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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!


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.


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!


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.


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

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MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project


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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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BFG9001 Jun 13 2012, 3:21am says:

You guys are #1 again! Gratz :D !

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AstralRadish Jun 13 2012, 3:35am replied:

Wow, that was unexpected :P

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pkyrkos7 Jun 13 2012, 5:45am replied:

Indeed it was but it's great anyway! :D

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MisterAmbidextrous Jun 12 2012, 4:09pm says:

"I would have gone with you to the end, Into the fires of Mordor." Has a whole new meaning. I really would, And I'm not sure if I can for sure, But I will sure as heck try hard to train my modding capabilities for the right moment when or If I join MERP, I have more faith to this mod than any other LOTR game out there, COMBINED. I hope this satisfies the MERP team just enough to keep them going with a greater feel of accomplishment, You deserve it MERP TEAM! :D and as for the community, I love this community and it's the best community I've seen yet! ;D

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Mmarksp Jun 12 2012, 4:30pm replied:

Yeah it's always nice with a small community where you get to learn the names of different peoples. Not like IGN or Gamespot, where those gaming sites have a lame community - half consisting of trolls and normal people. At least that's what I think.

Also the fact that the developers participate that much, on this page. That really adds a nice feeling to it. It's actually what gets you to feel that the developers want to make this! :-)

Keep participating in the comments folks!!

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Valyndimir Jun 12 2012, 4:25pm replied:

What about joining our forum that we can help you to archive your aim? :)

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sandos87 Jun 12 2012, 3:18pm says:

One week, no update. I DEMAND it at ONCE!
No, I am not that guy :) I am the guy who giggles like a fourteen year old japanese girl every time I find a new screenshot (or, god forbid, a video/audio file. That just makes me drool something awful) on this page.

If I had the time, I would surely put some time into learning something that could help develop this awesome mod. That kind of time is sadly not there atm. Perhaps later in the summer, when I hopefully have a lot more free hours on my hands.

Anyways, keep up the awesome work!

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Captain_Iglo Creator
Captain_Iglo Jun 12 2012, 3:48pm replied:

Hey thanks! It's a tough month as almost everyone in the team is busy with school and uni exams. But we do have something awesome in the works. We will show you when the time comes. Patience ;)


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Captain_Iglo Creator
Captain_Iglo Jun 12 2012, 11:38am says:

Thanks for your words and appreciation Anglachel. However i'd like to point out that there's no rivalry between the two projects or the projects' fans and we'd like to keep it this way. I'm saying this in advance, because we've seen incidents in the pasts(not related to MERP) between two projects' fans going at each other or writing negative comments on the "rival" mod's wall, without the dev teams knowing about it.

Best of luck to SureAI and Enderal! :)


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Anglachel Jun 12 2012, 12:01pm replied:

Haha, I didn't mean to start an Enderal-MERP war :) I just gave my opinion on the matter and everyone is free to (dis)agree with me. I'm sorry for my, perhaps, deceiving comment, for my esteem of SureAI is very high indeed and, like Dack, I'm looking forward to playing both mods ;)
*Aglachel grins when the word 'console' comes to mind :P

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Captain_Iglo Creator
Captain_Iglo Jun 12 2012, 12:10pm replied:

Hey this wasn't directed to you, you didn't do or say anything wrong of course! ;) This was for everyone to see and know. ;)

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Mmarksp Jun 12 2012, 11:48am replied:

Agreed. I don't want anymore "COD is ****" and "BF is lame". :P

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MisterAmbidextrous Jun 12 2012, 3:57pm replied:

Yeah, I also hope this MERP VS ENDERAL thing comes to pass really fast.. I don't want what this beautiful community should be, Become some fan boy fanatic fan base... Not like the COD VS BF3 silly stuff, Please.

We're about to witness something grand here, Let's not have communities fight over which they favor if one seeks either or. I look forward to both and give the same courtesy of a pleasant day to both communities, May the 'best' mod win 2012 mod of the year in good sportsmanship! ;D In fact, I consider both mods as the same community as a whole, Let's keep it real friends!

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Captain_Iglo Creator
Captain_Iglo Jun 12 2012, 5:29pm replied:

There was never a MERP vs ENDERAL thing ;)

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MisterAmbidextrous Jun 12 2012, 5:32pm replied:

You're right. :) sorry :P

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Nicked99 Jun 12 2012, 12:47pm replied:

They both are... just sayin

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Mmarksp Jun 12 2012, 5:43pm replied:

Both games are **** and lame?
We can have a long discussion on that one buddy. BF3 and B:BC2 are the best shooters I have ever played. I LOVE playing them with my friends. I can respect COD, but it really isn't my style and with MW3, they showed that they're not eager to make a lot of changes to the franchise (Infinity Ward). Black Ops 2 though looks kinda insteresting.

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Nicked99 Jun 13 2012, 3:46am replied:

I guess it really doesn't matter when compared to MERP

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