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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Long time no see, eh? Finally, thanks to Aoikani's hard work, we have started working on interiors again, so we are all a bit more active now. So i collected the most important work of the past two months.

Posted by Captain_Iglo on Apr 4th, 2011


Hello everyone!

Long time no see, eh? Finally, thanks to Aoikani's hard work, we have started working on interiors again, so we are all a bit more active than the past few months! This also means that we are accepting applications for interior design again!
Next, and last in the line, is the exteriors part of the merge, which means that once this is sorted out, the Beta will be released and we will be back fully working on MERP!

Now, i know that i haven't posted any news since February, but we always thought that the end of the merging process was around the corner and i waited till it's released. Well, as you can see we were wrong and it's was harder than we thought it would be. So i sat down and collected the most important work of the past two months, but before i show it to you, i'd like to officially welcome the new members of our team:
DOC - Interiors
ztree - modeling
Aragorn436 - Writing
Raradir - Writing
Baptistus - Composer
Hrothgar - Writing
Gus619 - Writing
lessontwo - Concept Art
theothertwin - Quest Writing

Welcome aboard guys!

And with that, we move on now!

Visual Developement

Alright, let's begin with a cool new creature for you guys! A Nameless Thing(as Gandalf has named them)! For the ones who don't know what they are, let me just say that they are some of the oldest and mightiest creatures of Middle Earth, and they live deep under the surface of the world. I say "are" because we decided to give them different forms. Here is just one of them, made by JustB:



~Nameless Thing~


Next one is the re-worked model of Amon Sul! For your information, we might give the player the possibility to repair and rebuild some structures of old. One of them will be Amon Sul, so i'll show you here both the ruined model and the possible rebuilt one. By JustB!


~Amon Sul~

~Amon Sul Rebuilt~


Concept Art

Thomse collected all the concept art we have, along with some models made out of them, and created a beautiful video for you to watch! Enjoy!

- Drawings on white paper by Lessontwo
- Drawings on chequered paper by Nuvendil
- Colored drawings by Chestman
- Models by Justb
- Video by Thomse
- Music by Abbottaerospace

~MERP Concept Art~


MERP&Blade

Maegfaer has made some progress on M&B, too! He has finally achieved making polearms available! Still not fully finished, but it's getting close. More type of staggers will be made later, and the block-thrust-deflect anim will be improved (faster). AI will be fine tuned ofcourse. The feint-rage will be toned down too. Here is the proof of what i'm talking about:

~[WIP] MERP & Blade - Two handed Polearm Player Combat~


Music

Well... I was thinking of what to write to introduce you to the following 4 pieces. In the meantime, i was listening to them, and in the end, i realised that whatever words i write, they won't do justice to them... So just listen...

~Heroic Battle Piece~
by Olejason

~Battle Piece~
by Olejason

~Battle Piece~
by Baptistus

~An Elf City~
by Baptistus


If you read this and you listened to them, then i'm sure that now you understand what i was talking about!


So, last but not least, allow me to present you our new signature animation, made by Thomse! This animation will play along with the other logos when the game is started!

~MERP Signature Animation~


A great animation by Thomse! What do you think?

Also don't forget to visit:
our Dev forums if you want to contact us or you need any help and
our YouTube Channel

If you want to apply for MERP, post an application HERE

Any ideas and suggestions are always welcome!

So that's all for this update! I really hope you liked it!

If a lot of questions are gathered, i'll answer them all in a Q&A some time this month.

Till next time!

~MERP Team~

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Dante2500
Dante2500 Apr 4 2011, 8:10pm says:

You sir, will make me re-install Oblivion. This is not something I do lightly. Bravo :D

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iTouch1234567
iTouch1234567 Apr 4 2011, 8:19pm says:

This may just top Nehrim!

+10 votes     reply to comment
Nuvendil
Nuvendil Apr 4 2011, 9:42pm replied:

If it doesn't, we all deserve to get slapped. I mean, this is Middle Earth! (but then again, that didn't help EA very much...) Don't get me wrong, Nehrim is very epic. But I for one am confident MERP will top it.

+13 votes     reply to comment
Garyn Dakari
Garyn Dakari Apr 4 2011, 8:24pm says:

I like the new combat system! M&B is so much better than Oblivion.

+9 votes     reply to comment
Tharapita
Tharapita Apr 4 2011, 8:34pm says:

The "nameless thing" reminds me of something from the Cthulhu mythos, like shoggoths or some such. Looks nice, will definitely re-install Oblivion when this comes out.

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RandomZombi3
RandomZombi3 Apr 5 2011, 12:37am says:

Amazing stuff. Keep up the awesome work. (: This already tops Nehrim in my opinion. Nehrim was great but it has nothing on the lore of LOTR.

+3 votes     reply to comment
BlueSunsleader
BlueSunsleader Apr 5 2011, 1:16am says:

nice

+4 votes     reply to comment
HounderKnight
HounderKnight Apr 5 2011, 4:41am says: Online

Things are still coming along beautifully I see. Nice update and can't wait to hear more :)

+3 votes     reply to comment
Pyryp
Pyryp Apr 5 2011, 4:45am says:

Aww cthulhu!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Dønny
Dønny Apr 5 2011, 9:56am says:

cool, good i didnt deinstall oblivion ;D

+2 votes     reply to comment
Celtichighlander101
Celtichighlander101 Apr 5 2011, 10:17pm says:

I enjoy the fact that this mod has more effort and dedication than most skilled professionals put into their work. Honestly I think the signature was the coolest thing, but keep it up!!

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Theon
Theon Apr 6 2011, 2:13am says:

No stabbing with polearms?
A little bit disappointed...

But yeah, keep up the good work. This is by far the greatest Oblivion mod ever.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Captain_Iglo
Captain_Iglo Apr 6 2011, 4:54am replied:

This is a WIP so expect to have stabbing later ;)

+1 vote     reply to comment
Toorstain
Toorstain Jun 6 2011, 6:59pm replied:

Look again at 1.18 in the video ;)

+1 vote     reply to comment
Dnst
Dnst Apr 6 2011, 5:12am says:

This monster will be a pain to animate

+1 vote     reply to comment
youtookmyname
youtookmyname Apr 6 2011, 5:48am says:

what will we have in the beta will we have like missions to do and stuff?
i cant wait damn i would apply but i suck at animating and designing...
oh yeah i have been folowing merp since it started and i only made an account now xD
i think you do amazing work nehrim is nothing compared to this...

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Captain_Iglo
Captain_Iglo Apr 6 2011, 5:59pm replied:

Not in the following Beta, probably in the next one. Now you'll have new landscaped regions, the finished Bree and many more armours and weapons.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Sirithre
Sirithre Apr 7 2011, 1:30pm replied:

Do you have an idea of when the next Beta will be released?

+1 vote     reply to comment
Raphiell
Raphiell Apr 6 2011, 6:12pm says:

Have you thought of a camping system?
Like, you can carry around a sleeping bag, and set up camp, also, if you
have a horse, you would be able to carry around a tent, and more survival items.
Because camping and horses carrying items would rock

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Captain_Iglo
Captain_Iglo Apr 6 2011, 6:36pm replied:

Both of them will surely be in! The company camped a lot so we definately need a camping system which would also open the way for mini-quests and mini-games while in the camp ;)

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Archimedes2000
Archimedes2000 Apr 7 2011, 5:06pm says:

The new combat system is an extremely good idea. The combat in M&B gets so much right, and adding that to the Mod will really shoot it over the top, I would really love to see that implemented, you guys are doing so much good work it's astounding!

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Rexon100
Rexon100 Apr 10 2011, 11:26am says:

YEY more updates, i might even reinstall Oblivion when this will be finished, btw im pretty good at GECK, does anyone know if its any similar to the construction set?

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MobsInBlack
MobsInBlack Apr 25 2011, 9:37pm replied:

They are very similar in the ways of making interiors and exteriors :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
grumpygoat
grumpygoat Apr 23 2011, 10:35am says:

Wow, very impressive stuff. Especially the M&B video was astonishing.

+1 vote     reply to comment
JoshMILF
JoshMILF May 1 2011, 1:04pm says:

Any chance for a downloadable version of 'Heroic Battle Piece'?

+1 vote     reply to comment
Maskar
Maskar May 25 2011, 7:53am says:

when...when...when will you release the new beta? ;D
cant wait after the time displacement...

+1 vote     reply to comment
Belend0r
Belend0r Jun 15 2011, 2:49pm says:

Lol animation reminds me of M&B, by the with what program that signature has been made?

+1 vote     reply to comment
roykio
roykio Jun 25 2011, 1:31pm says:

I like the Signature guys :) Great work!

+1 vote     reply to comment
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