Of several licensed RPGs over the years based on Tolkien’s works, Francesco Nepitello’s The One Ring has drawn high praise for its effective evocation of Tolkien’s themes and atmosphere. The journey rules give the players the feeling their characters are embarking on an epic trek across Mirkwood or down the Anduin. Inventive Fellowship rules in the style of King Arthur Pendragon and Mouse Guard provide Heroes with the opportunity to rest and recuperate, to practice their skills or pursue a noble undertaking. But in every adventure there lies the insidious threat of Shadow — the corruption of spirit and the destruction of hope.
The One Ring is set in the Wilderland five years after the Battle of Five Armies. Wilderland is the region both Thorin’s Company and the Fellowship traverse on their journeys. This land is filled with instantly recognizable locations (Mirkwood, Thranduil’s Halls, Lake-town, the Lonely Mountain, Dol Guldur) and characters (Radagast the Brown, the Elvenking Thranduil, King Bard of Dale, King Dain of Erebor). With its rich and detailed background information, character types unique to the world, and a setting that changes as the Tale of Years progresses, The One Ring Roleplaying Game lets you really feel you’re playing in Middle-earth.
1. THE ONE RING [revived from October 2015]Just as it did in its sensational original run, this resurrected One Ring Bundle presented the core rules and everything you need for a campaign that evokes an authentic Tolkien atmosphere. If you’re new to The One Ring Roleplaying Game, start with these books.
This offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $45) included the complete The One Ring Roleplaying Game (retail price $30) and its companion Loremaster’s Screen and Lake-town Guide (retail $15), both as DRM-free .PDFs. Those who paid more than this offer’s threshold (average) price also got this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with four more supplements worth an additional $84:
- The Darkening of Mirkwood: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan’s massive months-long campaign against an ever-growing Shadow.
- The Heart of the Wild: The companion gazetteer for The Darkening of Mirkwood presents extensive details of the entire Wilderland region.
- Rivendell: Expand your campaign with this regional guide to eastern Eriador and the Last Homely House of Elrond.
- Tales From Wilderland: Seven complete scenarios set in Mirkwood, the Misty Mountains, Erebor, Lake-town, and other locales across Rhovanion. Play each separately, or combine them as an epic campaign spanning years.
2. THE ONE RING +2 [all-new]In the new companion, The One Ring +2 (and yes, it’s strange to think the One Ring would ever need a +2 bonus), the Starter Collection (retail value $38) included the Adventurer’s Companion character guide and the travel supplement Journeys and Maps.
Those who paid more than this offer’s threshold (average) price also got this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with three more supplements worth an additional $64: Horse-Lords of Rohan, Erebor – The Lonely Mountain, and the Ruins of the North scenario collection.
Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to these two TOR offers’ designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.