You must be logged in to post messages.
Please login or register

Medieval 2: Total War Discussion
Moderated by SwampRat

Hop to:    
Welcome! You are not logged in. Please Login or Register.71 replies, Sticky
Total War Heaven » Forums » Medieval 2: Total War Discussion » Newbies guide to HG & TWH & Hi, I'm new here or just returned thread
Bottom
Topic Subject:Newbies guide to HG & TWH & Hi, I'm new here or just returned thread
« Previous Page  1 2 3  Next Page »
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 12 December 2006 11:09 EDT (US)         
So you've come to Medieval2: Total War Heaven [sometimes called TWH by oldies]. This is a guide to help you get settled in and make the most of the Heaven.

Firstly welcome. We're delighted to have you here and hope you enjoy it.

This heaven grew out of an existing Rome Total War Heaven and retains quite a few of the original forumer population. Basically we're crazy about the Total War games so we'd be nuts to go elsewhere.
The current population spans all ages from 13 right up to the mid-fifties and hail from all parts of the globe.

First up, there is still a full RTWH which is separate from M2TWH but they share the same forums. In time, it is hoped to have a compilation of strategy, history & other articles relating to M2TW on the site. The site is as good as you make it. For every contribution you make, you can sleep soundly at night knowing that you have helped stick another block in the building that is TWH.

************************************************************ ************************************

Basic stuff you need to know in a Q&A format.

Who are those guys in green, orange, purple & red?
They are the HeavenGames staff and help to make this Heaven what it is. They moderate the forums, handle submissions, add content and generally do everything needed to keep the site running.
Current staff at M2TWH are the seraphs Yakcamkir & Gaius Colinius, angels Foamy & SubRosa and the cherubs EnemyofJupitor (he's seraph at BFME2H), Chonaman, Andrew Dunn and Kor.

Who are those blue guys?
These are very special people. They are VIPs or representatives of the game programmers. We have a couple of people from CA who drop in from time to time.

How do I get fancy formats in my posts on the forums?
The forums use BB code. Everything you need to know about BB code can be found here.
The main ones are:

[quote]Iím an alien[/quote].
Speak for yourself mate.


Looks like

Iím an alien
Speak for yourself mate

[b]M2TW is the best game ever[/b]

Looks like

M2TW is the best game ever

Those are nice sigs. How do I do that?
Marcus Orentius made an excellent thread on it. You can find that here.

Whatís this CoC you hear people on about?
Thatís our Code of Conduct. You can read it here.

************************************************************ ************************************

M2TW site itself

Game info
This is an overview of the game with some basic information about it.

FAQ
The Frequently Asked Questions page has some basic questions about M2TW like minimum specs required to run the game and the answers. If there is something you think should be there but it isnít, then contact a staff member.

Factions
This page lists some of the factions in M2TW. More will be added over time. If youíre feeling adventurous, you can write up a faction overview yourself.

Screenshots
This is where you can view screenshots of the game. I think that youíll agree that they look brilliant.
Itís possible to submit your own screenshots to the Gallery in the community section of the Heaven.

Strategy
This is where you will be able to find articles on M2TW strategy and this is where YOU can have a big input. The articles are submitted by forumers on the Heaven and they get full credit for writing them. Itís possible to become quite famous if you write an original & high quality strategy article for the game.

Cheats
Some forumers may want a little ďhelpĒ during their campaign game and all the cheats are here. These canít be used in multiplayer play so it only affects single player mode. They are okay to use because they don't require cracks or hacks.

************************************************************ ************************************

Community

Forums
For many forumers & visitors to HG, this is what the site is all about. You can talk about the total war games, the history of the period and general chit-chat in the community forum, known as the Baths.
More about the individual forums in a bit.

Links
HG does Heavens for many many games and you are very welcome to visit them. Just remember that when you travel ďabroadĒ, you are representing TWH so be nice to people and bear in mind that they may have a different ethos to the folks here so be respectful.

Everything you need to know about the individual forums but were afraid to ask
The forums and what they are for.

Forum Rules & Guidelines
This is a link giving information about the various rules that apply on the forums. It straightforward enough. You must be 13 or older. Personal attacks & harassment are not tolerated and donít talk about activities that are banned by law [taking drugs, etc.]. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding hacks, cracks or any abuse of copyrighted material. This applies to all copyrighted material, not just Total War games.

Moderation Announcements
Bold people end up in here. Donít be one of them please.

Medieval 2: Total War Discussion
This is where itís at for most forumers. Anything and everything about M2TW can be discussed here.
If there is already a topic on what you want to discuss, please donít start a new one. Use the search function at the bottom of the page to see if there is already a thread on your topic. The reason for this is that it can be frustrating to have to answer the same question over and over. Use the newbie FAQ up the top if you are unsure. We were all new once so nobody will judge you for it.
Weíre here to have fun so there is no problem with having a bit of fun but do try and keep the chat M2TW related.

Strategy Discussions
If you want to reveal your deviously brilliant strategies to the world, this is the place to do it. Generally it applies to battlefield strategies but if you have a strategy for preventing money problems, then you can post that here too.

Multiplayer Discussions
This is where you can discuss anything to do with multiplayer from challenging other players to posting/discussing multiplayer battle strategies.

This is also home to the M2TWH Ladder, a kind of league for us to play each other in (And score points!). All skill levels and players are welcome, and it's truly a great experience to match up against fellow forumers.

Rome Total War discussion
All the old threads are still there in this forum and you are perfectly welcome to discuss the RTW game here. It still gets quite a bit of traffic.

Alexander Expansion
The RTW: Alexander expansion pack can be discussed in this forum.

Barbarian Invasion
The RTW: Barbarian Invasion expansion pack can be discussed here.

The RTW Strategy & Multiplayer forums are available if you want to discuss RTW-specific strategy & multiplayer.

Game Modification & Editor Discussion
For those who would like to make modifications to their Total War game [major or minor], this is the place to stop by.

Technical Help & Bug Reporting
If you have a technical problem with your computer or with loading/running/installing the game, this is the place to come. Weíve some very helpful forumers in TWH and somebody will be along to help you soon enough.

Medieval & Shogun Total War
These were the first two games in the Total War series and while old, they are still very popular. Drop by here if you want to talk about them.

The Baths
This is our community forum where we get together to talk about everything not related to Total War games. We have all sorts of chat here. Donít be afraid to join in. Weíre a nice bunch really. Thereís no need to go crazy in an attempt to get yourself known. It can be hard coming into a forum where everybody seems to know everybody else. Just be yourself and chill out. We joke and tease here as well as have rocking debates so thereís something for everybody. As long as you donít spam or flame, youíll be very welcome here.
Don't forget to fill out the Census or post up your pic in the Forumer Gallery thread. Our Mafia games are also very popular.

Ancient History
We have some right clever uns here in TWH and this is where they talk about history. Try and keep the history somewhat related to the Total War game periods. Too many threads about WW2 would mean that it isnít really an Ancient History forum anymore.

War Stories
Weíve got some talented writers here who are inspired by the games they play to write up stories about their campaigns or favorite generals or even the lowly man-at-arms fighting battle after battle. Please show respect for others attempts. It may not be very good but constructive criticism can often help writers turn their stories into minor masterpieces.

Website Comments & Announcements
If you have any suggestions or comments on the site content, this is the place to put it.

Outside Discussions
The Baths is our community forum but there are lots of other Heavens and they all have their own community forums. HeavenGames also has itís own main webpage to which all the individual Heavens are linked. Outside Discussions is the community forum for that main webpage.
A few words of caution before you rush in and start posting because it is quite different to our own community forum. Before you post there, lurk for a bit and get a feel for the place. Donít start new threads right away. Some of the forumers there are on HG quite a long time and newbies can take time to be accepted there.
A general rule of thumb is that nothing, absolutely nothing there is to be taken seriously. About the worst thing you can do on your first few posts is to get offended by something posted there or post something serious. If you have any questions about the rest of HG, email a mod or another forumer.

The Library
This is the place on the HG main portal to have debates or to discuss current affairs. The activity level rises and falls over time. Some of the debates get quite heated so always remember to debate the points and not the forumer because thatís an ad hominem and ad hominems get you into trouble.

Remember that when outside TWH, you are representing the Heaven as a whole. How you behave, reflects on the entire population of TWH so be nice and people will be nice back to you.

Anything that has been left out can be added in. Likewise, you can ask general questions about TWH/HG here if you like.

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

[This message has been edited by EnemyofJupitor (edited 04-19-2008 @ 02:59 AM).]

AuthorReplies:
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 12 December 2006 11:19 EDT (US)     1 / 71       
If you have a serious issue or problem you're dealing with you can check out the TWH Crisis Thread.

In it veteran and experienced forumers will give you advice and generally help you to deal with your problems.

@Gaius: Hope it's okay I posted this here.


"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Angel of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums

[This message has been edited by DominicusUltimus (edited 12-12-2006 @ 11:20 AM).]

EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 12 December 2006 12:05 EDT (US)     2 / 71       
Good thread (Bah, you just wanted a sticky, didn't you?). Nice to see that you've put warnings on the Baths and OD entries to not take everyting really seriusly. You may want links to the actual heavens (M2TWH and RTWH), though.
And a link to the CoC, too.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Mechstra
Banned
posted 12 December 2006 12:18 EDT (US)     3 / 71       
Good guide. You should maybe use the [ubboff] tags when demonstrating BB Code, so you can leave out the underscores.
HP Lovesauce
Legionary
(id: He113ent)
posted 12 December 2006 14:08 EDT (US)     4 / 71       
Nicely done...maybe this should be stickied and copied to a few of the other popular forums, such as the Baths.

Cats, Sex and Nazis...That's why they call me Mr. Happy
*****
Proud Purveyor of Panda Porn...You know you want it!
Things I'm Not Allowed To Do While Gaming
D Furius Venator
HG Alumnus
posted 12 December 2006 16:12 EDT (US)     5 / 71       
This should certainly be stickied. It's excellent.

Civile! Si ergo fortibusis in ero.
Wassis inem causan dux?
Gnossis vile demsis trux!

I suggest that before badgering for a translation you take the time to read it out loud. Thankyou.
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 12 December 2006 16:22 EDT (US)     6 / 71       

Quote:

maybe this should be stickied and copied to a few of the other popular forums, such as the Baths.


Perfect idea (Although modify it a bit so it's got more enphisis on the Baths). You'd better watch out for stealing, Gaius

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
D Furius Venator
HG Alumnus
posted 12 December 2006 16:37 EDT (US)     7 / 71       

Quote:

maybe this should be stickied

Where's a Green Meanie when you need one?

You watch, they're like buses. None for hours then two come along at once...


Civile! Si ergo fortibusis in ero.
Wassis inem causan dux?
Gnossis vile demsis trux!

I suggest that before badgering for a translation you take the time to read it out loud. Thankyou.
Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 12 December 2006 17:14 EDT (US)     8 / 71       
Stickied. Also, since I'm nice, I'll remove all the underscores so you don't have to

Well done Gaius.


house won this
Legion Of Hell
Centurion
posted 12 December 2006 18:00 EDT (US)     9 / 71       
Bravo Gaius!!!!! (claps)

Thanks for the War Stories part where you said about talented writers. (Hope I'm one of them)

Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 13 December 2006 12:06 EDT (US)     10 / 71       

Quote:

@Gaius: Hope it's okay I posted this here.


Sure. We want to sell the forums after all!

Quote:

Bah, you just wanted a sticky, didn't you?).


About damn time.

Quote:

You may want links to the actual heavens (M2TWH and RTWH), though.
And a link to the CoC, too.


I will add those.

Quote:

You should maybe use the tags when demonstrating BB Code, so you can leave out the underscores.


You learn new things every day. Thanks for making the change Jax.

Quote:

Nicely done...maybe this should be stickied and copied to a few of the other popular forums, such as the Baths.


That would be an ecumenical matter.
If the mods think so, I'll be happy to repost it in the baths.

Quote:

Perfect idea (Although modify it a bit so it's got more enphisis on the Baths). You'd better watch out for stealing, Gaius


Tis grand the way it is. If I add any more on the baths, people will just skip over it. It's only an intro. The rest they can find out for themselves.
All four of my eyes are watching for stealing. I'm an inquisitor after all!

Thanks for the kind words all and for the sticky Jax.
If there's anything else that should be added, suggest it here.
Likewise, you can ask general questions about TWH/HG here if you like.


-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 13 December 2006 19:10 EDT (US)     11 / 71       

Quote:

Those are nice sigs. How do I do that?
Marcus Orentius made an excellent thread on it.

What can I say...

*wipes away tears of gratitude*


Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
GLORYOFSPARTA
Seraph (in absentia)
posted 15 December 2006 12:04 EDT (US)     12 / 71       
Well done, Gaius.

You're gradually climbing even higher up the cursur honorum!


GLORYOFSPARTA | RTWH and M2TWH Site Director, AoMH Game Information Admin, HeavenGames LLC
AoMH | RTWH | M2TWH | Ancient Greek Festival - 3rd to 4th of June in Watford, UK, 2006.
"Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen." - Homer
"GoS OWNS for being female and liking The Simpsons and Rammstein." - Crazed Ewok
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 15 December 2006 12:17 EDT (US)     13 / 71       

Quote:

If there's anything else that should be added, suggest it here.
Likewise, you can ask general questions about TWH/HG here if you like.


I'd also put that on the end

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 16 December 2006 10:59 EDT (US)     14 / 71       
Changes are in but I seem to have "broken" the bboff tag thingy. How does that work?

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 17 December 2006 08:08 EDT (US)     15 / 71       
[ubboff][b]Woooo[/b][ubbon]


house won this

[This message has been edited by Jax (edited 12-17-2006 @ 08:09 AM).]

Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 17 December 2006 08:48 EDT (US)     16 / 71       
I always thought it was the [code][/code] tags.

Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 17 December 2006 10:32 EDT (US)     17 / 71       
Naw, the code tags
do this
which isn't always helpful from a presentation point of view.

house won this
Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 17 December 2006 13:07 EDT (US)     18 / 71       
But...

[b]bold is good[/b]

Damn.


Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 17 December 2006 13:08 EDT (US)     19 / 71       
So when is the downloads section going to be up?

Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 17 December 2006 17:18 EDT (US)     20 / 71       
I made a thread about that in the Staff forum earlier today. Cray is getting in touch with the Exco types to find out. All I can say is soon.

house won this
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 08 January 2007 08:11 EDT (US)     21 / 71       
Updated for our angel.
The ubboff tag seems to disappear every time I do an edit.

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

MisplacedPope
Legionary
(id: misplacedgeneral)
posted 25 January 2007 11:37 EDT (US)     22 / 71       
There should be warning signs around here, "beware of EoJ", "Liberal X-ing" and "This forum is under mod-watch"

"It's not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that's their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you're that pissed that so many others had it good." Jack Nicholson
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 25 January 2007 16:43 EDT (US)     23 / 71       

Quote:

"beware of EoJ",


Or perhaps "Warning- Liberal conspyracies approaching"?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 25 January 2007 19:26 EDT (US)     24 / 71       

Quote:

There should be warning signs around here


I suppose you'd like traffic lights too?
Unfortunately warning signs are not currently supported by the forum software.

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 05 February 2007 11:01 EDT (US)     25 / 71       
I personally will write an anti txt spk guide separate to this one if no one objects. All the 'u' and other crap is really starting to piss me off.

Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
« Previous Page  1 2 3  Next Page »
You must be logged in to post messages.
Please login or register

Hop to:    

Total War Heaven | HeavenGames