Hello everyone, first post here.
I've played since GOTY box set was released in the very ealy aughts. I got into mods pretty much after my first run through and about every other year I basically relearn the game and adding mods from scratch because by the time I'm ready to play again the procedures have slipped my memory.
Admission: I've never played the TR mod. I said early on to myself I'd wait a few years until they finish it.....back in like 2003 or something like that. Ok, so I gauged that wrong and should have tried that earlier. But one reason I let it wait was the general impression given ages ago was that TR would leave the island to general mod community and TR would cover outside the island. But like a year or two ago I heard that TR was incorporating what a guild was doing off the island into the main island game. Then I heard about the Old Ebonheart. Clearly the old rule or custom has changed.
I didn't join to object to the change. Frankly, at some some point some degree of integration had to occur or else TR would just end up a second complete game using the same platform. On the other hand this change can run into conflict with tons of island mods. We've seen even complete island overhaul mods arise. Pretty good ones too. It will cause players potentially have to choose between big island mods and TR. I see that as a big issue down the road. Obviously TR could back off the island or force players to choose between overhauling the island for more playability or installing TR. All choices come with a downside. But there is another choice. A group working in concert with the TR crew to make its own island overhaul that helps to better mesh the island with TR. TR crew seems pretty busy already. I doubt this time scale was foreseen in the early aughts to still be working on TR. Hindsight is just what it is, and trying to steer the TR crew now to focus on the island only adds to the project timeline. But some kind of separate project with different modders liaising with TR could get it done. Dark Elf of MMS Youtube is a good example of where modders not on TR exist to recruit from. Plus the existing bounty of almost 2 decades of mods exit to draw from so an island overhaul team doesn't have to work from whole cloth like TR has to do. Perhaps a couple intensive years could get something accomplished. Morrowind Rebirth is a perfect example of just one modder taking a few years with a mix of existing mods and new material to redo the entire island. A small team could do something similar, and also ensure the work meshes with TR. A team could also isn't going to fall down the rabbit hole of one person's vision and will stick closer to proper lore and game balance.
Perhaps this discussion has been addressed already or is ongoing. I didn't find it though. I'd like to join in it, or if not already in motion then get it going. I have most of a year at home in front of me to spend on the issue.
I'd appreciate your thoughts and guidance to move me in the right direction.