Mod «Ride for Ruin: A Lord of the Rings mod» for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.12.1 - 1.12.7)

Ride for Ruin: A Lord of the Rings mod

Ride for Ruin transports you to the apocalyptic final years of Lord of the Rings’ Third Age. Control one of Middle Earth’s iconic countries and try to save the world– or plunge it into eternal darkness.


  • Engage in the world-spanning clash of the War of the Ring: defeat the Dark Lord once and for all, or lead his armies to enslave the world for all eternity!
  • A lore-accurate, detailed, and beautiful custom map of Middle Earth
  • Custom focus trees, decisions, characters, and ideas for Gondor, Rohan, Isengard, and Mordor, with over seven years of content for each nation
  • Alternate history paths to crown Grima king of Rohan or lead a rebellion against his unjust rule
  • News events for many of the iconic scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • A skill based system to capture or destroy the One Ring

Design Principles & Plans

  • Every country in the game will receive unique content, including focus trees
  • Gondor, Rohan, Isengard, and Mordor will receive extensive alt-history paths & other content revisions
  • Countries should interact with each other via focuses, decision, and events
  • The books and movies serve as a guide and inspiration, but accuracy has not been held sacred above interesting gameplay
  • The ring system will eventually be reworked into a custom focus tree for the fellowship that interacts with many countries
  • The map will be continuously refined


  • Project owner: Isaac Hessel-Robinson
  • Contributor: xxxSleepyheadxxx
  • Update

Version 30.09.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.12.1 - 1.12.2)


  • Localized all chassis equipment to be consistent with non-NSB equipment
  • Localized all NSB tank techs


Version 28.09.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.12.1)


  • Ride for Ruin now works on patch 1.12 (Avalanche) and uses all associated mechanics
  • Ride for Ruin is now compatible with the By Blood Alone dlc


  • Updated war-support decisions to use the 1.12 system
  • Elevated Engineering Corps spirit now provides 20% railway gun bombardment up from 5% (In line with 1.12)
  • Flat branch experience gain from advisors has been moved to come exclusively from branch chiefs (In line with 1.12)
  • Added a fuel tank module for tanks (In line with 1.12)
  • Reduced suppression of most of the softer occupation laws (In line with 1.12)
  • Compressed variance in troop requirements between occupation laws (In line with 1.12)


  • Vanilla’s country specific army icons are no longer available
  • Added some variety to high command trait icons


Version 24.09.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.11.1 - 1.11.13)

  • Improved the icon quality of Gondor's "Increase Stewardial Authority" focus


Version 21.09.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.11.1 - 1.11.13)

  • -Éomer's rebellion now receives additional states & units based on Liberator popularity; the bug preventing this was introduced in patch 1.00.02


Version 01.09.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.11.1 - 1.11.13)


  • Gondor can no longer complete the focus “Light the Beacons” if Rohan is a subject


  • The event "The King of the West Requests Allegiance" now properly uses a picture
  • Completing the focus “Proclaim Lordship of All the West” no longer fires the event "The King of the West Requests Allegiance" for yourself
  • Éomer now uses the correct civil war branch


  • Fixed “Condor” to “Gondor” in the “Central Gondor” strategic region
  • Fixed “Mountians” to “Mountains” in the Eastern White Mountains state


Version 29.08.22 for Hearts of Iron 4 (v1.11.1 - 1.11.13)


File info

  • Added by: TOP-Mods
  • Author: Isaac H-R
  • Mod version: 10.12.22
  • File format: ZIP
  • File size: 30.8 mb
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