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.

Panzeroo

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

Maverick87

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.

Marneman

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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BICE HOI IV

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Check the Paradox HOI IV modding forums for our thread.

- The first version/s will begin porting BICE events, expanding the tech trees, OOBs and map changes.

- Once we have the core BICE work done we will be seeking new recruits to help add in more work from the HOI IV community.

So stay tuned folks, Black ICE is coming to HOI IV !

Forum.paradoxplaza.com

Let's Play BICE + TRE video series

Let's Play BICE + TRE video series

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A great new "let's Play" series of BICE with the TRE submod by Gamer_1745

BICE - Next Version is close

BICE - Next Version is close

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New Version will include reworked transport ships, rebalanced infantry based units and a host of bug fixes and rebalances.

BICE V. 7.03 Released !

BICE V. 7.03 Released !

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New version is finally ready to play ! Make sure you clear out all old BICE files and are using podcat's TFH exe !

New Update nearing completion !

New Update nearing completion !

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Black ICE TFH Version 7.0 ~ Unique Capital ships ~ Armor tech rework ~ AI LUA research rework ~ New Laucher ~ mod rebalance and tweaks ~ bug fixes, bug...

Black ICE version 8.4

Black ICE version 8.4

Full Version 299 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 8.2 Patch

Black ICE Version 8.2 Patch

Patch 150 comments

Black ICE 8.2 is out! Checksum: LXUG This update cumulative which means it includes the 8.1 patch. You do not need 8.1 to install this. You do however...

Black ICE Version 8.1 Patch

Black ICE Version 8.1 Patch

Patch 38 comments

To install this update you have to have Black ICE 8.0 already installed. Then simply put the exe in your main Hearts Of Iron 3 directory where your hoi3.exe...

Black ICE Version 8.0 Alpha

Black ICE Version 8.0 Alpha

Full Version 91 comments

Please beware this is an alpha version of BICE. It may contain more bugs and balance issues then usual. At this point we have tested it enough to establish...

Black ICE Version 7.53

Black ICE Version 7.53

Full Version 453 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

Full Version 393 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...

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PANZEROO Creator
PANZEROO

basically its a very old engine. You have to nurse it, and the best rig in the world won't necessarily make any difference. One thing you can do it play in windowed mode. This can help reduce the strain on the engine considerably. Make sure you are using podcat's TFH exe of course.

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silent771
silent771

Alright thanks I'll give it a go in windowed mode, I had considered that but felt it might add more strain by mixing it with background tasks idek. Will let you know how it goes! And for some reason I doubt if the game would even launch without podcats LAA at this point haha

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PANZEROO Creator
PANZEROO

background tasks shouldnt matter that much since you have a high end rig. The game engine can't really take advantage of your computer specs though as its too old :D. I run the mod fine in windowed mode. There will still be the occasional crash of course.

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silent771
silent771

Is 8.4 just completely broken?

Crashes have always been an issue but I just put 30+ hours on a Gröfaz Soviet playthru lovingly painstakingly rebuilding every division building my division equipment separately for minimum ic waste recalibrating ic by hand daily etc etc and I had auto save on weekly and after doing major reorg would zoom in to an ocean square far off and hold my breath (only had to redo one major reorganization because I foolishly opened the leaders list after deploying and arranging locations and oob for 100 new NKVD + MOTO recon div) and yet once Barbarossa was launched I've had 25 crashes by June 28th all unrelated and just due to engine overload.. my rig specs are ungodly with top i7 dual gtx970's 20gb ram + max installed ram all overclocked 40+% etc etc has no trouble running 3 copies of any tripe A 2016 game simul, is the game just broken due to too much for the engine to handle? I've tried everything from setting priority to realtime to having 5 dedicated processors run it to no avail /: it's just so sad cause the game is so beautiful and immersive and indepth I do hope this isn't the end of black ice hoi3 (although I'm excited to see what you'll du with hoi4 since vanilla and the mods thus far are laughable both revelatively and generally) Ive been unlucky/fortunate enough to have my basic training deployment postponed due to paperwork so I am happy I should be able to check it out before my 3+ month break haha

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Guest
Guest

Hi i luv Bice. however, i also want to try other mods as well, but i want to keep this. what mods can be used with bice? thanks~

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PANZEROO Creator
PANZEROO

there is a list of submods on the paradox sub forum for BICE ( perhaps a dozen or so submods are current ? ) beyond those nothing is reccommended or supported. You can of course install other mods if they also use the TFH/mods folder and don't change the vanilla game files.

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Guest
Guest

Hi,
could you pls upload the newest version here. Paradox's Email confirmation system is realy paradox.

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PANZEROO Creator
PANZEROO

We are doing the first version of BICE for HOI IV hopefully early August. Then we will finish 8.53 which should only take a week or so as its 90% ready. 8.53 will then be uploaded here.

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Guest
Guest

hey, i'm a new hoi3 player, do you recommend this mod to beginners? it changes a lot of things from vanilla gameplaywise?

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PANZEROO Creator
PANZEROO

BICE is a total overhaul, essentially its like a new version of HOI3. It changes most things and is much more indepth and complex than vanilla HOI3. You can play it as a HOI3 beginner since you will be learning the game anyway.

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Simply amazing.

And dl link is on official forums ;-)

Sep 23 2012 by oumajgad

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Where's the download?

Sep 22 2012 by dramatic_cat

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