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daelin4daelin4 Senior MemberPosts: 12,278Registered Users
edited January 2013 in Medieval II: Total War
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Prior to December 21st 2012 this thread was a complete copy from the old forums: I have taken the liberty to edit and update some information. The original author is no longer known, but you may consult our old Yuku forums to find out.

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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Table of Contents

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    1. I want to use some of the cheat codes. How do I make them work?
    2. How do I unlock all the factions?
    3. My DVD/CD-R won't recognize my Medieval 2 disc!
    4. During battle and on the map sometimes, my game, while scrolling with the keyboard, brings up the console, speed goes to 3x, and the short cut key screen appears in the background.
    5. I am having trouble with cavalry not charging, what can I do to ameliorate this problem?
    6. How soon can i get to the Americas?
    7. How do I make each turn last six months instead of two years, and how do I display the year on the campaign map?
    8. How do I get rid of the banners and the green arrows?
    9. Can I select my faction heir as in RTW?
    10. What do the difficulty settings do?

    11. Sometimes Artillery doesn't seem to fire is this a bug?
    12. Is it somehow possible to play the campaign multiplayer with, say, two players?
    13. Help, I'm broke!
    14. How do merchants work?
    15. During a siege battle my computer, which has handled huge field battles, suddenly starts to drop in performance.

    16. I brought the American Collectors edition of MIITW but the soundtrack CD dosn't have a track listing, does anyone have this please?
    17. Sometimes Artillery seems to disappear
    18. How do I get rid of the annoying logo screens and startup movie when I launch Medieval? And how do I disable those "The enemy general is dead, m'lord" cutscenes that pop up during battle?
    19. How do I make and access screenshots?
    20. I disabled one of the agent event videos, how do I turn the videos back on?

    21. How do I repair ships?
    22. Why are all my princesses not charming?
    23. How do I set up a modswitcher?
    24. This question has been removed. It has been made redundant by the 1.2 patch.
    25. How do I know which version of the game I am playing?

    26. How do I get unlimited men on the battlefield?
    27. Is there a way to stop my general from picking up the ''bad with taxes'' trait when he is sitting in a castle, and has no chance of avoiding the trait by raising taxes?
    28. Is there an alternative to using the modswitcher?
    29. How do I fix the armour on the Venetian Heavy Infantry and Venetian archers?
    30. Where can I download some of the data files?

    31. Where can I see and compare Unit Stats and/or Buildings Information?
    32. How do I enable multiplayer hotseat campaign mode?
    33. Is there a mod that doesn't do anything except fix bugs?
    34. This question has been removed. It has been made redundant by the 1.2 patch.
    35. How do I increase the movement points?

    36. How do I recruit generals?
    37. Why can't I recruit bishops?
    38. This question has been removed. It has been made redundant by the 1.2 patch.
    39. How do I completely uninstall RTW or M2TW?
    40. How do I create a bat file?

    41. What do i need to do to open a cfg. file?
    42. Why did my army disappear from the campaign map?
    43. How do I get the Cinematic Editor to work?
    44. What are guilds?
    45. Will Medieval 2 work on my PC? What are the minimum specs?

    46. When playing hotseat in Kingdoms I can't defend against the AI in battles. Is there any way to fix this?
    47. How do I edit the descr_strat and other game files on Windows Vista?
    48. What patches and in what order do I need to install to the retail, vanilla version of Medieval II: Total War?
    49. How do I form the Union of Kalmar in the Kingdoms' Teutonic campaign?
    50. How do I get the various Apachean units while playing the Americas campaign?

    51. What is Night Attack and how can you perform perform them?
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #1: I want to use some of the cheat codes. How do I make them work?

    Answer #1:
    When in game, press the console key: this is usually in the form of - ` ~ \ |. The correct key will vary depending on your regional keyboard configuration. This is known as the "tilde" key.

    Then enter the respective lines codes for their effect. A comprehensive list can be found in various websites from google.

    Important info:
    Names vary according to the game code. The game relies on a text file named "descr_names.txt" for all character names, whether they are generals or agents. You can search it in your primary game directory. The game selects a randomized combination of first and last names, according to gender. In rare cases, there will be multiple characters existing in the game with the exact same name, which may lead to conflicts.
    Note that epithets, like "the Great" or other titles do NOT count as part the character's actual name, so you will have to remember the full name, or look up the file descr_names.txt found via searching in your main game directory to confirm their names. This may require you to go through multiple names if you do not remember them. The file organizes the list of names by faction, so once you know the faction of the character in question, find his/her faction codename then find or guess the last name.
    Some codes require typing character names that have diatrics (ç) or umlauts (ø, ä, ǟ, c̈) commonly not found on your keyboard; normally these can be substituted by their usual letters like c, oe, a, ae, etc. Again, to find out the correct spelling, you will have to consult the descr_names file.
    The game will ignore certain numbers that exceed the maximum level expected. So if you type a code that requires you to indicate a number, going over the maximum will only give you the maximum possible. So spawning a unit in the game via cheat with the number 99 will not give you 99 units, or a unit with 99 bonus armour.
    You can easily repeat inputted codes by pressing the up or down arrow keys to cycle through past codes. However the game only remembers up to several lines of inputted code. Codes that are NOT inputted (you cancelled out of the console ) will not be remembered.
    In most cases it is REQUIRED to include quotation marks when adding character names, unless the characer happens to possess only one name. So a general named simply William will not require quotatios, but a general with the name Wilhem von der Stettin will require quotations, namely "Wilhem von_der_Stettin"

    Some of the most common ones are:
    A. add_money: This can be applied to yourself, or to another faction by adding their faction code. To give yourself money, type
    add_money #
    Example: add_money 9000 
    OR 
    add_money hre 90000
    
    where "9000" is the amount, and "hre" is the position of the faction name, which is required if you want a specific faction to spawn extra money. Without a faction name the game will spawn the money to your own faction.
    *It is possible to give negative money, but you can only give/take a maximum of 40000 money for every time you input the code, so to give/take more money, simply type the code multiple times.
    **Note that for putting specific faction names, some are not similar to their proper names in-game: for example, the Holy Roman Empire's name code is simply "hre".

    B. create_unit: spawns a unit of varying quality and number to a general or settlement. The code will be as follows:
    create_unit (settlement OR general's full name) (unit name code) # # # #
    

    *The name code may not be similar to the name of the unit in-game: vast majority of unit names are the same, but some units, like cultural variants, are named differently. Example: a unit of Cavalry Militia of Eastern Europe variety has the name code of "EE Cavalry Militia", while Italian Cavalry Militia are simply "Italian Cavalry Militia". Likewise, Spear Militia of Northern Europe are named "Spear Militia", whilst Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern versions have the prefix of SE, EE, and ME receptively.

    After the name code, you may also add four numbers each from 1-9 if you desire specific upgrades to the unit. The first number determines amount of units spawned (maximum four at a time), the second number the unit or units' experience from 0-9, the third and furth number the unit or units' weapon and armour upgrade, if it has any.

    Example: Wanting to create a single unit of Italian Spear Militia in Venice with 4 experience, 2 armor and 2 attack bonus, type in the console the following:
    create_unit "Venice" "Italian Spear Militia" 1 4 2 2
    OR
    create_unit "Domenico Selvo" "Italian Spear Militia" 1 4 2 2
    
    this one makes 1 Italian Spear Militia unit with 4 experience, 2 armor and 2 attack bonus in Venice, or in Domenico Selvo's army


    C. give_trait: grants a trait to a character. Characters include generals and agents. It is possible to change other factions' character traits.
    give_trait (character name) (trait code) (level)
    Example: give_trait "William" GoodCommander 3 
    OR
    give_trait  Wilhem von_der_Stettin BadDefender 3
    
    The trait name does NOT require quotation marks, BUT is case-sensitive.
    The full list of traits can be found in your game directory known as "export_descr_character_traits.txt"
    Websites like Honga's Total War Academy also shows a list of traits, levels and even the descriptions found when hovering the cursor over them.
    Like the create_unit code, the full name of the character is required.
    It is also possible to select a unit, then type the following to input the effect
    give_trait this "GoodCommander" 5
    


    D. move_character - teleports a character to a part of the campaign map. You must first move the character out of the city or off the ship before using this one.

    The code in use will be as follows
    move_character (character name) X,Y
    OR
    move_character "William 89,100
    OR
    move_character "Admiral Vito" 118,35
    

    Where X is the row tile number, and X is the column tile number.

    To find the tiles, first hover the mouse cursor over the desired part of the map you want to teleport, then type "show_cursorstat". The console will show you the region tile's coordinates, where the first number is the row and the second is the column. The row number determines west or east (lower-higher value), and the column determines north or south (lower-higher value). Micromanaging adjustments will simply require changing the numbers accordingly.
    It is possible to "clip" armies by teleporting them onto the same tile at once. This may cause issues.
    It is also possible to teleport generals and agents when they are still inside a ship or settlement, but thus causes issues.
    It is NOT possible to teleport ships onto land tiles, or armies onto water tiles.
    You CAN teleport armies onto islands, or navies onto small lakes.
    There are certain parts of the map that will not be accessible, like mountains or rivers, and the game will not teleport successful. The tiles must be one that the army or navy can occupy.

    E. toggle_fow: disables or re-enables the Fog of War. The entire campaign map will be revealed, including ALL armies and agents, including those hiding in ambush. Type again to return to normal mode.

    Army compositions will NOT be revealed by this code. You will still need nearby agents and generals to ascertain information on the army's units.

    F. add_population: add a desired number after the code to increase or decrease a settlement's population amount. To decrease, add the negative integer.
    add_population #
    OR
    add_population Venice 1000
    OR
    add_population London -9000
    
    Where # is the desired number. Venice will be given an additional 1000 population, whereas London will lose 9000 population

    The maximum allowed per input is 9000 or -9000. To gain or lose more, simply repeat the code.
    The settlement can never have less than 400 population, and so the code will no longer give any effect once it has fallen to 400.
    Changes to the population effects like unrest will not show until the next turn or you adjust taxes or otherwise tweak the settlement in normal fashion.

    G. process_cq: instantly finishes a build under construction.
    process_cq London
    
    Where "London" is the settlement name. Settlement names can be easily found by simply looking at the name in the campaign map.

    The code will finish the entire structure rather than the turn intervals to completion. So a road or a citadel will be isntantly finished by inputting the code once.
    The code works in the regular construction sequence, and so te building currently being built will be finished, whereas the other queued structures will not. To finish these structures, repeat the code.
    The funds will work as normal; attempting this code when you do not have the funds to begin construction will not yield any results.

    H. Many of the cheat codes found on websites do not work at all.

    I. Some sites list lots of console commands that can only be enabled via scripting. If you want to know about scripting, I suggest you start here:
    forums.totalwar.org/vb/sh...hp?t=46738
    If the console says "invalid command" it should mean that it doesn't recognize this command, then this cheat doesn't work or you have inputted the code incorrectly. Remember the code is case-sensitive and often require the exact same line or word. In some cases the word itself is spelled wrong and will have to be spelled the same way.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #2: How do I unlock all the factions?

    Answer #2: Once you win a campaign, regardless of its duration, you will unlock all playable factions.

    The playable factions are as follows
    England
    France
    Scotland
    Holy Roman Empire
    Venice
    Milan
    Spain
    Portugal
    Denmark
    Byzantine Empire
    Turks
    Moors
    Egypt
    Russia
    Poland
    Sicily
    Hungary

    There are non-playable factions that cannot be unlocked or played without modification. These are
    Timurids
    Mongols
    Papal States
    Rebels
    Aztecs

    If you want to unlock immediately the playable factions (say the Sicilians or the Moors) there's a quick way. Enter your M2TW installation folder (path depends on the way you installed it). Double click on the file medieval2.preferences.cfg, select Note pad from the list of available programs and confirm. You'll see the file as a normal .txt file. Add these lines:
    [misc]
    unlock_campaign = true
    

    Save the file and close it. Enjoy!

    You can also do it the traditional way by modding the descr_strat.txt file in your game's directory. Then cut and paste the factions that you want to be playable or all of them into the playable list.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #3: My DVD/CD-R won't recognize my Medieval 2 disc!

    Answer #3: Try installing the drivers from the CD-Rom that came with your DVD Drive, instead of using Microsoft Defaults.

    or visit your relevant Drive Manufacturer website and download the last drivers for your model DVD-Rom

    Identify your Drive model: do a dxdiag scroll down to Disk & DVD/CDROM Drives the last few numbers and letter after your drive is its model number.

    You may also try to install the game by simply copying the files of the CDs onto a single folder in your desktop. This will also avoid the game installer from requesting a change in CDs.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #4: During battle and on the map sometimes, my game, while scrolling with the keyboard, brings up the console, speed goes to 3x, and the short cut key screen appears in the background.

    Answer #4: There may be various reasons for erratic behavior in the game. Sometimes the prblem may **** from using a wireless keyboard. This may be due to signal interference. This problem has also occasionally been reported by users using wired keyboards. Other factors may also be keyboards with multi-function keys.

    Obvious troubleshooting procedures include updating drivers to latest versions minimize issues of obsolescence and compatibility.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #5 - I am having trouble with cavalry not charging, what can I do to ameliorate this problem?

    Answer #5 - Various in-game circumstances can cause a charge to come to a halt or make the cavalry switch weapons: Terrain features, skirmishing units, routing and moving units can all cause lance charges to fail. I have noticed that when the knights are required to do any pathfinding or the enemy moves that the knight charge falls apart.

    Some user-based information on how to properly execute cavalry charges:

    Tip 1: Charge radius. Basically, every unit has a distance between it and the unit it's engaging before it will charge (longer for Calvary, shorter for infantry). Thus if you want to run (double-click) your unit to get them in place fast and still charge, double-click move them into just inside/outside their charge radius (this is where the practice comes in ). Once just inside/outside that radius, single-click or double-click and your units will charge.

    Tip 2: Using Calvary as an opening punch. I've read more then a few posts about not being able to get Calvary out after the charge. You have to time it well and as soon and the first part of the charge stops, double click on a point behind them and they should be more then able to get out clean, with little or no casualties. But you have to order the retreat almost as soon as the front line of the charge reaches its target, that way they will pull out immediately after their charge and not get hung up fighting.

    Tip 3: how to get Calvary to charge again. Basically you have to retreat the Calvary as in #2 above and set them up facing the enemy again, and start the process all over again. Sometime they don't even have to be facing the enemy unit, if you just withdraw them to the edge of the charge radius and single-click or double-click, they'll turn and you can get a good charge.
    *Note that to truly use the cavalry effectively again after an initial charge, you will have to STRATEGICALLY re-position them outside their charge radius facing the enemy you want to charge again. In previous total war games, Heavy Calvary had the mobility of light cavalry and could be used a lot more rapid fire. This has changed and they are a lot less mobile and flexible in M2:TW. After a charge it will be a WHILE before you can realistically expect to manoeuvre you heavy cavalry to a position where it can do a lot of damage and not kill itself.

    Think of heavy cavalry in this way if you want:

    Heavy calvary is like a giant infantry battering ram. The "parts" to the battering ram are the Knights and the "assembled" battering ram is the knights in formation. The advantage to this, is that, the parts of the ram are self mobile and so, can break down, rapidly move, and quickly reassemble. This assembled ram is like a door ram in that it uses a huge amount of kinetic energy to destroy everything in it's path, but can only transfer the energy in a strait line, and obviously needs to be fully assembled to work. So assemble your ram (your knights) and charge the "ram" into a stationary target. once the forward momentum of the ram is broken, the pieces can dissolve and the reform the ram again. But for the ram to be effective it has to set up so it can transfer it's energy in that strait line again. So the pieces of the ram have to be told to set the ram up again in a good strategic place to maximize it's effectiveness. You are left to tell the pieces where to set up the ram."

    Read the official blog on cavalry charges as well - it's good information: www.totalwarblog.com/
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #6: How soon can i get to the Americas?

    Answer #6: At some point in the game you will get a notification saying that the Americas were "discovered". This will unlock the ability to build the last tier of naval structures, and consequently be able to construct sea-faring vessels that can traverse the ocean and reach the Americas. Your normal ships will not be able to do so.

    There is also a way to modify the game files to make it occur sooner: go to your descr_events file and scroll down until you find the 2 core game events called world_is_round. On both of them delete the existing dates and replace them with
    "1 2" (not including the speech marks).

    This will expand the map to include the Americas on turn 2. You will still have to build up your ports so you can build the really advanced ships needed to get there but the Americas are ready when you are.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #7: How do I make each turn last six months instead of two years, and how do I display the year on the campaign map?

    Answer #7: Find the following files in your main game directory:
    descr_strat.txt, found in the folder Medieval II Total War/data/world/maps/campaign/imperial_campaign

    Make a copy of the file for backup purposes, then open it. You'll notice a section that says;

    start_date 1080 summer
    end_date 1530 winter
    timescale 2.00

    Change timescale to 0.50 for turns to last 6 months. You might also want to display years on the campaign map now, rather than the turn counter. In that case, look for the line that says;

    show_date_as_turns

    Simply put a ; in front of it so it reads;

    ;show_date_as_turns

    Now save the file. It will tell you it's a read only. It's worth noting that editing the descr_strat.txt will only work in new campaigns, not saved ones.

    This will now have the game operate each turn as six months, and will display the year date instead of the number of turns elapsed.

    For Kingdoms Expansion, the procedure is the same: find the decr_strat files in the mods folder in the root directory of wherever you have installed the game. The Kingdoms campaigns are classified as mods for MTW2, and so can be found in the mods folder in the main directory, with their respective name.

    Question #8 - How do I get rid of the banners and the green arrows?

    Answer #8 - Find your medieval2.preferences.cfg file. Make a backup copy of it. Now find the line about arrow markers and change that 1 to a 0. (I'll explain it exactly once I get home and can look at my medieval2.preferences.cfg file).

    To get rid of the banners:

    In the mediveval2.preference.cfg look for the line:

    "show_banners = 1" in the video section. Replace 1 with 0 and you are all set.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question # 9 - Can I select my faction heir like in RTW?

    Answer # 9 - Unlike Rome: Total War, It is not a possible feature in MTW2. There isn't a heir selection option in M2TW. The heir is chosen by the eldest son in the bloodline. This the official suggestion from Sega Support Centre.
    sega-en.custhelp.com/cgi-..._topview=1
    "The only way for a new heir to be chosen is to have the current heir die in battle. The best way to do this is to send him off to war on his own against unbeatable odds. This also applies to any family members with unpalatable traits that you might want to dispose of. "

    Question #10 - What do the difficulty ratings do?

    Answer #10: Various statistical adjustments are made either towards the player or the AI's favour. On harder difficulties the AI starts to get bonuses while the player starts to get penalties. This includes campaign effects like money bonuses and recruitment, and in battle mode where units may be more or less prone on routing.

    Traditionally, on VH Battle Difficulty, AI units get +7 attack and +7 morale. On H Battle Difficulty, the AI gets +4 attack and +4 morale. Some people say that one of the devs said that in M2TW the AI only gets a morale bonus on VH or H. Be that as it may.

    The difficulties does NOT adjust the AI's intelligence, and in fact heir percpeved incrase in aggression may be due to the various changes. So when the AI has higher morale, it knows that it can use weaker units to attack units it normally would result in failure. The AI is also less likely to rout because of fear caused by elephants, fire or any of the other morale-lowering factors.

    On Campaign Difficulty - on VH the AI traditionally got 10000 gold per turn as a bonus. This makes it very hard to bankrupt the AI, even if you blockade all the ports and etc. Some people say that this is no longer the case in M2TW, but I have not been able to verify this.

    The AI also traditionally got bonuses to settlement order - so AI cities are less likely to revolt, even with 10 super spies in them.

    The AI also gets advantages in auto-resolve - very substantial ones - as can often be seen in naval battles.

    The AI in campaign mode also tends to act differently due to these effects, as having more money means it can be more flexible and act in a more aggressive manner, being able to afford much larger armies and mercenaries. It also tends to leave its cities with tiny garrisons, because they are not needed to maintain order. The AI also tends to attack you more often on VH, because the Auto-Calc odds are adjusted in their favour in higher difficulty.

    On the lower difficulty settings, the human player simply gets these advantages that the AI would get on Hard or VH.

    Question #11: Sometimes Artillery doesn't seem to fire, is this a bug?

    Answer #11 - Various factors can affect whether an artillery unit will or will not fire.
    Normally missile units will not fire onto enemy units it deems too close to friendly units, unless an order to fire is manually given by the player.
    Line of sight issues may also pose a problem. The position of the unit in question may also cause it to constantly attempt to re-position, thus being unable to stop and fire as it must set up correctly to move onto the firing animations. Target units being inside the minimum firing range may also prevent artillery from firing.
    The best way to solve this it to just attempt to re-position the unit in question.

    Question # 12 - Is it somehow possible to play the campaign multiplayer with, say, two players?

    Answer # 12 - Conventionally no, but technically yes, this is known as "Hotseat mode". This is done by emailing or otherwise sending your campaign savegame to other players. Rules like how many turns or how long can be agreed upon between players involved. Due to game limitations you players involved can only control one faction.

    Question #13: Help, I'm broke!

    Answer #13: Total War requires a sound management of your faction's economy. Without a good economy you will eventually run out of funds, which will limit what you can do and how effectively you can do it.

    There are various economy guides out there, and this is not the thread to ask how.

    Question #14: How do merchants work?

    Answer #14: Merchants operate as economic agents. Throughout the campaign map in MTW2 there are resource icons- by placing an agent onto the top right of these icons, the agent will then start to generate additional income for your faction. These icons need not be in regions that you control, and certain resources will generate more income than others. Distance, monopoly (whether other factions agents are present) also have an effect on the amount of income generated.

    Like other agents, merchants are able to level up, gain traits and vices, and thus increase his ability to generate income. The higher his rating, the more durable he is against other merchants and the higher the income he generates. Naturally, reserve the best resources for your highest levelled merchants.

    Merchants also can target other merchants just as how assassins can target other agents to eliminate. Successfully eliminating an enemy merchant may yield more money and also a boost to the rating via additional traits gained. Like other agents, it is best to target enemy agents with lower skill than the merchant you are using. And like all other agents, it is possible to fail in the attempt, and even lose the agent in the attempt.
    Like all other agents, merchants are vulnerable to assassination.

    Note that there is sometimes a bug where the game miscalculates distance from the capital (a factor in the amount of income) and thus the merchant income is reduced to as little as 100% lost. In the event of this bug you can easily solve it by simply switching capitals between your desired settlement to another one.

    Additional tricks or exploits include positioning an army over a resource icon and stacking multiple merchants into that army. This will have all your merchants generate income from the same resource icon, a feat normally impossible. This even makes them invulnerable to enemy merchant actions, but not assassination.

    Question #15: During a siege battle my computer, which has handled huge field battles, suddenly starts to drop in performance.

    Answer #15: MTW2's game engine can only take so many men in the battle at a time that modern computers will still show a drop in performance. This appears to be caused by the AI units all crowding around in the same area. This naturally occurs most often in siege mode, where additional graphics like castles and structures are present alongside the usual armies involved.
    Besides deploying with fewer men in battle, you may also opt to manipulate the environment by removing graphical objects deemed cluttering, such as battering rams or siege towers, or simply moving the camera so that fewer men are displayed.


    Question #16: I brought the American Collectors edition of MIITW but the soundtrack CD dosn't have a track listing, does anyone have this please?


    The names for the track listings are as follows:
    Amen
    Duke of Death
    Going Home
    Lilly
    Song for Toomba
    Bladegrass
    Solenka
    Nothing Left
    Did they have to die today
    This Is It
    High Winds
    Crack your head with a Tabla
    Secret Sandals
    Mare Nostrum
    Lifted to the Hotplate
    Grab your Castanets
    Octli
    Lakota Lambada
    Inca
    Battle of Tollan
    Destiny
    Crusaders


    Question #17: Sometimes Artillery seems to disappear, they can be used and you can see the men but the actual piece of artillery disappears. What's going on?

    Answer #17: If this happens to you, it might be a bug, or maybe your computer isn't up to the task, anyway, there is a work around. Turn off reflections then they shouldn't disappear anymore.
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    Question #18: How do I get rid of the logo screens and startup movie when I launch Medieval? And how do I disable those "The enemy general is dead, m'lord" cutscenes that pop up during battle?

    The introduction videos are .bik files that can be found and thus deleted or otherwise removed to skip them when loading MTW2. The files are as follows:

    logos.bik = logos before the intro
    game_intro.bik = main intro
    Dump0000.bik = main menu background video

    Rename, move, or delete these, and when you launch medieval you'll go straight to the main menu. Note that Dump0000.bik gets rid of the troops marching in the background; you may want to keep that one.

    You cannot remove the disclaimer screen that loads the game.

    For the general's cutscenes:

    Open up medieval2.preference.cfg in notepad (you should back this file up before changing anything).

    and change this value to 0:

    [GAME]
    event_cutscenes = 1

    Question #19: How do I make and access screenshots?

    Answer #19: There are two ways: through Steam, where the key is F12- you will hear a sound, then a small thumbnail appear in the bottom right orner of the screen to indicate that the screenshot was indeed taken.

    You can take also screenshots in the game by pressing the "print screen" button on your keyboard.

    They are saved in your game folder/Medieval 2/tgas/ in .tga format, which is a format that MS Paint and many common picture viewers or editors cannot access. Some programs incidentally support this format, such as some Lexmark picture editors, or IrfanView. You can also just find a website that automatically converts it to a particular format for free.

    You can open and convert .tga files with many programs. A free program called IrfanView is available at www.irfanview.com


    Question #20: I disabled one of the agent event videos, how do I turn the videos back on?

    Answer #20:

    You currently cannot re-enable them from within the game, because the agent's report window do not have a checkbox to enable or disable them, only the actual video.

    To re-enable these videos you must access the file "medieval2.preference.cfg", make sure to produce a backup prior to making changes, then open file. If Windows asks you what program to use, choose Notepad.

    In your medieval2.preference.cfg, you should find the category [video] and find the following lines:

    assassination_movies = 1
    infiltration_movies = 1
    sabotage_movies = 1
    event_movies = 1

    You can enable a type of movie by setting it to 1 and disable it by setting it to 0.

    Question #21: How do I repair my ships?

    Answer #21: Your ships must be in harbour before you can be able to make repairs. That's the patch of water next to the land that has the buoys around it.
    Select a fleet positioned into a harbour, then click the repair button to the left of the rows of unit cards, next to the button that is normally the Disband button for land units. This button for ships is Scupper, which does the same thing for ships.

    Question #22 - Why are all my princesses not charming?

    Answer #22 - The game lacks some triggers for various Princess traits. Princesses then tend to have lacklustre traits.

    You can add these triggers to your export_descr_character_traits.txt file:

    ;
    Trigger princess_base2
    WhenToTest CharacterComesO***e

    Condition AgentType = princess

    Affects NaturalPrincess 1 Chance 100
    Affects PassionateWoman 1 Chance 75
    Affects PrettyWoman 1 Chance 50

    ;
    Trigger princess_base3
    WhenToTest CharacterComesO***e

    Condition AgentType = princess

    Affects NaturalPrincess 1 Chance 75
    Affects PassionateWoman 1 Chance 50
    Affects PrettyWoman 1 Chance 25


    ;
    Trigger princess_base4
    WhenToTest CharacterComesO***e

    Condition AgentType = princess

    Affects NaturalPrincess 1 Chance 50
    Affects PassionateWoman 1 Chance 25
    Affects PrettyWoman 1 Chance 10

    ;
    Trigger sitting_around_town_vnv_trigger2
    WhenToTest CharacterTurnEnd

    Condition EndedInSettlement
    and AgentType = princess
    and SettlementBuildingExists >= church
    and RemainingMPPercentage = 100

    Affects EducatedWoman 1 Chance 20

    ;
    Trigger sitting_around_town_vnv_trigger3
    WhenToTest CharacterTurnEnd

    Condition EndedInSettlement
    and AgentType = princess
    and RemainingMPPercentage = 100

    Affects UnchasteWoman 1 Chance 5

    ;
    Trigger sitting_around_town_vnv_trigger4
    WhenToTest CharacterTurnEnd

    Condition EndedInSettlement
    and AgentType = princess
    and RemainingMPPercentage = 100
    and SettlementBuildingExists >= cathedral

    Affects FaithfulWoman 1 Chance 10

    ;
    Trigger sitting_around_town_vnv_trigger5
    WhenToTest CharacterTurnEnd

    Condition EndedInSettlement
    and AgentType = princess
    and SettlementBuildingExists >= church_o
    and RemainingMPPercentage = 100

    Affects EducatedWoman 1 Chance 20

    ;
    Trigger sitting_around_town_vnv_trigger6
    WhenToTest CharacterTurnEnd

    Condition EndedInSettlement
    and AgentType = princess
    and RemainingMPPercentage = 100
    and SettlementBuildingExists >= cathedral_o

    Affects FaithfulWoman 1 Chance 10

    NaturalPrincess only goes up to level 3, and I would like to see more princesses getting married and fewer princesses wandering the map. So, I have added PassionateWoman and PrettyWoman to the initial traits.

    The last three triggers give the player the option to leave the princess in the city and pick up some traits.

    Note that some of these triggers may be affected by the forum, which sees them as HTML code

    Question #23: How do I set up a modswitcher?

    Answer #23:

    1. Okay, open up a new Notepad do***ent.

    Type in medieval2.exe @mymod.cfg

    Save as Launch_MyMod.bat

    Put that file in C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War

    The path should look like this:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\

    2. Now, you have to copy the preferences file, which is called medieval2.preference.cfg. Copy it to the desktop. Rename it as mymod.cfg.

    Open mymod.cfg and put this at the bottom:

    [features]
    mod = mymod

    Now move mymod.config back into the main M2TW folder, which is here:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\

    3. Now make a new folder in C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War . Call it mymod. The path should look like this:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\mymod

    4. Make a folder inside of mymod called data. The path should look like this:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\mymod\data

    5. Inside of mymod\data, you will want to make a folder named sounds. The path should look like this:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\mymod\data\sounds

    6. Open your C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\data\sounds folder. Copy events.dat and events.idx and past them into the mymod\data\sounds folder.

    7. Now make a folder inside of mymod\data called text. Copy the files you downloaded from the .org (or the ones you unpacked that are currently in the C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\data\text folder) into that folder. The path should look like this:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\mymod\data\text

    8. Now copy the C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\data\world folder. Put it in your mymod\data folder. The path should look like:

    C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\mymod\data\world

    9. Now copy all the other data files you downloaded or unpacked into the mymod\data folder.

    10. Now you can edit all those files, without fouling up your original M2TW installation.

    11. To launch your modded M2TW, double click on the Launch_MyMod.bat file.
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    Question #25: How do I know which version of the game I am playing?

    Answer #25: Run the game, on the main menu click options. If you are up to date, V.103 should appear in the top right corner.
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    Question #26: How do I get unlimited men on the battlefield?

    Answer #26:

    Open medieval2.preference.cfg with notepad

    Find the following line

    unlimited_men_on_battlefield = 0

    Change the 0 to 1
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    Question #27: Is there a way to stop my general from picking up the ''bad with taxes'' trait when he is sitting in a castle, and has no chance of avoiding the trait by raising taxes?

    Answer #27: If is possible to modify the game file "export_descr_character_traits.txt" You will have to either download this file from TWCenter.com, or unpack the game file using the unpacker .exe the game provides.
    Open the file, and use the ''find'' feature in notepad--- there is too many lines to sift through to just spot it.

    ;
    Trigger governing19
    WhenToTest GovernorBuildingCompleted

    Condition GovernorLoyaltyLevel > loyalty_disillusioned
    and GovernorTaxLevel 1 Chance 15

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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #28: Is there a Mod manager /switcher to easily switch between mods?

    Answer: Yes there is. It is called MTW2 Launcher Replacement, and can be found over are TWCenter for download. It provides a list of installed mods you can select, and can disable inotr videos and unlock the campaign.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #29: How do I fix the armor on the Venetian Heavy Infantry and Venetian archers?

    Answer #29: This problem has since been resolved by game updates. The following information describes the issue in detail.

    The Venetian Heavy Infantry and Venetian Archers units had a slight bug where un-upgraded units look well armoured, and when upgraded they will appear less armoured. This is because the textures were switched around.

    The problem can be easily resolved by simply going to the file "export_descr_units.txt". The entries for those two units (Venetian Archers and Venetian Heavy Infantry). Then find this line:

    armour_ug_models Venetian_Archers, Venetian_Archers_ug1

    Switch it around so it looks like this:

    armour_ug_models Venetian_Archers_ug1, Venetian_Archers

    Do the same thing for the Venetian Heavy Infantry. Change:

    armour_ug_models Venetian_Heavy_Infantry, Venetian_Heavy_Infantry_ug1

    To:

    "armour_ug_models Venetian_Heavy_Infantry_ug1, Venetian_Heavy_Infantry"
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #30 :Where can I download some of the data files?

    Answer #30: Many of the files can either be found by unpacking the game using the unpacking tool found in the main directory, or downloaded from sites such as TWCenter.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #31 - Where can I see and compare Unit Stats and/or Buildings Information?

    Answer #31: There are various online resources that offer conveient ways to look over and compare the various units and buildings and their effects. Most of these are found in TWCenter which hosts a lot of resources for Total War games.

    Some popular ones are the FAUST (Faction And Unit Stat Table), a .pdf file that gives a well-organized comparative view of the units in the game. You will need a PDF file reader such as Adobe Reader or Foxit to view (677KB, 23 pages).

    For beginners or veterans, each page contains a brief faction summary and a detailed unit description to help make informed decisions:

    Basic faction info for choosing a side to play:
    1. Religion
    2. Regions
    3. Campaign goals
    4. Strengths/weaknesses (ref. CA)

    12 important stats for sizing up your units' strengths and abilities:
    1. Recruitment: (Size, Cost, Upkeep)
    2. Attack: (Weapon1, Charge1, Weapon2, Charge2) including damage types
    3. Defence: (Total, Armor, Skill, Shield) including formations
    4. Morale

    All information is objectively based on the export_descr_unit.txt (M2:TW, ver 1.1)

    Thanks to user brandybarrel fo this information.

    There is also the FUSIL v1.2 (Faction Unit Stat Illustrations), also can be found at TWCenter.

    Originally posted by user brandybarrel, author to various beginners' guides to Total War games.

    Online resources include:
    Honga Royal Military Academy, which can be found here: http://totalwar.honga.net/

    This impressive database also contains information regarding various major mods.

    M2TW Wiki: http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Medieval_II_Total_War
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question # 32: How do I enable multiplayer hotseat campaign mode?

    Answer #32:
    1. First, copy your medieval2.preference.cfg file to your desktop.
    2. Rename the copy of the medieval2.preference.cfg file to multiplayer.cfg.
    3. Now, make sure that the multiplayer.cfg file is not read only (right click on the file, and check the properties).
    4. Open this new multiplayer.cfg file with Notepad or Wordpad, then add this to what is already in the multiplayer.cfg file:

    For Grand Campaign on V1.2 and later
    [hotseat]
    turns = 0
    scroll = 0
    autoresolve_battles = 0
    disable_console = 0
    disable_papal_elections = 0
    save_prefs = 1
    update_ai_camera = 0
    validate_diplomacy = 1

    [multiplayer]
    playable = 1




    5. Now save the multiplayer.cfg file and put it back on read only.
    6. Move the multiplayer.cfg file into your C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War folder.
    7. Now open up Notepad again. In an otherwise blank do***ent, type this:

    medieval2.exe @multiplayer.cfg

    8. Save the Notepad do***ent as Launch_Multiplayer.bat
    9. Put this new Launch_Multiplayer.bat file in your C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War folder.
    10. Now, if you want to, right click on the new .bat file and send it to the desktop (Create Shortcut).
    11. When you want to play the multiplayer version of the game, double-click the .bat file. This will launch the game in multiplayer mode.
    12. Once you are in the game, select Singleplayer. Then Grand Campaign.
    13. Now, pick which factions you want to play. Just click on as many as you want. I am playing as all 17 playable factions now.
    14. When you start the campaign, you will play each faction you have chosen in order. You can save and quit at any point and resume your game as you choose.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #33: Is there a mod that doesn't do anything except fix bugs?

    Answer #33: Most "major mods" tend to introduce new elements to the game besides simply fixing bugs and exploits- there are many minor mods or tweaks to the game that exist simply to fix certain issues.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #35 - How do I increase the movement points?

    Answer #35 - You have to mod the descr_character.txt file. Find the lines that say starting_action_points and raise the number value to what you want. The default value for all is 100.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #36: How do I recruit generals?

    Answer #36: It is very easy to mod the game so that you can recruit generals. Just add this to your export_descr_buildings.txt file:

    recruit_pool "Mongol Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { mongols, timurids, }
    recruit_pool "ME Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { moors, egypt, turks, }
    recruit_pool "Greek Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { byzantium, }
    recruit_pool "EE Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { russia, }
    recruit_pool "SE Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { spain, portugal, milan, venice, sicily, }
    recruit_pool "NE Bodyguard" 1 0.2 1 0 requires factions { england, scotland, france, hre, denmark, poland, hungary, }

    You'll need to do this for each building which you want to allow the creation of general's units.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
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    Question #37: Why can't I recruit bishops?

    Answer #37: Bishops are spawned when you recruit a priest from a settlement that has a Cathedral built. Thus you cannot train bishops in castles or in cities that have an Abbey or lower tier structure.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #38: How do I get the apothecary ancillary?

    Answer #38: This issue has since been resolved. The problem was that the lines required to work properly were not present.

    The proper lines are as follows:

    ;
    Trigger apocethary_vnv_trigger1
    WhenToTest GovernorBuildingCompleted
    Condition SettlementBuildingFinished = alchemists_lab

    AcquireAncillary apothecary chance 33
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #39: How do I completely uninstall RTW or M2TW?

    Answer #39: The following is for a non-Steam copy of the game.

    First, uninstall MTW2 the conventional uninstaller.exe method.

    After that is done, do the following:

    Start > Run > type in regedit > hkey local machine (double click) > double click " software " > find Activision delete the activision folder
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
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    Question #40: How do I create a bat file?

    Answer #40:
    *** The .bat file is only necessary if you plan to modify the game files yourself or use a 2nd party mod. The bat file is used to load the game from the unpacked game files that can be modified by the user. You will need to unpack the game files first using the unpacker tool provided with the patch 1.2. This unpacker is not support by CA. ***

    In the C: \ Program Files\Sega\Medieval 2 Total War\ folder
    Click on File>New>Text Do***ent;
    Name it whatever you want (say MEDII.txt) and open the do***ent and copy and past the following line:
    medieval2.exe --io.file_first

    Close the do***ent and rename the file to MEDII.bat

    Use this file to start the game. Create a shortcut on your Desktop if you would like.

    NOTE: If the MedII.bat file still has a *.txt icon and not a *.exe icon:

    You have to change the default setting on how Windows displays file extensions. Normally, windows XP will hide the most common file extensions from you.

    To view them, open up a folder, any folder;
    Select Tools>Folder Options at the top tool bar;
    Select the View tab;
    Uncheck the box that says "Hide extensions for known file types";
    Hit OK

    Now, all files should show up with their file extensions. So the file you named MEDII.bat should now be named MEDII.bat.txt. Rename it to MEDII.bat and select OK when asked if you are sure you want to change the file extension. If it works the icon will change.

    Please, please, please make sure the .bat file loads the game correctly BEFORE applying any mods or modify game files first. This way, you can be sure you set up the .bat file correctly first. Then if you mod the game and the game doesn't load properly you can't blame me. :P

    **********************************************
    ********** Very Easy Alternate Method *************
    **********************************************

    Find the Medieval 2 TW desktop icon, right click on it and select "Properties". In the windows that opens, find Target: which should read: "C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\medieval2.exe"
    Add the following text to the end of it: --io.input_first
    so now it should read:
    "C:\Program Files\SEGA\Medieval II Total War\medieval2.exe" --io.file_first

    That's it. use the original game shortcut instead of using the .bat file.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #41: What do i need to do to open a cfg. file?

    Answer #41: Use Notepad or Wordpad to open the .cfg file.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #42: Why did my army disappear from the campaign map?

    Answer #42:Your army most likely rebelled and disbanded any units that do not also have slave ownership.

    "Slave ownership" means that when an army rebels, the units that can be owned by the Rebel faction (that is, can also be under slave ownership), will be converted to the Rebels faction. Some units, such as Gothic Knights, do not have slave ownership, and will instead disband.
    As such, you will soon start seeing a trend in the composition of rebel armies, such as Mailed Knights, Feudal Knights, Armoured Sergeants, and many other usual, lower-tiered units. Some higher-tiered units however may appear in rebel armies, such as Imperial Knights (second-highest knight unit in the HRE) and even England's Armoured Swordsmen. Conversely, you will never see Rebel armies consisting of certain units that do not have slave ownership, like Gothic Knights, all ships units, Demi-Lancers, Gendarmes, and many other advanced units.

    To find which units have slave ownership, go to the export_descr_units.txt file, which houses an exhaustive list of stats and other information, including the category "ownership", which states what faction can own these units. Any unit that has "slave" as part of its ownership can become rebel units, whereas those units that do not have slave under its ownership will disappear if the army rebels or its faction destroyed.
    This is why sometimes rebel armies are smaller than they were originally, or disappear altogether.

    An example of a unit that can become a rebel unit are most militia and low level units, such as Imperial Knights. The export_descr_unit entry will be as follows, with the ownership section highlighted:
    type             Imperial Knights
    dictionary       Imperial_Knights      ; Imperial Knights
    category         cavalry
    class            heavy
    voice_type       Heavy
    banner faction   main_cavalry
    banner holy      crusade_cavalry
    soldier          Imperial_Knights, 24, 0, 1
    mount            mailed horse
    mount_effect     elephant -4, camel -4
    attributes       sea_faring, hide_forest, can_withdraw, can_formed_charge, knight
    formation        2, 4.4, 3, 6, 3, square, wedge
    stat_health      1, 0
    stat_pri         8, 7, no, 0, 0, melee, melee_blade, piercing, spear, 25, 1
    ;stat_pri_ex      0, 0, 0
    stat_pri_attr    no
    stat_sec         9, 3, no, 0, 0, melee, melee_blade, blunt, mace, 25, 1
    ;stat_sec_ex      0, 0, 0
    stat_sec_attr    ap
    stat_pri_armour  6, 4, 6, metal
    ;stat_armour_ex   6, 7, 0, 0, 4, 6, 6, metal
    stat_sec_armour  0, 0, flesh
    stat_heat        8
    stat_ground      0, 0, 0, 2
    stat_mental      9, low, trained
    stat_charge_dist 45
    stat_fire_delay  0
    stat_food        60, 300
    stat_cost        1, 820, 185, 80, 185, 820, 4, 240
    armour_ug_levels 4, 5
    armour_ug_models Imperial_Knights, Imperial_Knights_ug1
    [B][COLOR="#00FF00"]ownership        hre, slave[/COLOR][/B]
    ;unit_info        8, 0, 16
    recruit_priority_offset    0
    

    A unit that cannot appear in rebel armies, such as France's Noble Knights, will not have slave under its ownership:
    type             Noble Knights
    dictionary       Noble_Knights      ; Noble Knights
    category         cavalry
    class            heavy
    voice_type       Heavy
    banner faction   main_cavalry
    banner holy      crusade_cavalry
    soldier          Noble_Knights, 24, 0, 1
    mount            mailed horse
    mount_effect     elephant -4, camel -4
    attributes       sea_faring, hide_forest, can_withdraw, can_formed_charge, knight
    formation        2, 4.4, 3, 6, 2, square, wedge
    stat_health      1, 0
    stat_pri         11, 7, no, 0, 0, melee, melee_blade, piercing, spear, 25, 1
    ;stat_pri_ex      0, 0, 0
    stat_pri_attr    no
    stat_sec         12, 3, no, 0, 0, melee, melee_blade, piercing, sword, 25, 1
    ;stat_sec_ex      0, 0, 0
    stat_sec_attr    no
    stat_pri_armour  6, 5, 6, metal
    ;stat_armour_ex   6, 7, 0, 0, 5, 6, 6, metal
    stat_sec_armour  0, 0, flesh
    stat_heat        8
    stat_ground      0, 0, 0, 2
    stat_mental      11, impetuous, trained
    stat_charge_dist 45
    stat_fire_delay  0
    stat_food        60, 300
    stat_cost        1, 920, 240, 85, 205, 920, 4, 270
    armour_ug_levels 4, 5
    armour_ug_models Noble_Knights, Noble_Knights_ug1
    [B][COLOR="#00FF00"]ownership        france[/COLOR][/B]
    ;unit_info        11, 0, 17
    recruit_priority_offset    0
    
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question # 43: how do I get the Cinematic Editor to work?

    Answer # 43

    this was included in the leaked patch 1.2 so u will need to have it installed first.. hopefully it will be the same procedure with the official 1.2

    1- what u need to do, is create a text file in ur game directory (where ur medieval2.exe is located) and calle it CinEdit.txt u can chage its name but for the sake of the tutorial we will call it CinEdit.txt

    2- change the extension of ur newly created file from CinEdit.txt to CinEdit.cfg

    3- open up ur CinEdit.cfg file with a text editor and paste the following:

    [video]
    windowed = true
    movies = false
    tga_width = 800

    [capture_tga]
    fps = 20

    [misc]
    tga_front_buffer_capture = true

    [audio]
    disabled = false

    [cine]
    show = true
    width = 800 # u can change the width and height to other resolutions despending if u r card an support it
    height = 600

    [replay]
    play = true
    file = replays/Replay.rpy # IMPORTANT this is the name of ur replay u want to watch.. so if saved ur replay as Egypt.rpy then change it to: file = replays/Egypt.rpy
    camera = cameras/cam1.cam

    [cine]
    capture = false
    avi = true

    4-ok once ur done save the file and close it

    5- create another text file (same place where u created ur CinEdit.cfg) cand call it CinematicEditor.txt

    6- open up ur CinematicEditor.txt file with a text editor and paste the following:

    Medieval2.exe @CinEdit.cfg

    7- close and save ur CinematicEditor.txt file and change the file extention from CinematicEditor.txt to CinematicEditor.bat

    all done!

    now when ur run the CinematicEditor.bat file, it will load up the replay u mentioned in ur CinEdit.cfg file
    so every time u change the name of ur replay when u save a replay u need to re-edit ur CinEdit.cfg and change the name there to ur latest replay

    **PLZ NOTE**
    avoid pressing the following keys as for some reason pressing these letter will cause the editor to crash:
    O,K and N

    here are some keys that are usefull in the editor

    pressing Enter will start/pause the game

    w,numpad 8 -move fast forward
    s,numpad 2 -move fast backward

    q,numpad 7 -move slow forward
    e,numpad 9 -move slow backward

    a,numpad 1 -move side step left
    d,numpad 3 -move side step right

    r,numpad * -move cam height up /Thx to Prof for correcting me
    f,numpad / -move cam height down /Thx to Prof for correcting me

    up arrow, numpad + -move cam view up
    down arrow, numpad --move cam view down

    left arrow -move cam view left
    right arrow -move cam view right

    Capslock-move cam view with the mouse right click to disable

    ] :jump to next keyframe
    [ :jump to previous keyframe
    insert: place keyframe
    right-mouse: hold to scrub through selected camera track in edit window
    spacebar: plays current camera track from red marker (right mouse) but not the replay file
    shift-rightmouse: sets a blue position marker (then use fast-forward or rewind to get to this point in the replay)
    TAB : swaps into selected camera or out to free-cam
    WASD: moves the selected camera (must be on a keyframe or free-cam mode)
    R : move camera up (must be on a keyframe or free-cam mode)
    F: move camera down (must be on a keyframe or free-cam mode)
    arrow keys: camera (must be on a keyframe or free-cam mode)
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #44 : What are guilds?

    Answer #44 : Guilds are additional bonus structures that are built when certain conditions in the game are met. Extensive guids can be found throughout the internet; this will be a very brief description.

    There are certain guilds that give bonuses to various specialties, such as spying, assassination, economic, and most famously crusaders' chapter houses. Fulfilling certain conditions, most of them simply training certain units or agents, will eventually result in the game offering you the ability to build certain guilds in certain settlements. These windows appear in much the same way that marriage/adoption/ Man of the Hour events emerge- at the start of a new turn, and at the cost of 1000, 2000, then 3000 gold per tier. If you dislike the proposed settlement, or otherwise unable or unwilling to have the guild structure built, you may reject the offer and wait for a different guild proposal, or a the same proposal for another settlement.
    The likelihood of these events popping up depend on how many "points" you have, which is not visible to the player. Thus some guilds like Thieves Guild (spies) and Merchants' Guild (merchants) will be far easier to access, whilst guilds like Woodsmen and Smith's Guilds can be more difficult due to the conditions involved to obtaining them.

    Note that once you have a guild built in a settlement, you can no longer have additional guilds built there. Every settlement can accommodate only ONE guild structure.

    Guild structures can also be upgraded; the three levels are the basic Guild, the Master Guild, and the Guild Headquarters. The cost to access these will increase, and there are increased limitations. Every faction can only have one Master Guild structure for each respective guild; so while you can have a Guild Masters structure for every specialty, you can never get more than, say, two Thieves Master Guild structure, unless you happen to capture a settlement that also has one.
    The game only offers ONE Guild Headquarters of each type for the entire campaign, so if the AI manages to obtain a Merchants' Guild Headquarters, no other faction will ever be able to obtain one without capturing that settlement.

    Some guilds, like the crusading orders' chapter houses, offer unique unit recruits, namely their respective order units. This a Templar chapter house will allow that settlement to train Knights Templar units, a form of heavy cavalry.
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  • daelin4daelin4 Senior Member Posts: 12,278Registered Users
    edited June 2010
    Question #45: What are the minimum specifications for medieval 2? - Will my computer run M2TW? - How well will my computer run M2TW

    Answer #45: Steam's store page gives a list of minimum and recommended system requirements.
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