09-24-2013, 07:56 AM
Hello Rob, The main site for the project is MeDEM - The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model Project which has links into the gallery where most of the work is renders of works in progress. The project is basically always in progress where sometimes it gets more progress than at other times. There is a forum there which is quite rarely used and we started another forum for the 3D world of middle earth in the Outerra engine. So you can explore the world we made in 3D using the free Outerra program tech demo and using the extra download of the MEDem data for it. If people are interested then we would like to add 3D models of some of the 'man' made items in the world. There is a forum about those places which again is not heavily trafficked but post notifications do go out.
As for funding - its just a side hobby and its always been a free to download non commercial kind of thing with no affiliation to the Tolkien group so we cant take any monies for it. If you wanted to donate then making some 3D models for the lands would be the most useful and welcome.
09-24-2013, 10:30 AM
Thank you for the quick respons and I will be sure to check out the website. All thow I doubt I can be of any help with making maps I'll give it a shot! I have one more question about this whole thing, what is the end goal? Will this just be a map of middle earth that you can explore? Or will this just go on indefinetly untill every detail of tolkien's world is spot on? No matter what I love what your doing, I just like having somthing to look forward to. Thank you!
09-24-2013, 11:05 AM
The end goal is somewhat vague. If there is one then its to have fun making a map of Middle Earth. The problem is that Middle Earth spanned ages so were only drawing it at one point in time. Even then, people disagree about the exact shapes of things and the layouts of stuff - esp buildings. Tolkiens map was somewhat rough to say the least. Many people have interpreted a more detailed map based on Tolkiens and the text in the book. This is just one such interpretation tho we have tried to get physical geography correct so water flows downhill at all places etc. The lack of slope on the Anduin is a bit extreme tho.
09-24-2013, 11:16 AM
Well for what its worth I think your interpretation is great. I have been looking into DEMs and at the things on the youtube chanel and I was wondering if you could tell me the most user friendly software for doing things like simulating mountains and landscapes. I would like to try and help but I will need to teach myself how. So if you could just give me one or two good programs and stuff, next time I post Ill have at least something to show for it. Thanks!