Rome Total War 2 looking likely!

Can you play as Carthage?

Does not appear to be the case. They aren’t on the start menu and I haven’t pushed that far south, but looking from the main map, it looks like the only part of Africa that is included is a little chunk just containing Carthage.

Here’s the new “Rise of Rome” map stitched together from multiple screen shots (it doesn’t quite all fit on my screen in “Zoom Out” mode). Sorry for the coloring, but I have fog of war over most of the map outside of Rome and its immediate neighbors and the immediately adjacent sea zones.

Are there spooky bats?

That’s much smaller than I thought it was going to be.

I don’t see spooky bats. But there is a setting (‘nightmare’ or something) that gives everything a Halloween feel.

I thought this was an artistic liberty done with Empire Divided, but since it showed up again i’m thinking it’s a bug.

I wonder if this Halloween mode got inadvertently turned on.

@Enidigm, I’ve been playing Rise of the Republic and have not had any color issues. Tactical battles look normal.

I actually have a different issue. Battle replays crash the game. The replay goes through the full load process, the sound of battle starts up, and then the game crashes.

It seems rather odd that the game plays normally, except for battle replays.

Question: I noticed that there are both food levels for the province and for the empire. Do I need to worry about both, or only the total empire food level. I tried searching for “Food” in the actual PDF manual and came up empty.

Also they mentioned that there is now a “Hide Foliage” option available during battles. But I couldn’t find it anywhere on the interface, it’s not where it is on Total War: Warhammer. Does anyone know how to toggle this option?

  • You only need to worry about total food.
  • Options >> Graphics >> Advanced Options >> along the right hand side of toggles.

So I played through as the Insubres and was sadly bored. The lack of unit variety hurts the game. I wish I could find a mod that would allow me to play on “Hard” with the “Normal” Public Order bonus as I’d like to go back and do a grand campaign.

Thanks @jpinard. I’m a bit disappointed that the foliage isn’t an in game toggle you can use during battle as in the newer games. But having fought the last couple battles in forests, and not being able to see what was going on, I think I’m going to try playing with foliage off.

When you toggle graphic options it does a re-load on the spot, so you can technically toggle foliage on and off. There’s just no keyboard shortcut for it.

@Dejin @Enidigm @richardlgaines Do any of you understand the politics section? I get part of it, but some of it just doesn’t click. Here’s my full set of questions from the official forum which I have yet to get a response on:


Playing Rise of the Republic as Insubres. They’re the Northern Italy Germanic barbarian type peeps.

I go to politics, then politics tab, and see the nice infographic of a senate chamber and my opposition? The Clan of the Sun. Not sure what else I can do there except the two edicts.

So we go to the characters tab and I love the family tree but am confused by who the “other Nobles” are. Are they of my tribe? The Clan of the Sun’s tribe? Some other unidentified tribe? Also here, why would I want to hire a politician as opposed to a General if I’m going to spend the money?

Then, there are lots of things I could do down in the intrigues buttons… but mostly I can’t actually do any of them. The entire blue set of buttons has been grayed out the whole game. The only yellow button I can do is “do a favor”. But I must ask, why? If I do a favor for someone what will that do to them and myself and where do I see it’s effect? Why can’t I assign a new heir (one of my kids)? I did that earlier and he died before he could take charge, and haven’t been able to do that since with any of my other children. I have 1,200 Gravitas, when will I be able to insult or praise people? And what does that do?

And back to the main question. What do I do to stem the incidence of civil war or secession?

@jpinard I claim no expertise, but I found the following video helpful. It was created pre-Rise of Rome, but AIUI most of the politics stuff got added with Rome Divided:

Quite the bit of drama surrounding this one recently what with review bombing and steam forum dumpster fire. The barbarians these days mob up via the internet and storm your virtual gates rather quickly.

It is dumb. Grumpy about woman being generals. There actually were woman generals in ancient day. You know I do wonder if woman were actually completely equal would we even have these arguments.

(I look forward to the one guy that psts something dumb like always)

You won’t have to look far, over the last 4 or 5 days there’s been a dozen pages of dumb going on in that steam forum. ;)

You have this small subculture of dumb neckbearded kids living in their moms’ basement posting icky anime pr0n on 4chan and being involuntary celibate (wonder why that is?!) who band together and “fight” what they perceive as threats to their birthright of manhood and whiteduditude such as liberal nonsense, socialism and most threatening of all, feminism.

fuck them. Ignore them. Mock them (and on second thought no, do not fuck them lol)

So I tried the new patch on this a few months back but had some trouble avoiding a Civil War as Rome in the main campaign. I used to be able to manage it fine but they changed politics in the most recent big patch and I don’t understand it anymore.

Is there a good source of info on the changes from the big patch? (it was either this year or 2020, I forget) Or specifically a good current breakdown of the politics system?

My specific issue is that all the stuff that used to work for several years with this game no longer work with the new patch.