Mount & Blade: Warband

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Mount & Blade: Warband
Mount & Blade: Warband cover
Developers
TaleWorlds Entertainment
Publishers
Paradox Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 30, 2010
macOS (OS X) July 10, 2014
Linux July 10, 2014
Mount & Blade: Warband guide at StrategyWiki
Mount & Blade: Warband at Wikipedia
Mount & Blade
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Mount & Blade: Warband 2010
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Key points

OS X and Linux versions are currently suffering from frequent crashes on high graphics settings.[1][2]

General information

Developer Forums
Publisher Forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Mount Fan Blade
Mount & Blade Nexus

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Default installation requires Steam (see Play without Steam).
GOG.com key
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires online activation
Russian copies use StarForce 5 DRM. CIS/Russian retail can be activated on GOG.com.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Developer website
Requires online activation
Optional Steam unlock. Can be bundled with Napoleonic Wars.
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Can be played without Steam using the CD key link in the client.
Download
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All versions except GOG.com require one-time activation. Each serial key can activate M&B twice in a 60-day period. The game may need to be re-authenticated if your computer hardware changes. If the game is not authenticated it will play in demo mode with game time limited to 30 game days. If the computer with the game does not have internet access, M&B can be manually authenticated.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Napoleonic Wars
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Viking Conquest
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch is Version 1.172. Online play requires using the latest version. The Steam version already has this patch.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete binkplay.exe[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename binkplay.exe

Play without Steam (Windows)[edit]

This only works for the Windows version.
Play without using Steam[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the full installer.
  2. Open Steam.
  3. Go to Warband in the Library.
  4. Click CD Key on the sidebar to the right.
  5. Run the non-Steam Warband you installed and click Activate when prompted.
  6. Enter the key from Steam.

Mods[edit]

Extract mods to the Modules folder, then select the mod from the drop down menu in the launcher.

Battle Size Changer[edit]

To increase the limit of how many troops can be on screen at once, download. Battle Size Changer. It increases the limit to anywhere from 150 to 1000. It is best to stay below 300, as higher values may cause performance issues.

Floris Modpack[edit]

Floris Modpack is a comprehensive modpack containing lots of mods which improve the game in almost every way.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Mount&Blade Warband\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/MBWarband/
Linux ~/.mbwarband/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Product keys are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MountAndBladeWarbandKeys on Windows.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Mount&Blade Warband Savegames\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/MBWarband/Savegames/
Linux ~/.mbwarband/Savegames/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Set in launcher or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed hide menus for best effects.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Set in launcher (enabled by default).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate cap is fully configurable.

Input settings[edit]

Haptic feedback[edit]

Disable gamepad vibration[4]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Mount&Blade Warband\
  2. Edit rgl_config.txt.
  3. Change enable_gamepad_vibration = 1 to enable_gamepad_vibration = 0

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and volume.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Game dialogs are text-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language is set in Launcher (Configure, Game).
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Turkish
Polish
Spanish
Hungarian
Czech

Network[edit]

Servers can optionally use Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) protection.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
200
Online play
200

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Program has stopped responding error[edit]

Upon launching, some users experience a Windows error stating that the program has stopped responding and must be closed. This can usually be solved by deleting rgl_config.txt from %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Mount&Blade Warband\

Mount & Blade: Warband crashes while loading[edit]

Enable "Load Textures on Demand" and decrease texture detail[citation needed]
  1. Open the game
  2. Click on "configure"
  3. On the "Video" tab, check "Load Textures on Demand"
  4. Click "ok" to save your settings
Additionally, you might want to decrease texture detail if your problem is not fixed.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable
Linux and MacOS X only. Currently on Steam as beta which can be opt-in by using betapassword access code [5]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz 2.1 GHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM 128 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
ATI Radeon 2400 or better
Sound (audio device) Standard audio

References