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 @ Gondorian plate armour by BGS

@iTroll: That sounds incredibley tacky ...

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Well we released MERP v0.2.6 last month for Oblivion. Setbacks occured mostly due to technical difficulties at the time, which is why it took us so long to release.

MERP is a huge mod, our heightmap is over 10x the size of Skyrim. Skyrim is only a country, we obviously need a LOT of content to fill an entire continent of factions and races. Will MERP ever see a v1.0 release? I hope so, but even if MERP ever got up to only a 0.3 release or some such, I can guarantee it'd have as much content (probably more in fact) then Skyrim alone.

Creating MERP is not as simple as "drag and drop", especially when we're trying to add new races, skills, factions, creatures, combat-mechanics (ever heard of MERP & Blade?), large scripted events (battles), etc. I can guarantee you that those are NOT just "drag and drop" content. Not only that, but MERP for Skyrim still requires third party tools that haven't been released (we can't use just the CK) in order to modify Skyrim to the extent that we wish to.

And if you're so worried about the fate of MERP, ever considered trying to help? The mod won't get done by itself, we can always use more help.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Mmarksp: I wish to allow the player as much freedom as possible, including how long they sleep. Perhaps a player may want to leave the Fellowship a bit early? And nightime would certainly be a good opportunity while NPCs are asleep (although I imagine at least someone was awake at all times ... still a better time then at midday while traveling).

MERP does want to have a camp system of some kind, and I definitely want one for the Ringbearer questline, where the NPCs will set up camp after reaching a certain point (or depending on the time of day). And yes, these would prove to be great points of character interaction! I'm excited to write some of the small talk the player could have with these characters.

I don't think there would even be an option to stay in Rivendell and catch up with the Fellowship later. There can't be a Fellowship without a Ringbearer. You either leave with them or ... well, I won't go into "what ifs" here.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project

@cowboymodgod: We don't plan for Orc places to be playable, since Orcs (same goes for Goblins and Uruk-hai) in Tolkien's lore have no free will. Oh same goes for Ringwraiths, which are subject only to the will of their master, Sauron.

However, maybe someday we'll have evil playable races (evil men) in the far future though. Of course right now we're focusing on the Free Peoples.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Mmarksp: That's how I want things to go, minus the automatically waking up part (well, a Fellowship member SHOULD wake you up at a certain point so you won't oversleep ... which I guess is the same thing). Hunger and sleep is planned to be a necessity in a Realism submod (but that's a way's off), maybe have the Realism submod as a requirement for the Ringbearer questline. Of course I also want to allow the option for the player to leave the Fellowship at any point as well, in which case the player can then set their own pace (but will be without a Fellowship).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@lionheartxx: Yep, we'll have to create original settlements, otherwise the heightmap will be quite bare (and as you said, places like Lebennin and Pinath Gelin MUST have at least a few villages, otherwise where did the soldiers come from?). Mind you, that doesn't mean they have to be boring and uninspired ;)

We'd like ships in MERP, but they're not a priority to implement right now.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@jordyboii: Books come first, and then we take movie designs for inspiration (except when they go against the books for the most part).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project

Now look what you did fans! You've supported us SO much that the bandwidth exceeded its limit! Hope you all are proud of yourselves! :P

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Maegfaer: Come on Maeg, be easy on the guy, maybe he was just in a hurry?

Anyways, if you're interested in joining the team, I suggest checking out our forums for more details: Merp.straygenius.com

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Turin101: Script is still in the works for the Ringbearer questline. I would like to give the player as much freedom as possible, but certain limits will need to be created due to time and manpower (creating alternate histories isn't always easy). When it comes to killing Gollum, I hope it'll be an option at ANY time the player can make (not just Emyn Muil). However, do realize that by killing him, you are without a guide into Mordor (our heightmap is huge, so trust me when I say that can be a major detriment).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Gousman: We can always use more help. Check out our forums for more details: Merp.straygenius.com

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Vanaathiel: Actually there were most likely dragons still in Middle Earth in the late Third Age (not in great numbers mind you). Gandalf only said in the books that Smaug was the last GREAT dragon, not the last dragon. Dragons most likely still existed in the Withered Heath (eastern Grey Mountains) and possibly in parts of the Forodwaith. As Alasdair said, we definitely want Fell Beasts in MERP. As for dragons ... you'll have to wait and see.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@migazar: I've thought about that possibility in the Ringbearer questline ... it certainly would change things a lot. I don't know, you'll just have to wait and see ;)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@UNSCMarine: We really hope to create new perk trees! We have a lot of ideas for new ones (and we want to delete some old ones).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Turin101: Check the profile where it says Release Date ... TBD = To Be Decided. We have no release dates planned: we will release the mod in early alpha/beta stages as we see fit.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Turin101: I would like to add to what MEB said by mentioning that I think certain races should be able to swear fealty to other certain factions only. Afterall, Aragorn did serve under Gondor, Rohan, AND worked as a Dunedain Ranger. But when I say swearing fealty to only certain factions ... let me give an example.

Example: A Gondorian should have the choice to swear fealty to not only Gondor, but to Rohan and/or Dale, but not to Lothlorien (since Lothlorien would be for elven races only).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@deathteam15: We've been following the development of a few of the multiplayer mods in the works for Skyrim and have pondered the idea of multiplayer. Current plans of that nature are not on our minds at the moment (not saying that we won't consider this in the future though).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@Anglachel: Some very good questions.

@question 1: I've thought about this myself and am unsure. It would be cool indeed to have the chance to run into the Fellowship, but I fear it may complicate the timeline too much if the player interacts with the Fellowship NPCs in Free Roam (its guaranteed that the timeline will have to alter significantly in the Ringbearer questline depending on your actions, but Free Roam we don't want the player to have to worry too much about that). Mind you, it'd be silly to not have Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli at Helm's Deep for example ... like I said, not sure about this.

@question 2: It will depend on your choices. Current plans are that if you choose to follow Frodo's path, you'll mainly be following NPCs (Fellowship members) who will likely go at a slower pace (walking) to their destinations. The player will always have the option to abandon them at any point, meaning it will become the player's responsibility to find their own path to reach Mt. Doom. Mind you the latter does mean you are without a party of Fellowship NPCs at your side, and believe me all of Sauron's and Saruman's forces want the Ring. Speaking of combat, Frodo in the books never killed a single individual in his quest, and I do hope for that to be an option, but engaging enemies should be an option as well. Again, it should be up to the player as to how he deals with various situations (along with the type of character he/she is building). You could be more of a sneaking-type of hobbit, a warrior hobbit, etc.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@1st_of_the_Nine*WoA*: Considering we want to create MERP & Blade for MERP Skyrim (which is our attempt to create combat similar to MOUNT & Blade), then yes, those sound like ideas we already have wanted to implemented ;)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

@guiaranha: The team has discussed the idea of a "Realism submod" which will require the user to eat, drink, and sleep in order to survive (as well as some other features to make the game more "realistic"). Again, we've just discussed this idea so far and nothing more.

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names_are_useless @ MERP 0.2.6 beta release!

@LiLDEZ-MVP: There are three "gameplay modes" planned: Ringbearer, White Council, and Free Roam. Ringbearer has you play in the role of Frodo Baggins (your quest being to destroy the Ring), White Council your character's past has ties with members of the White Councils (and you do missions for them). Free Roam is basically the main game where you are playing the normal game without any pre-conceived backstory to your character.

Hopefully all 3 will include all the major events in Middle Earth (including the major battles), so the player should have the option to take part in them ...

However, as the Ringbearer I would strongly stress that the player should focus on their task of destroying the Ring! Did Frodo take part in any of the major battles? No! He had a quest to take part in, and the clock is ticking. He holds the fate of Middle Earth in his hands! He has no time to get side-tracked with all these other major events!

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names_are_useless @ Gondorian plate armour by BGS

Yeah ... good luck with that ...

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names_are_useless @ Gondorian plate armour by BGS

As Merong said, there are these three "gameplay modes" planned (Ringbearer, White Council, and Free Roam). Hopefully all 3 will include all the major events in Middle Earth (including the major battles), so the player should have the option to take part in them ...

However, as the Ringbearer I would strongly stress that the player should focus on their task of destroying the Ring! Did Frodo take part in any of the major battles? No! He had a quest to take part in. He holds the fate of Middle Earth in his hands! He has no time to get side-tracked with all these major events!

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names_are_useless @ Gondorian plate armour by BGS

@AragornIIElessar: There aren't spears in Skyrim, MERP will try implementing spears as a new weapon type ;)

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

The team has discussed the possibility of fishing in MERP, and we will try to script it. How in-depth we go with fishing is really up in the air.

Just because the One Ring is destroyed does not mean that the game cannot continue. As for post-Third Age events, you need only look to the books for answers! When Aragorn becomes king, he begins the reconstruction of the former kingom of Armor in Eriador, campaigns against the Easterlings and Haradrim (re-establishing rule over much territory Gondor had lost in previous centuries), as well as hunting down the few Mordor remnants that would still exist.

There is also the Scouring of the Shire that occurs shortly after Sauron's destruction (The Ents let Saruman free from Orthanc in the books, and he exacts revenge by enslaving The Shire Hobbits with the help of ruffians in the north). Also the Dwarves of Erebor begin a campaign to reclaim Moria. I can't remember what else occurs, but I'm sure there's other major events as well.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Already contacted just about every modder on Skyrim Nexus who has made an LOTR-themed mod about MERP.

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Well considering there are very few dragons left in Middle Earth in the late Third Age (Smaug was the last "Great Dragon" according to Gandalf) AND the fact that there are no examples of any character riding dragons in the lore, I'd say no.

... although I'm guessing you meant the FELL BEASTS that the Ringwraiths rode (which aren't dragons by the way). Only the Ringwraiths rode atop those creatures, so I'm going to guess the Fell Beasts didn't allow anyone else to ride them ... I'd say no to Fell Beasts being ridable either.

(DO NOT reference the War in the North game as an example of Men riding Fell Beasts! That game broke lore on SEVERAL occasions).

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names_are_useless @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

She's the Overseer of the Modeling department for our mod! She goes by the screename "tomato" on our forum ;)

And this isn't a recent thing either ... she's been with the team for easily OVER a year. She just decided to make a couple swords for Skyrim and release them to the public :)

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names_are_useless @ MERP 0.2.6 Trailer: Bree

We have our own spin even on movie designed stuff, so don't worry about that. Have you seen our Minas Tirith in v0.2.6? The first level wall is actually black like in the books.

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