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Warlords rejoice! Version 0.8.9 of The Protectors is finally here.

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Version 0.8.9 FULL

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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.

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LookingFor
LookingFor

This is pretty much the best RTS ever. It's insane how much content there is. New mechanics, maps, units, spells, quests... The list goes on and on. To my knowledge no other game offers such depth in every aspect. Thank you for creating this amazing standalone and for keeping Warlords alive!

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

Thank you for your kind words and support. Remember the game is in continuous development, so help us improve it by giving feedback, making suggestions, presenting ideas and spreading the word.

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

What is the connection with LotR here? Since it is getting posted in the Fellowship Group...

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

Similar universe and lore. Most TPC fans are LotR fans too.

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

I wouldn't have seen a connection but that might be because I don't play TCP. I only wondered ^^

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Guest
Guest

Brilliant, I've waited a long time for this. Thank you SO much, guys! Just a quick question, could my old heroes be used on this version? Cheers from Brazil.

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

Sadly, old heroes are incompatible with this version.

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Guest
Guest

Thanks! I've waited for this!

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Guest
Guest

Can the custom campaigns Kingmaker and Wrath Of The Minotaurs be installed in this mod?

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

I had no idea those two campaigns could still be downloaded somewhere. As far as I know, those campaigns are only map collections. The map data for TPC is a little different by comparison to WBC3 but they can be made to be compatible (Kharn can help there). To actually implement the map collections in the campaign system it will take plenty of work since numerous locations and events would need to be created.

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

If you still have them or know where to download them from, please share. I remember those campaigns being quite fun!

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SeriliusDark
SeriliusDark

I like this variant of Warlords Battlecry 3 than the original game. It really turns things upside down and makes think out of the box (new troops + new strategies.
But still I encountered single problem.
I create hero, choose campaign (no matter which) or simply choose Tutorial game crashes after load. I looked into startup log, and it mentioned this trouble:
[xcGraphicsSystem::xcgsLoadBitmap] Error on loading <1>

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SeriliusDark
SeriliusDark

Now it shows this stuff
[xcGraphicsSystem::xcgsLoadBitmap] Error on loading <1>
[xcGraphicsSystem::xcgsLoadBitmap] Error on loading <721>

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

It might be a corrupt install. I'd recommend re-downloading 0.8.9 and reinstalling it.

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MonkDeLaFunk
MonkDeLaFunk

I've had the same issue I think (though I don't know how to check the startup log). I tried a re-download and instead of crashing on loading the first map element ("Loading Water Effects" etc) it zipped straight through to "Done!"... and then crashed to desktop :(
I don't have great WiFi connection where I am right now, so maybe it's not downloading well due to that (takes me around 4hrs to download).
However, in general I'd like to say bravo to you for your hard work, and I hope to get it working in the future...

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Guest
Guest

This really is incredible I used to sit on my grandpas lap and play wb3 as a little girl. I tried getting into the other one but between the patch and issues I couldn't even get it to run... Thank you for this.

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

Thanks for the kind words! There are some bugs and oversights here and there but I hope you enjoy the game regardless. Pat and Kharn are working diligently to fix most of these issues for 0.8.9a.

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DarthNox88
DarthNox88

Hi

i've this when i launch the protector

"error file asset portrait.xcr"

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

Hello, that sounds like a corrupt file. I'd recommend redownloading 0.8.9 and reinstalling it. Let me know if that works.

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rugalisimo
rugalisimo

I like this mod a lot. It adds a lot of new things and changes the way the game is played. I am a huge fan of the original, and this mod brings new life to an old game. Keep up the good work!

Of course, since this is a beta, it's bound to have some issues.
I play mostly with the High Elves, so I can only give feedback from that perspective.
Elcor's Balm ability crashes the game most of the times. Might have an issue with the total number of troops that need healing.
Righteous Fury, when is active, makes your hero a... dummy? It just stands there and takes damage. Or runs away, sometimes. You can't attack, you don't really have much control. It's a good thing that, for now, I'm concentrating on charisma and morale, not combat.
The racial spell is OP. Life Ward for everybody? It's like having double the army size. And... it sometimes crashes the game (yeah, it's OP, but I use it from time to time).

I play the original story, and sometimes I use saves (more often now that I know I could get a crash from time to time), and when I load, it just places my hero on a map from another campaign and I have to play again that scenario. It's not a breaking bug, but it is annoying. And you can abuse this by playing more than once the high xp rewarding scenarios without actually resetting the campaign. Not really an issue, but, hey, it's there.

My hero found some unique and set items... and I was kind of disappointed. Some of them are useless and some are weaker than the normal ones. Maybe it's intentional, maybe not, I don't know, bat it was a let down.

I like how some races have the option to choose new hero avatars. Have you considered taking units from other games? It's not unusual in modding... though, this game has some unique unit design, so it might be hard to find something that matches the style.

And that's it, for now. Thank you, again, for this wonderful mod!

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

Thank you for your feedback. For now I can say that at least Elcor's Balm, Righteous Fury and the RSB have been fixed in the upcoming patch 0.8.9a which will be released on the 1st of December.

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rugalisimo
rugalisimo

I am glad to hear that. Off course, my hero had an unexpected meeting with a titan and is now only a memory, but I was planning to start over anyway. I might wait a little before I make another High Elf hero and focus on some other race for now.
Thank you for the good news and for all the work done.

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Guest
Guest

Hi All
Firstly legendary mod to one of my favorite RTS/RPG's of all time.

I've got a bit of a pickle though my whole inventory got cursed some how, I did have one "heavily cursed" item that I do like in there which is fine since I could remove it with quests, but now even my normal items are cursed and the "remove cursed items" quest doesn't work for normal items that's cured, my question would be how to remove the normal cursed items.

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

Thanks for the kind words. If your entire inventory has been cursed and they cannot be removed, it's likely that you've been playing on what's known as an 'item map'. If you make a map with enough items on it, all the items will become cursed and the curse can't be removed. If you haven't been playing on an item map, then it's a bug.

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Guest
Guest

Ok, is there any way to get this to run on fullscreen by default ?

It might be a bad install, but I barely can click on anything or navigate at all, all menus/interfaces are very buggy : when I click on Single Player, nothing happen, if I click again I automatically click on chapter 1 and then the hero creation menu is completly glitchy, when I click on options to set on fullscreen, I can't click on Graphics section (or anything else really), I can only go back to main menu

May our good pillar of the WB community JoeTheBartender shed some insight please ?

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JoeTheBartender
JoeTheBartender

I've heard that restarting the computer might help.

If not, what is your monitor and what is its input, resolution, refresh rate, sync type etc?

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Guest
Guest

It worked, thank you very much.

Keep the good work of WB community's Pillar man. Excellent job on the wiki also ;-)

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Guest
Guest

Please help, how can i remove cursed item???? i can't throw them

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Patrick_Winekiller Author
Patrick_Winekiller

You can look for a quest during game that offers breaking the curse as a reward.
You can play several matches until the curser enemy hero appears (you will get notified at the beginning of the match) and slay him to break the curse. The more matches you play, the higher the chances of the curser to spawn.
On the world map, you can send your retinue on a task to find a decurser, though that's a bit risky.
On the world map, you can go to certain locations that have a curse breaker action.

In future versions we will add even more ways to break curses.

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