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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]I’m an alien[/quote].
Speak for yourself mate.


Looks like

I’m 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.

What’s this CoC you hear people on about?
That’s 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 isn’t, then contact a staff member.

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

Screenshots
This is where you can view screenshots of the game. I think that you’ll agree that they look brilliant.
It’s 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. It’s possible to become quite famous if you write an original & high quality strategy article for the game.

Cheats
Some forumers may want a little “help” during their campaign game and all the cheats are here. These can’t 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 “abroad”, 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 don’t 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. Don’t be one of them please.

Medieval 2: Total War Discussion
This is where it’s 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 don’t 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.
We’re 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. We’ve 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. 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.

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 isn’t really an Ancient History forum anymore.

War Stories
We’ve 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 it’s 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. Don’t 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 that’s 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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Tittus Labienus
Legionary
posted 13 May 2009 18:27 EDT (US)     51 / 71       
Hello, I'm new to M2TW. I've been a RTW junkie for years and a regular at that forum. I reached a point where I had played out most of the civs in RTW. I tryed modding witout any success. Then my old pc died, I got a newer machine with a working dvd drive and got M2TW for my biurthday. I'm about 6 territories into the grand campaign as the English and I can say for sure I'm hooked already. This is the thing that will take over my free time for the next year or two or three. It plays like RTW so I didn't have to learn a mnew gaming systeem, but there seems to be so much more to it and it looks cooler to boot. I wish my old pc had died sooner.

Lab
Glacier_Girl
Legionary
posted 13 May 2009 18:48 EDT (US)     52 / 71       
Lol, welcome, we're glad that you're here.

Think you're a hotshot against the Mongols? Go to the Mongolphobia mod discussions and download the mod, then, you will surely tremble with fear in the face of the Mongols. If you have suggestions/questions, feel free to make a thread. You can download Mongolphobia here. Good luck.

“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone's eyes.” -Unknown

Read my AAR/Story "The Battle of the Bridge" here!
Gaius Colinius
Seraph Emeritus
posted 21 May 2009 10:44 EDT (US)     53 / 71       
I'm shocked it took you so long TL.

-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

The Great Monty
Legionary
(id: Monty501)
posted 17 August 2009 02:33 EDT (US)     54 / 71       
This realy needs updating.

I will fight for Total War Heaven.

Will You?
vampiric canniba
Legionary
posted 28 August 2009 00:01 EDT (US)     55 / 71       
True. Everyone that isnt orange has left.

you like something both hardcore and whack
2009 RLT & ETWH Craziest Forummer Award!
I had to remove the excessive numbers of smilies I used á la VampiricCannibal so as not to inconvenience low bandwidth users too much... - Edorix
Mythic_Commodore
Ministerialis
posted 28 August 2009 11:17 EDT (US)     56 / 71       
Hey, this is Mythic_Commodore. A lot of you semi-old timers will remember me - I was pretty active in the modding forums. I moved to Total War Center for a time, but I'm back here ready to help with the modding aspect of TWH. I hope to see more of this site soon. Any modding questions, take them to me, if you want to learn to mod, there are some good guides written in the modding tutorials section of the main site and if you need any help, again, me and a bunch of other really helpful people will be in the modding forums.

Cyclohexane - it's what's for dinner!
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 28 August 2009 16:06 EDT (US)     57 / 71       
It is really good to see you here again Mythic

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."
Mythic_Commodore
Ministerialis
posted 30 August 2009 11:36 EDT (US)     58 / 71       
Thanks, it's good to be back.

Cyclohexane - it's what's for dinner!
mccool83
Legionary
posted 30 September 2009 06:49 EDT (US)     59 / 71       
HI IM NEW TO THE TOTAL WAR SERIES I HAVE JUST PURCHASED MEDIEVAL TOTAL WAR 2 AN I AM EAGERLY WAITING ON IT TO ARRIVE IN THE POST!AS I HAVE NEVER PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE I WOULD REALLY APPRIECIATE ANY ADVICE ON HOW I SHOULD START MY NEW GAME AND WAT FACTION WOULD BE BEST FOR ME?CHEERS GUYS!
el_bandito
Legionary
posted 30 September 2009 09:31 EDT (US)     60 / 71       
Hello and welcome Mccool. This fairly recent thread might help you to choose a starting faction. Once you decide on a faction then you can make a thread about how to begin with that faction. The rest of us will be happy to show some pointers then.

Michael Jackson

[This message has been edited by el_bandito (edited 09-30-2009 @ 09:32 AM).]

Glacier_Girl
Legionary
posted 30 September 2009 18:35 EDT (US)     61 / 71       
Welcome to TWH Mccool!

I recommend you play Egypt, or Milan.

These teach you how to blitz.

Think you're a hotshot against the Mongols? Go to the Mongolphobia mod discussions and download the mod, then, you will surely tremble with fear in the face of the Mongols. If you have suggestions/questions, feel free to make a thread. You can download Mongolphobia here. Good luck.

“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone's eyes.” -Unknown

Read my AAR/Story "The Battle of the Bridge" here!
Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 11 November 2009 10:12 EDT (US)     62 / 71       
Even though they both need to be unlocked by playing another campaign first.

Go for England; that follows stright on from the tutorial and is quite an easy campaign really. Definitely not Venice. My first M2TW campaign was as Venice. I conquered a few territories, then ran out of money and lost them all again to the Byzantines and the HRE.

• EDORIX •
~ ancient briton ~

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(dis ma house)

[This message has been edited by Edorix (edited 11-11-2009 @ 10:19 AM).]

mica7x
Legionary
posted 21 December 2009 17:12 EDT (US)     63 / 71       
Hey, im Mic from England, love the total war games (obviously lol) been coming to this site for a while now n as my addiction to total war has doubled i thought i'd best join haha. Awesome site guys
Glacier_Girl
Legionary
posted 21 December 2009 20:58 EDT (US)     64 / 71       
Welcome to TWH, Mic!!! We hope you enjoy your stay!


...because you won't be leaving...ever.

Think you're a hotshot against the Mongols? Go to the Mongolphobia mod discussions and download the mod, then, you will surely tremble with fear in the face of the Mongols. If you have suggestions/questions, feel free to make a thread. You can download Mongolphobia here. Good luck.

“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone's eyes.” -Unknown

Read my AAR/Story "The Battle of the Bridge" here!

[This message has been edited by Glacier_Girl (edited 12-21-2009 @ 08:58 PM).]

EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 22 December 2009 03:30 EDT (US)     65 / 71       
Thanks, Mica. Feel free to ask anything, and enjoy your time here

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Glacier_Girl
Legionary
posted 22 December 2009 08:50 EDT (US)     66 / 71       
...because you won't be leaving...ever.

Think you're a hotshot against the Mongols? Go to the Mongolphobia mod discussions and download the mod, then, you will surely tremble with fear in the face of the Mongols. If you have suggestions/questions, feel free to make a thread. You can download Mongolphobia here. Good luck.

“Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone's eyes.” -Unknown

Read my AAR/Story "The Battle of the Bridge" here!
mica7x
Legionary
posted 22 December 2009 19:19 EDT (US)     67 / 71       
lol thanks, happy to be here
Brutiangodofrock
Legionary
posted 23 December 2009 09:59 EDT (US)     68 / 71       
Welcome Mica. I feel bound to warn you about Glacier... she scares all of us so don't feel too intimidated

60% of people use dodgy statistics in things such as forum signatures. Post this if you are part of the 50% who don't.
mica7x
Legionary
posted 23 December 2009 11:50 EDT (US)     69 / 71       
lol i see
ChichenItzaTaco
Legionary
posted 07 May 2012 18:18 EDT (US)     70 / 71       
Just like to say hello!Been playing MTW2 for a couple of years and the advice I've found here has helped me become a much better player.It took me awhile to figure out the tricks to running an empire,not to mention dealing with the Pope and the Mongols.Thanks again!
Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 07 May 2012 19:00 EDT (US)     71 / 71       
Welcome Chichen! M2TW is a complex game and advice on any matter cazn be readily found here on our noble forum! Feel free to ask any questions about the game in our discussion forum!

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
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