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News and plans 2020 - what happened, why haven't I been active recently, and what's going on next...

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28 December 2019

Late in the evening, here I was lighting my cigarette, waiting for some grass meshes to be baked ( It's a process that takes quite some time and reduces framerates). Looking through my window, I could see lightning in the distance... it was starting to rain. Minutes later, my backyard has been illuminated and the sound of rain interrupted by a big BANG. Electricity went off for a while and came back, nothing out of ordinary. Focusing once again on my computer, I pressed the power button. It didn't start, and I tried again and again. Something was off...

Three days later and 200$ I had a brand new processor. Seems the lightning burnt my circuits and took away with it most of my stuff, alongside WOME and all my backups. I couldn't believe it. All my work for an entire year gone in a minute.

I contemplated deleting all my articles and account and going off into hiding. But that isn't me. I asked my self "What is the best thing to do?". I took a holiday off to think and came back two weeks later satisfied with the answer

First, Let's take a look at the initial WOME map: 100 km2, part of it ocean.

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It's estimated that Middle Earth has something close to 2.2 milion km2. That means that one km in my world corresponds to 63 km in the book. That means we have a 1:63 scale.

But What if I do the map differently? Let's split it into 3, leaving the ocean part aside!

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That reduces the scale to around approximately 1:20. Much better, eh? Edoras and Minas Tirith were around 4-5 minutes away. In the Remastered map, they are around 30 minutes of constant walking. And so was born...

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A map of approximately 300km2, without oceans in it. 6 Times the size of the original world. Built from scratch, with better assets and more experience!

Yes... that looks dope, but when do you plan to release?

Honestly, I don't know. It took me almost a year to finish around 70% of the 100 km2 map, much of it just water. That means around 2,5 years for the terrain and 1 year for codes,items,etc. Totally around 4 years...

That's such a long time... I can't wait that long!

Fear not my people. I have the perfect solution! I will try to release a demo of a separate zone around every 5-6 months while also working on the main map.

Speaking of demos... One is coming soon! Here are some screenshots from an early Fangorn Forest. The zone in-game will look similar to the demo, but not the same!

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At last...I hope this article is clear enough for everyone to understand what's going on. If you want to ask anything feel free to leave a comment and I will try to give a complete answer.

Until next time,

May the Valar be with you!

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Argeomer
Argeomer

YOu have my sword! and my bow! and my sax! (Epic sax guy starts playing)
Really, awesome work. COntinue like that :) Excelent so far

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ssd21345
ssd21345

kudos for continue working on it after an accident. Looking forward to the demo!

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Antonis9
Antonis9

You rock! Congratulations!

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Damn, your backups have all been connected with your computer at that moment? That's like an ultimate doom scenario. Good luck at the second round!

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Comment to your article from the Tolkien Modding Community Discord:
Tell that remastered dude to use something like google drive
Maybe some specialist can still recover files from the hard drive so he should keep it in case.

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MikeTheEmperor Author
MikeTheEmperor

I got it to a engineer in my city and managed to get back most of the small files ( objects and codes) but not the terrain file ( which was around 6 gb )
And yep, I gotta find a reliable online source for backups since I can't risk anything like this anymore...

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MikeTheEmperor Author
MikeTheEmperor

Thank you for your kind words! It's really great to have your support and I promise you my men... this game will be released even if I have to redo it 1000 times!

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