Age of Darkness is a mod set in the historical period spanning the two world wars of the 20th century. Unlike most WW2 mods, it is meant to place great emphasis on the following:

  • The role of oil in the first half ot the 20th century (modern weapons such as tanks and battleships consume a fair deal of oil. Oil-producing regions produce additional armies on CtW)
  • The struggle for supremacy between liberalism, socialism and reaction
  • Psychological warfare and propaganda (the wrong political choices may result in successful infiltration and riots by enemies in your cities)
  • Mechanisation vs "horse & bayonet" armies- rifle infantry and cavalry will still be around, but their position, secure in the early game, will be increasingly challenged as the game goes by.
  • Better atmosphere - buildings and units designed are to lend an atmosphere more appropriate for the period, spanning over twenty factions based in every continent of the modern world.

What Age of Darkness is not:

  • A glorification of militarism or war - All wars are, regardless of who wins, evil. The only thing that can be found good in war is the individual will to survive and excel and to improve oneself, but Age of Darkness will involve a much edgier experience: tanks will appear battle-scarred, human soldiers will look exhausted and grubby, and the technologies all revolve around repression and treachery.
  • A feel-good Americanocentric game - the fact still stands that it was not a simplistic contest of "good versus evil", but the result of several political blunders and outright naked imperial ambition of those who fought on the winning side. In the fight to defeat Nazi Germany, the Western Alliance had to make many decisions whose side effects are still being felt today, such as the annexation of Iraq and Iran during the war, or the muzzling and internment of ethnic minorities deemed a threat.
  • Another generic WW2 mod for Rise of Nations - less emphasis is being placed on the Western campaign of the Second World War - or the weapons used (we are not Age of Tanks and never will be), and more into exploring how it all came about - from the humiliation of Germany to competition between European and Asian nations in the aftermath of the First World War, resulting in the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, the winter War  and the Spanish Civil War, which definitely set the stage for a greater and more escalated international conflict. A CtW detailing events such as the Gran Chaco War and American occupation of Latin America is also being envisioned.

Age of Darkness 1.0 - covers the British, French, and German, Italian, Russian and American factions of WW1 - simple units, consisting of rifle infantry, cavalry and artillery as well as the conflict's signature armoured units added. Buildings to be introduced are the armour plant and the arsenal, and the very first wonder, the SIGINT centre [1].

(12/12/2013) Tests for new skeletons are underway. Results will be published at:
(8/3/2013) History_Soldier has offered to help us with buildings, giving us 15 buildings for Iran, Iraq and India.
(25/6/13) With artillery all done, we are now looking at how to introduce 4 new models - two biplane bombers, and 2 different balloon units.
Meanwhile, we have also increased the number of black-and-white images being used for unit and building icons. We have managed to download a whole archive of building icons, I will be getting a friend to look at each icon to guess what it can be used for.
(21/6/13) Artillery units are still being modelled. Although the French 1917 Schneider is done, we are still struggling with the German 17FK and haven't even started off on the British QF18lber. It doesn't help that previous modellers have complained about strange bugs resulting from the structure of nodes for airplanes ....
(3/6/13) After a long, long delay, we have finally kicked off working on Age of Darkness. Techs and upgrades will be hit first, followed by the first few units for Britain, France and Germany.
(18/2/13) This year's Chinese New Year has left me in a thoroughly existentialist mood. I might go forward and finish off the German LK model which I created 3 months ago. I might even create some mockups, but do not expect anything so soon.
On the other hand, Rise of Kings continues to grow from strength to strength. One of our rejected units is being recast as part of the cavalry for Age of Darkness. Hopefully that is a good sign.
(1/2/13) Went through some vids online by players of Men of War. Makes me feel that tanks and artillery will be having their range increased, but their rate of fire nerfed.
Meanwhile, we have started compiling a Bahasa Malaysia version of Age of Darkness Wiki, which is to aid us in developing a Malay version soon.

  • AXP1: Trianon - Hungarian and Romanian troops featured, covering all pre-Fascist units. Politics changed. Some tanks inserted.
  • XAP2: White Terror - covers Finland, Nazi Germany and Russia. Spain and Portugal introduced [2-4]
  • AXP3: Apres Moi ...  - German and British air units added, this covers most "mainstream" units.
  • AXP4: Blitzkrieg! - Germany and several other Western factions, this should include France, the Oslo Group and the Netherlands, as well as armoured units of this conflict [2-3]
  • AXP5: Northern Expeditions - China and Japan added. Technologies should be complete by now.
  • AXP6: Days of Infamy - Japan, USA expanded, consisting mostly of infantry and armour.
  • AXP7: Powder Kegs - Introduce Turks, Iranians and Iraqis.
  • AXP8: Pax Versalica - Complete any and all WW1 units for all existing factions. We officially declare Age of Darkness to the world.
  • AXP9: When Cobras Smoke - Brazil is added to the game. American armour added.
  • AXP10: Black Dragons - Japan and China introduced. Japanese armour added.
  • AXP11: Alamein - Italian armour added to the game. German and British armour further added.
  • AXP12: Triumvirs - effects of politics expanded. Some wonders. Argentina, USA and Spain added and expanded.
  • AXP13: Red Christmas - Soviet units expanded, and Germany is further expanded. Another wonder. Perhaps we need to introduce a wonder one step at a time.
  • AXP14: Marte - Italian army, pre-1943. Greece enters the game. Possibly either Bulgaria or Romania make an appearance.
  • AXP15: Battle of the Atlantic - naval forces are revamped in full. Introduce the E-boat and Argentina
  • AXP16: Overlord - further expansion of USA and Britain. British faction should be fully skinned and ready.
  • AXP17: Rise of Quisling - expand Oslo Group, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria and Argentina. Introduce the Nahuel.
  • AXP18: ... Le Deluge - rebalance and finish off any other loose ends.
  • AXP19: Atomic Age - introduce the Domination CtW. Age of Darkness is finished.
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0 comments by Beelim on Aug 18th, 2013

Looking at I realised that I have finished off nearly all the light tanks - a series which modders seldom pay attention to. We only have but a handful of models left to work on, so I think I will try to clear them all.

At the same time, we will also be dealing with a rather touchy issue: tankettes.

Tankettes are meant to be poor-man's tanks, built at the foundry and not a heavy engineering facility. Over time, however, once the HEF is up and running and producing light tanks, tankettes will be taken out of production because they are rather obsolete.

Generally speaking,

- Tankettes are faster than light tanks, cheaper to build but not as hardy
- Tankettes have poorer accuracy compared to most tanks, although they may deal similar amounts of damage or have similar weapons.
- Tankettes don't require the HEF to be assembled, and are built at your foundry.

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nhinhonhinho Sep 21 2013, 12:31pm says:

Another question. Is infantry/vehicle will be balance? I mean will the system be one shot one kill style with infantry or tanks die like flies before everything (like a single machine gun mow down dozens of elite infantries per times) or will it be normal style like unmodded RON with more balance?

I just doubt about it.

And how can you introduce campaign in a mod?

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Beelim Sep 22 2013, 8:09am replied:

I'm not sure how to answer this, but generally the first units you will be using will be light artillery, infantry (cavalry now counts as infantry) and machine guns. Machine guns mow down infantry, which in turn can be used to mob artillery, which are primarily used to destroy machine guns. Most units will retain their vanilla stats, although it must be noted that infantry sizes will be increased to 5, and cavalry to 3 so the carnage will be much greater.

Information warfare is a vital part of the game. Tanks have fairly poor visibility (because our assumption is that they are forced to fight "buttoned up") so tanks, while quite powerful, can be easily ambushed by infantry because of their poor LOS. The only factions who don't suffer from this are the Brits, whose units have good LOS and can also detect hidden units.

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nhinhonhinho Sep 16 2013, 5:39am says:

Is this mod supposed to replace the original game or not?

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Beelim Sep 18 2013, 9:44pm replied:

It's a mod -- so although some unit icons will be overwritten, the game should not really overwrite your game.

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nhinhonhinho Sep 20 2013, 12:07pm replied:

OK Thanks XD

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Evil_Yoghurt Sep 15 2013, 8:44pm says:

Textures need improvement. No offense

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Beelim Sep 9 2013, 11:05pm says:

Age of Darkness 1.0 will be coming out once we figure out how to do arty. We have a fair number of aircraft, as well as the seminal armoured units for all factions ... pretty soon ...

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faulk Sep 7 2013, 7:57am says:

This is a fairly obvious question, but... does the mod feature a map of the world / of Europe?

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Beelim Sep 9 2013, 9:13am replied:

We plan to create a CtW but as you know, CtWs take a very long time to create. Moreover, I am currently understaffed so it will take a very long, long time before this mod is complete. Right now what I need most are people who can rig infantry for me.

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Beelim Sep 2 2013, 11:06pm says:

Further update: the leader list for Middle Eastern factions (Turkey, Arab tribes and Iran) are now complete. Feel free to comment.

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