Chronicles of Myrtana is a loyal reproduction of the Gothic series, namely it reflects the main events which happen in Gothic I, Gothic II, Gothic III and Arcania, as well as the main events of the official spin-offs of the series.
The mod is very particular and offers mechanics which are unique and heavily influenced by "rpg elements". The aim is to offer an innovative gameplay, different from all the other mods already existing for Medieval II Kingdoms.
The first game of the franchise was released on March 15, 2001 in Germany, and on November 23, 2001 in North America.
The game takes place in a medieval fantasy world, in which humans are losing the war against the orcs. The hero, a young nameless man, is forced to work in the Penal Colony, because of his crimes. In order to continue the fight against the orcs, the king needs to extract magical ore and use it for weapons and armor. Every burglar, thief or criminal is sent in the Colony to work in the mines, by the king's order. To keep the prisoners inside, the king ordered 12 magicians to create a magical barrier over the colony. However, due to complications, the barrier trapped a much larger territory than originally intended, along with the 12 magicians and the king's forces. Thus the militia blocked inside soon lost control over the prisoners, and the king had no choice but to trade with the convicts. Soon after the convicts divided into several camps, one of which the Man can join in order to survive and advance the plot.
Gothic II is the second game in the Gothic franchise, released on November 23, 2002 in Germany, and October 29, 2003 in North America. It's the sequel to Gothic.
The game events continue the ones from the first Gothic - as the barrier was destroyed, many prisoners escaped; many of them headed to Khorinis with fake titles (since the militia started to search for the escaped convicts), and others remained in the mountains forming groups of bandits. But things aren't quite that good in Khorinis, as many thought - Xardas (the hero's mentor) informs him that a greater evil is now threatening the land - as The Sleeper was banished he made a last call to all his minions to gather in the Valley of Mines.
Gothic II: Night of the Raven is the official expansion for Gothic II. It was released on August 22, 2003 in Germany, and on January 20, 2005 in North America as a part of the Gothic II Gold package.
The expansion introduces a new world to the game called Jharkendar which is located in the northeast of Khorinis. It is an ancient and deserted city, populated mostly by pirates and bandits.
The hero opens a portal to Jharkendar with the help of the Water Mages, and after getting there, discovers what threatens the island: Raven, a former ore baron in the Penal Colony who has sold his soul to Beliar, the god of darkness, and is hungry for power.
Gothic 3 is the third game in the Gothic franchise, and the official sequel to Gothic II. It was released on October 13, 2006 in Europe, and on November 20, 2006 in North America.
The third part of the saga shows the hero and his friends sailing to Myrtana. After getting there, they discover that the continent has been overrun by orcs which have enslaved mankind. The hero also gets another hit, when he finds out from locals that Xardas, his mentor, is the one who helped the orcs with their evil scheme. Things will change later, when the hero discovers Xardas and finds out that he only helped the orcs for his own purpose. He quests the hero to retrieve some artifacts and kill the king which had imprisoned him in the Colony; after that, they (Xardas and the hero) went together through a portal into an unknown land.
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is the official standalone expansion for Gothic 3. It was released on November 21, 2008 in Europe and North America.
Two years have passed since the hero and Xardas went into the Unknown Lands. From there, they were watching over Myrtana - which was destroyed by wars between the factions. The hero could stand no more, seeing that the land for which he almost gave his life for was destroyed, and decided to return. Xardas refused to let him go and tried to explain that eventually mankind will tire of war and peace will prevail. The angered hero refused to listen, and after a great battle which almost killed him, returned to Myrtana to unite it. Eventually the hero will crown himself the new king of Myrtana.
Arcania was known as the fourth game in the Gothic franchise, which was released on October 12, 2010.
Arcania is the first game in the series which has a new hero. Also, it is the first game in the franchise which was released for two platforms: PC and Xbox 360. While delayed, the game was also released for PS3. The fourth game was also being developed by a different company, Spellbound Entertainment.
The events in Arcania continue directly from Forsaken Gods. Arcania will introduce players for the first time to the Southern Islands. 10 years have passed; the self-crowned king has turned rogue and has destroyed/overrun parts of the Southern Islands. A new hero arises, after he finds his hometown destroyed by the evil king. Great threats await the new hero as he quests for revenge.
He eventually discovers during his quest for revenge that it wasn't the king who destroyed his village but a rogue element in his army and finds out that he is the only one who can put an end to the demon that was tormenting the king. In the end, after receiving his revenge, the hero also puts an end to the demon's possession of Rhobar but it is then summoned by enemies that were long since thought to have been defeated, thereby setting the stage for a possible sequel.
Announced by Spellbound and JoWooD on December 9, 2010, Fall of Setarrif is the first standalone addon for Arcania: Gothic 4, which was released on October 25, 2011 for PC and May 31, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Arcania: Fall of Setarrif ties up the loose ends of the main game's story and adds yet another chapter to the epic tale. After the demon that possessed King Robar III was exorcised, it made its way to Setarrif to find a new host. In Setarrif, which is cut off from the rest of the island, chaos and anarchy spread rapidly!
King Robar III is troubled by these developments and is afraid of losing the city and some of his companions, which are in Setarrif at that very moment. The nameless hero is therefore sent by the king and must journey to Setarrif… But he has no idea of what lies before him.
Most music of the series was composed by a genial German musician/composer, Kai Rosenkranz. Namely, he wrote the game music for Gothic I, Gothic II, Gothic III, and Risen 1. His abilities created the right environment for the series, giving the game a unique "magical sensation".
Links to the soundtracks (Gothic I - II - III):
hence the newest version of Gothic TW CoM, the 2.6.1 has just been released: there are the Download links to MEGA, MEDIAFIRE and GOOGLE DRIVE. As follows, choose one of the three links to download GothicTW 2.6.1:
Same mechanics and features like the 2.6 version but with the addition of the following content:
- New custom settlements on the strategic map (several of them unique)
- New unique hero characters with special abilities. The hero system has been organized into three different levels:
a) Characters with SUPREME ABILITY: 16 in total in the game (one x major faction, + Tooshoo and Bandits)... they have a unique appearance on the battlefield and a unique ability too
b) Characters with SUPERIOR ABILITY: several of them at game start (for all factions, + some spawning later on in the campaign when things evolve)... they generally have a standard appearance on the battlefield (in a few cases not), and the ability is common to all of them
c) Characters with IMPROVED ABILITY: several of them at game start (for all factions, + many spawnings later on in the campaign, like the Dragon Hunter Generals, the loyalists-rebels of Myrtana, the Water Mages of the Nomads and so on), the ability is common to all of them and their appearance is in most cases standard
d) Hence, the hero abilities are based on a grading system, the Supreme have 2-3 usages /the strongest ones), the Superior and Improved 4 usages (but the former better than the latter on all aspects)
- New battle maps for the custom battles
- New audio files on the campaign (speeches) and added some unreleased left-songs of the Gothic Soundtrack
- Slight alterations to the CAI of the game
- New cursors used in-game
- Some new custom portraits and character traits (mainly related to the new hero abilities)
- New textures for the skies in battles
- Slightly improved the ENG texts in the game (still not perfect in terms of grammar)
Hence, with the newest 2.6.1 GothicTW enters now on hiatus as I'll stop the development concerning the ENG version, for the time being.... In any case, the remnant components of the team will continue, namely they will start with the creation of the new campaign map for the custom/addon campaign, "Valley of Mines". Some pics will be uploaded when results are available.
Moreover, we still would like to add some unique battlefield maps for some special settlements, but they are not in sight yet. If achieved, pics will be showed.
Pics related to the newer content of the 2.6.1 are visible below:
Finally, the procedure/installation process related to the new 2.6.1 version:
REQUIREMENTS TO PLAY GOTHIC TW
- Medieval II + Kingdoms Expansion (preferably CD version instead of Steam)
- Game Version: 1.5
- Sufficient space on your H-D
- Decent Graphics Card: the mod now uses sharpened textures for environment, poligons and other components which may require more in performance
(Advice: to increase your gaming performance, you may download and use gaming software that improve FPS, for example I use Razer Cortex: Game Booster. Moreover, if you feel confident, you may clock your Graphics Card to raise its power).
- First, if you already have a previous version of CoM, you have to uninstall it completely, as now it's obsolete. Then, you can proceed with the new 2.6.1 archive installation, using 7zip or other archive openers to access the mod content.
After installing Chronicles of Myrtana 2.6.1, prior to start a new game YOU HAVE TO:
1) Go in data/text and delete all the files named "txt.strings". They are 27 in total to delete, hence after their removal you must have 29 remaining files in the "text" folder. (They will be regenerated by the engine)
2) Go in data/world/maps/base and delete the file "map.rwm". (It will be regenerated by the engine)
3) Create a desktop link of the file batch named "Gothic Total War" (the file which is needed to start the game). You can use the appropriate icon provided by the mod, called "redmask8003he".
After this procedure, you can finally start the game and play!!!
My special thanks and all recognition go to the VK Community which greatly supports me all the time.
Moreover, I want to really really thank people from external sources who helped my team and I in many many ways, giving suggestions and advices.
IMPORTANT NOTICE (Optional Choice)
Gothic TW: CoM exploits the RBAI (Really Bad AI). Hence, it's good to use the optional add-on for this AI, which greatly improves AI behavior during siege battles.
From my personal gameplays, the AI gave me hard times with the exploitation of this addon, hence do not miss this opportunity to install it.
Namely, the add-on is called: Settlement Tweaks
For the installation procedure, please refer to the official RBAI page on TWC:
It's a good norm to install the add-on in the data\settlements of your Medieval II folder (I did the same, better than installing it in data/settlements of GothicTW folder). Hence, it will be applicable for all installed mods that exploit the RBAI.
In case you appreciate the passion we put in this mod, please leave your comments in the Comments Section of the Mod Page, here.
For any questions and thoughts to share, I'll be present to provide support.
Thanks from the GothicTW Team!
Despite I will stop the ENG development for the time being, the future commitment of GothicTW team will be targeted to the completion in-game of the add-on custom campaign "Valley of Mines" (same skeleton as the "Fellowship Campaign" for TATW), a new tailored campaign map is planned for it, and further customization for battle map settlements (we're searching a good mapper for it).
From the whole Gothic TW Development Team, we wish you a great experience and a lot of fun with the new CHRONICLES OF MYRTANA 2.6.1
GothicTW CoM 2.6 is ready, but no public release will take place for the time being. The version will be exclusively played by the team members. Full...
The new, fully detailed version Chronicles of Myrtana is finally out. The GothicTW Team wishes you a very nice experience with the new 2.5 version!
The new, polished version Chronicles of Myrtana is finally out. The GothicTW Team wishes you a very nice experience with the new 2.2 version!