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 64 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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hiddengearz 5hours 31mins ago says:

I haven't played since like v 6.4 or something like that and i started out as japan and im strugling. It's 1938 and i tag switched to China and they have 1.8million troops vs my 600k. Is it still possibile to beat china in this mod or wtf...

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PANZEROO 5hours 4mins ago replied:

depends on the difficulty levels, but it is certainly possible.

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PANZEROO Apr 19 2015, 9:40pm replied:

because they use a tech requirement structure which custom start doesnt work with. Custom start games are not supported in BICE.

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Death6 Apr 19 2015, 5:22am says:

New Black ICE Multiplayer campaign is starting. You can join up from here!


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Schnitsol Apr 14 2015, 5:00am says:

Are you going to add option to give Slovak territory to Hungary?(First Vienna Award)
Are you going to add Operation Tannenbaum event? :)
also it would be nice if you add event that Hitler demands south tylor from Italy or you gain manpower because the dictators agreed that the German-speaking population be transferred to German-ruled territory.

Also one more thing ETA for next update? :)

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PANZEROO Apr 14 2015, 6:23am replied:

7.5 is released on the paradox forum and will be shortly here. Once it is confirmed to be serious bug free.
Those options might be available in the sub mod for BICE :Third Reich Events

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Chindaswinth Apr 10 2015, 9:51pm says:

Hey all. Thanks for the great mod and all the support that goes with it. I'm in the early stages of my first 7.4 game and all is good.

I have a question tho that I can't seem to find an answer for. Armored trains. What good are they and why did I spend all that IC on them?

I see that they have higher soft and hard attack stats and high suppression value but how does that translate into an effective role for them. They are so slow that I can't see using them near the front. Do they make good command units for garrison or suppression formations?

So my question is, what do other people use them for? (If at all)

I posted this in the forum a few days ago but it doesn't seem very active. Thought I would try here.

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PANZEROO Apr 10 2015, 10:10pm replied:

The armored trains are anti partisan HQ units. They are best moved by strategic redeployment rather then normal movement. Also for immersive HQs for the political leader units.

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Chindaswinth Apr 11 2015, 2:03am replied:

Thanks, good to know.

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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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