Modness: High School Of The Dead Mount & Blade Mod

By Craig Pearson on August 12th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

That is a gorilla.
The mod news ticker is all tick-tick-tick-tack-tack-tack-i-will-kill-you-in-your-sleep. I usually don’t pay it that much attention, because it’s not plugged in and doesn’t actually exist, but now it’s clacking away and demanding that we should pay more attention to Mount & Blade’s mod scene. While I don’t imagine the High School Of The Dead mod it prints out is in anyway representative of the scene’s usual output, it’s silly enough to make me want to investigate more. I shall. Meanwhile, H.O.T.D. is a mod that brings high school pupils, zombies, cities, and civil unrest into the base game’s feudal war nonsense. There is some footage below. Also, can someone recommend an exorcist who deals in imaginary electronics? The news ticker is now spewing blood and doing something horrible with a crucifix.

Like I say, I’m more interested in the extremes it adds to the base game than anything else. I don’t know the lore of this particular piece of Japanese literature, so I can’t tell you what’s going on, why there’s a unit in the game called “Right-Wing Activist”, or even why there’s a gorilla in the screenshot. I do know that there’s free-roaming city-hub for you to explore, where multiple factions clash swinging makeshift weapons of brooms and what I think are hat-stands. It is strange, and I’m glad it exists. One man’s labour of love.

So now I have to find more polished mods for any game of the series. Or maybe you can tell me all about them, instead? There was one that popped up this weekend: the now obligatory Game Of Thrones mod that PC Gamer covered, and looks like it might be fun. Anything else? It can be really good, or really strange. Either are fine by me.

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  1. Leb says:

    M&B/Warbands mod community is great – but there are quite a few ambitious projects that lack polish.

    In my experience of running mods, there are 3 that are the most polished & my most highly recommended, in order of my favoritism

    - Prophesy of Pendor. The best… delves a bit into the realms of fantasy – you will see demon armies of 500 strong summoned by heretics, knights orders, dark knights orders, mystical elf people in a hidden city, and more. Has been my most interesting warband campaign yet.

    - Brytenwalda – play in dark age England, adds a wealth of realism options that both enhance the game & make it more difficult. Loads of compacted territories & small factions make Brytannia a constant war zone. It’s a little tougher to get into than most but well worth the investment.

    - Floris mod – This mod takes the vanilla setting and tweaks & refines certain mechanics, adds new ones, etc. Good if you like the vanilla setting and would just like a cleaner game to play.

  1. Vegard Pompey says:

    Wake me up when there’s a Gantz mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

    EDIT: That Clash of Kings article was hilarious. Thanks.

  2. baby snot says:

    Dem bloomers.

  3. nimzy says:

    Remarkably tame compared to the source material.

  4. Totally heterosexual says:

    That is the strangest fucking choice of a game to make a mod about this series with.

    Mean I have not watched it, but im pretty sure it’s largely about tits and zombies. Neither of which are things I can see working too well in mount and blade.

    • Bluerps says:

      I think you’re right.

      I’ve once seen a scene from an anime in which a pair of huge breasts dodges a bullet by wobbling athletically, in slowmotion. I am pretty sure that was from High School of the Dead.

    • Fiatil says:

      It’s 80% tits and 20% zombies. Which makes the choice to make a mod of it in Mount & Blade all the more puzzling.

      • Philomelle says:

        The original manga source material is actually more like 70% zombies and 30% tits. It’s a very mature and well-written homage to classic zombie movies, probably one of the best zombie tales in the last five years, which is surprising when you consider that the authors started their career by drawing porn. I walked into it expecting to have a cheap laugh at all the boob physics, but stuck around for very compelling characterization.

        Of course the TV adaptation reduced all that to fanservice with a dash of zombies to it. But at least the music and voice acting in it are both great.

        This is still a pretty unexpected mod, but it’s worth noting that the original source material really did have the narrative maturity to support it.

  5. Turkey says:

    Someone take this mod and delete all the stupid zombies and make a Battle Royale type thing.

  6. Leb says:

    M&B/Warbands mod community is great – but there are quite a few ambitious projects that lack polish.

    In my experience of running mods, there are 3 that are the most polished & my most highly recommended, in order of my favoritism

    - Prophesy of Pendor. The best… delves a bit into the realms of fantasy – you will see demon armies of 500 strong summoned by heretics, knights orders, dark knights orders, mystical elf people in a hidden city, and more. Has been my most interesting warband campaign yet.

    - Brytenwalda – play in dark age England, adds a wealth of realism options that both enhance the game & make it more difficult. Loads of compacted territories & small factions make Brytannia a constant war zone. It’s a little tougher to get into than most but well worth the investment.

    - Floris mod – This mod takes the vanilla setting and tweaks & refines certain mechanics, adds new ones, etc. Good if you like the vanilla setting and would just like a cleaner game to play.

    • Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

      My favourite, and certainly the one I’d put highest in terms of polish, is 1257 AD. It’s basically still Warband (nothing like Brytenwalda’s management stuff) but in a convincing C13th Europe/Mediterranean. Combat’s significantly tweaked from vanilla as well, but it’s Warband, but more more more more of it. And better.

      Brytenwalda’s a thoroughly impressive achievement, but for me personally the joy in M&B is in smashing people in the face with cudgels – to me, Brytenwalda’s extra stuff kinda held back the face-cudgelling I so enjoy.

    • cpt_freakout says:

      There’s a couple of ‘works in progress’ mods that look promising: Gekokujo (Japanese late medieval warfare, it’s still rough, but plays nicely and looks great), and another one I liked that is called Suvarnabhumi… um… something, that is about Southeast Asia (it looks great, but it plays very similarly to Native).

      Apart from that, there’s the hardcore mods like Blood and Steel, which really amp up the difficulty and make you struggle for everything. I like those once in a while, but sometimes I just want to collect 100 mad dudes and smash someone’s face, so I boot up Floris.

      Also of note are a couple of music packs lying around the Nexus which add medieval music as well as some of those Renaissance-fair fun-and-games performances of medieval music which make the game pretty enjoyable for long whiles.

  7. Reapy says:

    For anybody interested by the “War of the Vikings”, war of the roses clone coming out, why not check out Vikingr in warband.

    I really think it is quite an amazing mod and you can tell that wotV is copying many features from it. The only downside is a low population and hard to find an NA server running it with people on, but it really is a fantastic multiplayer mod worth checking out.

  8. Askeladd says:

    Well, the mods I’ve tried and liked so far are: Vikingr (MP), Brytenwalda (S) , Prophesy of Pendor (S) and some MP castle defense invasion mod, which I can’t remember the name of.
    Next time I’m firing up my M&B:Warband, which btw gave me more enjoyment for my money than any EA title ever did, I’m gonna try out ‘A Clash of Kings’.

    PS: Also Battlesize changer is a must have. The highest setting I run are six hundred man battles, but afaik you can run up to a thousand+.

  9. realmenhuntinpacks says:

    I seem to remember a particularly mental one a few years back… all Glasgae pubs and neds swedging with the polis. Never got round to trying it, although I admired it’s bananas-ness.

  10. staberas says:

    So The obvious question is : DOES IT HAS BOOB JIGGLE PHYSICS?

  11. Merlkir says:

    In case anyone still has the original Mount and Blade – The Last Days of the Third Age (LOTR) mod went open source and is still ocassionally updated/patched:

    http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-last-days

    A patch has been released recently, also an optimization pack for better performance.

    As for Warband – Vikingr and Full Invasion 2 are the two MP mods I play the most. :) Both fun in their own ways.

  12. kalirion says:

    I’ve seen scenery pop-in before, but skirt pop-in? I guess it’s kinda appropriate for this case…

  13. Shaun239 says:

    I have no idea what the hell is going on with this mod, but I’m glad they decided to name the petrol stations after me.

  14. Blinky343 says:

    There’s not really any reason to play the game of thrones mod. It’s effectively just warband on a new map, with new character names. Like, talking to Gregor just spews out the generic lines for the brash personality type. Maybe one day it’ll actually be interesting, but M&B mods seem to always place content like that at the lowest priority, even Pendor is really dry

    edit: I mean unless you WANT warband on the westeros map, in which case you’ll be well served

  15. jacko says:

    Haha, no mention of cRPG? Warband would have died out long ago if it wasn’t for it. Always a lot of people playing. 2 years with 2-300 people every night. More then I can say for most games.

    • Phendron says:

      cRPG is a great way to find out how bad you are at M&B.

      • Merlkir says:

        Hmm, rather a great way to find out how bad you are against people who have already put hundreds of hours into their characters.

        • jacko says:

          Early days it was kind of like that. All the grinders had plate and a lot of stuff was pretty damn OP.. But now, nah? You don’t need looms to be effective in combat, a skilled player will still win.

          Also the GK siege server is pretty great if you like native combat.

  16. RUN msdos.exe -DMC says:

    Whenever I see a quirky mod I recall the experience I had with “burden of 80 proof” for Deus Ex. It was majestical. By which I mean it was hilarious and fairly excellent. http://scoptic.com/burdenof80proof/index.php

  17. GamesInquirer says:

    It’s hard to have polish when the game you’re modding lacks it.

    Sword of Damocles however is pretty sweet.

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