Mod Overview

The Great War mod is a total conversion modification for Napoleon: Total War. It aims to create an authentic representation of World War 1-era tactics, strategies and general warfare within the game. Watch as waves of battalions advance under the cover of massed artillery barrages and deadly poison gas, or stay and play it safe hidden behind their defenses. Machineguns will brutally mow down uncareful attackers and defenses are manned by thousands of troops, armed with rapid breech-loaded rifles. SMG Infantry, Flamethrowers, Snipers and Elite Stormtroopers are a few among the many units that attempt to break the stalemate, while the sheer industrial output of all nations in the conflict - and the density of forces along most fronts - ensure that advances are measured in metres, not in the grand distances of earlier days. Commanders must learn to control massive battles, where audacity and wit must overcome seemingly impossible odds.
Dreadnoughts rule the waves in the grand collisions between the world's mightiest navies, while cruisers and destroyers launch raids on ports and merchant shipping, gradually forcing nations into starvation and resource shortages. Battles are carried out at long ranges, with the biggest metal titans bolstering an impressive and unprecedented firepower.
The artillery barrages, huge explosions, clouds of dense poisonous gas and the sheer scale of battles help create a feeling of awe and truly exposes the capabilities and wonders of the 'Total War 3' engine. Watch battalions evaporate under withering shelling, melt away in poison gas or be turned into piles of corpses in front of enemy positions in the mods enthralling land battles.
Rule at the head of any of the many countries that watched Europe become engulfed in war, lead your nation however you want in a free sandbox campaign that set you off at the start of the war.
The Greatest war the world has ever seen is about to begin, it's time for you to take your place in it.

Modding Awards

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The winners have been announced for Total War's first mod awards.
Congratulations to the winners & nominees, here's a taste of what you will be receiving.

Each trophy contains a genuine historic coin from the ages and cultures featured in the game.

Nominees and winners will also have a custom badge to display on their modDB profile, your profiles will be updated with these shortly.

Best Unit Mod

ChampLoo Gold Unit Compilation - Winner
Radious Unit Pack: Rise of an Empire - Commended

Best Overhaul

Divide Et Impera - Winner
Constantine: Rise of Christianity - Commended

Most Innovative

Sell your Slaves - Winner
Hellbent Traists, Talents and Toadies - Commended

Best Graphical

GEM - Winner
Authentic Ancient World - Commended

CA Legacy Games

Europa Barbarorum - Winner
The Great War - Commended

It's been our pleasure to be involved in this historic event, lets hope more studios join in celebrating changing the game!

The full awards presentation can be seen here.

The Creative Assembly Mod Awards

The Creative Assembly Mod Awards

1 year ago News 8 comments

The Great War mod has been nominated in the legacy category of The Creative Assembly's Total War modding awards!

Patch 5.1.4 released!

Patch 5.1.4 released!

1 year ago News 19 comments

The autoresolve imbalance is fixed, along with related AI improvements in campaigns and battles. Smaller bug fixes are also included.

MODEL SHOWCASE #4 l Artillery : Première Partie

MODEL SHOWCASE #4 l Artillery : Première Partie

1 year ago News 6 comments

Here is a look at the new artillery models for France. Altogether there will be 4 new pieces, here are the first 2.

Hotfix Teaser

Hotfix Teaser

1 year ago News 17 comments

We will soon be releasing a hotfix to fix many major issues with the mod.

The Great War mod is a total conversion modification for Napoleon: Total War. It creates an authentic representation of World War 1-era tactics, strategies and general warfare within the game. Including stunning new visuals that include entirely new...
[PATCH] The Great War 5.1.4

[PATCH] The Great War 5.1.4

1 year ago Patch 157 comments

Re-upload of the 5.1.4 patch, last patch was uploaded when I was drunk and so there were... problems. Many apologies. NOTICE: This includes all patches...

[OUTDATED] [PATCH] The Great War 5.1.3

[OUTDATED] [PATCH] The Great War 5.1.3

2 years ago Patch 100 comments

Patch 5.1.3, [SAVEGAME COMPATIBLE] fixes campaign crash due to industrial buildings, fixes campaign problems with certain unit scales, fixes certain campaign...

[OUTDATED] [PATCH] The Great War 5.1.2

[OUTDATED] [PATCH] The Great War 5.1.2

2 years ago Patch 63 comments

Patch 5.1.2, enabling multiplayer and fixing a host of bugs and crashes. Re-uploaded in a zip with a different compression so it can be opened by all...

The Great War 5.1

The Great War 5.1

2 years ago Full Version 217 comments

A full version, if upgrading from 5.0, delete all old 5.0 files and install this.

[OUTDATED] The Great War 5.0

[OUTDATED] The Great War 5.0

2 years ago Full Version 155 comments

Version 5.0 of The Great War mod, original release version

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george76 Aug 29 2015 says:

will you guys be adding actual world war 1 ships to naval combat, because when i do a naval skirmish the ships are wooden ships with steam engines and the cannons look like world war 1 era cannons. i thought world war 1 vessels were more like world war 2 style vessels in which they did not need to broadside each other to fire at one another

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CrusaderVW Sep 5 2015 replied:

I heard they aren't able to actually put the ship models in but I may be wrong. I'm afraid there may never be WWI ships. But a fair bit of countries still used ships like that early into the war I think.

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george76 Sep 5 2015 replied:

ok thanks for the info, i wish someone would create a world war 1 naval game though but then again they used world war 1 ships in world war 2 as well so any world war 2 naval game could simulate a world war 1 naval battle

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rockpilez Sep 18 2015 replied:

Sadly the early WWI tanks were very inefficient, took a lot of guys to operate (8 or more?) and basically aphixiated them with exhaust inside the tank. They also were easily penetrated (Germans often put 75mm field pieces far forward to counter them) and were pretty much shields for infantry. Most battles the tanks simply did not impact. Current information suggests even Cambrai was not really impacted by the 400+ tanks that went *over the top.

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NOTALLOFDALLAS! Aug 27 2015 says:

Trying to start a new game crashes the game.

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sir_duke_of_wales Aug 26 2015 says:

i hope they fix the 1 unit in a Regiment thing i cant play this ******* mod does anyone know how to fix this ?

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Sebestyen Aug 25 2015 says:

Any updates any news or anything or just we get **** on our head???

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commissar197 Aug 24 2015 says:

Started new game with 5.2 as Spain and all units including other countries units have 0 soldiers in them all, except for naval units.

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Unwilledduck Aug 25 2015 replied:

where can u get the 5.2 update?

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commissar197 Aug 25 2015 replied:

I just opened the mod launcher and it asked to be updated to 5.2

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Highest Rated (35 agree) 10/10

I am giving this mod a 10, not just because I know it will be amazing. But because of the hard work and determination that the developers have put into this mod. 3 Years of incredible work.

Not just that. But also with the troubles on release day they have worked all day and night trying to get it working. For this they have my utter most thanks and gratitude.

Thank you. For all your hard work.

Aug 11 2013 by Eliminator96

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 1/10

it fucking crashes

Aug 21 2013 by yashasvi2

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