BEFORE you get started:
This version requires BI to be patched to 1.6, so please make sure you have patched your game before trying to install and play. If you do not patch to 1.6, then you will be unable to play the campaign and the Historical Battles and you will start getting messages regarding scripts, models, files, the “select an item from the list” one, and so forth. This has nothing to do with the mod, it simply means you have not patched your BI to 1.6 before installing.
If you have the open-beta installed then please delete it before installing (you just need to delete the "fatw" folder under your bi folder).
Installing using the Installer (EXE)
After the installer (fatw3.exe) has downloaded you will need to run it and follow the prompts. Make sure that you point the installer to the main Rome folder of your game. This is the folder that contains your Rome and BI executable files. The path to that folder will differ according to which version of the game you own. For example, it might be “C:\Program Files\The Creative Assembly\Rome - Total War”. In Steam it will be something like " C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Rome Total War Gold\"
The Dominion of Men does not touch your original game files and is perfectly safe to install as long as you point it to the Rome folder. When the installer completes you should find a shortcut icon on your desktop. You can use this to launch the mod if you do not
However, if you have Steam then you cannot use the shortcut (you will get a script error telling you that the horde_min_units feature is not supported)). Instead you will launch the mod from Steam as follows:
Go to your Steam library, right-click Rome Total War Gold (or whatever version you have), go to properties, then in the general tab click 'Set Launch Options' and type "-mod:bi/fatw -show_err -nm -ne" (without the speech marks but with the spaces). Then when you launch BI through Steam the mod will start (to resume vanilla BI just delete the launch option text). The images below illustrate the procedure...
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Installing using the RAR
Some systems do not work with the installer. In such cases we have provided a RAR file. You will need a tool such as WinRAR to unRAR (uncompress) it. Once you've done this go into the expanded folders and find the "fatw" folder (if there are two then it is the child and not the parent folder that you need) and copy that folder into the "bi" folder (in the main Rome folder) of your game (so you will have a bi/fatw folder structure).
If you have Steam then simply follow the Steam instructions as found in the EXE instructions above.
If you have some other version of the game then you will need to create a shortcut as follows:
Right-click the RomeTW-BI.exe and "send to" > desktop (i.e. create a shortcut on the desktop). Find the desktop icon and right-click it and select "properties". In the "shortcut" tab find the "target" field and append " -mod:bi/fatw -nm -ne -show_err" (do not include the speech marks but do include the spaces, including that first space). Click OK to close.
NOTE: THIS MOD RUNS IN WINDOWED MODE.
Some few versions of the game may work without windowed mode being active. You can deactivate it by removing the "-ne" from the launch options/target line.
When you first run the mod you may find the window doesn't fill all of your desktop. This is easily remedied by going into the video settings of the mod and setting your battlemap and campaign resolutions to the same resolution as your desktop. (this can also be done by going into your preferences.txt file (found in the fatw/preferences folder) and changing battle_resolution and campaign_resolution to the same values as your desktop).
Check THIS THREAD
for issues connected with installing and running on a Mac.
PATCH INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Note that you only need the latest patch (currently 3.2), all previous patches are included.
1. Unzip the 3.2_Cities_of_Middle-earth.rar file to a location of your choice.
2. Copy the data folder inside into your .../bi/fatw folder.
3. When prompted, choose to overwrite all existing files and folders.
4. Start FATW: DoM in your usual way and enjoy!