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==General Set-up Information==
 
==General Set-up Information==
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===Mod-folder Set-up and Resources===
 
'''The recommended starting point for any new Medieval II: Total War mod is to use a [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?352216 Bare Geomod] folder as the base, this provides the modder with a fully functional mod-folder that already incorporates bug-fixes for the vanilla game.'''
 
'''The recommended starting point for any new Medieval II: Total War mod is to use a [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?352216 Bare Geomod] folder as the base, this provides the modder with a fully functional mod-folder that already incorporates bug-fixes for the vanilla game.'''
  
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* Resource - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=76099 Mod Folder Installer] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Resource - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=76099 Mod Folder Installer] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* ''Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=168944 Basic Kingdoms Mod folder]'' - by [[gigantus]] - <small>superceded by Bare Geomod</small>
 
* ''Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=168944 Basic Kingdoms Mod folder]'' - by [[gigantus]] - <small>superceded by Bare Geomod</small>
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===Unpacking===
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Modders will normally need to unpack the base game to access the original files.  Sounds and animations remain packed within the unpacked file structure, see sections below for unpacking them.
  
 
==Units==
 
==Units==
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=75706 Adding a New Unit] - by [[Musashi]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=74945 Adding Other Factions Units to New Faction] - by [[M3rcury15]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?631276 Creating a World - Importing units from another mod] - by [[Gigantus]]
 
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=78236 Creating Dismounted Version of Existing Unit] - by [[Zorgrath]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=78236 Creating Dismounted Version of Existing Unit] - by [[Zorgrath]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=79455 Guide to Formatted modeldb File and Syntax Checker] - by [[KnightErrant]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=79455 Guide to Formatted modeldb File and Syntax Checker] - by [[KnightErrant]]
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=230009 How to remove "unlocalized placement text"] - by [[Nakharar]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=230009 How to remove "unlocalized placement text"] - by [[Nakharar]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?84043 formatted modeldb file and associated syntax checker] - by [[KnightErrant]]   
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?84043 formatted modeldb file and associated syntax checker] - by [[KnightErrant]]   
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===Getting a Unit in Game===
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* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=75706 Adding a New Unit] - by [[Musashi]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=74945 Adding Other Factions Units to New Faction] - by [[M3rcury15]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?631276 Creating a World - Importing units from another mod] - by [[Gigantus]]
  
 
===Models===
 
===Models===
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* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=345554 Normal Mapping in Layers]'' - by [[sumskilz]] - <small>images missing</small>
 
* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=345554 Normal Mapping in Layers]'' - by [[sumskilz]] - <small>images missing</small>
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?696477 Mini tutorial on metallic surfaces] - by [[paleologos]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?696477 Mini tutorial on metallic surfaces] - by [[paleologos]]
 
  
 
===Animations===
 
===Animations===
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* Tutorial - [[Unit_Cards| Unit Cards]] TWC Wiki Article
 
* Tutorial - [[Unit_Cards| Unit Cards]] TWC Wiki Article
  
===Banners===
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===Unit Flags/Banners===
 
* Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=93861 Battle Banner Templates] - by [[B. Ward]]
 
* Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=93861 Battle Banner Templates] - by [[B. Ward]]
  
===Recruitment===
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===Stats and Abilities===
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=76357 Using Era System to Recruit Units] - by [[DukeofSerbia]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?707820 Creating a World - Advanced recruiting with event counters ] - by [[Gigantus]]
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===Formations===
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=90969 Creating ZoR (Zone of Recruitment) and Recruiting Mercenaries from Buildings] - by [[TWoxy]]
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===Statistics===
 
===Formations===
 
  
==Buildings==
 
  
  
==Mapping==
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==Mapping (Campaign Map)==
===Campaign Map===
 
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=123229 Introduction to Mapping Lesson 1] [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=124501 Lesson 2] [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=125651 Lesson 3] - by [[GrnEyedDvl]] <small>(Written for M2TW but also applicable for RTW) ([https://www.twcenter.net/forums/downloads.php?do=file&id=1622 Link to MapClass files)]</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=123229 Introduction to Mapping Lesson 1] [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=124501 Lesson 2] [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=125651 Lesson 3] - by [[GrnEyedDvl]] <small>(Written for M2TW but also applicable for RTW) ([https://www.twcenter.net/forums/downloads.php?do=file&id=1622 Link to MapClass files)]</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=50437 Making a New Campaign Map] - by [[Myrddraal]] <small>(written for RTW but mostly applicable for M2TW)</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=50437 Making a New Campaign Map] - by [[Myrddraal]] <small>(written for RTW but mostly applicable for M2TW)</small>
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Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=295845 Creating a World - Replacing Strat Models ] - by [[Gigantus]]
 
Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=295845 Creating a World - Replacing Strat Models ] - by [[Gigantus]]
  
===Battle Map===
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==Campaign Elements==
 
 
 
 
====Battle Map Structures====
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=359622 How to add teutonic castles to all the east european factions both in strat and battle maps.] - by [[Ishan]]  - <small>images missing - see [[.worldpkgdesc - M2TW]] for updated info</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=310750 World Collision Entry alterations] - by [[Makanyane]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=299867 Battlemap Building Textures] - by [[Makanyane]] <small> needs updating for IWTE</small>
 
 
 
==Factions, Cultures and Religion==
 
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=225194 Creating a World – Adding a new Faction ] - by [[Gigantus]] - <small>pdf manual with resources</small>
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=225194 Creating a World – Adding a new Faction ] - by [[Gigantus]] - <small>pdf manual with resources</small>
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=76202 Creating a New Faction using Saxons and Normans]''' - by [[selenius4tsd]]
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=76202 Creating a New Faction using Saxons and Normans]''' - by [[selenius4tsd]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=167440 Nakharar's Basics : Religion] - by [[Nakharar]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=167440 Nakharar's Basics : Religion] - by [[Nakharar]]
  
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===Cultures===
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===Factions===
  
===Diplomacy===
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===Characters===
===AI behaviour===
 
 
 
==Characters==
 
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?295845 Creating a World - Replacing Strat Models] - by [[gigantus]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?295845 Creating a World - Replacing Strat Models] - by [[gigantus]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?346170 Creating a World – Character portraits, creation and use] - by [[gigantus]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?346170 Creating a World – Character portraits, creation and use] - by [[gigantus]]
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=117566 HowTo: Custom Portraits] - by [[antirelic]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=117566 HowTo: Custom Portraits] - by [[antirelic]]
  
===Traits & Ancillaries===
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====Agents====
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?643718 Creating a World - Faction Limits for Agents] - by [[Gigantus]]
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====Traits & Ancillaries====
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=77176 Beginners Guide to Coding Traits] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=77176 Beginners Guide to Coding Traits] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=77177 Beginners Guide to Triggers & Monitors] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=77177 Beginners Guide to Triggers & Monitors] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Resource - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=73974 List of Character Attributes] - supplied by [[CA]], posted by [[Epistolary Richard]]
 
* Resource - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=73974 List of Character Attributes] - supplied by [[CA]], posted by [[Epistolary Richard]]
  
===Names===
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====Names====
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1526725#post1526725 Guide to Modding Character Names]''' - by [[deRougemont]]
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1526725#post1526725 Guide to Modding Character Names]''' - by [[deRougemont]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/downloads.php?do=file&id=3493 Name Verifier] - by [[tornnight]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/downloads.php?do=file&id=3493 Name Verifier] - by [[tornnight]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?176031 Name Converter] - by [[gigantus]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?176031 Name Converter] - by [[gigantus]]
  
===Agents===
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?643718 Creating a World - Faction Limits for Agents] - by [[Gigantus]]
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===Buildings===
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===Army/Unit Recruitment===
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* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=76357 Using Era System to Recruit Units] - by [[DukeofSerbia]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?707820 Creating a World - Advanced recruiting with event counters ] - by [[Gigantus]]
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=90969 Creating ZoR (Zone of Recruitment) and Recruiting Mercenaries from Buildings] - by [[TWoxy]]
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===Diplomacy===
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===Religion===
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===Missions===
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==Battle Maps==
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===Custom Maps===
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===Environment===
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===Battle Map Structures===
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=359622 How to add teutonic castles to all the east european factions both in strat and battle maps.] - by [[Ishan]]  - <small>images missing - see [[.worldpkgdesc - M2TW]] for updated info</small>
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=310750 World Collision Entry alterations] - by [[Makanyane]]
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=299867 Battlemap Building Textures] - by [[Makanyane]] <small> needs updating for IWTE</small>
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==AI==
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''(this might be split into CAI/BAI)''
  
 
==Scripting==
 
==Scripting==
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* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=67985 Extracting sounds] - by [[Arakorn]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=67985 Extracting sounds] - by [[Arakorn]]
 
* Tutorial - [[Extracting_Sounds| How to Extract the Sound Files]] - TWC Wiki Article
 
* Tutorial - [[Extracting_Sounds| How to Extract the Sound Files]] - TWC Wiki Article
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* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=542796 SoundExtractor v1.2] - by [[Withwnar]]
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===Voices===
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=352289 How to create a new accent] - by [[Aikanár]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=352289 How to create a new accent] - by [[Aikanár]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=460777 How to change the accent of a faction using vanilla accents] - by [[IZob]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=460777 How to change the accent of a faction using vanilla accents] - by [[IZob]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=499907 Unit voices and Unique voice overhauls] - by [[Ngugi]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=499907 Unit voices and Unique voice overhauls] - by [[Ngugi]]
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* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=583501 How to remove the "Our units are under attack!" speech] - by [[BM309K58SMERCH]]
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===Effects===
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=365755 How to Add Missing sounds in the Greek firethrower units] - by [[Ishan]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=365755 How to Add Missing sounds in the Greek firethrower units] - by [[Ishan]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=367183 How to add missing SFX sound for stakes in your mods] - by [[Ishan]]
 
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=367183 How to add missing SFX sound for stakes in your mods] - by [[Ishan]]
* Answer - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=583501 How to remove the "Our units are under attack!" speech] - by [[BM309K58SMERCH]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=542796 SoundExtractor v1.2] - by [[Withwnar]]
 
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=581633 Release of the EVT mod tool] - by [[Tellos Athenaios]]
 
* Tool - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=581633 Release of the EVT mod tool] - by [[Tellos Athenaios]]
 
 
===Music===
 
===Music===
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?772156 El Monstero's Definitive Guide to Modding Med 2's Music]''' - by [[El Monstero29]]
 
* '''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?772156 El Monstero's Definitive Guide to Modding Med 2's Music]''' - by [[El Monstero29]]
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* Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?596752 Remixed Medieval Music] - by [[Reimu Hakurei]]  
 
* Resource - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?596752 Remixed Medieval Music] - by [[Reimu Hakurei]]  
  
==2D Graphics==
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==UI==
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=249355 Everything you ever wanted to know about banners!] - by [[Bwian]]  - <small>covers strat map banners and faction icons</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=249355 Everything you ever wanted to know about banners!] - by [[Bwian]]  - <small>covers strat map banners and faction icons</small>
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=81326 Adding a New Faction Symbol] - by [[Alpaca]]
 
* Tutorial - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?t=81326 Adding a New Faction Symbol] - by [[Alpaca]]
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* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=342770 Vanilla faction symbols: How to make one yourself]'' - by [[Glowbal]] - <small>images missing</small>
 
* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=342770 Vanilla faction symbols: How to make one yourself]'' - by [[Glowbal]] - <small>images missing</small>
 
* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=86851 Guide for editing Army Banners (strat-map)]'' - by [[Tsar Stefan Dusan IV]] - <small>images missing</small>
 
* ''Tutorial - [https://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=86851 Guide for editing Army Banners (strat-map)]'' - by [[Tsar Stefan Dusan IV]] - <small>images missing</small>
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===Menu and Loading Screens===
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===Videos===
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===Text Descriptions===
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For general information about all text areas, for unit descriptions see Units section, etc
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==Console Commands and Config Preferences==
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Adjustments that can be made via in-game console commands or in players .cfg preferences instead of in modded files:
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* Answer - [[How_To_Disable_Green_Arrows_And_Banners| How to Disable Green Arrows and Unit Banners]] - TWC Wiki Article
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* Answer - [[How_to_Unlock_All_Factions| How to Unlock all Factions]] - TWC Wiki Article
  
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==Tool Support and Format Research==
  
 
==Miscellaneous==
 
==Miscellaneous==
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* Answer - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showpost.php?p=462545&postcount=34| How to make a movie from battle replay] - by Eyeswater
 
* Answer - [https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showpost.php?p=462545&postcount=34| How to make a movie from battle replay] - by Eyeswater
 
* Resource - [[Assassins| Guide to Game Mechanism Behind Assassins]] - TWC Wiki Article
 
* Resource - [[Assassins| Guide to Game Mechanism Behind Assassins]] - TWC Wiki Article
===Cheats and Config Preferences===
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Adjustments that can be made via in game console commands or in players .cfg preferences instead of in modded files:
 
* Answer - [[How_To_Disable_Green_Arrows_And_Banners| How to Disable Green Arrows and Unit Banners]] - TWC Wiki Article
 
* Answer - [[How_to_Unlock_All_Factions| How to Unlock all Factions]] - TWC Wiki Article
 
  
 
{{Modding Portal}}
 
{{Modding Portal}}

Revision as of 01:00, 15 May 2020

Tutorials, resources and tools for modding Medieval II: Total War:

For master list of modding tools (e.g. model exporters) see M2TW Modding Tools (to be merged here)

See also M2TW Modding Tutorials Category for tutorials contained on this Wiki.

The below listing provides links to tutorials, useful answers to common modding questions, resources and tools, divided by category.
When adding items please keep to existing format with the type of article first;

  • Tutorial = extensive tutorial, step by step how to mod something etc.
  • Answer = short piece on minor topic or answer to frequently asked question.
  • Resource = lists of things that work in-game, docudemons, templates, downloads of helpful starting set-ups etc.
  • Tool = modding tools, for extracting, modifying, verifying, re-packing etc.

Items marked in bold are likely to be widely useful and form a good starting point on the subject. Items marked in italics may be of limited use, due to missing images or being superseded by later articles.


General Set-up Information

Mod-folder Set-up and Resources

The recommended starting point for any new Medieval II: Total War mod is to use a Bare Geomod folder as the base, this provides the modder with a fully functional mod-folder that already incorporates bug-fixes for the vanilla game.

Unpacking

Modders will normally need to unpack the base game to access the original files. Sounds and animations remain packed within the unpacked file structure, see sections below for unpacking them.

Units

Getting a Unit in Game

Models

Textures

Animations

Unit Sprites

Unit Cards

Making unit cards could also be treated solely as a 2D Graphics issue, but most mods choose to use renders of the unit model in animation pose.

Unit Flags/Banners

Stats and Abilities

Formations

Mapping (Campaign Map)

Strat Models

Answer - Creating a World - Replacing Strat Models - by Gigantus

Campaign Elements

Cultures

Factions

Characters

Agents

Traits & Ancillaries

Names


Buildings

Army/Unit Recruitment

Diplomacy

Religion

Missions

Battle Maps

Custom Maps

Environment

Battle Map Structures

AI

(this might be split into CAI/BAI)

Scripting

Sounds

Voices

Effects

Music

UI

Menu and Loading Screens

Videos

Text Descriptions

For general information about all text areas, for unit descriptions see Units section, etc


Console Commands and Config Preferences

Adjustments that can be made via in-game console commands or in players .cfg preferences instead of in modded files:

Tool Support and Format Research

Miscellaneous


Total War Modding

Indexes to Tools, Tutorials & Resources by Game:
Three Kingdoms | Warhammer I & II | Attila | Rome II | Shogun 2 | Napoleon: Total War | Empire: Total War | Medieval II: Total War | Rome: Total War
Cross Platform Information:
Modelling, Textures and Graphics - Modding Index

Main Categories for Other Modding Pages on the Wiki:
M2TW Modding Category | RTW Modding Category

Modding Workshops on TWC:
Three Kingdoms | Brittania | Warhammer I & II | Attila | Rome II | Shogun 2 | Napoleon: Total War | Empire: Total War | Medieval II: Total War | Rome: Total War | Medieval I