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Some. But we beat most of you to the punch :P . We brainstormed nearly every possible route when we found out about this. Some options were ruled too risky, others didn't pan out. But we do keep an eye on things. You just need to trust us. More goes on in the background than you realize ;)
If so it's under a different name.
Enpremi is not a member as far as I know, but BGS obviously is. And yes all members own their assets. And things like armor are obviously releasable if those people who made them wish to.
We weren't nearly done. So I suppose you could say it could have been worse. But we were definitely in a better groove than we were with Oblivion. So yeah, small comforts...
Buy a decent rig and you're set for a whole console gen. ASUS G46VW is around a thousand and is more than enough to run any game out there. I would tweak it a little to have a better hardrive and maybe a better screen. Otherwise it's good to go and a solid investment. If you can go desktop, you can go even stronger for less money.
It has worked before.
Mods are not lego sets. There's no "instant mod, just add water!" recipe. We can't just release a full tc in pieces like that. It simply doesn't work that way. If we went underground, it wpuld be more than just setting up a proxy. There'd be no Moddb, Nexus, BethSoft, or TES Alliance pages, no publicly available forums. There would be very little contact outside our team, next to no recruitment. It would be solitary development for the duration. The odds of full development under those circumstances is slim to none.
At the scale we reached, Oblivion was having increasing stability issues. Along with many other issues. We moved to Skyrim for a reason.
Do you mean if MERP were truly done? Well, we have discussed that. Many of us are driven to create because...well we're creative. And we've been at this for a while. However, we don't want toannounce such olans uuntil we feel the time is right. ;)
The primary issue is conduct not rights. The copyright laws apply to everyone, from prince to popper. All get the same protection for their works and rights over them. However, if the rights holders are jerks, then the situation is going to wind up like this. It's like free speech. It facilitates teaching and preaching. But it also lets the racist prick wear the shirt reading "I hate *******" on the street. Rights don't improve life necessarily.They provide freedom. Conduct within one's rights determines that. And many companies can be jerks with copyrights. But other rights holders aren't. That's free society. Now the length of time copyrights last for. That's a real issue...
Well most of us live in the US and Europe and yes they could pursue legal actions. Going underground is not something most of us are prepared to do because this is, as one person put it, just a mod. We have lives to think about. Lives that could be significantly and permanently damaged. If you have convictions on copyright infringement, careers in some areas are pretty much out kf the question. And going to court is a huge expense and ordeal. So don't flippantly say to us "hey, be a man and stick to them" like it's nothing. We've considered all angles. We've not been doing nothing.
Now Free. Major price drop. No royalties, one download, full source :P
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).
That was largely Oblivion's fault; it had engine based lag issues to begin with.
Awesome! Now I wonder...will you make those available to the public in the long run? I remember you did so with Nehrim eventually. I only ask because they are really nice and foliage is Skyrim's biggest weakness as far as assets go.
Looking forward to Enderal! Looks even more awesome than Nehrim and that's saying a lot :D
True TES first person mode has been confirmed at launch by Zenimax. Just FYI for those who might be interested.
"And there was great rejoicing!"
There's another image in the vid this is from without a helmet; looks much better.
Don't sweat it, happens all the time with mods.
Someone needs to have one with Toonami as the top pic. Now THAT was awesome
Hey, if I may ask, where did you get those trees in your recent cutscene vid? Are they a resource you're using or did you make them yourself?
Well you see it takes a long time to say anything in legalese. And lawyers don't like saying anything unless it is worth taking a looong time to say.
This. Video. AGAIN!?
There's like a dozen threads with this same dumb video on BethSoft forums and these points have been discussed, nit-picked, and most struck down MULTIPLE TIMES.
I swear, that vid is like a pestilence...
It is not known what TE will do in relation to fan works. They could go on a "spring cleaning" run and that would be bad for us. Or they could ignore them entirely and focus on cleaning up business related matters such as the online slots. We just don't know. We will simply have to wait and see.
I personally respect Chris. He hardly "sponges" off his father's work. He has always taken extreme care to preserve his father's original vision and I have respect for that. I have read the Children of Hurin and he did a fine job putting that work together and took extreme care to make sure it matched his father's original intent. Better him controlling the written IP than some faceless corporation.
"Nonprofit," "mod," etc. Do not exempt us from copyright laws. If it did we'd be out of this situation by now.
Anyway, if TE wins we'll be able to start back up but then that also means that they will have the ability to do the same thing so we'll have to see what happens.
Scroll down and read the post titled some basic errors. His points are soundly refuted. Honestly, all I was thinking as a lore guy while reading it was "rubbish...rot...in what Middle Earth does that make sense?" Honestly, this is a PERFECT example of the alarming tendency to interpret aspects of literature however one pleases to fit their "gut feeling.". This guy gave that away with his opening :P.
Yeah, very professional trailer and awesome progress ;) . Making fine use of ztree's trees; lovin the diversity. So many big projects in the works for Skyrim...Ethas, Enderal, Andoran, Falskaar, Frontier, Issgard, and now Etkiina. Hopefully MERP will rejoin those ranks but even so, this is shaping to be the most epic Elder Scrolls modding scene yet. Can't wait :D
To answer your question, we decided upon porting we would use a new heightmap, one more accurate to the actual map. I can tell you with confidence that the new map is perhaps the most accurate LOTR heightmap there is. Also, Oblivion uses Speedtree for trees whereas Skyrim uses normal models, so our region gens really couldn't be straight ported. We will port the models worth porting of course, when and if we resume work.
Oh yes I am plenty familiar with the grind :P. Just poking you with a stick, just to make sure the mod's still kickin' ;)