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Dack105
Dack105 Jan 2 2014, 5:29pm says:

The models look very nice and the architecture is great (lots of variation). The street does look very lifeless however. The whole road is perfectly maintained and seems fairly artificial and there are no unique details that stick out, but that can be fixed fairly easily with some shrubs and rubble.
Looking good, very pumped for this.

+2 votes   media: Cunnian: a small, northern Market-Town.
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 10 2013, 5:27am says:

Are you guys still taking applications over at the forums? I'm thinking I'd like to throw my hat in for doing some writing :)

+3 votes   game: The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order
Dack105
Dack105 Jul 2 2013, 8:31pm replied:

I actually really like stat based systems. KOTOR and Morrowind are just as god to me as Skyrim and AC. The more skill based systems do have their appeal, mainly in immersion. I'm not saying I prefer stat based, but I can go either way. I feel stat based systems offer better character progression as with skill based systems, when you start a new character, you still have your skills.

+1 vote   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Jul 2 2013, 2:55am replied:

I actually think the combat in W1 is better than W2. The second one feels like a button masher.

+1 vote   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Jun 25 2013, 5:40am replied:

What makes you think they won't extend? Tolkien's world is a very valuable IP. Sue they haven't done **** with it, but it has heaps of potential and they probably don't want to give that up.
Maybe they will get PJ to make some more movies that bridge that gap between LOTR and Hobbit(they won't get silmerilian rights).

+2 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Jun 12 2013, 3:04am replied:

I think you are being way to much of a purist. Books and films are very different, and need different structures. Also, the story of the movies needs to be different form the book because of it being told thought the lens of LOTR, instead of LOTR being told through a hobbit lens. If you read quest of erebor then you realize that Tolkien was seriously re-thinking and was in fact going to re-write the story because of all the things that happened to the characters and places in LOTR.
If PJ just translated the book to screen it would be very boring and would leave the average movie going audience completely underwhelmed and confused.
Personally, I appreciate that they change the story for the movies so that they don't soil the books. If you look at Harry Potter, the movies stayed way to close to the books, and they detract from them.

Legolas and Taureil are necessary to make the elves defined characters (in the book we only get one named elf, and that would not translate well to film). It would also be weird if we went to Legolas home, speak to his father, but never actually see him. His presence is call for because of the LOTR lens.

Turning the barrels into an action sequence is necessary because otherwise the middle of the film would have a huge gap between action sequences.

The only thing that I'm annoyed at is Smaug being so bloody huge (and the inevitable flurry of people pronouncing it 'smohg' rather than 'smahwg').

+4 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Jun 9 2013, 10:23pm says:

Just realized that it's been about a year since I started checking this page (on average) every day.

+9 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 May 14 2013, 8:02pm replied:

Also; the Witcher 2's engine already pushes mid-range PC's to the limit, attempting to make MERP in it would make most computers overheat and cry.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 May 14 2013, 7:50pm replied:

The Witcher 2 Engine wouldn't really suit what MERP is attempting (maybe the witcher 3 engine will tho). But just switcheing to a different engine won't make it not in violation of WB's cease and desist. Furthermore, i find it unlikely that CD Projekt Red is going to get sewed and make enemies of WB's legal department over MERP. They may be a great company, but they are not a stupid company.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Apr 29 2013, 4:05am replied:

I actually really like it; it keeps it from being too noisy, and the trees in the background look slightly cartoonish and very beautiful.

-2 votes   media: Enderal Screenshot
Dack105
Dack105 Mar 22 2013, 7:49pm replied:

“an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing”...
Hey WB; you know what would generate good faith: letting your fans express their enthusiasm for your products!

I can't see how this will hold up in court; the legal system doesn't work on 'implied' ideas and 'good faith'.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Feb 9 2013, 6:46pm replied:

I'm not sure if the creation of LOTR game will cease, just games that are not available for purchase in stores. I would assume that buying a disk of LEGO LOTR counts as tangible. If not, then they can't sell DVDs of their movies, or for that matter, let people watch them in cinemas.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Feb 8 2013, 4:48pm replied:

I've only read the very first 3 sentences and I already disagree. I frackn LOVE Tom Bombadil!
Though as you said; entertaining :)

+5 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Feb 5 2013, 12:09am replied:

WB in not just a movie company. They are a company who make their revenue form movies, merchandise, games, theme-parks and god knows what else.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 22 2012, 3:07am replied:

I'd probably give it a year unfortunately. Like you, I'm no expert, but I cant see WB giving in without a good few months of pointless bickering. Anybody expecting news by May will probably be disappointed...
Who knows, maybe MERP will be moved over to TES6 by the time the lawsuit finishes up :/

+5 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 19 2012, 10:45pm replied:

But Farmer Maggot is an extremely kindly and helpful man!

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 16 2012, 6:12pm replied:

Yea, but that would cost a crap load; and investing money into a project like this would mean that marketability would factor into the development. That would make a bad Tolkien game.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 3 2012, 4:44pm replied:

This has been suggested many, many times and it's not going to happen. The Silmarillion doesn't lend it'self to this format anywhere near as well as LOTR does, and making the aforementioned decision would compromise the quality of the mod.

+2 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 2 2012, 6:52pm replied:

SDSSMSS for short :)

+7 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Dec 2 2012, 6:51pm replied:

I agree completely. I think that if TE wins the lawsuit; you guys need to drop of the radar. Start a new page that only the developers, and people like us who check this page all together too often can find. I'd hate for this to get back into development to find that TE sends an equally idiotic C&D.

+8 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 30 2012, 3:49am says:

Hey, guys... should we try to make MERP ModDB's Mod of the Year? I mean, it'd be great for publicity, but it would also take the title away from a *finished* mod that is deserving of it.

+10 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 24 2012, 5:46am replied:

The Tolkien Estate has a problem with *everything* to do with the movies and fandom of LOTR.

+2 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 21 2012, 3:44am replied:

That wasn't the estate, they had sold the rights to make movies of LOTR when they were made.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 20 2012, 4:53pm replied:

I agree with myself more now that I've learnt that T.E. sent a C&D to Middle Earth Morrowind mod. We need to be sneaky, maybe try and finish the mod semi-privately, then release it so if you get a C&D from T.E. MERP is already out on the Internet, and they can't do anything about it.

+2 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 20 2012, 4:36pm replied:

I kind of feel the opposite of this actually. If we quiet down now, and stay off the radar (and WB looses) then T.E. won't notice us.
I'd put a temporary end to the battle until this lawsuit is sorted.
I don't really think T.E. would come after us, but it's not like they have a public image to uphold or need happy fans, they just want to protect Tolkien's ledgendarium from being completely disgraced, and they might not like MERP.

+3 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 20 2012, 6:59am replied:

I tried to link directly to the full lawsuit. Apparently that does'ne work.

+2 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 20 2012, 6:12am says:

Hollywoodreporter.com
Awesome!
After reading some of this... if WB loose the case, you can continue the mod. No questions. I'm pretty sure they can't continue LOTRO either (I don't think they sell it in stores, just Online), and that's the closest thing to MERP that they could claim is being superseded.
God I hope the Tolkien Estate wins.

+8 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 20 2012, 3:08am replied:

Oh, my Iluvatar! If the estate wins this (I really hope they do) that means that MERP does not fall under WB's licence as it's not 'tangible' and only downloadable... HOPE!

+6 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 18 2012, 11:52pm replied:

I'm pretty sure people with that many subs have relegated their in-box to Oblivion. YouTubers get *heaps* of PMs and generally can't keep up with them. I'd suggest going though comments on the videos.

+6 votes   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
Dack105
Dack105 Nov 14 2012, 8:11pm replied:

This is not going to happen because when someone mods Skyrim,that content becomes property of Bethesda. That means that Bethesda can take anybody's mod and release it officially without need of explicit consent from the creator. That's my understanding of the licence put out by bethesda. You can't have official WB products modded into a Bethesda game, because there would be legal issues between Zenimax and WB.
(I think... Maybe not, but that's how I see it)

+1 vote   mod: MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project
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