Aug 8, 2011

Middle Earth: The Rise of the Oblivion Mod

I wouldn't want to infringe on any perceived copyrights and use such no-no words as elder, scrolls, earth and lollipop and that's why I'll just let you know that TES Oblivion has (almost) gotten itself the best, free, total conversion mod any game could ever hope for: the Middle Earth Roleplaying Project; MERP for short, which does sound quite a bit like the dear MERP pen-and-paper RPG that brought the deranged critical hits and elaborate systems of Rolemaster to Tolkien's world. Well, this newer kind of MERP is about to bring a stunning, massive and most authentic version of the good professor's world to Oblivion.

When I'm saying about to I do of course mean that MERP is still in an apparently early BETA state, which you can still download and thoroughly enjoy, preferably from the Middle Earth Roleplaying Project page over at modDB. Unfinished though the mod might be, it will still blow your mind away with its amazing depictions of Middle Earth, promise of massive battles, inclusion of new races, weapons and monsters, huge map and fierce dedication to the preservation of Tolkien's lore. Actually, anyone kind enough to lend the dev team a helping hand would be immediately recognized as a true Gnome's Lair hero.

And to prove that this will be the equivalent of the excellent Lords of the Ring Online in single-player, well, here's the trailer:

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18 comments:

  1. Quite a bit really :)

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  2. "I wouldn't want to infringe on any perceived copyrights and use such no-no words as elder, scrolls, earth and lollipop"

    Given your choice of words I assume that you don't realize the copyright craziness that goes on over tolkien's work.
    His ancestors have been quite active in shutting down fan works as well as suing anyone that uses the name Tolkien (which is reminiscent of Sarah Palin).

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  3. To be absolutely honest dear Jonathon I was referring to both the Tolkien Estate's I.P. policy and to the recent Scrolls ridiculousness.

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  4. Very epic looking, but empty. I wonder how well they'll populate the world. I hope they finish it.

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  5. Me too, even if it's released for Skyrim, that is.

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  6. Is beautiful! remember using the TES construction kit for Morrowind, got as far as repainting the heroes waist sash, big deal for me at the time, but this... well it's incredible.... 80

    (..borrows Gnomes hammer and heads back to the elderly blog to vent his frustration on his xbox360 and 8 year old computer....)

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  7. You Elderly modder, you! I'm quite impressed and can't but suggest you do more lovely stuff for Morrowind. It does after all remain the best of them TES games.

    Oh, and please don't smash anything you'll regret...

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  8. ...(hesitates at the exit to Gnome's domain....returns hammer)

    ...yes of course, your right, I would be an unhappy elderly in the morning... thanks Gnome your a pal :)

    (heads back to Gnomes Computer to replay the video..)

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  9. Just, uhm, please do give the hammer to me now, eh? It's a relatively new computer and, well, you never know what a trans-dimensional dungeon can do to a man...

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  10. But I still haven't finished with un-modded Oblivion!

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  11. You've just given me a reason to upgrade my PC. My wallet is not happy.

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  12. (hands gnome hammer, replays video...) sigh!

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  13. @ Pacian: Me neither, but, well, Middle Earth is so much lovelier than the average fantasy world...

    @ StickHead: And neither is your ST!

    @ Elderly: There, there...

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  14. Brilliant! I can almost taste the halfling ale...

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  15. Understandable kind James, quite understandable. Oh, and it's a lovely blog you got yourself there.

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  16. My god is that impressive. Never been an amazingly huge LoTR fan (although I did greatly enjoy the movies), but this is just awesome no matter which way you look at it. Hopefully they can finish up by the time The Hobbit comes out, and perhaps get some attention at then.

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  17. Hey, you are absolutely right on this Porter. If it could coincide with hobbit, this mod would become a huge success and -apparently- justifiably so too. Mind you, them books are way more interesting than the movies. Give them a try.

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