Third Age - Total War is a total conversion for 'Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Expansion' that brings you into the world of Middle-earth.

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'Third Age - Total War' is a total conversion modification for 'Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Expansion' that brings you into the world of Middle-earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is still well under development and boasts a variety of new features

Posted by TW_King_Kong on Jun 5th, 2012

A total conversion for the Medieval II Total War - Kingdoms expansion

Main Features

1. The Middle-earth Map

Play on an extensive historically accurate map of Middle-earth as it was in the Third Age, including 115 settlements taken straight from Middle-earth lore and completed with several fictional locations.

Visit the wonders of Middle-earth, like the Three Towers, the Argonath or Durin's tower and see all the unique locations of Middle-earth like Minas Tirith, the Black Gate or Isengard. Battle in the hills of Rohan, the huge forests of the Mirkwood or the dark ash of Mordor.

2. The Factions

Play with all important factions of the Third Age, including Gondor, Rohan, High and Silvan Elves, Dwarves, Eriador, Dale, Isengard, Mordor, Rhun, Harad and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. Every faction has its own strengths and weaknesses, benefits and disadvantages on the battle as well as the campaign map. Decide if you want to face your enemy with a small, but trained and heavily armored army or if you count on masses of units to overrun your foes. The unit design is based on visual references of the Lord of the rings movie trilogy, completed with fictional units and artwork, all based on the lore of Middle-earth.

3. The Gameplay
The end of the Third Age is a time where good and evil wage a decisive war for the final domination of Middle-earth. Both ways, freeing the good people of Middle earth as well as bringing the world under the shadow will not be an easy task for the player. A new campaign and battle AI will make the player's life much harder and a unit recruitment based on a cultural level and a regional recruitment requires strategically decisions and will slow down your expansion if not properly planned. The AI will also receive certain bonuses like extra money or additional armies if they get in serious trouble to compensate the lack of human intelligence and the lack of income through missions.

4. The Design
In order to reflect the world of Middle-earth as good as possible, there is an almost complete rework of the 2D and 3D design, including settlements, locations, the interface, the symbols and pictures and much more. To create an even deeper atmosphere, all cultures have a unique set of music and unit sounds and voices were completely changed for many factions. Lastly there is a huge amount of new videos, including the intro, the faction intros and many in-game events.

Download Links

### TATW 3.0 (Consists of 2 Parts)

### TATW 3.1 Patch
You do not need the 3.1 patch, it contained a virus, just download the 3.2 patch and it will work.

### TATW 3.2 Patch


- TATW 3.2 is a stand-alone version and does not require any existing installations of TATW!
- If you have installed a previous version of TATW (2.1 or older), it is recommended to delete the old version before installing TATW 3.2.
(Note that TATW doesn't change any registry settings of your system, so you can also delete the old TATW folder "Third_Age" manually.)
- TATW 3.2 requires the 'Medieval 2 - Kingdoms Expansion' and is compatible with the official patch 1.04 and 1.05. (One installed campaign of the 'Kingdoms Expansion' is enough)

- Install
TATW_3.0_Part1of2.exe &

TATW_3.0_Part2of2.exe &

You do not need the 3.1 patch, it contained a virus, just download the 3.2 patch and it will work.
into the default "Medievall II Total War" directory.
(Normally this is: "Programs/SEGA/Medieval II Total War")
If you have installed Medieval II into another folder, please select the folder manually.
- Start the mod with the 'Third Age - Total War' shortcut on your desktop

Additional installation instructions only for Steam users:
1. Install all parts of the mod as instructed above.
2. Open "Steam/Steamapps/Common/Medieval II Total War/mods". There you will find all your installed Kingdoms campaigns as well as the "Third_Age_3" modfolder.
3. Edit the name of one of the Kingdoms folders (americas, britannia, crusades, teutonic), preferably your least favorite campaign. The new name doesn't have to be anything specific.
4. Change the name of the "Third_Age_3" folder to the former name of the Kingdoms folder you just edited. For example, if you edited the "americas" folder, the "Third_Age_3" folder should be named "americas".
5. Select the appropriate campaign from the steam menu. If you renamed the "Third_Age_3" folder to "americas", select the americas campaign. If you named it "crusades", select the crusades campaign and so on.
6. Steam will now launch the mod.

If you have installed 3.0 or 3.1 and renamed your folders before you have installed the 3.2 Patch:
- If you have already renamed the "Third_Age_3" folder to one of your 'Kingdoms' campaigns (for example to "americas") install the patch normally.
- After the installation, move the files of the newly created "Third_Age_3" folder to the renamed folder manually.
(For example cut the content of the "text" folder from the newly created "Third_Age_3" folder and paste it into the "text" folder of your "americas" folder.)
Note : The "models_missile" folder has to be copied to the normal ".../Medieval II Total War/data" folder!
- The "Third_Age" folder can now be deleted.

Known Issues for version 3.2:

- The Custom Settlements are mainly designed for the campaign map, therefore custom battles with most custom settlements should only be played 1vs1.

For further technical help or problem reports, please see the official bug and technical help forum.

Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 104)
xXBerethorXx Dec 13 2011 says:

Although I have noticed plenty of changes (namely the new settlements :) ) i would love to see everything that is different from voices to unit cards pweez :D!

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Whoolvillage Dec 14 2011 replied:

For 'Features' check

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shroomman Dec 14 2011 replied:

So I understand now important cities are unike looking in siege mode???
Seems the next 2-3 months will be wasted on playing TATW 3....

thanx for the good work!!!!

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xXBerethorXx Dec 15 2011 replied:

BTW found a bug although it may just be me, when i play the fellowship campaign, my generals bodyguard (only the dunedain bodyguards) cannot move and appear to be half stuck in the ground, i dont know what happens if melee'd but they can still shoot as usual just 0 movement. please help :(

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Gollrir Dec 16 2011 replied:

The fellowship campaign is not supposed to work properly in 3.0

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Emperor_of_Hell Jun 6 2012 replied:

It should in 3.2

edit: how the hell can such an old comment be on the top of this page? well, whatever...

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Förster44 Dec 14 2011 says:

HOOOLY it's out and I have to go to school now :-(

Aaargh that's gonna be a torture xD

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Fluffkind Dec 14 2011 replied:

Same here, gonna see if I can DL to my school comp without my teacher noticing. The guy next to me is playing Tetris battle so I don't think I'll have to much trouble.

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Renay Dec 14 2011 says:

full change list please

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Whoolvillage Dec 14 2011 replied:

For 'Features' check

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wijse Dec 14 2011 replied:

Thats not the full list. Since King Kong has said he was too lazy to post them all.

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Whoolvillage Dec 15 2011 replied:

it's a start

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mathinator Dec 14 2011 says:

you guys really hate me ... I have to study french, geography, maths, English, Economics, and science before I can download 3.0 :'(

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e0s888 Dec 14 2011 says:

WoWoWoW!!! Holy! I thought It will come something around christmas not now! Thank you KingKong and the whole team!

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LOTRuler Dec 14 2011 says:


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alesi08(swe) Dec 14 2011 says:

Who died for a sec more than myself?

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BluePotato Dec 14 2011 says:

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the lotr fans call?
Across the net
A new version rises
3.0 have come to carry us home!

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victory23 Dec 14 2011 says:

my problem seems to be with the digital download of the gold version with amazon. i have the complete expansion but i don't have a "kingdoms" folder or .exe extention so when i try to install patch 1.5 it tells me that it cannot find kingdoms installed on my system.
i read the instructions and according to them i don't need patch 1.2 cause i already have that with the "gold" edition.
I'm not sure why this mod is so hard to figure out or install, I'm assuming its because i have a digital copy of the game,but if there is ANYTHING i can do to get this to work please let me know. i bought M2TW just because of this mod.
i think i have spent about 3 hours on this now between reading and trying to find the "kingdoms gold 1.5" patch.

p.s it claims i have no internet connection also..and wants me to set up the proxy server..i don't understand that stuff, any suggestions?

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wijse Dec 14 2011 replied:

Did you just buy it from Amazon. They might have different installing processes and compression of the files. IMHO you should have bought it from steam.

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xXBerethorXx Dec 15 2011 replied:

I have medieval 2 gold and i just regularly installed mine and i have a kingdoms folder...hell i have multiple mods in the same m2tw folder and TATW works near-perfect (stupid dunedain bodyguards get stuck i nthe ground and cant mvoe for some reason >.<) and i dont use steam btw

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PitBull1018 Dec 14 2011 says:

This is LEGEN... wait for it
You just make my day, love you like I love my beer right now !

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fenix02 Dec 14 2011 says:

loved this surprise when i got in. i was just telling my mate about it at work :D

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marren0510 Dec 14 2011 says:

it doesnt work for me the game shuts down as soon i start playing it can someone plz help i`ve been looking forward to this for soo long

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marren0510 Dec 14 2011 replied:

ps: im not using steam

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mystixx Dec 14 2011 says:

i have a problem. When i want to install part 1 my computer CRASH??0.o

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DaniusMaximus Dec 14 2011 says:

hmmmm go to bed or download this and stay up all night?

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DarkWolf2 Dec 15 2011 replied:

Download and go to bed.

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Gamer_Goo321 Dec 15 2011 says:

Sick AS!

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ImperialKaskins Dec 15 2011 says:


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hasta Dec 15 2011 says:

finally!!! you have arrived!! i was the follower of third age since the first patch! all hail to third age!! <sorry for my bad english> :P

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attackmike Dec 15 2011 says:

am i the only one who thinks the barlog and sauron is 2 weak? the barlog can b killed in one volley from rohan's missile cavalary

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Stormraven40 Dec 15 2011 says:

this mod makes me *********

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Nastrael Dec 16 2011 says:

ok so good news and bad news... the good news is that i called my dad who works as a computer tech and hes got a friend who can fix my comp so he has it and ill, hopefully, have it back in time for christmas... the bad news is that he might need to wipe the harddrive to fix it... i was smart enough to take the installation files and move them to a thumb-drive though... i played it before i sent my comp away and O M G... it is absolutely gorgeous and i cant wait till i can play it smoothly... only one thing about it bugs me... the Palantiri are pretty...useless... why is it that something that could be so useful is rendered useless by your inability to control the damn thing? also another thing i noticed about it is that the "negetive consiquences" brought on by prolonged use of the palantiri is that you see full stacks of enemies that dont really exist... it would be much more realistic to the story if instead of this your characters gained negetive traits and auxilliaries... like how Denethor went insane from using it and Saruman "abandoned reason for madness" (not so much going crazy but more along the lines of losing all self control) and becoming a thrall for the Dark Lord. also i noticed that if you play the custom settlements in skirmishes as opposed to campaign the game crashes. unlike in the campaign (i played a battle in Osgiliath and it ran well... although laggy to the point where i almost lost, but thats due to the issues with my actual computer as far as i can tell.)

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medalion305 Dec 16 2011 says:

Really nice version and lots of new cool stuff but in the campaing the names of the cities move and they armies dont go always where you put them :( fix that please, or then it's just couse of me

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ExecutorTassadar Dec 16 2011 says:

**** YEAH!!!

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nevison123 Dec 17 2011 says:

I keep trying to download but it'll say "invalid data" or the download itself will stop at "copying" and advice?

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Seamus_Eire May 10 2014 replied:

Seriously someone at least help, this is getting really freaking annoying.

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Rotfuchs Dec 18 2011 says:

love it.
but i still think that the orc-factions have a huge disadvantage against the others. for example how are you supposted to win as isengard, if you are at war with rohan right from the beginning and can`t afford at least one big army, because of the high upcosts, which ruins your (allready) poor economy? meanwhile the ki can spam every turn new units, even if it is bankrupt.
can't you lower the recruitment and/or the upkeep costs for orc units? i mean isn`t this the whole point of an orc army? that orcs don`t cost anything, don`t get any wages, lives from plundering and everything they find in their surrounding, and are able to fast reproduce...?

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wolvesrdogs Dec 21 2011 says:

Great mod. One thing that is annoying me is that certain regions will say they have large stone walls, yet on the battle map they only have wooden ones. There are other instances where it says in the regions details a ballista tower is present, however because it is a custom made castle which is very irritating. A fair few times I have not bothered to send reinforcements to a certain area as I thought it had highs walls only to be in for a nasty suprise when there is a mere wooden fence between me and the invading force.

Also some of my regions which have upgraded walls do not seem to be providing free garrison for any of my units, I do not know if culture has anything to do with this.

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jasonnosaj Dec 21 2011 says:

Trebuchets on the minas tirith city walls would be awesome, in the campaign you could buy them for city defences.

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KingOfKrunk Mar 13 2012 says:

I'm trying to install this mod and it does download, but every time I try to start a battle it sends me this message "Medieval 2: Total War encountered an unspecified error and will now exit" I have set the unit sizes and graphics to lowest settings possible and this still happens. I have steam but don't have it installed onto my PC, do I need to install steam it? Please help.

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goldencameron Mar 30 2012 says:

PLEASE!!! need help when i load up a custom battle it crashes and says 'window closed due to a unspecified...' cant remember the rest, please post back on tips to fix this!!

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TankGun Apr 19 2012 says:

I have a bit of a problem, I installed it as told for steam, but when I go to launch the americas which is the one I picked far before reading the renaming part all steam says is that This game is currently unavailable (Application running.)

Any help at all is much appreciated :)

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deuce14 Jun 6 2012 says:

I installed v3.2 cuz I am psyched to see the changes, but after I installed it and tried to run the game on the shortcut on my desktop but it said something about a bat. file being replaced and the shortcut wouldnt work. I checked my TATW folder and I cant find a shortcut to the game. Any suggestions?

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CountVlad Jun 6 2012 says:

"with several fictional locations." - That made me smile. ;)

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Hendar23 Jun 6 2012 replied:

"historically accurate" made me chuckle too :)

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AJJacome Jun 6 2012 says:

Any plans on having many more historical battles?

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hutter13 Jun 7 2012 says:

when i try to start this mod it says there ha baan error program now exits

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bigdadie Jun 8 2012 says:

i have dowload third age total war 3.0

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