It started a long time ago...

The mod was firstly created around 10 years ago, when Luis Gustavo Ribeiro (Lord Tahattus) decided to add Brazil, his own country, to Rise of Nations. He soon discovered, though, that the game was rather modding-unfriendly, so he decided to move his civ to Age of Empires III. Back then, the Asian Dynasties expansion was not yet released, so he had to work on the so-called "vanilla" and its first expansion, the Warchiefs. The very first thread of the mod, created at July 20, 2006, can still be located at the Heaven Games forums, where it still remains as one of the most popular topics, with 62 pages of comments and replies.

At the beginning, the mod was planned as an add-on to the Napoleonic Era mod, then run by Alexastor (also known as Kastor), which had already become famous with the AoEIII fans. Soon, Tahattus realized that he had to make the mod stand on its own feet, so he abandoned that plan. He also decided to make the mod bigger, adding Argentina and Paraguay and creating the main focus of the mod, the War of the Triple Alliance, the bloodiest war in the history of the South American continent, fought between Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay on one side and Paraguay on the other. This war gave the mod its name, usually shortened to WotTA. Shortly after, Tahattus added the Tupi natives to the bunch. Colombia followed up next, reaching a total of 5 playable civs.

Almost 1 year after the first steps of creating a Brazilian civilization, Tahattus decided that the 4 Latin American civs would form their own culture, with a unique buildingset, abilities, units and features. This was the first ever culture created by a mod for AoEIII. This is when the concept of the Immigrants, one of the most famous of WotTA, was created.

On November 2, 2007, Tahattus expressed his desire to work on new European civs (Italians and Belgians) and new African civs (Mamelukes, Bantu and Ethiopians), for the first time. This is when the idea of a totally new African culture was born. Neither these Euros nor the African culture would, however, come into being, until the latest release of our mod, the Wars of Liberty (Delta).

Around this point, Tahattus found himself at a dead end; the mod progressed too slowly, due to the lack of members that could help him working on it. Despaired, he decided to give it up. On November 7, 2007, DayoftheNinja began his internship; he asked Tahattus to pass him down any files he had modded so far and started converting Beta from TWC to TAD; this progress took him about a year. Then, Tahattus returned, a new forum, lordtahattus.110mb, was created, and the mod started flourishing again.

The next civ to be planned was Mexico; the civ, nevertheless, didn’t get its final Pistolero bonus, until the arrival of Hoop Thrower as an intern. His internship involved working on a new Asian civ, the Koreans; Hoop Thrower succeeded this task successfully. Meanwhile, Tahattus, DayoftheNinja, Takatmo Yereoc and sufjanfan were working on the creation of two more bright new cultures, the North Americans (NAs), consisting of the USA and Canada, and the South American Natives (SAN), including Inca and Mapuche. Tupi would also become a part of this new culture.

The main focus of Delta was planned to be the African nations and the Scramble for Africa, in general. As a result, the name "War of the Triple Alliance" couldn’t work anymore. As a result, Tahattus took the initiative of setting up a poll, on December 9, 2011, asking the people if the mod should be renamed. The magical suggestion, the one that would become the mod’s new name, was given by ometecpatzin, a simple forumer: "Wars of Liberty". The "obligatory" civs for this release were the Africans: Egyptians, Ethiopians and Zulu. Planning their gameplay and features was a rather tough task and everyone on the team would agree that the African culture was the most difficult to design; yet, it probably is the most unique, as well.

The promotion of Christos to the main team gave him the "power" needed to suggest the inclusion of a Greek civ. After finally presenting an acceptable outline, the team started working on them. The addition of Greeks led to the addition of yet more European civs: the Belgians, the Danes and the Italians, with the Habsburgs following up, based on Tahattus’ idea of "marriage" and the need of a non-colonizer European civ. At the same time, the suggestion of Australia was brought up in the forum, and the civ was created in a rather short time by the combined forces of peugeot407, Hoop Thrower and Christos. Simultaneously, Hoop Thrower seized the opportunity to suggest his own mother country, Chile, as a possible civ; a suggestion which was finally accepted.

The last civ additions to the mod came with the decline of the second TFN (The Fight of Nations) mod. After the decline, the WoL team agreed on taking three Balkan civs, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, and forming a new Balkan culture, consisting of them plus a modified Greek civ. These four civs were the latest additions to Delta.

Currently, the Team is polishing the content and planning new additions to it - like the Middle Eastern culture.

Those were ten years.


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