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Much like the arrival of the Portuguese colonist with their guns and big ideas of imperialism and “curiosity,” Suvarnabhumi Mahayuth also took me by surprise. As one of the only Warband mods that I’ve witnessed peasants ride yaks into battle, this overhaul by Darude GEND0, ShopperKimpy, and KURWA stretches across various kingdoms, dynasties, and sultanates throughout 16th century Southeast Asia, including Lan Xang, Manipur, and Ayutthaya. As mentioned before, the Portuguese are also present, antagonizing the locals to better form their claims for God and country.
Compared to other mods, Suvarnabhumi Mahayuth is by far one of the most colorful, from all the different outfits, armor, and banners to the beautiful architecture and sloping golden-roofed pagodas. Alongside the mod’s choice of music makes the whole experience feel like an epic trek across Southeast Asia’s jungles and fields. Just don’t lower your guard for too long – all that ambiance can be distracting, especially with all the looters, raiders, and other ne’er-do-wells running amok.
As this is a game that relies heavily on the “safety in numbers” principle, you might be better off gaining experience serving under one of the many lords off to expand his domain. If you’re patient enough, you could work your way up to become a sworn vassal and hope to be granted a fiefdom of your own… and if not, at least you’ll have a better weapon and some gold in your pocket by the end of your career as a soldier. From there, the world is yours to conquer, by pike, bow, or dual-wielding swords – yes, that’s a thing too.
The Last Days of the Third Age
Lord of the Rings fans rejoice because we’ve found a mod for you! Made by over a dozen contributors, The Last Days of the Third Age (otherwise known as TLD) is a great build-your-own-fellowship simulator, bringing one of our favorite high fantasy tales to one of our favorite games.
Aside from the awesome equipment and outfits, the sprawling map, and the addition of individual races, TLD has a lot of interesting quirks that make this Warband mod stand out from the others. For example, when making your character, you can choose whether you fight for good or evil, and what race you wish to be; orc, uruk-hai, dwarf, elf, human, and others are all up for grabs, adding passive bonuses to your skills and proficiencies. With all the nations sprawled throughout Middle-earth, the mod also favors localized factional resource points rather than a universal coin. While it felt weird getting used to, these resource points equate more to favors anyway than money, as you gain them just by being on good terms with a given realm.
With its focus on combat and adventuring, TLD does away with recruiting from minor villages or worrying about holding fiefdoms. And while I do love me a good patch of land to conquer and call my own, I became enthralled with forming my own fellowship of expert elven rangers and numerous companions sprinkled throughout the nearby friendly strongholds. Perhaps I’m biased and can only imagine this mod being even more immersive by reworking these RTS features back in, but as it stands, The Last Days of the Third Age are as fun as they were deadly.
And with all those marauding goblins to start off, armed with some cloth armor, a short sword, and my imaginary friends (I made the mistake of going out unprepared the first time around), I found it to be quite deadly indeed.