Since I already mention the both the Orc factions are pretty much the same, I think the next patch should add variety that the other does not, for example give one faction Two Headed Trolls-These trolls have two heads, as stated in the Hobbit.They are said to be more fesious then those with one head.It is unkown if they actully have two heads or it is a term for those working for Sauron, for he controlled them, meaning they have two heads. and give the other faction the Hobgoblins-Hobgoblins were stronger, larger, and more menacing than the other orcs. The Hobgoblins were only mentioned Gandalf in The Hobbit.
Then other my suggestions:
Dwarves should be stronger and have less units. I think a player should be able to restore ancient dwarven kingdoms like Kingdom of Khazad-Dum. Maybe making one more(I think there is one in game already) settlement in Gundabad with dwarven name because Dwarves had refuges in Gray Mountains so that a player can "get it back" and make one more step to restoration of dwarven kingdoms. So, to restore their kingdom there are steps to be made:
1. Longbeards must have the throne.
2. OOTMM and OOG must be eliminated.(Revenge to goblins for all fallen Dwarves. )
3. Regions of Mount Gundabad and Misty Mountains must be under player's rule, including dwarven regions of Ered Luin.
4. Khazad-Dum must be under dwarven rule and it must be capitol.
5. Building "The Halls of Durin the Deathless" must be built in Khazad-Dum.
After Kingdom is restored, in places of Mountains such as Goblin Town, player or AI maybe can build building "Halls of the Mountains" or "Walls of Old Glory" depending on settlement's type(Town or Castle).
So, what do you think?
A thing that really appeals to me in 3.0 is the ability to build livestock farming in all grassland regions. This makes growing your cities possible. The same can be said about mines in mountain regions and ports on port/river towns. But I feel there can be more added for different regions. Are there any plans for unique buildings for specific regions? Let's take forest regions for example. Would you be willing to include some sort of "lumber camp" in the game? It obviously makes no sense for it to give growth bonuses, but I feel they can benefit from bonus income, that similar to mines. But make the input not as high, maybe +100 the first upgrade, then a second for +200? Some of these forest regions don't get the farm bonuses so they already lack the income. I feel this could balance it out a bit more.
ARMOR-UPGRADE (concerning Dale)
I really like the new armor-upgrades for Gondor, so I hope the other factions will follow in further versions...
my big concern goes to dale for this, because they have a highly differentiated looking army.
I've to say, I like the Dale-style in general, but at the end it's a bit dissattisfiing to have several different-looking units.
my proposal would be, that you have not to develope a new entire update-concept, but take the existing units as they are for armor-upgrade.
1 the Dale Swordsmen could for example start as they are now, and via upgrade, they could become like the Bardian Marksmen or the Barding Hird (of course just armed with a sword).
the same with the Dale cavalry.
2 Hearth Watchmen and Longbowmen could have an upgrade to Dale Swordsmen (of course still armed with their spear/longbow).
3 the Rivermen, Yeomen and Woodsmen could have an upgrade that lets them look like the Dalesmen.
4 the Dalesmen themselves wouldn't be upgradeble, the same with Dale Swordmasters and of course the Earls, Barding Hird, Bardian Marksmen and Athala-Rangers.
5 the Rhovannion Gadraughts could look in their upgraded version like the Aihwothiuda Horseguards.
that would be awesome and (I think - but don't really know ) easy to handle.
I bet an experienced submodder could do that in a very short time, if he has the permission to do so, and i don't see much reason for the team not to include that interresting work in a future patch if someone makes it.
I'm not sure if this is a ridiculous question (I've not really followed TATW before the release of 3.0), but has it ever been considered to contact the FRoME team and implement that submod into vanilla TATW. The 4 extra factions and extra units sound like a good addition to the game imo. Not over the top and within lore afaict.
Then it would be possible to chose from a few more interesting factions and use other good submods as Baron Samedi's Compilation or MOS.
M2TW Mod - Roman / Hellenic : Europa Barbarorum II
> EUD_Mod - Extended Unit Descriptions for EBII v2.2+ (more unit statistics)
RTW Mod - J.R.R. Tolkien : Fourth Age Total War: The Dominion of Men
OK TATW 3.1 Team or anyone out there, what is up with that huge territory in the north called Forowaith? why is so empty? I thinks like one village and for some reason Sauron's capital is there? weird but ok. why not add some villages up there to conquer? or make a faction up there, maybe a neutral faction. Its a shame to have so much empty space for nothing. Some resources that come from a cold place like that could be animal skin for clothing, fish as in ice fishing, stuff like that. does any one agree?
I have a Dunland hero planned for my sub mod, I even have a model for it so it's just a matter of time till I get to it.And I would rework the hero model of the Dunland general in terms of hair colour and style. He should have black wild hairs with a gigantic beard. Exactly as on the unit card.
But these were the only things which disturbed me a bit.
Hey i really like what u did to Eriador, but as always there is room to improve:
1. Something like "Guards of Amon Sūl" would be lore accurate and cool (could look something between Fountain Guards and Annuminas special unit) and those would be available after u have Arnor and rebuilt Amon Sūl's tower.
2. Eriador generals portraits should be more unique and look something like Ithillien rangers or/and battle-ready
I have thought about the relationship of the noble Dol Amroth folk and the elves. As they have some elvish blood in their vains, I personally would like to see both elvish factions be able to rarely recruit the knights of dol amroth units as mercanaries in Dol Amroth region if they reach it. As in my High Elves campaign I conquered Dol Amroth from Mordor this idea came to my mind, had also two campaign back in old versions of TA when the High Elves reached Dol Amroth.