Warlords Battlecry: The Protectors


Warlords Battlecry: The Protectors (or TPC), is a mod for Warlords Battlecry 3
and sequel to the Warlords franchise.
TPC is an ambitious project which focuses on a new interactive RPG experience and a streamlined &
modernised RTS experience.
It is stand-alone, meaning that it can be run without having the original
game installed.

Currently, TPC is in development (and has been since 2010), and has not reached a stable version.
However, there are beta versions available for download. All users are considered beta testers and are
encouraged to report bugs and make suggestions:

- On the TPC forum
- On the TPC Discord channel
Multiplayer games are also run on the Discord channel.

For more information, including the forum, videos and other, non-ModDB download links,
check out the official TPC website here. Becoming a member of the official TPC site will
also ensure your name's (or nickname's) appearance in the credits list once the mod is
fully developed.

Official website | Forum | Download | Feedback

Among various other features, TPC attempts to achieve the following:
- Provide new RTS and RPG elements which deliver greater strategic and role-playing depth,
including greater terrain influences on battles, unit types, dialogue choices, multiple endings
and psychological profiles

- Improve old, poorly designed systems or mechanics, including the resource, combat stat, damage type/armor, hero, retinue, conversion and terrain systems
- Integrate all official Warlords lore into the game, including lore from: Warlords, Warlords 2, Warlords 3 & its expansion, Warlords Battlecry, Warlords Battlecry 3, Puzzle Quest & its expansions,
Puzzle Quest 2, Puzzle Quest 3 and unofficial TPC lore to help fill any gaps (which is based on and respects Warlords lore)

- Provide new content, including music, maps, productions, heroes, items and a new story-driven, multi-choice campaign with diplomacy, new locations, quests, characters, and videos, which also changes based on hero traits and any of their prior actions or choices
- Provide the campaigns of the previous Warlords Battlecry games, including the Tears of Dawn WBC1 campaign, the Conquest WBC2 campaign and The Fifth Horseman WBC3 campaign, all updated with TPC’s gameplay
- Improve pre-existing content, providing new graphics, audio, features and functionality
- Provide up to 16 player gameplay which can be reliably played in multiplayer
- High resolution support for up to 4K
- Improve the editor, increasing the amount of control that map-maker’s have over their designs
- Fix every single one of the series’ bugs, from the most notorious to the most insubstantial, thereby providing the most reliable and bug-free experience in Warlords Battlecry history
- In general, bring the game up to modern standards and fulfil the potential of Warlords Battlecry, the founder of the role-playing real time strategy genre


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To fully patch and play 0.8.9, install 0.8.9 to a new folder (it's stand-alone), and apply patch versions 0.8.9a and then 0.8.9b after.


Version 0.8.9

TPC beta v0.8.9 FULL

Version 0.8.9a patch

TPC beta v0.8.9a patch

Version 0.8.9b patch

TPC beta v0.8.9b patch


Warlords Battlecry 3 Campaign patch

The included version of the WBC3 campaign is prone to crashes. If you want to play the WBC3 Campaign in TPC, it is recommended that you download it from here and follow the instructions:

Custom Campaign: The 5th Horseman (WBC3 campaign) for 0.8.9b


What's new?

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Edit by Kharn: Since the release of 0.8.9, 2 small hotfixes were released to fix some critical issues found in the release of 0.8.9. After downloading and installing 0.8.9, please download and install 0.8.9a and then 0.8.9b as well.

Thanks :)


Twenty months have passed since I've last written to you about the magical lands of Etheria. Much has changed since then. Firstly, the gateway interface into this world looks more appealing, in a dark and sinister way and it easily adapts to all resolution sizes. When a hero is born, you are presented with all his achievements, stats, skills, perks and psychological profile. Engraved in the tablets are also his racial background, class background and even faction background, with lore extracted from texts of old.


The peoples of Etheria have never-before been so divided and war-hungry. Every race has split into several factions, each with its own beliefs, culture, strategies, armies, buildings and researches. I have once met, for instance, a faction of undead who seek to do good, or gnoll pirates trying to steal foreign technology. Some talk of snakemen laying in ambush, totally camouflaged under the cover of jungle, Minotaurs gaining more strength the more enraged they are, Daemons teleporting their buildings to and from their plane of existence into ours, giant scorpions laying eggs into their victims… the list goes on. I will leave attached within this letter all the details I managed to gather about all of the different factions. Notice their symbols and emblems and act accordingly.

emblems

AfflictionsIt has become harder and harder to survive these perilous lands. Strategies vary so much, you rarely know what to expect next from the enemy. What is worse, there’s been talk of a supreme being, a Demigod AI, which, using its superior intelligence, outmaneuvers, outsmarts and destroys any and all armies that stand in its way. Battles are sometimes fought on 16 different sides – can you imagine 16 warlords and their armies all clashing together? Truly fearsome. It is of no surprise to meet despairing units, terrorized ones, frozen, disease stricken or simply frenzied. I've also seen bleeding, frostbitten and even crippled soldiers. Gore is everywhere, with large blood pools of naga-green, human-red, demonic-black colours mixed together with scorchmarks, arrows and broken axes.

Naturally, more stories have cropped up in this period of time. Several new chapters have been written in the book of The Protector’s Campaign and some remembered and re-edited the War of the Broken Oath, The Tears of Dawn and other war-related tales. I find it quite exciting to relive these historical events.

Alas, war brings profit for those who know how, so many creatures have set up their shops. They buy and sell weapons, resources, potions and information. Sometimes they have to deal with thieves too, and most shopkeepers now have hounds and guards hired. They are also highly competitive with each other, and so overall prices fluctuate a lot. Often I’ve managed to obtain a profit by buying wares at a discount and selling them at a different shop.

You have to be careful though, some items carry a curse. I once bought myself what looked like an ordinary ring, only to find out that once equipped, it got stuck onto my finger forever. The ring was whispering to me with evil words, telling me the name of the curser. I eventually met this creature and slew it and so the curse was broken and I was a free man again. Yet I somehow lost the ring’s beneficial powers too. I’ve later discovered that you can also break the curse at a shrine or mausoleum, and that some prefer to live with their cursed items instead of getting rid of them. Curious, is it not?

Well, with all this new information I’ve started writing it down and cataloguing it into an Etheriary – a compendium of all creatures, buildings, quests and items I’ve encountered along the way. I’ve heard others are doing the same in order to help them craft theories and new battle tactics. You should keep an Etheriary too, along with your Journal, for it is a very useful habit.


I bid you farewell for now. Remember to sharpen your sword and revise your spell chants. You will need them for what is to come. Enclosed I leave you my changelog to provide insight.

Signed,

A Grand Councilor of The Protectors Team


P.S. If you want to help each other out with much needed coin, you can do so by donating. I also frequent the pub at Discord for friendly chats with other warlords… and warladies.

The Protectors version 0.8.8 FULL now available

The Protectors version 0.8.8 FULL now available

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My fair warlords and warladies: it is with great pleasure that I announce the release of the newest and most awaited version of The Protectors. Witness...

The Protectors version 0.8.7 FULL now available

The Protectors version 0.8.7 FULL now available

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Dear warlords and warladies, rejoice! 'Tis the time to celebrate the release of the newest version of The Protectors. After almost one year of development...

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Showcasing the new quest system

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As the new version is about to be launched, we would like to present a feature we’ve been working on intensively: the quest system.

The Protectors version 0.8.6 FULL now available

The Protectors version 0.8.6 FULL now available

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TPC beta v0.8.9b patch

TPC beta v0.8.9b patch

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Warlords rejoice! Version 0.8.9b of The Protectors is finally here. Requires version 0.8.9 FULL and patch 0.8.9a. Heroes from previous versions are NOT...

TPC beta v0.8.9a patch

TPC beta v0.8.9a patch

Patch 22 comments

Warlords rejoice! Version 0.8.9a of The Protectors is finally here. Requires version 0.8.9 FULL. Heroes from previous versions are NOT deleted, but saved...

TPC beta v0.8.9 FULL

TPC beta v0.8.9 FULL

Full Version 33 comments

Warlords rejoice! Version 0.8.9 of The Protectors is finally here. This does NOT include patch versions 0.8.9a and 0.8.9b. To fully patch up and play...

TPC beta v0 8 8b patch

TPC beta v0 8 8b patch

Patch 20 comments

Quick fixes regarding multiplayer stability and other minor gameplay tweaks. Requires patch 0.8.8a. Heroes and saved games are NOT deleted.

TPC beta v0 8 8a patch

TPC beta v0 8 8a patch

Patch 2 comments

What started out as a hotfix ended up as a patch. Requires version 0.8.8 FULL. Heroes and saved games are NOT deleted.

TPC beta v0.8.8 FULL

TPC beta v0.8.8 FULL

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My fair warlords and warladies: it is my pleasure to announce that the newest and most awaited version of The Protectors is finally released. Witness...

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StormyG7
StormyG7

I was having trouble getting WBC3 to run without constant issues because of how difficult it is for the game to run on Windows 10 or 11, but now that I have this, I have no issues with constant crashing, and it supports more resolutions. I like most of the changes so far.

I have one question, why can't I use the interface? All that works are hotkeys. I can't pull up build menus or use abilities without using the hotkey. Even the menu buttons don't respond, they don't have their normal messages. I've tried both right-click and left-click interfaces. It still doesn't work.

Another thing came up. Apparently, I can't upgrade my keep. The icon for the upgrade isn't just greyed out, it's missing entirely. I'm playing as the dwarves. Is there some special way they upgrade the keep?

I got to quit until I figure out what's going on. The in-game interface seems so badly bugged I can't effectively play the game.

EDIT: Ok, I figured out why I can't upgrade my keep past level 1 in the campaign (and neither can the AI). YOU HAVE TO RESEARCH IT FOR CROWNS. Why screw with how the original campaign works? I just want to play WBC3 without it constantly CTDing or having to deal with "features" added by mods that lock the game until you get enough coin to get it piece by piece. I certainly wish there was a long list of every possible change to the original game that I could disable or enable. Some things I really like, other things are just cumbersome and add hours upon hours to the game, and I don't plan to grind to unlock normal gameplay features.

It doesn't even make sense. Depending on which of these factions you use, you might have access to high level units. I can hire random priests with the holy dwarven faction, but with the standard one, the best I can get is "brawlers" which replaced the original runners; and those were just early scouts. I had to use an army of eagles to get through the 2nd mission at the rift! This is ridiculous.

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

The interface not responding is tied to a pending Windows update. Restarting your computer to finish off the update usually fixes this. If not, then you'll need to manually install the already-downloaded update.

(Basically, when Windows 10 downloads an update and is ready to install it, it seems to sabotage some legacy components that old games use - preventing them from working correctly. I have 2 games on my computer that suffer this when a Windows update is pending, but restarting my computer always fixes the issue for me.)

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StormyG7
StormyG7

That might be an issue. I upgraded to Windows 11 a few months back and it is updated yet the issue persists. I cannot use the interface; only hotkeys. However, on the original WBC3, I can use the interface without issues, but of course, it's not as stable as this mod.

Since you say you have the same issue when there's a pending update, and I don't have any pending updates, yet I still have the same issue; I'd like to know, why is this an issue at all? Why does the original game's interface work? What technical reason is there, or is this just an anecdote? Maybe I can troubleshoot this on my own if there is some technical issue.

Also, is there a configuration file or some way IA can choose which changes/features from The Protectors I want enabled/disabled? Honestly, I'd rather not use the mod at all if I can't pick and choose which features are enabled, because some of them are so cumbersome that I'd rather the original game was stable enough to play.

EDIT: After some experimentation, I figured out the issue. The interface works with all resolutions lower than 3840x2160. My monitor is an OLED TV on which I've disabled most "smart" features so I can use it as a monitor.

Still 2k resolution is alright when expanded to fullscreen since at my native resolution a medium size map fits almost entirely within the screen making all the units appear so small that it can be difficult to manage them.

At the very least, is there a way to play the original WBC3 campaign without having to "unlock" the keep upgrades by researching them?

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JoeTheBartender Creator
JoeTheBartender

There's currently no way of playing the WBC3 campaign without keep research levels. We are planning to disable the keep research feature for most of the chapters and campaigns, including the WBC1 Tears of Dawn, WBC3 Fifth Horseman and CW Magees' Conquest campaigns. In 0.9, you'll no longer need to research keep tech tiers for these chapters and campaigns, and for those you do, the game now has a helpful reminder to inform people about the feature and how to use it.

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Guest
Guest

Hi !

Thank you so much for bringing this game back to life ! We have been really glad to be able to play it again ! Althougt we encounter some big issus with the multiplayers mode. Either internet or LAN.
With the internet mode we have an error message that the IP is incorrect.
On LAN sometimes we can't see the game and when we saw it sometimes it brings the one who joins back to the menu. If nothing goes wrong until then, most of the time the one who joins the game has a wait signal until it crash back to the menu. Only 1 on maybe 10 or more game can be succesfully launch.

If you see anything that can help us we'd be glad to hear it ! (Pardon the errors we're not english natives...)

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

Multiplayer connectivity has always been a bit wonky for WBC. But there are some things you can do to work around the issues until we can get them fixed.

Firstly, the IP displayed in game for the host is incorrect. So you'll need to find out the host's actual IP. I use this website: Whatismyipaddress.com
(For the next version, the game no longer displays this IP address.)

When the host is attempting to host over the internet, they very likely will need to port forward. This process to do this varies from router to router so you'll need to look online on how to achieve this with your own router. WBC3 / TPC uses port 23975. So the host will need to have that port open.

Next, once the host has created a room, he should just leave the game alone until the client(s) connect. Also, the host needs to ensure the game doesn't get minimised as that prevents players from joining as well.

And after each multiplayer game, all players should restart their games since it appears some MP stuff doesn't always get cleared properly.

Finally, don't play multiplayer after using the Editor as there as some Editor stuff that isn't cleared when exiting that which disrupts multiplayer. So you'll need to restart the game after using the Editor if you plan on playing multiplayer. (This has been fixed for the next version.)

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SomaticDefilement
SomaticDefilement

People recommended this to me as the "superior way to play WBC3 nowadays". But all i see is ctd galore with unnecessary bloating and changes. Meh.

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

I find 0.8.9b (the latest released version) to be very stable. It's not perfect, but it's pretty solid - generally running game after game with no issues. What few crashes we have identified are situational and most players will never encounter.

Make sure you are running this version and have installed 0.8.9 full and also 0.8.9a as well (with 0.8.9 full installed first, then 0.8.9a and finally 0.8.9b). Also make sure that all files have gone into the same folder as I believe one of the installers defaults to a different directory to the others. So even if you have installed 0.8.9b after the other 2, it might have not actually been applied.

Hopefully 0.9 won't have any glaring issues on release so we won't need any addition patches for that version (I really hate hotfixes - I really do XD ).

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SomaticDefilement
SomaticDefilement

I just installed widescreen mod on top of gog verson instead. It's easier. But thanks anyway.

Originally i tried this mod because steam version sucks and lots of people been recommending The Protectors. And your mod has some nice QoL stuff i would have loved to see in original game but unfortunately also changes that are grating and strange to me. I dont care about balance of it and just want to play original game on modern pc with some QoL stuff.

I hate to be an ******* and didn't mean to disrespect your work, just kinda disappointed that i had to download 4+gb mod of a game that is just 1gb by itself, and to add instult to injury i have a limited bandwidth (have to use mobile internet and laptop for the time being lol) and it ended up crashing like every 15 minues. I guess i'll just check in a few years to see if there is version 1.0 without all the hassle and multiple hotfixes needed.

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Zeto55
Zeto55

not an *******, you have your opinion and nobody will take it from you. from my limited experience with 0.9 (I'm not always in the team working with everybody else) it is more stable, but not in a final product. Good gaming

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Zeto55
Zeto55

mooh

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

Mooooooooooh!

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Zeto55
Zeto55

oink!

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WBCKharn Creator
WBCKharn

Baaaaa!

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Patrick_Winekiller Creator
Patrick_Winekiller

Quack!

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