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.

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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AndromedaRPG

Explorer
I have quite a few AiME purchases at drivethrurpg - will those disappear..?
While I can't speak for AiME purchases, I can still download my DC Adventures books, which are no longer available for purchase. So, my guess is that they will not disappear, but that is just a guess. Maybe you want to download them just in case?
 

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HawaiiSteveO

Blistering Barnacles!
While I can't speak for AiME purchases, I can still download my DC Adventures books, which are no longer available for purchase. So, my guess is that they will not disappear, but that is just a guess. Maybe you want to download them just in case?

Still there for now, better just in case still selling ...
 

Judging by ToR 1e, at least, Crucible 7's expertise lies in making beautifully presented games that read great, but fall down at the table in gameplay. We gave it four sessions and gave up in frustration.

But that's a wider problem in the hobby - outside a handful of the biggies, most RPGs have a tiny customer-base. That means boutique games designed to read well and impress critics, but are awkward and cludgey to actually play. Of course, the buyer who reads the glowing reviews won't know this - and may never know it if, like most buyers, he just reads the game, marvels at how impressive it seems, and puts it on the shelf with a dozen other unplayed boutique games.
 




I never liked the fact that they had to go through an intermediary company in Sophisticated Games to have access to the Tolkien license, instead of have a direct deal. Did Sophisticated Games get greedy from C7's success with the property or was their agreement to produce game material terminated, which in turn forced them to terminate their agreement with C7?
 

Hurin70

Adventurer
Judging by ToR 1e, at least, Crucible 7's expertise lies in making beautifully presented games that read great, but fall down at the table in gameplay. We gave it four sessions and gave up in frustration.

Can you be a bit more specific about what you think failed? I just ask because I never got to play ToR 1e, and was wondering if it was worth trying.

I am an old MERP/Rolemaster player, so complexity is not a problem for me. But I wonder what specifically was problematic in ToR 1e.

Thanks
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
I never liked the fact that they had to go through an intermediary company in Sophisticated Games to have access to the Tolkien license, instead of have a direct deal. Did Sophisticated Games get greedy from C7's success with the property or was their agreement to produce game material terminated, which in turn forced them to terminate their agreement with C7?

I'd suspect that if Sophisticated Games deal was terminated we'd be seeing a similar notice from FFG and Asmodee.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
TOR was a good
Can you be a bit more specific about what you think failed? I just ask because I never got to play ToR 1e, and was wondering if it was worth trying.

I am an old MERP/Rolemaster player, so complexity is not a problem for me. But I wonder what specifically was problematic in ToR 1e.

Thanks
TOR1 is a great game. Sorry to hear Halfrung didn’t get along with it, but that experience is not universal.
 

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