Age of Wonders Mods

This is the Mod section of AoW Heaven. The intention is to list all mod related "products" that are available for AoW, to provide links to where they can be downloaded and where more information about them can be found. The categorization and short descriptions should help identifying those mods that may be of interest to you. I'll also add an "Info from the Author" page if the author wants to present extra information about the mod here (email nojd@heavengames.com in that case).

We have chosen to define a Mod as anything that is not immediately available for use with the unmodified game that is installed from the CD. The only exceptions are the official patches that have been released, and normal user created scenarios that can be downloaded from the Internet. Examples of things that are mods with this definition:

  • Rule-sets (often called mods or mod-packs) that can be installed. Those typically change the units in the game, and/or how the game mechanics work.
  • Tools used to create such rule-sets.
  • Tools used to create scenarios with additional features, even if those scenarios are playable with the standard version of the game.

Warning!

The use of mods or mod tools of any sort is not in any way supported by the developers or HeavenGames. Anything you do is at your own risk. The more you "mess around" with tools and rule-sets, the more likely it is that you get problems with your game (and maybe even with your computer).

The mod world is nearly impossible to get a complete overview over, so to make this section of AoW Heaven really good, we need help. If you spot any errors or have additional info that belongs here, please let us know! Perhaps you've even created your own mod or tool? Email any kind of mod information (including errors found below - I'm sure I must have put at least a couple of mods in the wrong section) to nojd@heavengames.com.

Be careful with this stuff, understand what you're doing, and enjoy!

Index over the sections on this page:

1. Rule-Sets

The rule-sets listed here change the way the game looks, sounds and/or works. Some of them make only minor changes to the original, while others change Age of Wonders into something almost completely different!

Warlock's Rule-Set

By Warlock
Description: This is the first, and for a long time only, complete mod pack. It's widely used and very popular. It adds new units and buildings, attempts to balance the game with changes in unit stats, costs, spells and abilities. It reduces the problem with invincible heroes that on their own can defeat whole armies by lowering the maximum value of some hero stats and by increasing the costs of some ability upgrades.
Unit stats: Complete Listing
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.southwest.com.au/~wl/AoWWar/index.html
Download: Warlock's Site or AoW Heaven
More info: Warlock's Rule-Set FAQ, Warlock's Site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Lighthawk's Rules

By Kris Lighthawk
Description: "Lighthawk's rules is a Mod Pack for AoW, just like Warlock's rules it will change existing units, and add new units and buildings to the game."
Judging by the treads in the PBEM forum, this is the second most used rule-set. Just like Warlock's rule-set it will change existing units, and add new units and buildings to the game.
Unit stats: Complete Excel Listing
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36 and Warlock's Rule-Set 1.10
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Hålo Ruleset

By badman69tm
Description: "The Hålo Ruleset is a mod for Age of Wonders, giving tons of new units, buildings, and making major changes."
Unit stats: -
Prerequisites: ?
Site: http://halo.host.sk
Download: The Hålo site or AoW Heaven
More info: The Hålo site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Tactics Mod

By Lord Dragatus - Email: gumijasti@hotmail.com
Description: "The mod uses counterunits. Archers (in large groups) are good for killing infantry, infantry is good for killing cavalry, cavalry is good for killing archers, and machines are weak vs fire. There's more, but this should do for the beginning. The mod also uses a hero class system. A hero or leader can now belong to any of the 3 classes available to every race (hero, wizard, special). In addition there are also a few non-race hero classes (dragons, sphere wizards, the balrog). If you play the camapaign and chose a custom made character and change the race your leader will be a wizard. Also combat magic is now cheaper. Generaly 50% cheaper, but there are exceptions."
Unit stats: -
Prerequisites: ?
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Dark Lord Mod

By LordofMaps - Email: gamerx@gamingforce.net
Description: "The Dark Lord Mod-pack is THE biggest Age of Wonders Mod-pack you can get, with over 310 units, 13 sub races and 21 new builds, this Mod-pack is packed with new stuff to do."
Unit stats: -
Prerequisites: ?
Site: http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/aow-darklord/index.html
Download: LordofMaps' site or AoW Heaven
More info: Info from the Author, LordofMaps' site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Heavenly Rules

By Foodstamp - Email: jshores@citlink.net
Description: "There is less of a gap between 1st level units and 4th level units as far as abilities and stats go. The units are more race based, instead of creature based. Your heroes will progress as fighters, wizards or clerics."
Unit stats: -
Prerequisites: Warlock's Rule-Set
Site: -
Download: FoodStamp's site or AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Dragonlance Mod

By SirJoseph - Email: joe@computerphiles.net
Description: "There are a lot of new graphics to be seen in this Mod, Heroes, Building, Units, Even new tiles can be used now. Ever wanted to have those castle walls on your map or Lava above ground? Well now you can, and there is a lot more you can use to make your maps with as well."
Unit stats: -
Prerequisites: Not to be used with any other mods. It has only been tested as a stand alone Mod.
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

TCMaps (Curtain Wall & Dungeon Mod Pack)

By ffbj
Description: "These files change your city and dungeon maps."
Also see the Map Switcher made by Alphax to help switching back and forth between standard and modified walls and dungeons.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: -
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

2. Appearance mods

The requirement to fit into this category is that when the mod is installed, the game will still function exactly as the original. The only difference is the way it looks or sounds (units, portraits, ...).

Lodoss Portrait MOD

By Steve "Stephanos" Weese and Jimmy "Thrashbarg" Anderson
Description: Replaces 19 portraits in the game with Lodoss Wars characters.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

AoW1 Portrait Pack - Wizards from AoW2

By SmurfHero - Email: wilco.vertegaal@wanadoo.nl
Description: "This is an AoW1 library giving you the 12 portraits of all the AoW2 wizards as they appeared in a pc.ign.com preview article."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Shields alternative to race images

By Nojd - Email: nojd@heavengames.com
Description: Replaces races' portrait images in the game with the races' shield images. This was just a quick mock-up to beta test the Portrait Inserter Tool.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Cynon's Picture Pack VI (6)

By Cynon - Email: cynon228@aol.com
Description: Adds new portraits to the game.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

3. Map maker tools for creating additional features in standard scenarios

Maps created using the tools or additional features in this section can still be played under the standard installation of AOW (ie. no additional or modified rule-set installation is required in order to play the map).

Age Of Wonders v.1.0.0 Patch (Downgrade)

By Tekk Zero - Email: Tekkaman_Zero@hotmail.com
Description: "This patch only downgrades Age of Wonders to the original American version, Age of Wonders 1.0.0. This patch is the culmination of requests by mapmakers to be able to have access to the special 'goodies' in the original version of Age of Wonders.
Age of Wonders 1.0.0 provides: Maps that are compatible for all Age of Wonders versions. The Terrain Inversion Trick. Special abilities for the use item that disappear in later versions. Access to the Elven Court Graphic."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

WR tiles with 1.36

By dlang
Description: "This is a release.hss file with Warlock's tiles."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Age of Wonders Campaign Characters Library

By Tekk Zero - Email: Tekkaman_Zero@hotmail.com
Description: "This is a library pack that gives you the old AOW campaign heroes so they can be used in custom made scenarios. (Julia, Inioch, Meandor, etc.)"
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: -
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

AoW2 Heroes Portrait Library

By SmurfHero
Description: "These are the 21 hero faces that come with the Ago of Wonders II demo."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: -
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

ME-Heroes_Items

By Newsboy555, a.k.a. Mr Pickles
Description: "Here are Heroes and Items I used in my Middle Earth map, some ever-so-slightly altered."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: -
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Age of Wonders Mapmaker Addition

By Tekk Zero - Email: Tekkaman_Zero@hotmail.com
Description: "Age of Wonders Mapmaker Addition provides improvements for:
Heroes - Access to the Wizard Graphics for each race, the Campaign Hero Faces, to non-buggy abilities and statuses and to alternative hero sprites.
Items - Access to non-buggy abilities and statuses"
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: -
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

4. Tools for creating Rule-Sets and other non-standard things

The requirement to fit into this category is that the tool is used to change the way the game works.

DevEdit

By Nojd - Email: nojd@heavengames.com
Description: Enables the developer editor which makes it possible to change many aspects of the game. This tool is used by the creators of (most of) the Rule-Sets.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36, but it's not needed for the Medieval Masters release (where it's already available)
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: LordDragatus' DevEd Beginner's Guide and AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum, specifically the thread How to use DevEd

AoW Campaign & Graphics Editor

By SmurfHero
Description: Tool to edit campaign and graphics.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Hero Class Mod Package

By ChowGuy - Email: 110535.1036@compuserve.com
Description: This package contains files for a plug-in Hero Class mod. Although some parts may be applicable to existing maps it is not intended as a full mod-pack in itself, but rather as a tool for map makers and mod-pack makers to include in their own finished works.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Zippys Unit Editor

By Zippy
Description: Zippy's unit editor will let you alter the statistics of game units.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Portrait Inserter

By Thrashbarg
Description: "Lets you import new images into an existing portrait image library, works on Units.ilb, R_faces.ilb, H_faces.ilb and L_faces.ilb."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.knuten.liu.se/~jiman392/Files.html
Download: Thrashbarg's Site or AoW Heaven
More info: Thrashbarg's Site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

5. Other Tools and Utilities

These are tools and utilities that didn't fit in any of the above categories.

Map Switcher for TCMaps

By Alphax
Description: "Do you have the alternative tactical combat maps above? this utility will switch between them at the stroke of an enter key!"
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

AoWRead

By Pug/Paul
Description: Tool to read the AoW image files (.ilb) and produce individual images in raw format.
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: -
Download: AoW Heaven
More info: AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

ILB -> Gif extractor

By Thrashbarg
Description: "Lets you extract all images from a ilb file into gifs."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.knuten.liu.se/~jiman392/Files.html
Download: Thrashbarg's Site or AoW Heaven
More info: Thrashbarg's Site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Rule Changer

By LordofMaps
Description: "Tired of ussing rules2 all the time, wish you cude use somthing diferant. Well now you can thanks to the Rule Changer. Rules it Work's with Warlock, Dark Lord, Heavenly, Halo, Lighthawk, and the good old TS136."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/aow-darklord/index.html
Download: LordofMaps' site or AoW Heaven
More info: LordofMaps' site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Image Inserter

By LordofMaps
Description: "This is a little program that will insert the images needed for FoodStamp's Heavenly rule set and my own LoM Mod v Dark Lord rule set."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/aow-darklord/index.html
Download: LordofMaps' site or AoW Heaven
More info: LordofMaps' site, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum

Impulse Tracker

By Jeffrey Lim
Description: "This is the program which was (probably) used to make the music for AoW1."
Unit stats: N/A
Prerequisites: Age of Wonders 1.36
Site: http://www.noisemusic.org/it/
Download: The Official Impulse Tracker Page or AoW Heaven
More info: The Official Impulse Tracker Page, AoW Heaven's Mod Packs Forum