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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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).]

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Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 05 February 2007 11:19 EDT (US)     26 / 71       
Good point. I'll link it if you want to keep it separate or else put something in.

-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 11:30 EDT (US)     27 / 71       
I'm starting to write it up now.

Gaius, I recommend you get a mod to change your title to something shorter and snappier. I have nothing against your title myself, it's just that most newbs will see a thread with a long title and immediately think

"Oooh no, don't want to go there, boring, boring, boring!"

Basically they'll think it contains something incredibly boring and unimpressive, a bit like English lessons really.

So, a shorter title would be good.


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
Crazed Ewok
Mectator
(id: The Crazed Ewok)
posted 05 February 2007 11:45 EDT (US)     28 / 71       
I agree wholeheartedly.

C hairman of the FMT, Mectator, and Seraph
r esident of Unity RPG, Anti-Heroes, and Indolents
a seraph at SWGBH and EAWH
z apping spammers and stealing their shoes
e w o k "Don't waste your breath trying to figure out my logic" - Seacker
d ependent on daily tea infusions
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 05 February 2007 12:13 EDT (US)     29 / 71       
Agree with you Marcus.
Newbies guide to HG & TWH will do just fine I think.
Would a mod care to make the change please?

Edit: not trying to scalp all the glory for myself but a word about text-speak would fit in here fine but may not get noticed elsewhere.
I'd be happy to paste in anything you come up with and put your name above it.

Something like:

Marcus Orentius has a few pointers on using text speak
Actual text blah blah blah etc.

Or similar.


-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 Gaius Colinius (edited 02-05-2007 @ 12:19 PM).]

Primo
Legionary
(id: Marcus Orentius)
posted 05 February 2007 14:09 EDT (US)     30 / 71       
I was thinking of having it in the baths as well.

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
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 05 February 2007 14:14 EDT (US)     31 / 71       
Should this thread also be in the baths?
Feel free to take the source code of this post, add the anti-text speak bit and post in the baths yourself.
The UBBOFF/ON tags seem to disappear whenever I edit so watch out for that.

-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 08 April 2007 08:36 EDT (US)     32 / 71       
Should this thread also be in the baths?

Most new forummers to HG come via the general discussions first anyway, and I think the Baths of all places suffers most when it has lots of stickies.

Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 08 April 2007 13:49 EDT (US)     33 / 71       
I was thinking the same thing myself. Much as I'd like to have a sticky in every forum, it's really only necessary here and in RTW general discussions.

-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 28 March 2008 06:54 EDT (US)     34 / 71       
I think it needs a bit of updating, Gaius

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
lionheartx10
Legionary
posted 17 April 2008 15:27 EDT (US)     35 / 71       
Hey all just thought i'd pop in to say hi! Just logged on again after a long break from gaming, but im back, looked at the logg in data on my profile page i hadnt logged in since november 2006!! lol didnt really feel that long! ROFL anyway im back and ready for action, please feel free to add me on xfire: lionheartx10 EoJ you've come a long way since i was last here, you were just becoming a green named moderater :P nice one !!! Ah feels good to be back at the old TWH XD
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 17 April 2008 15:39 EDT (US)     36 / 71       
lionheart! Welcome back!
Get yourself on our ladders!

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
lionheartx10
Legionary
posted 18 April 2008 01:43 EDT (US)     37 / 71       
ladders?!!!! lol wow im not missing this sign me up XD (runs rapidly to sign up desk!) cheers EoJ, its nice to be back XD
osap
Legionary
posted 31 July 2008 09:07 EDT (US)     38 / 71       
Hello to everyone, i'm new here so i thought i'd make myself known. I've been playing total war games for ages and thought i'd delve into the community side of things.
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 01 August 2008 16:48 EDT (US)     39 / 71       
Welcome to the forums osap. Hope you enjoy yourself here. If there's anything you need help with, just ask. There's a lot of TW-playing experience in the community here.

-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

Thrashmad
Legionary
posted 05 August 2008 10:41 EDT (US)     40 / 71       
I just want to say I am back from my vacation. It feels good to be back home with proper bandwith. Now I just got an hour or two to catch up on all threads

Update: Now I have caught up. Took me about three hours. I have missed this forum. Now I think I shall rest.

"The satisfaction in this game lies in to see 300 heavy armoured horsemen ride chock in an easy snowfall, while fire arrows criss-crosses the evening sky" - Swedish historian and permanent secretary of The Swedish Academy Peter Englund on Medieval 2: Total War (translated by Thrashmad)

"A game that contains both Carl Linnaeus and five different types of artillery projectiles are indisputable exceedingly detailed." - Peter Englund on Empire: Total War (translated by Thrashmad)

[This message has been edited by Thrashmad (edited 08-05-2008 @ 02:16 PM).]

TheFederative
Legionary
posted 05 September 2008 12:54 EDT (US)     41 / 71       
'Ello mates, I'm TheFederative, just thought I should say hi.

Hi.

I found this site when I was searching for mods. I thought I should pay back the favor by joining this community.

"I guess Emo drummers hit their drums so hard because they're mad at their dads or something."

"Take a chill pilll, dont have a chill pill, have a chill strip, put it on your tongue, and chill..."
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 07 September 2008 19:12 EDT (US)     42 / 71       
Welcome to the forums TheFederative. Any questions, just ask.

-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

Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 08 September 2008 04:26 EDT (US)     43 / 71       
Hey TheFederative, glad to see you decided to register here on the forums

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
Peelyposter
Legionary
posted 17 September 2008 08:04 EDT (US)     44 / 71       
Hello. I'm fairly new to the Total War games (although i dabbled briefly in the original Medieval TW) and completely new to these forums

Being a cheapskate, who tries to avoid buying full price games whenever possible, I got M2TW on a budget labe a couple of weeks ago and have been hooked ever since.

I'm sure I'll have a few questions to ask, so I thought I'd introduce myself first.
Gallowglass
Legionary
posted 17 September 2008 15:31 EDT (US)     45 / 71       

Yay! A new forumer who speaks English as well as SMS and doesn't put 1s at the end of every sentence

I haven't actually seen anyone do that on this forum, so far, actually.

Anyway, a hundred thousand welcomes, that's roughly two from each of us I think. And besides, I like the phrase.

------m------m------
(o o)
(~)

Monkey beats bunny. Please put Monkey in your signature to prevent the rise of bunny.
m0n|<3yz r 2 pwn n00b
Lone Scotsguard
Legionary
posted 07 December 2008 10:07 EDT (US)     46 / 71       
Can anybody please help me by giving a list of what special units can be trained in Military Academy of all factions in M2TW?

Im playing England now, and honestly building Military Academy for unit like Demi Lancers really sucks!

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing, Roman Cavalry choirs are singing, be my mirrors my swords my shield, my missionaries on foreign fields
For some reason i can't explain, i know saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest world, but that was when i rule the world
Mjr Massacre
Legionary
posted 30 December 2008 10:15 EDT (US)     47 / 71       
hi i'm new.

[This message has been edited by Mjr Massacre (edited 12-30-2008 @ 10:18 AM).]

Gallowglass
Legionary
posted 30 December 2008 10:24 EDT (US)     48 / 71       

Hi. I take it you clicked the link I posted in your RTW thread to find this place?

This is the M2TW forum, not the RTW one. i maek good salesmenz

------m------m------
(o o)
(~)

Monkey beats bunny. Please put Monkey in your signature to prevent the rise of bunny.
m0n|<3yz r 2 pwn n00b
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 15 January 2009 10:20 EDT (US)     49 / 71       
I have returned from my internetless travels amongst the horrors of the real world.

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
el_bandito
Legionary
posted 26 January 2009 23:12 EDT (US)     50 / 71       
Welcome back Afty. Months without a link to the "Overmind" can be quite terrifying, so I hear.

I do wish everyone severe the link time to time to smell the real world.

Michael Jackson
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