By George Holochwost
Recently at GenCon I had the opportunity to catch up with game designer Francesco Nepitello, creator of boardgame masterpieces Age of Conan: The Strategy Game and the soon-to-be-reprinted War of the Ring. The most recent inheritor of the Lord of the Rings RPG license, Francesco's fresh take on the subject for Cubicle 7, The One Ring: Adventures Over The Edge Of The Wild, promises us a Middle Earth experience like no other.
Set between the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Nepitello offers a narrower scope with far greater depth than previous attempts. Whereas Middle Earth Roleplaying and Decipher's Lord of the Rings suggested an all inclusive set of options for articulating the much loved setting, The One Ring RPG offers an incredibly deep take with some very cool options for players. With everything from Hobbits to Mirkwood Elves to the tribal Beornlings, players no longer suffer second-fiddle syndrome while adventuring in the shadows of Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo and company. Instead, an untapped span of Middle Earth history is offered as virgin territory in which players can carve their own legends while that troublesome ring sits idly on Bilbo's mantlepiece.
The One Ring RPG is astoundingly attractive, with two lushly illustrated volumes and a special set of stylish dice fitted into a full art slipcase. The entire package gets you started for only sixty bucks. Not bad for hours of brand new adventures in the world's most famous fantasy setting!
The One Ring RPG is currently shipping to distributors but is available in limited supply here at GenCon for $60. Seriously? Get over there and grab one. I swear by the White Tree of Gondor you will not be sorry!