RJ-RotWK brings the best from each title in the BFME series by EA. As a mod for Rise of the Witch-King, at it's heart it brings 3 new factions to the game. Men of the West has been broken into Gondor and Rohan, with new heroes, units, powers, and more. Arnor has also been fleshed out to be a unique faction with a mix of Men and Elves and more. Men of the East and Mordor has also been split, with Men of the East made up from two smaller sub-factions of Rhun and Harad. The Elves are now made up from three smaller sub-factions of Rivendell, Lothlorien, and Mirkwood. In total, over 70+ new units/heroes/structures and more have been added. Over 20 new maps are included, and much more.
A visual guide to new maps in RJ-RotWK version 1.06.
Posted by robnkarla on Jan 12th, 2009
With the last update we gave a brief walkthrough of the Elven Factions, which is one of the largest gameplay changes in RJ-Rotwk version 1.06. With this update, it is time to show some of the most amazing mapping work I've seen in BFME. Make sure to click the icon at the top to get a full guide to many of the new maps added or in progress.
Mapping has always been an important aspect of the mod, starting with the first RJ maps to mix BFME1 and BFME2 gameplay. With version 1.06 not only are we adding 20+ skirmish maps, but we are laying the groundwork for 2 very important areas: a new living, WotR map and campaigns. A very important note, almost every in-game image in this update was taken during regular gameplay. There were no additional camera animations to obtain these shots, just regular gameplay.
Among the maps included in this update are: A scaled version of Minas Tirith, Cair Andros, Osgiliath, Tolfalas, The Lonely Mountain, Dol Amroth, Lake Evendim, Hobbiton, Fords of Bruinen, Lanthir Lamath, Brethil, Combe Valley, and more. Most of the maps are built from scratch, though there are a few converted skirmish maps from existing campaign maps. Also, there a number of BFME1 maps will be converted and included with AI and RJ features.
You'll also get a preview of the new living map, which has more than 100 territories split across 10 regions. Almost all of the territories from BFME1's campaign, BFME2, and more have been added. This alone has become one of the largest projects for BFME, but it has been incredible to work on with the mapping team.
As for the campaign, you will not see much work on the campaign in 1.06. You'll still have the first 10 maps of the non-linear campaign and a preview of the good linear campaign. 1.06 is all about laying the ground-work for the campaign, from splitting up the Elves to their respective locales to expanding up different aspects of each faction to finally the maps where the battles/action will take place. Many of the new maps will take a central role in one if not more of the campaigns.
Remember to click the icon at the top to get a full view of all of the maps in this update.
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And a huge thank you goes out to the mapping team in no particular order: Robert J, Shikari, Puppeteer, njm1983, Kobrakai, Hendambar, M@tt, Jimmyman, Aridor AA I'Per, Yoda, Tower Guard, The Best Guest, Grizzlez, & Dre@mer