The One Ring
The One Ring Roleplaying Game, the official FRPG from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This One Ring Bundle, revived for a third time from October 2015, has a companion collection of recent supplements, the One Ring Journeys Bundle -- itself revived from December 2017 (when it was called The One Ring +2). But if you're new to the game, start here with the core TOR rules and essential supplements.
Francesco Nepitello's The One Ring Roleplaying Game 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).
Of several licensed RPGs based on Tolkien's works, 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 let Heroes rest and recuperate, 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. 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.
For these two revivals, the lineups have changed from earlier runs. This relaunch of the original TOR offer adds two titles previously part of the One Ring Journeys lineup, making this core bundle even more essential. To compensate, the One Ring Journeys collection adds three recent supplements. Between them these two offers encompass Cubicle 7's entire One Ring product line -- a total retail value over $290. And all past purchasers of each offer during its earlier run(s) also receive that offer's newly added titles on their Wizard's Cabinet download page and in their DriveThruRPG Library. When you buy a Bundle of Holding offer early, you never worry about missing a title added later -- even much later.
This is our customers' last chance to get these two bargain-priced Bundle of Holding offers before Cubicle 7 ceases publishing the One Ring game line next year.
We provide each title complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.
Ten percent of each purchase of these two TOR offers (after gateway fees) goes to their designated charity, Ocean Conservancy.
The total retail value of the titles in this revival is an unusually rich US$167. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $83) as DRM-free .PDFs, including the complete The One Ring Roleplaying Game core rules (retail price $30), the Adventurer's Companion (previously part of One Ring Journeys, retail $23), Journeys and Maps (also from the Journeys lineup, retail $15), and the Loremaster's Screen and Lake-town Guide (retail $15).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $84, including Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's epic campaign The Darkening of Mirkwood (retail $23) and its accompanying region guide Heart of the Wild (retail price $20), plus the Rivendell location guide (retail $23) and the adventure collection Tales from Wilderland (retail $18).
One Ring Journeys
The One Ring Roleplaying Game, the official FRPG from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. In its original December 2017 run this offer was called "The One Ring +2." But it was annoying to imagine a +2 modifier on Sauron's One Ring, so for this revival -- which adds several location guides and scenario collections -- the new title "One Ring Journeys" more accurately reflects its wide-ranging lineup.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$127. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $64) as DRM-free .PDFs, including Horse-Lords of Rohan (retail price $23), Erebor - The Lonely Mountain (retail $18), and Ruins of the North (retail $23).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $63, all newly added for this revival: the wide-ranging adventure collection The Laughter of Dragons (retail $23), the Bree location guide (retail $20), and a collection of Rohan adventures, Oaths of the Riddermark (retail $20).
The One Ring resources
- Online TOR character generator (Azrapse.es)
- Online TOR dice roller (Arc Dream Publishing)
- Other Minds, an unofficial magazine about roleplaying in Middle-earth
- May 2018 RPGgeek forum post, "C7 TOR Resources (repost)"
Though it offers little about tabletop roleplaying, don't miss the large Tolkien resource site Council of Elrond.
Back when the One Ring bundlle was first offered I said "I've just taken a quick look at the files and it's absolutely gorgeous and seems very playable, and very good value for money; I doubt I'll end up playing it, but if I did want to run a Tolkien game this would probably be the one I go for." I later said "If you want to run an RPG in Middle Earth (and don't mind it being set after The Hobbit and before the main events of LoTR) this is probably the best choice at present, it just isn't for me. Additionally, I suspect that many enthusiasts will have bought much of this stuff as it came out and may find that it's cheaper to fill the gaps than to buy it all again. As usual your mileage may vary."
I think that all of this still applies - it's beautiful, it looks like it plays well, the illustrations show a lot more female characters than Tolkien ever did (admittedly that's not hard), and you get a lot for your money. Additionally, it's apparently the last time it will be offered, so if you want it get it now. Or not, as you prefer.