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 tweaks to a couple of units turned into a hobby, one which has now brought Stainless Steel, Broken Crescent, and various other mods together into one. The goal of our efforts is 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, and to introduce new and interesting mechanics into the game. I hope those of you who try it out will find our work enjoyable and worth the download!

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Greetings! I am happy to announce that Roar of Conquest: The Late Middle Ages VIII is now live! This article will be covering the major changes that it brings to the table from the last version.

For those of you who are new to the mod, Roar of Conquest initially started as a submod of Stainless Steel 6.4. Now it now combines Stainless Steel 6.4 with Broken Crescent 2.4, Tsardsoms Total War, and assets from various other mods, into one big mod! However, Roar of Conquest is not simply a merging of various mods into one; it also brings its own unique features and mechanics, such as replenishment of Castle units in Cities, an extensive rebalancing of unit stats, better balancing between all factions in the game, new factions and units, and more! So without further ado, on to the update!



Near the start of 2023, we reached out to the mod team of Tsardoms and asked if they would be okay with allowing us to use assets from their mod and bring them into ours, and they were kind enough to say yes! As a result, many unit models in the mod have been updated, new units created, and a brand new set of combat animations have brought new life to Roar of Conquest!

In addition, we have received aid from Gigantus, a legend in the Medieval II modding community, and have received help and advice from other modders, including the DAC team and Call of Warhammer: Beginning of the End Times team. We have also had plenty of great ideas and help from members from our Discord, whom I cannot all name out of fear that I would forget to give credit to someone. So for all of those who have helped us, if you happen to read this, a heartfelt thank you from the Roar of Conquest team to all of you guys!

General Campaign Changes

Alongside this update are some changes which affect the campaign map for all factions. These changes include the following:

  • Stone Mason buildings offer a greater discount for making stone buildings, along with a decrease in construction time.
  • Logging Camps offer a greater discount for making wooden buildings.
  • Swordsmith Guilds are now more common, and now give a melee weapon bonus to units trained/retrained in their locations.
  • The Seljuk Sultanate has been renamed to the Ottoman Empire, and has received UI updates.
  • The Kwarezmian Empire has been renamed to the Ilkhanate Empire.
  • The Ayyubid Sultanate has been renamed to the Mamluk Sultanate.
  • The Tsardom of Bulgaria has received UI updates.
  • Judaism has been added as a religion, which spreads from the Jewish Community building chain.

New Campaign Choice: The Conversion of Lithuania


For those of you who are long-time fans of Medieval II, you might remember that the Teutonic expansion of the base game had a mechanic which gave the player the choice of whether or not to convert to Christianity while playing Lithuania. Now, you can do that in the mod as well! While playing as Lithuania, by turn 5 you will be given the option to convert to Christianity or remain pagan. If you remain pagan, the campaign plays out the same way it used to. If you chooses to convert, you will become Catholic, loose access to your 3 pagan-specific units, but unlock 3 new units, which will be in the Lithuanian Roster article once it has been updated. Do note you will get this choice once per campaign, so once you choose, you cannot change your mind later!

In the case of the AI, Lithuania has a 50/50 chance of converting or remaining pagan.

Timurids Expansion Choice

Timurids Title Picture

At the start of every campaign, the player will now have the choice of having the Ilkhanate Empire absorbed by the Timurids or not. If you are playing the Timurids, it will give you a far easier campaign start; if you are playing any other faction, it simply determines how strong the Timurids will be. Beware though; if you are playing as a faction neighboring the Timurids and accept the absorption, you may have quite the tough enemy to face early on.

General Battle Changes

Latin Empire Title Picture

Part of this update includes changes to battle mechanics across the board. Here are changes that will affect all factions in the game:

  • New Battle AI! You should now notice better management by the AI of troops in battle, although there will be moments where the AI still derps out. We can only beat the Medieval II AI into submission so much.
  • New Battle Animations! Thanks to the team of Tsardoms Total War, the mod has a brand new and enjoyable selection of combat animations.
  • Dynamic Battle Voicelines: While zooming close up into battle, you will hear more dialogue and impact sound effects between soldiers in combat.
  • New Gunpowder Effects: The visual effects of gunpowder units are far more realistic and visually exciting than before.
  • Artillery Changes: All artillery units, (excluding the Monster Bombard) now have 4 artillery pieces in battle when at full strength. Also, all artillery crews now have 60 crew members on ultra unit size.
  • Cannon Changes: most cannon pieces now have an Explosive Shot option.
  • Improved Bonus vs. Cavalry for Infantry: there has been an overhaul to the effectiveness of certain infantry units against cavalry units in melee. Two-handed units now have a minor bonus, spear and halberds have a moderate bonus, and pike units have a high bonus.
  • Changes to Spear Wall Formation: in the past, pike and halberd units in spear wall would suffer from a significant decrease in marching speed in comparison to other infantry units. Now, the speed deficit has been removed, allowing these units to keep up with the rest of the infantry with ease.
  • Crossbow Buffs: Crossbow units have had their ranges increased across the board, making their range more comparable to archer units.
  • Ranged Unit Ammo Rebalance: ammunition has been changed across the board. Before, ammo counts made no sense, with some peasant archers having nearly twice the ammunition as elite archer units like Longbowmen. Now, it has been re-balanced; peasant units have the lowest ammunition counts (e.g., Levy Archers), professional units have moderate ammunition, (e.g., Pavise Crossbowmen), and elite units have the highest ammunition, (e.g., Retinue Longbowmen).

For those of you who are curious about how the stats have exactly changed, I will be updating the existing roster articles to bring them up-to-date with the newest release over the next couple of months; each article states which version of the mod it represents, so that will be your way to tell.

Over 250 New Unit Models and Units!

Thanks to the generous donation from Tsardsoms Total War, there has been a wide-ranging update to units and unit models across most factions in the mod, so there is a lot of shiny new stuff to look at! If you want to get a preview of all the new models, you will have to wait for the faction roster articles to be updated, but you get a sample of what is new here! Also, it is worth noting that we have new models for Cataphract Barding, along with new barding for many mounts throughout the mod, so keep your eyes open for that!

1) Almughavars

almughavars info

2) Mesnaderos

alforrats info

3) Bulgarian Heavy Archers

bulgarian heavy archers info

4) Bulgarian Heavy Infantry

Bulgarian Heavy Infantry info

5) Latin Handgunners

Latin Handgunners info

6) Dynatoi Nobles

pronoiarii info

7) Mourtatoi Guard Archers

mourtatoi info

8) Georgian Heavy Infantry

georgian heavy infantry info

9) Royal Guard Archers

georgian noble archers info

10) Obudshaer

obudshaer info

11) Mounted Crossbowmen

mounted crossbowmen info

12) Tabardariyya

tabardariyya info

13) Mamluk Archers

mamluk archers info

14) Retinue Longbowmen

dismounted longbowmen info

15) Gendarmes

Gendarmes info

16) Scots Guard

Scots Guard info

17) Gothic Knights

Gothic Knights info

18) Landsknecht Halberdiers

Landsknecht Halberdiers info

19) Zweihander

zweihander info

20) War Wagons

carrohus crew1 info

21) Clipeati Pavisers

h pavise spearmen info

22) Banderium Knights

banderium knights info

23) Hussars

hussars info

24) Canons of the Holy Sepulcher

Canons of the holy sepulcher inf

25) Knights of St. John

knights of jerusalem info

26) Foot Boyars

dismounted boyars info

27) Kievan Palace Guard

kievan palace guard info

28) Imperial Guard Cavalry

imperial guard info

29) Imperial Guard Archers

iraq heavy archers info

30) Lithuanian Sergeants

l catholic infantry info

31) Lithuanian Arquebusiers

lithuanian arquebusiers info

32) Genoese Crossbowmen

genoese crossbowmen info

33) Genoese Ducal Guard

Genoese Ducal Guard info

34) Tartar Guard Spearmen

cuman heavy spearmen info

35) Keshik

mon keshikten info

36) Berber Pirates

berber arquebusiers info

37) Granadine Lancers

granadine lancers info

38) Sergeant Crossbowmen

crossbowmen info

39) Pavise Spearmen

Pavise Spearmen info

40) Polish Knights

Polish Knights info

41) Polish Sierżantów

armored axemen info

42) Aventuros

aventures info

43) Conto Crossbowmen

conto crossbowmen info

44) Novgorod Guildsmen

dismounted dvor info

45) Druzhina Cavalry

druzhina info

46) Foot Condottieri

foot condottieri info

47) Broken Lances

broken lances info

48) Italian Arquebusiers

arquebusiers info

49) Monteros de Espinosa

dismounted conquistadores info

50) Pavise Crossbowmen

Pavise Crossbowmen info

51) Caballeros de Armadura

Catalan Knights info

52) Archer Sergeants

prussian archers info

53) Afghan Axemen

hindu axemen info

54) Tarkhan Nobles

Tarkhan Heroes info

55) Janissary Archers

Janissary Archers info

56) Qapukulu

quapukulu info

57) Serdengecti Heavy Infantry

sipahi macemen info

58) Fanteria Pesante

venetian heavy infantry info

59) Signori Noble Cavalry

Signori Noble Cavalry info

60) Venetian Arbalesters

aventurier info

61) Condotta Handgunners

black band arquebusiers info

62) Flemish Pikemen

Flemish Pikemen info

63) Mounted Arquebusiers

Mounted Arquebusiers info

64) Albanian Cavalry

Albanian Cavalry info

65) Swiss Pikemen

swiss pikemen info

66) Ghazis

ghazis info

67) Papal Swiss Guard

swiss guard info

68) Cohorta Pontifica Guard

Papal Guard info

Updated Faction Recruitment and Unit Stats

With all the new units added to the mod, all 29 factions had to have their recruitment and units stats re-worked and balanced across the board. To try and go through them here would be painful for most of you guys to read, so these changes will be shown in the roster articles once they have been updated. I hope you’ll forgive me for not listing them here.

However, to give you a general idea of what has changed, there are less units that are shared by many factions and more units that are shared by a few factions or are faction-specific. For example, the Italian city-states have their own shared units, like the Signori Noble Cavalry, that are not shared with any other European factions. These changes help make each faction roster stand out more in comparison to the others than they did in the past.

Settlement Changes and Upgrades

Castle Inverness

As with each update, there is a juggling of settlement ownership across the map, both for balance purposes and to bring new life to certain factions. The changes are as follows:

  • Bruges: switched ownership from Rebels to Kingdom of England
  • Durazzo: switched ownership from Rebels to Tsardom of Bulgaria
  • York: switched ownership from Rebels to Kingdom of England
  • Halych (Kingdom of Poland): upgraded to Fortress
  • Wroclaw (Kingdom of Poland): upgraded to City
  • Dublin (Kingdom of England): upgraded to City

Various Other Updates

Along with everything else listed, a few other things worth noting have been changed with this update. They are as follows:

  • UI Fixes that were previously bugged for certain units and buildings.
  • Silver Suffer unit models have been fixed.
  • New Historical Events that occur in the campaign.
  • New Campaign Menu that displays all 29 playable factions.
  • Historical Name updates to various factions, rulers, and family members across multiple factions.
  • New Ancillaries for family members and generals.
  • The Ottoman Empire, Tsardom of Bulgaria, and Kingdom of Georgia have new battle flag icons that hover over their units in battle.
  • Kingdom of Jerusalem can now build Castle Libraries.
  • Grand Duchy of Lithuania can now build more advanced Education Buildings.

Future of the Mod

As of now, there is a submod in development by other members of the Roar of Conquest team, which aim to give a different and more challenging experience than the base mod. As for the main mod, there are no major updates planned. I am currently happy with the state of the mod, and with my personal life becoming more hectic, I have no plans for working on any major updates for the base mod.

Of course, if there are bug fixes to implement, or some things we want to change or balance, we will likely release a patch in the near future.

So there you have it, the changelog for Roar of Conquest: The Late Middle Ages VIII! If you like what you have seen and would like to try out the mod for yourself, you can download it here: ROC: LMA VIII I plan on updating the faction roster articles for all the changed factions, so keep your eyes open for that. Feel free to join the mod Discord as well; it's a great place to share you thoughts on the mod: ROC Discord Until then, go forth and conquer!

ROC: LMA VIII Patch Notes

ROC: LMA VIII Patch Notes


Patch notes for Roar of Conquest: The Late Middle Ages VIII.

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Dev diary of upcoming Version VIII release and trailer.

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Update on progress for next Roar of Conquest update.

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Official patch for bug fixes and several minor updates.

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Has Timbuktu been removed from the map? I cant find it anymore

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Hello :) would u maybe have a .bat to run the mod the launcher doesn't seem to work for me

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Nice updates!

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How to build a Jewish community? Did I need heretics or trading buildings? Tell me please what I need to do for an offer to build it in my city

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Lord_Vinciullo Creator

High public order and a governor with high chivalry are the conditions to get the Jewish Commune.

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How about making an ingame option for 2 turns per year (or even more [4, 6, or 12] if someone likes dragging the game duration to the extreme)? And how about giving access to other nation's local troops when occupying their lands? Just a couple of thoughts.....

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Downloaded the latest version. This mod has been polished towards excellency. Well done to the modders :)

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Got a problem the VII works for me but the new one can't locate kingdoms.exe

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Lord_Vinciullo Creator

You need to create it. Instructions are in the installation instructions.

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