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 @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@ModderForLifez: We'd like to have character creation. As for how much customization, we're not quite sure how much we'll have.

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names_are_useless @ The Lays of Althas : Sundered Order

@TheLastSilmaril: Not sure, it's merely a placeholder name.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@MarcusCamillus: Any heightmap larger then Skyrim causes a problems with AI outside a Skyrim-sized area. To the best of my knowledge, this problem has still not been fixed (it's a Havoc issue, which Bethesda doesn't give access to modders). There's also the fact that the Creation Kit is far more limited then we'd like (such as importing animations). Also the way that the First Age is handled wouldn't work well with what we wanted for MERP. Believe me, we did talk about this idea already, but it didn't interest many of us (including myself).

Several of us from MERP are working on our own original IP now (Lays of Althas: Sundered Order). Look it up if you'd like, it has a lot of the same design philosophies as MERP did, just obviously in an original setting (it's nice not having to worry about C&Ds).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@TKAzA: Considering the project was meant to be single player in the first place ... Or are you referring to the idea of developing the mod simply between us devs and not releasing it?

Sorry, but the MERP team was always interested in making a game for Tolkien fans everywhere, and not just ourselves. Also the Creation Kit engine itself has proved far more limiting then we initially imagined when switching to it from Oblivion. We're now working on our own original IP (Lays of Althas: Sundered Order) where we can finally be free of copyright restrictions and working on proper development software.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

As you may have noticed, we deleted the news regarding our new project.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Sasha5163: The project has officially ceased. Several of us from the old MERP team are creating our own original RPG now:
Moddb.com

No way are we planning to quit on this new project.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@paliusz1997: MERP has discontinued. Please follow our new original game project called "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order":
Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ The Dead Marshes

Read the front news page! We're working on an original game now called "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order":
Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Masikota: Lack of interest!?

1. If we continued, we could have gotten into a lot of trouble (WB was well aware of us).
2. We spoke with WB. I would rather not get into the details, but MERP could never have continued to our level of quality if we wanted to legally continue the project.
3. There is a lot more problems then just the worldspace bug with the Creation Kit: new animations are quite difficult to import, M&B-esque combat that we wanted was nearly impossible to set up ...

Please don't make such wild assumptions, especially as most of us on the team put years of our lives into it.

Btw, many of us from the original MERP team are working on an original game now using CryENGINE 3 (a far superior tool to Skyrim's Creation Kit), which new guests on this page can't seem to read on the front news page. Its called "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order":
Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ Scúrende Hunter

@ElfFriend: I've thought about the various types of arrows and their uses as far back as MERP's development. So yeah, we'll likely keep this idea in mind ;)

Speaking of arrows: it's always really bugged me how "fire arrows" in most games are basically just "higher-damage arrows" with no real hindrances. Fire arrows should take time to prepare, be somewhat of a hazard to the shooter, and create much heavier arrows (meaning they won't shoot as far), and have uses that are mostly kept to sieges. I'm definitely hoping we can better represent fire arrows especially in Althas.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Based on this news post we made several months back, I'd say the answer is no: Moddb.com

However, a few of us from the MERP project are working on our own original indie game now: Moddb.com
(we could use all the support we can get)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@vikingbeard: We will need voice actors for our game "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order" if that's what you mean. If you're asking about MERP ... Please read the news posts.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

The Silmarillion actually covers the First Age (mostly). A Second Age mod would have a lot of the same copyright issues as Third Age MERP (Middle Earth map is copyrighted, a lot of Second Age character names are copyrighted since they appear in LOTR, etc).

A Silmarrillion mod is not particularly a good subject for an open-world game ... the story of Beleriand expands over thousands of years. If the Silmarrillion were to be made into a video game, I imagine RTS would probably be the best option, not an open-world RPG. Oh and plus Tolkien Enterprises (or whoever owns the rights to the books) could always send us a C&D as well.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Guest: Is it really that difficult to click "news"? and go to "MERP status"? Not to be snarky, but we pretty much spell everything out there.

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names_are_useless @ The continent of Althas

@Dessel11: You are, yeah :P

We are nowhere close to having a date yet ...

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names_are_useless @ Lore Special: Scúrende

@RandomZombi3: Its an original fantasy setting, its not supposed to be attached to Tolkien's mythology he created. The only similarities between this project and MERP is that most of the people on the team (including myself) used to work on MERP.

Ok, there may be similarities you can find between this and Tolkien. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but we are trying to give our own spin on the fantasy genre ;)

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names_are_useless @ The continent of Althas

We are fully aware of it ourselves (we can probably name every one of them more then most old MERP fans could). Blame Nuvendil if you want to blame anybody :P

But in all honestly, the shape of a continent on a map is not what is so important, but what the continent looks like on the surface. At least from my perspective.

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names_are_useless @ MERP status

Thanks man, really appreciate hearing that :)

Considering its an original IP, we will be needing as much fan and community support as possible. We can no longer ride on the back of Tolkien's great works, but in the process we will be creating something new for fans of fantasy, RPGs, and more. We are hoping people will enjoy what we're creating.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Hate to spam this page with more about our new project, but we now have a ModDb page dedicated to our WIP game "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order": Moddb.com Feel free to track the page for future updates, as we hope to have them semi-regularly.

And the new page comes with a first look at the kingdom of Thenodar, one of the major kingdoms currently planned for the game: Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ Epoch Games

In case you all haven't seen: We at Epoch Games have posted a First Look at Lays of Althas: Sundered Order under our group's News.

Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ First Look: Lays of Althas: Sundered Order

Really? That's all you have to say? No "Oh man, I'm so stoked!"? :p

(nah, its ok, I know you found our site awhile back)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

We at Epoch Games posted a First Look of Lays of Althas: Sundered Order on our ModDb group page. Come check it out :)

Moddb.com

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@ratzokore: I know you're angry with WB (I can't say we at the (former) MERP team are pleased with them either) but please do not endorse pirating. There are better ways to show your displeasure towards WB (not playing their games at all, sending them a complaint letter, etc).

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names_are_useless @ Epoch Games

@Sidhion: Personally, I'm quite open to story ideas (especially smaller ones). Afterall, a good open-world game should have a lot of side stories ;)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@matthi94: We've already had the help of an attorney. She was a great help (without her, we probably would never have been able to make contact with WB), but unfortunately not even with her help could the C&D be lifted.

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names_are_useless @ MERP status

Considering that Bethsoft is basically done with Skyrim (and that this bug is only effecting large landmass mods), I really don't see them doing anything to fix this. It'll be completely up to the Skyrim fanbase imo (the problem is most likely Havok I hear, which the modding fanbase has no access to).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@BFG9001: I'm never sure we're up for the challenges we face. With MERP, I was expecting we'd maybe release 1-2 of the 10 regions planned at most (or at least, the most I'd help with before I became an old man :P). Over the years though, working on MERP, I've been pleasantly surprised by the milestones we reached and the skill of this team (those last couple months of MERP, before the C&D, saw an amazing amount of progress).

As always with us, even with an original IP, things are planned quite big still I'd say (and certain planned features I imagine will be scaled back). Because we're a non-commercial project though, I believe we can afford to take risks. Are we up for the challenge? Time will tell. With the support of fans like you though (whether you wish to help with development or simply root from the sidelines), it can only help ;)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Glorfindel: The old wiki has been deleted (it was severely outdated).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@ElfFriend: We prefer not to have all the lore available to fans at this time (keep a few mysteries in the story ;)). So for those that got to read our lore: please don't spoil it for others.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@ElfFriend: There could very well be another project that could try to recreate another LOTR open-world mod/game. I hope, however, that they would:
1. Properly test the engine they are using and learn what it's maximum capabilities are before they begin production.
2. They gain permission to use the IP. A project the magnitude of MERP must go public for it to sustain itself (a small team of individuals trying to keep the entire thing a secret would be incredibly difficult to actually produce a proper release).

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