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Southern Fiefdoms of Gondor - Out nowErebor - Out nowFree Peoples - Out nowHarad - Coming with Southron EditionRhunMorgulStrongholds


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New Factions

16 Factions are being made for Return of Shadow as of the current version 10 have been released.
Each faction is unique and designed to make best use of the faction's culture while offering unique game play mechanics and ideas.

New Maps

Over 100 new maps are in Return of Shadow covering just about every corner of Middle-Earth.
From the arid lands of Rhun to the snow capped peaks of Caradhras of the Misty Mountains.

Bigger Battles

Battles will be bigger than ever before with expanded Battalion sizes, higher starting Command Point Limit and the new Expanding CPL system.

New Heroes

New heroes join the fray for every faction bringing new strategic options to table with all kinds of unique abilities.



Outposts

Outposts have been improved upon with Outposts now with 3 Defence plots and counting toward the Expanding CPL system and for most factions these are the sole source of Siege Weapons making controlling Outposts vital in a siege battle.
The new Watchtower plots allow you to build a Watchtower that will provide vision over an area and defend key points as well as providing a Territory bonus to External economy buildings in the area.

Spells

You'll have access to more spells than ever with the Spell Store expanding from 8 to 12 spells and with rebalanced spell costs and new types of spells.


Rebalance


Because of the huge amount of changes in the mod the game is completely rebalanced.
With damage, costs and command points adjusted all over.



Start with Final Beta Part1 then Part 2 and finally Riddermark Edition.
Requires Patch 1.03 installed (will work with 1.06 as well).

Download and install the following parts in that order.

Initiative Edition

Part 1

Part 2

Riddermark Edition

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State of the Mod Address


As you may have noticed I've been pretty quiet for a while now, I've been pretty busy with life stuff for the last 6 months and it limits my modding time.
I've been working on the mod on a more part time basis these last 6 months so work is still continuing just not at my usual fast pace.


Southron Edition is still planned for release and hopefully in the near future, most of the Harad faction is ready and work has for now shifted to working some of the other factions finishing up some stuff there, like the last 2 weeks I've been focused Erebor trying finish up their Expansion system and its related heroes.


For support don't forget to head on over to the Discord server (link below) since I don't often check Moddb comments any more.
I usually post my updates on the Discord, you can also join other players for games of ROS.

Mod of the Year Awards 2017

That time of year again if you want to vote for Return of Shadow for Mod of the Year you'll find the button on the front page.



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Riddermark Edition

Riddermark Edition

News 8 comments

In a Rad Day tradition a new update is coming, the Riddermark Edition. Has extensive changes for the Rohan faction in store.

Initiative Edition Released

Initiative Edition Released

News 15 comments

Finally the Initiative Edition is out. Return of Shadow's latest released a preview of sorts for the full version. This version has a lot of of changes.

Return of Shadow - 2016 Wrap up

Return of Shadow - 2016 Wrap up

News 4 comments

Time to look back at 2016 and forward to the new year.

Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

News 4 comments

Return of Shadow's penultimate update for 2016 comes with some more new game mechanics. Renown, Legacy and Stewards.

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Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Patch 39 comments

To celebrate Rad Day I've released the new Riddermark Edition. The latest version focuses on improving the Rohan (now Riddermark faction)

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 2

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 2

Demo 15 comments

Part 2 of Return of Shadow Initiative Edition. This version adds many bug fixes, balaance changes and new features/

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 1

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 1

Demo 8 comments

Part 1 of Return of Shadow Initiative Edition. The latest release for ROS including many bug fixes, balance changes and new features.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

Patch 17 comments

This version is obsolete. Download the Initiative Edition first.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

Demo 8 comments

This version is obsolete. Download Initiative Edition instead.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

Demo

This version is obsolete. Download Initiative Edition instead.

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hippyall
hippyall

ok i love ur work but it needs some huge need of change or its a waste!

first the unit upgrades are very op or u can say gameplay itself is dumb
cause when u upgrade units and they are like op def and op hp
they will die very slowly

other thing is unit training is very very slow

i mean its basically "a rush training unit win game" ha ?
theres no "tactics " or so whatever
4 types of unit only
arrow pike horse sword

if u could change it the way witch units dont die very fast or so slow and if u could somehow make the battalions movement change like they are 1 person and only in time of fighting they "form a line / or break line / or retreat line " was much better cause now it feels like a cube game not a 3d game....u know like "Imperium III - Great Battles of Rome "

ur mod is much better than age of the ring rotwk although they are kinda different but it feels better to play this ( if u could somehow combine lotr1 and rotwk it would be high-end mod )

and AI is super ez and wont even purchase upgrades

good luck :)
have fun :D

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DaveyNeather
DaveyNeather

can you play this mod with a cracked version?

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Will0104
Will0104

any way i can play without a CD with this mod? taken my CD drive out of my pc, but original disc games are installed. is using a crack the only way todo this?

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numan1111
numan1111

Can I recruit Witchking with Mordor? I couldnt see him in citadel or in spellbook.

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poxchamp
poxchamp

Recently played the good campaign, got stuck on freaking minas tirith. It says destroy all enemies, well they are all dead. Not a single red dot that remains on the map, not sure what else to do and I really don't wanna have to start it over. Any ideas, or has anyone else ran into this problem ?

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hippyall
hippyall

mine worked perfectly fine
and i installed like everyone else

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Riisis
Riisis

So this mod is quite promising, but messy you have to go through 3 different install wizards and the installers themselves are buggy after the installation of the riddermark edition windows defender deletes my exe of the mod so i had to uninstall it and install it a second time without defender,then i started the game the first time and get the defeated error, the second time the game breaks with an normal error, and the third time the KI isn't even attacking or building stuff (i tested a few maps all the same). I don't know if this is intended but re-installing your mod is worse , just give us 1 installer with your whole mod until this point. This mod is in alpha state you have a lot of work to do, to make this mod playable at least in skirmish, your mod is far away from finished.

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poxchamp
poxchamp

If you follow the directions their should be no problem at all, I installed part 1, part 2, and then the riddermark edition and everything worked perfectly.

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This is the mod to rule them all. Probably the most ambitious BFME mod out there. I would argue it even out competes BFME 2 and RotWK mods, too. That is how impressive this mod is. The creator is extremely talented and puts some many new units, skins, spells, heroes, maps, and so much more. Almost any faction you can think of is added or on the way (even hobbits, dwarves, elves, Dunland, etc). One of the most impressive additions, especially since it is campaign compatible. Also, the launcher is…

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