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Is The One Ring 2E Kickstarter going to break the records?

At over $140K in the first half hour and shooting quickly past the $200K mark before the first hour was up, the numbers on Free League's Kickstarter for the 2nd Edition of The One Ring are whizzing up faster than the eye can see!

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The record for a TTRPG Kickstarter is Matt Colville, at over $2M for his Strongholds & Followers project (and a followup $1.3M campaign). The next highest was John Wick's 7th Sea at about $1.2M.

There were over 6,000 people who were following the pre-launch page for this Kickstarter, which runs for three weeks.
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I finally pulled the trigger. I just can't resist that glorious collector's edition.

I have a personal policy that I value entertainment at $5 an hour (roughly what you pay to go see a movie in America these days). If I enjoyed my time, then it was worth the investment. For TOR2 that is going to be about 32 table hours, or 8 4-hour sessions. Which I think is doable.
That's a good rule. I had pledged at the $97 tier, so I'm gambling that I'll spend about 20 hours playing it with my friends. Which is pretty likely, knowing me and my friends.

Of course, back-calculating that formula means I should have paid $5000 for Stardew Valley and another $5530 for Skyrim. :oops:
 

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TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
I've been struggling to hold myself back from pledging. On one hand I'm really curious to read about the system and the rules, I also would enjoy reading their compendiums, the lore and would definitely appreciate the maps. But at the same time, I don't think like I would want to play in such a lore-beast of a setting like Middle-Earth. Anyone feels like me?
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I've been struggling to hold myself back from pledging. On one hand I'm really curious to read about the system and the rules, I also would enjoy reading their compendiums, the lore and would definitely appreciate the maps. But at the same time, I don't think like I would want to play in such a lore-beast of a setting like Middle-Earth. Anyone feels like me?
Yes. I bought it more to enjoy reading through it. But I generally don't like settings with a lot of cannon baggage. If I do run it it would be for LOTR flavor, but I would make it very clear that I have no respect for canon.
 



Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I want to add some add-ons (those cloth maps). Do I have to wait for the pledge manager afterwards? I can't figure out how to do it.
 


jeremypowell

Adventurer
I want to add some add-ons (those cloth maps). Do I have to wait for the pledge manager afterwards? I can't figure out how to do it.
In the comments, Free League has said you just click "Manage My Pledge" and then you have to do math. (Add the extra money to your pledge by manually increasing your pledge to the new total—in SEK.)

Seems it might crack $2 mil USD—but doesn't look like it's going to beat Strongholds and Followers in the end. Pity.
 






And I do want it to break the record.
I normally hate looking at conditionals, but they pointed out in the KS comments, that this will be the highest standalone TTRPG. So that is pretty cool.

I have been amazed at the number of people in the comments saying they have never played an RPG before pledging for this. That is why I am super glad for them (and a little for myself) that the Solo mode unlocked.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I normally hate looking at conditionals, but they pointed out in the KS comments, that this will be the highest standalone TTRPG. So that is pretty cool.
Yeah, plenty of Kickstarters mix and match stuff. Matt Colville did minis and a book, TOR has cloth maps and dice and stuff; as long as it's primarily an RPG product, I don't quibble. I mean, you could include Reaper Bones, which is minis, too. I guess everybody gets to No True Scotsman the list themselves. :)
 



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