In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
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Overwhelmingly Positive (40,795 reviews) - 96% of the 40,795 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2010

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April 4

Viking Conquest Reforged Edition source and 2.023 patch

2.023 Patch for Viking Conquest Reforged Edition is now live!

Along with the mod, we are releasing the source code for modders to use, along with addition assets. Links and terms of use for these, can be found over on the Viking Conquest Downloads Page.

For the server hosters and non-Steam users, you can get the latest version from the Viking Conquest Downloads Page.

Changelog 2.023

Fix rescue slave from village scene
Fix port attack stutter
Remove testing trigger
Fix duplicate ship getting renamed
Add more landing points for faster Norse invasions
Rearrange adventurers' AI trigger to avoid unnecessary AI interruptions (bouncing around at sea)
Change all ti_on_hit to FIRST test if inflicted agent is active (battle red text)
Return to "update all notes" for faction relation changes
Fix suspected critical constant for alliance system
Add check for bad party to script_party_set_ai_state (red text)
Fix wrong dialog option for Trainer in player's refuge.
Fix and document missing prisoners.
Fix refuge dialogs.
Fix refuge training. Limit it to produce only up to L3 troops and have it stop automatically.
Allow refuge items to be refreshed. Have them be from the player culture.
Include attachments when inflicting damage to party from siege event.
Avoid problems by prohibiting companions from being captured by player.
Fix quest dialogs, results.
Update game notes regarding shield taunt.
Take dead player's troops out of scripted mode (frozen skirmishers).
Show when player is mercenary on character report.
Track and test for last town to pay siege tribute (to avoid paying again).
Avoid spawning recruitable dog during village quests.
Move troops and ships from demolished camp.
Alter price adjustment formulas to avoid player from making money just by buying/selling a single item over and over again.
Add script_encounter_calculate_fit to "Charge Villagers" so player gets full party.
Restructure torture dialogs.
Except bandit lairs from icon changes.
Routed parties get ship icons.
Marchoc's polearm skill fixed.
Siege tributes posibilities balanced.
Now you can named only 7 ships, the rest will be random names.

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Modules on Steam Workshop

You can now download, rate and get automatic updates to mods on the Steam Workshop! Go to the Mount&Blade Warband Workshop to try out the mods there. This is still a new feature so please let us know what you think and give us your suggestions, in our discussions forum.

If you are a mod maker and you are wondering how to get your mod(s) on the workshop, then take a look at our instruction thread:,307509.0.html

About This Game

In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated stand alone expansion pack for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.
  • Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
  • New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
  • Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege
  • A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals
  • The ability to upgrade your companions to vassals by granting them lands
  • The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery
  • Improved mechanics for soldier morale: Soldiers will break and run away if their morale gets too low
  • Pick any projectile off the battlefield for use as additional munitions
  • New motion-captured combat animations
  • Numerous improvements to the combat system: Your shield will still stop arrows even if you are not actively defending
  • The ability to play multiplayer matches on random maps as well as hand-designed ones
  • Multiplayer equipment system: Earn money by fighting opponents or accomplishing goals
  • The ability to use most throwing weapons in close combat: Switch to using a javelin as a short spear when the enemy gets close
  • Spend gold on more powerful equipment, using a carefully balanced system that will make combat more exciting without giving too much of an advantage to the leading team

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: Windows XP or greater
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, ATI Radeon 9600, or better
    • Hard Drive: 100MB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: OS X version Mavericks 10.9, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M / ATi Radeon 2400 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Steam OS
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT / ATi Radeon 2400 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
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( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
My most epic moment in Mount and Blade: Warband

- King Yaroglek made me his vassal and gave me a town to protect.
- A Khergit Khanate vassal has been spotted near my new town.
- Ride through the night hoping that I'll make it in time.
- I see the enemy vassal and his army.
- I'm outnumbered 3 to 1.
- Decide to fight.
- Order my infantry to hold the line as the archers support me and friendly cavalry.
- Raid their archers and footmen while my soldiers fight off the enemy cavalry.
- Spot the enemy vassal and charge at him.
- Manage to knock him out with just one hit and return to my men.
- Shortly after the enemy starts to crumble and tries to retreat.
- My archers and cavalry slaughter them as they run for the hills.. literally.
- Capture a dozen of Khergit soldiers and their leader.
- Sold all of them to slavery and bought a brewery.

And from that day on, the Khergit Khanate started to fear Arseluf Dikvaden and his army of mercenaries.
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( 400.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
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( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Holy, This is actually one of my most prized games. When I got the full collection 75% of (THANKS STEAM SALE)I started out with the origanal, I found it amazing, then I went to fire and sword, then I wasn't really expecting much, the I saw comments and tried out warband, Jeez could it get any better,it also has a large and growing active community.
So if I were not able to get this game i would be sad
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( 203.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
One of my favorite games of all time. Do you like killing people? Do you like medieval combat? Do you like leading an army while fighting with said army? Then buy this game, buy it now!
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Tenisha Kiki jones
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
10 Deus Vults out of 10 Deus Vults.
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( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
System requirements:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD 2.5 GHz

You already know this game is going to be SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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( 916.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I first discovered this game years ago through its Napoleonic Wars expansion (henceforth to be called "NW"), back during a period when I had an itch for musket warfare. As far as the genre and era convergence, that expansion is the best game available. Because I bought the game during a sale and picked up the full collection, I also got the "With Fire & Sword" expansion.

As I continued to enjoy NW I began to explore the rest of the game, including WF&S and Native ("vanilla") and that was one of the best game-related choices I've ever made. As I got engrossed in the single player and started to exploring mods, this game took me from Napoleonic warfare to the low-fantasy (no magic, monsters, or elven bs) land of high medieval Calradia where 6 factions traded blows and sought your blade for hire. From there the mods took me from Native's version Calradia to the Roman Imperial era, to a recreation of Europe in 1257, to several completely different fictional lands such as recreations of Westeros, Middle Earth, and the Warhammer world, as well as completely original lands such as Pendor and Perisno, and then brought me back to tweaked versions of Calradia- maybe it's calradia in 1400 or 1500, or maybe the mod only covers a small part of Calradia such as Swadia, or maybe the tweaks are as small as new troops and equipment.

The game features a unique sort of double genre-system. Your character and companions are persistent and your stats are managed in traditional RPG style, but in combat you not only fight yourself (with a very original directional system - move your mouse the way you want to swing or block) but you also command your troops using the F(number) keys to give orders. (tip- hold down f1 and point at a location to give your troops the order to stand there; this took me a couple hundred hours of playtime to figure out thanks to the lack of directions on hotkeys and command). When not in battle you travel on the overland map, which is where combat is avoided or initiated and from where you reach villages to recruit from, castles to meet lords in, and towns to make purchases in.

The game definitely has a learning curve as the combat doesn't immediately feel natural (with time it will likely become your favorite combat system ever, though) and there are a lot of things in the game and world that the tutorial doesn't tell you. Once your buy it your FIRST order of business should be to find a starter guide video, and your second order should be to search online for all the keyboard shortcuts, especially the use of the ctrl key to speed things up.

This is my most played game and it's earned that place for a reason. You will come to love the game's unique charm, well-designed world, and unique combat, and I can almost guarantee that the kind of gamer who's had sleepness nights playing Total War or Skyrim because they didn't notice the time go by will be able to look past the dated graphics, quirky AI and UI, and let this game infest their heart like it has done to me.

Once you've got the feel for vanilla, though, you absolutely must move on to the many many marvellous mods available, including the paid DLC Viking Conquest which has overcome teething troubles to become a valuable member of the Mount & Blade IP, featuring increased difficulty and set in Britannia during the period of Viking raiding.

The Module system makes switching between mods dreamily easy, as each mod keeps its own savegames separate from those of other mods, so you can easily have several games in progress in several mods and switch between them fluidly without fiddling with 3rd party managers to put all the little tweaks correctly in their places as with Bethesda games.

If you manage to read this before the steam sale ends, if you have even a slight idea that you might want it, buy it anyway and the money will likely not go to waste. Between native multiplayer, Napoleonic Wars (which is only MP, unfortunately- however, there is a single-player mod called L'Aigle that takes place during Napoleon's reign), and the countless overhaul mods available, there is something here for everybody, and many things for people who like to get engrossed in a game to lose themselves in. This is a must-have title.

P.S. - It's prequel, M&B 2: Bannerlord, will be releasing early next year. As it stands, that game is looking like it may become the best game of all time, and Taleworlds is self-publishing so you can rest assured they'll deliver a product that they feel is great and they will release it when they know it is finished, no sooner. The game seemingly features an almost identical combat and overland system to Warband, so if Bannerlord interests you then Warband is practically a prerequisite if you want to start in Bannerlord's multiplayer without being slaughtered by veterans, and if you want to jump right into its singleplayer (although TW has promised more help for ne players in Bannerlord), then I reccomend you get Warband now so you can teethe yourself on M&B's uniqueness sooner rather than later.
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( 384.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The best medieval game i ever seen! If you want to be a pro player in multiplayer game you would better play a lot on duel server like Ludus and deathmatch server like ArenaofKings. Very good game))
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( 74.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game taught me many things, like they sent out naked men screaming "for the queen" into batte
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( 77.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Best Game Ever! I only wish that there were things in mods added to the actual game, like enlisting in an army instead of being a vassal, and so on.
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231 of 247 people (94%) found this review helpful
149 people found this review funny
285.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
My story:

Play with Floris Mod (2.54) installed
Join Vaegirs, enlist in King's Army, continue to buy land in capital city.
Stay loyal until becoming a fully-fledged two-handed-mallet-wielding horseman.
Upgrade Prisoner Management to 3 and decide it's time to desert.
"Some of your friends in the army wouldn't mind deserting with you."
All of the low-tier grunts of the King's army join me, accumulating to 104 warriors.
Become a mercenary for the Vaegirs and begin searching for companions.
Accidentally bump into King of the Nords.
Nord King gives task to collect taxes in his capital city.
Proceed to collect taxes and never return the money.
Receive payment from the invested land and mercenary fee from the Vaegirs.
Buy epic weapons and armour for me and my companions.
Suddenly realise, you're playing early-game, already have top-tier gear, have over 100 men, while all other lords are still struggling with 40-70 men

104/10 would cause a grunt uprising again.
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121 of 128 people (95%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
647.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is quite the game, possibly being one of the best games ever made.

Its so good that i am unsure of how to write this review.

Well then, lets start with the base game.

Mount and Blade: Warband is many things. In this game you can start an army, recruiting peasants from villages and training them into one hell of an army, an army that will conquer the world. There are 6 nations in the base game, each with different units and weapons.

They are (from top to bottom) the Nords, an infantry based nation specializing in axes and throwing weapons with mediocre archers and no cavalry. Their top tier infantry is the strongest in the game. They are historically based on the Norse

The Vaegirs, a somewhat well rounded nation with fantastic archers, their infantry uses mainly two handed weapons. Their top tier archers are the finest non crossbow units in the game, though they arent suited for long engagments due to how fast they use their ammo. They are historically based on the Slavs.

The Swadians, again, a well rounded nation, this time specializing in cavalry, they use traditional medieval western european weapons like crossbows and two handed swords. They have the best cavalry in the game and are a bit of a community favorite. They are historically based on Germans.

The Khergits, a VERY cavalry heavy nation, almost all of their units are cavalry, they use shortbows, sabres and hafted blades (similar to the japanese naginata). They arent particularly good as far as cav goes, they are the only nation with horse archers which makes them excellent for kiting, though as far as facing a professional army, they arent going to do well. Would recommend for getting early game cavalry. They are historically based on the Mongols.

The Rhodoks, a very defensive nation with fantastic crossbows, they use cleavers, spears, crossbows, warhammers and picks (i particularly like the Glaives). They have the best crossbows in the game but lack cavalry and have somewhat bad infantry. Would recommend mixing crossbows with Nord infantry, they make a mean seige army. They are historically based on the Venetians and the French.

And lastly, the Sarranids, Jack of all trades but master of none, they use scimitars, shortbows, maces and axes. All around quite balanced. They are historically based on the Arabs.

I wont go into the mechanics, there are quite a few guides about them, and also plenty of lets plays.

And now we get to the big thing. Mods.

There are tons of enhancment and total conversion mods for this game, even a few multiplayer ones.

Want to play in feudal Japan? There is a mod for that, its called Gekokujo.

Feel like some crusades? Quite a few mods for that, Sands of Faith for instance.

Like yourself some light fantasy? Perisno and Prophecy of Pendor have your back.

Dark age Britain? Brytenwalda.

Fantasy Warhammer? Warsword Conquest.

Multiplayer RP with a somewhat cancerous community? Persistent World.

Plus many many more.
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102 of 128 people (80%) found this review helpful
112 people found this review funny
114.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
- Bought game
- Waited approximately 2 hours to download
- Made new character
- Made a female character for laughs and giggles
- Skipped tutorial
- Skipped the tutorial quest as well . . .
- Heading towards a village
- "No one is interested in following you"
- Tries another village
- "No one is interested in following you"
- Head towards another village
- Ambushed by 20 Forest Bandits
- Got my @$$ kicked
- Sold away into slavery

420/10 Would be a victim of sexism again
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76 of 90 people (84%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
345.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
-instantly start a new game without tutorial knowledge, die
-collect 5 men
-see them die
-go to tournament
-met a guy who instantly yells "i will drink from your skull!"
-got rich and bored
-finished played native, thought it was fun..
-discover mods
-played mods
-discover more mods
-play with a mod set in 1257ad until i got bored
-decided to take a break and go to 16th century and got bored again
-go to war of the third coalition and got bored
-♥♥♥♥ around with tolkien's story
-♥♥♥♥ again but with game of thrones
-go to sengoku era japan
-go to a world where you make your own knighthood
-invaded england while you have so many companion traitors
-play more mods
-go back to previous mods
10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ with history again

-played persistent world, got robbed by a chinese that speak empty fonts
-got backstabbed by a guy
-played full invasion and become a cowboy versus uruk hai in a japanese fort
-died to a naked dude with a greatsword
10/10 would play multi again

11/10 would play this historical, naked swordfight simulator again
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Warband is a unique type of rpg: it has no story at all. The sandbox nature of Warband allows you to freely juggle between all of its gameplay aspects at will. 

You can: trade as a merchant, serve as a vassal in 1 of the 6 medieval kingdoms (and change your allegiance as you desire), fight at tournaments for glory and gold, court noble ladies in secret, in hope of gaining influence in high society, guard caravans and work for guilds, own productive enterprises, become a lord of villages, castles and even cities, dedicate your life to protecting poor and defenseless, serve as a cynical mercenary, killing without question or hesitation, be a cunning and power hungry  manipulator, starting civil wars and pulling the strings from the shadows, become a renowned marshal, known for his military prowess and tactical genius, rob villages and caravans as lawless brigand, become a confidant to powerful lords and kings, or, if you re truly worthy, ascend as an emperor of the known world yourself. 

The best part is that you can be all those things AT THE SAME TIME. Role playing in warband is more of a metaphysical concept that in most RPGs, meaning that you don't just play a role in a given situation or a plot, but rather create the situation for role playing yourself.  I struggle to remember a lot of games with this level of role playing  freedom and immersion. 

The combat is something else entirely. Deceptively simple, frighteningly realistic: it takes skill and practice to win a fight against superior number of foes. 3-4 is manageable, 7-10 is a suicide. 

The customization is as deep as the ocean: one handed arms, two handed, pole arms, shields, bows, crossbows, throwing weapons, battle horses, the list goes on and on...

Rpg system is robust and flexible: horse archery, tracking, knowledge of medicine or siege weaponry, trading or tactics...

There is no story in warband. No predetermined path. Except the one that you create for yourself. You are the master of your own fate. And what a glorious fate that is!
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
2,636.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
After consulting with the peers of the realm, King Harlaus has decided to confer the fief of Jelkala on King Harlaus
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
98.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This is one of the best RPG games i played in my whole life.
If you like---> Shooting people with bow and arrow---> Buy this game
If you like---> Epic sword fights---> Buy this game
If you like---> Being a lord in the medieval times---> Buy this game
If you like---> Epic fights on a large scale---> Buy this game
If you like---> Fighting in a arena---> Buy this game
If you like---> A big open world to conquer ---> Buy this game
If you like---> A game that has a good support for mods---> Buy this game
If you like---> A game that has many possibilities and ways to go---> Buy this game
If you like---> Character progression---> Buy this game
So PLEASE just buy this game---> You wont regret it.
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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
694.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
- needs mods to polish/ include features that should be there.

- the AI Lords cheat on the main map (not in the battles)

-Sieges are fun for a while but become tedious fast

-AI soldiers can't use spears effectively. Players can, but AI can't figure it out.

-Game slows down once you become a powerful lord in the game. Becomes tedious at times.

-Game feels like it needs more features even though it is full of cool and interesting features.

-The combat is extremely difficult and extremely fun. There's a reason many new games copy the M&B combat style.

-The game is as difficult as you want it to be. It's a very custimizable game. You can change the difficulty of pretty much everything in this game.

-While it sucks that mods have to make the game as good as possible, the mods in this game are amazing.

-Taleworlds, the creators of this game, love the community. They want to give players what they want.

-Commanding soldiers in battles feels really, really good.

-The economics in this game are surprisingly deep. So deep that I can't really easily describe it.

-The multiplayer is really good, a lot of fun.

Summary: While Warband has many flaws, mods get rid of those flaws for the most part. All in all, this game is one of my favorite games of all time. If you love medieval strategy, kingdom management, politics, and combat then there's no game out there right now that does what Warband does. There's a reason this game made in 2010 is still extremely popular. Can't wait for Bannerlord to come out.

Mods that I recommend

Floris: Its Warband as it should be. It includes a lot of amazing new features, items, and improves combat.

Prophesy of Pendor: The most popular fantasy mod. It's pretty good, but doesn't include as many features as Floris.

Of course, theres also a WARHAMMER mod, a Lord of the Rings mod, Chinese/Japanese mods, a historical Europe/Middle East mod, and multiple Game of Thrones mods.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
991.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This game is different from every other game I have played. It has untold amounts of replayability. Along with the countless mods and the extensive DLC this game is worth every penny. The last note I can leave you on is, I have spent three times the price of this game for worse....
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