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 331 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 392 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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Fallschirmjager13 Jul 1 2015, 1:53pm says:

Hi, I have a simple question. When playing as germany, on normal (also I took normal eastern front difficulty) I encoutered very irritating thing. From june 22 up until august I almost massacred the red army, but from than on I can only take one province a week or so. I attack one russian cavalry division with at least 8 infantry divisions from 3 directions and it doesn't lose any organisation! Worse, I once attacked a soviet division with my 3 panzer divisions and it had 2.4 organisation. All my panzers lost all their organisation and about 25% strengh and this single soviet unit still had 85% strengh and 2.4 organisation. It didn't even lose a single point! My checksum is IJBW. Pls do something, it makes me want brake a keyboard! Otherwise, good work.

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PANZEROO Jul 1 2015, 7:25pm replied:

sounds like you have mud effects In play. Check the province view you are attacking, these will show if there is mud ( or snow) and the level of mud/snow. The higher the level the harder it is to continue attacking. The effects will wear off over time, according to the seasonal dates.

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Noch110 Jun 28 2015, 10:43am says:

In my gameplay, Vichy France doesn't have any ships, all of them are inherited by Free France. Is this normal or I'm missing something here? Btw, Soviet union couldn't manage to win the winter war.

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PANZEROO Jun 28 2015, 8:07pm replied:

Vichy doesn't receive any of the French fleet. The soviet AI won't generally win the winter war

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PANZEROO Jun 28 2015, 10:35am replied:

what checksum do you have ?

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PANZEROO Jun 28 2015, 8:08pm replied:

the 4 letter code at the start menu screen.

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PANZEROO Jun 27 2015, 8:59pm replied:

Without being more specific I am not sure what you are talking about. There is a reported game mechanic issue where units which are in a battle with weak allied units ( such as Afrika Korps fighting alongside weaker Italians) will be forced to retreat when the allied units lose their org. There isn't anything we can do about this as its game mechanics. You can avoid joining a battle with a weaker ally, or starting the battle yourself might help ?

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voltar Jun 28 2015, 1:26am replied:

Or maybe he's using Commandos alone. Commandos and some other units need to be mixed in with other units or they will break and run real quick.

Wish I could play more, but i'm one of those for whom the mod crashes incessantly now despite trying everything PANZEROO suggested on here.

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PANZEROO Jun 28 2015, 3:58am replied:

the save game CTD issue is related to individual computer set ups. Each game start creates a new game log and this seems to be where the problem is located. Hence if you were to send me your save game prior to the crash, it will work fine for me yet crash for you. Some people have found that deleting the logs before each game start solves the problem for them. It also means there is literally nothing we can do to solve the problem directly as it only affects some people.

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PANZEROO Jun 28 2015, 10:48pm replied:

the save game isn't working correctly for me for some reason. Is Lithuania a puppet or ally of Germany ? same with Romania ? If you have units in Lithuania lands fighting with lithunia this can cause the retreat problem. Same with Romania. It might be due to fighting on their owned lands ( the same thing tends to happen to the Germans in north Africa on Italian territory)
you could try handing over some of those units to litunania/ Romania in order to boost their military - that way when you send in your own units those nations will have better military and won't be as likely to drag your better units into a retreat.

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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

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Where's the download?

Sep 22 2012, 10:30pm by dramatic_cat

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