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Rise of Kings: Chronicles is a continuation project for the mod Rise of Kings, a mod originally started by Super7700 (with support from the Rise of Nations Heavengames community) for Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots.

Rise of Kings: Chronicles

Currently, the Rise of Kings: Chronicles project is on hiatus, but we are keeping this page open as we may return with new content some day.
For more information on this mod or to track its current progress, visit our main bulletin board and wiki here.

Whenever release of a new expansion pack is imminent, a news release is to be issued online for public review, and will contain a teaser for the next expansion pack.

Past news releases:

Rise of Kings 1.2 by Super7700, HistoricalModder and Beelim Solutions Bhd
Rise of Kings 1.1 by Super7700

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Faction changes poll

10 months ago News 4 comments

With regards to Rise of Kings, I was wondering if any one of you would like a new poll.
You see, recently we have been receiving complaints over how Eastern European history has been represented in Rise of Kings, and of late I've been having some creative urges to return back and revisit this mod. And also, I need to clear up the air on one faction that has been causing some bad blood between me and some people here.


You guessed it right. Bulgaria.

When I first started changing the factions for Bulgaria, I felt that I really wanted to add Bulgaria. Especially since one of my distant pen-pals works with the Bulgarian foreign affairs ministry, and so I thought of creating a Bulgarian faction which could serve as a buffer between the northern Slavic factions and the Byzantines. I even had the following drawn up for Bulgaria too:

  • Religion: Orthodox - so it gets lots of powerful buildings. Perhaps a unique building too,
  • Units:

Although the Bulgars are actually descended from the Indo-Iranian tribes of western Central Asia, by the onset of their possible appearance in Rise of Kings: Chronicles, they would have been effectively Slavicised. Proximity to Byzantium and a couple of decades in the Mongol vassalage system would also have resulted in some interesting cultural cross-pollination too, which is evident from Bulgaria's religion even today resulted in the potential tech tree below:

  • Cavalry: Druzhina [1] => boyars [2]
  • Medium cavalry: Mongol/Turkish Baatur and Tarkhans???

Bulgaria would have received missile units similar to the setup for Armenia - both light and medium cavalry, but no crossbows or Palace Gamekeepers (this is fitting especially in explaining how Bulgaria is currently being treated in Rise of Kings).
Here it gets very interesting, because of the following:

As a Slavicised nation, Bulgaria would have probably had Slavic levies. Potential units for medium infantry would have included either one of these:

  • Med inf: Slavic Wojaky or "Wojow" - tough but slow-training like Poland
  • Merc light inf: Slavic Raiders
  • Kopienostzi (+attack) [1] => Retinue Kopienostzi (++attack, but slower to train)
  • Archers => Composite Bowmen (similar to Byzantium)

But here is the problem. In the case of Bulgaria, it would've received only 2 unique units, whereas Serbia claims 3, and Armenia roughly about 4+. Some factions in Rise of Kings had only 2 notable unique units (like Portugal, and the previous Bohemian faction which has had its War Wagons sent off to China, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Germany). Moreover, like Serbia and Armenia, Bulgaria had an existence which was more or less coterminous with these factions whenever Byzantine power waned. Additionally, the architectural style of Bulgarian buildings - similar to that of Byzantium or Venice - left me feeling cold.

So there are many reasons why I had doubts of inserting Bulgaria into Rise of Kings. Consider these dates as well:

Status as of the commencement of Rise of Chivalry campaign for Rise of Kings (c 10th century)

  • Raskia: Petty city-state, probably annexed by Bulgaria although influenced by Byzantium
  • Armenia: Petty kingdom, consolidating power
  • Bulgaria: Independent kingdom, consolidating power

    It is easy to be seduced into considering keeping Bulgaria in. However,

Status as of the commencement of Renovatio Europam campaign for Rise of Kings (c 1350)

  • Vukanovic Serbia: Independent kingdom, stable
  • Cilician Armenia: Petty kingdom, but with strong ties to Lusignan Cyprus - many Armenians, both highborn and of the bourgeousie and peasantry were either married to Cypriot nobility and/or migrated there, with control of Sis on the Cilician coast.
  • Bulgaria: Politically fractured and weakened

As you can see it was a problematic toss-up, all 3 factions - Serbia, Armenia and Bulgaria had equal chances of being picked if we considered CtW-worthiness alone. This then boiled down to the regional and unique units of all 3 factions. After thinking for a while, I felt that Armenia had the best chance to go in, it had an interesting culture which was a blend of western, Asian and Orthodox cultures - this allowed Armenia to support an interesting plethora of unique units which would've allowed it to be distinguished from other factions.

Next on the list was Serbia. It was not easy picking between Serbia and Bulgaria, but Serbia won because in contrast with Bulgaria which had to borrow unique units from other factions, Serbia could lay claim to being next by its unique military. I decided to let them in.

Don't get me wrong. Those who say that Bulgaria has a valid right to be in the game are speaking the truth and I agree with them. But we sadly have run out of faction slots, and after having replaced the Swedes (subsumed after the Kalmar Union) and Bohemians (occassional rulers of the HRE and extremely Germanised). However, if people can provide good reasons to cannibalise another faction, I don't mind opening up to them. BUT, I also have another plan for my own....



If lack of unique units is not a barrier to being selected to becoming a Rise of Kings faction, then what of the Indians? especially moreso if we base them off the Mediaeval Tamil civilisations of Southern India?

Let's consider the following:

  • Navy: India gets a unique mix of warships: tower ships and war junks replace the heavy ship line, which in turn are replaced either by brigantines and lanternas later on (carracks would be adopted only by the early modern Vijayanagara)
  • No [2] infantrymen for India - because of the varna system, India only gets archers and spearmen.
  • No [2] cavalry, because southern India is not known for cavalry. Only scout cavalry, lancers and javelin cavalry are available.
  • Nobles' Court trains war elephants and kshatriyas - expert swordsmen (2 unique units)

    As if that wasn't enough, we also have the following statistics:

  • Pandyan empire: 0.34% of world landmass (c1200s)
  • Vijayanagara empire: 0.4% (c1530s)
  • Bulgarian empire: 0.4% (c900s)


  • Bulgars, Serbs - primarily land-based armies. Mostly influenced by other cultures
  • Indians - land and sea-based, with a bias towards the latter with extensive cultural influence, possibly throughout all of Southeast Asia.


  • Bulgar architecture: Italo-Roman (based on Byzantium and Venice)
  • Indian architecture: unique (based off Dark Age Asian architecture)

Currently there is no place for the Indians in CtW, apart from being a sub-faction like the Bulgars, but I believe that if anyone thinks we ought to have a new faction in Rise of Kings, the Indians have greater feasibility here. But I'd rather leave it to a vote to see what people say. My preference is to have the Bulgars appear as a NPC faction in the 1st Rise of Kings campaign to replace the Serbs, but if anyone has better arguments to best mine, I am happy to consider them.

New flash: New patches for Rise of Kings

New flash: New patches for Rise of Kings

2 years ago News 2 comments

New patches are expected to be rolled out for Rise of Kings. The upgrade for Rise of Kings is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

Contract with Beelim terminated.

Contract with Beelim terminated.

2 years ago News 1 comment

Beelim Solutions Ltd/Sdn Bhd to terminate all involvement with Rise of Kings effective 1 June.

Rise of Kings units-only version imminent

Rise of Kings units-only version imminent

2 years ago News 0 comments

Rise of Kings is nearing the end of beta - but one final version is being put up for download!

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Rise of Kings 1.4 (units finalised, skirmish only)

Rise of Kings 1.4 (units finalised, skirmish only)

11 months ago Patch 17 comments

NOTED ISSUES - Units may appear distorted or without weapons if you selected "invisible crew members" from the graphics options. - Peasant Levy is selectable...

Rise of Kings 1.3d (test version, Gold v only)

Rise of Kings 1.3d (test version, Gold v only)

1 year ago Patch 2 comments

WARNING-LEGACY EDITION. Do not download, this has been posted here only for administrative purposes.

Rise of Kings 1.2

Rise of Kings 1.2

2 years ago Full Version 38 comments

WARNING-LEGACY EDITION. Do not download, this has been posted here only for administrative purposes.

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Beelim Creator
Beelim Apr 11 2015 says:

Okay, some quick news:
- the reason why sometimes swords disappear from units is because you may have the option to set crew members to not render in the game. If this happens, many units will be affected.
- some Peasant Levy derivative units, such as Ghuzat Volunteers Pike Levy are intended to be selectable by mouse. Perhaps this is a bug in the Steam version, perhaps it is not.

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Discordtwilight Feb 6 2015 says:

Will this mod work with steam?

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Beelim Creator
Beelim Feb 15 2015 replied:

In theory, it ought to. We are looking into creating procedures for Steam support, but right now my priority is both Age of Darkness and Kings & Conquerors.

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Wremwyn Feb 1 2015 says:

I'd love to play as the Indians.

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Beelim Creator
Beelim Feb 3 2015 replied:

Who wouldn't? it's a good idea but as I said, we've run out of faction space ....... :P

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Wremwyn Feb 15 2015 replied:

Cut out those pesky Venetians, they're always so rude.

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Beelim Creator
Beelim Feb 15 2015 replied:

NEVER! we're not Age of Kings 2, y'know. Besides, When Super7700 first mentioned he wanted to add Venice, that was the main draw for me to eventually adopting this mod :)

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YourStepDad Jan 24 2015 says:

Is there a way or could you make it so that the mod's art does not override the existing art from the vanilla game?

It's very convenient just selecting the mod in the lobby and all, but it's kind of a bummer seeing improper art in vanilla.

Anyway, love chronicles as I did RoK, keep it up! Just sheer brilliance.

One more thing - Will you be updating Dark Age buildings and the scout? It's a slight bummer seeing everything early on looking like it fell out of antiquity. Luckily not that far from the dark ages but some wooden buildings would be nicer and more flavorous.

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Beelim Creator
Beelim Jan 25 2015 replied:

I have no plans to replace the scout, because from what I inferred, dress styles in the Dark Ages of this mod (well into 1100 AD) often resembled those of antiquity. So we won't be making any changes. However, I might contemplate replacing the churches/mosques for some factions.

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YourStepDad Jan 24 2015 replied:

Seeing improper art when deciding to play vanilla is what I meant.

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Beelim Creator
Beelim May 1 2015 replied:

Okay, quick update to your question:
The mod Age of Darkness for Rise of Nations is experimenting with that goal in mind. Currently, icons for ages, techs, and units and buildings for that mod are currently self-contained. The issue wasn't overwriting old graphics, it was overwriting files. In this case our mod doesn't overwrite as it does force the computer to recognise the existence of certain files.

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