The 'Middle Earth Roleplaying Project' aims to recreate J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth in the Creation engine of 'Skyrim'. The player will be plunged into Middle Earth near the end of the Third Age, not long before the War of the Ring breaks out.
We are now starting to spread the news to the corners of the internet... please send this letter to everyone you think may be able to help.
Posted by Epoch_MEB on Sep 6th, 2012
We now need out fans and supporters to send this letter to everyone and anyone on the internet. Be it youtube channels, journalism sites or just friends and folowers. We need to spread the word and get ourselves noticed.
I would like to inform you of a Lord of the Rings fan modification of the Elder Scrolls Skyrim, which has recently been issued a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers Entertainment. The mod's name is MERP (Middle earth Roleplaying Project), which has been in development since before 2008 (though then for a different game). Since then, the team has matured and the mod has seen a huge boost in quality, fan support and developemnt experience.
Now we need all the support we can get from fans, other modders, game websites, famous people and whoever can help to spread news about our current situation to show Warner Bros. how much everyone cares about our project.
After contact with Warner Brothers, they did not permit us to continue the project privately with no public releases. We have contact with a lawyer who is trying to argue our case as transformative and under 'fair use', but we also need all the support we can get!
Please help our cause, and spread the news and don't let this awesome non-profit project come to an end!
We have a petition, facebook pages, and a twitter hashtag – #SaveMERP
Our main news and blog site is: Moddb.com
Please help us and spread the news!
Together we can save MERP!
--MERP fans and gamers
"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for!"