If you have any problems with installing The Elven Alliance: Community Edition and/or experiencing problems playing the game, post your questions here and we will try to help you. This thread is not for random discussion or for suggestions for new features in TEA:CE. Other than that, post away!
Edit: OK, here are the most common problems and their solutions. Please make sure to read through this, as it may save you making a post explaining your problem.
First, check the README file (including in the .zip download file)! This will answer many of your questions.
Second, read what is mentioned in the installer. Do not just skip through it! One of the most important parts is the following:
It is CRUCIAL for you to READ THIS PAGE. It will help you with most installation problems. It is suggested that you copy and print this page for future reference.
To play this mod, you will need the following:
- a genuine copy of Battle for Middle-Earth
- the ENGLISH version of the game installed
- patch 1.03
- a clean Battle for Middle-Earth root folder
The last (clean BFME root folder) is a result of self-tampering with the source BFME files or from poorly delivered mods. To clean your BFME root folder, you must first uninstall BFME. You then go to the root BFME folder (should be in Program Files/EA Games/ or Games/EA Games) and delete any excess files kicking around. Reinstall your game and then repatch.
If the actual installer appears to crash or not respond, leave it alone. It is normal, it will suddenly start responding and immediately say that installation is complete.
If the installer fails to actually load, download it again. The file should be about 90MB.
If some things don't appear to work, this could be because you don't have a clean root folder. Installing other mods previously can cause this. Uninstall BFME then delete all of its Program Files (explained further in README file).
If the game crashes when you try to set up a skirmish map, it could be caused by old mods adding factions to the player profile. You have to delete the profile created in the BFME Files in your Application Data folder. To view this folder you must unhide Hidden Files and Folders, which can be done in Folder Options. For future ease, right click on the main App Data folder and uncheck Hidden (explained further in README file).
Make sure your game is patched up to 1.03. You can find the download link here.
If new heroes/units/buildings have pink buttons and their models are invisible, then it is because you have placed the .BIG file into the BFME Program Files. Do not do this, the installer automatically placed the .BIG file in the correct location, which is you Application Data folder. The Application Data folder can be viewed by going to Folder Options and selecting Show Hidden Files and Folders. Another reason could be that you installed BFME to a drive other than C:/, in which case uninstall BFME and reinstall it on C:/
If you have a version other than English installed, you have to edit the TEA shortcut like this:
1. Copy your BFME shortcut.
2. Right-click, then properties. (the one at the bottom)
3. In Target add this behind everything: -mod ElvenAllianceCommunityEdition.big
now it should look something like this:
"E:\Games\Kampen om Midgard™\lotrbfme.exe" -mod ElvenAllianceCommunityEdition.big (this is for the Norwiegan install)
Make sure you change the drive letter to the relevant one
Other language names for BFME:
German: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde™
Espanol: La Batalla por la Tierra Media™
French: La Bataille pour la Terre du Milieu™
Italian: La Battaglia per la Terra di Mezzo™
Dutch: The Battle for Middle-earth™
Norwegian: Kampen om Midgard™
Polish: Bitwa o Œródziemie™
Thank-you for taking the time to read this. Hopefully your problem/s have been sorted out.