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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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Return of Shadow

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.

RSS Files
Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Patch 33 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 13 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 6 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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captainmiddoor
captainmiddoor

Care mates. DO NOT DOWNLOAD TROJANS PLEASE. All of them have a viruses.

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superjakey92
superjakey92

I keep getting pink/purple boxes during game play. I've reinstalled the mod twice and turned fx off but I'm still getting it.

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superjakey92
superjakey92

Reinstalled everything and issue went away.

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

I thought I'd give you guys a heads up since it's been a while.

Return of Shadow is on an indefinite hiatus since I've moved to a new non mod project which takes up most of my free time.

So I'm not sure when/if I'll return to ROS.

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Guest
Guest

Please continue! This is my favorite mod!

If you do want to quit please finish Harad, we can't control what you do but I can say for all of us that we love this mod

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bfmsand
bfmsand

Any new info on this mod ? Hows work going ? Also info on what factions next ?

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dkbluewizard
dkbluewizard

I've noticed that Galadriel isn't recruitable when I purchase the level 6 power on some maps. Has this been corrected?

Also what is a legacy hero? On Erebor it says the legacy hero is Durin.

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tcjohnston90
tcjohnston90

Hey, just downloaded and think the mod is really good. Is there any way to fix the Dunland AI bug? In skirmish mode, if the AI is playing as Dunland, it only build cheap heroes, a few buildings, and like one type of basic unit. It's kinda annoying cause I really want to have a good match against them.

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Guest
Guest

Sooo campaign doesn't work?

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dkbluewizard
dkbluewizard

Alas no, he's working on it.

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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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