as a Morrowind player since the first release hit the shelves back in 2001 and a long-time TR:MWML user, I am a bit „cnofsued” about a few things, and I’d like to gather a few thoughts on this (as well as, perhaps, give you TR folks a little feedback and inspiration).
Don’t get me wrong, I admire and respect what you are building with Morrowind Mainland. But you seem to do it a little cnofsuedly for more than a year now, with no advancement in the officially released part since the 15.12 release at all (except for the internal changes in the esm and bsa, the switching to the unified PT/TR standard, and a handful of twiddling and improving).
What I don’t understand is the following:
– while you claimed that „help was urgently needed” and you were seriously missing modders, you had nothing better to do than to drop the old website (which was good and working) and –– twice –– put up a new one, each time wiping all accounts and archiving the forum. Can’t see any logic or purpose in that, other than boredom and aimlessness and perhaps a complete idiot who thought it would be a necessity.
– When you announced that you wanted to drop the current Almalexia implementation and replace it, you raised hopes that work on that would start at once and it finally would come into a release in 2016 and would be playable seamlessly with Bethesda’s official Tribunal plug-in. Nothing happened, Almalexia is still missing from the official release and the Mournhold interlinking nonexistant to broken. I don’t mind you guys playing and planning about with the rest of Morrowind Mainland as you see fit, but at least Tribunal/Almalexia ought to be working by now, or as soon as possible –– not as the last and final thing in the whole Megamod, after everything else has been done. That would, bluntly spoken, piss a lot of us players sorely off.
– the whole region from Bosmora to Thirr ought to have been completed already in the 16.04 release, according to the schedule you had set. In 16.09, it still isn’t, asides from the Almalexia region which currently has special „being re-implemented” status. Instead, aimless planning and re-working of parts where it isn’t necessary binds the modders who would have been able to make each release a new „officially released” land-mass enlargenment.
I must admit that all of those issues strongly remind me of the time when I wanted to join TR and was severely pissed off by some fool (Hapless or so was his name) so that I lost any interest in active modding. Hence, I am not inclined to join TR, but to counsel and/or aid when I think it could be useful or necessary. This is such an instance where I deem it strongly necessary.
Can’t you simply return to doing things and releasing them, instead of confused, aimless re-scheduling and completely re-designing areas, houses, cities, established backgrounds and lore, release cycles and work procedures? As I already stated, nothing significant happened between 15.12 and 16.09, whereas there had been significant expansions in each release prior to the new release method. The current method is taking the anticipation for and wanna-have of the next release completely out of play, at least for me.