This mod was actually born from frustration on my part on the performance of pikes in Stainless Steel 6.4. What started out as a minor tweek to a couple of units in the mod turned into a hobby, one which has now continued for a couple of years as a overhaul for units and factions that I felt under-performed. The goal of my efforts was to create a campaign with larger, more professional armies and to see the rise of factions which before never became powerful empires capable of challenging the player. I hope those of you who try it out will find my work enjoyable and worth the download. Enough with the word play; onto the action!

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Greetings! I am happy to announce that Roar of Conquest: The Late Middle Ages V is now live! This article will be covering all the changes and updates that this version brings to the table from the last version. If you want more information on how this mod overhauls Stainless Steel 6.4, feel free to check out the other articles on the mod page. Now, on to the update!


Play as the Timurids!

Timur

As of the last update, the Timurids came back to Roar of Conquest; now, you can play as them! Walk in the footsteps of Timur, one of the most famous military leaders in history, in carving out your own empire and legacy! Along with their faction comes an extensive rebalancing of their roster, as well as a brand new unit unique to their faction. The Timurids replace the Mongols as a playable faction in the campaign, since I felt that the Timurids had a more interesting roster than the Mongols. Why, you may ask? Simple.

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Elephants.


New Submods for the Mod

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Thanks to the brilliant work of Mekkermann, my fellow modder, the Viva la Rebellion and Longer Assimilation mods are now compatible with Roar of Conquest! Viva la Rebellion is a mod which allows dead factions a chance to re-emerge in the campaign if there is a rebellion in one of their home provinces, while Longer Assimilation makes it so that it takes a bit longer to bring newly conquered settlements to heel. These submods are available in the newest update under the 'submod' folder, which includes a more detailed description of the submods along with installation instructions.


New Units

This update comes with three new units to add to the fray, which are as follows:

1) Genoese Mariners (Republic of Genoa)

genoese mariners


  • Unit Size: 150
  • Melee Attack: 8 (AP)
  • Charge: 5
  • Defense: 15 (Armor 8, Defense Skill 7, Shield 0)
  • Attributes: None
  • Availability: Full Plate Event, (year 1380-1400)
  • Building Requirement: Barracks, (Fortress)

These men serve as a medium-armor shock infantry which replaces Halberd Men at Arms in the Genoese roster. A good unit for dealing with armored enemies and cavalry.

2) Foot Condottieri (Kingdom of Sicily)

foot condottieri


  • Unit Size: 150
  • Melee Attack: 9 (AP)
  • Charge: 6
  • Defense: 19 (Armor 12, Defense Skill 7, Shield 0)
  • Attributes: None
  • Availability: Full Plate Event, (year 1380-1400)
  • Building Requirement: Barracks, (Fortress)

These soldiers serve as a heavily armored shock infantry for Sicily, excellent for chopping through enemy infantry and cavalry with their polearms. These men replace Halberd Men at Arms for the Sicilian roster.

3) Elephant Artillery (Timurids)

elephant artillery info


  • Unit Size: 45
  • Missile Attack: 45
  • Melee Attack: 12
  • Charge: 8
  • Defense: 20 (Armor 16, Defense Skill 4, Shield 0)
  • Hit Points: 6
  • Attributes: Can Rampage
  • Frighten Infantry and Cavalry
  • Availability: Campaign start
  • Building Requirement: Caliph's Stables, (Citadel)

What's more terrifying than a charging elephant? An elephant with a small cannon mounted on it, of course! These juggernauts are not a new unit for Medieval II, but they are new for the mod, and they are ready to make their explosive comeback! Available exclusively for the Timurids.


Pike vs Cavalry Update

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With this update comes a change to how pikes will fare versus cavalry. Bonus versus cavalry is one of those invisible stats that you can only see if you go into the game files themselves. As of version V, all pike units now have a massive bonus versus cavalry, allowing them to fulfill their role as anti-cavalry specialist as they are meant to be.


Bonus vs Cavalry for Units

swordstaff militia


Another change for this update is that certain units that did not have a bonus versus mounts now have that extra bonus in combat. The units that received the bonus are as follows:

  • Voulgiers (France, Genoa, and Jerusalem)
  • Swordstaff Militia (Denmark and Norway)
  • Voulge Militia (France and Genoa)
  • Dismounted Knights of Antioch (Jerusalem)

Settlement Changes

The mod has always been focused on trying to balance things between factions, and settlement updates have always been a part of those changes. Most of these changes focus on France, which as a faction has been struggling a bit for the past couple of updates. The changes are as follows:

  • Rennes (France): has been upgraded to a City
  • Clermont (France): has been upgraded to a City
  • Marseille (France): has been upgraded to a City
  • Lyon (France): has been upgraded to a Fortress
  • Caffa: now belongs to Kiev instead of Rebels and has been changed into a Castle
  • Reval: now belongs to the Rebels instead of Denmark
  • Uppsala: now belongs to Denmark instead of Rebels

Campaign AI Update

In the past I noticed that certain factions would engage in naval invasion and send troops away even when their home lands were under threat. As such, I have now changed the AI for quite a few factions so that they are less likely to send their troops on naval invasions, and therefore do a better job of defending their native borders. The Byzantines are most likely the faction you will notice this change the most with.


Non-Timurid Unit Changes

Beside the Timurid roster, a few units have received changes either in stats or in availability. For reference, the unit sizes I will be listing here are when the game is put on 'ultra unit size', Secondary Melee Attack represents the secondary weapon cavalry units use after completing a charge, and the acronym AP stands for armor-piercing.

1) Scots Guard (Kingdom of France)

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  • Unit Size: 120
  • Missile Attack: 7
  • Melee Attack: 7
  • Charge: 4
  • Defense: 17 (Armor 11, Defense Skill 6, Shield 0)
  • Attributes: Place Stakes
  • Availability: Campaign start
  • Building Requirement: City Hall, (Large City)

Besides receiving some small buffs to defense and attack, these men are now recruited from cities instead of castles, and are available from campaign start.

2) Heavy Hussars (Kingdom of Poland)

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  • Unit Size: 80
  • Melee Attack: 6
  • Charge: 14
  • Secondary Melee Attack: 11
  • Defense: 17 (Armor 9, Defense Skill 5, Shield 3)
  • Attributes: None
  • Frighten Infantry
  • Availability: Gothic Armor Event, (year 1450-1460)
  • Building Requirement: King's Stables, (Citadel)

These fierce warriors now frighten infantry, as a nod to the Winged Hussars and their ability to strike fear in their enemies. No winged models, unfortunately, but if someone knows of such a model and would be willing to share, let me know!

3) Al Haqa Infantry (Ayyubid Sultanate and Kwarezmian Empire)

al haqa infantry


  • Unit Size: 150
  • Melee Attack: 6
  • Charge: 4
  • Defense: 15 (Armor 4, Defense Skill 9, Shield 2)
  • Attributes: None
  • Availability: Campaign start
  • Building Requirement: Militia Drill Square, (Large City)

These warriors are now available for recruitment by the Kwarezmian Empire.

4) Arbalesters (Kingdom of France)

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  • Unit Size: 120
  • Missile Attack: 13
  • Melee Attack: 6
  • Charge: 4
  • Defense: 15 (Armor 9, Defense Skill 6, Shield 0)
  • Attributes: Place Stakes
  • Availability: Full Plate Event, (year 1380-1400)
  • Building Requirement: Archery Range, (Fortress)

These men now replace Crossbowmen for France when they become available.

5) Genoese Crossbowmen (Republic of Genoa)

genoese crossbowmen


  • Unit Size: 120
  • Missile Attack: 13
  • Melee Attack: 4
  • Charge: 3
  • Defense: 16 (Armor 5, Defense Skill 4, Shield 7)
  • Attributes: Place Stakes
  • Availability: Campaign start
  • Building Requirement: Archery Range, (Fortress)

These men have had their missile damage increased, and as such Arbalesters have been removed from the Genoese roster.

6) Genoese Crossbow Militia (Republic of Genoa)

genoese crossbowmen


  • Unit Size: 150
  • Missile Attack: 11
  • Melee Attack: 3
  • Charge: 2
  • Defense: 15 (Armor 5, Defense Skill 3, Shield 7)
  • Attributes: Free upkeep
  • Availability: New Era Event, (year 1300)
  • Building Requirement: Militia Drill Square, (Large City)

These men have had their missile damage increased.

7) Sicilio-Norman Foot Knights (Kingdom of Sicily)

sicilio norman foot knights


  • Unit Size: 120
  • Melee Attack: 11
  • Charge: 4
  • Defense: 21 (Armor 9, Defense Skill 8, Shield 4)
  • Attributes: Free upkeep
  • Availability: Campaign start
  • Building Requirement: Fortress

These fearsome warriors have had their armor increased.


So there you have it, the changelog for Roar of Conquest: The Late Middle Ages V! If you like what you have seen and would like to try out the mod for yourself, you can download it here: ROC: LMA V I plan on updating the faction roster articles for all the changed factions, so keep your eyes open for that. Until then, go forth and conquer!

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ovidiu00012
ovidiu00012

nevermind i don't work :(((

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Lord_Vinciullo Creator
Lord_Vinciullo

If you are experiencing any crashes or problems in your mod, please locate the 'system.log' file located here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Medieval II Total War\mods\ROC LMA IV. Open the file using Notepad, and then copy whatever text is on the log. Please paste the log report at this Discord link: Discord.com under the text channel roc_bug_reports

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ovidiu00012
ovidiu00012

wiw this is a really huge mod :0 i like more elephants

Finally i can play timurids :)

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Guest
Guest

Hey thanks for continuing and improving SS with ROC! Just a few suggestions:
France gets eaten alive as the AI in most VH games within the first 150 turns; can Lyon become a Fortress to help them against Genoa and the HRE?
Could the Italian factions get Sword Militia units like the Spanish factions? The Genoese are fun but their infantry are one dimensional until they get Broken Lancers.
In my opinion, the Byzantines have the most diverse unit sets in the game and could their Castle Mercenary building have reduced construction time to help them out since everyone hates them.

The changes you’ve made so far have succeeded in achieving a better balance with faction survivability and it’s made for better gameplay so thank you!

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DutchGuyMike
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You could also use the Forced Diplomacy mod and teleport diplomats to where you need them in order to keep factions alive - that is how I do it (and that is why I do not play the newer Total War games, as they do not have any diplomacy forcing mods). I do not like it when factions die off, so I use the mod to keep them alive (you can add the Forced Diplomacy mod to practically any existing mod).

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Lord_Vinciullo Creator
Lord_Vinciullo

Funny you should say that; my brilliant modding partner Mekkermann has brought the submod Viva la Rebellion, which gives dead factions a chance to re-emerge in the campaign, and made it compatible with Roar of Conquest. The submod will be included as an option in the next update releasing 8/1/2021.

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Lord_Vinciullo Creator
Lord_Vinciullo

Actually, I'm already working on changes that will help out France survive better, along with a new unit unit each for Genoa and Sicily to help make their rosters more interesting. That, with a few other surprises, are coming in the next update, which should be released in the next month or so.

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It’s obvious who your favorite factions are by over buffing them. Former strong factions like England now get steamrolled by the Scottish and their immortal pike units. Archers do so little damage it’s not even worth recruiting them.

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You sure? In all the play testing I've done, Longbowmen mow through Scottish pikemen like a hot knife through butter. I can take a look at things, but I still consider England a very powerful faction with their longbows and their excellent infantry selection.

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