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Choose from a cast of 12 legendary Warlords and conquer ancient China. Recruit heroic characters to aid your cause and dominate your enemies on military, technological, political, and economic fronts.

 
 

The year is 878 AD, the embattled English king Alfred the Great has mounted a heroic defence at the battle of Edington, and blunted the Viking invasion. Chastened – but not yet broken – the Norse warlords have settled across Britain. With ten playable factions, you must build and defend a kingdom to the glory of Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers. What Kingdom will you build?

 
 

The second in a trilogy and sequel to the award-winning Total War: WARHAMMER, Total War: WARHAMMER II brings players a breathtaking new narrative campaign, set across the vast continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth and the Southlands. The Great Vortex Campaign builds pace to culminate in a definitive and climactic endgame, an experience unlike any other Total War title to date.

 
 

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Total War: ATTILA casts players back to 395 AD. A time of apocalyptic turmoil at the very dawn of the Dark Ages. The Scourge of God is coming. How far will you go to survive? This is the ultimate survival-strategy challenge.

 
 

Become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Dominate your enemies by military, economic and political means. This is the definitive edition of ROME II, featuring an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.

 
 

In the darkest age of Japan, endless war leaves a country divided. It is the middle of the 16th Century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Ten legendary warlords strive for supremacy as conspiracies and conflicts wither the empire. Only one will rise above all to win the heart of a nation as the new shogun...The others will die by his sword.

 
 

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Total War: Empire takes the Total War franchise to the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment, a time of political upheaval, military advancements, and radical thought, captured in stunning detail.

 
 

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Total War Bake Off: Sylvanian Black Bread

October 31 2018

By Ella McConnell

In the first episode of our brand-new Total War Bake Off series we got the studio’s budding bakers to make some Ancient Roman libum, which we then got the unfortunate Grace and Wheels to sample.

For Halloween, we decided to make something a little spookier: Sylvanian black bread.

The inspiration

“Black bread” generally refers to bread made with a significant proportion of rye flour, which gives it its eponymous dark colour.

However, the black bread made by the Haunted Mill in Total War: WARHAMMER is slightly different:

At night, the mill by the blood-clotted streams begins to turn, mixing grains with grinded bone… The black bread of Sylvania is an acquired taste. Its loaves are black and lumpen; the flour coming from the haunted mills, whose weed-swaddled water wheels turn at night to produce a course meal of grain and ground bone. The bread tastes abominably sour. Nevertheless, the loaves are sold and consumed by the hungry populace.

Sounds tasty, right?

The recipe

Obviously we couldn’t exactly give our taste testers bread filled with ground bone and blood clots (this time, anyway), so we instead gathered together a selection of recipes for our bakers to draw inspiration from. These included:

Sourdoughs

Traditional black breads

Celebrity black breads

We also asked each baker to add a mystery (but edible) ingredient to their bake (either into the dough or as decoration) that was not included in the recipe they ended up using.

The verdict

Once again it fell to Grace and Wheels to be our hapless guinea pigs, and we’re pleased to report that they did manage to survive the taste testing process (just about).

Congratulations to our “winner”, and tune in next time for another Total War Bake Off!

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