In short, catw 01 is the mod nobody played but a very small bunch of guys, modding RTW on limited objectives (improving units graphics) on custom battle only back in... 2007. When the name "classical age" did not even existed. Now retreived, the mod has been completely reworked and completed, using as much elements of catw 05 as possible, including a playable campaign ! It is starting in 264 BC, at the start of the first Punic War. Roster are completely new to all players of CATW mods since they had never publicly released and therefore are totally fresh. There are in addition two new factions, the Galatians and Pergamon. Its 01.3, meaning it's still a beta, but totally playable on Alex, BI and regular RTW, however there will be an update.

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This very early version was all about the looks of the mod, without changing any code, or so little.
The original installation called for a basic copy-paste of the folder on data and standard vanilla launch. Not mod-foldered when it was first released in 2008.

What's in it then ?
-New factions illyria, galatians, pergamum
-New icons
-New skins for ALL UNITS
-About 200 New units. UI pics but missing descriptions (in progress).
-new music

It was light. This little bugger was 520 mo unzipped, and only 171 mo with 7z. Will not clutter your hard drive for sure !!! How TO PLAY ?: The archive version 01.1*: Load a campaign, use any "starter campaigns" and they will run the good old vanilla game, but with catw01 stuff. (only available from the catw01 page in

Changes 16-17/11/2018:
-dmb file > /catw01/data for textures
-Proper music file for new music
-Proper campaign (vanilla map)

Fresh start 264 BC, three new factions.

catw02 back in 2008 introduced new factions (Galatians, Illyrians and Pergamon) replacing the Roman families, now united. RS2 veg; Better water, better sky, new strat cities, new strat characters has been added. So catw01 is a strange mix of catw 01, 02 and 05.

TESTED WITH STEAM !!! (not with the disc version)

Like all previous modfoldered catw mod it's pretty simple and straithforward:
1-First things first: Make sure your vanilla Rome TW or Alexander is clean. Compatible with other mods, through.

You can even run several catw in the same folder.
2-Unzip (with 7z) the little bugger in your main folder
3-Pick up your preferred shortcut depending if you want to run it on RTW 1.5, BI or Alex exe and drop it on your desktop or whatever you want to run it from.

That's it. No joke.
If steam is activated and the little bugger refuses to launch, verify you can run it as the admin.
Also, by default the shortcuts are: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Gold\RomeTW.exe" -nm -show_err -mod:catw01 -movie_cam
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Rome Total War Gold\RomeTW-BI.exe" -mod:catw01 -show_err
So check it's the right path. If not, correct it after right-clicking the shortcut and in properties check the target. There is also an alternative "steam-friendly" launch. Go to your RTW steam shortcut (in "games"), right-click in the menu hit property.
Then in "set launch options", fill: -nm -show_err -mod:catw01 -movie_cam
Or (BI): -nm -mod:catw01 -show_err

Have fun an report any issue. Happy Xmas !

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CATW 01.5 release, February 2019. Integrates also 0.1.4 changes.



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catw 01.3 file. This is the latest working release of catw 01, the very first, 2007 mod that inspired CATW in the first place. Never played by everybody...

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Edit: I changed the path and got the same bug as you, so it's likely your path to catw01 is either deeper or less deeper on your own configuration. Either ../../../../../ or ../../../
Starting directly with catw01/data/ like on other files definitely brake the link, so it should be kept relative.

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Yes it was some kind of path error: I have two hard drives "C:" and "D:" - I installed Rome on my secondary harddrive "D:" but the "catw01.exe" file still searched for Rome on my primary harddrive "C:". All I had to do go was right click--> properties and change the path to the correct one on "D:".

So everying works great now! Thanks alot for this mod!

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CATW-Master Creator

So it was even simpler :)
You're welcome !

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thanks bro..

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Hi thanks for the great mod - the game starts just fine you can select the different imperial campaigns, however while loading into the campaign I always get this error:
(Error: Filename doesn't exist...)
Can anyone help with that?
Using steam.

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Hello ivop24
That's strange because there is a cypress_a.cas file where it should be. So i only can thing for an 7z encoding, upload or download error. never got this error. It's in the descr_climate.txt file. Just rename/delete it and see what's happens ? Could well also be the relative path which is wrong depending on your own specific installation. The file called is ../../../../catw01/data/terrain/aerial_map/tree_models/cypress_a.cas. Adding or removing one of these ../ could resolve the problem. (and modify all the other path in these files the same way)

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