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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
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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.

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Wield new weapons and armors designed specifically for Middle Earth.


Adventure awaits across all corners of Middle Earth! Join the White Council, become a soldier amongst one of the great armies of
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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.


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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"

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vormaen Sep 3 2012, 9:25am says:

I for one refuse to allow some sleazy lawyer of a big business company to try and shut down a fan made project, especially one of this magnitude. I haven't been on long but I'll be damned if I let them take such an immense project or take away my voice acting jobs. I believe in the MERP project, way more than Black Mesa or any other project. I suggest all of you reach out to as many people as possible. I already reached out to so they could cover this. Let people know. Please.

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Mav474 Sep 3 2012, 9:30am replied:

we need to grab attention of higher people like the actors and such

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vormaen Sep 3 2012, 9:39am replied:

I can try, I'm related to Billy Crystal but have never been in contact with him. Will try.

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SRACon17 Sep 3 2012, 6:07am says:

why would they stop you? you're not gonna sell it.. damn WB, selling games that suck just for profit. they're afraid no one would buy their games if MERP is released.

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Shriden Sep 2 2012, 5:11pm says:

MERP makes me DERP and then I HERP

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((DarthRevan)) Sep 2 2012, 11:52am says:

And also the mod looks amazing, great work guys and good luck, hope you dont stop production permenantly. With you all the way!

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((DarthRevan)) Sep 2 2012, 11:50am says:

Maybe they should change the name to something like the "Tolkein Roleplaying Proyect" because WB's new game is the Guardians of Middle Earth.

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Epoch_MEB Creator
Epoch_MEB Sep 2 2012, 2:08pm replied:

That isn't a half bad idea, if we are allowed to continue that will be one of our suggestions.

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BFG9001 Sep 2 2012, 2:27pm replied:

Why not a name in the elven language?It doesn't have to be the name of a character or even just a symbolic name that sounds good.

Also, what do you think about what I said in page 2? Would changing all copyrighted names and then releasing a batch file that replaces those names with the original ones work?

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Epoch_MEB Creator
Epoch_MEB Sep 2 2012, 3:30pm replied:

We were considering that a long time ago, but its too much effort and it also takes away what MERP means. If we have to change all the names, most of us will just drop the mod.

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Mav474 Sep 3 2012, 9:05am replied:


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BFG9001 Sep 2 2012, 3:58pm replied:

Well, that way you're not REALLY changing them, just using a loophole to dodge their demands and then you change them back when the time comes.

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earganon Sep 2 2012, 5:07pm replied:

There is one little problem with the idea though; there are cities which already have Sindarin names, Minas Tirith for example, so sadly it won't completely work. I'd say transelate it into westron if it had been completed.

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BFG9001 Sep 3 2012, 2:03am replied:

I was actually saying that the TITLE should be in elven, the copyrighted content would be slightly changed (Frodo becomes Forod for instance or something entirely different) and when they release it they also separately and anonymously release a file that changes the name back. Check this out
Sure, it's a parody but the author also sold it.

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Aoikani Sep 3 2012, 1:34am replied:

... and don't forget the voicing. patching the voicing would be horrendous.

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BFG9001 Sep 3 2012, 1:56am replied:

Well, you could only do VO for the patched version.

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