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Well, that's how I do it in my Doom map but the thing is that everytime I put things at random, they end up looking weird. I believe this would be especially true for mountains. I just can't place things randomly and make them coherent at the same time. Maybe it's a novice thing? What problems did you have as a novice?
Also, I really appreciate your support but I would ask you to PM if you want to talk about this matter. I don't want to clutter the MERP page with my novice ramblings :Pa
Do you know any book with medieval illustrations? It would be cool if building placement would also be explained (why this building is generally placed in this part of towm bla bla). An geography book would also come in handy without any overly complicated mumbo-jumbo. Just something that could help me make believable places. I'd like my source to come from one place.
Anyway, I don't want to derail this. If you want to help, PM me :)
I see. When you guys made MERP did you use a book for say interior or building design? What I'm saying is that I would like my inspiration to come from one or two sources whether it be building/interior/landscapes instead of just looking at random pictures on the internet.
I've watched some tutorials on the internet and it actually seems like a lot of fun. I think I'm gonna actually do this when I'm not pressed by time anymore.
Hmm, well for starters I would like to do something for Skyrim first but the real question was how do you make realistic/believable landscapes and buildings? Where do you get inspiration and guidelines? How do you make a realistic castle?
Truth be told, I really like building stuff in Minecraft and because of that I was thinking about trying my hand at landscape and level designing, is it anything like that? Of course, not knowing anything, I wouldn't dare apply yet to your team but I was thinking about making an island for Skyrim (maybe 1/4th of Falskaar) to see if I'm any good at this. The problem is that aside from a few Doom maps (which are not that difficult to make), I haven't done any modding before and do not know much about how to make landscapes, geography or 3D modelling (is it needed at all?) although I have heard that the Creation Kit is easy to use. If you know of any tutorials though, I would be glad to read them and maybe start my little island project and see how it goes.
I still wish it would have been possible to finish Oblivion MERP...although both games are very LOTR-like when it comes to feel, I think Oblivion was more suited for LOTR because it's not as dark and washed-out. I really liked the use of color in Oblivion.
I've only glanced over it once so I don't really remember a lot of details anyway :P
Sounds like you didn't know what you were getting yourselves into when you started the project. You've got the talent for sure but I hope you will be making wiser decisions in the future. Exactly how big is LoA: SO? If it's really big like MERP, Are you 100% sure you can pull it off?
Hypothetically speaking, would it have been possible to finish Oblivion MERP?
...why would they hack a mod with 0 relation to LOTR.
Yay! The graphics ***** in me is delighted!
I was talking about an official game, not a mod.
If that happens, they could buy the game licence using kickstarter...if only :(
Do you think it has a chance to come out this year?
Man...I still can't believe it ended like this. Now all we can hope for are lame *** Hobbit cash-in games. I wish they at least brought their games to Batman standards.
I dearly hope you will work on an official LOTR game in the future, you guys can certainly do it. For now, the only game that is similar to LOTR in story, scope and feel is still Skyrim...but after 500 hours poured in it, it's become more than a bit stale.
Well, look at the bright side. The C&D spared them from pouring an enormous amount of utterly pointless effort in the mod due to the engine bug.
The vegetation and weapon/armor assets could prove useful to the modding community though.
If you type Lays of Althas on google, the first page is a wiki.
One more thing, can we consider The Lays of Althas a sort of spiritual successor to MERP? Will it be similar in feel, look and atmosphere or will it be entirely different in this regard? I've been checking out your wiki and it already feels a lot like LOTR.
If someone finds a fix for this bug (or a way around it) and if WB loses the battle with TE, will you someday return to working on this?
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Man...this sucks bigtime, all that work down the drain. Either way, I wish you all the best, maybe you'll find a solution one day or maybe you will even work on an official LOTR game.
Goodbye MERP :(
You are right, this is a huge topic and to be frank, it kinda scares me. Thank you for the kind words to everyone who posted, I have been struggling with this decision for a while :) .Who knows, maybe I'll be ready to tackle this for my Master's when I will (hopefully) become wiser.
On a MERP related note, I will send a letter to WB in the following days as I have just passed all my exams. I suggest everyone to do the same.
Remember Andy Dusfrene from Shawshank Redemption sending letters for making a library? Eventually they got tired and he got what he wanted and more!
Hello MERP devs and fans, I find myself in need of help deciding on what to write my undergraduate dissertation about (don't exactly know how it's called in English) and I was thinking you could help me.
On one hand, I wanted it to be about LOTR ever since my first year, more specifically how Mythology (specifically Norse) and Christianity influenced Tolkien's works or whether LOTR is truly set in a medieval world (as popular culture often depicts it). However, lately I've been thinking that these subjects have been discussed for quite a while although my coordinating professor said that the topic still has blood in it. What other topics do you suggest? I've though about others as well but they all lead to the ones aforementioned one way or another.
The other topic is far more daring and could be potentially be risky. That topic is the question whether Video games are/can be art. Video games have music (which is often but not always considered art), narratives (games like The Witcher and Dragon age have been compared to movies which are also art but not always) and most importantly, unlike other forms of art/entertanment, video games have interactivity, meaning that the player can actually influence the world/narrative through a set of predetermined actions. But even considering all of this, ARE they ART?Can interactive media be art at all?If so, why? Have video games advanced enough to be art AT THE MOMENT?
Yeah, me too.
Wouldn't it be possible to buy a non-commercial licence? Of course we are talking about tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars but through Kickstarter it might be possible considering the petition sign count.
Your post implies that you are not simply stuck because of lack of communication with WB, is that true? Is ANYTHING worthwhile happening behind the scenes?
Yeah, why didn't you just wait for that?
Where? And if they lose, how would they have any say in this?
Wouldn't it have been better had you waited for the Tolkien Estate lawsuit to reach a conclusion?
Where exactly did he say that? He dislikes fanfiction and will probably want to shut this down too if he found out.