Wonky Weather

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why is it that when it rains in Celondim (Ered Luin) it rains in Bree, Weathertop, Rivendell, Eregion, Evendim, Trestlebridge, and Angmar? Think about that. That would mean a weather system the size of Western Europe. Certainly there are weather systems that can approach that size (i.e. hurricanes) but they're much more intense than say the drizzle that we might see all over Middle-Earth. Drizzle does not come as giant systems. The bigger the system, the more powerful it tends to be.

I already know the answer to my question, of course. It's the technology. The programming, server capability, etc of the game which hasn't allowed for diverse weather in Middle-Earth. If it rains, it rains everywhere. The one exception is the snow in the Misties, Thorin's Hall area, and Forochel. And come to think of it, blizzards are unique to having a shard dropper in the vicinity. So the weather can be isolated, after a fashion.

I'd love to see the weather system overhauled at some point. If it's raining in the Shire, chances are you'll see a sunset in Rivendell. And I'd absolutely love to come out of a storm to be greated by the sun and see a rainbow in the clouds I was just under. That would be epic. When it happens in real life, I'm awestruck at the beauty. If that could happen in the game - well, it'll make the world that much more immersive and "magical".

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