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Author Topic: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)  (Read 1593 times)

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2021, 11:35:22 AM »
I think the artwork they are showing looks great and far superior to what was being touted for Cubicle when they were going to do it.  I still think the original Cubicle TOR had some of the best artwork.  This looks equally good, just different style.

I like Collector's editions simple in style and look so this checks my boxes.

I think the TOR rules were a nice fit for the theme and enjoyed the stance rules, etc.
Guess I'll watch the Twitch stream to hear about what they did with the rules but this is looking pretty good so far.

Definitely agree this new art looks better than what little we saw was going on for C7's second edition.

But I much prefer the art in C7's first offering than this new batch. This looks a bit more like the movie version of LotR and less like Alan Lee and the Hildebrandts.
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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2021, 10:29:29 PM »
For us, the recently shipped Against the Dark Master (a MERP clone) will serve our TOR purposes for the rest of our days, if a dragon does not end our joy too soon.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2021, 10:47:21 PM »
I played some actual MERP in recent years.  It was interesting but not exactly what I'm looking for these days.  It is good to see it is still beloved.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2021, 10:51:52 PM »
Why the hell would anything licensing a Tolkien property need Kickstarter?

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2021, 11:10:10 PM »
Why the hell would anything licensing a Tolkien property need Kickstarter?

I honestly think they did it to generate hype.

It's doing great numbers, and the success at the KS sorta bumps the project up in the minds of potential customers.

I'm fairly sure Free League could've financed this easily by themselves.
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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2021, 11:22:53 PM »
Why the hell would anything licensing a Tolkien property need Kickstarter?

To get money for product before producing said product, and put the bulk of the risk on the customer.

It's The Kickstarter Way!

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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2021, 02:07:44 AM »
I just hope it isn't another one of those moments where everyone gushes on about it for a month like the messiah of RPG's and then moves on to the next big thing.  With the Amazon LOTR hitting around the same time, TOR may make some decent waves in the 5e ocean.

I wish they released a rough quick start rules draft or something so I see what they've done with the rule system without laboring through videos and KS updates for clues.  Not including the referee screen in the rewards is a bit of a kick in the balls.  As they've exhausted all their stretch goals and there is still 17 days left, I hope that makes it into the bundle.

One plus with LOTR is I have a fixed pre-set of races that make sense in the setting and don't have to get into arguments about why someone's Tiefling or other goofy types aren't allowed at the table.  Sympathetic, misunderstood orcs?  Not in Tolkien's world.  Bliss!

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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2021, 03:09:01 AM »
Let's not kid ourselves. The 5e version Adventures in Middle-earth or whatever it's called, will be the game of choice for the Tolkien-lovers in the 5e crowd once Free League put it out.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2021, 06:03:34 AM »
Aren't Adventures already suited for 5e? I've read a bit of it from C7 edition - classess looks very 5e-ish.
So as both C7 and FL were publishing both TOR and AiME - it could be tested which one was game of choice.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2021, 07:20:44 AM »
Why the hell would anything licensing a Tolkien property need Kickstarter?

They didn't. That's why the stretch goals are so mediocre and the bonuses for backing it are basically zero unless you wanted the collector's edition. It's honestly pretty laughable watching them pretend they're so totally shocked and scrambling to come up with stretch goals for a Lord of the Rings RPG (on it's second edition when the first one is well known) did better than Twilight 2000.

A lot of 'projects' on Kickstarter these days are just jumped up pre-orders.

Let's not kid ourselves. The 5e version Adventures in Middle-earth or whatever it's called, will be the game of choice for the Tolkien-lovers in the 5e crowd once Free League put it out.

I'd say about half the comments I've seen on it elsewhere are some variation on "What about AiME?" and "I'm waiting for AiME!"

I'm always sort of torn on AiME, because if I'm on a Tolkien binge it makes it a lot easier to cobble together players and it's absolutely my preferred way to run 5e (the strictly defined Cultures, magic as an exceptionally rare thing the PCs almost never have, Journey rules) but on the other hand, it also gives a lot of Tolkienistas an excuse to keep injecting the 5e drug into their veins rather than looking at TOR.
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« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2021, 07:53:29 AM »
As someone knowing both AiME and TOR - if journey rules in AiMe is this one better element according to most - would it be possible to mix those two

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« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2021, 01:03:36 PM »
Wait...if its the one right how's therr a 2nd one? (I couldnt resist the stupid joke)

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2021, 02:14:14 AM »
For us, the recently shipped Against the Dark Master (a MERP clone) will serve our TOR purposes for the rest of our days, if a dragon does not end our joy too soon.


Very tempted by this game.
It sounded really interesting when it was a Kickstarter.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2021, 02:18:23 AM »
Let's not kid ourselves. The 5e version Adventures in Middle-earth or whatever it's called, will be the game of choice for the Tolkien-lovers in the 5e crowd once Free League put it out.


I've played both ToR and AiME and I by far prefer AiME.
I'm not really a 5e fan TBH, but I got ToR wayback in 1st edition when it was very first released in a boxed set and the rules were a nightmare. All over the place and it was a nightmare to run, generate characters etc..  Flipping all over multiple books.

AiME just worked and worked well. Loved the background books too.

Still, the art in both ToR and AiME were very nice. But that doesn't help if the system sucks.

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Re: The One Ring, Second Edition (Kickstarter)
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2021, 05:06:37 AM »
I must say I've never tested them, as additional duties make our GM to abolish idea, but it took me like 10 minutes to make character for The One Ring - now of course using revised 1e book, so maybe it was better arranged, and then I just randomly roll for each aspect of character from race, profession, free skill points, so definitely I spend less time reading thanks to that.