03 August 2011

The One Ring Rules Preview

Despite being a huge Tolkien fan for 30 years now, I haven’t been following the development of the Cublicle 7’s The One Ring RPG too closely. However, I recently noticed that a summary of the main rules of the game (except combat) has been posted here.

I must confess that I’m somewhat intrigued! I’m still not sure whether it’ll be my cup of tea, but I think that I’ll definitely check it out.

My main concern remains that it seems overly focused on a particular era and region of Middle-earth. It’s definitely a different approach to a Middle-earth RPG than my beloved (but long out-of-print) MERP.

Irrespective of the quality of TOR’s rules, though, art by John Howe and Jon Hodgson ensures that this will be one very attractive product!

6 comments:

  1. Looks interesting. I'm not particularly interested in a Middle-Earth game, but it might be worth taking a look at.

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  2. To be honest, I actually prefer the focus on Wilderland in the years after the Battle of the Five Armies. Hobbits are really the only Free People who are difficult to sandwich into a game in that region, and even there it's not a stretch to say that Bilbo's tales of his adventures inspired a few adventurous Tooks to head east. Of course, I would say this having just incurred a $60 debt by asking a friend at Gen Con to pick up a hardcopy of the game for me.

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  3. I picked up a copy at Gen Con this weekend. It was selling quite fast. The set is really beautiful. I anticipate it'll be awhile, though, before I get around to playing it.

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  4. I played it at Gen Con and enjoyed it.

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  5. Thanks for the reports, Robichaud and Labyrinthian!

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  6. @ Rob Barrett: I agree that the Wilderlands is a great region for a campaign.

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