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Middle-Earth Role Playing ➸ Middle-Earth Role Playing Free ➮ Author S. Coleman Charlton – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the back of the bookThe Lord of the Rings RPG Middle Earth and its suplements give the support and the structure for role playing games in the best ever fantasy setting JRR Tolkien´s Middle Eart From the back of the bookThe Lord of the Rings RPG Middle Earth and its suplements give the support and the structure for Middle-Earth Role PDF \ role playing games in the best ever fantasy setting JRR Tolkien´s Middle EarthIn spanishEl juego de rol de El Señor de los Anillos Tierra Media y sus suplementos proporcionan la estructura y base para jugar a rol en la mejor ambientación fantástica de todos los tiempos la Tierra Media de JRR Tolkien.

  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Middle-Earth Role Playing
  • S. Coleman Charlton
  • English
  • 28 October 2016
  • 9780915795314

6 thoughts on “Middle-Earth Role Playing

  1. C. C. says:

    It was the summer after my sixth grade year and my familly was driving to spend a week in Sun Valley Idaho We stopped at a mall somewhere and my parents offered to buy each of us a book to keep us occupied on the drive and in the very back of Waldon Books I found this The Middle Earth Role Playing Game boxed set I had never even heard of a role playing game at that point in my life but I was a huge Tolkien fan; I didn't even know what I was buying but I knew it was Tolkien related and it intreagued meI don't think I'm being overly dramatic when I saw that random choice changed my life For the next six years until I graduated high school role playing shaped much of my free time my weekends and evenings my friends associates and my understanding of what is meant by the term dice Had I chosen a forgetable David Eddings novel instead who knows if I would at this very moment have War Law the mass combat rules suppliment to Role Master tucked into the top drawer of my desk in my class room at school; I never plan on playing it but I just enjoy readin rules books To this day I cannot read fantasy sci fi or any weird fiction without wondering how it would translate to an RPG what the rules system would be like how characters would be created what combat resolution would entail I've created than one game from scratch translated some of my favorite works into campaign settings and wasted large amounts of money on games I will never play all thanks to this slim red box The rule book is still burried in my closet spine held together by duct tapeIs it the world's best RPG? Not by a long shot its very basic very introductory nothing I'd return to if it weren't for the nearly mythic position it holds in my childhood

  2. Brian Brian says:

    It's difficult for me to really give Middle Earth Role Playing a rating separate from nostalgia because it's one of the first roleplaying books I ever bought I still remember sitting on the floor of the town's hobby shop when I was nine reading the book and not understanding why the shop owner came up to ask me if I was finding everything I was looking for A month or so later I came back and bought the book It vanished in a move until I bought another copy a couple months ago and reread it and it still has all the magic I remember from that first readingThat doesn't necessarily mean it's a great RPG though Right from the first example of play it's obvious that this isn't just drawn straight from The Lord of the Rings Here's a uote that I think will illustrate what I meanGM You all move to the end of the right hand wall and look around it You see a 15' by 15' interior with lots of rubble consisting of rocks timbers ruined furniture and other junk There is what looks to be a large chest under the rubble directly across from you near the end of the left hand wall You also see what looks like stairs leading down from the far left corner What do you do this round?Drogo I move very slowly into the tower along the inside of the right hand wall watching the stairsLeanan I cross to the left hand wall and begin removing the rubble from the chest searching for any magic items or lootNári I aim between the stairs and the main door so that I can fire at either if something happensAgonar I prepare my Levitate spellWait what?Yeah It's not like magic doesn't exist in Tolkien's world admittedly Think of the anti theft money pouch in The Hobbit the blades of Westernesse looted from the barrows Gandalf lighting the wargs on fire or Galadriel reading the hearts of the company However Middle Earth Role Playing takes this much further than that There's some GM advice about magic being subtle and dangerous including charts to determine whether the forces of Sauron notice any use of spellcasting and then the spell lists are full of classic DD type spells like levitating fireballs invisibility magical armor and the sample adventure has a ton of magical items like the armor that contracts when hit with perspiration or boots that leave no tracks but force the wearer to run east if used for too long It's hard to suare this with magic being subtle or rareA lot of that is because MERP is based on a simplified version of Rolemaster and contains everything Rolemaster is famous for like tons of critical hit charts spell lists with fiddly spells incredibly detailed XP awards for nearly every possible action people tripping when trying to cross a flat room and so on The critical charts only have five armor categories instead of twenty the spells only go up to level ten and there are fewer classesprofessions than in Rolemaster but everything else is pretty familiar Including the critical hits that can kill experienced characters in one hit the fumble tables and the dozens of charts some of which are printed two or even three separate times in different places in the bookWhich brings me to my main complaint this is the worst organized roleplaying book I have ever read in my life The appendices take up over half the book the majority of information needed to play including the cultural descriptions magic rules bestiary and combat rules are all stuck in the appendices instead of near the appropriate sections in the main text and a ton of space is wasted reprinting things Parts of character creation rules are reprinted three times once in the early example of creation once in the main body of the character generation rules and once in an appendix I have no idea how you would find anything in here during play unless the reprinting is to increase the chances you stumble on it as you frantically flip from page to pageDespite the problems using this as a technical manual it's amazing to read because the setting information in here is top notch The bestiary includes all the usual creature one would expect like Balrogs and dragons and orcs but also includes entities mentioned in other Tolkien works like the mewlips or the fastitocalon There's dozens of pages describing the cultural groups the PCs can come from in huge detail down to what they use for money and the typical style of clothing worn by its members Here's the example for the SindarSmock of gauze or light silk; close fitting waistcoat or tunic of fine linen cotton or heavy silk tunics vary in length from short garments barely extending below the waist to long ones slit up the sides for freedom of movement; leather or metal belt or a sash of linen or silk; closefitting hosiery or a sarong skirt of lucent cloth or heavy silk reaching from mid calf to the ankles; boots or decorative open sandal's; hip length cape The colours of the garments are all variations on white and grey cream eggshell ivory pearl lemon charcoal taupe blue grey rose grey green grey smoke silver beige and so on Embroidery and appliué are used sparingly usually to create texture or pattern as with white on white or cream on lemon rather than for contrast white on charcoal or blue grey on ivoryWhether this would ever get used in a game I don't know but it's certainly great to read You can see of the cultural descriptions here which seems to be an adaption of MERP to different rules Another aspect I really like is Liz Danforth's art which is fantastic Here are a couple examplesAnd this oneAll the interior art is done in that style The combination of those pictures and the great descriptions means that game ideas fairly leap off the page when I read through Middle Earth Role Playing And it's true that the system won't support a lot of them since the default skill list is oriented entirely toward traveling to ruins and then delving into them and murdering everything you find within seriously there's no skill for interpersonal interaction at all unless you get into the Secondary Skills appendix but the focus on traveling through wilderness and fighting the Shadow actually does reflect The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit pretty wellReading this again makes me want to run a game And sure it might have spellcasters levitating and PCs getting limbs chopped off in the first combat and players consulting the magic item prices chart for when they head into town to sell their wand of fireballs note real chart that exists in the bookbut it's still got that attraction And it might be nostalgia but the setting information in here is legitimately great to read on its own if you love world building And what else is The Lord of the Rings about if not world building?

  3. Baron Greystone Baron Greystone says:

    Read this years ago and it's still on my shelf Even tried playing it It's very inspiring but leaves something to be desired in execution The game mechanics get bogged down in details and the feel of the magic doesn't fit into Middle EarthAll that being said there were tons of supplements released Again a joy to read But I wouldn't recommend playing this game Rather as many folks did I would use the books with another game if at allA great means for daydreaming about Middle Earth

  4. Stuart Stuart says:

    I really loved reading the rule books and modules for MERP but sadly I never found anyone interesting in playing in Hawaii as a kid In retrospect perhaps that was a good thing to avoid becoming a complete nerd during those formative years

  5. Andy Horton Andy Horton says:

    Bought second hand out of nostalgia The Games Workshop boxed set with the Crhis Achilleos cover is a great bit of design and I have many fond memories of playing this Reading it again I was struck by how game design and layout have change dover the years This is a dense crunchy read with a lot of content packed into a functional if not engaging layout with illustrations varying from functional to atmospheric The text seems to have been fitted in around the many tables which is perhaps as you'd expect from an adaptation of Rolemaster the notorously crunchy system it is based on For all the system heavy rules there is content here related to running games to Tolkien's world And considering Tolkien's investment in detailed world building underpinning his story telling perhaps this is the right system for that world for that time Later takes have had prettier layout though the components in this set were great and the box artwork still stands up and brought modern game design approaches to their subject but I enjoyed revisiting this old friend and would happily play it again some time

  6. Mark Mark says:

    My first real roleplaying game which was given to me as a Christmas gift when I was 13 This was a great starter system I've worn the book out so much that it doesn't even resemble a book any

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