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ahowl11's VE Mod v15 - Rise of Empire, Medusa0, Balance & Fixes
Well, in case any of you were wondering.. yes, this mod is still alive. I simply was burnt out after v14 and wanted to take a few months off to enjoy other things in life. However, about midway through January, the itch to mod came back and I decided to kick off 2020 with a bridge release for the VE mod. In this mod, you will find about 30 amazing units between 3 different creators. Also, many if not all of the bugs and issues from the last issue have been addressed. With that, the AI have been balanced a bit better on the campaign, and units are a bit better in battle. Finally, (and we will see how this goes) units are going to be a bit cheaper (take vanilla prices and add $1k) with less upkeep and Mercs won't be as easy to hire! Before I get into everything with more detail, I just want to thank everyone who posted issues, questions and suggestions in the comments here, twc or in discord! I am very lucky to have you all following and assisting in development!

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I will start off with the main topic: prices and upkeep! I actually had a few reports that many liked it, however I think I went a bit too extreme and it made for the following: small garrisons that would lead to revolt, tiny ai armies, ai sitting back, a somewhat boring campaign. Now it's fun to micromanage your campaign, but when the enemy is stumbling aimlessly with small armies of skirmishers and militia, it becomes frustrating! So I heard your cries, and I witnessed the issues myself. Upkeeps are doubled from vanilla, and unit prices are vanilla but with $1k denarii added to keep it difficult. I experimented with peasants, putting them back to normal pricing, and the map was crawling with them! So they are back to 30 turns and 34k denarii to recruit!
Another thing that was noticed and alarming, was 1) The amount of mercenaries available for hire and 2) how cheap they really were in comparison to factional units. They were basically equal in price, could be used immediately and sometimes were better units! Both player and AI had full stacks of mercs, so something needed to be done. What I did, was take out any 'generic' mercenary unit, that could be recruited by a faction. So only unique and powerful units remain. Also, they have been raised in price by 1k denarii, so none of them are equal to or cheaper than factional units!
A small breakdown:

Cheapest Factional unit: 1150; Most Expensive Factional unit: 2250; Lowest Merc: 2400; Highest Merc: 4000; Elephants: 1300-3900 (based on size of Elephant)
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Next was the AI. There is a building, Martial Law, that caused many issues. Martial Law and Pacification are buildings that you can build that will basically take away any unrest in a newly conquered settlement, but at a steep economic cost to your nations economy. The AI isn't smart enough and just sees that it makes the local populace happy. So they build it everywhere, but it puts them in debt. The player then conquers their settlements and realizes he isn't economically gaining, but lacking. Even trade grinds to a halt! This has been fixed. You can still build Martial Law, but the initial building now takes 4 turns, costs 10k denarii, and won't yield the results it used to.. Pacification however still yields amazing results if its needed so it's worth getting to. The AI should be totally turned off from it, but if you happen to see it in your campaign 1) delete it as when it's present, you can't build temples and 2) report it to me, as my goal is for the AI to never build it!

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There were two factions who struggled in most campaigns, and they shouldn't as they were main players historically. First is Carthage. They will always handle Numidia, but get kicked out of Iberia and Sicily very qucikly and then just sit in Africa doing nothing until the Scipii start invading them. I made two small changes: 1) a landbridge is now present in the Gibralter so Carthage can effectively reinforce their Iberian settlements (AI resorts to naval transportation almost never). Also, Punic Thureophoroi join Town Militia in Tier1 Barracks recruitment. I was so sick and tired of fighting or seeing full stacks of Town Militia! My only concern now is Numidia, and if they can hold out. I basically let them have Desert Infantry at Tier 1 Barracks, and from T2-T5 give them and Numidian Javelinmen +1 exp. Let me know if they can resist, or if they still need help! Carthage hopefully will do much better.
Second were the Gauls. Yes they are majorly spread out, but I want them this way as they really represent all of the Celtic nations. For them, I simply gave them 3 more settlements in Gaul to hopefully wake them up (before they would sit and do nothing) Bibracte, Avaricum, and Cenabum. Please give feedback on how they do!

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Battles have also been altered and adjusted. First, Hoplites no longer are cannon fodder, they instead pack a punch and aren't easily beaten. There were some stat issues that made them incredibly weak against swords. Second, most skirmishers won't destroy cavalry units, they had some bonuses that they shouldn't have had. Third no more weird charges from forever away. Vanilla charges are back in place for all infantry and missile units. Cavalry still charge from a long ways out. Cavalry should also lower spears, but I need feedback! Last, I have re-added the AI formations from Suppanut. These formations are Darth+Sinuhet, two innovators from back in the day. There shouldn't be any bugs, and I've heard great things about this AI!

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Now for the units! I have been a fan of a small and relatively unknown mod since 2011, and I have never been able to officially release any of its content until now! The mod is Rise of Empire, and it was made by HK_Mars, a modder from China. It's in chinese and very buggy, but it has awesome looking units. I was able to go through it and pair it's units with historical units. Mausolos was very helpful in writing some descriptions. Here's a list of the new units! (In order in image above)

- Thracian Kleruchoi; Numidian Legionaries; Numidian Noble Cavalry; Cretan Archers; Thracian Noble Cavalry; Persian Archer-Spearmen; Persian Axemen; Falxmen; Chosen Falxmen; Dacian Champions; Britannic Champions; Dacian Bodyguard; Gallic Bodyguard; Dacian Spearmen; Roman Deserters; Agrianian Javelinmen; Allied Phalangites; Hoplites; Illyrian Cavalry; Companion Cavalry; Syracusan Cavalry; Thracian Infantry; Trallian Guard
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 [/center] These next units are done by a very well respected member in the RTW community who released a cumulative patch of his works in January. His name is Medusa0 and I have always liked his works. Most of his works are unit enhancements, which have also been added. Also, some of these units you might recognize from the early days of VE. They are original VE units made by Lanjane that I have brought back. Slowly but surely they are all coming back! Here are the units:
Agrianian Archers (uses old Cretan Archer model); Pikemen; Scythian Chosen Archers; Sword Masters; Gaesatae Mercenaries; Celtic Axemen; Scythian Cavalry; Night Raiders
Unit enhancements by Medusa0 (pictures included in image gallery):
- Cilician Pirates wield Dual Axes and throw Harpoons
- Cataphracts have updated look, longer lances (that aren't blue!) and maces
- Chosen Archers (Dacian) have longer bows and longer swords
- Scythian Nobles have a longer Kontos lance
Finally, here is a list of all the fixes. Thanks to Nicosar and Kaiser from the discord for their amazing and detailed feedback, as well as everyone else in the comments from twc and here at moddb!
- Sprite issues checked, confirmed and or fixed (no more random ctds with Gauls)
- Roman General confirmed to be recruitable
- Martial Law fixed and tamed (hopefully)
- Upkeeps all fixed and made new
- Britons Temples confirmed to be working
- No errors when facing Parthia or Pontus, playing as Armenia
- Landbridge added between Spain and Africa
- Greek Pikemen for Egypt have texture now, no more CTD
- Spear units (mainly hoplite style) fixed and made to be as they should
- Marian infantry can now be recruited
- Illyrian Cavalry given proper texture
- Halicarnassus, Corduba, Atuatuca and Orestia shouldn't have a missing port anymore (Orestia landlocked now)
- Romans now are not severely OP in auto resolve
- Gauls given Bibracte, Avaricum and Cenabum to last longer and be more aggressive
- River Crossing added between Vienna and Massilia
- Peltasts tier1 for Greek Cities, Heavy Peltasts tier2
- Heptere/Decere have stats that make their recruitment more reasonable and accurate
- Paeonian Cavalry now have proper unit size
- Environment fixes and enhancements from Robbe

- If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save compatible.
- One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.

1. Download the mod
2a. (Steam) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Alexander directory
2b. (Disc) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Directory
3a. (Steam) go to your library.. right click RTW Alexander.. select properties.. select launch options.. put in this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
3b. (Disc)Create a shortcut of your RTW Alexander exe file.. right click the shortcut.. select properties.. in the target line after everything insert this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander

- HK_Mars of Rise of Empire for the units and unit cards
- Medusa0 for his units and unit cards
- Lanjane for his units and unit cards

- Mausolos for unit descriptions

- Suppanut for coding advice and his ai formations
- Robbe for continual work on the environments to make sure there aren't bugs and crashes
- Nicosar, Kaiser and everyone else who follows this mod for the bug reports, suggestions and questions!
- Discord Community for continually growing and showing us that RTW is still alive and well!

ahowl11's VE Mod v14 - XGM Final
It took almost two  months this time, but v14 is here! I worked really hard to incorporate  everything I possibly could from Extended Greek Mod (XGM). Also, I  worked a lot on the starting positions of every faction. Many were  almost impossible to play as, but this has been fixed. Does this mean  it's going to be super easy? No. However you're not going to be -30K in  debt (unless you are very foolish in your spending!) I am not opposed to  changing things based off of accurate feedback, so don't hesitate to  let me know about issues, difficulty or inaccuracy and we can discuss a  solution.
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Now to the fun parts. XGM is a very light mod, but is also very complex. It's main priority was to give Greek factions the same unique immersion as Roman factions. However over time it expanded upon that and  touched on other factions as well, creating a balanced game. The mod  ended up having a lot of new units, new buildings and a much more immersive trait and ancillary system. It also had many new factions and extended east to India. I have included most everything that doesn't deal with the following: Garrison Scripts, Area of Recruitment (AoR), Sabaea, Bactria, India, Ethiopia, Caesars Campaign, Specific Greek campaigns. What I did include were: most new units, new trait and ancillary system by Suppanut, new buildings, a few minor helpful scripts as well as my own balance work.
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First the Buildings. There are very specific monuments, schools, and  temples or sites scattered throughout the map. When you conquer a region, look at your buildings to see if you have any of them! These buildings not only provide small bonuses, but they also are triggers for new traits and ancillaries for your Generals and Governors. Here is what the XGM readme had to say:
There are now significant virtues associated with all temples, and  the vices associated with some temples have been toned down. So, if you have a governor in a settlement it is safe to build any temple type, and it is a good idea to build at least a second level temple to take advantage of the positive effects that this will have on your governor.
 All temple types can now be upgraded by all factions, and all of the Olympian gods are now represented. In vanilla RTW it was usually a good idea to demolish existing temples in captured settlements, and to start building your own. In XGM you should always consider whether upgrading might be a better option.
 Schools also have a strong positive effect on governors, so it is a good idea to build them anywhere that you expect to have a governor for long periods of time.
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Next is the expansive trait and ancillary system that Suppanut of  Extended Cultures (XC) incorporated into XGM. The most important feature  is the Ethnic traits. Your characters ethnicity will determine cultural  conversion and if he is of a tribe, he will have a specific bonus based  on the tribe in which he comes from. Here is the main feature list from  Suppanut himself:
- 27 Ethnicities featured to enhance game play
 - Many subgroups of clans, tribes, and city-states to give a more in-depth experience
 - New imperial titles for faction leaders who are accomplished in power and glory
 - Every temples' priest available to all factions
 - New traits and ancillaries which give more depth to Barbarian and Eastern Factions
 - Health system, now family members can fall ill.
 - Supply system, now fighting in enemy territory will be harder than before
 - Mentor system, now ancillaries will influence what traits your character gains in the same way as academies do
 -  Ancillaries weight system, Now characters will have a limited amount of  space for ancillaries and could prevent characters from gaining new ancillaries once retinues are full
 - New governing system which make the same action give different outcomes based factions and cultures
 - Vice from becoming an empire, outcomes differ via cultures
 - Leadership bonus from faction leader to effect overall faction's generals
 -->Management will have an affect on family members tendency on corruption
 -->Influence will have an affect on family members tendency to be bribed
 - Harder to gain Main 3 attributes, Command, Management, Influence. Now characters will become specialized in their roles.
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And of course, units have been added. This version will probably add  the most units. Many came from XGM itself, but I went ahead and made  most of these. The main feature here is the new look for Roman units.  They are from Ferres' Modding Legions Pack 1.3b, and I simply recolored  them to fit the vanilla look. Also, except for the Marian Legionary  units, I removed all post-marian units because they are representing the  Imperial Roman era, which I am not representing in this mod. Enjoy!
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Next are the Barbarians. Thrace and Iberia got the most love here as  they had some weak and small unit rosters when it came to unique units.  Thrace in the game is Greek, but they are close to barbarian as well.
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Carthage also received a slight overhaul, but not completely. They should look less Iberian now!
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Next the Eastern factions. Over the last few versions I have been  trying to separate Parthia from Pontus and Armenia. Parthia still retains the Persian looking units, while Pontus and Armenia have a new set depicting a more hellenized culture from Anatolia and the Caucasus. With this version, that transformation is complete.
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The Greeks have had a lot of unique units added to bring immersion  (what you'd expect from a mod focusing on the Greeks) Phalangites are  now a unit for the Greek Cities, but they are a reform unit, so you can  experience the shift from Hoplite to Phalangite.
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 Many new mercenaries have also been added!
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Last but not least, some rebel units to give you some issues in your campaign!
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Finally, I have been working on a small homeland feature. It is not  finished, but it works. Basically, you and the ai factions will all get a  small monument at the start of the game. This will provide significant  bonuses to keep your faction alive and prosperous (especially early on!)  if you lose your capital, you will be in severe trouble. However,  taking AI capitals will also deal a crippling blow. Also, recruitment is  much more expansive in your homelands. You will be able to field a  professional army early on if you can manage your resources properly!
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Force Diplomacy Script This allows you to force any faction to accept any diplomatic offer you make to them. You can access this by clicking on the help button on the diplomacy scroll (the question mark in the top right corner) and then clicking on the "show me how" button when the advisor comes up.
 This option is included so that you can correct for certain  weaknesses in the AI. Here are some suggestions for how this option can  be used to make the game more realistic and more interesting:
 (1) The AI doesn't know when it's beaten. You can use this option to force a faction to accept a ceasefire or protectorate status when they have been beaten down to the point where you could crush them easily. My own house rule is that I can use this option when a faction has been reduced to three regions, I have their capital under siege, and I have enough forces available to crush them easily within a few turns.
 (2) The AI often doesn't know a good deal when it sees one. You can use this option to force the AI to accept an offer that is clearly to their advantage.
 (3) The AI won't keep an alliance, even with a reliable ally, and  even when breaking the alliance would be foolish. If you want to role  play a lasting alliance, you can use this option to keep the AI from  staring wars that don't make any sense.
 If you do use this option it is a good idea to come up with sensible house rules, at the start of your campaign, that govern how and when you can use it. Your game will be a lot less fun if you use this option as a  cheat to make the game easier.
 Peace with the Dead Script A faction will not form an alliance with you if you are at war with one of its allies. Unfortunately, due to a bug in RTW, this is true even if the ally has been destroyed. This script allows you to make peace with the dead, so that you can form alliances with the living.
 To activate this script (1) open the overview scroll, (2) go to the diplomacy tab, (3) click on the help button, and then when the advisor pops up (4) click on the show me how button.
Other Features and Fixes
 Robbe fixed the radar map to look cleaner as well as some bugs in his vegetation.
 New Greek Standard Bearers
 Barbarians & Nomads now have recruitment up to level 4
 Forest Elephants only recruitable in African regions
 Night Raiders throw an Axe before charging
 New Cognomen traits for Roman Generals
 Naked Fanatics renamed to Gaesatae
 Iberian Infantry renamed to Caetrati
 Armored Hoplites renamed to Epilektoi
 Hillmen throw Javelins before charge
 Martial Law Building - helps improve public order, but at an economic cost
 Grain Imports and Exports - Boosts income, Exports can't be built and are in only settlements with the Grain resource
 All slingers are Ap
 Hepteres given to Carthage
 Gauls have a unique officer
 General Units have 0 upkeep
 Scythian Horse Archers fight with an axe instead of a knife now
 New General model for Scythia
 Updated Pontic General Skin
 Imitation Legionaries removed from Pontus and Armenia
 New Iberian barbarian standard
 Eastern Officers redone to look better
 Parthian Cataphracts have a better animation
 Legionary First Cohort now is better than Legionary Cohort
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A lot has been put into this version so I would really appreciate it  if I could get some detailed feedback on how the game plays. I will be  testing and playing a lot over this next month, so the next release will  contain many balances and adjustments.. as well as, New units!
 Thank you all who have been following this mod up until this point. It's been a lot of fun creating this!
- If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be  safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save  compatible.
 - One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 1. Download the mod
 2a. (Steam) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Alexander directory
 2b. (Disc) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Directory
 3a.  (Steam) go to your library.. right click RTW Alexander.. select properties.. select launch options.. put in this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 3b. (Disc)Create a shortcut of your RTW Alexander exe  file.. right click the shortcut.. select properties.. in the target line  after everything insert this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 Dimebagho - for the XGM mod, you not only enhanced the RTW game, you created a new one, developed a fun community and had fun doing so.. thank you!
 Suppanut - for your Ethnic Traits mod, it is so immersive and there are so many little details that enrich the game
 Robbe - for your constant support on your veggie mod
 BHL_20 - for your help with adjusting the traits to fit factions that weren't in XGM
 Korsakoff - for recoloring some really tough shields!
 RTRPE - for some amazing unit models
 Barbarians Revenge - for unit models
 Extended Cultures - unit model for Asturian Axemen
 AqD - for Hillmen model
 Europa Barbarorum - for inspiration on the Caledonian units
 Ferres - for the Modding Legions 1.3b pack (originally included in XGM)
 Paeninsula Italica - for the Punic Thureophoroi model
 unDa - Thracian Falxmen UI
 Lanjane - for some models, skins and UI (Iberian Spear Warband, Noble Falxmen, Thracian Thorakitai)
 Crazyroman - for feedback and testing
 Saul_Tyre - for feedback and testing
 Mausolos - for advice, historical research
 The Discord Community - for constant support

Thanks Jubal! More will come in time.
For anyone who had a CTD at game launch, this should fix it!
Here is the patch so everyone can play now. For some reason non steam exe's need these files to process correctly.

Total War Mods - The Engineer's Shed / Re: Vanilla Extended mini project
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:28:44 AM »
Keep up the good work!

ahowl11's VE Mod v13 - Costs and XGM Part 1
Okay, after the last release I thought to myself "Wow, the basics and  base of this mod are almost finished. This is the period where this mod  evolves from a small enhancement mod to it's own unique entity." Even  with that being said, I have no plans on straying from my mod name, or  the overall mission.. which is to simply make the game better without  getting rid of the vanilla feel. When I speak of 'vanilla feel' I speak  of the looks. Unit design and uniformity, environments, campaign map  aesthetics etc.. As far as the ai, the difficulty and the complexity of  the game itself, I would say this is a mod that will be historically  accurate and also a very hard game to play. Finally, my aim is for this  mod to delve deep into immersion, not just for the campaign but for the  battle and overall feel for the game.
 With that all out of the way here is what v13 has to offer! One thing  I didn't think was necessary for v12 but found out after release that  it was, was costs. Units, buildings and mercenaries were still vanilla and even though it was a bit harder to make money, you could still rake in cash pretty easily. So, I went back and edited the costs of all units, mercenaries and made sure the buildings were also in line.
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The model for costs is pretty simple, and this isn't something that  totally wrecks the ai from what I saw in testing. However, you should  see less death stacks roaming around, and instead some balanced armies.  For the player, going into the red at game start won't be rare, but a  smart player will be able to do just fine.
 Here is the model:
 Skirmishers, Slingers, Archers: 1000-1400
 Basic Line Infantry: 1500-2000
 Cavalry: 1400-2000
 Elite Infantry: 2000-2300
 Elite Cavalry: 2000-2500
 Siege: 2000-2500
 Elephants: 2000-2700
 Generals: 3000
 Ships: 1800-3200
 Basic Mercenaries: 1400-1600
 Professional Mercenaries: 1700-2300
 Elite Mercenaries: 2400-3000
 Okay, some may be wondering "But ahowl, why? This totally ruins the game for me!" Does it? I am sorry. Unfortunately, I don't think it is fair to the majority for the game to be super easy. I am making this mod based on what I like and what I want first, and for me, having a ton of  money and just training elite units and building all buildings everywhere without having to do much management is a waste of time and frankly extremely boring. So, in the future I might make a super easy version, but for now it will be based on trying to make the game hard and realistic. I hope most of you can enjoy it like I have in testing!
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Some of you might have been around 2005-2009 when a mod called  Extended Greek Mod or XGM for sort was in development. Others might have  come across it later and played it. If you don't know what it is, it's a  mod that focuses on giving the Greeks just as much immersion as the  Romans. From there it expanded and became for a long time, the 'go-to  mod' for vanilla fans. I did some digging and found old versions of the  mod and then dove deep into it's history, features and everything about  it. There are a lot of things that I will be adding from it. In this  version, you'll come across features from it's inception until the final  version of XGM3 which was released in 2007. Below is a list of  features, as well as units inspired or taken directly from it.
 - New General's Bodyguards for Greek Factions: Macedonian Cavalry for Early and Companion Cavalry for Late
 - Removed Heavy Onagers, Scorpions and Repeating Ballistas from mod
 - Gave all Greek factions Ballistas
 - Gave Biremes and Triremes exp if recruited by Greek factions
 - Added 2 new Naval units: Syracusan Quinquireme and Heptere
 - Greeks can stage races and hold games
 - GCS has highest stables
 - Greek Ports now show Greek Walls
 - Moved all Naval recruitment from temples to Ports
 - Greeks have different Sub factions instead of all being 'of Sparta'
 - Recruitable Generals.. for civilized accessed at Academies.. for barbarian, accessed at Taverns
 - Royal Barracks for Carthage, Egypt, and GCS
 - Caravans limited to Eastern Regions
 - Caravans can be built by all civilized factions
 - Silk road requires silk, and can be built by all civilized factions
 - Civilized factions can build Highways once Silk road is built
 - Blacksmith buildings require Iron to be built
 - Eastern factions can build Sewers and Baths
 - Carthage can build Aqueducts
 - Some Javelin units now fight with spears (Iberian, Greek, Eastern, Numidian)
 - Restricted Recruitment of Elite Phalangite units to Greek or Hellenistic settlements only (Royal Pikemen, Silver Shield Pikemen, Basilikon Agema)
Spartan: The ancient Spartan way of life required constant and rigorous military  training. Those who keep up the ancient ways are much harder to kill,  and armies led by Spartans have much higher morale. Limited to members of the Spartan sub-faction.
 Rhetorical Skill:  The Greeks invented the arts of rhetoric and logic. Those who master  them gain added influence. Acquired from schools and in various other  ways.

 Political Skill: Increases influence and reduces unrest. Acquired by engaging in political activity.
 Demagogue: Increases influence and increases unrest. Acquired by not taxing enough or allowing riots and rebellions.
 Kleptocrat: Increases tax income and risk of assassination. Acquired by taxing too much.
 Stoicism:  Stoicism is a school of philosophy that teaches strict control of the  emotions. Mastery of this school of philosophy will improve bribe  resistance and law bonus, and protect against a variety of vices.  Acquired from schools.

 Epicureanism:  Epicureanism is a school of philosophy that teaches the rational  pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain. Mastery of this school of  philosophy improves management and squalor bonuses. Acquired from  schools.

 Legendary Conqueror: This is a special set of traits. If a Greek general achieves great victories on three continents then he gets the Legendary Conqueror trait, and "the Great" added after his name. For "Victor in Europe" you must win a great victory against a Roman faction, or a Barbarian faction, or against the Greek Cities, Macedon, Thrace, or Spain. For "Victor in Africa" you must win a great victory against Carthage, Numidia, or the Ptolemaic Empire. For "Victor in Asia" any Eastern faction, or the Seleucid Empire will do. A win counts as a great victory if the odds are worse than 3:2 and the result is a clear victory or better.
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What would a release be without units right?
 Here are the units added:
 Thureophoroi: Greeks, Macedon, Egypt, Seleucid, Slave
 Mercenary Thureophoroi
 Thorakitai: Greeks, Macedon, Egypt, Seleucid
 Spartan Phalangites: Greeks (only available in Sparta)
 Athenian Marines: Greeks (only available in Athens, needs dockyard and Archery Range)
 Thracian Peltasts: Thrace, Slave, Merc
 Galatian Mercenaries
 Italic Infantry (Mercenary)
 Civic Levies: Carthage (only available in Carthage)
 Slingers: Armenia, Pontus, Slave
 Funditores: Romans
 Ballistas: All Greek factions
 Also some units had a makeover: Neo-Cretan Archers, Armoured Hoplites, Greek Cavalry
 - Replaced formations files with ones from v10. Suppanuts' hasn't  been fully tested and has some game breaking bugs. Will add his back in once tested and bug free.
 - Fixed Pontic Recruitment so they could train their phalangite units
 - Removed bp and area attributes from units, as it would make battles weird (men floating in air bug)
 - Moved Heavy Peltasts to tier1 recruitment for the Greek Cities
- If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be  safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save  compatible.
 - One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 1. Download the mod
 2a. (Steam) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Alexander directory
 2b. (Disc) Extract the files to your Rome Total War Directory
 3a.  (Steam) go to your library.. right click RTW Alexander.. select properties.. select launch options.. put in this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 3b. (Disc)Create a shortcut of your RTW Alexander exe  file.. right click the shortcut.. select properties.. in the target line  after everything insert this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 - Quinn_Inuit for ExRM and the costs for buildings, units and mercenaries
 - DimeBagHo for XGM (literally he did just about everything I added)
 - Zarax for XGM ideas
 - Barbarians Revenge for the Athenian Marine, Thracian Peltast and Neo-Cretan Archer files
 - webbird for the model that made the Spartan Phalangite
 - RTR6 for the models used for Thorakitai, Italic Infantry and Galatian Mercenaries
 - comrade_general for some UI
 - Lanajane for some UI and textures
 - Everyone in the Discord Community that gives feedback and tests!

ahowl11's VE Mod v12 - Economy, Resources & Population Growth
Well, as you can see  it didn't take me long to follow up on my last release! Things are  really picking up steam now as the grand scheme to this mod is starting  to come together. Starting with this version, my mod will become  increasingly more diverse, immersive and fun! I have always intended to  keep the vanilla looks and feel, but make the game harder, more complex  and in the end more realistic and historically accurate. In the last  version, you received a pretty map, but with an easy economy that was  over inflated. After a few turns you could purchase a huge mercenary  army and then have some left over. To me, this makes the game way too  easy and eventually boring.
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 So, In the footsteps of my friend Quinn_Unit from TWC, I decided to use the economy he made for Extended Realism Mod (ExRM). This economy focuses on farming for income. Here, I will let him explain it:
Farming and Growth:
 Income  from farms was historically the major source of income for most states,  yet the RTW engine heavily privileges trade (especially sea trade). As a  result of this, in a well-balanced mod, you won't be able to recruit  and sustain a major army from inland regions. If you could, then you'd  have to be able to recruit huge armies from the coastal regions.
 We've  fixed this by leveraging the game's "tax income" feature into a  farm-based income system. Regions are given tax income multipliers based  on both their base fertility and the level of farming improvements  there. Many improvements also give minor income tax penalties to  represent maintenance and/or pollution costs, but they always make up  for it in other ways. This forces players to be careful to build  infrastructure only where they actually need it.
 This ensures that farming (in most regions) is a more important source of wealth than trade, but that trade remains important to your overall income stream. This system allows inland regions to support troops just as well as coastal ones, or at least nearly as well. (A new "river ports" system that increases trade bonuses in regions with great rivers also helps.)
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 Now that farms are at the heart of the economy, what about the crazy population boom that comes next? All veteran RTW players know what building too many farms can do! Don't worry, Quinn explains:
As you can imagine, this system  required us to tackle growth, as well. Astute players will have noticed  that growth in most RTW mods (to say nothing of the unmodded game) is  heavily weighted toward the early game, since a base fertility level of 6  is equivalent to L2 farms + L2 sewers + L2 trader. We thought this made  games too quick while simultaneously deprecating the importance of  proper region management. So we set up a system of slow, balanced growth  that relies more on buildings and less on base fertility.

 This allows for the measured growth of regions, and rewards careful management by players. It should also reduce the occurrence of population-growth-induced rioting, since such growth cannot get out of control now. Your people may still have reasons to riot, but displeasure at ahistoric population growth rates will no longer be one of them.
 We've also added a Herding building tree  for nomadic cultures that they can choose instead of the agricultural  tree. This allows them to develop their populations in a more realistic  fashion.

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Okay, farming income - check. Population Growth - check. Trade?? - Check!
You'll see a few new trade  resources in the game, such as salt and fish. We thought these were more  important than some of the existing ones, and allowed us to more  accurately portray the strategic significance of some cities.
 Much  more has changed "under the hood" with the trading system. Fewer  buildings provide trade bonuses now, and many of those that do provide  such bonuses only boost land trade. This allows us to keep trade income  from become the main source of income for almost all factions, like it  is in the unmodified game, and it also prevents the income from sea  trade from completely overshadowing land trade income. Trade is still  very important, of course, but it's now just one part of a balanced  budget.
 We also went through and carefully documented the major trade routes and centers of the time, then added them to the game with an eye to making in-game trading behaviors map as closely as possible to real-life ones. For instance, the amber resource is placed in-game such that the Amber Road will replicate itself as you  play.
Here are the rest of the changes:
 - Grain is a powerful resource, and thus has been strategically  placed in the world based on historical accuracy. Every region that  borders a region with grain, gets a grain import boost to the economy.
 - Not every city with a port generated lucrative trade.. Now only major historical ports will be able to have trade fleets
 - River ports have been added to generate more trade income for regions that were on the large navigable rivers and that had no access to the sea.
 - A new Vineyard building has been added to generate income based off of Viticulture and the Wine resource.
 - Last but not least, sea trade has been cut back by 60% or so. This means that you won't generate enormous amounts of denarii just because you built a few ports. It's going to take a lot more than that to get your finances to where you want them to be.
 The last feature from ExRM is not only a trade resource, but a new wrinkle into recruitment by limiting the amount of regions that can recruit heavy cavalry. Quinn explains in detail:
Heavy shock cavalry are well-known  to us now, but at the time this game takes place they were still a  relative novelty in the world. These men and their trained mounts were a  valuable resource, warriors more grown than made. A key factor in the  decline of the Seleucid Empire’s dominance was its access to the great  cavalrymen of Media, Bactria, Cappadocia, and Syria, and its gradual  loss of those possessions rapidly accelerated the decline in its  military fortunes. However, the basic game gives us no way to replicate  the strategic significance of such major sources of cavalrymen.
 As a result, we’ve added a “horses” resource to the map. Wherever this resource is visible, you’ll be able to train heavy cavalry. Elsewhere, you’ll only have access to your generals’ bodyguards, to represent the relatively few nobles in these regions that could be called upon to act as heavy cavalry.
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Once all of ExRMs economic features were added, I looked at the  Mundus Magnus mod made by ngr. Luckily enough, he also had Fish, Salt,  Horses and Ivory that tied in well with the ExRM economy.
 The other cool feature that I had never really paid attention to, was the fact that he added other models to the settlement viewer. I decided to add Generals, Captains, officers and militia to each settlement view to give it a more lively look. Little things can make a difference!
 The main thing I wanted (and many of you have been asking for, for months now) were the faction symbols. I took them all, and they really do spruce up the game! Gurrerro Sabino is responsible for the Macedonian symbol.
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Mundus Magnus also had a few units, but after some snooping around I  found that the units came from a little known mod called Ptolemaic Egypt  Mod. This mod was made by Titus Andronicus and sleighr back in 2005 and  had some amazing units. I added most of them, as well as a unit made by  Tulius Hostilius.
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Finally, I went through each settlement and region and gave as accurate as cultural ownerships as possible. When playing as the Seleucids and Ptolemies some of your cities won't start as Greek, but instead eastern or something else. This better replicates the difficulties these Kingdoms had with the local populace.
 Oh, last but not least, Spain has finally been renamed to Iberia! Yay!
 Full Features list:
 - New Economic System from ExRM - new farming buildings, port bonuses, river ports, accurate resources, herds, and vineyards.
 - Grain distributed strategically and historically to provide population boosts
 - Sea Trade Reduced by 60% and no more pirates! (For now)
 - Heavy Cavalry recruitment dictated by Horse resource
 - Ivory now tradeable
 - New faction symbols from Mundus Magnus
 - More enhanced Settlement View with more models being shown
 - New units from Ptolemaic Egypt mod and Tulius Hostilius
 - Cultures of regions and settlement updated to reflect accuracy and the difficulty of managing multiple cultures across a Kingdom.
 Also, a few CTD's were fixed!
 - Fixed CTD fighting rebels in Italy by adding a rebel version of a Centurion and Signifier
 - Fixed CTD when besieging Olbia and Tyras, it was a vegetation issue, fixed by Robbe.
 To finish, I am very excited for this release. I think it's kind of like pandoras box in how it will open up this mod to be multi-dimensional going forward. Please give feedback, it is much appreciated!


 - If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save compatible.
 - One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 - To Install, simply extract HRTW into your Rome Total War  Directory, or if you use steam, your Rome Total War Alexander Directory.  when making a shortcut, use the Alexander.exe or in steam go to Launch options and include this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 - Quinn_Inuit for his entire economy that he worked hard on. You  truly set an amazing standard for RTW research and modding, and I am  happy to call you a friend.
 - ngr for his Mundus Magnus mod. It's features are now fully utilized, and the symbols are a perfect upgrade.
 - Titus Andronicus and sleighr for their Ptolemaic Egypt mod.
 - Robbe for fixing the CTD around Olbia and Tyras
 - Tulius Hostilius for the Judean Zealots model
 - Gurrerro Sabino for Macedonian Symbol

ahowl11's VE Mod v11 - Map Overhaul, BI/ALX Units, Formations
Well, looks like I am  following a three month trend when it comes to releases! In May I  focused on some inner mechanics to the game that would make the campaign  a bit more complex and harder. This time around my focus has been on  two things: Adding regions to the map to make it more historically  accurate and fun, as well as getting all BI and ALX units in that fit  the time frame. The map is largely untested, and you will notice some  cookie-cutter garrisons and settlements. This will all be updated to be  more unique in time, but I really need to have testing done to see what  is working well, and what isn't. The economy has not been touched, and  neither has population growth, so I expect some wacky test results  coming up! The good news is the campaign should not CTD hardly at all.  Multiple tests have gone deep into the game without issue. Also, battle  CTD's should be taken care of since I have fixed the few sprite and DMB  issues that were occurring from the last version. Finally, a few small  but quite significant changes have been added. First is a revolutionary  formations system, crafted by Suppanut. Him and I went through every mod  and combined all unique formations that were applicable to this mod. So  now players will be able to play with unique formations from Darth  Vader, Sinhuet, Marcus Camillus, RedFox and more! Second is Robbe's  continued work on the environments and map. In this mod you will find  better looking farmland on the battlefield, new noises in the battle  map, as well as better coastlines and features on the campaign map.
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 The first order of business in this mod was the map, and it took  about two months to finish as I went area by area, carefully adding in regions and garrisons. Over the 8 years of modding and reading books as well as having conversations online I have a pretty good grasp of what cities were prevalent at the time of Rome Total War. So I whipped up a list, and went from there. Mapping actually is something I have learned recently, at least the basics. It is quite fun if you know your way around the files. Anyways, the map is pretty evened out at first glance, but as I said, I really need a lot of testing and feedback to see how it really works and what adjustments need to be made.
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 A few things you will notice in the mini-map above are the fact that the Gauls and Greeks have been altered the most. Both of these factions were 'super-factions' in RTW and my intent here was to stay with that theme. The Greeks portray the Chremonidean League as well as Syracuse and Massilia in the west. The Gauls now are severely split to prevent a Gallic Kingdom from forming. They represent the Arverni, Insubres, Boii,  Tylis and Galatians now. I also moved the Germans a bit east to Maetonium to represent the Bastarnae. The reasoning for some of these moves were to keep Dacia in check, which seems overpowered in early testing. The Romans still expand, but they aren't the unstoppable force we are used to seeing in vanilla. I will continue to work on balance in the next release. For now, please give me as much detailed feedback on the map as possible!
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The second part of this release is all focusing on units. This took  me about a month, and a lot of work was put in to get to the point of  release today. Basically, I wanted to include every single unit from  Barbarian Invasion and Alexander that made sense for the RTW timeframe.  Most units were added with appropriate reskins, but a lot of the  'Steppe' units in BI I had to look elsewhere, or make to have them fit  in with the other units. Many thanks goes to the Barbarians Revenge Mod,  that was made by Dick and Alexander. It's a Russian mod, but it has  many good looking units. Also, as you'll see, a few units from previous  versions when Lanjane was helping have made it back in!
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From Top Left to Bottom Right:
 Hounds of Culann, Kardakes (Pontus), Britannic Light Chariots (stats based off Scotti Chariots), Hypaspists, Kardakes (Armenia)
 Parthian Cataphracts, Thracian Cavalry, Scythian Mounted Archers, Steppe Warriors, Steppe Horse Archers
 Herdsmen, Steppe Lancers, Steppe Nobles, Steppe Raiders, Steppe Spearmen
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From Top Left to Bottom Right:
 Arab Raiders, Arab Axemen, Desert Archers, Arab Hillmen, Arab Lancers/Desert Chieftain
 Desert Cavalry, Peasants, Tribal Slingers, Barbarian Spearmen, Javelin Skirmishers
 Thracian Cavalry, Barbarian Archers, Barbarian Cavalry, Barbarian Horse Archers, Barbarian Sicklemen
 Barbarian Swordsmen, Steppe Horse Archers, Steppe Lancers, Runaway Slave Spearmen, Steppe Raiders
 Steppe Spearmen, Steppe Warlord, Herdsmen
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From Top Left to Bottom Right:
 Cretan Archers, Greek Cavalry, Agrianian Javelinmen, Paeonian Cavalry, Phrygian Infantry
 Bosporan Infantry, Thessalian Cavalry, Thracian Cavalry, Illyrian Skirmishers, Thracian Infantry
 Sarmatian Noble Cavalry, Dahae Mounted Archers, Barcanian Cavalry, Scythian Mounted Archers, Mardian Archers
 Cyrtian Javelinmen, Hyrcanian Cavalry, Median Cavalry, Median Infantry, Median Skirmishers,
 Mountain Men, Mountain Slingers, Persian Archer Spearmen, Persian Cavalry, Sarmatian Armoured Archers
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As the map and units were being worked on a few miscellaneous changes  were also made. Some by me, and some from the help of the community.
 - Since many units were added to Scythia, they have an almost completely different roster. Most of the old units have been removed
 - Robbe made a better farm look on the battlefield
 - Robbe updated his veggie mod to include sounds from M2TW
 - Robbe made parts of the map more geographically accurate
 - crazyroman added in an Eastern Officer from Barbarian Invasion
 - suppanut added in his brand new formations system which combines every formation system in existence into one large immersive one
 - After reading a small article from a blogger, I increased the amount of Senate Offices to best reflect the amount of Senators.
 - I also gave been toying around with the Senate as a whole, there is not much to change.
 - All BI/ALX units have their stats taken from Darth's BI and ALX mods, to go in line with the Darth Stats of Vanilla
 - All Roman units have more secondary HP's than other factions as it makes them more powerful on auto-resolve. The goal is to make the Romans that terrifying force that you will inevitably fight, just like in vanilla.
 - Made Pirate Ships very weak
 - Gave Officers to All Roman units and made them all very_hardy
 What I'd like from anyone downloading this and playing is to give me as detailed as reviews as possible when it comes to the AI on the campaign map and battle map.
 I need to know about how the formations are working, how much population growth is, how easy is it to make money, and how quickly does the AI expand, particularly the Romans.
 - If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save compatible.
 - One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 - To Install, simply extract HRTW into your Rome Total War  Directory, or if you use steam, your Rome Total War Alexander Directory.  when making a shortcut, use the Alexander.exe or in steam go to Launch options and include this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 Want to follow this mod more closely and be more involved? Then join the Rome Total War Community server on discord here!
 - Suppanut for his formations
 - AqD for Bosporan Infantry model
 - Barbarians Revenge for Scythian/Steppe models and textures
 - Lanjane for Hounds of Culann, Britannic Light Chariots and Barbarian Sicklmen Sica fix
 - Michael333 for some recolored unit cards
 - comrade_general for some reskins and recolored unit cards
 - Robbe for the farms, M2TW sounds and map changes
 - crazyroman for his BI officers
 - The New Discord community for testing and giving feedback (crazyroman, BHL_20, foxcon, PJW6, Crysix, Lanjane, Suppanut, Robbe, Saul_Tyre, Mausolos, Kazan)
 All of you - For Helping, testing and playing this mod, thank you!

Haven’t checked back here in awhile, my apologies! Yeah the colony system is used to slow down expansion a bit. Also, another release is right around the corner!

ahowl11's VE Mod v10 - Colonies, Temples & Recruitment
It has been about 3  months since I released v9. I hope you all have enjoyed it because a new  version is now here to take up your time! Being busy with a career and  social life is the main reason why it's taken awhile to get this release  out, but also partly because as this mod gets more polished and  detailed it requires more attentive care and time. I like to make sure  that what I am putting it works properly. I hope you all can understand,  and can appreciate the versions I release, whenever I find time to do  so.
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So what's new in v10? Well, a lot to be honest. First and foremost I  have made the culture mechanic more immersive by adding a Native Culture  building and Colony building. Those who have played Extended Greek Mod  (XGM) and it's spin offs know what I am talking about.
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For those who have not, basically in the Ancient world there were  many cultures. These have been condensed into 3 main cultures based off  the BI religion feature. There's Tribal, Greco-Roman and Eastern. Each  settlement has a native culture attached to it via an indestructible  building. Native culture is not changeable and remains a constant  throughout the game. The second building is a colony system that has 4  levels and also represents each culture. By building a colony that  differentiates from the native culture it will bring unrest, however it  is needed if you want to recruit. A new wrinkle to this system is the  third new building, which is the Recruitment Center. This building  requires the colony to be built before it can be built, and requires an  upgrade in the colony before it can be upgraded. The recruitment center  is the building in which you can recruit units based on what military  buildings are present. If no military building is present (barracks,  range, stable) then no units can be trained. Basically it's vanilla  recruitment with two added steps. The reason for all of this is to slow  the game down and make it more strategic. Historically factions were not  able to pump out their homeland troops in foreign territory right after  conquering it. It took some assimilation before anything could be done.  The assimilation process in the VE mod is by building a colony,  withstanding the unrest, and then building a recruitment center along  with the 3 military buildings.
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Here is an example. If you are playing as the Julii and you conquer  Segesta you'll be dealing with a Tribal culture. If you don't build a  colony, the populace will be happy, but you will not be able to recruit  any units, so you can let it be an economic hub that has it's population  grow quickly. Your other option is to build a colony, and a recruitment  center. This will convert your populace but they won't be as happy.  Segesta is small enough to manage without issue. However, other cities  later in the game might be a lot more unhappy and possibly revolt  against you, so be wise as the game goes on.
 Okay, so obviously we don't want this to ruin the game right? Having revolts left and right just because you want to build an army isn't fun. So, a major change has been made in addition to these new buildings. It  is now possible to build multiple temples in a settlement once the settlement reaches the city size. The way is works is if you have Arretium, you have your choice of 3 temples. Choose one to be your main deity in the city. Once you upgrade it to a city, you can then build the  shrines of the other temples. Not only will these give the small happiness bonuses but they will also give off their original bonuses as well (pop growth, trade increase etc depending on the temple). These shrines will not be able to be upgraded as you will have one main temple to upgrade. The reasoning behind this is populaces worshipped multiple deities, so it's a way to simulate that, and also, the happiness bonuses  will offset the unrest as your city continues to grow. Normal overpopulation unrest applies as well, so managing cities isn't going to be as easy as in vanilla. To balance further, I have removed the law bonuses from the Governors palace. I don't want this to be too easy!
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A few smaller but still significant changes in the campaign are new  ai personalities, that should serve the purpose of each faction better  and gladiators are no longer recruitable but they'll still pop up in the  Gladiator revolt. Also, temples are no longer required to train units.  This should help the barbarian factions have some more diversity in  their recruitment. Finally, the Britons have had their starting generals  adjusted to different locations so they can actually expand and not get  stuck all game.
 Next, some changes to battles. The main thing I worked on was Hoplite warfare. It was a bit annoying and buggy with the old formations (short_pike) but after testing the Diadochi TW mod I think I have found the solution without having to do anything drastic. Hoplites now have a normal fighting animation and no longer have the bugged short_pike phalanx. Instead they are very compact in formation, and stay together in a fight instead of moving around independently. The battle results are better and it looks accurate.
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Along with hoplites fighting better, are more accurate formations.  These are still works of darth, but they were specifically made for XGM  and they seem to work very well!
 Finally, there wouldn't be a release without some new units right? I have added 13 new units, changed models of a few more and adjusted stats to fit in with the original unit roster. All of these units were either  unused or I simply mounted or dismounted current units to make new  ones. Spear Warband and Pikemen will fight uniquely, adding some flavor  to the barbarian armies.
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The list of new or edited units:
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Here is the full list of features:
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ahowl11's VE Mod v9 - Rebels & Mercenaries
It has been awhile  since I released Nomads on the Horizon. Life endeavors and  responsibilities definitely take priority sometimes. In this release, I  mainly focused on the Rebels and Mercenaries. However I also gave a lot  of attention to the AI and it's expansion patterns. There are many path  finding issues in vanilla that have been fixed thanks to a very thorough  research thread on also some bugs with the Nomads have  been fixed and a few scripts were fixed and added.
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 Here is a full list of map edits and other features:
 * - Fixed all Clipping/Distance issues on map from this thread:
 - Sardis to Ancyra
 - Ancyra to Mazaka
 - Patavium to Salona
 - Apollonia to Segestica
 - Cirta to Tingi
 - Armavir to Mazaka
 - Armavir to Sinope
 - Phraaspa to Hatra
 - Phraaspa to Seleucia
 - Larissa to Athens
 - Narbo Martius to Lugdunum
 -Sautes of Thrace now is unstuck and goes for Byzantium
 -Vindex of Gauls now is unstuck and goes for Massilia
 -Officers, Musicians and Standard Bearers added to Mercenary units
 -Fixed Nomad Routing Banner Glitch
 -Fixed Nomad Settlement UI Glitch
 -Fixed Perfect Spy Script
 -Added Control Faction Script
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 I have added 19 mercenary units and 17 Rebel units to the map. This adds the same amount of diversity to the game as in v8 when I added specific units to each faction. This should conclude the reskins that seem reasonable to include in the game. However I might still have a few in the future.
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 The New Mercenaries:
 Eastern Heavy Cavalry
 Eastern Light Cavalry
 Eastern Slingers
 Mercenary Phalangites
 Eastern Skirmishers
 Illyrian Cavalry
 Numidian Javelinmen
 Mercenary Peltasts
 Germanic Axemen
 Scythian Axemen
 Gallic Swordsmen
 Woad Warriors
 Numidian Archers
 Iberian Light Cavalry
 Iberian Infantry
 Iberian Cavalry
 Eastern Archers
 Cappadocian Cavalry
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The New Rebels:
 Libyan Spearmen
 Eastern Light Cavalry
 Slingers (Carthaginian)
 Skirmishers (Eastern)
 Slingers (Eastern)
 Archers (Greek)
 Light Lancers
 Desert Infantry (only will appear in Arab lands)
 Samnite Spearmen
 Warband (Replacing the round shield warband)
 Skirmisher Warband
 Slingers (Barbarian)
 Archers (Carthaginian)
 Sprites are included with all units!
 -If you have an old HRTW version, you can try overwriting, but to be safe, delete it as this will not work with it. This version isn't save compatible.
 -One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 -To Install, simply extract HRTW into your Rome Total War Directory,  or if you use steam, your Rome Total War Alexander Directory. when  making a shortcut, use the Alexander.exe or in steam go to Launch  options and include this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander

 crazyroman - Support, testing and fixes
 bhl_20 - Fixing Perfect Spy Script and Adding Change Faction Script
 comrade_general - Textures and unit cards
 xcmhx - Textures, models and unit cards from Rome: Total War Enhanced
 Barbarians Revenge Mod - Textures and unit cards
 Macedon Expansion - Textures and unit cards
 Guerro Sabino - Textures and unit cards
 Lanjane - Textures and unit cards, new mercenary officers
 Extended Greek Mod - Textures and unit cards
 Michael333 - Some Unit Cards
 Gigantus - Helping me with some mapping tricks
 PJW6 - Testing
 Foxcon - Testing
 All of you - For Helping, testing and playing this mod, thank you!

Yeah but it’s the reality and I’ll have to make do with my limited abilities. Luckily there are so many mods out there and I can reskin pretty well, so I think I’ll be okay.
Regarding Naval AI, we are actually discussing how to further improve it.

ahowl11's VE Mod v8 - Nomads on the Horizon

 Hello and Merry Christmas!
 It has been awhile since a release, but if you have not been following, a lot has changed. In this version, all of the units that had been previously made are not included. Don't worry, eventually most of them will make it back in, and they are still available for download here if you want them.
 This version seeks to pick up from where I left off in Version 2 but also retaining all of the features that were included in versions 3-7, except Barbarians getting 5 tiers of recruitment.
 Here is what is included in v8.
 Nomadic Culture:
 This was ported straight from Barbarian Invasion, including all of  the traits and ancillaries that made sense for this time frame. It was given to Scythia only, and includes a new rebel banner, new city models for the map, and new portraits.
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Vanilla Balance Mod:
 This mod is located on and I have taken most of it's features and added them to v8.
 New land bridges - narrow stretches of water which  can be passed by both ships and armies - have been added to the campaign  map to compensate for the poor Naval invasion AI, and to promote the  growth of realistic-looking empires that straddle bodies of water. The  new landbridges are:
 * Strait of Gibraltar, between Baetica and Mauretania.
 * Strait of Messina, between Sicilia Romanus and Bruttium.
 * Hellespont, between Propontis and Phrygia
 * Dardanelles, between Propontis and Bithynia.
 You can now expect to see empires that take in both Greece and Asia Minor, while Carthage sometimes invades southern Italy from Sicily if the Scipii are defeated.
 * The game no longer revolves entirely around Rome, so factions' victory goals are individually tailored to their likely real-life ambitions. Whilst every faction must still conquer 50 provinces, the specific territories that must be included in those 50 now vary from faction to faction. For example the Spanish must conquer 50 provinces while ensuring that their empire includes Baetica, Taranonenis, Hispania and Celtiberia. Victory goals for the Roman families, the Gauls, the Germans and Carthage still include conquering Rome. The Successor kingdoms represented in the game - Macedonia, the Seleucid Empire and Egypt - share the goal of reuniting Alexander's empire by taking Pella, Antioch, Seleucia and Alexandria.
 * Completed text for victory and defeat screens for every faction. No more lame generic "You have won, all your people celebrate" text when playing as Numidia, Dacia etc., the victory text for these is now just as specific and stirring as for the main factions!
 * Capital of the province of Macedonia is now Pella, not Thessalonica
 * There is a bonus cheat/feature, enabling the "perfect spy". This allows the player to see details of army composition and city details as if you had a spy right next to them, no matter how far away they are. To activate, press F1 while on the campaign map to bring up the keyboard  shortcuts scroll. Click on the question mark and when the advisor  appears, click the "show me how" button to activate the script. You can  deactivate it at any time by repeating this process. For best results,  use with the fog of war off.
 * There is a bonus cheat/feature, enabling the "perfect spy". This allows the player to see details of army composition and city details as if you had a spy right next to them, no matter how far away they are. To activate, press F1 while on the campaign map to bring up the keyboard  shortcuts scroll. Click on the question mark and when the advisor  appears, click the "show me how" button to activate the script. You can  deactivate it at any time by repeating this process. For best results,  use with the fog of war off.
 * The range of names for women in the Pontic, Armenian and Thracian factions has been increased to reduce the problem of repetitive family names. In pure vanilla it has been known for a general from one of these cultures to have a wife and three daughters all with the same name! Thrace and Pontus have gained some carefully-selected and appropriate names from the Macedonian list, while Armenia has received a small number of names from the Parthian list. These are culturally appropriate and historically justifiable (at least no less historic than pure Vanilla).
 * All factions now have a public order bonus attached to the  Government building in any settlement, ranging from 5% for a Governor's  House to 25% for an Imperial Palace.

 * Summary: Various factions have been  strengthened and weakened by having their starting denarii, starting  provinces, armies, and sometimes units tweaked. This has been pretty  successful in generating a balanced campaign. Carthage, the Gauls, the  Germans and the Seleucids - the four big losers under pure vanilla - now  usually survive to 200BC at least, and will expand to powerful empires  in 30-50% of campaigns.
 * Eburacum & Deva are now ruled by rebel Britannic tribes at the start of the game. (ahowl11's version)
 * Carthago Nova lost to Carthage
 * Carthaginian empire now larger at game start, with Carthago Nova gained from Spain.
 * Starting denarii increased
 * Forces on Sicily slightly rebalanced
 * Carthage can now recruit Scutarii at a City Barracks.
 * Carthage can now recruit Archers at Lvl 2 Range
 * Carthage can now build the top level of temples (Temple Complexes) in Huge Cities.
 * Carthaginian Paved Road building card no longer shows pyramids in the background!
 Roman Families

 * Praetorian Guard now only recruitable in Rome,  reducing the unrealistic Praetorian-dominated armies often seen in late  game. (ahowl11's Version)
 * First Cohorts can now be recruited in  each Roman family's starting capital, as well as Rome. Early Legionary  Fist Cohorts can be trained at an Army Barracks and Legionary First  Cohorts at an Urban Barracks in Arretium, Capua, Rome and Tarentum.
 Greek Cities
 * Diplomat moved from Sicily to Aetolia
 * Pergamum gets an extra Militia Hoplite
 * Scythed Chariots can now be recruited only from a level 2 smith and above instead of level 1.
 * Pontus can now build sewers and paved roads.
 Seleucid Empire
 * Starting denarii slightly increased
 * Sidon gained from Egypt with modest garrison
 * Some other starting garrisons increased, with a unit of cataphracts in Hatra (most nations get a "bonus late military unit" which they can't recuit, the Seleucids originally didn't).
 * Better walls around Antioch and Hatra
 * Scythed Chariots can now be recruited only from a level 2 smith and above instead of level 1
 * In one of the most successful bits of modding, removed the river crossing from the river between Armenia and Assyria, ending the Armenians' manic obsession with Hatra and greatly improving the chances of the Seleucids surviving the first 50 years.
 * Parthia can now build sewers and paved roads.
 * Shrines removed from all cities to make presence of garrison more necessary at start of game
 * Sidon lost to Seleucid Empire
 * Base farming levels of Nile provinces very slightly reduced. They still collectively constitute the world's most fertile region though.
 * Armenia can now build sewers and paved roads.
 * Garrisons of Petra, Bostra, Ancyra, Nicomedia and  Apollonia increased, within reason, along with a small Judean Army near Jerusalem.
 Quite a few of the historical events found in the campaign  don't actually happen as no date had been set for them. With a bit of historical research to find out when they happened, they are now back in the game. Look out for espionage in carthage and the completion of the great library at Alexandria. These have no effect on gameplay, they just  restore a little flavour that CA put in and then took out for some reason.
 New Units:

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 Okay so they aren't exactly 'New Units' as they are all vanilla  units. However, they are all units that I felt should have been on their factions in vanilla. I also removed some units, here is the Log:
 Armenia - Gains: Eastern Light Cavalry (renamed Pontic Light Cavalry), Eastern Heavy Cavalry (renamed Pontic Heavy Cavalry) Imitation Legionaries (Armenian Legionaries name changed) *Post-Marius Unit
 Britons - Gains: Axemen, Naked Fanatics, Skirmisher Warband, Archer  Warband, Barbarian Cavalry, Barbarian Warlord, Barbarian Chosen Warlord;  Loses: Head Hurlers, Britich Light Chariots, Barbarian Warlord (Chariot); Changes: Woad Warrior now at lvl 2 recruitment, Naked Fanatics at lvl 3 Andrasta
 Carthage - Gains: Scutarii, Archers
 Dacia - Gains: Axemen, Bastarnae, Slingers, Skirmisher Warband, Barbarian Noble Cavalry (renamed Gothic Cavalry - Barbarian Noble Cavalry from vanilla now known as 'Barbarian Heavy Cavalry') Loses: Naked Fanatics; Changes: Bastarnae available from lvl 3 temple
 Egypt - Gains: Heavy Peltasts, Macedonian Cavalry
 Gauls - Gains: Slingers, Archer Warband, Barbarian Noble Cavalry
 Germans - Gains: Warband, Swordsmen, Chosen Swordsmen, Slingers,  Archer Warband, Barbarian Noble Cavalry; Loses: Spear Warband, Naked  Fanatics, Chosen Archer Warband
 Greek Cities - No changes
 Macedon - Gains: Heavy Peltasts, Militia Cavalry
 Numidia - Gains: Town Militia, Elephants, War Elephants *Numidian Legionaries Post-Marian unit now
 Parthia - Gains: Peltasts (Eastern), Cataphract Archers; Loses: War Elephants, Cataphract Camels
 Pontus - Gains: Imitation Legionaries  *Post-Marius Unit; Loses: Chariot Archers
 Roman Families - Gain: Samnite Infantry; Lose: Roman Archers, Urban  Cohort; Changes: Town Watch is now Post Marian, Cavalry Auxilia is now  Post Marian. Triarii is now available at tier 3 Barracks. Also, changes  from VBM mod implemented.
 Scythia - Gains: Warband, Skirmisher Warband
 Seleucids - Gain: Heavy Peltasts, Macedonian Cavalry
 Spain - No Changes
 Thrace - Gain: Levy Pikemen, Heavy Peltasts, Light Lancers, General's  Bodyguard, General's Armoured Bodyguard; Lose: Thracian Bodyguard,  Barbarian Chosen Warlord
 Other Features:

 -All Nomad Ancillaries & Traits added from BI
 -Warlord Trait Added from BI and given to each Barbarian/Nomadic faction
 -Spear of Wotan Ancillary added from BI and given to the Germans
 -Added Greek and Eastern Advisors & UI from BI and Alexander
 Download and Installation:
 -If you have an old HRTW version, delete it as this will not work with it.
 -One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 -To Install, simply extract HRTW into your Rome Total War Directory, or if you use steam, your Rome Total War Alexander Directory. when making a shortcut, use the Alexander.exe or in steam go to Launch options and include this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 crazyroman - Support, testing and fixes
 bhl_20 - Deleting a river crossing to prevent Armenian swarm on Hatra
 xeofox - Nomad Settlements, Portraits
 Barbarossa82 - Vanilla Balance Mod
 comrade_general - Textures and unit cards from THS mod
 xcmhx - Textures, models and unit cards from Rome: Total War Enhanced
 Barbarians Revenge Mod - Textures and unit cards
 Macedon Expansion - Textures and unit cards
 Guerro Sabino - Textures and unit cards
 Lanjane - Textures and unit cards
 Extended Greek Mod - Some descriptions, textures and unit cards
 All of you - For Helping, testing and playing this mod, thank you!

If you follow the mod on you would have seen that yesterday I posted news of a Grand Christmas release...
Alrighty, this is slightly embarrassing but everything has changed.
Lanjane, the magnificent unit maker and ui creator, is no longer able to help the mod due to the fact that he needs to take care of things in RL, and he doesn't know if he will come back.. if he does, he doesn't know when. I want to personally thank him on all of the great things he has done for the RTW community, as well as my mods. I have known him since 2011, and I hope he can come back some day. Until then, I wish him the best of luck going forward in his life.
 Now, the problem with him leaving is the mod now needs to change course in direction. There is absolutely no way I can continue with this mod and keep it consistent with what we have done with the previous releases, beginning with v3 Gallic Pride. I have to revert unit rosters to v2 Egyptian Makeover. Now, notice how I only said 'unit rosters', that means that all other features from v1-7 will stay in, as well as the intended features I had for v8..
 Why am I going back to the old unit rosters?
 I first need to provide a short backstory of why I am reverting:
 In August I released the 2nd Version of the mod, making over Egypt. My plan was to then enhance all of the barbarian factions, by giving them some units to fill some holes. These were not going to be new units, but reskinned vanilla units. For example, Swordsmen for Germania, Archer Warband for Gaul. It was going to be it's own release, and I started with Gaul. One of the researchers who is no longer on the team convinced me to be more in depth with the rosters, and Lanjane also wanted this and offered to make the units. At first, I did not want to, I simply wanted vanilla style, with maybe some tweaks. However, Lanjane created some very beautiful units, and I could not resist.. thus Gallic Pride came about. However, I wondered if he would have enough desire and energy to continue with me on EVERY faction.. he seemed like he did, so we pressed on. The researcher left, and so the unit roster forming took a hit.. then around the Thracian release Lanjane became very busy and had no motivation to mod.. Then just today he gave me the news. With him gone, I see no need to continue with creating new units for every faction, as it's almost suicidal for the mod.. the mod simply WILL NOT live to see it's final state going in that direction. I have to go back to my original plan for units for this mod to succeed. Maybe when I am done, I can be more detailed with unit rosters.
 So, why am I just not going with what I have, and making due with what is out there to continue?
 It's simple: I want my mods to be consistent.. and by Lanjane leaving, his unit making and unit card making are no longer in the mod... There is no way the other factions will look or feel like the ones he worked on. The mod would be lopsided. Also, if I did continue in the same direction, it'd take me years to finish this. Even with Lanjane, we were not going to be finished until next fall as every faction is slowed down by the fact that units and their cards (and implementing them in general) are not easy or quick to make. It's a lot to implement a full unit, let alone a ton for each faction!
 Put more simply: creating/editing units is hard and takes a long time, time that I do not have, or am willing to give. I am thankful that Lanjane did what he did, as it was not easy.
 I will keep the old releases up and running, so you will always have access to the cool looking units, however I cannot continue in that direction.
 The plan moving forward, and what you can expect?
 I'll get all units and unit rosters reverted back to v2, where Egypt is a Hellenistic Kingdom. All other features will stay the same, so gameplay will remain..
 For units going forward, I will first stick to vanilla units and reskins, to keep the original theme. I have a lot of other things that I would like to add into the mod to make the game balance complete, and by having units take a back seat, I can finally focus on finishing the mod.
 Also, a map is in the making.. it is nothing crazy, but it will add more regions. We will see how far we get with that, and how it will effect the mod.
 Units and unit rosters will eventually be reworked and may include Lanjane's works again.. but it will be different from what you have seen as of late. There are many mods out there that have many units that would fit into this mod.. I just want to finish the actual mod and worry about units later.
 Finally, since I will be finishing the mod much more sooner than expected, this will allow me to have time to create separate mod campaigns that will give the game better immersion.
 I hope this all has made sense.. I will try and get a pretty finished and stable product out for Christmas. If you have any questions, just ask. Just know that this mod is not dead, and that I am here to stay but I have to operate to my own accord and not rely on others.. because of this, expect a fully polished mod to be released much sooner.
 Also, again many thanks to Lanjane, he is a dear friend of mine, and I wish him the best of luck.

Thanks Jubal, Scythia is next!

ahowl11's Vanilla Enhancement Mod v7
 Rise of the Serpent

Thrace is by far the most obscure faction in Rome Total War. It seems like the devs had originally planned for an Illyrian faction when at the last minute, they decided to make Thrace instead. Why? Every faction in this game that is non roman had a significant war or series of wars against Rome. Thrace had some minor altercations it seems. I was so perplexed by the idea of this faction that I almost turned them into  Illyria. However, this is a vanilla enhancement mod that is supposed to  add some historical flavor, not a realism mod.. so I left them in, and  made them as interesting as possible!
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 Thrace is a weird faction to mod in game terms as well. They are 'greek' in culture but historically they seemed to be a mix of Greek and Barbarian. The engine doesn't allow us to do much with that, and I didn't want them to seem 'barbarian' so I kept them as Greek, but made their units wild and fearsome. This faction is extremely unique compared to some of the others, and they should be a lot of fun to play with!
 Here is a list of all the features in V7:
 - Complete Overhaul of Thracian Roster
 - New Feature: Culture. This is based off the BI religion feature and heavily influenced by XGM
 - Thracian 'Faction Destroyed' video now properly appears
 - Two new music tracks added to non roman and non barbarian campaigns. They are the Greek and Eastern intro tracks
 - Mod now runs with -noalexander. This enables intro videos to run again, so make sure you put that in your target line or the mod won't work!
 - Thrace has an exclusive Mercenary Unit to recruit in it's homelands: Bastarnae
 - All sprites are corrected, so there shouldn't be any missing anymore.
 The Thracian Roster is large and diverse, a far cry from the vanilla faction that seemed so bare. Check it out!
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The Thracian Army in Detail:
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 Download here
 To Install:
 One thing that I need to be clear on, is this mod runs on the Alexander.exe not the regular Rome Total War exe. Please make sure you use an Alexander Install.
 READ CAREFULLY: If you have the last version of the mod, you must first go to HRTW/data/world/maps/campaign and delete the Alexander & Battlefields folders. Then, simply extract into the same location and overwrite your files. Make sure to delete the map.rwm file  in HRTW/data/world/maps/base folder. THEN in your target line, make sure to add -noalexander to the end of it.
 If this is your first crack at my mod then follow these instructions:
 To Install, simply extract HRTW into your Rome Total War Directory,  or if you use steam, your Rome Total War Alexander Directory. when  making a shortcut, use the Alexander.exe or in steam go to Launch  options and include this: -show_err -mod:HRTW -noalexander
 Features listed in the forum or the latest article, once approved!
 - Lanjane for amazing unit cards and some model/texture edits as well as his own creations
 - BHL_20 for his awesome work on culture. He gave it his own flavor, and it fits in perfectly!
 - kirilakristi for analysis on Thracian Roster
 - Mausolos for letting me not forget about the Bastarnae
 - crazyroman for testing
 - XGM for Noble Falxmen Model & Culture idea
 - ME mod for some models & textures
 - Barbarians Revenge Mod for some models and textures
 - Rise of Empire mod for some models and textures
 - webbird for Thracian face skin
 - Everyone who's following and supporting this mod on moddb, Exilian and TWC
 - Everyone on Slack who keeps the community alive
 Finally, thank you all for downloading and making this mod happen!
 - ahowl11

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