What is BlackICE?

Black ICE is a major overhaul of Hearts Of Iron 3, The Grand World War II Strategy game by Paradox Interactive.

What does Black ICE add to HOI3?
•Over 4,000 immersive events and decisions
•100+ unique technologies to research
•400+ unique units (including SS and Soviet Guards)
•Completely new artwork and sound effects
•Thousands of hours of bug fixes and play balance

The BlackICE Team

While contributions to BlackICE have been made by dozens of passionate, dedicated modders over the years, there is a core team that handles game-balance, event management, software builds, distribution, and general direction of the mod. Please see the in-game credits for a detailed list! Everyone on the BlackICE team is a bona-fide history fanatic, with a love and passion for trying to create an experience that both educates and is fun to play.


Mod lead. Lives in Blue Mountains, Australia with my splendid wife and mischievous daughters.


The GUI-guy, event-maker. Living in Roosendaal, Netherlands with my wife and 2 daughters.

Developing a offline division builder, fleet builder.

Had a dad

The lua meglomanic, currently residing in North Carolina. Panzeroo convinved me to take on the lua March of 2012 and with the help of many I think I am now half way decent. I have a beautiful daughter, and in addition to my job in IT, I am attending college full time.


I'm a former gaming-company exec, and a former M1 tanker in the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division (Rock of the Marne!). I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my wonderful wife and 2 lovely daughters. I mainly focus on event chains, graphics, sound FX, etc. A little bit of everything I guess!

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24 comments by PANZEROO on Dec 3rd, 2014

After the release of 7.23 on top of 7.03 version the BICE team have kept busy.
A new version is in the works with further refinements to all the infantry based units stat balance. All infantry units from Communist Militia, to Luftwaffe infantry to mechanized infantry and air landing infantry are now upgraded by either a Light Infantry Branch tech, Standard Infantry Branch or a Special Forces Branch. This means it is possible to develop elite Special Forces and neglect your militia or cavalry units. A minor nation might choose to focus on ski troops and ignore standard infantry development.Also transport ships are being radically reworked. The normal transport ship unit will now be incapable of amphibious invasions. You will have to develop more specialised landing craft and assault ship units, or rely on the risky auxiliary vessels ( civilian ships such as barges and fishing vessels).Also work has been made on bug fixing and more game balance issues. For example the weather buildings effects have been substantially reduced. High level weather effects will still be problematic, but normal effects will be more a nuisance. Trade has also been made somewhat less harsh. Aiming for a release some time before Christmas ( and that's a promise :) )

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Black ICE Version 7.53

Black ICE Version 7.53

Apr 17, 2015 Full Version 108 comments

Installing BlackICE may seem daunting at first, but provided you follow the directions here, you should have a relatively easy time with it. Step 1: After...

Black ICE Version 7.4

Black ICE Version 7.4

Jan 17, 2015 Full Version 387 comments

To Install Manually delete any old versions of BICE from the TFH/mods folder and remove the previous mod exe. Step 1: After you have downloaded BlackICE...

Black ICE Version 7.23

Black ICE Version 7.23

Nov 25, 2014 Full Version 265 comments

New Version with some critical bug fixes and balance changes. As usual with a new version, manually delete the old BICE folder in TFH/mods and the launcher...

Black ICE TFH Version 7.03

Black ICE TFH Version 7.03

Nov 23, 2014 Full Version 49 comments

Remove all previous Black ICE folders/ files - this is best done by navigating to TFH/mods and deleting the entire Black ICE folder. Also remove the Black...

Hotfix 6.26f

Hotfix 6.26f

Aug 25, 2014 Patch 84 comments

Place and run the hotfix installer in the same place as 6.2 (in the main HOI3 directory alongside the game exe) Make sure you have podcat's TFH exe overwriting...

Hotfix 6.24 Installer

Hotfix 6.24 Installer

Jun 6, 2014 Patch 116 comments

HOTFIX 6.24 released as an installer. Fixes German infantry model level bugs, reduces the T 34 tech event bonus, Pz 3 Div spam, adds Pz Div 16 event OOB...

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HammerFall44 12hours 33mins ago says:

First off I must say you have done a terrific job with this mod and I am very grateful.
However I have an small problem, you see I did some editing in the models file residing in the locations folder and now whenever I look I for example bring up the units screen only the column B is read.
For example "[SWE_multi_role_4] [de] [Havilland] [DH.98]

This results in only the the letters in column B being read.
This issue has happened to me before and I didn't get any actual help with it.
I would really appreciate any help since I myself clearly lack the skill :(.

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PANZEROO 12hours 26mins ago replied:

open the localisations with notepad ++ and pay attention to the amount of ;
there needs to be 14 ; and the the x at the end

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zanunim Apr 23 2015, 7:58am says:

Is this Issue? USA always joins Comitern instead of Allies after Day of Infamy

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PANZEROO Apr 23 2015, 8:42am replied:

typically only if Japan is at war with the comintern and then DOW the USA. If the USA is not in the Allies, game mechanics result in the US joining the soviets in the war against Japan in the comintern faction. Normally Japan does not go to war with the soviets at this point of the game due to a NAP between the two. Its usually only a Japanese player who will break the NAP.

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zanunim Apr 23 2015, 9:28am replied:

thats kinda ****** up, if ill revert to older save is there a chance that Japan will not invade Russia? Playing UK atm.

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PANZEROO Apr 23 2015, 10:14am replied:

Possibly, I rarely see Japan AI DOW the soviets so early on.

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zanunim Apr 23 2015, 12:55pm replied:

Meh, it did only delayed it by about 2 weeks. Well then thats gonna be intresting

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PANZEROO Apr 23 2015, 6:53pm replied:

I will make some changes for the hotfix, where Japan checks if the USA is in the Allies, and once they DOW the US, the US will leave the comintern if they are in it and join the Allies.

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Medve1337 Apr 21 2015, 7:39pm says:

I have a problem that was brought up before (without a solution). My units are retreating without any real reason. Seemingly random divisions retreat at seemingly random intervals, regardless of unit type, status or nation. This heavily increases the amount of micromanagement I need to do, as I can't be sure that a defensive battle will be successful, even with percentages of 0.10 to 2560. Also, while usually this simply is a large nuisance, other times it can completely mess up a defensive line.

Organisation is basically always full, strength also, power balance is sky high in my favor... I've checked every reason I know or found for retreating, but none of those fit what I've seen. I can make a screenshot tomorrow if you wish.

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PANZEROO Apr 21 2015, 9:36pm replied:

There have been reports that a player's units can be forced into a retreat if the battle contains weaker friendly units. These can break and force the entire battle to be lost. You might be able to avoid this by not entering into a battle a weaker ally has started, or attacking from a separate province.

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Highest Rated (9 agree) 10/10

Simply amazing.

And dl link is on official forums ;-)

Sep 23 2012, 9:16am by oumajgad

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 1/10

Where's the download?

Sep 22 2012, 10:30pm by dramatic_cat

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