EDIT: Stage One COMPLETE!!
For those of you who may have guessed what i've been up to from my last Journal, yes, I have finally decided to break my long hiatus from Feral Heart and return with what will be (if completed) my largest project to date: The Lord of the Rings Map Pack.
Ever since I started making maps, Middle Earth was always on my mind. But a few things stood in my way, the main of which being the scale of it all. To make an expansive and impressive world as we all imagine when thinking about the Lord of the Rings would be near impossible to do without an ample amount of time and effort put into it. So I stayed away, thinking that it would, in the end, result in just being a waste of time. But no longer! I've finally decided to buckle down and try my hand at this.
That being said, my first projections for this map pack would be approximately 16 maps, with possibly more if I decide to expand on them.
That is twice as many maps as my Verto Animus map pack, and though that does seem daunting, I am determined to try regardless.
Now, before we get into what you can expect to see in this pack, I would like to remind everyone to please not continuously ask me about when it's going to be done. Verto Animus took me two months to finish, and that was half the size of this project, not to mention I have school and other things to work on so please don't haggle! This is a personal project for me just as much as it is for everyone who loves Middle Earth as much as I do. I will however make a promise to update you guys periodically on my progress, so fear not!
In case you're wondering, I have actually started already, and I've gotten four maps into stage one (heightmap, terrain, sky, weather, music). I intend to do this for all of them before adding in the actual objects and portals in hopes of possibly speeding up the process. You can expect to see actual screenshots of these maps once the objects have all been added in, but until then, refer to this journal to check up on my progress.
1. The Shire (stage one) Sunday, November 3rd
"In his heart, Frodo's still in love with the Shire. The woods, the fields...little rivers...I'm old Gandalf. I know I don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it. I feel..stretched. Like butter, scrapped over too much bread. I need a holiday, a very long holiday. And I don't expect I shall return...in fact I mean not to."
2. Weathertop (stage one) Sunday, November 3rd
"This was once the great watchtower of Amon Sul...."
3. Rivendale (stage one) Sunday, November 3rd
"I meant to go back...visit Mirkwood....see the Lonely Mountain again...but age it seems, has finally caught up with me."
"All my life, I always dreamed that I was with you, off on one of your adventures...my own adventure turned out to be quite different...."
~ Bilbo & Frodo Baggins
4. The Wall of Moria (stage one) Sunday, November 3rd
"The doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Say friend....and enter."
4a. Isengard (stage one) Wednesday, November 20th
"Against the power of Mordor, there can be no victory. We must join with him, Gandalf. We must join with Sauron. It would be wise...my friend."
"Tell me...'friend'. Since when did Saruman the White exchange reason for madness?!"
~ Saruman the White & Gandalf the Grey
5. Caradras (stage one) Wednesday, November 6th
"So, Gandalf, you seek to lead them over Caradras. But if the mountain should defeat you, what then? Will you brave a more dangerous road?"
~ Saruman the White
6. The Mines of Moria (stage one) Friday, November 8th
"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.There are other forces in this world Frodo besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring...in which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
~Frodo and Gandalf
6a. The Bridge of Khaza Dum (stage one) Sunday, November 10th
"You shall not, PASS!"
7. Rohan (stage one) Friday, December 6th
"Theoden King stands alone...."
"Not alone. Rohirim!! TO THE KING!"
~ Gandalf & Eomer at the Battle of Helms Deep
8. Gondor (stage one) Friday, December 20th
"Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day, a red day, ere the sun rises!!! Ride now, RIDE NOW! Ride, ride for ruin, and the worlds ending! DAY! DAY! DAY!!!!"
9. Lothlorien (stage one) Tuesday, November 19th
"And to you, Frodo Baggins, I give you the light of Earendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places....when all other lights go out...."
~ Lady Galadriel
10. Fangorn (stage one) Tuesday, December 3rd
"Through fire, and water, on the highest tower of the lowest peak I fought the Balrock of Morgoth. Until at last I struck down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me. And I past out of though and time...stars wheeled overhead, and every day was as long as a life age of the earth. But it was not the end. I felt life, in me again. I have been sent back, until my task is done..."
"Gandalf? That was what they used to call me...Gandalf the Grey, that was my name. I am Gandalf the White. And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide."
~Gandalf the White
11. The Dead Marshes (stage one) Wednesday, December 4th
"There are dead things! Dead faces, in the water!"
"....All dead, all rotting. Elves and Men and Orkses. A great battle long ago...The Dead Marshes. Yes, yes! That is their name. Quickly, soft and quick as shadows we must be...."
~Samwise & Gollumn
12. Minas Morgul (stage one) Tuesday, January 14th
"The Dead City...very nasty place, full of..enemies~"
13. Shelobs Lair (stage one) Thursday, January 16th
"Poor little fly~ Why does he cry? Caught in her WEB, soon he'll be....eaten."
14. Mordor (stage one) Friday, January 17th
"I'm glad you're with me, Samwise Gamgee. Here at the end of all things."
~ Frodo Baggins
16. The Grey Havens
"The sea calls us home."
EXPANSIONS (May or may not be included in the final project)
1. The Bridge of Khazad Dum *kept
2. Gollums Cave *discarded
3. Isenguard *kept
4. Hall of Kings * discarded
So there you go! Something to look forwards to in the distant future. What map are you looking forwards to exploring the most? Is there anything i've forgotten that you're dying to see?
If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask.
Looking to help out? If you know about any good, high quality texture packs or meshes, let me know about it. Or if you're an /experienced/ map maker and would like to Beta Test, leave a comment with a list of your credentials in map making. (Feel free to link me to maps you've made in the past)
"Where is the horse and the rider, where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like wind on the mountain, like rain in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West, into shadow. How did it come to this?"
- King Theoden