Cubicle 7 No Longer Producing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle Earth

Cubicle 7 has announced that it will cease publishing Tolkien-related games, including The One Ring and Adventures in Middle Earth, in early 2020. The One Ring 2E is cancelled.

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‘I am with you at present,’ said Gandalf, ‘but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire.’


We have some very unfortunate and unexpected news to share. Contractual differences arose recently which we have been unable to resolve, and so we have decided to end our licensing agreement with Sophisticated Games. It is with regret that we have made this very tough decision to withdraw.

This means we will cease publishing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth™ in the first half of 2020. Unfortunately, this doesn’t give us enough time to release the much-anticipated The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game second edition. As many of you know, our first edition of The One Ring is eight years old, and we had high hopes of a full product line to support our second edition. Our team have worked incredibly hard on this new edition; with many of the announced titles already written and edited, so being very close to completion makes this decision even harder.

We fully appreciate how invested so many of you are, both in regards to stock and your love of the game. Especially those who have followed our journey from first edition, or have customers who have pre-ordered the second edition or Rohan Region Guide. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.

We will continue selling our existing stock over the next few months. We will be offering some discounts on our website for consumers as part of our Black Friday sale this week. We will not be reprinting any of these titles, so if you wish to stock up, we would suggest you contact your preferred distributor soon.
 
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KentDT

Explorer
Yes, I have bought all their Adventures in Middle Earth for 5e and loved all of them and even had the collectors edition of The One Ring 2nd edition on pre-order, just as a collectors piece and because I love their art as well. It sounded like the 2nd edition book was almost finished.
I wonder what the situation is with Sophisticated Games and whether they can take the lines over from now.
Really terrible news, I absolutely enjoyed especially their stuff for 5e.
 
Looks this was a decision forced upon them rather than taken by them, so I don't think they're "canning" them in the conventional sense. Tolkien licences can be extremely tricky and demanding to work, though it looks like it wasn't the Estate causing the issues here.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
I think cucible7 has got future because not it is a company with enough prestige. The worst could happen would be be bought by a bigger firm.

And everybody can publish a spiritual successor.
 

Jacob Lewis

The One with the Force
It was really a good quality system that not only embraced the philsophy of Tolkein, but showed how an RPG can do more than just combat and high-powered heroics. Even the 5e version was comendable in its attempt, though I truly prefer the One Ring rules as something unique and inspired. Looking forward to see what they develop next!
 

sim-h

Explorer
Their twitter feed has lots of "we can't comment on what happens after that" about the future of AiMe and TOR2 after their publishing expires first half 2020. Sounds like something is therefore going to be happening, after that...
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Their twitter feed has lots of "we can't comment on what happens after that" about the future of AiMe and TOR2 after their publishing expires first half 2020. Sounds like something is therefore going to be happening, after that...
Or maybe they don’t know yet. Depends how quickly this all happened.
 
I am in utter shock. I just got into TOR 1e when they had an earlier sale this year. I read the core books (and Companion Guide) from cover-to-cover - something I haven’t done since I first began role-playing.

they captured the books perfectly. And as a 4e D&D fan, offered some great ideas on social encounters and exploration.

I was eagerly awaiting 2e (which I got on pre-order) before starting a campaign. Now...I don’t need to I suppose...(sigh)
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
That does suck. I never played any of their games but I've only heard good things. I might have to pick some of those up.
 

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