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Recent activities and updates at the Tolkien Modding Community.

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It's newstime again in the Tolkien Modding Community and again I note that I should definitely write at least three articles per month for all the activity since it is getting pretty full again ^^

Released or updated mods

Venlesh has had some success in fixing the AI at his mod Legends of Middle-Earth 5.0 for Age of Mythology: The Titans. The article about the update 'The Brightened Horizons' contains beside the new AI also notes about his eager work at new campaigns and new scenarios for them as well as some other overhauls and revamped features which you can read up here

Manwe's perspective of a 6v6 match at
Screenshot of the new campaign menu. the Middle-Earth map has been recoloured to show more country borders

The development team of Third Age: Reforged for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms pushed out another map pack, this time with the theme 'home of the horselords'. If time is given look them up here and have a nice match there. They also teased a bit with some Dwarven heraldry image, maybe it's a hint to which place the journey is going next?

Ered Luin and Khazad-Dรปm

The team behind CK2: Middle Earth Project (CK2:MEP) for Crusader Kings II is also working eagerly and pushing out one update after the next one. Version 0.828 contains beside bugfixes some work on wonders and new buildings which buff Saruman. Have a short read here

Fans of Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King can rejoice: Version 2.02 v8.0.1 has been released! You still need to have v2.02v8 installed first though but better read it up here

Even though not a full LotR mod, the LotR faction is a very popular one to choose at Full Invasion 2 for Mount & Blade: Warband. After some time of reviewing how the version Osiris plays out they tried to tackle all the issues in the version 1.1. It might need some time to see if it works out as wanted. If you haven't installed that mod yet, you might want to give it a try

Activity at modding

MacbethTheTyrant is working a lot on user interfaces lately at Lord of Universalis for Europa Universalis IV. Fans of the game might really want to look into it.

New UI
New UI


lord_ellessar is continuing his lovely work on units at his mod project Folks of Middle Earth (edain submod) for Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King. I find some of his unit design decission very unique but also a few times questionable. I can however say that I really love how his Moon Guards worked out in the end!

Moon Guards
Ras Morthil Watchmen

Some little show-off was also done by ivanhoe95 at his not really actively developed modding project Blood in The West for Mount & Blade: Warband. However, I haven't had the feeling that he is coming back to work on his mod.

Mouth of Sauron reworked

There can also be read a new development log of the Total War: Rise of Mordor - Development Team. Some new little shield model for the Orcs has been finished as well as some fancy new wolf models for Dunland's roster. The new added maps look really lovely but have a better read about it all here

Dunland Wolf
Cardolan

When the mothermod 'Rise of Mordor' is active, another little team seems to be eagerly working at its submod too. The development update for Rise of Mordor: Submod contains beside some little reworks and modelling they also announce a standalone expansion called 'RoM: Submod - The Champions', which will focus on adding hero units to the game. Have a more detailed read here


Creating a wiki is always a risky business. If it is not getting updated constantly it looses its worth quickly, no one should underestimate the work which has to be put into it. The more happier I am to see that the new wiki for Age of the Ring has been created such way that passionated fans can bring in a bit work themselves for their beloved mod. Anyone can edit the wiki, the development team is hoping that more members of the community are able to help with screenshots, statistics and strategies. So everyone of you can edit anonymously or with an account, and the edits themselves can be anything from correcting a couple of grammar mistakes to writing out whole pages. So if you want to give a bit back, look here for what still needs to be done!

The Age of the Ring Wiki

New modding projects

Two new modding projects have been given birth to moddb and it is interesting to see that both of them will try to cover the First Age of Middle Earth which is unknown to many but worth to read into!

The first one, a new mod for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms, called Silmarillion: Total War (keeping it simple with the name) describes the First Age of the Sun and Moon as perhaps the most eventful timeline within the works of JRR Tolkien. The hope of the development team is to recreate, as accurately as possible, the words and ideas of the author into the Total War universe. It will be interesting to see how the modding project will evolve in the next months, we wish them good luck and success with it! The first pictures are already looking promising.

Silmarillion Logo #2
House of the Harp

The second one, The Silmarillion - A Tolkien Project, will be for the upcoming Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. First unit design concepts have been drawn up and we might be going to see some nice work done there. Again, we wish the development team behind it good luck and success with their modding project!

Early concept sketches
Doriath Common Clothing - Concept Design

TMC Modder's Interviews

Since the last newsletter there has also been a new interview released, this time with Filip Oleyka, the musician behind the soundtrack of the mod Total War: Rise of Mordor for Total War: Attila. If you haven't read it yet, you might want to have a read now, you can find it here

Tolkien in games outside the modding area

Our two little outside games are also in good shape. MikeTheEmperor has written a nice little update article about his work World of Middle Earth - WOME, you can now also support him via patreon. If this is something for you, have a better read here

Mister Bilbo's Trolls!

And the slightly bigger team compared to the one-man-team above, working at The Battle for Middle-Earth: Reforged is also presenting some pieces of work from time to time. They also released their plan for how the development steps will be. If this is something interesting for you, look it up here

Beta Version Main Menu


That's it again for this time. I hope you got a nice and short overview about what is going on in the Tolkien Modding Community. Should I have forgotten to show off the recent progress of some of your favourite mod teams, don't forget to comment about them below. I will mention them then in the next newsarticle. Feel also free to join the Tolkien Modding Community Discord! Have all a nice day!
Earendil

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Guest
Guest

You forgot the mirkwood faction for TLD Overhaul, in Discord im reading that is finished

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[Bcw]Btm_Earendil Author
[Bcw]Btm_Earendil

Yeah, but we didn't publish yet anything on moddb about it. I have a Mirkwood article for TLDO on my list ^^

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Thanks for the answer!

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[Bcw]Btm_Earendil Author
[Bcw]Btm_Earendil

Always welcome!

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

which unit design do you find questionable ? ^^

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[Bcw]Btm_Earendil

The Anfalas Hammers and the crossbowmen of Pinnath Gelin got me thinking and while I find the unit idea unique (like that one comment there already wrote, no one has had crossbowmen for Gondor yet) I also wouldn't include them in my own mod since they somehow don't feel 'right', you know ^^

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

I see it's more the weapons than the overall look ? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰

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[Bcw]Btm_Earendil

More the weapons, yes, and a bit the helmets. I like your colour scheme I only would have given them some more similar helmets sometimes. That's only my opinion though, other people are loving the new ideas. And your mod will become quite distinguishable with them :)

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lord_ellessar
lord_ellessar

I wanted to have different helmets for each fiefdoms, i have to admit that it was pretty hard to have different every time ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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[Bcw]Btm_Earendil

Maybe I am also only too lazy at my mod for that :D

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