Using the Lord Of The Rings movie license, The Battle for Middle-earth is a Real-Time Strategy game based upon both the renown literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Players are given control of enormous armies in the many of the epic battles depicted in the film. From waging all-out combat among the vast forces of good and evil to controlling your favorite heroes and characters to managing the troops.

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Return of Shadow

Return of Shadow Beta 0.3 News
Strongholds


Return of Shadow Beta 0.3 is in the works with the 11th faction Strongholds being one of the main focuses I will reveal some plans for the faction.

Strongholds



Strongholds will be the 11th faction for Return of Shadow this faction is a hybrid faction consisting of the armies of Dol Guldur, Moria, Misty Mountains and Gundabad.
It is a varied army with a flexible playstyle.
Each of the subfactions has it's strength and weaknesses.


Clans


Strongholds will get a new system that will have a large part in the playstyle of a Strongholds player.
In similar fashion to the Speciaisation and Tribalism systems the Clans system will allow a player to customise their tech tree.
While Tribalism and Specs are singular focus Clans will be more flexible.
Strongholds will have 3 main structures which will be the Deep, Barracks and Cave.
You'll be able to customise each of these structures to focus on a clan.

For the Deep you can choose either the Moria Clan or the Mountain Clan (Misty Mountains) these will be your early game Goblin units.
Moria Clan gives you the Moria Goblins, Moria Archers and Moria Spears.
Mountain Clan will give you the Mountain Goblins, Mountain Archers and Mountain Hobgoblins.
Moria's units are more expensive and a bit stronger with the Spears adding a cheap anti cavalry option while Mountain Clan's units will be cheaper and weaker with the Hobgoblins being an infantry option.

The Barracks give you the choice between the Gundabad Clan and the Dol Guldur Clan.
Barracks will be focused on standard infantry Gundabad Clan gives you Gundabad Soldiers (Pikes) and Gundabad Warriors (Infantry) making them good against cavalry.
Whereas the Dol Guldur clan grants you the Dol Guldur Soldiers (infantry) and Dol Guldur Strongbows (ranged)

Third is the Cave which allows you to choose between Trolls and Wolves.
Troll Clan gives you the Cave Trolls and Stone Trolls (ranged/artillery Trolls).
Wolf Clan gives you the Wood Wolves and the Wolf Riders for more speedy play.

There's a fourth option that I'll reveal at a later point.

Fiefdoms


Another focus of Beta 0.3 will be the Fiefdoms faction which has been undergoing an ongoing visual update.
When initially released the Fiefdoms faction was intended as a preview of sorts reusing some old Lone Wolf art and modified Dunland assets over time I plan to update the faction to be more distinct visually.
Fiefdoms will be gaining a new unit the Pinnath Gelin Crossbowmen a new strong ranged unit that will have pretty solid defence.

Great Rebalance


Other factions will be gaining some new units as part of the Great Rebalancing.

Erebor will get the new Erebor Bombardier a heavy duty missile unit that will deal heavy ranged damage with a knock back.

Gondor, Isengard, and Rivendell will also be getting a new unit each.

I'm also looking into new upgrades and techs for all the factions as well as some balance changes over all.




Return of Shadow Beta 0.27 News Part 2

Return of Shadow Beta 0.27 News Part 2

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More news on Beta 0.27 and information on the first half of the Great Rebalancing.

Return of Shadow Beta 0.27 News

Return of Shadow Beta 0.27 News

Return of Shadow 6 comments

Work has begun on Beta 0.27 which will focus on Mordor as chosen by you guys.

Return of Shadow New Years Update

Return of Shadow New Years Update

Return of Shadow 2 comments

With Beta 0.25 and 0.26 out it's time to look to the future. What's next for Return of Shadow

Update: The Three Hunters

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A detailed update describing the implementation of one of Rohan's new spellbook power.

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Return of Shadow Beta 0.25 is almost upon us and in preparation I've released the Manual.

Blue Wizard Mod v0.1

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As promised, here is the first BWM release. Let me know any bugs you encounter. MAKE SURE TO install the mod in your "My Battle for Middle-earth Files...

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The Best Of Demo 0 comments

new beta4. you donĀ“t need beta1,2,3 if you download beta4. if you already have beta1,2,3, just replace "rado.big" file whit this new "rado.big" file.

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Kark-Jocke
Kark-Jocke

I tried the beta of elves but none of them would work

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nnnooosssooo
nnnooosssooo

everythings been working fine but now my skirmish isn't working at all anyone know why

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nnnooosssooo
nnnooosssooo

someone help

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jcdman
jcdman

i have a problem i am on the first level for the good and i save and then bam everyone dies please help

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Mr.IAmHere
Mr.IAmHere

Hello. I have played this game for about a year now and managed to finish both campaign's on easy and decided to replay the campaign on medium. however on the minas tirith level my gondor army is completely different. I lost all my melee infantry and 1 knight battalion. I tried to restart the level but it was the same all the time. Has anyone heard of this before?

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art100
art100

normal, the medium campaing starts with fewer units than the easier, as hard starts with even fewer

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Morgan123
Morgan123

Mail to morganlofberg@hotmail.com if you want to help me

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Morgan123
Morgan123

i want to make a mod for battle for middle earth 1 patch 1.02 but i nead help with it

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Mularac
Mularac

A question about this game, does it feature a multiplayer conquest-tipe game like bfmeII?

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hdh4th
hdh4th

BFME 1 is the best

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

SO TRUE

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Winter-Wolf
Winter-Wolf

sooo good

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