Legends of the 3rd Age (formerly: Blue Wizard Mod) adds two new playable factions, Lothlorien and Moria, to The Battle for Middle-earth(tm). These factions come with a fully functional AI. It also enhances the original factions with additions and changes the gameplay. The focus here is clearly on multiplayer. Units and structures are designed to fit in the original game's style.
Legends of the 3rd Age has (many) similarities to the Elvenstar Mod 5.8, the first mod I ever played. It motivated me to get into modding.
You need the newest BFME Patch (1.06) or this mod will not work correctly. Alternatively, if you use forshire's online version, you don't need to do anything except for installing this mod.
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Legends of the 3rd Age rises! Formerly known as the Blue Wizard Mod, it now bears a new and more accurate name. Update 0.4 is available now: Moddb.com
Why was it named "Blue Wizard Mod" in the first place? Originally I planned to go for Harad/Evil Men as new factions because I've always been fascinated by the Blue Wizards (as "pallando" or "pallandoya" kinda tells), but then switched to Elves and Moria for other reasons. Legends of the 3rd Age was an early consideration before Gil-Galad (who is a 2nd Age character) was introduced to this mod. Gil-galad was disabled in an early update but currently is still in the mod (as an obsolete character).
It was a tough decision to rename Blue Wizard Mod at this point because it already is an established name. But the name made no sense at this point and caused way too much confusion among players. And no matter how painful a name change is now, it'd be even more difficult in a year to come. All links to this page however will stay the same.
Legends of the 3rd Age (short: Lot3A or LOT3A) focuses on the tales and heroes of the 3rd Age. In LOT3A, heroes have more powers available than in the base game, and every faction does have a ring/superior hero that can be unlocked via spell book.
Possibly even more focus could be put on heroes, in several ways, in the future. Where is LOT3A headed now? There are two more things on the list right now:
- Adding military outposts as a new form of expansion
- An improved Evil Campaign
Aside from that, lots of balancing will be required in order to make this mod a viable multiplayer alternative to the already balanced base game.
That's it for now. I hope you like the new name as much as I like it. :)
Join the LOT3A Discord: Discord.gg
Let's take a quick look at the complete Moria spell book!
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