The Edain Mod aims to take you deeper into Middle-Earth than ever before and turn the Battle for Middle-Earth II into a game worthy of Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's movies. In our quest for lore accuracy, visual quality and deeper gameplay, we overhauled every aspect of the original game to craft a new and immersive Lord of the Rings experience.

Master the One Ring

While the One Ring has no lord but Sauron, there have always been those who sought to use its power for their own ends. In Edain, you no longer bring the Ring to your fortress to unlock just Sauron or Galadriel. Instead, you can give it directly to select heroes who will attempt to draw upon its powers, with varying consequences. Each faction has different Ring Heroes, allowing you to discover what could have been if Saruman the White had attained the One Ring, or if Denethor and Boromir had foolishly decided to use it as a weapon against the Enemy...

Fight Side by Side with the Heroes of the Third Age

The fate of Middle-Earth has always been shaped by great heroes and villains, many of which never appeared in a Battle for Middle-Earth game before. Edain gives you the opportunity to stand in battle with new heroes like Thorin Oakenshield and his companions, Beregond and Imrahil or the sons of Elrond. Those with evil in their hearts may instead choose to share in the power of villains like Smaug or the Necromancer of Dol Guldur...

Furthermore, every existing hero has received new abilities and mechanics to more accurately represent his role in the books and movies. Aragorn, for instance, will start out as the ranger Strider and go from the defender of Helm's Deep to King Elessar of Gondor over the course of the game, gaining new abilities each time he takes a new step towards his destiny. Similiarly, Theoden will now accurately transform from a defeated pawn under Saruman's control to the heroic king who fought on the Pelennor fields.

Command New Factions

Rohan and Lothlorien have been split from the Gondor and Rivendell factions to form new factions in their own right. The Rohirrim are a people of riders, evidenced by their powerful cavalry units, including the Royal Guard. Their infantry and archery are poor, but they can receive signifant aid from the inn by recruiting Elven archers and Druadan warriors. The Woodland Realm, on the other hand, lacks cavalry altogether. To compensate, they rely on unorthodox tactics such as stealth, speed and elven magic coupled with their formidable archers. They cannot easily expand their base, but all buildings are manned by archers to keep invaders at bay. Units like the animal empaths, who slow down enemy cavalry, and elven chanters, who support your army through their songs, provide veterans with exciting new strategies to master. Both factions also come with a completely unique set of spells, including powerful finishers like the Rohan spell, Last March of the Ents, which summons Treebeard and a host of Ents to your side.

Rediscover the Old Factions

All factions have been expanded with a large array of new units. Among them are the Gondor Citadel Guard, Lurtz's Uruk Scouts, Haldir's Galadhrim from the Battle for Helm's Deep and Orcs of Minas Morgul. All in all, Edain allows you to assemble your forces from a pool of twice as many units as before.

Furthermore, almost all existing units and heroes have received visual overhauls to eliminate issues like golden armor on Orcs and bring the visual style closer to the movies. For example, Aragorn will now wield the actual Anduril blade upon purchasing the respective spell instead of getting an exaggerated blue glow around his sword. Head to our gallery for more examples of the improvements we have made.

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16 comments by Gnomi on Dec 15th, 2014

The Road to Edain 4.0: The Maps, Part 2


Greetings companions of Edain!

Today, we want to show you some more maps which will be included in the upcoming version 4.0.

Morgai

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Morgai is a mountain range parallel to the Ephel Duath. There were only few places were you could cross it, the map is located in the northern regions of Morgai.
Using this map as an example, we want to give you some further details about our thoughts when creating (and reworking) maps for the next version.
If you rework a map, you have to pay attention, what these changes will cause ingame. There are two important question you have to answer for before starting to rework the map: Should the map have wide areas or narrow paths? Should it be easy for the player to defend his economy buildings or should it be easier for an attacker to destroy them?

All in all, we are trying to get a mix- on 1vs1 maps, there are usually 1-2 settlements which are easy to defend, while the rest are harder to defend. So, the players will have some outer economy buildings, which are quite safe and won't be lost instantly, but when expanding further on the map there is a risk of losing your settlements, so the player has to defend them actively. This makes the game more dynamic: If all buildings were safe or easy to defend, attacking would never be worth it all players would stall and play defensively until a final battle at the end of the game. 30 minutes of buildup without attacking the enemy at all is anything but interesting.

Also, this strengthens the AI a bit, because the AI is best at playing offensively. Due to the settlements which are easier to defend, the game will still be fun, because you can always retreat to these areas, and fight there against the AI, at a place you can defend much better.
As mentioned in the previous map-update, the mapper has also to pay attention to the fact that the settlements won't be overlooked easily.

These are the principles we followed on this map as well. The map is constructed in a way so that players who like to outmaneuver their enemies on plains as well as players who prefer entrenched places on narrow areas, have their part of the map where they might dominate their enemies. A huge plan stretches across the center of the map and wide paths run through the northwestern areas of the map, while the south of the map is narrower and allows players to entrench themselves more easily. (Nonetheless, if your enemy controls the rest of the map he can attack you from behind)

This division also increases the clarity of the map. When looking at well-known strategy game maps (not only those of BfME), one might see that the balance of a map is not the only point making it popular. Another thing (being not so obvious) is the fact if it is easy to orientate yourself one the map. Maps where you always know where you are are much more popular and are played more often. The reason for this is quite easy: It is far less frustrating.
If you have to re-orientate yourself after each camera-change (for example after selecting a hero) and have no clue where you are until you looked on the mini-map, you will waste a lot of time over the course of a game.

On maps like Fords of Isen, Rohan and East-Ithilien (all of these maps have been played in our most recent Edain Masters tournament), the player won't need the mini-map for orientation after playing more than one game on the map. There are clear landmarks on the map showing the player where he is. On Fords of Isen you will always see either the river, a start point or the border of the map. All of these things show the player plainly where he is and the player will notice them without even thinking about them actively.

Morgai also has landmarks of its own. Apart from the different geography in each corner map of the map (as described above), there are also colour differences. In the northern mountains, everything is much darker than in the southern mountains. Also the north-eastern areas of the map are much brighter than the south-western.

The colour-distribution is the result of Mordor being a land of ash, with Mount Doom in the middle. The left part of the map is much more shielded by the mountain range than the right part near the volcano and the plateau of Gorgoroth – therefore it is much darker and the wind doesn't carry as much ash there, being blocked by the mountains. This is represented by the different colours.

Adhering to these core principles, we strive to create maps that are visually interesting as well as fun to play.

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This is a new 6-player map for Edain 4.0. Both teams have a strong basic income because they start in castles (and not in camps like most other 6-player maps), but there are only sparse expansion points outside the castles. Therefore, the battle to conquer them gets even more intense! Moreover, the map is designed in such a way that not all players have the same access to all important places on the map. Additionally, the map is playable right vs left as well as top vs bottom, each offering a completely different game experience. Whereas in the first case the outposts form the border between the two teams and are constantly fought over, in the other case they are much more easily defended because they lie between players of the same team and the teams are separated by the river.

Forests of Lorien

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The Map „Forests of Lorien“ (Wälder Loriens) is a relic of the old days, and has long been outdated and not up to the current quality standards of Edain. Therefore, we have decided to rework it for version 4.0. The basic structure and the river will remain the same, but the forest is now „well-ordered“ and there are many small changes in all sectors, making the map more enjoyable to play and visually more beautiful.

Due to the new arrangement of the trees, the forest appears much denser than before, even if less trees were used. (which also means that the map causes less lags than before) The new paths should make the map much clearer as well, similiar to Morgai.

We hope that you liked the maps and we are looking forward to your feedback!
And don't forget: We need your vote!

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SkaarjX
SkaarjX Dec 18 2014, 12:45am says:

For real? Or joking? I'm guessing a joke, but please if it's really true let us know for certain! :-3 love you guys!!!

--EDIT-- gah sorry! This was in response to the comment made by the edain team about CAH becoming possible. My phone breaks these forums xD

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Lord_of_Mordor Creator
Lord_of_Mordor Dec 18 2014, 1:11am replied:

I don't joke about new Edain features ;) I wouldn't say that CaH will be in the next version if it weren't true.

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SkaarjX
SkaarjX Dec 18 2014, 3:52am replied:

Sir, you and the Edain team are my heroes. Not only do you offer us an amazing mod in every way, now it will even include CaH!!! :-D I will name each of my CaHs after a member of the edain team as a small honour to your combined awesomeness ♡

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hoho96
hoho96 Dec 18 2014, 5:05am replied:

I'm wondering how you'll manage a Lord_of_Mordor hero :P
Just kidding. it will be quite funny to see what each team member really look like (in game) XD

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LordMaus
LordMaus Dec 18 2014, 2:53am replied:

Cah means ?

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Gnomi Creator
Gnomi Dec 18 2014, 3:29am replied:

Cah means "Create a hero", i.e. the selfmade heroes.

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hoho96
hoho96 Dec 18 2014, 1:23am replied:

That's one virtue of patience^^ now we will get to toy with CaH "plus some new goodys in it". Although I've never really cared about CaH, even in the vanilla game, but it's always nice to be able to create more minions for the dark lord of mordor! XD

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zaleot07
zaleot07 Dec 17 2014, 10:57pm says:

please work on ai,its crap at 3.8.1.Cant use spells,heroes.Only weak soldier spams

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Gnomi Creator
Gnomi Dec 18 2014, 3:32am replied:

The AI will use all the heroes and spells in the next version.

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Gnomi Creator
Gnomi Dec 18 2014, 3:33am replied:

The brutal AI will be much stronger. We try to give every player a fitting AI - easy AI for the beginners, medium and hard for the normal players and brutal for the hardcore players.^^

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Krüger54
Krüger54 Dec 17 2014, 7:16pm says:

Is there a chance that you could maybe change Thranduil weapons? I saw in the BOTFA trailer that Thranduil uses his sword on his elk and I would love to do that in game as well, I don't understand why he has a bow actually...And I saw in the Lothlorien part 2 update, or it looked like Thranduil was very, very weak considering that a cave troll could kill him and as well as his damage on the lair was so low? In my opinion he really should be one of the strongest heroes in game, costing as much as the Witch-king or something..

And will Galadriel be much stronger in 4.0 than in 3.8.1? What will she cost? Just to maybe determine how she will be. I hope she will be stronger than Aragorn, Gimlli, Glorfindel, Witch-king, Sauron, Lurtz (because she wasn't in 3.8.1)

Have you forgot to publish the Misty Mountains base image or was that on purpose?

Can you tell us how many updates there are left to be shown? There is probably an update about ringheroes and now a CaH update, is there really anything else left?

Thanks for being so generous with all the updates in December and Congratulations for being on the top 100 - you surely deserve it! Cant wait for the release.

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To9thecreeperorc
To9thecreeperorc 19hours 24mins ago replied:

Galadriel stronger than sauron?! don't think so.

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TiberiusOgden
TiberiusOgden 18hours 7mins ago replied:

Stronger than Sauron without the One Ring? Definitely yes ;o) ...

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Erza_Scarlett
Erza_Scarlett Dec 17 2014, 9:07pm replied:

This is very true.

Not only does he only use a sword. But he's really bad *** at it.

He should definitely be the mass killer of the army. Meaning he's the best hero to go against hordes.

His Elk should also have 2 to 3 times the trampling range of a normal horse. Those horns are fking huge!

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You could think im exxagerating the value of this mod,but i can only tell you : try with your hands. Edain mod is without any doubt the best RTS based on the LotR series,and,but this is just my opinion,the best RTS overall. While being much more true to tolkien than any other EA's work,it combines great complexity with good-balance in an excellent way. But what,above all things,makes this mod stand out are the models of the units,heroes and buildings,just take a look to the gallery on the site…

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Mordor and other evil factions are overpowered including their heroes and ringheroes. Especially Lorien and Imladris are too weak and their ringheros are not powerful enough to be ringheroes (and Galadriel is far too weak to be Galadriel. Make it to be like in the Lone Wolf mod: two palantir and stronger powers, etc.)... All ringheroes should be as powerful as Sauron, because now it's not fair. Almost all good factions are underpowered. Ents should be better than trolls (except armoured ones), because…

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