Post news Report RSS [April Fools 2019] The Big Decision

The time has come to reveal the next big step in the development of Age of the Ring...

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Good news, everyone!

Oh boy, have we been hard at work! Working and working, on the next release! Two new factions, War of the Ring, 7 campaign missions, and Black Phillip knows what else! It's gonna be sweet!

Or so we thought. The truth is that there's been something nagging at the collective hivemind of the Age of the Ring team for a while now. The slow-cooking, building realization that we're hard at work reinventing the wheel. In other words, doing things that have already been done. You know, doing pointless things while we could be doing things that... ultimately... I guess... are not... pointless? Somehow? Anyway, let's not follow that thread for too long, alright? We might not like where we end up. Basically: why make a Rivendell faction when others have already done so? Or Rohan? Did you know others have done that one too? This stuff has apparently been going on for years!

And there's more to this crisis! The AotR team, consisting mostly of saps and ninnies, has become anxious and stressed at what appears to be a continued rivalry between our mod and Edain Mod, as perpetrated by the smartest members of each fanbase. How sad! And speaking of sad and pathetic, there are people out there that are seriously actually still debating circles around each other talking about the benefits of free-build versus build plots, and vice versa. So much conflict in such a small community. We just want to solve these problems, so that we can all get along. Because build plots are better.

So, finally, last month, we finally cut the cord and made our Big Decision.

edain submod logo

That's right Jay. We've decided to bite the bullet and admit defeat, and retool Age of the Ring to become yet another Edain submod!

aotr submod launcher"This is f***g dope!" - Ealendril der Dunkle


Combining AotR and Edain was no easy task. It wasn't fun, either, or rewarding. But we did it! Of course, this has caused a significant setback on the development of War of the Ring and our campaign. For this we ask your warmest sympathies and understanding. We find the worth of this sacrifice to be self-evident. In case you're not catching on, though, here's some benefits:

  • No more switching to and from 2.02 (just another mod, really).
  • No more disabling Edain!
  • Bye bye to easy no-cd functionality, because we all know this was inspired by the devil himself.
  • Edain Launcher integration, meaning smaller patch sizes and stuff!
  • Fewer ModDB profiles to religiously check for updates!
  • Angmar!
  • Arnor!
  • No Mirkwood!
  • And more!

Lorien 05

Erebor 01"Wait, what?" - OdoProudfoot


Rohan 02"Sweet as d**k!" - Emont96


MM 03

"I have the perfect meme for this!" - RiderOfRohan


In order to decide what other content we'll replace in this submod, we'll be comparing and contrasting each Edain idea with our own. These are two very big mods, so it'll be a real headache trying to decide what to replace and where. To help smooth this process out, we decided to involve you, the community, in helping us out! Starting next week, we will begin polling on conflicting concepts, putting it all to a public vote, and youwill decide how things will eventually play! Finally, a mod designed by the mandate of the majority. If there's one thing art cannot do without, it's democracy, after all.

Mordor 04

Now we can all enjoy one game and one (sub)mod, and stop yelling at people that happen to have a different opinion! Right? We sure think so. Expect a release within the next 3 years, maybe a little later. Okay bye!

Kindest regards,
Your AotR Team

Comments
Kark-Jocke
Kark-Jocke

Wow, this is big news! wait... why am I getting the feeling there is something really wrong here, this doesn't feel right.. AotR would never give up without a fight!.. hmm.. "Looking at the calendar" oh no.. this is bad news.. or is it? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Er-Mûrazôr
Er-Mûrazôr

The sad thing is this is not an april fools joke these wheels have been in motion for several months now i have expressed my concerns to the rest of the team but to no avail this is why i stopped creating content for the mod even after being a positive creative force within the team so yeah **** Mathijs

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MathijsRevora Author
MathijsRevora

All because I married your mother...

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The_Spin
The_Spin

I had a good laugh with this one lol 😂😂😂 !!!!!

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Lord_Mordja
Lord_Mordja

While you're at it, why not switch genres? RTS games are so played out, Age of the Ring should be a Roguelike Loot-Shooter with Survival Game Elements. For the OUYA, of course. Really bring Tolkein's world to life!

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WillTheFirst
WillTheFirst

That's all well and good, but when are you guys adding in a Numenor faction? I really feel you guys are holding yourselves back. You know what, maybe you should just turn this into a Skyrim mod instead.

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Bryce581
Bryce581

Best of both worlds, awesome news

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OdoProudfoot
OdoProudfoot

Wait, what?

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tomasz_exe
tomasz_exe

I have the prefect meme for this!

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Sr_Dark
Sr_Dark

About damn time.
(next 3 years from now)

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Durtz
Durtz

well interesting is it april 1st already?

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Dennisl
Dennisl

is the day of April 1, I do not know why they make these jokes ???? Really.

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Eciddaniels
Eciddaniels

You made me laugh xD you are the bests guys!

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Mr_Nygren
Mr_Nygren

It is a shame, but neither your mod or Edain can be played..

Actually, i have the CD and armies still die five sec after the game has started.

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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

If you have the original disks then this guide will be perfect for you. Forums.revora.net

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Vanders
Vanders

Just like last year you had me for a while there. I got about half way through before I realised the truth.

I legitimately had a horrible sinking feeling at first, you cruel buggers. Build plots *shivers*.

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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

The current Age of the Ring version has a taste of buildplots in it's fortress maps like the Kingdom of Erebor, Ironfoot's Halls and Thorin's Halls. Moddb.com

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Vanders
Vanders

I think that is a good compromise. Some maps/settings, like Erebor, lend themselves to the buildplot system.

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Amandil7
Amandil7

lol At least the hybrid screenshots look dope!

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fovqalade
fovqalade

april fools

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GeraltofSkyrim
GeraltofSkyrim

me parece perfecto encerio gracias chicos por todo el trabajo

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Mateusz707
Mateusz707

The no-mirkwood benefit is awesome, can't wait to install it

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Luclfer
Luclfer

I almost fell for it.


Then I looked at the calendar. Although a better joke would be to have everyone believe its a joke while its actually true (x

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ConTheJedi
ConTheJedi

Happy April Fool's Day guys! =)

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Cankler
Cankler

A little offtopic, cause i can´t really find any good answer to this, and this belongs to all Mods.
If i want to play the Game "Battle for Middle-earth II" (with or without Mods), do i only need the regular Game "Battle for Middle-earth II", or should i just buy "Rise of the Witch-king" Expansion? Is the regular Game "Battle for Middle-earth II" in "Rise of the Witch-king" Expansion?

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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

You will need both BfME 2 and RotWK. And if you decide to purchase the games make sure to update and fix issues related to Windows 10. You can check out this guide. Forums.revora.net

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Destromath
Destromath

Oh, that Misty Mountain's base does look 'cozy', I must say. ;)

One thing I have been wondering:

Is it at all possible to have each building spawn a sort of 'blight' effect with faction appropriate textures?

It would go a long way in making the buildings feel like they fit into a map, and help the all-important 'suspension of disbelief' and the 'immersion' into the game's 'world', wouldn't you say?

I think so, yes.

And, I must say I have mixed emotions about this 'most dubious' update, but I for one 'trust' you, and put my self in your most 'capable' hands.

Kind regards, Destromath.

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evgenynwa
evgenynwa

ДОЛБОЁБЫ

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Jano97
Jano97

I really hope this is 1st April joke, because I really love this mod and one of the reasons is "free building" (without biuld plots).

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

Welcome in the really little edain submod family :P

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The_Nazgul
The_Nazgul

This is foking dope! Ealendril der dunkle! Lol
You guys are the best seriously!

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Woodlandguard*-*
Woodlandguard*-*

LOL good one had me there for a while :)

a quick question can you give us a bit of a update on what you plan for create a hero ? XD i know im asking it a lot but im rwaly intersted if we can get the cool new stuff we got for men and dwarves to every faction heroes (mirkwood guard outfit is a dread come true for some of us !

But yeah still amazing mod cant wait for new factions (and possibly pretty captains :P)

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TiberiusOgden
TiberiusOgden

But to be honest - your models inside Edain fortresses look amazing and really fit there. Tomorrow you should consider it ... seriously ... ;o)

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Drogoth-fan
Drogoth-fan

april fools day :P i hope this is true do :D

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Someone90
Someone90

You evil, evil people! Valar take you, if this is an april fools joke..

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EorltheYoung
EorltheYoung

I was scared for a second there :P
i see you went a long way for this joke hohoho

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Guest
Guest

I know it's a joke but man these bases look sick AF

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X2Scissors
X2Scissors

Personally, I think you should make it exclusive to the Epic Store

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Ancalagon10101
Ancalagon10101

Honest question, is this for real? Lol everyone here know its April fools.

It would be cool if it was. Edain and AoTR are both really talented teams. TBH i prefer to be able to have no build plot system, that system is just so restrictive to play.

If it is true, then i wish the best of luck to both your teams, but please have your submod or whatever get rid of the horrendous build plot system. If i wanted that system i could just play BFME1.

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DúnedainRanger
DúnedainRanger

Um... you kinda answered your own question.

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jedi7000nathan
jedi7000nathan

Hilarious as can be also I nearly fell for it until I realized the Edain screenshots were from the Edian mod and depicited nothing from Age of the Ring, this is a whole lot funnier then the Dwarf Holds Elven Alliance April fools joke

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MathijsRevora Author
MathijsRevora

Except there's AotR structures in those screenshots.

We actually combined both mods to get these. In a very quick and basic and unplayable way, yes, but they are real.

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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

Only two of those screenshots use assets from Edain Mod, their Dwarven castle walls + floor and their Lothlorien castle flets + bridges + floor. Everything else is AotR. The Mordor, Misty Mountains, Gondor and Rohan castles are vanilla BfME 1 or AotR assets.

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