A modification for Rise of the Witch-king that enhances gameplay, improves and adds onto existing factions, and adds new ones.

Post news Report RSS APRIL FOOLS 2018: The Big Update: Round 2

Come and see the new BIG update that is coming to Age of the Ring!

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Yes, this was an April Fool's joke. Arnor and Angmar are still not planned and we won't be doing 32 factions. We hope you enjoyed!


Good news, everyone!


For a long time, our fans have asked us questions. Many questions. Often the same questions. We wrote a FAQ, but that didn't do much. So we decided that the only way to get fans to stop asking the same questions, is to fulfill them all.

The first step in this plan: many more factions.

ARNOR and ANGMAR


You thought the Snow Trolls were cool? They were. You were right. However, they were only the first step! We have decided to bring to life the ancient North of Middle-earth, thereby stretching the meaning of Age of the Ring to encompass every era since the Ring's initial creation!

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Arnor's fortress and their resource structures...


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Arnor's basic infantry, the Dúnedain Wardens.


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Closer look at the fortress, with expansions, and the Arnor Assembly, which recruits special units.


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Angmar ingame.


Random factions...


The reason we were, at first, against doing these factions was because we have actually run out of faction slots. We couldn't do it even if we wanted to. But fear not, we've found a way to get around this limitation! Because Arnor and Angmar no longer fit inside the game, the only way to make them playable was to get them to use an existing faction slot.

Introducing the newest AotR-exclusive concept: random factions!

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Basically, this is how the system works:

You pick a faction, and RotWK's awesome random generator will pick one of the available 'subfactions'. Only they aren't subfactions, they are fully-fledged and unique, with diverse playstyles and strategies. You never know what you're going to get! The available factions and your chances of getting them are displayed on a new dropdown menu that appears when you hover over the 'arch-faction' of your choice.

This brings a whole new level of danger, risk, and excitement to the mod. Of course, we know we're going to get people asking us to make it optional, to which we say: no! we will not make this optional. We are big fans of random, unexpected gameplay, and we want to transpose this vision upon you. Edain doesn't give you the option to free-build, and they're still loved.

We love lists, you love lists, have some lists

We wouldn't be the AotR team if we weren't going balls-to-the-wall-all-in-balls-out-testicle on this new concept, so this is what we've got planned:

Rivendell
Lindon - 33%
Eregion - 33%

Mirkwood
Dol Guldur - 25%
Avari - 25%
Frumgar's Finest - 25%

Mordor
Angmar - 25%
Seregost - 25%
Spawn of Shelob - 25%

Isengard
Dunland - 25%
Hobgoblins - 25%
Shifty-eyed Southerners - 25%

Lothlórien
Remnants of Gondolin - 33%
Forces of Nature - 33%

Gondor
Arnor - 50%

Haradwaith
Rhûn - 33%
Khand 33%

Rohan
Dale - 25%
Frumgar's Finest - 25%
Woses - 25%

Erebor
Iron Hills - 25%
Ered Luin - 25%
Belegost - 25%
Khazad-dûm -25%

Bonus render...


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We look forward to reading your thoughts! Patreon!

Kind regards,

The AotR Team

Comments
Edna1
Edna1

Is the first april already understood xD

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Kaieman
Kaieman

April fools 😁

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Creepersjockey
Creepersjockey

Nice April fools

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Hoar
Hoar

FRUMGAR

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Vanders
Vanders

Oh my God. You just sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. First, I was so happy to see my favourite two factions make it into this mod, then it comes crashing down like a flaming Denethor with you announcing that random faction system. It was a tradeoff I was not willing to accept and I started writing out a whole spiel about how it was a terrible idea and expected us to accept a very divisive system. Then the realisation that this is just an April Fools joke and I am a massive fool of a Took for falling for it. Finally, sadness knowing that my two favourite factions actually aren't making it into the mod. :(

You guys need to apologise for toying with me like a pack of Wargs!

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Hoar
Hoar

+1 for including lotr references in otherwise casual speech

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elJorobado
elJorobado

It's risky but I like it. Good luck team.

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MaxHardy
MaxHardy

Nice joke guys !

Btw, your Haradwaith fortress is awesome :)

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Balrog_of_Morgoth
Balrog_of_Morgoth

Nice April fools XD even for a joke you spent too much time and awesomeness :D

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Guest
Guest

Those models are fantastic, I like your commitment to a joke

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

i don't like the random style because with it i can't make "scenarios"

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MathijsRevora Creator
MathijsRevora

TOUGH LUCK

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officialNecro
officialNecro

Please sir, can I have some more (lists)?

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Guy-in-Shadow
Guy-in-Shadow

Is it a joke or not? I don't get it.

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MathijsRevora Creator
MathijsRevora

I don’t have a sense of humor.

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

THAT is right

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Guy-in-Shadow
Guy-in-Shadow

Fine. Gonna look what happens next then.

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ThaneWulfgharn
ThaneWulfgharn

That Harad fortress is part of April's Fool or will it be ingame as part of the Harad faction in the final release?

P.S. Beyond April's Fool, is there really a limit of how many factions there could be ingame?

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officialNecro
officialNecro

From memory, the limit is 11. But I can't remember whether that is the limit of faction that you can have or the number of factions you can have with AI.

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LoRdNazgu1
LoRdNazgu1

Wow, those structures look pretty nice for just a joke

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Emperors_Fist
Emperors_Fist

Still, I hold hope for Rise of the Witch King HD, so seeing HD Arnor footmen pleases me.

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JoeFerris
JoeFerris

It's never gonna come man, its been too long i think they abandoned it

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Vengefulnoob
Vengefulnoob

"Edain doesn't give you the option to free-build, and they're still loved." MY SIDES. You're KILLING me, Dunedain!

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The-Black-Serpent
The-Black-Serpent

Best news ever! Now I look eagerly forward both to Erebor AND to Haradwaith! Lovin' the idea of having a one-third chance of playing a full-fledged Easterling faction just by choosing Haradwaith! I also love both of the Dale and Haradwaith fortress designs!

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Plokite_Wolf
Plokite_Wolf

I still want Angmar, you know.

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The-Black-Serpent
The-Black-Serpent

New comment: You very funny people :-P you're brilliant

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ak6427
ak6427

I guess I must be the only one who would actually be interested in an in-game faction randomizer system..

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bfmsand
bfmsand

Yeah that was the best april foools prank as it was really april fools and emotional destroying as I always wanted to have Angmar and Arnor in, still we all know that this wont happen :(

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