Installation of Fall from Heaven 2 – Ashes of Erebus
Civ IV was ahead of its time a bit with mod support, so installation of mods is actually pretty easy compared to its contemporaries. There are detailed installation instructions available in the Ashes of Erebus forum on CivFanatics, but for the general case of installation of a stable release, see the below.
- Install Civ IV and it’s expansion, up to and including Beyond the Sword with the 3.19 patch. Most digital downloads will result in you getting the most up-to-date version: Civ IV Complete Edition.
- If using the Steam version, in your Steam library, right-click on Civ IV, select the “Properties” option, navigate to the “BETAS” tab and select “Original release” from the drop-down.
- Download the latest release version. At the time of writing, this is version 14.11 released on the 14th November 2014. The link to the latest version is available on the Ashes of Erebus forum. (I recommend using the SVN version because the latest release is quite out-of-date now.)
- Unzip the downloaded file. It’s in .7z format so you’ll need to use an archiver that can work with this format, such as the open source and free 7-Zip.
- Copy the Ashes of Erebus folder into your Beyond the Sword mod folder. If you’ve installed from Steam, this will be in something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization IV\Beyond the Sword\Mods. If you’ve installed from a CD this will be in C:\Program Files (x86)\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier’s Civilization IV\Beyond the Sword\Mods. (I’m not 100% on these locations – you may need to hunt around for a bit, and some of the directory names might be different if using the Complete Edition. If anyone knows definitively, please let me know in the comments.)
SVN – The Bleeding Edge
If official releases just aren’t enough for you and you absolutely must have the latest and greatest, then you need the SVN. (Instructions on the Ashes of Erebus forum.) This will give you literally daily updates to the codebase as the modders make them.
You may want to weigh the pros and cons of using the SVN over a release version, but I know lots of fans are in favour of this approach.
With Ashes of Erebus, I recommend the SVN version. I wasn’t able to recommend SVN strongly for Caveman 2 Cosmos, mostly because releases for C2C are relatively frequent. However, since the latest stable release of AoE was nearly three years ago, there’s a lot of content you’ll miss out on by not using the SVN.