Legend of Lu Bu
is a fan-made mod for Legend of Cao Cao
, created by tnu84
of the Xuanyuan Chunqiu
(XYCQ) forum in 2005. It features 58 all new levels (though most of the maps are the same, but in different order), a new cast (you play as Lu Bu), and tweaked unit and item characteristics. All of the player-controlled units start at level 40 and stay that way throughout, and in most stages, all player-controlled units must survive the battle or it's considered game over. This adds a new dimension of challenge for veterans of LoCC--meticulous strategic planning, and sometimes some luck, is essential to success in this game. Completion of special in-battle missions may reward you with promotional seals (for class upgrades), which are no longer purchasable from the store. Recovery items are also at a premium; prudent budgeting is required. For those who found LoCC too easy, or who enjoy punishing themselves, this is the game you're looking for.
But what made LoLB a classic and the standard to which all subsequent mods are compared is its script. The plot is tight, the dialogue witty, and the characters human. The story splits into two paths: the tragic Conqueror Path (which should be played first) and the comedic Hero Path (comedic in the sense that the ending is happy... for most people). Unlike in LoCC, where the path is decided through gradual accumulation of "hero points" and "ambition points", in LoLB it is a one-time decision. Is the pursuit of might the only way to save the Han? Or must one's convictions be upheld even if it means giving up on a great opportunity for success? There is no right or wrong answer. However, the consequences of that one-time decision ripple out to create two completely different stories...
To say more is to spoil the game. Just install the game and see for yourself.
Create a new copy of Legend of Cao Cao
(you can simply make a copy of your current LoCC folder, if you have one, and rename it). Then download the following packages, unzip, and copy the contents into that new folder and make sure you overwrite all existing files with the new files. Run LoLB.exe (not ekd5, as you would for LoCC).[Please go to this post for the latest release.]
Optional packages:Logo FileBlank savesSaves for each stage
Related threads:Game guide
(a detailed and almost-completed walkthrough is near the end of the thread)Plot discussion
[Post last updated Nov 14, 2009]