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Middle Earth Roleplaying Project (Total conversion mod for Skyrim)

Recoveryanonymous
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Dec 11 2012, 6:31am


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It's a hugely ambitious Lord of the Rings modification for Skyrim that remakes Middle Earth in a map nine times the size of Skyrim's map; In case any of you are unaware, Skyrim's map is quite large. The mod, Merp for short, aims to rebuild all of the locations in Middle Earth. Numerous races are planned to be included and play-able. Spears will be added to the already large arsenal of weapons. Magic will be largely restricted to be more lore friendly. Enhanced mounted combat will make the Rohirrim a more worthy mounted force.

Merp will feature three different game modes. The Ringbearer mode, The White Council mode, and a free roam mode similar to Skyrim.
In the Ringbearer mode, the player is Frodo as he journeys to Mount Doom. This is still the Elder Scrolls, so the path one takes to Mordor is entirely up to the player. Events in the world are triggered by the dates in which they occur in the books. So if the Ring isn't destroyed before the Battle of the Black Gate is over, all the main characters present won't survive.
Each mode has its own quest-lines.

There is also a realism mode planned in which the player must worry about food and water; combat is also supposed to be much more unforgiving in this mode.

Merp has been a work in progress since the days of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. When Skyrim came out, the modding team ported as much work as they could. This is the height map as of February this year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMb3jn1m7QE

The mod team focuses on completing Middle Earth one region at a time. With each region completed, there was a quest-line to go along with it. Merp has its own musical score, as well as planned voice acting. Merp will have region specific weapons. For example a sword from the Westfold would look different than a weapon from the Eastfold.


Merp's landscapes follow the book's descriptions as closely as possible. The films are used as inspiration, but the landscapes (and Merp in general) are based on the books. It's really amazing just how good the visuals are when one considers the fact that this is all made by a group of unpaid modders.

Unfortunately, Merp is in a bit of legal trouble from Warner Brothers. As of July, they received a Cease and Desist letter. An exchange between Warner Brothers and the mod team can be found here.
http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/09/06/middle-earth-roleplaying-project-mod-for-skyrim-petitions-wb-to-revoke-cease-and-desist/

Now the modding team has a lawyer and a petition with a bunch of signers, but I think it's a sad thing that it's come to that.

(This post was edited by Recoveryanonymous on Dec 11 2012, 6:35am)

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Middle Earth Roleplaying Project (Total conversion mod for Skyrim) Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Dec 11 2012, 6:31am
    Sounds Amazing! iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Dec 11 2012, 7:15pm
        It's the definition of a labor of love. Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Dec 12 2012, 1:00am
    So depressing . . . Beren0nehanded Send a private message to Beren0nehanded Dec 13 2012, 2:07pm
        There is always hope. Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Dec 13 2012, 6:16pm
            where is the petition? demanon Send a private message to demanon Dec 15 2012, 8:43pm
                Here you go! iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Dec 16 2012, 2:18am
                    Done demanon Send a private message to demanon Dec 16 2012, 3:42am
    Update Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Jan 6 2013, 7:13pm
        Merp Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Jan 18 2013, 11:11pm
            Update with the lawsuit between Zaentz and Tolkien Estate Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Mar 21 2013, 10:41pm
                My youtube awareness video for Merp Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous May 29 2013, 8:08am
                    Letter Writing campaign Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Jun 20 2013, 9:50am
                        Letter Writing campaign p2 Recoveryanonymous Send a private message to Recoveryanonymous Jun 20 2013, 9:52am

 
 
 

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