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Our goal as a team is to realize the world of J.R.R. Tolkien as closely as possible to his vision. We hold the lore to a very high standard and
 will try not compromise to it. We use the films for inspiration, but base our visual design mainly on the descriptions in the books and the works of
 Ted Nasmith and John Howe. We work very hard to bring a quality greater than that in vanilla Skyrim. We want our work to be looked at on the
same level as that of a professional game.
An Open-world Middle-earth RPG like no other!

Currently, we have a complete heightmap of Middle-earth (over 9 times the size of Skyrim!). The first stage in developing MERP is
 landscaping, and creating settlements on our heightmap. The next stage is designing interiors, then creating NPCs, quests, and so forth.

Full Ringbearer storyline:

Play the role of the Ringbearer, Frodo Baggins. Its up to you to decide the fate of the One Ring. Will you journey to destroy it: from the
quiet Hobbit town of Hobbiton, to the fires of Mt. Doom, or keep it for your own selfish desires? Will you follow the famous path taken by the
Fellowship, or do you destine to take your own path? The choice is yours to make. One fell step could mean the end to Middle Earth itself!

Heightmap:

A map over 9 times the size of Skyrim. From Forochel to Harondor and from Forlindon to Rhovanion and every town and great city in-between.

Weapons and Armour:

Wield new weapons and armors designed specifically for Middle Earth.

Quests:

Adventure awaits across all corners of Middle Earth! Join the White Council, become a soldier amongst one of the great armies of
the Free Peoples, or simply travel from town to town. Your own great journey lies ahead!

Battles:

Join in many of the famous battles in the War of the Ring: from the Battle of the Hornburg all the way to the Battle of the Pellenor Field.

Creatures:

Meet and battle all the known, and unknown, creatures of Middle Earth: new farm animals, Ponies, Boars, Wargs, Trolls and even the mighty Balrog!

Joining the Team

  We are looking for a lot of talented modders to help us. If you are interested, then drop us an application at
Merp.straygenius.com !


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100 comments by Epoch_MEB on Jul 11th, 2013

Hello MERP Fans:

Over the past year and a half, we have been through a lot. The port, bugs in Skyrim, and then the C&D (with over a year of campaigns, negotiations, and attrition). We have asked you to trust us with the small amount of information we have given you to work with. But now, the situation has changed and we feel it is time for more transparency concerning the state of things. So we will start with a review of the past year.

After we received the C&D in June of 2012, we had extensive discussions concerning our next course of action. We contacted WB and negotiated as far as we could. We started a petition and contacted people we thought might be able to help. We did, in fact, discuss subjects such as going underground or simply changing project names. But as we delved into the specifics, we didn't want to risk putting ourselves, each other, or our loved ones at risk of a huge ordeal. And the degree of transformation it would have taken to avoid infringement was far greater than most of us were willing to do. And of course we called on you for help. Many of you answered. And through all this, by some kind of miracle, the team held together for months. However, the petition and negotiations only got us as far as a list of unreasonable terms that would have stripped MERP of its high standard of quality. After negotiations, things began to go downhill as we searched for alternatives. The letter campaign came into being as the team began to slowly erode. Then, one more thing happened to accelerate the change taking place.

After almost a year of searching for a way to bring back MERP, the people over at Dark Creations discovered a new Skyrim large world bug, one embedded in the hard coded areas of the game that no one yet has been able to fix. This bug causes activators (doors and chests), magic, ranged combat, and many other aspects to no longer function beyond a set area of a map (the central area between 64 and -64 cells along both the x and y axis). Basically, worlds much larger than Skyrim's are impossible. MERP's map is nearly ten times the size of Skyrim and the -64/64 area isn't even wide enough for Rohan to fit. This bug, combined with the team's dispersion, difficulties with model import, the weight of the C&D, and the lack of success with the various campaigns has brought us to this point. Even if the C&D were lifted, MERP cannot continue. There would be hardly a shell left of it. Many key members have left over the year and much else has changed. The heightmap, one of the gems of our mod, couldn't be used without being mangled almost beyond recognition (for bug and copyright reasons). And so, with heavy hearts, we announce that we have come to the end of MERP's journey.

Over the past year, you have fought with us and been patient . You have trusted us when we were silent and listened when we spoke. Many of you have done what you could to help us. And for that we would like to thank you. You're a wonderful group of fans and have been very supportive. Many of us have labored on this project for years and we have not come to this choice lightly. We said we wanted to make a representation of Middle Earth Tolkien would be proud of and we meant it. And as that is no longer possible (for a variety of reasons), we have decided this is the best choice for us to make.

However, as one fan pointed out, the end of MERP is not the end. The end can bring a new beginning and a new project can be born out of this. Many of us have worked on MERP for many years (I myself for five, others for longer). There are those of us who didn't want for our work to be entirely in vain. And there are many of us who have found a love for creation and development. To that end, many have moved onto new projects. Some have asked not to be named, but two have allowed me to make mention: Noirdesir, one of our best landscapers, and Ztree, one of our best and most enthusiastic modelers, have moved on to Hoddminir, an epic mod project for Skyrim by Elinen that you should definitely take notice of.

But there are others of us who have stayed together to work on something new. We have formed a new team, called Epoch Games, and have begun development on a new project based around an original IP of our conception. This new project is called "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order", a single-player, open-world, fantasy RPG set in an original universe. This new project, which is being developed using the CryENGINE 3, shares with MERP its ambition and dedication to depth of lore, story, game mechanics, and immersion in a vast world.

And so with this, MERP has reached the end of its long voyage. We hope that other modders/developers, at a time when it is possible, will take up the torch and pursue the vision we strived for, that someday an open world RPG for Middle Earth can be realized. Until then, all we can offer is the small comfort of certain assets which have been released by their creators, such as the Gondorian Armor by BGS and the LOTR weapons created by tomato. Think of them as memorials to our efforts and to the talent of our members, past and present.

Finally, having said all of this, I encourage you to follow other LOTR projects and Skyrim projects such as Hoddminir and join us at Epoch Games as we begin a new journey with "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order."

- Nuvendil, speaking representative for the MERP Team

Below is a list of all the various MERP Team Leaders, from beginning to end. Their ambition helped bring MERP through hard times and guided it to what it became.

The Founder, "The Grey Wizard"
"Large Jack"
"Jnor"
"Noirdesir"
"Captain"
"Maegfaer"
"JustB"
"Alasdairhurst"
"Valyndimir"

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Guest Mar 21 2014, 4:50pm says:

"Play Warner Brothers Lord of The Rings Shadow of Mordor as you embark on a quest to destroy all of Sauron's Horcruxes wait what do you mean thats a different series?"

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Guest Mar 19 2014, 4:08pm says:

I can't tell you guys how much I hate what Warner Brothers is doing to the Lord of the Rings, never have I been this disappointed by a LOTR game, first the joke that was Aragorn's Quest now this rubbish! the trailer was a disgrace to think all the attacks against MERP and other genuine LOTR fans were for this. The Lore will probably be f#cked up to add in mechanics from other games. Credit to EA as a corporation I hate them but BFME2 the third age and Return of The King were all quality games which befitted Tolkien's Legacy.

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names_are_useless May 3 2014, 12:56am replied:

@Guest: Return of the King sure, as well as the Two Towers game before it, and I'll give credit to BfME1 for being one of my favorite RTSs in the early 2000s (that's saying a lot, considering how addicted I was to Warcraft 3).

However, I would argue that The Third Age was a terrible Final Fantasy clone (although perhaps the bland 2-dimensional characters and story were somewhat befitting when compared to most of the Final Fantasy titles ...), and don't get me started on my hatred for how BfME2 absolutely butchered Tolkien's lore, and took out the two best parts of the original BfME1: the battle map, where you could take regions Risk-style and felt like you were in a proper war, and the wall gameplay (which weren't just hindrances that could only be destroyed, but in fact proper defenses that replicated some of the fun siege scenes from the films).

But I digress, I'm with you on how despicable I find the LOTR and Hobbit IPs in the hands of WB. Not only because of the C&D, but more so with how poorly they've handled it (and not just the games ...).

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ElfFriend Mar 24 2014, 7:31pm replied:

There is still hope. Lays of Althas will be an amazing experience and although it won't be LOTR directly it seems to have quite a fair about of LOTR inspiration in it. Not to mention that there are tons of LOTR fans out there and sooner or later someone will make a LOTR mod. Perhaps someone is working on one now and is simply waiting for WB to figure out that they cannot profit from LOTR by making ****** fantasy games with one or two LOTR related words in the title and thus not renew their license when it ends since we all know that it would be much more cost efficient to give up than to change their ways...

Oh and Time Warner is on its way to winning the 'Worst Company In America' this year. I know its not WB directly but they are affiliated and I am cheering them on in this competition :D Might be the only thing they actually win or do well at in a while...

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ElfFriend Mar 14 2014, 10:57pm replied:

As much as I love The Witcher I would suggest a LotR mod for Kingdom Come or Lays of Althas.

Also I'm curious to see where CD Projekt RED will take REDKIT...

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ElfFriend Feb 23 2014, 7:14pm says:

Nexusmods.com

Nice to see that WB had ultimately failed cause they don't understand that other modders will rise to take MERP's place. Kind of makes me wonder whether there will eventually be a Lord of The Rings mod for Lays of Althas or possibly Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

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