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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.

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Get MERP back in development by signing our petition!

Posted by Epoch_MEB on Sep 3rd, 2012

The time is now, sign up and make things right.

We need our fans help to show Warner Bros. just how many people care for our work. Please share the links and make this happen.

Thank-you for all your support up until now.
- The MERPteam

Keep checking here for updates about how the campaign is getting along

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We also need our fans to support us too, use the twitter hashtag #SaveMERP to inform everyone; friends, celebrities and journalists of our situation. As many of you will ahve seen we have caused quite the stir on almost every gaming forum around so If we can show WB how many people are behind our mod we may be able to sway them in our negotiations.
There is now also a twitter feed at the side of this moddb page following MiddleEarthsBane and AlasdairHurst. You can also show your support by liking and sharing these pages and posts on Facebook!: -Save MERP - Official MERP Page

Stay hopeful, and most of all keep checking on our moddb page,our facebook and our bethblog thread for more news as it happens. Also Twitter. @middleearthbane or @alasdairhurst

"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for!"
-Samwise Gamgee

Sign our petition, and get MERP back in development!


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MisterAmbidextrous Sep 3 2012 says:

'Warner Brothers' "think's they're leading themselves to safety; What they'll get is a massacre."

+30 votes     reply to comment
Doyle_138 Sep 3 2012 replied:

I really hope so. Signed the Petition right away.

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Dark_Ventus Sep 3 2012 replied:

So did I, because Warner Bros. has really gone off the deep end, " Hey, I got an ideas, let's close down mods from now on cuz we are greedy." That's a rough draft of what they probably said.

+16 votes     reply to comment
Sanguinius Sep 4 2012 replied:

Signed and shared on facebook. Come on people only 647 signed ??? We can do much much better.

+12 votes     reply to comment
AstralRadish Sep 6 2012 replied:

Nearly 3000 now! Come on guys!

+5 votes     reply to comment
hero_kenshin Sep 3 2012 says:

Signed, Goodluck.
I've been watching this mod for along time and i don't want to see all the hard work you have done go to waste.

+10 votes     reply to comment
SovereignReaper Sep 3 2012 says:

I cannot believe this is happening, I ******* signed this ****. I will also refrain from purchasing any of their lotr games since they have all been **** anyways.

+14 votes     reply to comment
SovereignReaper Sep 3 2012 replied:

At least warner bros lotr games anyways.

+10 votes     reply to comment
raeldrikp Sep 4 2012 replied:

wish i could commit to that... i'm a sucker for any LOTR or Star Wars crap that comes out, regardless of the bastards behind it, and the quality of the products

+7 votes     reply to comment
jlolment Sep 6 2012 replied:

Well, LotRO is decent, but it's free. Any of the other games I've played are terrible, and are likely to continue to be terrible.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nebcake Sep 3 2012 says:

If we keep pushing, then we have a chance.

+3 votes     reply to comment
gansch Sep 4 2012 says:

Cmon, where is the cliche "You have my sword/bow/axe" lines! We cannot win this battle without them!

MERP, You have my signature.

+6 votes     reply to comment
Extradaemon Sep 4 2012 replied:

and you have my bow!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Aramateli_dev Sep 4 2012 replied:

and ma guitar..that is in my hand lol!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Fagu_Aegeis Sep 4 2012 replied:

and my cat!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Daerchador Sep 27 2012 replied:

my.... desktop!!!

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ApornasPlanet Sep 4 2012 says:


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Extradaemon Sep 4 2012 says:

I must admit, Tolkien would be disgusted to see much of his world, which he spent creating during the darkest moments of human history, be regarded by corporate snakes as a mere product. Its sickening.

I hope you win MERP team, for the sake of Tolkien and the clear thinking community :P

+14 votes     reply to comment
mathinator Sep 4 2012 says:

signed AND making friends to sign it as well :p herp derp save merp!!!

+5 votes     reply to comment
Extradaemon Sep 4 2012 says:

Wow, over 500 signatures in just over a day!, we are steamrolling :P

+3 votes     reply to comment
Aramateli_dev Sep 4 2012 replied:

philip sayce steamroller :p

+1 vote     reply to comment
Epoch_MEB Author
Epoch_MEB Sep 4 2012 replied:

Just over half a day

+1 vote   reply to comment
DrGordon Sep 4 2012 says:

Done and done. glad to support this great mod.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Antiscamp Sep 4 2012 says:

Signed. I will also spread the word on my modding blog. Stay strong!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Grimjowl Sep 4 2012 says:

The ruinous powers of WB will fall muwhahahahahah!

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fydo1 Sep 4 2012 says:

I really like the project but sometime petitions in situation like this can be a shot in your own knee. If a lot of people are interested in something, a licence-owner thinks that he really could loose money by underestimating the project and advance against it even harder.

On the other hand, they will ignore small projects in which is "noone really interested in".

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Baryonyx Sep 4 2012 replied:

I don't think that's the case here as they have already made the move. This is just the reaction and its the best course of action. If the word gets out and is spread, I believe most people will support the Mod; including people who have never heard of MERP, who share the sentiment that warner bros is wrong. Get the wider modding community involved and you've already got a big support base.
warner bros is all about money, so when they see the weigh up between a non existant threat from merp that they just imagined and the real threat of people's anger then a wise organisation would change their mind fast. Only worry is does warner bros have anyone with enough brain cells.
Either way let's give them hell.

+10 votes     reply to comment
Baryonyx Sep 4 2012 replied:

By the way someone should see about ModDB giving this headline news status on the home page

+8 votes     reply to comment
FlyingAce Sep 5 2012 replied:

yeah I never heard of MERP until now heard about this on PC gamer's website and WB is so wrong

+2 votes     reply to comment
pievanian Sep 4 2012 replied:

I share your concerns. First thing WB will do if this goes to court is say "look at all these people that would have bought our game, if we were to make one." And seeing the power that copyright protection legislation has in the States, I'm not in any way optimistic about the success of this fight. The best thing to have done right away was de-escalate, see what "middle ground" is available while gaining support from the community, finding others that have faught, lost and learned, maybe even lobby Bethesda and other WB competitors.
Then you pop WB a new *******.
As since you've decided to go full on fight, signed.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Nuvendil Sep 4 2012 replied:

We couldn't de-escalate much as we weren't TRYING to escalate in the first place :P . The spread of MERP's name has largely been through third parties we have no control over. We have talked to people who have fought and won too, so we aren't fighting blind.

+4 votes     reply to comment
BFG9001 Sep 5 2012 replied:

How exactly have they won?I know your lawyer offered free legal help to a lot of Harry Potter(Also owned by WB which is a plus) fanfic cases but has she won any?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Enpremi Sep 4 2012 says:


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Shirby Sep 4 2012 says:

Signed and gonna share it on my profile + some friends! hopefully WB gets a beating, really hard and dirty xD

+1 vote     reply to comment
jarmenkell23 Sep 4 2012 says:

release it anyway..

+2 votes     reply to comment
proarbiter Sep 4 2012 says:

signed :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
Aquila001 Sep 4 2012 says:

#813, come on guys...WB is not gonna be bothered by a number like that. Does anyone has some ideas about getting this out there? Forums maybe?

Signing this stands for more than just this mod, there must be thousands of people willing to sign!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Scypion Sep 4 2012 says:

Singed hope it will help :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
pievanian Sep 4 2012 says:

Do y'all have a page on Steam Workshop yet?
With everyone liking, rating, etc. I'm sure we could get MERP high enough to the top that people might start noticing.

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NCC-1701 Sep 4 2012 says:

I hate it when companies do this. They can't produce anything worh buying so they are scared of anyone who can. It is really quite pathetic when a big company like WB can't compete with a small non-profit modding team and so thy attempt to shut them down.

I signed the petition and emailed it to other skyrim players that I know. Good luck, I hope you are able to continue devlopment, the mod is truly incredible.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Exigopro Sep 4 2012 says:

petitions/save-merp-from-corporate-greed.html => LOL :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
Exigopro Sep 4 2012 says: Share this link please

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Gamestudios Sep 4 2012 says:

Warner bros A.K.A *************

+2 votes     reply to comment
Lord_of_Mordor Sep 4 2012 says:

Best of luck to you, I really hope things will turn out right for this mod. It's a slap in the face of all fans of great LOTR games to stop a project like this one...

+5 votes     reply to comment
MedicOnDuty Sep 4 2012 says:

At some point we broke 1000; I'm the 1151st signer. Keep the signatures rolling!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Fagu_Aegeis Sep 4 2012 says:

Keep spreadhing the news thru ever forum you know. This mod shall not fall.

+2 votes     reply to comment
InsanityPays Sep 4 2012 says:

Signed this first chance I got. Got in around 400

+2 votes     reply to comment
-(TBS)-Jericho Sep 4 2012 says:

Warner Bros.... YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Ivanator95 Sep 5 2012 says:

I signed yesterday, and will spread the word where ever I can.
Good luck! (:

+1 vote     reply to comment
UltimateGamer Sep 5 2012 says:

Guys you wanna contact the American Civil Liberties Union for some support (ACLU)they are know to be the big critics of C&D in genera.. this might not be a big enough case to get them into it but trying wouldn't harm anybody... the worst they will say is no

+3 votes     reply to comment
((DarthRevan)) Sep 5 2012 replied:

Its worth a try, any little bit should help

+3 votes     reply to comment
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