Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
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New Lord of the Rings RPG in the works

Cubicle 7 have just announced they have the LoTR RPG license, with a game to appear towards the end of the year. Needless to say this will be an all-new RPG, not a rehash of one of the old ones. Good news for the British games industry, I think!

Full text (with lots of weird characters since it's copied from an email that was badly formatted)

For immediate release.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games announce that they are
developing The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings? Role-playing Game.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games are proud to announce
that they are jointly developing The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings?
Role-playing Game.

?We?re tremendously excited about The One Ring,? said Dominic
McDowall-Thomas, Cubicle 7 Director. ?Our aim is to give our audience an
authentic Middle-earth gaming experience, one that really captures the
feel of Tolkien?s world.?

The designer and lead writer of this project, Francesco Nepitello, is a
games industry veteran, best known for the hugely successful and
critically acclaimed War of the Ring strategy board game, which he
designed with The One Ring co-designer Marco Maggi and Roberto di
Meglio. A recipient of the International Gamers Award, *War of the Ring*
is recognised by many ?Lord of the Rings? enthusiasts and hobby gamers
alike as one of the most engaging recreations of the world-renowned
fantasy saga by J.R.R. Tolkien. Francesco and Marco are the designers of
other immersive board game titles like Marvel Super Heroes and Age of
Conan, but started their game-designing careers creating Lex Arcana, the
most successful and popular fantasy role-playing game published in Italy.

Francesco has designed the new LOTR RPG game system to make sure that
players are completely immersed in Middle-earth from the moment they
begin creating their characters. As an experienced designer of games
based on JRR Tolkien, as well as being a lifelong devotee of the Tolkien
works, Francesco brings a dimension -and a depth- to this RPG which has
probably never been seen before in a LOTR game.

Robert Hyde, head of Cambridge (UK) based Sophisticated Games said,
?When we first acquired the rights from Tolkien Enterprises to publish
this RPG - as part of our wider LOTR book based board game license- we
had no hesitation in approaching Francesco to conceive a completely
fresh LOTR and The Hobbit RPG, and for him to be the writer. We knew
that he possessed both these skills and that the game would be in very
safe hands. His presentation of Middle-earth, along with stunning
artwork from John Howe and others, brings this incredibly evocative and
exciting world to life.?

?We also approached Cubicle 7 to be our publishing partners on the new
The One Ring RPG because we loved the quality of their previous
publications and felt that Dominic and Angus (Abranson) had both the
experience, and with the creation of Cubicle 7, the role playing game
resources, to bring LOTR and The Hobbit to a very wide audience.?

For more information on The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings?
Role-playing Game please contact Cubicle 7 on info@cubicle7.co.uk

The One Ring: The Lord of the Rings? Role-playing Game will be published
in the second half of 2010.

*
About Cubicle 7 Entertainment Limited*

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is a British-based publisher and events company,
specialising in the games industry. Founded in 2006, by Angus Abranson
and Dominic McDowall-Thomas, the company has published role-playing
games from a list of licensed and home-grown properties including
Victoriana, Starblazer Adventure (based on DC Thomson?s 80?s Starblazer
comic series), SLA Industries, Qin: The Warring States and the recent
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space (licensed from the BBC). In
June 2009 Cubicle 7 announced it had joined the Rebellion Group.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment: http://www.cubicle7.co.uk

*
About Sophisticated Games*

Sophisticated Games is an international board game publisher,
specialising in book based Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit games. It is
also the publisher of Reiner Knizia?s Ingenious and Callisto, and has
recently done Ken Follett?s Pillars of the Earth, Shakespeare and a
Horrible Histories game. Sophisticated Games is based in Cambridge UK.

Sophisticated Games: http://www.sophisticated-games.com

The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the
characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or
registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth
Enterprises f/k/a Tolkien Enterprises and are used under license by
Sophisticated Games Ltd and their licensees.

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