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Recent activities at the Tolkien Modding Community.

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After one month there are again plenty of news in the Tolkien Modding Community! Have a good read!

Released or updated mods

Venlesh has released the 5.0.4 patch for Legends of Middle-Earth 5.0 for Age of Mythology: The Titans! It features AI improvements, visual overhauls and an all new scenario, starting the Silmarillion Campaign at which he is working since a while. You can read here about the spring cleaning patch and here about the creative Easter Contest 2020 which has been organised by Venlesh.




Sara Temer also released a new alpha, v0.1.5 - Men of the South, for Last Alliance: Total War for Total War: Shogun 2. You can find the download here. And here is also a little gameplay video about the new integrated faction.


Moddb.com
Youtube.com

CK2: Middle Earth Project (CK2:MEP) has been updated to version 0.83, containing fixes for some bugs and and some other little features. You can read more in dept about the update here.


Beside that Divide and Conquer and Third Age: Reforged got some little updates/patches, not really something big.

Activity at modding

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been released and with it comes a lot of new activity at the modding community. Some weeks ago Efe already announced a mod which is set in the First Age, The Silmarillion - A Tolkien Project. And it has had an interesting start with a bunch of design concepts and new crafted models. He also wrote already a FAQ-article about the mod and one more article giving first impressions for Bannerlord. One can look forward with what they will come up in the future.

Elven Armor Concept.
Cuherdir (Marksman) - Troop Concept Art
Gurthang


The modding project more known to many here is of course Kingdoms of Arda, constantly showcasing their work. John_M wrote an article about the troop trees which can be expected at the beginning, you can find it here. Beside that Macbeth also started to make some videos giving details about what to expect at the mod.


Tower Guards of Gondor
Rohan Royal Guard


The third modding project is Chronicles of Middle Earth. The mod was originally planned to be for Mount & Blade: Warband but has stopped development and there and rested for three years. Now they picked up their work again. LegendDS wrote already three articles about the development update, it only would have been more clever to distribute them across some days and not post them all on the same day. You can find here Part I, Part II and Part III.

Dwarven Houses
Mordor Olog-hai
Shelob Scary Face
Creatures Scale, Batch One

I am not sure if Persistent Lord of the Rings (PLotR) has now moved on to Bannerlord as well (and would be with that the fourth TOlkien modding project there) or is still planned to be a mod for Warband, the images they post hint for both. One can only wait until more informations are given there.

Moving on to the Total War series, to Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms. Theodron has showed off some more of his work for The Blood of Numenor, giving also a short preview about the Lords of Andunie.

Woodland Hunters (mercenaries)
bodyguards duel


And Total War has as well a mod in development which is set in the First Age, Silmarillion: Total War. One can only say that they are eagerly working there, you can find here a quick stream with Scouts of Entertainment regarding the recent progress.

Easterling Mid-Tiers
Incoming Kinslaying
Marines of Vinyamar Variants


Also the submod Heirs of Elendil is eagerly working, fixing the settlements under fog.

Fixed Settlements Under Fog
Dunedain Wardens
Haeranedain of Rhudaur


Total War: Rise of Mordor for Total War: Attila was also a bit active, working on Lords of Lasgalen and a Woodland General.

WIP Woodland General's Armour
Finished Lords of Lasgalen


As expected, the most active modding team is the one of Age of the Ring for Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King. By following that mod you won't only see plenty of pictures, showcasing the upcoming Mirkwood faction beside some other little work at Lothlorien, Gondor or even the Beornings, you also have interesting articles to read, be it about The Fortress of Dol Guldur, the to be expected changes for Mordor in 5.0 or the Spells of Dol Guldur. There is now also a spanish version of the mod available, you can find it here.

Greenwood Vineyard
Tauriel, Daughter of the Forest
Gondor Fortress
Beorning Lodge
Lothlórien Fortress 2.0


A little bit to read is also offered by lord_elessar at his modding project Folk of Middle Earth (edain submod). He gives some details about the Arnor faction plan.


the twin sons of elrond
Amdur lord of blades


One more little article about the Mod Progress of The Ridder Clan Mod.

Battles of the Third Age seems to be testing the new version, you can find the second test version here.

Gundabad Warrior


One more article can be found for the Edain Mod, showcasing their new troops of Lothlorien.




Then there has been some work on a little addon for for Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King, called 'The Trilogy', containing a map at which you can play all three movies of THE LORD OF THE RINGS.It requires EDAIN 4.5. It's a beta version but I saw MattTheLegoman commenting about how he would like to see that map in 'The Age of the Ring', so it seems to be for sure something interesting ^^


Pallandoya seems to be a bit lonely modding at Battle for Middle-earth, it's always to see a bit progress at his project Blue Wizard Mod.

The Moria Heroes + Patreon page
Snowy Moria Faction
The Moria Spell Book


Tolkien in games outside the modding area

MikeTheEmperor renamed his project from World of Middle Earth to The Ring Roleplay Project - TRRP. There are some articles, informing you about the First Demo Client and Release, Plans for the next demo and the following months, about his rebrand and Amon Hen and the WIP Character Creation.




The Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged also showcased some of their work on the Elves.

Mirkwood Soldier 3D model
Lord Elrond 3D modelLady Galadriel 3D model


(Re)discovered mods

Coming back a bit to the roots of this group which exists now since two years already. At the beginning I mostly listed mods which I (re-)discovered and mentioned them in my articles before I started reporting more in depth about the progress at the different Tolkien modding projects. Today I will mention shortly three mods for Total War and one for BfME which I added to the lists.

The first one is BFME: Tactics for Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King. It was released 2015 and aimed for many changes at the game play, changing many of the systems. There is no active development anymore as I see it, it should still be playable and might be interesting for some of you.



Then there is Wardens of Eriador, a submod for Divide & Conquer (v3.0) for Medieval 2 Total War: Kingdoms, bringing some little changes to the Northern Dunedains. Another subsubmod for the same D&C version 3.0 is the Reunited Kingdom Submod which gived the player to reunite the two kingdoms, it stopped development in 2019.

Strat Models


And as the last one, a submod for Total War: Rise of Mordor, Fiefs of Gondor. I am not sure if they are still actively developing, they made a release in August 2019 and I didn't really see any news there since then.


Comments
Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

That's it for April 2020, it's a long read. I hope it was a nice and informative overview for you about the happenings in the Tolkien Modding Community. As always, should I have forgotten to show off the recent progress of some of your favourite mod teams, don't forget to comment about them. I will mention them then in the next news article. Feel also free to join the Tolkien Modding Community Discordapp.com.

Best regards,
Earendil

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CaseBody
CaseBody

Nice read! Thanks for keeping active

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Always welcome ^^

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masoldo
masoldo

We are a big community!!, good work men you are my hero. 😁

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

We should make some screenshots soon too, so I can mention ourselves :D

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mirekosw
mirekosw

Love this articles :)

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Thanks :)

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Argeomer
Argeomer

i liked how in 26 new updtates, 25 were about this xD
Now i know i track more than 25 lotr mods

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Yeah, I always wonder a bit how many I tagged once I have finished the news. I get updates for all of them too then ^^

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Argeomer
Argeomer

i also receive a notification because i follow you so besides the notifications from the mods i also get yours xD

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MacbethTheTyrant
MacbethTheTyrant

Thanks for mentioning my channel :)

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Always welcome :)

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Ettenrocal
Ettenrocal

Shredder !!! Media.moddb.com

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LOTRuler
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Thanks for the article!

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Eärendil_Ardamírë Author
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Always welcome :)

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