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Thread: Third Age - Total War 3.2: Install instructions, Download links and other Info

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    Icon7 Third Age - Total War 3.2: Install instructions, Download links and other Info

    Credits for TATW 3.0
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    Developing Team Members:

    King Kong
    Architecture, Units, Environment, Map, Gameplay, Scripting, etc.

    Devils Advocate

    Louis Lux
    High Elves Units


    Special thanks

    wilddog & makanyane
    for the biggest breakthrough in the history of 'Total War' modding: The IWTE tool

    for his frequent and reliable support until the last minute, the best battle AI ever!, the autonomy scripts and various other little tweaks


    for his devotion to his geniuos palantir script

    Baron Samedi
    for the general support and his One Ring script

    TestudoAubreii & kjobbit
    for your great voices

    for great ideas and the general help

    Used Submods:

    - Middle-earth Lore by Aikanr
    - Weathertop Battle Map by leo.civil.uefs
    - Hero abilities ressource by Noobas
    - Spider units by alreadyded
    - Rhun armor upgrade by Yarrum
    - Some Ancillaries by Hero of the West
    - Carrock and Weathertop strat map models by Jarlaxe
    - Interface Parts by el cid
    - Corsair script by TNZ
    - Water 2.0 by davide cool
    - Untainted Heroes by carampilo
    - New quotes by Ngugi
    - Hunt for Gollum (Music)
    - Some Map textures by the Roma Surrectum team


    Download Links
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    TATW 3.0 Part1

    TATW 3.0 Part2

    TATW 3.1 Patch
    ModDB-link down; v3.1 is not required to install TATW 3.2, but is still of interest for certain submods. Link:

    TATW 3.2 Patch

    3.1/3.2 Patch changelog :
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    Playable Fellowship Campaign New Settlements
    - Cair Andros
    - Esgaroth
    - Erebor
    Improved Settlements
    - Minas Tirith (more place to deploy, better performance & textures, better AI attack/defense)
    - Hornburg (better AI attack/defense)
    - Moria (better camera movement)
    - Weathertop (better performance)
    New custom tiles
    - In front of the Hornburg
    - Pelennor Fields (In front of Minas Tirith)
    - Gates of Argonath
    - Germanicu5's Battle AI 5.6
    - Small Unit stat changes (morale, prices, bodyguards, others)
    - Population and financial changes
    - Campaign map balance changes
    - recruitment Changes (more logical replenish rates, some units can be
    build earlier, less penalties for recruitment in non-favored regions)
    - Osgiliath can be rebuild earlier
    - Tharbad split in North and South
    - Eriador owns the Shire from the start, loses the Weathertop
    - Amon Hen and Durin's Tower work as watchtowers
    - Sauron (and Balrog for the human player) finally have only one unit (thanks to moneybags14!)
    - New Menu (main background by cedric37)
    - New strat map models
    - New quotes (by Ngugi)
    - replaced english captains and generals with new models (based on units by Rusichi team)
    - Erebor in Custom battles/Cair Andros replaces Isengard in Custom battles
    - Possible crash reasons for isengard family fixed
    - unplayable battle maps fixed
    - fixed unreachable pirate spawn near Tharbad
    - Mayor of Dale trigger fix
    - Grey company ui fixed
    - fixed rhun general's helmet
    - Rammas Echor description fixed
    - Exheir trait removed
    - disabled tower construction on settlements without towers
    - more little stuff...

    The 3.2 Patch is not save-game compatible!

    Fixes/Changes from Patch 3.1

    - Dwarven Axethrowers crash
    - Woodland Warriors missing axes
    - Dunlending Clansmen wrong shield textures
    - Spelling errors in several texts
    - Balrog/Sauron crash when hit by flaming projectiles
    - Messed up deployment of Black Gate (campaign)*
    - Homeguard Cavalry missing secondary weapons (Thanks to the celt)
    - Imladris Riders and Eldarinw Lancers not recruitable
    - High Elves General model errors
    - Grey Company wrong unit card
    - Added recruitment possibilities in villages
    - Elendilmir description edited
    - possible crash when Isengard was weakened fixed*
    - Slave banner carrier missing texture
    - Silvan Elves wrong bodyguards*
    - Hobbit/Bandobras Archers missing textures
    - ancillary error fixed

    - returned to old water (due to occasional technical issues)
    - spiders slightly weakened
    - slightly more start income for AI & Player*
    - slightly more tax income for AI & Player
    - slightly reduced morale bonus for AI
    - re-added some positive/negative squalor effects in the character traits

    The 3.1 Patch is save-game compatible.
    (The features marked with an '*' do only have an effect when starting a new campaign.)

    1. Installation
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    - TATW 3.2 require that you first have installed the base 3.0, before patching to 3.2.
    - If you have installed a previous version of TATW (2.1 or older), it is recommended to delete the old version before installing TATW 3.2.
    (Note that TATW doesn't change any registry settings of your system, so you can also delete the old TATW folder "Third_Age" manually.)
    - TATW 3.2 requires the 'Medieval 2 - Kingdoms Expansion' and is compatible with the official patch 1.04 and 1.05. (One installed campaign of the 'Kingdoms Expansion' is enough)
    - Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8 Users (both STEAM and NON STEAM M2TW Users): Apply these three steps explained in pictures HERE BEFORE installing TATW:
    a) Edit Security for you main M2TW folder/ or take Ownership of your main M2TW folder ( Both STEAM and NON STEAM M2TW Users need to do This step )
    b) Unhide hidden folders ( NON STEAM M2TW Users need to do This step )
    c) Check your VirtualStore folder for Medieval 2 Total War folder, and delete it if you find it there! ( NON STEAM M2TW Users need to do This step )

    - Install
    TATW_3.0_Part1of2.exe &

    TATW_3.0_Part2of2.exe &
    into the default "Medievall II Total War" directory.
    (Normally this is: "Programs/SEGA/Medieval II Total War")
    If you have installed Medieval II into another folder, please select the folder manually.

    OBS - TATW_3.1_Patch.exe is not required unless you want to play that version, or install a submod that is made for 3.1. All content in patch 3.1 is replaced or contained in patch 3.2

    Best thing to do is:

    a) open your main M2TW folder, right mouse click in the Address Bar and press: Copy address as text.

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    b) And then replace the Default Installation path in ALL THREE/FOUR TATW Installers with this one you have just copied ( Copy address as text ):

    just select the Default installation path, right mouse click and press PASTE to replace it with the location of YOUR main M2TW Folder .

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    - Start the mod with the 'Third Age - Total War' shortcut on your desktop

    Additional installation instructions only for Steam users:

    1) Destination Folder for ALL Third Age .exe Installers is: your ...\steam\steamapps\common\ Medieval 2 Total War ( so , not ...\steam\steamapps\common\ Medieval 2 Total War\ mods,

    nor ...\steam\steamapps\common\ Medieval 2 Total War\Third_Age_3

    ... It has to have \Medieval 2 Total War at the end as a DESTINATION FOLDER)

    2) After installing ALL Third Age files, do not rename Third_Age_3 folder located in your ...\steam\steamapps\common\ Medieval 2 Total War\ mods folder, use either one of these methods:

    Make copy of medieval2.exe located in your main .\steam\steamapps\common\ Medieval 2 Total War folder

    Rename this copy to kingdoms.exe

    Start your mod through regular Third Age.BAT file ( the one present on your desktop as a Shortcut, or, the one present in your Third_Age_ 3 folder)


    Change Third Age.BAT file present in your Third_Age_ 3 folder (right click on file, choose 'edit'): replace kingdoms.exe entry part with medieval2.exe:

    cd ..\..
    start kingdoms.exe @mods\Third_Age_3\TATW.cfg


    cd ..\..
    start medieval2.exe @mods\Third_Age_3\TATW.cfg

    Save the file, and Exit.

    Start your mod through regular Third Age.BAT file ( the one present on your desktop as a Shortcut, or, the one present in your Third_Age_ 3 folder)


    Use Universal Batch File:

    Installation instructions for Windows 7 and Vista, XP Non-Steam users:
    Disable UAC before installing TATW, run all TATW installers as Administrator.

    Installation instructions for Mac users:
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    Download the Medieval 2 Total War Wrapper from Paul the Tall and install it according to his instructions

    -Download TATW 3.0 Pt1 and 2 & Patch 3.2

    -Right click your Medieval 2 wrapper icon and show package contents

    -Drop the TATW .exe's into c:

    -Open Wineskin from within the wrapper

    -Advanced -> Set executable to TATW Pt. 1 -> Done -> Exit Wineskin

    -Double click Medieval 2 wrapper - the TATW install program will start -> Install TATW

    -Repeat for TATW Pt. 2 & Patch 3.2

    -Open wineskin and set executable to the Third Age.bat file in the mods folder of Medieval 2 folder in drive c: within the wrapper contents.

    -Double Click Medieval 2 Wrapper and enjoy.

    Installation instructions for those with Mac App Store's Medieval 2:
    See AND

    Installation instructions for those with Linux:
    1A. Updated Steam install instructions (February 13th, 2017) by Gigantus:
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    IntroductionThere have been a number of guides and instructions that have been based on old versions of the Steam client and the game itself and out of necessity have been complicated, if not to say convoluted. The goal of this tutorial is to simplify the procedure as much as possible.
    The procedure described underneath has been performed on 13th February 2017 with an up to date version of Steam and Medieval II Total War.
    DownloadingUse the links provided on this TWC page, for the sake of convenience they are listed below:

    The pathThe 3 parts listed above have to be installed in the sequence they are listed. Start by running\double clicking the TATW_3.0_Part1of2 application file to start the installation.
    When presented with the installation path you will need to alter it to match your Steam installation. Simply click on the marked button and browse to Steam directory (default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam) and then down to the Medieval II Total War directory as shown in the picture below, then click 'OK'

    Now finish the installation and repeat the same path setting for the remaining two installation parts (part 2of2 and Patch). Please note that there is a slight delay at 18% in the first installation: this is due to large files being processed - do not interfere!

    Steam specific StuffUnfortunately, the launcher (desktop shortcut to BAT file) does not use the universal batch file method, it will exit with this error message:

    This can easily be fixed by following my tutorial here.

    Once you have run that tutorial simply run\double click the Third Age - Total War desktop shortcut to start the mod.

    This tutorial is available as PDF download here.

    2. Essential bug fixes for TATW 3.2 version:

    And before you just have to wait for the download to finish, watch this nice trailer by our MasterBigAB:

    Last edited by Gigantus; January 19, 2018 at 03:25 AM. Reason: media updated

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    Hope you enjoy your Third Age 3.0 guys, you deseved playing after the looong wait
    Also hope you enjoy the lil vid while having to wait for the download.
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    What did I say guys?

    Downloading right now!
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    Ill reply tomorrow

    edit: I'll reply when I have had some time to play

    edit2: So finally, my reply. It is amazing, the campaign map looks brilliant, the custom settlements are even better than I imagined. The new units have the highest possible quality (on the MED2 engine). My only complain is that Rivendell is too small for a decent battle and a lot of places are inaccessible (like the large bridge and the way to it).

    My suggestions:
    Finish the generic orc and elven settlements. After that generic dwarves (I'm now talking about some version 4.0 in the far future, when we're all old men and women)

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    Thank you and all contributors!

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    THANK YOU! this is going to be amaong, only 19 mins left!

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    7 minutes left. Thank you all very much.

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    OMG, the rumors were true... downloading of course.

    EDIT: And the new stuff sounds awesome!
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    Fantastic Job King Kong and Ol' Team.
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    Very, very nice! Excellent work! New units, campaign textures, battlefield textures, and of course custom settlements look amazing! I can't wait to get this downloaded and installed!
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    Thanks you so much for your fantastic work !

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    I am speechless!! Congrats all and happy gaming!!!
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    Damn and I just lent my PC to my girlfriend

    But it really was quite fun the last few ours

    Can't wait to look at Minas Tirith and Osgiliath Tomorrow ...

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    amazing!!!well done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    BREATHTHAKING..... Damn... Why I have university tomorrow at 8 o'clock???? Damn
    But downloading now with 4 Mbit's per sec ... only 10 minutes

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