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That's alright guys, I'm sorry if I sounded a bit on edge there. Its just that answering the same questions over and over becomes a bit tiresome in the long run :) (although I only have myself to blame for that in the end, because I chose to be active in the comment section myself)
Please don't start this discussion again... It's been cleared up a few pages back, so please just search through the comments for a bit. Pretty much every question I've seen being posted here, has been asked before...
Well, as the ring bearer you would be able to get to Mordor in any way you deem fit, but that doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot of scripting, as you are pretty much scripting the story yourself by making your own choices. Putting in real changes to the storyline, like saving Boromir, would be a pain in the *** to script, for Denethor would then probably not lose his mind fully and who knows what harm or good that would do. I think a dynamic story like that is to ambitious a goal, even for a commercial development team.
Yeah, well, that's what Isildur is most renowned for, but here's the thing: he forgot to destroy the ring ;)
I think MERP can hardly be considered 'commercial exploitation'. If anything it will boost the Skyrim sales, but there wouldn't be anyone to blame for that...
Lurtz? Who is Lurtz? Not some guy Peter Jackson made up, is he? :P
Don't do that!! It's awesome that you want to save this mod and that you're willing to put some effort in it. That being said, I think it's a very bad idea to inform TE about MERP, for TE will probably do the exact same thing WB did, but this time because they would actually want to protect their IP instead of their wallets... Our strength right now is in secrecy and disguise, MERP should blend in with the background now that the big guys are fighting.
Which will only become effective whenever Tolkien Estate wins the lawsuit. I can perfectly understand the caution the devs retain, for they have come this far and it would be a pity to loose all that because of a silly move like starting to early
You are not worthy of a name like Thranduilas, for Thranduil, like most of the sindar, is quite wise and would read the FAQ before commenting wildly like that...
Yeah it really does, not very 'tablet-friendly'... Not that karma is that important, but it kinda makes me feel like an *** nontheless.
Oh god, it happened again... I meant to upvote it....
Merry Christmas to you too! (and everybody else ofcourse ;) )
uhm, I think you underestimated the loss a little. If every signature represents one person who would normally buy Guardians of Middle-Earth and if they would all abide the 'boycott', then 24,99*24.938=623.200,62 is the amount of pounds they would lose. If you add Lego lotr to the equation, the numbers will rise higher and higher. It's not enough to bring them down by a long shot, but I hope that this, along with the TE lawsuit, will send a signal strong enough to break through the reinforced concrete bombshelter, which surrounds the eyes and ears of the higher ups at WB hq...
If someone can work out a way to make Skyrim 64-bits (which isn't likely), then yes. But that would mean that they would have to make two versions of the mod (one 64-bits and a 32-bits version), to keep everybody happy. Also I can imagine that the rest of your rig will have to be pretty hefty indeed, to run an even bigger worldspace.
You know that Middle-Earth will be 9 times larger than Skyrim? That's also about the maximum size for a detailed worldspace in the Skyrim engine, because of the 4 GB memory limitation of a 32-bit executable.
Overreacting much? You can't miss what you haven't had, so calm your tits, man
Fail... Wanted to uprate your comment, but my iPad decided to downrate... So +1 ;)
I'm sorry, but that's plain ********. If WB can prove that the designs of MERP are exactly the same as those used in the films, they would have a case. But I think it's quite obvious they can't...
There was a mod that added Bag End some time ago on the Workshop, but I don't know if it still exists. That, along with the mods you already mentioned, is about as far as it goes concerning lotr mods to my knowledge.
XD yeah, would be totally in character too, for hobbits have a feti.., I mean passion, for mushrooms. "Give me your 'shrooms or die, farmer ******!"
But yeah, I kind of really like Maggot, so that's not gonna cut it for me :)
Thanks for pointing it out, but we indeed already knew that :) So fingers crossed, for that is by far MERP's best chance of ever becoming reality (or virtual reality) I think.
Yes, I think a lot is going on in the dev part of their forum. Also there is not much to report, I deem, since there hasn't been any official change in their situation. I think contact with WB is still ****-poor, especially now that WB has their own problems to mind. I would like to know how WB responds to the amount of signers for the petition though. Have you (MERP team) already told them about the petition?
So WB is still holding on to their practically void C&D?(until further notice anyway)
If I understand correctly Alasdair is going to the Amazon to offer developmental help to a secluded village. That will cost quite some money though, which he would be able to cough up himself. But a fundraiser in the form of a hike through The Yorkshire Dales is much more fun ofcourse :)
Can't agree with you more there. WB succeeded in unifying 23.000 Tolkien fans (and some awesome people who aren't fans but just disagree with WB's way of handling such things). In the end (if all goes well) the C&D might prove to be the best thing that could have happened to MERP :) (still think the outer walls of Minas Tirith should be a polished granite kind of black though :P)
I have to agree that the whole situation has a somewhat surreal touch to it. If the lawsuit will result in the continuation and (hopefully) completion of MERP, my fate in justice would at least be somewhat restored. I know justice is a non-existent concept, that humanity has come up with to bring some order to this world. But I deem it very coincidental that we were all working hard to save this project (which was a VERY ambitious goal, to say the least) and then, when a damn lot of hope is lost, another great power comes in and takes away the threat (if everything goes as expected).
Are you aware of the recent news that Tolkien Estate is suing WB because WB used it's license to make products that were not 'tangible', which wasn't part of the license. So all of the Fair Use laws don't matter any longer for the WB C&D matter, because WB didn't have the right to produce anything like MERP itself. If Tolkien Estate wins, the only thing that could stop MERP would be Tolkien Estate itself...
I don't think Tolkien Estate itself would allow MERP to continue if they knew about it. I think the best thing to do for the MERP team, is quietly move on after WB loses in court.
You'll get Khamul, I guess (although he won't be playable). Ancalagon The Black not so much, but since the FAQ states the mod will take place in the third age, I think you figured as much ;)