Monday, December 31, 2012

The Hobbit, Rolemaster, Angmar and Aging Eyes

I saw The Hobbit last week. I thought it was really good, but not awe inspiring. Not sure why. Maybe my expectations were too high. In any case, it inspired me to dig out my old Rolemaster Boxed Set (I'm guessing 2nd edition, as it is copyright 80/84).

Anyhow, I wanted to break it out, because I was pretty sure I had Angmar, Land of the Witch King, which was referenced in the Hobbit, inside the box. Sure enough, it was there.

I peeked inside to look at the maps. I always loved the maps in the old ICE modules. Excellent maps, a nice drawing of the Witch King's "castle".

Then I looked at some of the typeface, and I had to put the bad boy back. My eyes aren't what they used to be.

Damn 40s! Next thing you know I'll be wearing bifocals!

Typesetting has certainly improved over the tears.


  1. Got my reading glasses a couple years ago. You should got ahead and bite the bullet.


  2. For me it's not the typefaces yet... but the damn blue maps are killing me. I need higher contrast than that.

  3. I hear you, my friend. I'm contemplating getting reading glasses, myself. Damn middle-age.

  4. We produced a few 'Tolkienesque'items at ICE back in the day.

    I've a ton of original MERP, though its lack of continuity with the source material upsets the game's authenticity.

  5. I've worn glasses since I was 14, but the shift to bifocals took about 3 weeks to get used to. But I had to when I picked up a paperback and couldn't read it, even at arm's length. Check out Zenni.com once you have a prescription. My bifocals cost $65, instead of my first pair that cost almost $500.

    MERP was one the games I've always wanted to play, but never did. I *love* Middle Earth.

  6. Alas... I had to succumb to bifocal lens just last year; similar results as Brett. Suppossedly didn't get the placement of the "reading zones" right on the first go around. Still not 100%, but do help quite a bit. If you need them, I suggest that you get them.

  7. Past the bifocal stage ten years back. Unfortunately it seems to be one the first signs your getting old to kick-in. In the new seamless ones its not even obvious your wearing bi-focals. Of course you could get a cool monocle like those scary Europeans are always wearing but they are a bit out of fashion for every day.


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