As fantastic as Crusader Kings III is, and as much as you can do as a ruler of a medieval dynasty, the nature of the game has meant the war has always been a bit of a detachment. You can set up your armies and tell them where to go, but never lead the troops directly yourself. Until now.
Crusader Blade is a mod that allows you to directly control all the battles that take place in the game by using literally using an entirely different video game to do it. This game is a medieval battle title Mount & Blade II: Banner Lord, and in the simplest sense, the mod works by pausing CKIII at the time of a battle, toggle on Bracket & blade so you can fix it, and then switch back again.
Here is a video of the mod in action so you can see for yourself:
Damn it, that’s impressive. It’s one thing that the mod works that way, but the way it integrates CKIII Setting up both battles and then resolving their numbers at the end is really something else.
Fight in CKIII can sometimes involve tens of thousands of fighters, especially when large empires clash or you are involved in a crusade. and Bracket & bladeAs large as it is compared to its multiplayer combat competition, it can still only support a few thousand units on the screen at a time.
So it takes a proportional approach to its unit representation. The mod studies the size and makeup of both armies before entering a battle and also pays attention to the mix of quality. It then crunches the numbers and keeps the percentages the same, so while your CKIII
As did the casualties at the other end of the battle, with each kill in Bracket and blade counted then represented in Crusader Kings III on the way out and reapply them as percentages of total force. So if you have 6% of your archers in the Bracket & blade Fight, 6% of your archers in Crusader Kings III will now be gone, even if the totals are of course different.
You can download the mod here.