"Long they laboured in the regions of Eä, which are vast beyond the thought of Elves and Men, until in the time appointed was made Arda..." - J.R.R. Tolkien, Valaquenta Middle-earth: Lord of the Mods is a modpack that attempts to recreate J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy universe within the confines of Civ3 Conquests. The mod dates back to May 2003, with Celeborn and his thread "LotR Modders UNITE!!!" Within weeks, this common interest group formed into a focused team and the skeleton of what would become this mod began to take shape. PCHighway later took on the leadership position, and led the team into a private beta stage in 2005. The private beta sought to refine the mod in a closed environment before opening it to the public. After 12 major releases, hundreds of bug reports and fixes, and changes to virtually every part of the mod, we feel that it is ready for the entire community. In the mod you will find 15 civilizations from the pages of Tolkien's writings, as well as custom wonders, resources, and hundreds of units. The Lord of the Rings was taken as the ultimate source of inspiration, along with Tolkien's other works such as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. Much effort was put into complying with the information therein. The mod has been in a private beta testing stage for 2 1/2 years, during which it has undergone many improvements to make it as fun, balanced, and true to Middle-earth as possible. The mod is still being released as a beta, but with your help we can complete the work and make this one of the greatest and most complete mods available, and a tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy. DOWNLOAD LOTM 1.13.1 (193MB RAR archive) Updated 2017-01-03: v1.13 removed from AtomicGamer after 8800+ downloads! Installation: Install WinRAR, download and place .rar file in Conquests\Scenarios, right-click and 'Extract Here' STEAM USERS: Patch 1.13.2 fixes a crash when founding your first city. Just replace Conquests\Scenarios\LotM\Text\labels.txt with this file. File structure should look like this: Code: Conquests\ -Scenarios\ --Lord of the Mods 1.13.biq --LotM\ ---Art\ ---Sounds\ ---Text\ See post #2 for detailed information on the current version Custom maps and other optional downloads are listed in post #3 =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= CREDITS: Celeborn for organizing the community and getting the mod started PCHighway for his leadership and devotion through the testing stage mrtn for his co-leadership and eel juggling LotM team current & past for contributions, testing, and patience: aaglo AlcTrv Arathorn CamJH Cuivienen Cyber Dreyk egroen embryodead Isak kairob Kindred72 mimic Mithadan mrtn Noldodan Olorin0222 PCHighway Plotinus RRnut The Last Conformist Weasel Op Yoda Power zxe [Ant]Wimp along with everyone else who contributed to the discussion threads in the pre-beta stage our talented creators, specifically those who made units for LotM and/or Middle-earth: utahjazz, Plotinus, aaglo, Kinboat, Kindred, and others Thuderfall for granting us upload space and a private forum Apoc for interviewing mrtn and promoting the mod J.R.R. Tolkien for creating Middle-earth, the world we all know and love If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize- there are so many to thank! Let me know and I'll add to the list.