Yea total war is great. I hold it in very high regards.
But you cant play Empire total war with out the darthmod. But most of all! Have you herd of Europa barbarorum? http://www.europabarbarorum.com/
This is a mind blowing mod. Check it out. Diffidently worth busting out your old Rome total war mod.
I have had great look term games as Casse (Britons). But my star game was carthage.
Me and my brother also enjoyed taking turns on Shogun 2 (Rise and fall). Each time the faction leader died we would swap.
Right now we are playing the UK in Empire. We will probably make a AAR. So far we have played from 1700 to 1711.
We have taken Quebec, Georgia, East Prussia, Trinidad and Leeward islands and 2 parts of India.
We play a time commanders. Thats when my brother controls the battle. It shows up on a big projector on the wall. And i stand there barking orders with a stick.