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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

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I’ve played AIME but never One Ring. Is it a good system? Any recommendations based on the first edition?

I played MERP believe it or not many many years ago after getting their boxed set as a Xmas present back in the last century.

After all our discussions about trying new systems I thought maybe I should branch out a bit!
TOR came out just a bit before D&D 5e and foreshadowed or pioneered a few modern game-design elements (or codified some that already existed informally). But mostly, it presented a medieval-fantasy system that was (at the time) refreshingly magic-free and yet allowed for a very magical world. In short, it achieved that elusive and whimsical Tolkien "feel" many LotR fans had been looking for.

Highlights for me were a four-combat-stance-system and how certain tasks could only be achieved through certain combat dispositions, a well-defined exploration/travel pillar supported by a solid narrative system, attributes (stats) that mostly come into play when you try to overdo yourself or are forced to fall back on your natural aptitudes, a built-in weapon/armour/equipment enhancement system, and an overarching "attrition game" within the whole system that hit the right spot between the need for careful planning and frustration.

IMO, some of the mechanics aged better than others. I'm curious to see what the 2e brings/enhances/tones down
 
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Torn. On the one hand, I own all of the 1E TOR stuff as well as C7's reprint of the core rules (which I thought was revised, if not a true 2E). But I don't know that I need a new rulebook right now (start set might be nice). And I'm still waiting for my T2K kickstarter ... I wish they'd deliver on the one before launching another.

Any idea how different 2E is from 1E? I'm definitely picking up Moria if they finally release it -- was guttered when C7 lost the license before producing it.
 

Skywalker

Adventurer
I’ve played AIME but never One Ring. Is it a good system? Any recommendations based on the first edition?
I think its superb. Its purpose built to emulate adventuring in the world of Middle Earth, but is also very approachable by bringing player into the setting at a ground level rather than the usual high level overview of most fantasy RPGs. It has a strong vibe that permeates every adventure.
Was the One Ring 1E that popular? I wonder how much of the design of 2E was by the previous publisher. I will say that Middle Earth Adventures for 5E was astounding.
Anecdotally, Cubicle 7 and the designers were both very happy with the sale for TOR throughout the run of 1e. So, I would guess that it was popular.
The Limited Collector's Edition does look very snazzy.
It does. I am in love with the regular edition cover art though, so I am sticking with that :)
Any idea how different 2E is from 1E? I'm definitely picking up Moria if they finally release it -- was guttered when C7 lost the license before producing it.
Not yet, though the product releases seems to be complement 1e's releases rather than substitute them for the most part (Rivendell being the exception).
 

Paragon Lost

Terminally Lost
Supporter
I think its superb. Its purpose built to emulate adventuring in the world of Middle Earth, but is also very approachable by bringing player into the setting at a ground level rather than the usual high level overview of most fantasy RPGs. It has a strong vibe that permeates every adventure.

Anecdotally, Cubicle 7 and the designers were both very happy with the sale for TOR throughout the run of 1e. So, I would guess that it was popular.

It does. I am in love with the regular edition cover art though, so I am sticking with that :)

Not yet, though the product releases seems to be complement 1e's releases rather than substitute them for the most part (Rivendell being the exception).

I was torn, loved both covers. So I did the standard edition as an addon, lucky for me my wife actually suggested it as well. Heh.
 

jeremypowell

Explorer
the product releases seems to be complement 1e's releases rather than substitute them for the most part (Rivendell being the exception).
Way back when C7 still had the license and were planning their own 2e, they said they would not be updating the 1e books to 2e. But of course, that was the smart thing to say no matter what you're planning for down the road, because you want those 1e books to keep selling. Now that FL has taken over the game yet can't sell the 1e books as-is, there's much more incentive to eventually produce 2e updates of those supplements. There are certainly still a lot of areas in Middle-earth that didn't get full attention in 1e that they can cover first.

Now that we know this KS is a smash hit, if I were a betting man I'd wager (in descending order of confidence):
  • Free League won't release 2e updates for the 1e adventures, but they will for the 1e region supplements;
  • we'll get the first full 1e update book three years from now;
  • it will be Rohan
 

Ethawyn

Explorer
I'm new to backing projects on Kickstarter, so forgive if I ask a dumb questions :)

Is there anyway to back this kickstarter and ONLY get the Deluxe Leatherbound edition of the Rulebook (and perhaps the die). I'm not interested in the Starter Set at all.
I think you could back without a reward at 1,998 SEK and then get it in the Pledge Manager. You also might be able to get just the book in a late pledge with the Pledge Manger.
 



doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
One of the best games I ever ran was The One Ring. I know I could have players.

This is amazing. And the marketing is spot on, it is like the one ring of RPGs, coveted!
I love the One Ring, I just don’t really see what I’d want with a second edition of it.
 

Desrimal

Explorer
I think you could back without a reward at 1,998 SEK and then get it in the Pledge Manager. You also might be able to get just the book in a late pledge with the Pledge Manger.
Thank you. I studied the kickstarter page a little more. Apparently you have to pledge for a certain amonut (which gets you the Core Book and a pdf of the Starter Set) before your able to get some add-ons (like the Deluxe Rulebook and the die), so I think I'll skip that.

What is a late pledge?
 

amethal

Adventurer
I'm new to backing projects on Kickstarter, so forgive if I ask a dumb questions :)

Is there anyway to back this kickstarter and ONLY get the Deluxe Leatherbound edition of the Rulebook (and perhaps the die). I'm not interested in the Starter Set at all.
I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble selling on the starter set if you don't want it.

The starter set is the part I'm most interested in; I'd be very happy to back the kickstarter at "physical starter set plus rules in PDF" level, except of course there isn't one (quite understandably).
 

This. I am disappointed they went the Kickstarter route, after how well C7 did with the 1st Ed using more traditional publishing methods.

Kickstarter wasn't the norm in 2011. Free League did start with pre-orders also with Mutant: Year Zero sold through Modiphius.

However, they switched to Kickstarter soon after and have used it quite often since. The usually offer a deal on kickstarter so you save around $50 plus they add more to what you're getting as well. It is a great deal. They can sometimes also add extras based on feedback from those pledging. So they can make the product better based on direct feedback through stretch goals.

However, they also sell the normal game (and usually package deals as well) after the kickstarter. So anyone who wants the RPG but not have to go through kickstarter gets the RPG as well.

Really a win win. I like all the extras kickstarter provides and providing feedback on what we're getting. But I have a friend who doesn't. We'll both still end up with the One Ring 2E.
 

Looks beautiful. I'm not sure that I'm entranced by roleplaying in the third age / being the heroes / etc, but I need to be sold on it/see what makes it special.
I have Dune ordered, so not sure I need more RPGs that I may or may not play but are undoubtedly beautiful, but maybe? I also want that Twilight 2000 late pledge...
I'd love someone on here who has played the 1st edition sell me on this, what makes it magical and exciting.
 

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