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As a whole, yes, Tolkien's works are definitely high-fantasy. However, within each work are different levels of fantastical elements. We are probably more in line with Lord of the Rings than the Silmarilion, although much like Tolkien that would depend on what time period of Althas you refer to and what region.
If they don't play many other mods, then it's the only choice they would make. And I warrant a lot of users of multiplayer mods like this don't use 90% of mods which are mostly singleplayer. They aren't interested in transforming the vanilla player experience, merely on taking games online. Therefore, there's a lot of people who probably voted for that mod that wouldn't vote on any of these singleplayer ones. Again, players aren't critics; they will vote what they play, not what looks most deserving.
I don't know if this is true, but if so that's all it would take, especially if they promoted on all their channels. These are user votes not critics; they aren't going to be objective. They're going to vote what they play. However, with the uptick in multiplayer mods from outside Moddb, perhaps rebalancing the weight for guest votes would be worth a try, although that could mess with deserving mods like Enderal and Ethas that have a lot of their communities outside but are more than worthy of competing here.
Player voted awards are like user scores on metacritic. They make sense a good part of the time but they can make no sense some of the time. Fads play a large part in things. My advice is make the content you're passionate about and take award wins as a bonus. Not saying don't try to win, just saying don't get super hung up on it.
Welcome to the wonderful world of player voted awards. Fads can cause really weird results.
Nope, Bard is a more recent addition. Glad you like it ;). He and Joan did great work on these three illustrations
I'm glad you liked it (I'm the lead writer at Epoch). Also glad you liked the illustrations; our artists did awesome work. And rest assured, these updates tie directly into Lays of Althas. At the conclusion of these chapters, we'll make an announcement that will make it all clear ;)
Actually, correction. Althas's total map size is about 26x26km or 676 square kilometers. However, a significant portion is water. However, Althas will see a chapter based release, with the first major release being Thenodar, which will be close to the size of Skyrim.
Glad to see you guys are still at it! Still looking forward to playing this when it is ready. Keep up the good work
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This is the most basic sword in the Thenodrim lineup. There will be more ornate designs in some areas of course. But our art direction isn't the type to go insane with the crazy designs. There will be armors with more flare, especially ancient sets, but they will be rare loot.
You don't have to pay more than once. If you want, you can subscribe for one month ($20) and then cancel your subscription. You won't get access to the engine updates, but you will still be allowed to use the engine version you got for anything you want. Basically, for $20 you get the entire current version to use for any project you wish. That includes source code and all documentation as well as all the assets Epic puts on their marketplace. Yes, even the free ones can be used in your projects. So it's basically the whole of Unreal Engine 4 for $20. That's a steal if you ask me.
Yeah, we want Althas to have the feeling of an ecosystem so docile animals and general "prey" are needed. Don't worry, there will be plenty of predators ;)
Plate is actually far more flexible and light than most would think. The thing with swords though is that most people had them drawn well before combat was joined, unless it was a secondary weapon. Just to throw my two cents in :P
That's the plan ;)
Yeah we will probably be using most of these designs elsewhere in Althas; the variety is really great.
Just so you guys know, the final look is number 6.
Also the Engine as a Service subscription system that CE3 released is a huge disappointment. Really hurts more than helps indies. UE4 is very user friendly and the subscription system is very good and indie friendly
Well this EaaS is a colossal disappointment. Way to screw over your hobbyist fans while simultaneously doing very little for your indie fans all under the guise of being "indie friendly."
From what I have seen from those who have looked at this, this isn't what it seems. It is NOT the full engine that the big licensees use. No world streaming for large open worlds (in fact the map is limited to 4x4km, less than the current free SDK), no source code, very few new features. This is basically the FREE SDK we have had for a long time with a ten dollar subscription fee and DRM attached. And unlike UE4, which you can cancel the subs and continue to use and commercialize with the version you canceled with, CE will be locked if you miss a payment. Basically, for expansive and complex games you still need to contact Crytek and set up a hefty royalty license to get all the features, source code, etc you need. This service basically lets them monetize their hobbyist fans.
Voila! Double post fixed ;)
Well we always planned to get the full version. The subscription will certainly make that easier to do sooner. So yes, we will in the long run. Perhaps much sooner than we were going to with the old royalties-and-negotiation model
To answer you I will risk raising more questions than answers but here goes:
Magic used to be a major focus of certain Temple and Academy branches, especially in the now fallen kingdom of Gorandel. However, after various scandals during the Schism and the War of Calamities, the remaining branches shy away from teaching magic use. They still teach about it though.
However, the Temple and Academy have a group of warriors who work alongside them called the Vasomi. The Vasomi do have some najiros (magic users) in their ranks and do teach magic, mostly defensive and healing techniques to assist them in dealing with magic-based threats.
The Vanguard is who you will want to go to to learn to use magic, assuming you are able.
You definitely got the basics of it ;) . There are some in-universe specifics. The quills actually stand for Knowledge and Wisdom. The star in the center signifies Driomi, the God of the Althas universe, who is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. And yes, the Temple and Academy support monotheism. You will encounter pockets of other religions though.
Definitely hear you on that. The First Look series just does such a broad sweep, far beyond areas that are currently the focus of development. We will have more to show on that end soon.
This is the second-to-last of the First Look series, the purpose of which has been to give a sort of general overview of the most important lore of the setting: general history, important groups and factions, and other general information.
I hope you have been enjoying these glimpses into the world of Althas.
Yeah. I'm a boss like that :P
And yeah, Chestman is really awesome.
There is a river that springs out of the rock and flows south. As in away from the camera, so it is behind the city. There are other rivers in the vale as well.
It has some Edoras, but the final version of the city will be more like Athens meets Gondor. I think you guys are gonna like it. Also, a lore update is coming soon to go with this, so stay tuned ;)
Aerial would be rare if it was present at all. That would be a magic thing. We want naval combat; it is certainly possible in the engine. Whether that will appear in the first chapter or not we don't know. But naval combat and travel we do want in the game. Other types of things like fighting in the trees is not something we have discussed really.
Probably some. Seamless everything is still a tough thing to do, and not just for performance reasons. But we will have a lot fewer than most games like Skyrim.
16km^2 . Around 4x4 once you factor in all the odd shapes and whatnot. Granted it is actually larger than that with interiors (Whcih are bigger than their exterior "shells").
But now that I look at his post, I must have misread it :S . Sorry. If 9k2=how you write 9km^2, then that's a bit smaller actually.
That's a bit larger than Skyrim. Thus much larger than Morrowind.
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Well we have always wanted a climbing system going back to Oblivion. Don't ask me about the technical details; that's not my department. It might not make it into our first release, but we definitely want it.
If we can get our climbing system we want working, definitely. If not there will still be plenty of mountain paths both marked and unmarked.
Looking at this...it makes me want to play Fallout! And makes me long to see Fallout 4...
Yeah really couldn't help myself xD . This game sounds like it could be something interesting, given what little info we have. But also sounds like it might be a bit trippy o_O
Ps: It's actually two references for the price of one :P
YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! DARN YOU! DARN YOU ALL TO HECK!
Variety is certainly possible in the area of color. Recoloring is fairly simple and I would expect at least some measure of variety in these guys ;)
Yeah the tunic color can change especially for the first two. He probably chose this in order to make the distinction between parts clear. For battle though, red has been favored by many groups in history because it does make you more intimidating psychologically. However, that is open battle If you are shooting for stealth, duller colors are obviously better.
Thanks. Hopefully, this also cleared up some facts about the War of Calamities that we had been referencing for some time. As we go, more info on some of these things will be given. Some will be left for you to learn in game.
So this is the conclusion of the mini series on magic. A bit of an info dump, but I tried to streamline it as much as possible. And we got it out a day ahead of time. There will probably be another post later this week. Stay tuned ;)
So here we are, part two of the series. Now there are a lot of facts in this one, so let me know what you think and what questions you may have. the final part, which will cover the second part of Magic in History as well as Magic's relevance in the upcoming War, will come out Monday.
As I said in the main comments, this series will focus on the more historic and general lore of magic. Basically this is how magic is important in relation to the world at large.
Part II will come out on Friday. Also, feel free to comment or ask questions if something in these posts is unclear. ;)
We appologize for the delay. There was internal team business that requited most of the team's attention as well as some real life events that delayed this post. However, things are back on track now.
Well both of those have certain edges allowing them to go further graphically. Space is empty and thus a huge amount of power can be devoted to the ships and nearby objects. And Witcher 2 isn't an open world, and that does make a significant difference.
There are similarities in the earliest stages but also marked differences. And the story quickly departs from the Silmarilion feel.
The world is fairly young. About 1500 years. There will be plenty of ancient things to find, especially in the Feralands and certain regions in Thenodar. The ruins of the Gorandle, Driesefair, and Lamniemalos Kingdoms will have many things for you to find. There are other ruins also in more remote places.
No metaphor intended. Don't read too much into stuff :P . This is just where the lore lead us as we created it.
You have officially taken this awesomeness to the next level :O . Looking forward to this for sure ;)
Originally, this was a hand drawn map. Cliroj, one of our concept artists, created this using the hand drawn map, our heightmap, and lore info. I am not sure what program he used, but I think it might have been just Photoshop.
Not sure how to take that but there are only so many ways to draw a map :P
Haha. Well technically the blue is different. More cyan.
The landmass is probably between 35-40% of MERP's landmass. But there is a LOT of ocean. And yes, we will have sailing and other forms of water travel.
I know I know. Still annoying :P
There's suposed to be words under it. Unfortunately, Moddb has black backgrounds...
Wow man seriously? You show up, claiming you're developing a full open world game by yourself, with a fake official page address, no screens, no vid, no audio, and immediately ask for paypal (aka nearly 100% non refundable) donations? This project should be reported not supported.
Ok, This page is rough. Obviously :P . This is here to get the name out and give you something to track. All the various banners and what have you are place holders. This page will be updated in the coming days and weeks until a proper page for Althas is ready. So track this page for any news if you are interested.
-Nuvendil, team leader, Epoch Games
We're still trying. Haven't lost all hope yet.
Son of gun, one of the Villains speak wisdom! (of course, Narathzul Arantheal wasn't much of a saint either :P).
HOLY EPIC LORE POST! :O
Nice to see Enderal in the top 5 so early in development. And congrats to the winner and other top mods.
As far as I can find, they are still an independent development company. That has nothing to do with whether or not they work out a publication deal with a publisher like Sony. They are Indie, regardless of who they go to for publication after the fact.
Indie refers to development, NOT publication.
2010. Nehrim and Third Age Total War. I rest my case. Other mods get recognised and get awards. Heck Dear Esther won an award and that mod was WAY out in left field (not really in a bad way; I liked the game. But it was definitely odd).
Always loved Nehrim's dense forests.
Just so you know, the number of trees per quad of the region seen here is now n+1, with n being a ridiculously large number.
Now that guy...is a beast.
Read the timelines in the appendices genius. The Elves have their own battles to fight. And the distance to travel is far too great. The defensive retreat to Helm's Deep was a last second decision. Elves at Helm's Deep was a silly addition by PJ that he did for reasons I don't understand. And the movies have good visuals based on wlrk by Alan Lee. They look good, that is why we are using those references.
That is the mask of the King of Jerusalem, Baldwin was his name I think. He was a leper.
Fell deeds awake...
Now for wrath, now for ruin, and a red dawn! Forth, Eorlingas!
False, though I think ztree might take that as a compliment :P
There will be a good number of good quests for Rohan. However, 1.0 has more regions than just one, so some quests will only be seen in 1.0. .1 won't spoil the surprise for that content ;)
Willows also grow in Rohan, along the Snowbourn in Harrowdale and around Edoras ;)
The mountains aren't all snow, they are a light limestone (that is where the Ered Nimrais get their name). Also, it is a very large area you are looking at, namely West Fold. Most horse herds live in the Emnets, which are even larger. So even though there are a lot of horses, there would still be plenty of grass ;) . Also, this is how the books describe most of Rohan: vast, green fields.
This is Eastfold, the heart of Rohan. You can see the hill of Edoras near the center of the pic, at the foot of the White Mountains.
Looking across the Gulf of Lhun to Forlindon and Ered Luin, the Blue Mountains.
Rohan at sunset, with the Gap of Rohan in the distance.
The Mouths of Entwash feeding into Anduin. The moutains to the Right are the Ered Nimrais with Minduluin at the eastern end. The mountains to the left are the Ephel Duath, forming the western border of Mordor.
"if it's not up tomorrow, it'll probably shift to next week."
Ah, one of THOSE situations. In other words, we THINK it will work by tomorrow. But if it doesn't, that means it all went to **** and we will be at it for another week or so :P . I have seen mod teams with that kinda situation when doing last minute bug hunting and fixing. Sometimes you honestly can't say if the fixes you try the first and second times will do any good or not. But at least Bethesda has learned not to give concrete dates when they aren't really sure :P . Here's hoping it all works out by tomorrow.
Probably not that long :P . But don't worry, there are awesome locations throughout Middle Earth and you will get plenty of them throughout development releases. ;)
This is one of the various designs we have for the numerous elven armors there will be. This one is very light, mostly leather and will appear in Mirkwood.
This was done by our other concept artist, Conlan.
These are the designs for the walls of Caras Galadhon in Lorien. Just to clarify, these are three options, but we will obviously only use one. The final wall will probably be a blend of the first and second designs. The third one isn't as good.
This is the Dale Soldier armor. Forgive the thin hips; that was a stupid mistake on my part. The colors will probably be navy and royal blue with the patterns in light grey and white except for the bow and arrow, which will be black. I am not entirely satisfied with the patterns on the chest. Also, keep in mind that this is standard soldiers gear. Elite units will be much nicer.
What is the color of Night?
I thought you would have. You guys are doing a great job! I am looking forward to the release :)
Ah I see. I have seen this and many other of Tolkien's illustration sketches before. The details can be a bit lacking sometimes though (as Tolkien himself admitted when illustrating the Hobbit). So, if you are looking for really accurate illustrations that have much more details, check Ted Nasmith out: Tednasmith.com . He is one of my favorite artists as far as Tolkien illustrations go. Him and Alan Lee really bring Middle Earth to life (though Alan Lee can be a bit off sometimes, as with his Rivendell illustrations; his best work is in the Children of Hurin).
Ah I see you went with more of a Ted Nasmith style Isengard as opposed to the Alan Lee style used in the movies. Looks pretty good ;) .
If you are referring to the structure way off in the distance, that actually IS Dol Guldur. A place holder for now though; we will have a much better one eventually. Durin's Stone and the lake itself are just off the edge of the screen to the right.
Love the design. More lore accurate than the movies, but still very nicely done. Just a thought, but Black tunics with the tree in silver might look better over all. Also, the stars are one of the signs of Elendil wich no one has worn since Isildur died and the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor split, but now I am just being picky :P.
Anyways, very nice work :D. I will be keeping an eye on this.