Classical-Age : Total War

is a mod based on Rome : Total War strategy turn-by-turn videogame created by Creative Assembly in 2004, and now integrated into the "Total War Era" pack distributed by SEGA. Coming from a graphists forums, and history geeks, Belisaire, prisejack and Armninius, we choosed, after having tried and enjoyed to play RTR and EB, to build our own mod. The task was filled by Belisaire which took ideas of new units and coded them, as with prosejack which made a website for it, an i (arminius), to the skinning process. At the end, the beta1 was released in october 2007. It was a demo unit featuring almost 28-30 units by factions, corrected and historically accurate, and three new factions replacing the roman families: Illyrians, Pergamum and Galatians. The mod was fun to play because of its lightness, while having gigantic amounts of units, all of them coming from vanilla game, as none of us known barely anything about modelling. But sooneafter, as the target was considered filled, the team gently dismissed, prisjack making some updates in the beta1 catw website, and i, having the will to make a true campaign game. This was CATW BETA2a, eventually released in september, 2008. With new units from addons and mods like Prometheus res gestae and Lusted terra expugnandae, anims from Signifer One, and new ships, new buildings and a lot of specific region units, the mod featured new music, graphics, and was fully playable, including original and new historical battles, new battlemaps, etc... It was entirely in french. An english traduction was made two month after. The second version or Beta2b (final beta2) was previously designed to play on the mundus magnus map, which never works properly. Now the work is reported on the final version, or CATW 1.0.


  • 7 new factions: Epirus, Illyria, Boii, Bellovaci, Senones, Arverni, Bosphorus
  • More than 2,200 skins and about 35-50 units per faction recruited through the new AOR
  • Skins and new models from CATW (never seen before), high degree of detail and historical accuracy
  • Longer battles (moral increase, less fatal blows except for cavalry charges and other tradeoffs)
  • Speed reduced for horsemen, horses redesigned according to the time, and many accurate smaller horses
  • System of Alternate skins (managed from DMB) be able to change the skins of its units during a campaign, but disabled to have a lighter file)
  • The 2/3 graphics changed
  • No More Cyclopean walls
  • The "barbarians" and others factions now have access to higher level barracks and barracks provincial related to their goals of conquest
  • Addition of the Royal Arsenal for Macedonian and Ptolemaic (can recruit units naval super-heavy type hekkaidekere)
  • Three times as many types of vessels and new graphics and descriptions
  • New historical descriptions, and many unusual names corrected
  • Prometheus and CATW strat towns
  • Animation of Alin (EB)
  • Rebalancing costs and construction duration of buildings, much longer and expensive, as well as units, some of which are recruited 0 laps (lifted)
  • New recruitement building levels (coding) for all factions
  • Many units in hidden resources specific to a region of 1 to 10 by factions (for example 10 types for the Greek hoplites)
  • New buildings fr romans (socii barracks), greeks, easterns, and celts as well, and mercenary barracks
  • Revamped Mundus Magnus Map with optional strat skins
  • Complete RS2 environment
  • Optional realistic pike
  • Quick battles available
  • Some historic battles are playable, plus 6 new historical battles
  • 50 new custom battlemaps
  • New water reflections from minimod
  • New lights and true night battles from Horsearcher's skymod minimod
  • Request a good CPU and graphic card (highly detailed 3D models, new strat map and models based on huge MM map, and a lot of hd skins)
  • New music
  • Many, many, many others things

Playable factions:

  • Thraike (Thracians)
  • Pahlava (Parthians)
  • Romani (SPQR)
  • Celtiberi
  • Arverni
  • Seleukoi (Seleucid Empire)
  • Skytho-Sauromatae
  • Pontos (Kingdom of Pontus)
  • Makedon (Macedonians)
  • Arche Bosporos (Bosphoran Kingdom)
  • Boii (Boians)
  • Sweböz (Germans)
  • Senones (Gallic Confederation)
  • Epeiros (Epirus)
  • Arche Ptolemais (Ptolemies Empire)
  • Getai (Getic People)
  • Kart'hadast (Carthage)
  • Illyria
  • Bellovaci (Belgian Tribes)
  • Hayasdan (Armenian Kingdom)

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4 comments by echuu on Oct 30th, 2011

The game is based on RTW 1.5, and is modfoldered, does not alter the original game, although there are some optional files (see later).

How to install the mod:

1. Check you have a fresh (unmodded) RTW 1.5 or BI 1.6 or even Alex 1.9 RTW version
2. Then you need to download Classical Age - Total War 1.1 and the two Patchs (and the optional addon 6 turns per year script if you want to play with it.)
3. Run the Classical Age - Total War 1.1, choose your own RTW path like : C:\Program Files\Activision\Rome - Total War\
4. Use the shortcut inside CATW mod folder, just put it on your desktop, you can also use the icon inside CATW mod folder.
5. Then open the Patch ( and unzip the data folder in the archive into the data folder inside the CATW mod directory (it should be like C:/Program Files/Activision/Rome - Total War/CATW/data)
6. Confirme to overwrite
7. Do the same with patch 1.1.3.
8. Done, you can play CATW with the latest version

Optional: How to install the 6 turns per year script:

1. Download and unzip the archive.
2. Copy the 'data' folder and paste onto the catw data folder.
3. Enjoy your 6tpy campaign with force diplomacy and darths formations!

* Some parts are not save game compatible.

**This small submod contains 5 summer turns and 1 winter turns force diplomacy, improved ai & 6tpy.

*** --- Forced shutdown ---

Press 'Esc' on the campaign map, then click on the '?' button in the
menu scroll to terminate the script.

When would this be useful? -- When you are already in a game and
exit back to the main menu to restart the campaign, or reload a saved
game, RTW does not automatically terminate the script, so you have
to do it yourself. If you leave the old script running, you'll have all
sorts of weird problems with the script in the new game.

**** The 6tpy script starts automatically. The force diplomacy script only runs if you select the question mark in the upper right corner of the screen during the diplomacy talks, after the question mark is clicked press the force diplomacy button to initiate the script.

Optional: How to install Night Battles:

1. Unzip
2. Open up 'night battles catw' and copy the 'data' folder.
3. Paste over your Classical Age Total War folder (Rome - Total War\catw) (The data folder from the archive must overwrite the data folder inside catw folder).
4. Enjoy night battles in CATW.

Night battles are now playable in campaign and the night fighter traits and triggers are added.

This add-on is not save game compatible. It works with RTW 1.5 .exe and does not require the BI .exe.

Optional: How to install Force Diplomacy Script:

1. Unzip
2. Open Force Diplomacy Script and copy the 'data' folder.
3. Paste into CATW folder (Rome - Total War\catw) (The data folder from the archive must overwrite the data folder inside catw folder).
4. Force the AI to accept your very reasonable proposals (no of course they aren't bias, no not at all )

*how to force the AI to accept a proposal

First you must click the ? in the upper right of the diplomacy box. Then you can force a faction to accept your offer by clicking on the "show me how" button.

How to create a new shortcut to play with the mod:

1. Make a copy of the Rome - Total War shortcut on your desktop or make a shortcut of RomeTW.exe(Obviously this shortcut must refer to the executable in the same folder than the catw folder - just in case you have more than one RTW installation on your computer)
2. Right-click on this new shortcut, then click on "Properties".
3. At the end of the target line, add: " -nm -show_err -mod:catw" (the space is needed)
4. "OK"
5. Then you should be able to launch the mod with this shortcut. If you want you can use the CATW icon located in the catw folder.

Feel free to post here if you have any problem related to installation.

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MichaofTmolos May 7 2013, 6:51pm says:

Classical Age Total War - Rome Total War Mod catw a mode with the latest and the best graphics and i think we made the first online presentation at youtube ,play list can be recommended .Players Pertevnial vS MichaofTmolos.

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NekoGenijalan Mar 10 2013, 3:15pm says:

This mod is masterpiece :D

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TotalWarFanatic May 4 2013, 5:06pm replied:

Thanks dude...its WIP still we are busily making it better ;)

TWC forums will be the place we post progress

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NekoGenijalan May 7 2013, 10:00am replied:

Already following ;)

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BrunoJ Jan 23 2013, 8:40am says:

Hi, I wonder if anyone knows how to contact the prose writer of the Classical Age mod. As a former high school teacher of both English and History, I find that the English language of this mod, presumably translated from the French, is not very good. The prose, punctuation and spelling all need to be brought up to standard. I would like to offer to do that if I knew to whom to speak. Any ideas?

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NekoGenijalan Mar 10 2013, 3:17pm replied:

Have you tried at TWC?

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DMUC Jan 19 2013, 5:40pm says:

The instaler is in a different language i think french

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BrunoJ Nov 29 2012, 1:03pm says:

Is there a way to change the 6 seasons back to one year per turn?
Is there a way to increase the size of the units, e.g. principes from 225 to 240? Thanks.

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Anarchon23 Oct 28 2012, 12:40pm says:


2 things.
1. Now downloaded catw1.1 and patch1.5 with N360 totally disabled.
With some trepidation being unprotected for 5 hours! :-)
But have exactly the same problem.
The loading screen (v1.0 at top left) loads
Then a ping, then nothing happens.

I have catw downloaded into my Rome - Total War Gold Edition folder.
(parallel to BI, Alexander, my own mod and the 'data' folder for RTW.
I installed the patch over the catw/data/ folder.

Am I missing something? Should it be under another folder? CI had to be installed in the BI folder.

Is it possible for you to have the files sent to me by email?

2. Javelins again.
What I want to know is how to control appearance of javelins in left (shield) hand.
For example, I am working with BI_british legionaries. They always seem to have 2 crossed javelins appear behind their shield. In the skin they form part of the helmet and part of the sword so it is not practicable to make them invisible. Is there a way of switching them on or off in EDU or DMB or anywhere else?

Thx again

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TotalWarFanatic Oct 28 2012, 6:07pm replied:

So your not getting an error message or anything?

Really weird. . .Does this happen with all mods you have tried? Because I am positive this is not a CATW problem. Perhaps something in your base installation of RTW was changed and conflicts with CATW ??

About the javelins, those are part of the model's cas file itself.

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Anarchon23 Oct 28 2012, 11:10pm replied:


No I have installed & launched/played CI mod (mod-foldered) with no problem.

It is weird cos the component files don't seem corrupted.
I have experimented with the models and skins in my mod; and loaded all the map files into Paint Shop Pro (all after the failure to launch catw).

My copy of RTW (Gold Edition) is bought online and not played with the cd-rom. Could this be the cause?

If I could launch, I could check some of those map issues myself. :-)

Hoping you can email to me.
How do I get my email to you? I don't think I am allowed to post it in-forum.

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