All three of Charles Stuart's kingdoms are in rebellion. Presbyterian covenanters have thrown King Charles and his bishops out of Scotland, occupying northern England. Catholic confederates have retaken much of Ireland. Parliament has ejected the king from his capital, London, and is raising England's trained bands to defend its constitutional rights and the protestant reformation. Each set of rebels claims loyalty to his majesty while taking up arms against him. The king has raised his battle standard in Nottingham and moved his court to Oxford. Anxious to release royalist troops from garrison duty in Ireland, for use against Parliament, King Charles is negotiating with the Catholic confederates under a temporary truce, and considering the legitimisation of catholicism in Ireland.
ECWAlpha8 - latest full version incorporating patches 1 to 3
Installation – extract the mod’s folder into WFaS’s modules folder (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword\Modules).
Animated Shaders (ignore if previously installed ECWAlpha7 shaders) – Copy the mb_2a.fxo and mb_2b.fxo shader files to the main With Fire & Sword directory (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword). If you do not install these shader files, battle flags will be static and untextured white.
1. Troop Labels in Battle - to revert to the standard sized WFaS/Warband Troop Labels that float over the heads of your troops - copy user_interface_b.brf from the \options\Resource sub-folder into ECWAlpha8's Resource folder (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword\Modules\ECWAlpha8\Resource).
2. World map zoom - to revert to the standard WFaS map_max_distance and see further on the world map - copy module.ini from the options sub-folder into ECWAlpha8's main folder (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword\Modules\ECWAlpha8).
3. World Map visibility - to replace the world map's foggy/muggy British weather with crystal clear visability - copy map.txt from the options sub_folder into ECWAlpha8's main folder (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword\Modules\ECWAlpha8).
4. Sepia - to replace the green menu pictures with sepia versions copy all dds files from the \options\textures sub-folder into ECWAlpha8's textures folder (i.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\mount & blade with fire and sword\Modules\ECWAlpha8\textures).
ECWAlpha8 adds the following:
Mounted Bannermen carrying your chosen colours; recruitable from churches for 1,000 shillings. AI Lords also have Bannermen bearing their colours.
Churches - Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Puritan - sermons, donations, funds and desecrations.
hoboistice revised combined capabilities for weapons and combat animations - adds thrust buffs, unlocks aimmable overhead stabbing & musket thrusts, allows rapiers and lances to thrust in two directions on foot and on horseback
German Halberdiers and Musketeers (recruitable from windmills) provided by Dazzer
Increased bandit spawn points, parties and highwaymen
ECWAlpha8 corrects the following:
Musketeers blocking instead of firing reported by YourStepDad and corrected by hoboistice (removes itc_parry_polarm flag on the firing version of muskets).
Cavalry ignoring commands to equip melee weapons due to PBOD field ai triggers reported by efilist and itruvor
Menu pictures for gunpowder mills
Quest still named bring goods to Zamoshye reported by hoboistice
Picture in pugilism fight obscuring text reported by hoboistice