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ROME II - Mac version FAQ

Matthias CAMatthias CA AdministratorUKPosts: 2,596Registered Users
edited December 2015 in Total War Eras Support
Hi everyone,

As Mac operating systems differ from Windows in a number of ways (such as file structure and locations, file extensions, hotkeys and so on), we offer the following summary of Mac-specific details.



Q: Can I use mods with Mac?
A: Yes you can! More information here.



Q: I want to modify my preferences.script file or create a user.script file. Where can I find the scripts folder?
A: The scripts folder can be found in:
  • ~/library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts (for the Steam download)
  • ~/library/Containers/com.sega.mac.rome2/Data/Library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts (for the App store download)
It may be hidden by default, like the Windows ‘appdata’ folder. To navigate to this folder, go to your Mac’s desktop, ensure the Finder is selected, click ‘Go’ on the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen, then ‘Go To Folder’. Enter the path exactly as above (including the tilde symbol).



Q: The Encyclopaedia minimises the game and opens a web browser. How can I view the Encyclopaedia in-game?
A: This feature can be modified through the preferences.script file found in:
  • ~/library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts (for the Steam download)
  • ~/library/Containers/com.sega.mac.rome2/Data/Library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts (for the App store download)
Open the file and search for the term external_browser true; then change this to external_browser false; and re-save the preferences.script file. The Encyclopaedia will now open in-game.



Q: I have set my game quality to very high or above but not all visual features are showing. Why is this?
A: This issue occurs when a GPU does not feature enough graphics memory to render all the visual features of the game. This can include features such as shadows and anti-aliasing. A warning message will appear during loading screens to notify you that graphics will be downgraded. If this is the case, your graphics settings will be set to custom; you can then enter the game’s graphics settings, and alter various settings as you see fit.

Please note, unless your Mac has more than 1GB graphics memory, it is not recommended to play on higher settings with a resolution higher than 1920 x 1080.



Q: Are there any differences between the Steam version of Rome II for Mac?
A: Yes. The Steam Mac version does support multiplayer, and all ROME II DLC is available via Steam in the Steam Mac version.



Q: I just purchased the game from the Apple App Store. How can I get the DLCs?
A: Unfortunately, no you cannot. The DLCs are not available through the App Store.



Q: I just purchased the game from the Apple App Store. Can I play online?
A: Unfortunately, no you cannot. Multiplayer functionality has been removed from the App Store for development reasons.



Q: Can I play multiplayer with a PC Player?
A: Unfortunately there is no cross-platform multiplayer functionality, though you can play with other Mac users (Steam version only).



Q: Can I play my old PC saves on my Mac?
A: Yes, PC saves and replays are cross compatible. You will need to transfer them to your save-game folder, located in:
  • ~/library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/save_games (for the Steam download)
  • ~/library/Containers/com.sega.mac.rome2/Data/Library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/save_games (for the App store download)
or sync your game with the Steam Cloud (this happens automatically provided your old saves have been synced to the Steam Cloud).



Q: Whenever I try to right-click with my Apple Magic Mouse, rather than issuing an order I deselect all units. Why is this?
A: The Magic Mouse can be highly sensitive to touch, and it’s important to note which settings you have configured when using it. If you’re using the default settings, the mouse will register one finger as a left-click and two fingers on the right of the Magic Mouse surface as a right-click. We recommend ticking the ‘secondary click’ toggle in the mouse settings screen (under System Preferences -> Mouse), which will make your Magic Mouse act like a traditional 2-button mouse.



Q: My game has crashed, how do I find the error report?
A: If any application crashes, your Mac should automatically generate and display an error report. If this is ignored or not sent to Apple it can be located in the following folder ~/library/Logs/DiagnosticReports under the name Rome II [Date].



Q: The default Mac keyboard hotkeys are overriding the ROME II hotkeys. How can I disable them?
A: To use the F1-F12 keys as game commands, there are two options:

1) Pressing Fn + F1-F12 will bypass the default Mac hotkey functionality.
2) Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard. Under this menu you will see a tick box labelled: ‘Use all F1 F2, etc. keys as function keys’. This will toggle the hotkeys to standard F-number keys. To use the default Mac hotkey functionality, you can then use Fn + F1-F12.




Q: What is the minimum requirements to run the game on a Mac?
A: Minimum requirements are:

• Operating System: OS X 10.7.5
• Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
• RAM: 4 GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 25 GB
• Video Card: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
• Screen Resolution: 1024x768.
Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series




Q: What is the recommended requirements to run the game on a Mac?
R: Recommended requirements
• Operating System: OS X 10.7.5 (or later)
• Processor: 2nd Generation
Intel Core i5 (or greater)
• RAM: 8 GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 25 GB
• Video Card: 1 GB NVidia 750 (or better)
• Screen Resolution: 1920x1080.
Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series



If you are experiencing issues not described here, please do let us know by posting a new thread for each issue. (Please bear in mind that on these support forums it is one thread per player per issue as this helps us organising our support and how we can assist you.

Thank you for your understanding,

Matthias
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  • Matthias CAMatthias CA Administrator UKPosts: 2,596Registered Users
    edited October 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Since some of you were wondering how you could enable mods on the Mac Versions of Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition we've written a short step-by-step guide for you below.


    How to activate a mod for Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition on the Mac Steam version:


    1. Download your chosen Mod (currently subscribing to a Mod through the Steam Workshop does not work)
    2. Place the Mod’s .pack file in your Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition Data folder(e.g this_mod_works.pack):
      To access this folder from your Mac desktop press the Go tab and select “Go to Folder…” and type:
      ~/library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Total War Rome II/Data
    3. Modify your user.script.txt file to activate the mod:
      This can be found in your Creative Assembly scripts folder and accessed by pressing the Go Tab and selecting “Go to Folder...”, then typing:
      ~/library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts
    4. Inside this folder you should find your user.script.txt file, if one is not available then create a new text file using TextEdit and save it in this folder with the name user.script.txt.
    5. Once inside the text file, simple type mod “Name of mod.pack;” for example: this_mod_works.pack;
    6. Save the user.script.txt file and launch Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition game through steam.
    7. As long as you have downloaded a mod that is compatible with the version of Total War: Rome II Emperor you are running, the mod should be available in game.

    How to activate a mod for the Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition on the Mac App Store version:
    1. Download your chosen Mod (currently subscribing to a Mod through the Steam Workshop does not work)
    2. Place the Mod’s .pack file in your Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition Data folder(e.g this_mod_works.pack):
      To access this folder from your Mac desktop, open a new finder window (click on the finder icon inside the dock) and enter your applications folder (found on the left hand side). Inside this folder right click on the rome2.app and click ‘Show Package Contents’. Navigate through the following folders to the data folder: Contents -> Resources -> data and place your .pack inside.
    3. Modify your user.script.txt file to activate the mod:
      This can be found in your Creative Assembly scripts folder and accessed by pressing the Go Tab and selecting “Go to Folder...”, then typing:
      ~/library/Containers/com.sega.mac.rome2/Data/Library/The Creative Assembly/Rome2/scripts
    4. Inside this folder you should find your user.script.txt file, if one is not available then create a new text file using TextEdit and save it in this folder with the name user.script.txt.
    5. Once inside the text file, simple type mod “Name of mod.pack;” for example: this_mod_works.pack;
    6. Save the user.script file and launch your Total War: Rome II game through steam.
    7. As long as you have downloaded a mod that is compatible with the version of Total War: Rome II Emperor you are running, the mod should be available in game.

    For more info and support, please visit our Mac FAQs here, and our Mac Support Forum here.
    PLEASE READ THIS THREAD BEFORE POSTING YOUR ISSUE ON THE SUPPORT FORUMS.

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