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Check Out The One Ring 2E's Pre-Kickstarter Video!

The Kickstarter for The One Ring 2E launches this coming Thursday, February 11th. Free League has released a short teaser showing off some of the atmospheric artwork.


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“This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all.” The time has come to enter a new era. We at Free League are proud to reveal that the new edition of the acclaimed roleplaying game The One Ring™, set in the world of The Lord of the Rings™ by J.R.R. Tolkien, is coming to Kickstarter at 3 pm CET (9 am US Eastern) on February 11! Sign up at the pre-launch page if you wish to be notified the moment it goes live! The One Ring RPG is created by game designer Francesco Nepitello in collaboration with Free League. The game will soon bring you all further into the Twilight of the Third Age. More shall soon be revealed, once the Kickstarter goes live. The first edition of The One Ring, released in 2011, was hailed as the best attempt at bringing Middle-earth to the gaming table to date, thanks to its thematic rules and painstaking attention to detail. For 10 years, players of the game have traveled far and wide across Middle-earth, adventuring for multiple decades of game time. Today, it is time for the game to enter a new era – the new edition of The One Ring brings players further into the Twilight of the Third Age with a new hardbound volume, presenting a set of updated and streamlined rules, developed thanks to years of players’ feedback and raising the game to the standards of quality that have made Free League so popular. The look of the game itself has been completely redesigned, offering a view of Middle-earth that is fresh and familiar at the same time. We hope you join us on this grand journey!
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey




ART!

Hero
That's a very good use of 2D art to create a 3D effect. Obviously that's been done plenty before, but I feel like it's done very nicely here. I don't know that my group will want to play this, but I will be keeping an eye on this.
 

Green Onceler

Explorer
I have quite a few of the first edition books. The system is definitely very well done and thematically a great adaptation of Tolkien. However, I don't find it much fun to play. The old Iron Crown MERP is much more fun for me, and is not really as inappropriate as people make out, once the totally out of place Mage class is removed. I also much prefer the mid third age setting of the old Iron Crown game to the inter-book The One Ring setting. Won't be backing this one.
 

EthanSental

Adventurer
I think I’ll wait for their 5e compatible adventure, books mentioned in an earlier article, especially the Moria one, I picked up the 5e books that were released and enjoyed them. I have the ICE Moria book from back in the day and although i “could” convert it, I’d rather pay and let someone else take that time I don’t have right now.
 

univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
I have quite a few of the first edition books. The system is definitely very well done and thematically a great adaptation of Tolkien. However, I don't find it much fun to play. The old Iron Crown MERP is much more fun for me, and is not really as inappropriate as people make out, once the totally out of place Mage class is removed. I also much prefer the mid third age setting of the old Iron Crown game to the inter-book The One Ring setting. Won't be backing this one.

I have gotten a number of the 1e books and have never been able to play. Would that I could. In what way is it less fun than MERP, which I have also never played. I would very much like to know. I have no aversion to using an old system if it is more enjoyable. I do feel sometimes these gorgeous books are better sometimes as a collectors object than an actual game.
 

Desrimal

Explorer
I've been eyeing the 1st edition of The One Ring for years, but I never bought nor played it. This looks like a good place to start :)
The artwork looks "fresh" and very nice IMO.
With the latest trends in rpgs, however, I'm a bit worried if they going to make this an rpg in a political correct version of Tolkien's amazing world.
 

Green Onceler

Explorer
In what way is it less fun than MERP, which I have also never played. I would very much like to know.

Well, keep in mind, this is just my personal opinion. I suspect it is quite an unpopular one too, as ICE games seem to be very much out of favour and The One Ring was very well received.

For me, I found the barrage of Travel rolls in TOR somewhat tiresome. Especially as the results of these rolls are only interesting occasionally when one rolls an Eye to spark a hazard. The rest of the time, they just grind down characters' endurance which, while "thematic", I found pretty uninteresting.

Also, the mid-third age setting is more fun to me, being largely unexplored in the books everyone's read, you have more freedom to tell your own stories. 1600 Arnor is more appealing to me than the default Mirkwood interbook setting of TOR. The Witch King is this unknowable threat in Angmar, the Kingdom is shattered, and the plague has recently ravaged the region. Great stuff.

That said, the setting needs work. Mainly the removal of a lot of the magic items that are scattered throughout the setting books. This is one area, TOR does a lot better. Magic in general. MERP spells I find not too bad. The bard and animist spell lists seem fine to me. The mage definitely does not fit.

MERP also has a really fun Rolemaster-lite combat system, including a more light hearted iteration of the infamous critical tables. The critical tables keep combat deadly, as it should be in a Tolkien game, but I find them much more fun to use than TOR's combat, which never really grabbed me.

Again, my opinion only, and almost certainly a minority view. I'd play TOR again with a good LM for sure, but am not interested enough to run it. I'd either run or play MERP.
 


lyle.spade

Adventurer
I've been eyeing the 1st edition of The One Ring for years, but I never bought nor played it. This looks like a good place to start :)
The artwork looks "fresh" and very nice IMO.
With the latest trends in rpgs, however, I'm a bit worried if they going to make this an rpg in a political correct version of Tolkien's amazing world.

We can hope that Tolkien's world will be left as it is.
 

jeremypowell

Explorer
Didn't expect Free League to pick this up.
It was first reported that they'd picked it up only a short time after Cubicle 7 dropped it.

My first reaction to the cover was "that really, really doesn't say 'Lord of the Rings' to me." After watching the video, I think I understand what they're going for: the art style is overly reminiscent of WotC D&D 5e art (this is most unmistakeably true in the Lake-town image), so they want the cover to look as different from the D&D 5e books as possible, hence the graphic-design-forward approach.

They clearly also want to minimize the tweeness of the setting—that's a very dark cover.

I still hope to love the game, and will almost certainly back the KS. But the art so far is a flop for me.
 




EllisEthel

Villager
I really like the new cover. It’s great and conveys a sense of threat and fear to me, which is something I always took from The Lord of the Rings...with the ringwraiths etc... Reminds me of the cool parts of the Ralph Bakshi film.

I also liked the cover for the original edition and the proposed 2nd edition from Cubicle 7...Shame that the cover art for that will probably never be used, it was good.
 

So according to this article, there is an interesting bit of info on the pre-gen characters: Apparently two of them are Drogo Baggins and Paladin Took II. Who are they you ask?(For those like me who are unfamiliar with said characters.) * They are Frodo Baggins and Pippin's dads And while it may not seem too crazy since we've seen plenty of Hobbit action in the books/movies, the idea of the parents of the Lord of the Ring main characters, being pre-gen characters, didn't immediately come to mind as being the go to option. Insert multiple scenes where Drogo takes multiple Meteors to the face as he just strolls casually through all obstacles knowing full well the joke of it all.

 
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