News Archives - June 2007

Patch Help Thread Update
Posted by yakcamkir on June 27, AD 2007 @ 6:58 PM

Marcus Orentius has updated his thread offering help on installing M2TW patches and using the data unpacker. If you have been having trouble with installing any patch or using the unpacker, then look in this thread.

Marcus tells me that a guide to the battle editor will be added in the near future, so keep a lookout for it.

The latest M2TW: Kingdoms Update
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 23, AD 2007 @ 3:43 PM
There's a load of new appetisers on the table for TW fans.

Firstly, TW have updated their official blog with more information on the Brittania campaign and the relative strengths & weaknesses of the different factions. You can read that here.

There are two new units featured on The first one are the Mayan Hornet Throwers, who throw Hornet nests in combat and the other are the Horseboys, who are an Irish light cavalry unit. The Hornet Throwers could be the Head Hurlers of M2TW! have also updated their Kingdoms page and added new pictures. Check out the second shot of the Meso-American warriors painted in green. You can find that here.

Thanks to EnemyofJupitor who hasn't been set up on NewsPro just yet for the info.
New Faction Overview and M2TW: Kingdoms Preview Video #2
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 16, AD 2007 @ 5:23 PM
The next faction overview is up and this time it covers the Poles who are a great faction for those who love good cavalry. The Polish Nobles alone are a brilliant unit. You can view the overview here.

We also have a second M2TW: Kingdoms video to drool over. It gives a preview of the Teutonic campaign in Kingdoms. I can't wait!!!!!! You can find that video here.
Many thanks to TinyPiesRUs for the link.
M2TW: Kingdoms Update
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 15, AD 2007 @ 11:17 AM
There's more Kingdoms news out now! Details on the Teutonic campaign have been released and you can read all about it here. The maps and screenshots featured are actually for the Brittania campaign but the info is simply Teutonic.

The gameplay is going to be quite different to what we have become used to. Religon is going to become more important than ever before. Have a look at these snippets:
The Teutonic Order is the most unique faction to play, because of their religious foundation; they play quite differently to the other factions in Medieval II. First of all, there is no family tree. The faction leader is the Grandmaster of the Order known as the “Hochmeister”. Faction members can’t marry or have children nor is there a faction ‘heir’. A suitable leader for the faction is selected only when the Hochmeister dies.

The Teutonic Order’s method of unit recruitment is driven by religion; Teutonic Knights will only be available from regions with high levels of Catholic belief. This means that the Order will need to utilize mercenaries if they are to expand quickly, while the use of priests is crucial in order to ensure that any newly taken lands convert to Catholicism as soon as possible.

The Teutonic Order will also be restricted to building castles. The only way they can get cities is by capturing them.

The Lithuanians start off as a pagan faction but may get the opportunity to convert to catholicism which will change their unit roster:
The Lithuanians utilise a new pagan religion game mechanic based on numerous temple chains that when built, unlock recruitment of elite religious warriors. The Pagan religion can move along one of three temple chains. Each chain provides unique benefits such as increased trade and better farming. Each chain has three levels, with each level providing units of greater strength, culminating with a special pagan unit unique to that temple chain. These elite units will help the Lithuanians withstand the relentless aggression from the Teutonic Order but if Lithuania starts to buckle, they will be given the opportunity to convert to Catholicism. This conversion will unlock opportunities to construct larger cities and new building types. This will come at the cost of losing the benefits associated with pagan temple chains and their unique pagan units so when the player reaches this crossroads in the campaign, they have a significant decision to make.

Gamespot have a huge selection of stunning Kingdoms screenshots which you can drool over here.
Thanks to Jumbalaya for the tip off.
Four new history articles
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 13, AD 2007 @ 10:23 AM
Kor has sent in four great articles on the Welsh-English wars of the 13th century, the Hundred Years War between England & France, the Swiss-Burgundian War of the late 15th century and the downfall of Charles the Bold as well as a faction history of France.

Many thanks to Kor for sending these in. You can view all history articles on the History Section Main Page.
Ultimate Writer Competiton - Deadline Extension
Posted by yakcamkir on June 12, AD 2007 @ 4:38 PM

I'm extending the deadline for Round 3 of the Ultimate writer competition by a week (until midnight forum time on Sunday 17th June).

If there are any more budding writers out there, you have five days to get your entries in to myself.

Here come the Nazgul!
Posted by yakcamkir on June 12, AD 2007 @ 4:35 PM

No, you can put your bows and muskets down, they're only doing a taxi service for our two new staff members: SuicidalScotsman and EnemyofJupitor from over at BfME2H.

SuicidalScotsman is going to be our new download administrator and run the modding forum, while EnemyofJupitor is going to be working on a multiplayer ladder for Medieval 2: Total War and running the multiplayer forum.

Congratulate them both here.

So it seems that Strategy is King
Posted by yakcamkir on June 12, AD 2007 @ 11:21 AM

Having added up the results from our latest poll, it seems that the largest group of you play Medieval 2: Total War for the strategy, with other big groups playing because of the graphics and the time period.

The new poll is on the proposed new name for the Total War Heaven community forum.

More Kingdoms News - A 3D Look At Greek Flamethrowers
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 10, AD 2007 @ 6:52 PM
Everybody is excited about Greek Flamethrowers and it's now one of the units on's 3D unit page. Here is what they had to say about them:
Greek Fire is one of the most terrifying weapons available in the Medieval World. The Byzantines first used it in naval battles, but soon found applications for its use on land. Consisting of a small hand pump connected to a container, it is capable of burning even underwater and sticks to its target, while being almost impossible to put out.

Also available are previews of Followers of Perkinas, Guachichil Warriors and Gwent Raiders.

There is a video on the Brittania campaign that you simply must see. It shows both campaign and battle footage. You can find that here. It's a little on the big side (minimum 32 megs) so dial-up folks beware.
Gamershell have the same video in better quality but much bigger file size (159 megs) which you can download here.
New Faction Overview - Russia
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 10, AD 2007 @ 10:32 AM
There's a new faction overview for Russia on the site. Russia are a great faction to play if you like cavalry but beware, the Mongols & Timurids will come calling before long. You can also see the other faction overviews which are all available here.

Here is a snippet from the new overview:
The Russians have a history of absorbing foreign invaders within the vastness of their country. It was no different in medieval times when Christian Crusades and Mongol invasions had to be dealt with. The Russians have huge distances between the cities to cope with but this can be as much of a blessing as a curse as their enemies also have to deal with these distances. While Russia is not well endowed with quality infantry units (especially in the early stages), the Russian cavalry is of excellent quality, perhaps even the best cavalry roster available in the game. Being a Christian faction will not protect you from the whims of the papcy as orthodox Christians are seen in the same light as pagans, muslims & other heretics. Defending Russia from multiple crusades is a very real possibility.
Gaming in different cultures
Posted by yakcamkir on June 7, AD 2007 @ 1:40 AM

Zen has been asked, along with various other people to write an article on gaming in different cultures in the world. If his is the one that gets published, HG will get a significant amount of good publicity.

How do you think gaming is viewed in different cultures outside of the USA? StarCraft is very big in South Korea (so much so that they have musicals and dramas based on the game), MMOGs are very popular throughout Asia, and strategy games such as Knights of Honor, 1701AD, etc. are very popular in Europe; North America seems to be more about First Person Shooters - or is that all just a myth?

Seeing how we have a diverse staff and audience I thought I'd ask your views here. What sort of differences can you see between different cultures when it comes to gaming?

Please post your views (and your location) here.

New History Article on Battle of Othée
Posted by Gaius Colinius on June 6, AD 2007 @ 12:35 PM
Kor has sent in a brand new article on the Battle of Othée which you can read here. This is a follow up from his earlier Siege of Maastricht article since this is the battle where the rebels who had attempted to siege Maastricht were decisively defeated.

The bloody battle of Othée, the great military victory of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy, was the direct consequence of the row between the bishop of Liège, John of Bavaria, and the rebellious citizens of Liège.
Ultimate Writer Competition Round 3 - Nine Days to Go!
Posted by yakcamkir on June 2, AD 2007 @ 5:37 AM

The deadline for Round 3 of the Ultimate Writer Competition is Midnight forum time on Sunday June 10th - that's a little over nine days to get your entries typed up and sent to me.

Good luck with your entries, everyone!