How to Mod Total War in Steam

Written by steven hill
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There are many available mods for the "Total War" series of games. Normally, installing and using these mods is a simple operation. The method you used to purchase and install the game can change this operation. If you installed the game through the Steam digital distribution system, you will likely have to go through a few extra steps to get the mod to work properly (this will vary by the particular mod, as some work without these additional steps).

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Download and install your mod normally. There are no extra steps for the installation with regard to using mods with Steam versions of the games.

  2. 2

    Launch Steam if it is not already open.

  3. 3

    Click the Steam icon in your taskbar. Click on "Library."

  4. 4

    Right-click the "Total War" game you wish to mod. Click on "Properties." Click on "Set Launch Options."

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    Type the following into the launch options box: "-nm -show_err -mod:[file path here]." Get the file path of your mod by right-clicking the desktop shortcut and copying the file path. For example, if you are installing the Viking Invasion 2 mod into your Steam copy of "Barbarian Invasions," the launch options line would read "-nm -show_err -mod:bi/vi2" where the first half, the "bi," is the name of the "Total War" game you are modding (here it is the abbreviation for "Barbarian Invasions") and the second half, the "vi2," is the name of the folder the mod is installed into.

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