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Post by Big Mac » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:18 am

I was just coming here to post a link to their D&D comes to Middle-earth story.

I didn't see that coming!
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Post by Falconer » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:14 pm

It’s surely legit. Unless they screwed up something legally and it gets shut down. Still no word of whether it’s a special license from WotC or if they plan to use the OGL. Either way, it’s basically a no-brainer. Doubtless this will profit them 1000% compared to TOR sales.

I probably still won’t buy it, because it sounds like it will follow many or most of the design philosophies apparent in the TOR releases, which means the MERP line is still the most usable for conversion to AD&D.
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Post by agathokles » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:44 pm

It seems rather difficult to port many (or even a few) of the design philosophies of TOR to D&D... I'd expect this version to be much more similar to MERP in style (i.e., with player wizards blasting enemies with fireballs and the like).

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Post by Havard » Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:43 pm

Falconer wrote:http://cubicle7.co.uk/dd-comes-to-middle-earth/

How about that…
Wow, that is very cool news! :cool: :)

I think it makes sense too, strategy-wise. This way they could be able to draw more people into checking out the TOR system and expand their fanbase into the D&D fanbase.

Will they still be supporting TOR? How much 5th Ed material can we expect?

agathokles wrote:It seems rather difficult to port many (or even a few) of the design philosophies of TOR to D&D... I'd expect this version to be much more similar to MERP in style (i.e., with player wizards blasting enemies with fireballs and the like).
Some of TOR's ideas seemed a bit radical to me. I think it should be possible to do this in a good way though. Some ideas on how to run D&D in Middle Earth while retaining the Middle Earth atmosphere can be found here.

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:37 am

Hell to the yes!!
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:16 am

Dos anyone have these? If you do, what are your thoughts on them?
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Post by thorr-kan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:46 am

Angel Tarragon wrote:Dos anyone have these? If you do, what are your thoughts on them?
I have them. And all the TOR pdfs. I have not played and am not likely to; too many games, too little time.

But they are pretty, oh so pretty. They make good reading material. I really like them.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:10 am

Same here. I don't run games in the Middle Earth (other DMs in my group already cover that ground) , but the game looks and reads very nice.

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Post by oPolden » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:07 pm

I've been skimming through some of them - the conversion is pretty solid overall, and it looks like their whole plan with it is to just take the One Ring books and just convert the same content to be run using 5E instead? So it looks like from here on, after they're done with the content that is already out there that they're re-releasing from 5E, new things will essentially be two versions of the same material.

Been thinking of running something entirely new, and Adventures in Middle Earth looks like a really good pick!

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Post by Falconer » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:40 pm

I got a chance to look at the Loremaster’s Guide. What’s disappointing to me is that, given they are drawing on their TOR material, these initial books could not be a little more encyclopedic. Instead, they are trickling out information the same way they did with TOR (start with Lake Town and Mirkwood, and slowly expand outwards; only six or so species of creatures/monsters provided initially…). I think in a decade or two they will have something really solid on their hands, especially if they can start publishing toolbox-style compilations, but, in the meantime I don’t care to be spoonfed like this.
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Falconer wrote:I got a chance to look at the Loremaster’s Guide. What’s disappointing to me is that, given they are drawing on their TOR material, these initial books could not be a little more encyclopedic. Instead, they are trickling out information the same way they did with TOR (start with Lake Town and Mirkwood, and slowly expand outwards; only six or so species of creatures/monsters provided initially…). I think in a decade or two they will have something really solid on their hands, especially if they can start publishing toolbox-style compilations, but, in the meantime I don’t care to be spoonfed like this.
Ahh, that is annoying.

Does this game have classes similar to regular D&D?

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Post by Falconer » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:08 pm

Yes, they are (with D&D equivalents in parentheses): Scholar (Cleric/Wizard), Slayer (Barbarian), Treasure Hunter (Rogue), Wanderer (Ranger), Warden (Bard), Warrior (Fighter). Some classes are very changed and some are basically just reskinned from 5e.
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Post by finarvyn » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:18 am

I picked up most of these books recently and am having a good time reading them. They capture the Middle-earth flavor in a manner which (to me) feels a lot like their The One Ring product but with rules that I have more interest in playing.

I like the era of the setting (five years after the Battle of Five Armies) and the fact that one can adventure in M-e without having to spend all of one's time dealing with Rings. The Wilderlands book has a half dozen or so smaller adventures which can be stand-alone or a loosely linked campaign. The Mirkwood book is designed to be a single long-term campaign.

Overall, I'm liking what I'm seeing. :cool:
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Post by Havard » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:56 pm

Interesting. I must say I was a bit skeptical towards this combination.

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Post by finarvyn » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:40 pm

I was at first, too. The thing is that they have redone classes so that you don't play a Fighter or Wizard or Rogue, but instead something more tailored to the world of Middle-earth. Instead of the usual generic elves and dwarves, they attribute specific benefits for being from Bree, from the Iron Hills, or wherever.

The system is a little like PENDRAGON in a way, since they assume only 1-2 quests per year and lots of rest and downtime in between. Obtaining gold isn't a big objective of the game, but building friendships with important folk is (and this is important because you can only take a Long Rest in a sanctuary place, and so you need friends in the wild to have places to do this), and much of the adventure is the journey. I've only played it a little, but the feel certainly is similar to the Middle-earth that I read in the books.
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finarvyn wrote:I was at first, too. The thing is that they have redone classes so that you don't play a Fighter or Wizard or Rogue, but instead something more tailored to the world of Middle-earth. Instead of the usual generic elves and dwarves, they attribute specific benefits for being from Bree, from the Iron Hills, or wherever.

The system is a little like PENDRAGON in a way, since they assume only 1-2 quests per year and lots of rest and downtime in between. Obtaining gold isn't a big objective of the game, but building friendships with important folk is (and this is important because you can only take a Long Rest in a sanctuary place, and so you need friends in the wild to have places to do this), and much of the adventure is the journey. I've only played it a little, but the feel certainly is similar to the Middle-earth that I read in the books.
Very interesting.

I must say I really like the idea of limiting Long Rests to sanctuary places. Might be worth importing that concept to other settings as well, depending on the needs of the game. Definitely seems appropriate for Middle Earth! :)

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Post by shesheyan » Sat May 12, 2018 12:39 pm

I will be participating in a game of this RPG starting next wednesday.

My character:
- Slayer dwarf from Erebor
- Cultural Vitue is Old Hatred against «Orcs, Goblins and the kind»
- Background «Doomed to Die»
- Path at third level will be Foe-Hammer.
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