The Wars of Arda is a (very) large expansion mod for the EA Games title "The Lord of the Rings: The Rise of the Witchking". We will first be heavily reworking the existing factions (adding Rohan and Harad and merging the Goblins into Isengard) and implementing a "minifaction" system where you begin a skirmish map with a "Core Faction" which contains a variety of units and heroes, and you purchase "Mini Factions" as the match prgresses, giving you access to new units and heroes. The Mod will also be implementing several "Eras" into the mod. This will NOT be an Empire Earth style system where you upgrade from one era to another, but a system where each era is a seperate set of skirmish factions and campaign missions (however all factions will be able to play against each other). The eras of the mod will be as follows. The War of the Jewels The Last Alliance The Rise of the Witchking The Wainriders Invasion The Quest of Erebor The War of the...

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The Wars of Arda has been in development for over a year now, in its current form, and this is our first public release. All going to plan it will be the first of a regular series of updates, including additional maps, the campaign and then whole new eras. Thanks, and have fun, Mordred

##The Wars of Arda: Demo 1##
#####25th December 2007#####

1.1: Introduction
1.2: Installation
1.3: New Features
1.4: Whats Included
1.6: Known Bugs
1.6: Credits/Special Thanks
1.7: Links
1.8: Copyright

1.1: Introduction
-The Wars of Arda has been in development for over a year now, in its current form, and this is our first public release. All going to plan it will be the first of a regular series of updates, including the remaining factions, additional maps, the campaign and then whole new eras.

Stay tuned for our next update, which will add new maps, fixes and another playable faction (to be revealed soon).

Thanks, and have fun,

1.2: Installation
-Run both installers. This will put all the requisite files into your bfme folders. To remove run both uninstall files. A shortcut will be put on your desktop by the installer, however I cannot guarantee it will work. If it does not, do the following:
--1: Make a copy of an existing "Rise of the Witch King" icon.
--2: Right click on it.
--3: In the box labelled "Target" paste the following at the very end (after what is already in there)
        -mod warsofarda.big
--4: Click OK

1.3: New Features
-Minifactions: Each faction in WoA has several minifactions (for example Minas Morgul or Rivendell) which add additional units and heroes to the faction. Each minifaction is aimed towards a particular strategic area; for example, Rivendell focuses on elite units, and Dol Guldur is based on summoning infantry. Minifactions are purchased at the fortress, and then the minifaction menues at production buildings are unlocked.

-The Inn: The Inn has been heavily reworked. Instead of each faction having a single Inn unit both sides (Good and Evil) have a set of 3 minifactions. The War of the Ring era good factions (Gondor, Rohan, Lorien, Erebor) have 3 inn minifactions (the Shire, Arnor and the Oathbreakers). Other Eras will have different miniactions for good and evil.

-Naval Combat: Ships have been altered a little so far. You will now have an additional ship class for both sides (Lindon and Umbar, more ) in the shape of the Frigate (a smaller, lighter, faster battleship). Also the special weapon ships have been downgraded and turned into something much mroe strategic and less overpowering. Coming Soon: Flagships (Naval Heroes).

-Siege Warfare and Base Building: All fortifications (Fortress, Walls, Expansions) are now only vulnerable to siege and structural damage. In addition the way you build has been changed: all buildings are now subject to the build radius that formerly affected walls (although the distance for each type of building varies). One side effect of this is that you no longer see the resource radius when building farms, but this has been halved and should be little problem for you.

-Balance: Every unit in the two factions has been rebalanced heavily. A major item is that archers no longer hit with every shot (efficiency varying between 40% and 60%). Also some elite units gain splash damage when upgraded.

-Individualized Nazgul: All 9 Nazgul have their own unique skins, weapons and powers.

-Heroes: There are 3 major changes to heroes.
--1: Heroes are no longer built at the fortress. They are now built at the various production buildings (Barracks, Stables, Ent Moot, Orc Pit, Death Temple, Spider Pit, Troll Cage, Inn etc).
--2: Heroes no longer retain experience on dying. When they die they revert to level 1.
--3: You can now buy upgrades for heroes at the fortress. These upgrades may give new skins abilities and boosts. Also they can unlock mounts in the case of the Fellbeast Upgrade. Also Upgrades aren't necessarily faction dependant, for example Lorien's Elven Gifts upgrade effects all good heroes, Rohan's "Friends of Rohan" upgrade will boost Legolas and Gimli also.

-Units: There are a couple of new unit types, noticeably skirmishers and mounted skirmishers (spear throwers).

1.4: Whats Included
-This demo version includes the following
--Two completed factions: Lorien and Mordor, with minifactions Mirkwood, Rivendell, Mithlond, Fangorn, Minas Morgul, Cirith Ungol, Dol Guldur.

--Five close to completion factions: Gondor, Rohan, Erebor, Isengard and Harad

--Two new maps: Elvenking's Halls and Hidden City (many more to come, soon with support for the RJ camera switcher)

--New GUI, menu screens, splash screen, shellmap etc

The factions in WoA are far larger than EA's:

Comparison of Elves (note, thanks to minifactions WoA actually is better organised than EA's factions. Also note inn units are shared between all good factions of this era, not elf specific, so Gondor and Lorien will both have the same inn units)
        EA Elves    WoA Lorien
Units        8        19
Heroes        6        17
Inn Units    1        9
Inn Heroes    0        9

NOTE: The remaining 5 close-to-completion factions (Gondor, Rohan, Erebor, Isengard, Harad) are in there but unfinished, and no support is provided for use of them in whatever state they happen to be in.

1.5: Known Bugs
-The Witch-king has an issue with animations (you can get around this by mounting and dismounting him on a Fellbeast)-War of the Ring mode crashes frequently and is not supported-Noldor Lightbearer's forest spell doesn’t fire.

1.6: Credits
The Wars of Arda Mod Team
-Current Team
--Mordred: Coder, Website
--Digital General: Mapper
--JEV3: Site development/Skinner/2D Art
--Elrond High Lord: Skinner
--MORTW: Modeller

-Retired/Temporarily Inactive members
--Eldarion: MASTER Skinner
--Erou: Concept Artist
--The Doctor: Founder, Made original site template
--Anarion: Modeler/Skinner
--Fingulfin: Coder of fiendishly difficult problems

-Major Contributors/Special Thanks
--robnkarla: For the Camera Angle switcher (implementd but not currently in the demo maps)
--Note: we have other donations, but not currently included in the demo's playable factions
--T3A: Special thanks should go to the many people at T3A who have helped me out in various ways with some of my particularly dumb questions.
--Encyclopedia of Arda: For the dragon logo which appears in some of our art.

1.7: Links
-Site Link:
-Alternate Link:
-Contact Mordred:

1.7: Copyright
-The Wars of Arda mod is the property of the Valarian Mod Studios team, with the exception of content donated by other mods, which remain property of the originator. You are free to alter the mod for personal use, but it is not to be distributed in altered forms without our permissions. If you wish to use any content from the mod, you must contact Mordred.

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lordmorgoth-. Feb 7 2008, 9:07am says:


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gg144 Aug 20 2008, 12:12pm replied:

can someone please help me?how to install WoA?ITS THE SAME PROBLEM AS CJH37

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Ar-Adunakor Oct 29 2009, 12:48pm replied:

Help...Wars of Arda is not compatible with the mod RJ-RotWK. When I install Wars of Arda, it glitches up the other mod and will not let it run.

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cjh37 Feb 24 2008, 6:46pm says:

I think that there is something wrong with the first download part. It goes straight to 80% and then stops and goes non-responsive. Can you please add on a manual installation and readme? I don't trust these installers.

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deathteam15 Sep 18 2010, 4:08am replied:

The same happened to me :/

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cjh37 Feb 24 2008, 7:21pm says:

scratch that, I got this "working"... Well, now I have purple icons for half my stuff and everything is invisible but builders and some buildings, the nations of (I went in and used buildings/heroes to tell me what they were) Rohan and Harad are called Missing.INI or something of that sort. Please make a manual installer and readme. I will be greatful, as I find the basic ideas of this mod very good and, based on the screenshots, this is what I want but it will not work. It ruined my game. I'll leave it at that.

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Argolis Feb 26 2008, 6:33pm replied:

There is NOTHING wrong with the mod (well its riddled with bugs I know, but install issues arent one of them), there have been several hundred downloads, including by the mod team, testers and various related people. If you cant get it to work, you haven't followed the instructions. Its as simple as that.

A quick point regarding the potential installation problems

1 - if you have missing text and graphics this means you have the game in a non standard path, and you have not followed the instructions in the readme, regarding how to set up the shortcut (go to the mods main site, register there and the various members of the team will be happy to assist with installation issues).

2 - The mod cannot "ruin your game" this is not possible. There are a full set of uninstallers installed along with the mod. Run these and they will remove EVERYTHING that the mod installed. There will be no changes remaining. Even if youv'e lost the uninstallers you can still manually delete the files from the install directory.

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Soldier-ND Apr 12 2008, 1:49pm says:

the mod works fine for me and i remember the first time i downloaded woa it had the same problem as cjh37 with the purble units and invisibles but then i changed files and it worked fine everything worked perfectly. There is only one problem i could fine with it and that was that some of the elven units didnt have damage like the gondolin avengers yet sill died and i hope there will be a patch that fixes that, otherwise great job i love it!

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acropola Jun 18 2008, 11:09am replied:

What do you mean changed files.Wich ones and where cuase ive the same problem.pls help me

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mattpalmer Jul 5 2008, 5:18pm says:

just downloaded the mod, it looks epic. it's great to see how well the mods done while i've not been there! can't wait to see the finished product.

keep working hard guys, you're doing great!

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wampa42 Nov 22 2008, 7:03pm says:

when i try to start the mod i get a game crash screen that says that a model has a same tag and a bunch of other errors please help.

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rjorrin28 Nov 28 2008, 11:40pm says:

You have to wait for the installer to finish. It takes a while, but don't close it when it goes no-responding, just wait.

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wampa42 Nov 30 2008, 6:32pm says:

i have redownloaded the mod tried the installers again and i get the same problem does anyone know what could be wrong and i am sure the installers finished

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patrickburwash09 Dec 4 2008, 4:41pm says:

it doesnt work at all, it downloads fully but then, i dont know where to click to start playing, and it doesnt have anything about a shortcut, what do i do?

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patrickburwash09 Dec 4 2008, 5:07pm says:

do you need any software?

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ithilienranger732 Creator
ithilienranger732 Apr 12 2009, 9:18am replied:

Well, you need the RotWK game disc... then you just click on the regular shortcut for the game and Wars of Arda comes up.

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satanmort Jul 7 2009, 4:24pm says:

this a great mod. but i got the problem that the team i put upp as enemy, dosent react..
they just stand still... can anybody please help me??
otherwise great mod:)

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satanmort Jul 7 2009, 4:37pm says: must have been something wrong.. it failed two times but i tried it one last time, then it worked.sorry for bothering you guys...
but awsome mod, i have been looking for celeborn and denethor some time now:)

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Noldorian Jul 23 2009, 11:33am says:

Will you release another update for the demo ?
The demo needs to be updated !

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bugmenot321 Nov 23 2009, 7:47pm says:

Nov. 23rd, new update, is this dead?

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thuor Feb 15 2010, 2:16pm says:

when is the new version coming out

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FogDragon May 25 2010, 3:32pm says:

I have the same problem as chj 37 :purple icons and everything is invisible but builders and some buildings, the nations of Rohan and Harad are called Missing.INI or something like that.
I need help, what shoud I do ?

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deathteam15 Sep 18 2010, 4:09am says:

I have the RJ-ROTWK mod but i'll try the Wars of Arda anyway lol :)

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deathteam15 Sep 18 2010, 4:09am says:

Wait it's working now lol :)

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qwerty17 Nov 22 2010, 2:20pm says:

it duz not work

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minerdu00 May 23 2013, 3:13pm says:

cool j'ai reussi a réparé le mod c très simple faut être moddeur ce qui est mon cas
le mode étais mort mais je l'ai réparé
avec finalbig mais j'ai mis 4 heure pour faire
ça maintenant je peux jouer et savourer ce mod
^^ a plus tard les Naz lol

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super71 Jul 13 2015, 9:50pm says:

Your mod man.....

It's ******* amazing

Only thing i would like to see is heroes getting better portraits and heroes powers being improved, a lot of heroes just have leadership and blade master.

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