MERP is a total conversion modification of the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Explore Middle-earth in a fully open-ended environment like you've never seen before. Play races like Elves, Men, Hobbits and Dwarves and take part in the War of the Ring.

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Captain_Iglo Author
Captain_Iglo

Make sure you view it full-screen ;)

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johntis
johntis

lookin guud ;D

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

Notice the smaller mountains specifically, I focussed mainly on better proportions and more accuracy compared to official Middle Earth maps. This map will feel very different ingame. It will feel a lot more roomy, with a lot more open space.

This is especially obvious if you compare Rohan between our Oblivion map and our Skyrim map. Mountains will not be low btw, the highest mountains are still twice as high as Skyrim's highest mountain (Throat of the World).

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bikkebakke
bikkebakke

say hewhaaaaaaat.

I must say that I'm mighty amazed by the talents you guys are showing, take your time to perfect this jewel :D

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kcdrifter
kcdrifter

Looks great! Will you guys be recruiting new landscapers once the Skyrim CK has been released?

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

Yes, but we will be quite picky, so make sure you're good! :D

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m713x
m713x

What about lumpypat? Isn't he interested?

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

lumpypat is part of our team?

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m713x
m713x

oh nvm; i got confused between landscaper and landmass generator, hehe.

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gansch
gansch

Christ Almighty this will be huge.

When you guys have to populate the map... I don't envy you. :D

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

It won't be so bad, most areas of of Middle Earth are quite deserted and full of wilderness (landscape we mostly generate). Our content will be more sparse than Skyrim's, where you stumble over a quest every 2 meters.

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Renay
Renay

But surely you will have custom "Random Encounters", right?

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Captain_Iglo Author
Captain_Iglo

yeah ;)

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mathinator
mathinator

thats a good thing :D i really can't folow the quests I get. every time I finish 1 i already have 4 others starting...

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Nicked99
Nicked99

I thought in previous comments I saw, that it wasn't possible to make the map any bigger than the current map, but it seems you have made it massively bigger?

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

Some corrections in calculations and estimates showed us that this is about the maximum size of a map for a 32-bit based Elder Scrolls game, without a big risk of running into RAM limitations in the later stages of development.

If said comments were older than say, about 2 years ago... Then we just didn't have enough experience yet to make such a firm statement. We couldn't manage to get a bigger map back then, and no other modding team ever did before (for TES games). It's all about finding the right tools and methods.

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Nicked99
Nicked99

Awesome, can't wait for this to be released,and my exploration of Middle Earth to begin

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gerrit1919
gerrit1919

Huh?
why is the elderscolls in an middle earth project?

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

Its just a comparison of size with other worldspaces made in TES engines. MERP is an Oblivion (and soon a Skyrim) mod remember.

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil

It is a heightmap comparison that shows the size differences. Don't worry, Tamriel won't be in MERP ;)

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

We'll KILL TAMRIEL!! Completely!! We are the real Alduin, and you can't stop us! Mundus will be devoured and a new Universe will be created in the Void, and it will contain what is called Arda! (Well, Middle Earth only really, but it's still 10 times bigger than Skyrim or Cyrodiil).

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iTroll
iTroll

hehe or id go into Mehrune Dagon's plane and release oblivion on upon the elves and edain in all of middle earth!

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lnsanity
lnsanity

Illuvatar forbid! That seems... extreme.

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Renay
Renay

"2012 will be the golden age of Merp"

Are you planning a beta release this year?

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Captain_Iglo Author
Captain_Iglo

We don't wanna say for sure since we don't know how fast work will progress, but we're surely starting strong ;)

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polishghost
polishghost

who needs quests, im probably just gonna end up walking around and nothing else

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neigenoire
neigenoire

mind = blown

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LOTRuler
LOTRuler

Awesome!

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Jokerme
Jokerme

One of the few mods I'm actually excited about. It won't be bad to wait this because I know what's the possible outcome. Middle Earth in Skyrim would be just epic, nothing less. Even without a game you can actually play I'd be still satisfied with walking around this map.

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Mutant117
Mutant117

Insane! MERP based on Skyrim's techniques will be badass, good luck with it!! :D

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0rpheus
0rpheus

Holy sh... damn! That's huge!

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neigenoire
neigenoire

It's going to be huge. O.O Jaw = dropped.

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brisinguer
brisinguer

GODS BE GOOD! THIS IS THE BEST MOD EVER TO HAVE BEEN MADE!!!

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matthi94
matthi94

How many people made the new Skyrim map? How long did they work on it? It looks so huge! My guess is 1.5 years :D

What are the dimensions of the grid? I count the squares and it gaves me 12 * Cyrodiil = Skyrim MERP !! Awesowe! :D

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Maegfaer Creator
Maegfaer

I made it on my own, although several team members often gave tips about looks of certain features. I started 3-4 months ago I think, but ofcourse didn't work every day on it. I have no idea about the total amount of hours, but 100-130 hours is my best guess. It was made with L3DT, I first generated the overall elevations and mountain ranges, and then spent a lot of time hand editing everything.

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donyoyo
donyoyo

how awesome would it be to walk in merp with virtual reality glasses :O, don't think i won't come out for few weeks but with virtual reality glasses, omg, i'll start living in merp xD

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userxxi
userxxi

Can you make it Bigger still? :) Ok now seriously. I guess the more you find out about Skyrim's engine, the more you might want to expand it. Will that be something plausible if the project is half or eve 90% done? To expand the map even more without taking a major hit on the development schedule?

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil

You mean the scale? Or adding regions? Adding regions can be done at any time. Upping the scale would destroy the work done. So, no, once started, we will not increase the scale. And as I have explored that heightmap myself, I can honestly say it doesn't need to be any bigger. Very few areas are cramped.

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userxxi
userxxi

Yeah, I meant scalewise. Is nice to know that it's been developed with such care.

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userxxi
userxxi

I am guessing it would take about 3-4 hours to walk from one side of the map to the other? Perhaps double if you take on account the mountains?

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RandomZombi3
RandomZombi3

Amazing! (:

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Storander
Storander

Seriously amazing guys... keep up the great work!

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hendrixite
hendrixite

You guys rock, thanks for your hard work, this is absolutely stunning ! I can't wait to hear news from you about what progress you're doing, but I'll definitely wait all the time you need to finish this masterpiece ! Keep it up !

- A French Tolkien and TES Fan

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Shadow_Rising
Shadow_Rising

What does the green square on the middle earth skyrim map represent?

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2012 will be the Golden Age of MERP!
The heightmap of MERP for Skyrim is made by Maegfaer!

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