, both vanilla ones and TPC-created, including the Ironman Mode fix. Safe to say, this mod is now more stable than all of its predecessors. Expect no CTDs or weird happenings.

Cleaving Blades

This is a very short summary of the changes we made from the previous version. We really, really tried to make it short, not entering into details and showing only the important highlights. Of course, for the more curious of you, there is always the online changelog available for your perusal.

Needless to say, we couldn’t have done all of this without your support. We thank all of you for helping and inspiring us and hope to continue in this fashion. We also recently opened a donations account for anyone willing to offer optional financial support.

But enough reading, just download and have fun!

The Protectors Team

The Protectors needs you!

The Protectors needs you!

News 2 comments

Is your hero doing well? Having fun leveling up, fighting foes, building empires, converting mines, casting spells and what not? Good, good. Mine's doing...

Epic Modular Music

Epic Modular Music

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

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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

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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TPC_beta_v0.8.6a_patch HOTFIX

TPC_beta_v0.8.6a_patch HOTFIX

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*Fixed hero level up bug *Fixed host migration message *Fixed AI special retinue not taking ASP costs into account correctly *Maximum AI special retinue...

TPC_beta_v0.8.6_FULL

TPC_beta_v0.8.6_FULL

Full Version 66 comments

The Protectors dev team is finally ready to present the long awaited new version of your favourite game mod: The Protectors version 0.8.6. With over 580...

TPC_beta_v0.8.5_FULL

TPC_beta_v0.8.5_FULL

Full Version 161 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...

TPC_beta_v0.8.4a_patch

TPC_beta_v0.8.4a_patch

Patch 8 comments

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

TPC_beta_v0.8.4_FULL

TPC_beta_v0.8.4_FULL

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...

TPC_beta_v0.8.3_patch

TPC_beta_v0.8.3_patch

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...

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LOTRKingluis
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I wish I had someone to play with... all my friends tell me they hate old strategic games. Yup, they prefer highly detailed graphics games with absolutely no good gameplay...

do people play multiplayer somewhere? I can't find it on gameranger and on tunngle its ALWAYS empty

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Patrick_Winekiller Creator
Patrick_Winekiller

Best hamachi network with wbc players (TPC included) is: 160-127-061

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LOTRKingluis
LOTRKingluis

oh thank you very much!! You should include this on your info about the mod :D

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lorekelvin
lorekelvin

i can enter the game, but i cant see any unit from my screen they r invisible, but in map there is alot red doted.. any suggestion?

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Patrick_Winekiller Creator
Patrick_Winekiller

Run in compatibility mode. Here's a nice post you should read: The-protectors.forumstopic.com

A larger topic with other problems fixed: The-protectors.forumstopic.com

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GoldenSmith
GoldenSmith

For some reason the game isn't saving any of the Heroes i make. I tried playing campaign and skirmish but none of the characters i created were saved :<.

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

Make sure Windows allows the game to make changes to your computer and ensure My Documents is allowed to be modified. When I first got Windows 7 I had the same issue, but after enabling "full access" on the drive where I had relocated My Documents to, the game was then allowed to save data there.

Also make sure there is no HeroData.XCR already present in My Documents/The Protectors when you come to make your first hero. During the first run through of the game, it won't look for this file but it won't replace it either if one is already there. This prevents new heroes from being saved and tricks the game into thinking following sessions are also the first time it's being ran.

Oh and run it in Windows XP SP2 compatibility option.

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GoldenSmith
GoldenSmith

Thanks, removing HeroData.XCR helped. I probably left it there when I deleted the old version of the game.

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XsauroxPlayer
XsauroxPlayer

I've always love WB3 and this mod seems great to me so far. Great changes and AI is much better compared to the original game.
I will continue to play this and enjoy it!

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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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