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In a Rad Day tradition a new update is coming, the Riddermark Edition. Has extensive changes for the Rohan faction in store.

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Return of Shadow

Riddermark Edition

Coming out on Rad Day (July 17) is the newest edition of Return of Shadow the Riddermark Edition.

The Riddermark Edition is focused on updating and improving the Rohan faction updating the faction visuals, new abilities and bunch of changes and bug fixes.

The Riddermark

The first change you'll notice is that the Rohan faction has been renamed the Riddermark faction the name the Rohirrim give to their realm.
This will come with a bunch of other changes like the change to various names for units and skills into Old English the language Tolkien used to represent the Rohirrim language.
This change is mostly aesthetic like the changes to the Rivendell (now Imladris faction).

Edoras Spearmen have been removed since they overlap with the Westfold Spearmen.
Dunhere has been replaced with Hama as the Steward hero.
The Fortitude spell has been replaced with a new spell.

As seen below the Riddermark Edition also sports some visual updates for the faction.
A new Farm, updated models for most units.


Many bugs and balance changes have been added as well including the Edoras fix for the Evil Campaign.
Fiefdoms have had quite a few of their issues looked as well although they didn't get quite the attention that Riddermark got.


I've been giving the future plans for the mod a lot of thought lately with how I'll handle releases.
I had originally planned for a 1.0 release with all the factions but since then I haven't been able to work as much on the mod instead I've been working on short bursts.
I think the idea of "Editions" could be a good way to progress each big release can have a theme and focal point like with Riddermark being focused on that one faction.
I think of the mod being somewhat complete at least the public factions.

So I'm regarding Initiative Edition as "1.0" from now on and taking the mod out of Beta.
Instead new factions will just be part of ongoing support for the mod like DLC or Expansions for a regular game.

I'm already drawing up plans for the next Edition which will include a new faction.

Download Initiative Edition

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Radspakr Author

Added an addendum to the post about my future plans with releases.

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Good idea for the releases! This new one looks great!

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how do you install the patch (which file etc) as I have the launcher but when I start it up I go to the initiative edition of the mod with the same issues as before (edoras evil mission not working etc)

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Radspakr Author

The Mod has to be disabled first before installing the next version.

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thank you worked like a dream, only thing is now near harad mission has the haradrim join immediately ending the mission quick as it started and then I get an exception_access_violation when I start the evil southern ithilien mission.

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what is problem now ??
when play the whole game stop and everything stop that after 2 hours of play

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Great mod, love it and can't wait for more, but what with the stewards? Why can't you control them? Is it a bug or a mechanic?

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