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'It is the Dominion of Men, the Age of Peace, but the roots of Evil run deep and always after a defeat and a respite the Shadow again seeks to assume some new form...The inevitable boredom of Men with that which is good, their quick satiety with peace, has already begun to make itself felt in Middle-earth and fostered another Evil, darker than the shadow that clouds the hearts of Men...

The New Shadow has arisen.

This is The Fourth Age: Total War!'


'The Fourth Age: Total War' is a modification for 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' (v1.6). Our aim with FA:TW is to accurately portray the lands and peoples of Middle-earth as we think they existed approximately two centuries into the Fourth Age. It is based on the works of Tolkien, and especially on his unfinished and abandoned sequel to 'The Lord of the Rings', entitled 'The New Shadow'. With an aim to staying true to the works and spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth, whilst also aspiring to original creative excellence, 'The Fourth Age: Total War' is a must-have for anyone who loves the setting and peoples of Tolkien's mythic world.

As of July 2007 we have released 'The Fourth Age: Total War - The New Shadow' which is a provincial campaign encompassing roughly half of the full campaign map, in which players can choose to play the Reunited Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor, the Kingdom of Rohan, the Chiefdom of Dunland, the Chiefdom of Rhûn, the Kingdom of Adûnabâr, or the Empire of Harad. It is the 238th Year of the Fourth Age of the Sun, and over 200 years have passed since the Return of the King, and the downfall of the Dark Lord. The Reunited Kingdom is beset on all sides by foes, and now even her own people are rebelling. The new Kingdom of Adûnabâr has seized Mordor and all its lands to the East of the Anduin. Their alliance with Rohan is faltering, as the Rohirrim are in open war with the Dunlendings. To the East the hordes of the Easterlings are once again moving, and the Haradrim are mustering their forces for yet another invasion. And as if that was not enough, rumours of a dark cult have been spreading through the lands of Gondor…

THE FINAL VERSION OF THE FOURTH AGE: TOTAL WAR, THE DOMINION OF MEN, FEATURING A FULL CAMPAIGN MAP, WILL BE RELEASED IN 2014
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The Kingdom of the Dwarves

The Dwarves in Dominion of Men begin with what seems at first glance to be a very similar situation to that of the Elves. Dwarven starting settlements are strung out across the northern half of the map, and can be split into roughly three sections: The Ered Luin in the west, Moria in the center, and the eastern settlements around Erebor, the Iron Hills, and the Ered Rhun.

Like the Elves, the Dwarves begin the campaign in possession of most of their homelands (with one or two exceptions that remain to be reclaimed from Orcs). Dwarven units can be trained at these homelands and nowhere else: in other provinces, Dwarves may train Mannish allies to bolster their forces.

Also like the Elves, the Dwarves suffer from low population (and slow growth) in their homelands. This sense of a dwindling population in the face of ever-growing Mannish realms beyond their borders gives a Dwarven leader a strong incentive to expand his realm if he is to secure it in the Fourth Age.

But Dwarven and Elven campaigns have key differences as well, making them play out quite differently.

Population, while a concern for the Dwarves, is nowhere near the problem it is for the Elves. This means it is generally easier to recruit Dwarven units from the homelands, and allows for a higher proportion of
Dwarves in Dwarven armies.

And, outside the homelands, the Dwarves may train a wide variety of Mannish allies, called Hirelings. These troops give their Dwarven paymasters incredible diversity – and great rewards for establishing
colonies in distant lands. Settlements around Khand may provide Hirelinghorse archers, for example; settlements in Dunland provide Hirelings trained with axe and throwing spear. Whereas the Elves must rely upon a narrow selection of Elvellyn loyal to the Elven cause, the Dwarves know
that far more Men are loyal to gold.

The skills offered by Hirelings are important for Dwarven success, since their roster has many gaps otherwise. Without Hirelings, Dwarves can train no cavalry units, and their archers are limited to just 2
provinces. Though individually fierce and superbly armed, a footbound Dwarven army reaps great benefits from its Hirelings.

Regional-based Hireling recruitment means a Dwarven player will be eyeing the campaign map in the early stages, planning to expand into regions that offer advantages in troops as well as resources. And the campaign map presents some further unique difficulties and opportunities.

The heirs of Durin are somewhat more exposed in their initial position than the Elves are in theirs. While in the west the Ered Luin are relatively inaccessible by foes in the early going, many of the other
Dwarven homelands are quite close to the growing powers of Men. The great gate of Moria looks eastward, not too distant from the disputed territories of the Brown Lands and the middle Anduin. Moria’s West-gate is initially closed – still barred by the destruction wrought by the Watcher in the Water at the end of the last Age – but the way may be reopened by a Dwarf-lord in command of sufficient wealth. Opening the gate and roads westward brings trade – and the possibility of invasion.
Dunland and the Dwarves have been friendly enough in the past, but much is uncertain in these latter days, and other rivals have arisen in the lands west of the Misty Mountains.

The strongest homelands are perhaps those in the northeast – notably Erebor and the Iron Hills. These settlements are in a good position to support (and be supported by) the armies of Dale, a faction that has a strong alliance with the Dwarves. The wild men of North Rhun are the closest foes in this area, apart from Orcs and other beasts who have established strongholds in the frozen northlands – in some cases even making their lairs in ancient Dwarven halls. Thankfully, the starting Dwarven settlements here are close enough to reinforce one another and take back what was lost as well as taking the fight to the enemies of Dale.

Ered Rhun is an unusual case. Mostly likely a recent colony (or at any rate only recently declaring its allegiance to Durin’s heir), it is isolated from other homelands and not so well established as the halls
in Moria or the Ered Luin. This is without doubt the most vulnerable Dwarven settlement, open to attack from the Chiefdom of Rhun invading through southern Rhovanion or North Rhun conquering down through
Dorwinion – or indeed to any neighbor who dares to try its hosts againstthe imposing stonework of Dwarven defenses.

Given the scattered nature of Dwarven settlements, establishing a contiguous Dwarven kingdom will take tremendous effort that may not ultimately be worth it. Instead, think of your regions as separate
enclaves. At need, it may be possible to march reinforcing armies from, say, Erebor to Moria, but such treks will take many seasons and may well arrive too late. Better, then, to build up each region as largely self sufficient.

One important exception is the empty land north of the Grey Mountains. Most of the strongholds here are Orc-dens of little value, but driving out these foul folk ensures that your armies can march from Erebor to Eriador in safety, perhaps to link up your territories with the cities in the Ered Luin. Mount Gundabad, too, is a worthy prize – partly because of its prestige as the spot where Durin himself awoke; partly
because it commands passes into Angmar and the upper Anduin vales.

In the early years, though, establishing some strong Mannish provinces for the recruitment of Hirelings and the benefit of trade income is a better priority. Likely rebel targets include the settlement of Lune
just east of the northern Blue Mountains, or the middle Anduin settlements – provided you can get there quickly. In practice, though, it’s more probable that your reliable Hireling settlements will come as
spoils of war with a more organized faction, especially in the east where independent settlements are rare.

If possible, a good strategy is to follow Dale’s lead when it comes to involving your hardy Dwarves in the wars of Men. Push back Easterling rivals, especially in North Rhun, and try to establish a good string of
Mannish settlements before larger factions view your expansion as a threat. Once you have a secure source of income and Hirelings, it may be possible to strike out in other areas: Eriador from the Ered Luin; Dunland from Moria; Rhun or even Khand and Harad from your holdings in the east.

The Dwarven starting position is easy to defend but difficult to expand, if only because of the many choices available to a canny and bold Dwarf-king. Your people may be few, but they are not dwindling like the Elves, and they have the benefits of rich resources to aid their ventures. Led well, and supported by a varied army of Hirelings from all corners of Middle-earth, the Dwarves may be able to carve out a secure realm for themselves in this Age of Men.


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FeánaroTWC Creator
FeánaroTWC Dec 10 2014, 2:41pm says:

A small teaser is coming soon...

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BonxieFaeNoss
BonxieFaeNoss Dec 9 2014, 11:15am says:

As a great fan of lord of the rings I am really looking forward to dominion of men, so could you just say if it will be out before christmas. Thank you.

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FeánaroTWC Creator
FeánaroTWC Dec 8 2014, 8:26am says:

Update: The second phase of the beta has started, and we're gearing up for release.

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FeánaroTWC Dec 3 2014, 7:01am replied:

Well, we're about to start the second beta phase.

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jamescovingston1
jamescovingston1 Nov 28 2014, 12:57pm says:

hey guys we are trying to install this on windows 8 and it is saying that the app cant run on this computer.

I had to change the directory to C:\Program Files (x86)\The Creative Assembly\Rome - Total War

The default setting of the installer referred to a different directory. My question is was this suppose to be changed to the one I mentioned or is this mod meant of a different computer?

Thank you for your time and hope to hear back soon. Thank you.

P.S. How do I uninstall this thing??? O.o

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FeánaroTWC Creator
FeánaroTWC Nov 28 2014, 5:19pm replied:

There is the installation guide here.

Twcenter.net

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jamescovingston1 Nov 29 2014, 12:54pm replied:

Thank you!

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