Almost any game with a modding community will eventually see some heavy duty overhauls. It's natural for people to want to improve things when it comes to a game that the community enjoys so much. Mount and Blade: Warband is immensely popular among the player base, which has shown an incredible dedication to the mods produced for this game.
Mount and Blade: Warband doesn't have the overwhelming number of mods that games like Skyrim or Fallout have, but there's plenty of content to make up for it. Most of the mods are focused on entirely new campaigns, which change characters, factions, and even whole new maps.
Here are some of the best mods that have come out for the game recently.
Starting off with a big one, A World of Ice and Fire is a mod based on G.R.R. Martin's book series, A Song of Fire and Ice. The new world gives you the opportunity to step up and take the Iron Throne for yourself, ruling Westeros however you see fit.
The mod includes Westeros and Essos, the appropriate factions for both continents, and even the Whitewalkers. With all the options this mod gives you, it would be well within your ability to raise an army and kick in the teeth of your least favorite characters from the show or books.
The mod was well received by the community and currently holds an average rating of 9/10. Minor complaints were noted with people who experienced some bugs, but the hype surrounding this mod paid off in a big way.
For those of you who are more interested in science fiction, this Star Wars mod has provided quite the overhaul and focuses on Mount & Blade's multiplayer gameplay. It's still in its early stages, but already includes Jedi and Sith characters and factions from both the original trilogy and the prequels.
Its most promising feature are the new maps, which the modders have stated will include a lot of new environments. While that would have been enough, the creators decided to go a step further and add in their own custom game modes as well.
Perisno is a high fantasy, full conversion mod that has been in development for years. Besides the standard full conversion aspects, this mod boasts multiple races for the player to become as well as more powerful weapons. It is still in development, but Perisno is available to download, so players can check it out now and get a feel for where it's headed.
One of the most interesting things about this mod is the mention of the "Dreaded One." The implication being there is some ridiculously powerful enemy wandering around, which would be a fun event for the player.
For historical fiction with a twist, the Age of Arthur mod can take you back to the Dark Ages. While not officially released yet, there are some major updates in the works -- light magic, historical figures, and raising a family are some of the more prominent features that have been mentioned.
The creators intend to give the player the power to create their own villages and mining outposts, which could be an interesting addition to the gameplay depending on the benefits involved.
A simple change of scenery can do wonders for a game. And with the War of the Samurai mod, Mount and Blade moves to a more Eastern setting. Sifting through some of the photos, there are a lot of good-looking models for weapons and armor, and new factions with their own banners. There's no release date yet, but the community is eager to see where it goes.
While not officially released yet, this mod has some exciting implications to it. Winds of War: Blood and Steel – 1870 takes place in a time period roughly resembling the late 1800's, with updated factions to take advantage of the technology available. They have plans for a number of economic buildings, with their current focus being on the Estates where players will be able to build garrisons and War Rooms to access troops and diplomacy options.
These are just a few of the recent and most popular mods out there. There's plenty more to find on both ModDB and NexusMods, and I would encourage any Mount and Blade player to go out there and find something they enjoy. Supporting these modders and their content can only help the community improve.