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Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 11 April 2007 16:09 EDT (US)         
So you've come to Rome: Total War Heaven (or RTWH for short). 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.

Total War Heaven grew out of the original Rome Total War Heaven (the one you're in), then expanded to include the other Total War games as they came out. First to be added was Medieval II Total War Heaven, then Empire, and Napoleon. These were followed by Shogun II and Rome II Total War Heavens.

Each Heaven has its own articles database, its own forums (more or less), and its own staff assigned to it, but we are basically one big Total War community. Basically we're crazy about the Total War games so we'd be nuts to go elsewhere. The current forum population spans all ages from 13 right up to the mid-forties and hails from all parts of the globe.

The site is as good as you make it. Even the staff are volunteers. For every contribution you make, you can sleep soundly at night knowing that you have helped stick another block in the great collosseum that is TWH. (There is more than moral satisfaction to be gained however: if you write enough articles for the site, you can gain the rare prestige of a custom title...)

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

Who are those guys in green, orange, & 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 RTWH are: Seraph Terikel (he's in charge), and Angels Awesome Eagle and General Sajaru. For the rest of TWH and the community forums, there are also: the Seraph Scipii; Angel Swamprat and Pitt; and Cherub DominicusUltimus.

Who are those blue guys?
These are very special people. They are VIPs or representatives of the game programmers. We had a few people from CA and Feral Interactive (they made the Mac version of RTW) who drop in from time to time.

How do I get fancy formats in my posts on the forums?
Above the posting area is a toolbar which gives you quick access to formatting options. Simply select the text you want to format and hit the corresponding button, or hit the button and the type what you've got to say between the codes that have just appeared.

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

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RTWH 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 RTW 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 RTW. If youíre feeling adventurous, you can write up a faction overview yourself.

Gallery
This is where you can view screenshots of the game. I think that you'll agree that they look brilliant. If you want to see your own screenshots in the Gallery, just send them to a RTWH moderator (.tga, .png, .bmp, .jpg or .gif format please).

Strategy
This is where you will be able to find articles on RTW 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 and high quality strategy article for the game - and don't forget that custom title...

Cheats
Some forumers may want a little ďhelpĒ during their campaign game and all the cheats are here. (These can't be used in online play I'm afraid, they only affect single player mode. ) They are okay to use because they don't require cracks or hacks.

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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 Red Lion Tavern.
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
Rude people end up in here. Donít be one of them please.

Rome: Total War Discussion
This is where itís at for most forumers. Anything and everything about RTW 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 RTW 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 RTWH's Multiplayer Ladder, a kind of league for us to play against each other (and score points). All skill levels and players are very much welcome.

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

Alexander Expansion
The RTW: Alexander expansion pack can be discussed here.

Game Modification & Editor Discussion
For those who would like to make modifications to their 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 played by some people. Drop by here if you want to talk about them.

Red Lion Tavern
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. Don't be afraid to join in. We're a nice bunch really. There's 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 there's something for everybody. As long as you don't spam or flame, you'll 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.

Total War 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 a Total War History forum anymore.

The Bardic Circle
Weíve got some talented writers here who are inspired by the games they play to write up stories about their campaigns, favorite generals, the lowly man-at-arms fighting battle after battle - or, occasionally, something completely unrelated. 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 Red Lion Tavern 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.

Substantially updated -Edorix
And again substantially updated -Terikel

-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 Terikel Grayhair (edited 02-12-2015 @ 02:50 AM).]

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Andalus
Legionary
posted 15 April 2008 06:13 EDT (US)     26 / 56       
Just found this thread and thought I should officially announce my presence (Which some people may have noticed already).

So, I'm here.
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 15 April 2008 08:30 EDT (US)     27 / 56       
You have indeed been noticed but welcome aboard anyway.

-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

EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 15 April 2008 12:49 EDT (US)     28 / 56       
Hey. I've only posted at RTWH few times, because I mostly post at BFME2H. I recently got Rome: Total War, and I must say, awesome game.
Hey, Blatant. Plenty of friends round here

Welcome also, Andalus- I hope you enjoy your stay

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
SubRosa
Legionary
posted 15 April 2008 20:31 EDT (US)     29 / 56       
Hi Blatant and Andalus. I noticed you both. I always do, even if I do not always comment. Glad to have you both on board the Total War train.

There are so many BFME2'ers that pretty soon they are going to infiltrate the staff and take over...
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 18 April 2008 14:22 EDT (US)     30 / 56       
There are so many BFME2'ers that pretty soon they are going to infiltrate the staff and take over...
Um...

Besides, think of it as us promoting inter-forum relations, thus the two forums have close ties.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Selifator
Legionary
posted 18 April 2008 15:40 EDT (US)     31 / 56       
Stumbled upon this thread and thought it very convenient for me. I'm back from a long time, I've spent quite a while at HG but drifted away to TWC. I decided to come back a couple of times and have now signed up for the RTW ladder, so challengers step up!
Hope to be a bit more active here, though I don't know how it'll work out.

You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.

Chauvinism is not a particularly nice trait at the best of times but can be suicidal when the person your talking too can have you executed on a whim.

Facebook, anyone?
SubRosa
Legionary
posted 18 April 2008 18:26 EDT (US)     32 / 56       
CaesarVincens
Legionary
posted 18 April 2008 19:38 EDT (US)     33 / 56       
Welcome back, Selifator.
I see from your gravatar you are a fan of CAD. I like it as well, it is a very funny comic strip.

Veni, Vidi, well... you know.

Extended Cultures, A modification of RTW.

Si hoc legere posses, Latinam linguam scis.
ɪf ju kśn ɹid ūɪs, ju noʊ liŋgwɪstɪks.
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 19 April 2008 02:55 EDT (US)     34 / 56       
Welcome back, Selif- may we cross swords indeed

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Jekyll
Legionary
(id: Vault Dweller)
posted 24 April 2008 06:16 EDT (US)     35 / 56       
Yo. I remember you from TWC I went there when I was banned from here.
Rewwer2
Legionary
posted 27 August 2008 11:21 EDT (US)     36 / 56       
Can somebody tell what is SPQR Mod??? PLEASE

This is how i break my opponets walls->
Erzin
Legionary
posted 09 September 2008 04:49 EDT (US)     37 / 56       
Hello everyone, I'm new here so I though I would introduce myself. I have been lurking around here for a while but finally got around to registering. So..hi!

AAR Coming real soon :P
Monkcrazy5
Legionary
posted 18 March 2009 17:23 EDT (US)     38 / 56       
Well, after a whiel I'm back! And already modding =)

Monkcrazy5

Creator of the maps"of fire and of water"

Livers are icky, he can keep it. I take my heads like any good barbarian-Subrosa
For the love of...leave my liver out of your sig!-Impspy
vampiric canniba
Legionary
posted 12 April 2009 03:20 EDT (US)     39 / 56       
Hi,I'm new here,I live in the best-est-er country anywhere ever(just having shuck off the chains of mild communism,should keep you guessing.).I play RTW and BI,and own copies of all other TWs,except for ETW.I would be indebted deeply to any mod who would kindly abuse their power and add an extra space onto the name length . (I like smileys)

you like something both hardcore and whack
2009 RLT & ETWH Craziest Forummer Award!
I had to remove the excessive numbers of smilies I used Š la VampiricCannibal so as not to inconvenience low bandwidth users too much... - Edorix
Erzin
Legionary
posted 21 May 2009 01:06 EDT (US)     40 / 56       
Hi guys, I'm returning after a long break.

AAR Coming real soon :P
Hussarknight
Seraph Emeritus
posted 21 May 2009 03:41 EDT (US)     41 / 56       
Good to see you back Erzin.

          Hussarknight
G0D0fM0NKEYS
Legionary
posted 24 July 2009 15:38 EDT (US)     42 / 56       
Thought i would say hi since i am an oldy/newbie as in i had a account on here for about 3 years (back when i played AOM) then i switched here but sadly i dont remember a thing about my old account so I just made a new one

Those you let flee shall be back again the next day
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 25 July 2009 19:43 EDT (US)     43 / 56       
Hi G0D0fM0NKEYS
Welcome back to HG. Enjoy your stay at TWH.

-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

Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 10 December 2009 13:30 EDT (US)     44 / 56       
This really needs updating.

e.g. "The Baths"? That's not much use to a newbie coming here any more. The moderator lists are a bit outdated, and the whole thing is orientated towards M2TW rather than RTW. And this is RTWH.

Sounds like the sort of thing Saint Terikel would spend time fixing... *hint*

[This message has been edited by Edorix (edited 12-10-2009 @ 01:32 PM).]

Hussarknight
Seraph Emeritus
posted 11 December 2009 09:07 EDT (US)     45 / 56       
Updated.

          Hussarknight
Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 12 December 2009 03:37 EDT (US)     46 / 56       
You guys are pretty efficient!

The Ancient history forum has been renamed I believe as well but otherwise there's not much left that I could complain about.
Big Red Rob
Legionary
(id: Feudal Principes)
posted 22 October 2010 04:53 EDT (US)     47 / 56       
Hello.
Yeah that's all.
Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 06 January 2011 10:14 EDT (US)     48 / 56       
Substantially revised and updated.

ē EDORIX ē
~ ancient briton ~

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(dis ma house)
Imperator0406
Legionary
posted 19 February 2011 03:23 EDT (US)     49 / 56       
Wow... I never knew there was an entire community!
Feloreth
Legionary
posted 26 February 2011 12:26 EDT (US)     50 / 56       
Hey guys.
I'm Feloreth.
And that's all I guess.
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