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Thursday, 11th October, 2012, 09:20 PM #11
Magsman (Lvl 14)
The One Ring is your only real choice.
Anything else is trying to shoehorn Middle Earth into an existing game system, and in all such cases they fail (from 20 years experience attempting so with different systems).
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Thursday, 11th October, 2012, 10:55 PM #12
Superhero (Lvl 15)
If you want it to feel like the Lord of the Rings BOOKS, I'd unequivocally vote for The One Ring. Highly evocative of the literature. I have the boxed set, and I LOVE it.
If you want it to feel like the MOVIES, i.e., more "high adventure," you could do worse than Savage Worlds + the SW Fantasy Companion. Use the "Gritty" campaign setting traits, house rule a weapon proficiency system of some kind, limit magic access, and treat travel as a "dramatic event" using the Deluxe rules, and you'd create a semi-facsimile, though it'd still feel more like "Battle of Five Armies" than "Riddles in the Dark."
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Friday, 12th October, 2012, 01:59 AM #13
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
D&D. Gandalf was a 5th level wizard.
There used to be a page around EN World with a 3E LotR conversion for D&D. I wonder where that page wandered off to?
"The Soul of D&D? It's rolling a natural 20 when you're down to 3 hit points and the cleric's on the floor and you're staring that sunnavabitch bugbear right in his bloodshot eye and holding the line just long enough to let the wizard unleash a fireball at the guards who are on their way, because they're all that stands between you, the Foozle and Glory." - WizarDru
Friday, 12th October, 2012, 05:13 AM #14
Never tried it myself, but I'd say D&D is a horrible match for LotR. Way too many differences in flavor and player expectations. If you don't believe me, go read DM of the Rings.
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Friday, 12th October, 2012, 06:11 AM #15
Lama (Lvl 13)
Friday, 12th October, 2012, 02:12 PM #16
I really liked MERP.
"Farewell, Friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!"--Stormbringer
Friday, 12th October, 2012, 03:45 PM #17
Defender (Lvl 8)
My experience is that ICE's Middle Earth was the best system for playing in Middle Earth. Nothing else has ever quite worked the same way for me.
I'm not asking for characters to be lawful stupid. I want characters who care, who want to be heroes, aren't scared of doing the right thing, and players who try to help make the campaign more heroic.
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Friday, 12th October, 2012, 04:24 PM #18
Friday, 12th October, 2012, 05:07 PM #19
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
I would recommend The One Ring without any hesitation. I played the heck out of MERP back in the day, and had fun, but it was always playing Rolemaster in Middle Earth if that makes sense.
The One Ring is well designed, well presented (barring the index, and there's now a free much improved index for download), beautiful, and tremendously evocative of the setting. There's a great community on the Cubicle 7 site.
Friday, 12th October, 2012, 06:43 PM #20
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
http://www.enworld.org/forum/convers...20-thread.html - August 2002
I remember it for some great discussion and some sublime epic spells contributed by Sepulchrave II. (In fact, that's how I found it - I went to my old 3000-page 3E spell document to get a spell name, then searched for the thread...)
Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.