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yakcamkir
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posted 05 December 2006 09:29 EDT (US)         
This thread is intended to be for asking and answering basic questions about playing Medieval 2: Total War. For a more detailed FAQ, click here.

1. How do I change my faction heir?

Basically, you can't.

2. Why does it say the date as a turn number? I want it in years!

In the file descr_strat.txt (data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign) remove the line that says "show_date_as_turns" and it will show a year instead. Ensure you save a backup before you edit the files though, as if you make a mistake, you can then put back a version that is working.

3. How do I get Cardinals?

Any Priest who has a piety of 4 or greater is eligible to become a Cardinal. Normally, the one with the highest piety is chosen. There can only be as many cardinals as there are seats in the College of Cardinals though.

4. When do the time periods change?

The campaign doesn't work in terms of time period. Units from all periods are available simultaneously, although to recruit some units (gunpowder units for example), you need to wait foe the technology to become available.

5. Does denouncing Heretics and Witches improve a Cardinal's chances of becoming one of the Preferati or is it more important to travel?

The important things to become Preferati are piety and eligibility. Both methods will improve the two factors, but denouncing a Witch or Heretic will immediately gain piety, while travelling takes a little longer. Also, surviving an inquisition adds +1 piety. However, if you're doing your spiritual job right, you sohuldn't really have witches and heritics.

6. How do I decide whether a settlement should be a Castle or a City?

Cities are your economic powerhouses, they provide your empire with the money you need to keep going. With some factions, they also train your gunpowder units, although they mainly train militia units.Castles are stronger in defence and have a public order bonus, although they make significantly less money. They train your main military units and are best used to defend the frontiers.If you crusade to form a new outpost of your empire, then it is a good idea to start with at least one castle both for defence and to train troops there.

7. How do I plant stakes with Longbowmen?

You press the Special Abilities button during deployment. You can press the stakes button again to un-deploy them, then move the longbow unit again and still be able to deploy stakes. You must undeploy stakes before you move the unit or else you lose the stakes completely. If the unit can't place stakes, try moving them somewhere else. You can't place stakes if there are obstructions like stone walls.

8. How do I fore rotting cows with Tebuchets?

Press the Special Ability button twice. It has three settings - Normal Ammo, Flaming Ammo and Rotting Cows. Rotting Cows have a seperate ammunition bar, so using them doesn't diminish your rocks or flame pots.

9. How do I get my units to complete all queued moves at the start of a turn?

I don't believe you can.

10. How do I highlight all units' movement orders on the campaign map?

Press =.

11. How do I highlight all units' destinations on the battle map?

Press Space.

12. When is gunpowder discovered?

Between 210 and 220 years into the game. This is 105-110 turns unless you modify the timescale.

13. When do the Mongols invade?

Between 128 and 144 years into the game. This is 64-72 turns unless you modify the timescale.

14. When do the Timurids invade?

Between 288 and 304 years into the game. This is 144-152 turns unless you modify the timescale.

15. Does the Pope fight in battles?

Yes, he is the faction leader of the Papal States.

16. How can I walk along the walls of the inner cities (large building that makes up part of the walls)?

You can't.

17. How do I use BBCode?

Click here.

18. How do I get Cannon Towers to work? I only get arrows.

Cannon towers are actually on the edge of the castles- unles the enemy attack the corners cannon towers aren't too much use.

19. Why doesn't Alt+F4 exit the game quickly like it did in RTW?

Probably because it's such a big game.

20. Can you continue playing after the certain amount of time to beat the campaign is over?

No. You can play after meeting your victory condition, but you can't play after running out of time.

21. How do I look at my screenshots? They used to be in the tgas folder.

They come up as photoshop files in the TGA folder. Also, Windows copies the first screenshot into your clipboard, so taking a screenshot, pressing Alt+Tab to get to the desktop and then pasting into any image program also works. The Xfire IM program also allows you to take screenshots

22. I want to be able to play as other factions. How do I do this?

There are several ways. The easiest way is to move the factions that you want to play onto the "Playable" list in descr_strat.txt (data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign). Another way is to win a campaign as any faction.

23. Has the view settelment on battle map option been removed? I cant seem to find it.

Yes, it has been removed.

24. Where are the files to alter? descr_strat.txt and all that?

descr_strat.txt refers to the positions at the beginning of the campaign. descr_mercenaries.txt refers to which mercenaries are available in which regions. descr_win_conditions.txt refers to the victory conditions for each faction. All of these can be found in the data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign folder in your game directory. In the data folder, you can also find export_descr_unit.txt (unit details), export_descr_character_traits.txt (trait details) and export_descr_ancillaries.txt (ancillary details).To get to these, you will need to unpack your files by downloading patch 1.1, goign to tools, running the unpacker then deleting data\descr_geography_new.txt anddata\descr_geography_new.db

25. How do I change the start and end dates of the campaign and does this have anything to do with why my characters only age by six months per turn?

From descr_strat.txt (data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign):
start_date 1080 summer
end_date 1530 winter
timescale 2.00
Change these figures if you want to alter it, start_date and end_date are self-explanatory. Timescale is the time in years that will pass during one turn. Set this to 0.50 if you want each turn to last six months.

26. Do the scripts refer to years or turns?

I believe that they are in years from the campaign start.

27. Is it possible to play M2TW in a window?

Yes.Add the following to your cfg file:[video]windowed = true

28. Can I dismiss my agents just like my armies? If yes, how? I've seen no button to do this, but would come handy.

No. Named Characters may be killed in a mission (in the case of Spies and Assassins), die in battle (Generals), be assassinated or die of old age. They cannot be dismissed.

29. When does the "world is round" event happen?

Between 366 and 374 years into the game. This is 183-187 turns unless you modify the timescale.

Please ask your questions here and someone will answer them. One of the moderators will add new questions and answers to the title post as they are asked.

30. I used the unpacker in patch 1.1 and the game crashes now. What do I do?

From the patch readme file.- NOTE: Due to a timestamp check, the following unpacked files willcause the game to crash and must be deleted before the game islaunched:data\descr_geography_new.txtdata\descr_geography_new.db

31. How do I join a crusade?

You need an army with at least one family member and at least eight units total. If there is a crusade on, then there will be an option to join the crusade on the mercenary recruitment scroll, if not, then either you can ask the Pope for a crusade in the Papal screen or you may have to wait if another crusade has recently finished.

32. I see all factions around me with princesses, but i have none. What am i doing wrong? I tried not marrying one but never found her in my cities.Check your family tree and look for any "selectable" princesses. Once you select the princess' face card there is a magnifying glass on that same family tree page that will direct you to her. If you don't have any selectable princesses, then you don't have any princesses available at the moment. But as your family grows you should get some more. Note that Muslim factions (Turks, Moors, Egypt) do not have princesses. Venice also appear not to get princesses.

33. I noticed some of my units are shaded dark blue, I assume that they are the free upkeep units. I want to know how to get some other unit as the free upkeep unit and what units are eligible as free upkeeps and which are not. For example, my town has 2 free upkeeps but both peasant units there are not shaded blue. How do I get them as free upkeep?

Only militia units can get free upkeep in cities. Peasants are not militia units. Castles do not allow free upkeep units.If you are allowed to have 3 free upkeep units and have 4 militia units in the city, it will automatically choose the 3 most expensive units to be the free upkeep units.In your case to get free upkeep, you need to move 2 militia units into the city or build two.

34. What happens when I make another faction a vassal and what happens when I become a vassal? Is it possible to become a vassal then rebel against the people who have made you a vassal?

When you make somebody a vassal, it is somewhat like an alliance but they are subordinate to you and not equal. Their provinces are counted as your provinces for the purposes of getting the game victory conditions but you don't administer those provinces and can't produce troops from them.Another thing is that their profits now head in your direction which can be a major cash bonus to you.If you become a vassal, then you are allied to but subordinate to that faction. All your profits go to the other faction. What can be a very useful trick is to demand a large cash lump sum to become somebody's vassal and then declare war on them in the next turn cancelling the arrangement but you get to keep the cash already given!

35. In battle sometimes my soldiers say "that siege engine isnt going to man itself." Is there a way to capture artillery in the battle?

No but siege weaponry can be destroyed.

36. I modded the game, but my changes have not taken effect?

Go to your base M2TW folder (the one where your medieval2.exe is), and open medieval2.preference.cfg file in notepad. Look under the [io] section, and you should see a line called "file_first" and change its value to "true". If it is not there, add it like this:
[io]file_first = true

37. Is there any way to check what version of M2TW I'm running?

If you go to the "options" screen and look in the top right, you'll see the version number there.

38. Where is my saved game file?

If you're on Windows XP:Wherever your Medieval 2 directory is (e.g. C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval 2)and then either \saves (if you're playing the basic game, rather than a mod) or \mods\modname\saves (if you're playing a mod called 'modname')If you're on Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you've got the 'virtual store' to contend with. The path you're looking for will be something along the lines of: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval 2\savesIf that doesn't work - create a saved file with a weird (unique) filename and then search your harddrive for that name...

39. How do I toggle settlement or character names?

Press Ctrl and N to toggle character names; Ctrl and T to toggle settlement names

[This message has been edited by SwampRat (edited 06-07-2012 @ 05:02 PM).]

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Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 02 January 2007 19:25 EDT (US)     26 / 170       
Bear in mind that 225 turns is quite a lot

house won this
Jozzy
Legionary
posted 04 January 2007 14:42 EDT (US)     27 / 170       
RE:

The tip for unlocking civs, it tells me the file name is incorrect. Should I just delete the original and replace it with my new one?


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yakcamkir
Seraph Emeritus
posted 05 January 2007 06:23 EDT (US)     28 / 170       
That's because the file is read only, you have to uncheck it in the properties tab first. Make sure you keep a backup though, because as little as a space in the wrong place stops it from working in some cases.

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DrIstvaan
Legionary
posted 07 January 2007 05:01 EDT (US)     29 / 170       
Can I dismiss my agents just like my armies? If yes, how? I've seen no button to do this, but would come handy.

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yakcamkir
Seraph Emeritus
posted 07 January 2007 07:29 EDT (US)     30 / 170       
No. Named Characters may be killed in a mission (in the case of Spies and Assassins), die in battle (Generals), be assassinated or die of old age. They cannot be dismissed.

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Aussie Lord
Legionary
posted 10 January 2007 07:56 EDT (US)     31 / 170       
Where is your game directory so you can change the years thing because i've been trying to do it on disc 2
Jax
HG Monument
(id: Jax Omen)
posted 11 January 2007 09:57 EDT (US)     32 / 170       
It's not on one of the DVDs, since the files on those can't be altered. You should start in whichever place you installed the game on your hard disk.

house won this
Aussie Lord
Legionary
posted 11 January 2007 10:15 EDT (US)     33 / 170       
question: Is it possible to mod the name of a region sam northern scotland and if so how?
BeerMatt
Legionary
(id: Olondi)
posted 12 January 2007 10:09 EDT (US)     34 / 170       
It is possible to rename the cities, by clicking on their name in the description screen and typing something new. I had the Scottish empire being ruled from Bo'ness in one campaign.

Don't think it's possible to change the region name though.


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NA Lord Blaine
Legionary
posted 14 January 2007 22:17 EDT (US)     35 / 170       

Quote:

1. How do I change my faction heir?

You can't. It is the oldest male line heir, this includes adopted sons if your faction heir's eldest son hasn't come of age yet.


I think this needs an update. Sorry if it has already been said. You can change it by opening your family tree and double clicking on an eligible male's character screen.

[wait for me to confirm this, 1 minute]


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BeerMatt
Legionary
(id: Olondi)
posted 31 January 2007 10:23 EDT (US)     36 / 170       

Quote:

When does the "world is round" event happen?

EDIT: I think I found it in the files, is it between 320-328?

If the game lasts 450 years, or 225 turns if the timescale is left at 2.00, is this statement above correct?

EDIT: in my campaign it happened on turn 160, so I assume it's after 320 years, not turns.


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[This message has been edited by Olondi (edited 02-12-2007 @ 08:47 AM).]

yakcamkir
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posted 25 February 2007 02:45 EDT (US)     37 / 170       
Updated.

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wysoso
Legionary
posted 18 March 2007 06:38 EDT (US)     38 / 170       
I have a silly question.

How can I join the crusade? I have seen some AI armies with a "cross" on their head, how can I do this?

EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 18 March 2007 07:08 EDT (US)     39 / 170       
When the pope calls his crusade, gather your army. I think it has to have 4+ units, led by a general. Double click on your army, so the mercenary scroll comes up, and at the button next to the general's bodyguard's info button there's a little blueish button with an arrow and a small cross/cresent (Depending on if you're Islamic or catholic) on it. Click it.

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Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 22 March 2007 11:55 EDT (US)     40 / 170       
To join a crusade, you need a general or family member and 8 other units in an army. Press "R" or click on the recruitment scroll and there will be an option in the bottom left to join the crusade. It can only be done on land. Crusading army upkeep costs are 0 so hire as many mecenaries as you like.

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BeerMatt
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(id: Olondi)
posted 23 March 2007 04:17 EDT (US)     41 / 170       

Quote:

29. When does the "world is round" event happen?

Between 320 and 328 years into the game. This is 160-164 years unless you modify the timescale.

Correction: should read "...is 160-164 turns unless..."


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Primo
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posted 25 March 2007 10:16 EDT (US)     42 / 170       
Yak, some of the spelling and layout if mucked up, maybe sort it?

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yakcamkir
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posted 03 April 2007 10:41 EDT (US)     43 / 170       
You'll have to be a little more specific, Marcus (unless it's the bits that I've just fixed).

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bassprojjr
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posted 05 April 2007 16:35 EDT (US)     44 / 170       
I have a question.. i don't know what the problem is I am on turn about 178 and now the game crashes in the middle of some battles? It says medievil has encountered a unspecific error and will now close...Anyone have a answer? I already reinstalled and it did not fix it. thanks
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 13 April 2007 12:54 EDT (US)     45 / 170       
1. How do I change my faction heir?

You double click on any eligible male's portrait.


Wrong, one that's been misleading peopel for a while now. The simple fact is that you can't change your faction heir.

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yakcamkir
Seraph Emeritus
posted 15 April 2007 10:31 EDT (US)     46 / 170       
I never got around to checking that one. Changed.

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EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 16 April 2007 05:43 EDT (US)     47 / 170       
Quick check:
5. Does denouncing Heretics and Witches improve a Cardinal's chances of becoming one of the Preferati or is it more important to travel?

The important things are piety and eligibility. Successfully denouncing a Witch or Heretic will improve piety, as will travelling to foreign lands to convert the populace. Both will also improve eligibility.


Kind of a wandering answer-ish.
The important things to become Preferati are piety and eligibility. Both methods will improve the two factors, but denouncing a Witch or Heretic will immidietly gain piety, while travelling takes a little longer. Also, surviving an inquisition adds +1 piety. However, if you're doing your spiritual job right, you sohuldn't really have witches and heritics.
7. How do I plant stakes with Longbowmen?

You press the Special Abilities button during deployment. You can only plant stakes once and you can't move the unit afterwards, or they disappear.


You can press the stakes button again to un-deploy them, then move the longbow unit again and still be able to deploy stakes.

9. How do I get my units to complete all queued moves at the start of a turn?

I don't believe you can

8. How do I get Cannon Towers to work? I only get arrows.

Cannon towers are actually on the edge of the castles- unles the enemy attack the corners cannon towers aren't too much use.

19. Why doesn't Alt+F4 exit the game quickly like it did in RTW?

Probably because it's such a big game.

20. an you continue playing after the certain amount of time to beat the campaign is over?

*Can (Typo)

21. How do I look at my screenshots? They used to be in the tgas folder.

I'm not sure. Windows copies the first screenshot into your clipboard, so taking a screenshot, pressing Alt+Tab to get to the desktop and then pasting into any image program should work.


They come up as photoshop files in the TGA folder (at least, it does in mine)
24. Where are the files to alter? descr_strat.txt and all that?

descr_strat.txt refers to the positions at the beginning of the campaign. descr_mercenaries.txt refers to which mercenaries are available in which regions. descr_win_conditions.txt refers to the victory conditions for each faction. All of these can be found in the data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign folder in your game directory. In the data folder, you can also find export_descr_unit.txt (unit details), export_descr_character_traits.txt (trait details) and export_descr_ancillaries.txt (ancillary details).


To get to these, you will need to unpack your files by downloading patch 1.1, goign to tools, running the unpacker then deleting data\descr_geography_new.txt and
data\descr_geography_new.db

31. How do I join a crusade?

You need an army with at least one family member and at least eight units


*including your general*


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yakcamkir
Seraph Emeritus
posted 04 May 2007 01:27 EDT (US)     48 / 170       
Thanks, EoJ.

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Barbarian_Prince
Legionary
posted 20 May 2007 08:35 EDT (US)     49 / 170       
I just downloaded the demo, but when it reached 100%, nothing happened. I checked to see where my saved file went, and it's nowhere on my computer. What happened?

EDIT: Nevermind, I figured out what happened.

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Smileyman007
Legionary
posted 01 June 2007 15:53 EDT (US)     50 / 170       
I feel there should be a question about Guilds, especially since there have been quite a few posts about them recently. I suggest something like:

xx. What are guilds and how do they work?
For a complete explanation of what guilds are, how they work, and what benefits they provide, you can visit http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=77577&highlight=guide

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