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#1 Radspakr Wolfbane

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:14 PM

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Return of Shadow Beta 0.15

 

 

You can download it here.
Simply download and install with the installer then follow the prompts in the launcher.
This version is stand alone and does not require the previous Beta or patches, it's recommended you uninstall Beta 0.1 before installing this beta.

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It's been almost 6 months since Beta 0.1 was released and it's come a long way.
I'm happy to present Beta 0.15.
The main feature of this version is the new faction Dunland.

 

Of Dunland and ancient hatred

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Dunland is the land to the south of Eregion and the west of Rohan home to descendants of the folk of Haleth.
The people of Dunland hold a long grudge against both the Numenoreans and the Rohirrim who drove them out of the land of Rohan.
While the Dunlendings are usually content to keep to themselves Saruman and his agents have gone amongst the Dunlendings and spread discord and talk of war and riches among the villages of the Dunlendings.
Saruman has managed to stir up an old hatred and direct it towards the Rohirrim.
 
Dunland is different from the other factions in Return of Shadow this faction relies more on fast moving light infantry and raiding attacks to win.
They have the fastest infantry in the game allowing them a useful advantage balancing out their weaker than normal defences.
Through the use of their upgrades and units they can completely overcome a battlefield in a short time by building Wildmen from outlying Farms in fast speed through the use of the Gather the Clans spell.
Combined with the Fire Torches upgrade Dunland can make quick work of enemy farms and other outlying buildings.
Dunland also has the useful War Hound horde which is a pack of fast moving dogs that can chase down enemies and harass them.

Inspiration for the Dunlendings came from the Celts and Scots and they use similar strategies as those armies do in other RTS games.

 

Outside Dunland

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Lorien has also undergone some work.
Edhellor has been tweaked to be more of a Warden style hero with 2 new abilities Wind Piercer replacing Shatter Armour and Siege Breaker replacing Gate Breaker.
Galadriel has a new skill replacing Haven of Light which allows her some more offensive power.
Lorien also now have a Statue to provide leadership.
They've also received some aesthetic changes to their bases making them look better than ever.

Rohan,Gondor and Isengard have had only minor changes since Beta 0.145
Lurtz gained a new skill Slam Shooter which adds a knock back to his ranged attack.

Mordor has received some attention and getting quite a few bug fixes.

The Campaign has had some work done on it as well with some common issues being resolved.
But it's still an ongoing process but I hope to have the 2 campaigns fully operational by Beta 0.2.

With Beta 0.15 comes  some new maps 2 maps set in Dunland Vale of Wulf and Northern Dunland and a couple more Fredius' Glanduin, and 2 more of my maps Thrain's Vale and Wilderland Plains.


 

The Road leads ever on

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Beta 0.2 is up next in roughly a month and with it will come the 7th faction Rivendell.
A lot of the ground work has already been done on Rivendell as you can see in recent news and images but you will have to wait till then to see them in action.

 

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Edited by Radspakr Wolfbane, 29 January 2015 - 02:53 AM.

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#2 Mathijs

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

Congratulations, I forwarded it on our FB page.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:46 PM

Nice. I'm gonna give this a download when I've got some time.

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#4 Radspakr Wolfbane

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:36 PM

Things seem to be going smoother this time than with Beta 0.1 and so far feedback has been positive.

I might not even need to hotfix this time around.


Edited by Radspakr, 09 January 2014 - 09:25 AM.

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