War In The East Mods
The Total War Center has forums and sub-forums dedicated to modifications for each of the games. The modifications found there range from large mods with their own hosted forum, to released minor mods or sub-mods, and to work-in-progress (WIP) mods or mod ideas. Nearly all Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War mods have a presence at TWC. For some later games, the availability of Steam Workshops has meant some mods no longer prioritise a forum presence. Mods have also diversified the areas where they choose to interact with fans, with some opting for Reddit, Discord, Facebook, or MODDB.
War In The East Mods
Empire: Total War was the first of the games to use the Warscape engine and wasn't moddable to the same extent as the earlier games. Most mods for ETW concentrate on improving historical accuracy and/or game-play instead of attempting to radically change the setting. Modding ten years after - Empire: Total War by Quintus Hortensius Hortalus provides insight into how ETW mods have developed.
Medieval II: Total War's format is similar to RTW's and again allows extensive modding. The ability to make completely new campaign maps together with M2TW's improved graphics has made it one of the most popular Total War games for modders and mod players. Many of the early large mods now have an extensive selection of sub-mods which provide players with even more options.
Rome: Total War's format allows extensive modding including 'Total Conversions' with new campaign maps. Early versions of the game supplied on disc required separate purchases of the Barbarian Invasion & Alexander expansions. To cater for players who might not have purchased all the games some mods were designed solely for the base RTW game, or perhaps solely for the Barbarian Invasion game if they thought the additional features in that were needed. Later purchases bundled the expansions together as "Total War: Eras" (which also included the original Medieval and Shogun games), so now most mods are playable on RTW, BI and Alex executables.
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East of Rome - The Danube Limes is a total conversion of Medieval II: Total War focused on the struggle between the Eastern Roman Empire and its many enemies. The campaign begins in 591 AD, the year when Maurikios finally signes a peace treaty with the Sasanian Persian Empire in the east.
Mods and rockers were two conflicting British youth subcultures of the 1950s and 1960s. Media coverage of mods and rockers fighting in 1964 sparked a moral panic about British youth, and the two groups became widely perceived as violent, unruly troublemakers.
The mod subculture was centred on fashion and music, and many mods rode scooters. Mods wore suits and other cleancut outfits, and listened to music genres such as modern jazz, soul, Motown, ska and British blues-rooted bands like the Yardbirds, the Small Faces, and the Who. The Who wrote a portrait of the cultures with their 1973 album Quadrophenia.
BBC News stories from May 1964 stated that mods and rockers were jailed after riots in seaside resort towns in Southern England, such as Margate in Kent, Brighton in Sussex, and Clacton in Essex.
Newspapers described the mod and rocker clashes as being of "disastrous proportions", and labelled mods and rockers as "vermin" and "louts". Newspaper editorials fanned the flames of hysteria, such as a Birmingham Post editorial in May 1964, which warned that mods and rockers were "internal enemies" in the UK who would "bring about disintegration of a nation's character". The magazine Police Review argued that the mods and rockers' purported lack of respect for law and order could cause violence to "surge and flame like a forest fire".
As a result of this media coverage, two British Members of Parliament travelled to the seaside areas to survey the damage, and MP Harold Gurden called for a resolution for intensified measures to control hooliganism. One of the prosecutors in the trial of some of the Clacton brawlers argued that mods and rockers were youths with no serious views, who lacked respect for law and order.
The sociologist Stanley Cohen was led by his retrospective study of the mods and rockers conflict to develop the term "moral panic". In his 1972 study Folk Devils and Moral Panics, he examined media coverage of the mod and rocker riots in the 1960s. He concedes that mods and rockers had some fights in the mid-1960s, but argues that they were no different from the evening brawls that occurred between youths throughout the 1950s and early 1960s at seaside resorts and after football games. He argues that the UK media turned the mod subculture into a symbol of delinquent and deviant status.
Cohen argues that as media hysteria about knife-wielding mods increased, the image of a fur-collared anorak and scooter would "stimulate hostile and punitive reactions". He says the media used possibly faked interviews with supposed rockers such as "Mick the Wild One". The media also tried to exploit accidents that were unrelated to mod-rocker violence, such as an accidental drowning of a youth, which resulted in the headline "Mod Dead in Sea".
Eventually, when the media ran out of real fights to report, they would publish deceptive headlines, such as using a subheading "Violence", even when the article reported that there was no violence at all. Newspaper writers also began to associate mods and rockers with various social issues, such as teen pregnancy, contraceptives, amphetamines, and violence.
As we reported earlier this afternoon, an international team has said "there are strong indications" Putin personally signed off a decision to allow a Russian missile system into Ukraine before it was used to shoot down MH17 over the east of the country in 2014.
Dara Massicot, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, has explained in an essay for Foreign Affairs that there is a multitude of reasons for the failure - not least the secrecy that shrouded the invasion plans.