Friday, March 18, 2016

Middle Earth Coming to D&D 5e This Summer (Gollum!)

As announced over at the Escapist, EnWorld and other places online, Cubicle 7 is bringing the world of Middle Earth to D&D 5e (which, by extension and minimal tweaking means it should be accessible to every edition except 4th)
"We're all very excited to be building on the success of The One Ring Roleplaying Game and bringing Middle-earth to D&D players," Cubicle 7 CEO Dominic McDowall said in a statement. "Uniting two things very close to the hearts of gamers, me included, is very cool - I can't wait for the summer." 
Cubicle 7 will base its new Middle-earth game around The One Ring, and has brought designer Francesco Nepitello on as a consultant. Presumably the games won't have too many content differences, but simply give D&D players a chance to play using a more familiar rules system. Details will be announced soon, but we're expecting an initial release date sometime in Summer 2016.
The driving question will be, as always: is Gandalf a 4th Level Magic-user?


  1. If they do what they did in their The One Ring game, you won't be able to play a Wizard, so the question won't be resolved :-)

    I expect this to be an AMAZING product. Cubicle 7's The One Ring products are top-notch; my only beef was the combat system. With the D&D port, it should be pretty close to perfect!

  2. 5th level MU, Eric, 5th level. ;)

    1. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?480952-Was-Gandalf-Just-A-5th-Level-Magic-User

  3. Yes, 5th level. He has to be able to cast Fireball...

  4. Wonder how they will contort and constrain setting or mechanics to make this work. Not a natural fit to say the least.

  5. IMO you have The One Ring for the natural fit. If you want to play like a JRRT novel, play TOR. It's really really good. And the art rules!

    But if you are a bit of a LotR fan, and want to play the most popular RPG in that world. Play this! I hope it is a bit loose to open it up to a wider audience.
    MERP wasn't an awesome fit, but I still had great fun playing that!

  6. Gandalf is an 8th level Cleric in Khazad Dum! White Dwarf #38

    Not a bad choice on the author's part.


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