Dark Ages in the British Isles were a fascinating, dismal time of constant wars, in which people fought for survival. A dark age with a deep blend of cultures. The 6th and 7th centuries were a time when invaders (Saxons, Angles and Jutes) tried hard to forge their destiny in a new world with the steel of their swords, shields and spears. The ancient peoples tried to resist, while they saw their kingdoms defeated and conquered by the “barbarians”, and sorrowfully saw how their beloved world slowly disappeared off the face of the earth. But other people must not be left unmentioned, like the Picts, who have always inspired great interest. Or to the west, another island as complex as Britain: Ireland in which many people were fighting for a piece of land, their clans, livestock and supremacy. In short, it is a world we know little about, yet a magnet for history lovers: a time of war and great deeds, where few kings (almost none) died in their beds.
Brytenwalda is the best, or at least one of the best mods ever made for Warband, but seemed extremely historic for me, I felt lost in the game, but... this mod deserves 10/10. I can't imagine the work put there, it was no wonder that the creators of this mod helped in the development of Viking Conquest.
If you like the Viking culture and has the courage to explore a huge and brutal world , this mod is for you.
I have over 100 hours of gameplay in this mod and absolutely loved it. Awesome work. Almost bugfree (the only bug I noticed was that one particular shield image wouldn't display...very minor and did not affect gameplay at all)...awesome detail with lots of features!
Simply stunning maps, towns and other areas. I looked at multiple maps of the old England, and found that as near as I can tell, the names are exact. I'm not saying the GP is always the best, just that they truly put all their skills into the making of this mod.
Brytenwalda faithfully portrays the tumultuous Dark Ages in Britain and Ireland with a host of new features, building on the already amazing vanilla Warband. A brilliant mod that has lead the developers to joining with Taleworlds to make a DLC inspired by Brytenwalda, this great project has left a lasting legacy as one of the most inspired and favourite mods for Warband.
Complex, elaborate mod. Cavalry is not too overpowered. Armor penalties are a challenge. Gives a feel for the shield wall. I've come back to this mod with each update over the years and gained new insights into the thoughtful design and implementation.
In 1.41 can't seem to get my troops to level up - 5000 point battle and I'll win one level for troops but more for NPC's.
I played this mod for a very long time, and I can honestly say it's one of the best mods I've ever put my hands on, period. Not just for Warband, but generally. It just does everything it strives out to do, and more! If you don't know, Brytenwalda takes place on the British Isles back during the Saxon and Danish invasions. Britain was very much a melting pot of conflicting cultures in that period, you couldn't ask for a better historic M&B mod setting.
It's pretty much finished at this point, so don't expect updates if you're going into it. Honestly so much work has been put into this mod that it doesn't need any more updates, it's one of the few mods for the game I would really consider complete, alongside Prophesy of Pendor.
Anyway, go play it!