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Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 released

Posted February 5, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments



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Return of Shadow Beta 0.2

Download Link



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Rivendell is now finally available for play without having to use a game mode code.
The mod now has 7 factions available.
Rivendell plays differently from the other factions it uses a good variety of strong units culminating in some powerful elite units with exclusive upgrades.
As well as the support unit the Lightbearer that can be upgraded to use either Healing, Defensive of Offensive spells.



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Notes

Beta 0.2 is the first full version release since Beta 0.15 and has a new file structure and updated launcher.
The file size has been reduced as well by trimming as much fat as possible bringing the current size down to 2.5gb from somewhere around 4gb.

A new optional addon is coming soon that will change the look of the game slightly to give a more cinematic look.
The UI has an updated look to match the Return of Shadow theme, even the launcher has been tweaked to match it.

Check out roschangelist.txt for a full list of changes.
Beta 0.2 also includes a small hotfix 0.21 that fixes a few issues I noticed while I was slowly uploading the Beta (it took me about a week to do so).

An installer and old version uninstaller is planned to be released later today.

You can also read the updated manual from the download section.
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T3A News » Early 2015: A Good Start for T3A

Posted February 3, 2015. By Mathijs | View Comments

Hey all,

 

It's been one hell of a good start of the new year for T3A.

 

January is barely out of the door and we've already secured three new hostees!

 

Immersive Middle-earth [BFME1]

Echo's Chamber of Secrets

Middle-earth Expanded [BFME2 and RotWK]

 

There's also been a noticeable rise in activity (mainly in the modding forums, which is where we want it), and the T3A:Online server has games going every night now.

 

I'm confident we can continue this trend throughout the coming months. 

 

Thanks for being here,

 

Mathijs

T3A Leader

 

Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow Beta 0.2 News and the next faction revealed

Posted January 30, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments

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Beta 0.2 News and the next Faction

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After giving it some thought I've decided to skip Beta 0.18 and jump right to Beta 0.2 which is more or less ready and is being uploaded.
Due to my circumstances it will take a few days to get the Beta up and running since I have to upload it piece meal.


I've done pretty much everything I had set out to do with Beta 0.2 and the faction is mostly complete in about the same stage as Dunland was with 1.55 with only minor fixes to go.

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So the next faction will be The Strongholds.
Not exactly shocking I know, but currently it is the evil faction most complete and I want to try and keep to the good-evil-good-evil pattern of faction releases.

So as I mentioned in the announcement news for Strongholds the faction is the combination of the Deep and Dol Guldur factions.
I showed a couple preview images a couple days ago to whet your whistles.
Now I guess I'll reveal the tech tree.

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Strongholds

 

Units

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Moria Goblin Warriors
Moria Goblin Archers
Moria Goblin Spearmen

Dol Guldur Soldiers - Strong Infantry units
Dol Guldur Strongbows - Strong Ranged units

Warg Riders -

Cave Troll - 
Stone Troll - Ranged Troll/Artillery unit
Olog Hai - Powerful elite unit.

Great Spider - Fast moving unit that can auto heal and weakens enemy when attacking.

 

Buildings

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Deep work Pit - Primary resource building.
Dol Guldur Forge - Resource building that provides upgrades at level 2.
Moria Deep - The main building for the Moria units trains Goblin Warriors, Archers and Spears/
Dol Guldur Barracks - Trains the Dol Guldur Soldiers and Strongbows.
Wolf Meet - Trains the Warg Riders.
Troll Cave - Trains the Cave Troll, Stone Troll and Olog Hai
Spider Nest - Buildable from the Economy plot after the Brood Faction Upgrade has been purchased.
Towers - 
War Works - Battering Ram,Ladders

 

Heroes

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Lug - Early game hero
Mashduk - The spontaneous one
Mashgur - Archer hero
Gurguk - My favourite Orc and sometimes Forum lurker. 
Gimbul - Goblin Leader
Bolguk - Goblin Leader 
Blackmaw - Great Warg
Brood Mother - Queen of the Mirkwood Spiders available with the Brood Faction Upgrade.
 

Spells



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Call of the Deep - Targeted Work pit gains double experience for a short time.
Befoul - Similar to Taint - -50% armour and removes fear resistance

Azog Lives - Summons Azog
Bounty - Upgrades the Work Pit and Forge to provide upgrades
Rally

Swarm - Permanently increases the movement speed for Moria and Mountain Goblins
Darkness
Drums in the Deep - (Call the Horde)

TBA
Dark Influence
Nazgul Summon

Balrog

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Upgrades



Basic Training - 
Tainted Arrows - (additional damage to units)
Heavy Armour - 
Deadly Blades - 
Troll Training - Ranks up Ettens and Olog Hai

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Faction Upgrades


GKU
Murder Holes
Tower Tainted Arrows - Tower arrows slightly slow and weaken armour
Strength Training - Improves the firing rate and range of Stone Trolls
Broods - Unlocks Brood Mother and spider units

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Lone Wolf Updates » Return of Shadow Patch 0.175

Posted January 8, 2015. By Radspakr Wolfbane | View Comments

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Patch 0.175

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Download Patch 0.175

Because of a stupid oversight on my part I have to reupload 0.17 as 0.175.

So to make up for that I've added a little something something to the launcher.

Type in Imladris to the newly updated launcher to access a new Game mode the Rivendell Preview.

Also because I'm not as rushed as I was yesterday I'm able to do this release properly complete with the standard promo stuff.

Test mode also includes Rivendell.

 
The Rivendell preview is as the name suggests a preview.
The faction isn't complete yet so I'm not adding it to the proper release, but you can have a play with it and get a general feel for it.

 

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This patch mostly fixes issues with Dunland but also addresses other issues and updates some things like FX and audio.

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T3A News » 21-12-'14: A T3A Christmas Carol

Posted December 21, 2014. By Mathijs | View Comments

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Merry Christmas/Yuletide everyone!

 

 

This past year has been pretty good for us at T3A.

 

In terms of BFME modding, there's been a good amount of activity.

 

We saw a rise in modding questions (many of which were answered by the great Ridder Geel and Kwen), and there has been some great activity amongst our hostees. We have welcomed a new hostee in An Unexpected Mod, and we've seen plenty of updates from SEERidder Clan ModThe Horse Lords, Classic Edition, and Shadow and Flame

 

There has also been a new release of The Elven Alliance Community Edition, thanks to the return of the venerable Rob38!

 

Besides BFME modding, T3A has developed its first official BFME1 game patch in the form of 1.06, which is now the standard BFME1 patch used across the community. This is a monumental achievement, and I would like to thank Echo and RoR for their contributions, and ICT for his excellent leadership and vision, as well as his effort in realizing the translation of our work in almost every language BFME1 was initially released for! 

 

Throughout 2014 I have streamlined and reorganized T3A's forum structure. Compared to 2013 and before, we look quite different now, and I consider it a marked improvement.

 

Looking towards 2015, T3A will continue to grow and develop as a leading presence in the BFME community, with important additions coming to the T3A:Online server early in the new year and beyond.

 

Thank you all, modders and players, for your contributions in keeping this community alive.

 

Mathijs

T3A Leader

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