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January 2013 update for MERP covering the new year and the current legal situation.

Posted by Epoch_MEB on Jan 6th, 2013

Happy new year everyone!

Its been a while since the last news post, so we thought we'd make a new one for the new year just to give everyone an idea of where we are at currently. Don't worry, we haven't gone anywhere.
We all had a lovely Christmas over at MERP HQ, its been quite quiet, but then again, we've had no work to do. Hope you lot a had a great Christmas and New Year too!

So, the bit every one wants to know about, how is the C&D situation going?
Well, we were in contact with WB's attorney before Christmas, but haven't spoken to them for about a month due to the holidays. We hope to get back into negotiations soon, but because of their other lawsuit with Tolkien Enterprises, we've been swept under the rug a little. It looks more hopeful than a few months ago, I'll put it like that. The negotiations are currently under an NDA, which is why we don't post much anymore, but the team are still actively fighting for MERP.
The petition also just surpassed 26 000 signatures, which is just mind-blowing, we never thought we'd even get a fraction of that, so Thank-you so much for getting so many people on board and for your continued support on here and on out Facebook page.
We hope to be able to tell you more about the situation as soon as possible.

In other news:

  • MERP scored in the top 50 mods of 2012
  • Happy Birthday Tolkien! (January 3rd)

That's all for now, but we hope to post more soon!       

       -Happy new year from the MERP team
^MEB

PS: RecoveryAnonymous, you are an absolute legend, all the medals to you :D

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MRWahdy
MRWahdy Jan 16 2013, 12:37am replied:

A few points:
1- The writers of the US Constitutions and "founders" were all heavily influenced by John Stuart Mill and NOT by Ayn Rand, lol.
2- "a well regulated militia" refers to what we now consider the National Guard, State armed forces, the Police--basically, all well regulated militias lol.
3- No one is really making an argument to ban all weapon sales or to "take" guns away. The argument for policy to reduce gun violence stems from the fact, yes this is an empirical fact, that a greater exposure to guns (more guns in more hands) leads to more cases of gun violence.
There has recently been an argument that the states/cities with the greatest gun control laws have the greatest amounts of gun violence--but that is just a simple logical fallacy, lol (post hoc). The states and cities are adapting stronger gun control in an effort to reduce gun violence. It is because of the violence that the laws have been passed, lol.
Another argument that has floated around is that the removal of guns won't stop "bad guys" from doing "bad things." That's another simple fallacy, more of a red herring and nonsequitur than anything. That's like saying that men who commit rape will commit rape regardless, so why should we have anti-rape laws?
An even more absurd argument has been the "we need guns to protect us from our GOVERNMENT who is going to round us up and put us into FEMA CAMPS!" I can't even begin to tackle this because it is a demonstration of how asinine and stupid, how weak of a mind, how completely enveloped in epistemic closure the individual is, that the best thing to do is merely to point and laugh.

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faulk
faulk Jan 17 2013, 1:58am replied:

"the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Yes, who are these "people" whose protected right to bear arms will not be infringed upon? Are the "people" those people that the federal government decides are allowed to bear arms? Or are they all citizens whose rights are clearly defined in the constitution? Do you think anyone disputed civilian ownership of guns when the constitution was ratified?

"An even more absurd argument has been the "we need guns to protect us from our GOVERNMENT who is going to round us up and put us into FEMA CAMPS!" "

What sort of idiotic strawman is that? Anyone that believes that guns are an effective check on government tyranny is a nutcase worthy of contempt? Sounds like you need to study political science (not to mention history) a little more. Expecting people to have blind faith in the benevolence and incorruptibility of the government is incredibly naive and stupid. You want to curtail people's ability to resist government tyranny.

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MRWahdy
MRWahdy Jan 18 2013, 7:19pm replied:

Just to demonstrate how dumb you are, let me break it down for you:

1- there is already standing legislation that limits the sale of certain weapons.
2- we also aren't allowed to own nuclear weapons (what better way to deter a tyrannical government than a nuclear weapons in every law-abiding citizens home should they wish?)
3- the government has a monopoly on violence (the bedrock on any free and stable society) where a social contract, like the constitution, provides a framework for a representative democracy. (basically, tyranny is a non-issue in a rep. democracy where the majority of the citizens still uphold their civic duties).
4- that wasn't the intent of the second amendment (re: slave patrols)
Need I continue?

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jan 21 2013, 2:01pm replied: Online

We cannot edit or remove posts on this section, but for gods-sake stop. Do not start a political flame war on here or you'll both end up with a ban.

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Bubbleteatroopa
Bubbleteatroopa Jan 7 2013, 5:21am says:

About time!

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faulk
faulk Jan 7 2013, 10:38pm buried:

(buried)

WB = HITLER! (that means they're very bad).

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AtlasTasume
AtlasTasume Jan 8 2013, 11:32am says:

Good luck guys!

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rocknroll237
rocknroll237 Jan 9 2013, 5:08am says:

Keep fighting guys! \m/

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davo001
davo001 Jan 10 2013, 7:28pm replied:

because they dont currently have a large scale rts of lotr out there for third age to overshadow

merp conflicts with lotr online in their minds

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jan 12 2013, 4:12pm replied: Online

The Third Age Total war is also released, you can't un-ring a bell. Once its on the internet, you can't do anything about it.

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Belend0r
Belend0r Jan 10 2013, 9:51am says:

It will all be good. Good luck, MERP team.

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SwordMaiden41
SwordMaiden41 Jan 13 2013, 2:26am says:

Good luck, MERP! We are all behind you. You have my sword!

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ParadoXeX
ParadoXeX Jan 16 2013, 10:18am says:

Just as I was getting bored of skyrim. I happen to stumble upon this god-given opportunity.

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vormaen
vormaen Jan 19 2013, 2:11pm says:

I hope to continue working for you guys as soon as possible.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jan 21 2013, 2:02pm replied: Online

We hope so too, and to finally be able to give you some work :P

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Sopranoss
Sopranoss Jan 19 2013, 4:49pm says:

You have my heart.

Seriously, this mod would be everything that LOTR fan could have expected. Such open world that Skyrim provides, quests, and everything turned into Middle-earth experience. I hate WB for even touching this matter, they should provide you with support not with some hatred that they wont be able to earn something off this. There has been... like none good games based on Lord of the Rings, except that RTS and maybe MMO but that is barely. This would be really good, based on material you have provided us.

GOOD
LUCK

I hope you succeed in this battle.

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jhardingame
jhardingame Feb 10 2013, 12:40am says:

I was personally unaware of TE's lawsuit against WB. I hope everything works out for you guys. Everyone on the Ethas team is rooting for you!

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Feb 18 2013, 8:53am says:

Yes fight the good fight, its time we got a real LOTR game that can give Tolkien's work justice. Everybody that plays games and is a fan of Tolkien is and will be behind you all the way!!

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wrathofchrist
wrathofchrist Mar 4 2013, 1:08am replied:

As appealing as that sounds, accepting any sort of donation would just create more legal hassle and is definitely not worth any kind of consolation that the money would bring

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hobbit_lass
hobbit_lass Mar 23 2013, 12:48pm says:

Nice to read an update. Hope you guys can keep this going! You have my support!

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moizzz
moizzz Apr 12 2013, 5:58pm says:

Would love an update soon.

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MisterAmbidextrous
MisterAmbidextrous Apr 16 2013, 12:23am replied:

Thank you very much for you contribution! :) Tell your friends and all to take a look and sign the petition if they feel its the right thing to do.

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justinsimons
justinsimons May 5 2013, 11:06am replied:

no mod ever costs

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Anglachel
Anglachel May 20 2013, 9:09pm replied:

MERP is not dead. You're actually killing it yourself with such ******** comments, because you're helping WB in achieving its goal (taking out the fanbase)...

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grimawormtongue
grimawormtongue May 22 2013, 1:01pm says:

how on earth is it possible to have the right to an idea... that doesn't make any sense. it tolkien would have lived to see these things he would not agree with warner bro's that's for sure....
and another thing i don't get is why warner idiots did not make this game a long time ago since a lot of people want this sort of ganre in this universe for ages...

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grimawormtongue
grimawormtongue May 22 2013, 1:03pm says:

o and what i think is funny btw is that no one heard any response about this form bethesda.... i think they are laughing at WB

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LOTRisAWESOME
LOTRisAWESOME Jun 10 2013, 7:10pm says:

a question with the merp of oblivion:
Why when I try to open merp oblivion.exe tells me that stopped working?
I did everything the tutorial told me also patch oblivion exe

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