Co-leader of Epoch Games, developer of The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order (please look up the team and project on IndieDb) -------------------- Also a former modder of the canceled Middle Earth Roleplaying Project (MERP), a Total Conversion Modification of Skyrim (you can look that project up on ModDb)

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names_are_useless @ Player Inventory - Item Comparison

As Dan was saying, its easier for modelers. There's a reason why the Elder Scrolls games have less and less Equipment slots (Morrowind and Daggerfall had even then Oblivion in case you forgot).

However, we do have a Back slot, and the Rucksack and Bag slots (while they may not be visible on the character) gives a nice progression of Inventory space (much like DayZ).

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names_are_useless @ Unreal Engine 4 Devs, Modders and Players

Appreciate the invite, it feels good to be among other UE4 devs, modders and players :)

I must ask though: is there any other place besides the official Unreal Engine forums where I could find people with UE4 experience looking to join a team? So far its the only community place I know, and we at Epoch Games would definitely like to find ourselves an extra Level Designer (which only requires basic UE4 skills).

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names_are_useless @ Kept You Waiting, huh?

Thanks ElfFriend, glad you're still checking on us :)

We do want to post in-game screenshots, but only when they're ready.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

That was me ^

And for all those still pining over MERP: I feel you, but I would really like to recommend that you guys check out the Lays of Althas: Sundered Order indie game we're working on: Indiedb.com

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names_are_useless @ LoA:SO Pause Menu

Placeholder, it will be a screenshot of where you are in that moment.

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names_are_useless @ Epoch Games

We are, and our plan is to begin posting updates regularly like we used to.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

Hey guys, don't fret, we are making progress, we just want to wait until we have something in a more presentable state.

In the meantime, please consider voting for us for Indie of the Year 2015 :)

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names_are_useless @ Faesholt

@ElfFriend: I can confirm that they all have significance in some part. I recommend keeping track of the people and places in these updates ;)

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@Guest: Its time we let go friend. There's bigger and brighter things ahead for all of us :)

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@Gandorf: Thanks for the compliment, but we still got a long way to go. Not sure if Mortal Kombat would really benefit from having elements. RPG elements perhaps (Soul Calibre series comes to mind), but open world RPG? As much as I enjoy open world Games as much as the next guy, I dont believe all games would benefit by being open world (nor an MMO, as some people tend to think).

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

This may seem like a funny thing to mention, but 4 mentioned kings in the lore have been given new names:
- King Valos I & II are now "King Falos I & II"
- King Honus is now "King Zomar"
- King Avalin is now "King Modelli"

Any article these Kings have been mentioned in have been updated.

And yes, we are working on an update, so please stay tuned.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Several of us from the MERP team are still together, creating our own Indie RPG: Indiedb.com

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

Its funny you suggested rendering the Trojan War ... when the original MERP team was discussing a new project to work on after MERP's cancellation, an Iliad-based RPG was suggested. An RPG set in The Iliad could indeed be quite interesting. In terms of great pieces of Classic Literature, The Iliad really does deserve a decent game based off it.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@TheAnkka: Myself, and the other Co-Founders of Epoch Games, did work on the MERP mod previously. Very few of the original mod team are working on this game though.

You like LOTR? I would have never guessed :P. Actually, with Althas, I'd say we're trying to avoid a lot of Tolkien imagery ... still, you'll find influences here and there (I mean, all Fantasy fiction since the 60s have pretty much been influenced by Tolkien in some capacity).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@zippeykeys12: The MERP Team is disbanded. Those left from it (including myself) are working on our IndieDb game, The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order: Indiedb.com

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

Let me rephrase: the "lower then Tolkien" bit is probably incorrect ... Althas is probably around the same level as Tolkien's Mythos, it's just that the fantasy elements are focused in different areas then Tolkien's.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@Guest: Please read the Summary: "The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-LOW-fantasy RPG". When I say low, I mean low. Probably lower then even Tolkien (although there is magic, its just HARD to find (and learn) at the present time in Althas that the game is supposed to take place).

As for costumes: you would need to talk to our Concept Artists if you want to contribute any art of use to the team. EVERY faction is being given a different culture/style to one another. We do NOT want Althas to be just some generic, run-of-the-mill "fantasy" games, not in gameplay, story, or visuals.

Feel free to offer suggestions, but just know that there's already a lot of established lore to this game. We've revealed some of it, but I guarantee you that there is A LOT more we have not revealed to the public. I, and the team, however are always open to good and fresh ideas :)

As for "incentives" of exploration, of course there should be unique sites in the world, as well as quests/events that may ask you to go out to certain parts of the world that you may normally do. However, I would argue that such incentives to exploration do not need always be told to the player. Sometimes finding something you didn't expect (be it site, or event) should be its own reward.

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names_are_useless @ The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

Alright, this News post has been updated. Hope this format is preferable for everyone.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@Gandorf: Funny you should ask, since the team is discussing the details of this very subject right now.

As for the possibility of all NPCs being vulnerable to death, that is even a more difficult subject to discuss. The more important the character is, the more the game will have to change based on his death (particularly leaders of factions). For myself, I would only want it one of two ways:
1. You kill a really important NPC, its a Game Over. Maybe there could be some text of the consequences of your actions and what effect they could have on the world.
2. At best, there could be a couple killable important characters, with the game changing if they're killed. Perhaps you kill a King and then the game can simulate his son's rule? You can imagine the number of events that could be changed just by this one action, so it is something that will likely take us a lot of work to simulate.

As for just "walking in and killing him", well that should depend on the character. A King for example should be HEAVILY guarded, with proper admittance only authorized by the guards. A whole castle could have your head if you tried to break in, or they discover you've snuck your way in.

It will all take some careful planning. Don't worry, I don't like invincible NPCs either (well, invincible NPCs that can be attacked). We'll do the best we can to avoid this.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

MERP Fans, its the Indie of the Year awards.

I know we haven't had an update in awhile (its coming, believe me), but I would like to ask that you please vote for our in-development game, The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order:
Indiedb.com

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@ElfFriend: Not only a really cramped Middle Earth, but one where the Timeline system we were working on (where events in Middle Earth would correspond with the in-game date) would have been far more difficult to simulate (not the date aspect, but the event aspect).

Seriously though guys, I know you all miss MERP, but I really want to encourage you guys to support our original game "The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order." Many of the gameplay features that were planned for MERP we're trying to provide in our indie game, as well as a story that allows for a lot of originality I believe (well, in terms of fantasy worlds):
Indiedb.com

We also are no longer limited by the crap Skyrim modding engine, and have more freedom with Unreal Engine 4 then we ever did with modding.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

At this time, Epoch Games is looking for assistance with Public Relations (as well as someone to assist with job recruitment tasks). If any fans here have the time to spare, we'd be grateful.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@sjoerddz: Several of Epoch Game's founders (which includes myself) formerly worked on the MERP mod for Skyrim. However, none of the work on Althas came from MERP (all of MERP's work was too iconic to Tolkien, we want our own style for Althas).

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

Yes fans, we are aware that our website and forums are down right now (since last night). Should likely be back up by tomorrow.

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names_are_useless @ Thenodrim Shortsword

@Brotapfelinhalierer: No worries, I feel the same way you do about weapons and armor in fantasy games. Functionality is an important focus in our art style.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@ryanhr96: Read the News update. We're only losing out on minimal landscaping work. And to answer you about the quality of our models: I think some minimal work needs done, but nothing that's slowing us down.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@PaulyG: Boy, what great timing, huh? :P

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@sctheriault: Yes, we do indeed need help. Please check your private messages.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Guest: Return of the King sure, as well as the Two Towers game before it, and I'll give credit to BfME1 for being one of my favorite RTSs in the early 2000s (that's saying a lot, considering how addicted I was to Warcraft 3).

However, I would argue that The Third Age was a terrible Final Fantasy clone (although perhaps the bland 2-dimensional characters and story were somewhat befitting when compared to most of the Final Fantasy titles ...), and don't get me started on my hatred for how BfME2 absolutely butchered Tolkien's lore, and took out the two best parts of the original BfME1: the battle map, where you could take regions Risk-style and felt like you were in a proper war, and the wall gameplay (which weren't just hindrances that could only be destroyed, but in fact proper defenses that replicated some of the fun siege scenes from the films).

But I digress, I'm with you on how despicable I find the LOTR and Hobbit IPs in the hands of WB. Not only because of the C&D, but more so with how poorly they've handled it (and not just the games ...).

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@Insanity: On a few job recruiting sites, I had to select a location for our team (it was mandatory). There's a reason why Winston Salem was chosen, but I would rather not say in this chat.

@PrezThompkins: As mentioned, we are a fully-online team based all around the world.

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