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'''Iron Crown Enterprises''' has produced role playing, board, miniature, and collectible card games for over 20 years. Many of ICE's better-known products were related to [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s world of [[Middle-earth]], publishers of the ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'' and ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing|MERP]]'', but the [[Rolemaster]] rules system, and its science fiction equivalent, Spacemaster, have been the foundation of ICE's business.
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[[Image:ice_logo.png|frame|Iron Crown Enterprises logotype]]
  
ICE was incorporated in 1980 after the principal founders graduated from the University of Virginia. ICE's primary focus, then and now, was on non-electronic, or "table top", role-playing games (RPG's) marketed to the RPG hobbyist market.  
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'''Iron Crown Enterprises''' (ICE or I.C.E.) has produced role playing, board, miniature, and collectible card games for over 20 years. Many of ICE's better-known products were related to [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s world of [[Middle-earth]], publishers of the ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'' (MECCG) and ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]'' (MERP), but the [[Rolemaster]] rules system, and its science fiction equivalent, Spacemaster, have been the foundation of ICE's business.
  
ICE's [[Tolkien]]-based RPG, [[Middle-earth Role Playing]], was the second best selling fantasy RPG after TSR's [[Dungeons and Dragons]]. Their products have been developed and refined over a twenty-year period, and have achieved commercial and critical success, selling over $30 million of game products. ICE products have been given several game-of-the-year awards domestically, including those from the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in 1996. They also won several awards overseas.  
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==History==
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ICE was incorporated in 1980 after the principal founders ([[Pete Fenlon]], [[Coleman Charlton]], et al.) graduated from the University of Virginia . ICE's primary focus, then and now, was on non-electronic, or "table top", role-playing games (RPG's) marketed to the RPG hobbyist market.
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ICE's [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]-based RPG, MERP, was the second best selling fantasy RPG after TSR's [[Dungeons and Dragons]]. Their products have been developed and refined over a twenty-year period, and have achieved commercial and critical success, selling over $30 million of game products. ICE products have been given several game-of-the-year awards domestically, including those from the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in 1996. They also won several awards overseas.  
  
 
Despite ICE's many successes, the company entered bankruptcy and made the decision to wind itself up under Chapter 7 in October of 2000. In 1997, ICE suffered financial difficulties due to the rapid decline in its distribution net where nearly 70% of ICE's distributors either went bankrupt or became moribund. In December of 2001, ICE was purchased by Aurigas Aldebaron LLC, an intellectual property ownership company backed by several wealthy individuals.
 
Despite ICE's many successes, the company entered bankruptcy and made the decision to wind itself up under Chapter 7 in October of 2000. In 1997, ICE suffered financial difficulties due to the rapid decline in its distribution net where nearly 70% of ICE's distributors either went bankrupt or became moribund. In December of 2001, ICE was purchased by Aurigas Aldebaron LLC, an intellectual property ownership company backed by several wealthy individuals.
  
Unable to publish [[Middle Earth Role Play]] or any other material based on the works of Tolkien, ICE have pressed forward with their new game, High Adventure Role Playing and its setting, Cyradon.
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Unable to publish MERP or any other material based on the works of Tolkien, ICE have pressed forward with their new game, High Adventure Role Playing and its setting, Cyradon.
  
 
== Products related to Tolkien and Middle-earth ==
 
== Products related to Tolkien and Middle-earth ==
  
 
*'''''Game Series'''''
 
*'''''Game Series'''''
**'''[[Lord of the Rings Adventure Game]]'''
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**'''[[Lord of the Rings Adventure Game]]''' (1991-1993)
**'''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'''
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**'''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]''' (1995-1998)
**'''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]'''
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**'''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]''' (1982-1997)
**'''Middle-earth Quest'''
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**'''[[Middle-earth Quest]]''' (1986-1988)
***(1986) [[Rescue in Mirkwood]]
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**'''[[Tolkien Quest]]''' (1985)
***(1988) [[A Spy In Isengard]]
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**[[Loremaster (ICE)|Loremaster]] (1980-2008)
***(1988) [[Treason at Helm's Deep]]
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***(1988) [[The Mines of Moria]]
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**'''Tolkien Quest'''
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***(1985) [[Night of the Nazgûl]]
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***(1986) [[The Legend of Weathertop]]
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***(1986) [[Murder In Minas Tirith]]
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*'''''Boardgames'''''
 
*'''''Boardgames'''''
**(1983) [[ICE: The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship of the Ring]]
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**(1983) ''[[ICE: The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
**(1984) [[ICE: The Battle of Five Armies|The Battle of Five Armies]]  
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**(1984) ''[[The Battle of Five Armies (1984 board game)|The Battle of Five Armies]]''
**(1984) [[ICE: The Lonely Mountain|The Lonely Mountain]]
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**(1984) ''[[ICE: The Lonely Mountain|The Lonely Mountain]]''
**(1985) [[ICE: Riddle of the Ring|Riddle of the Ring]]
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**(1985) ''[[Riddle of the Ring]]''
**(1994) [[The Hobbit Adventure Boardgame]]
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**(1994) ''[[The Hobbit Adventure Boardgame]]''
 
*'''''Other products'''''
 
*'''''Other products'''''
 
**(1997) [[Middle-earth Puzzles]]
 
**(1997) [[Middle-earth Puzzles]]
  
== External link ==
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== External links ==
 
*[http://www.ironcrown.com Official website]
 
*[http://www.ironcrown.com Official website]
 
*[http://www.icewebring.com Site for the ICE Webring]
 
*[http://www.icewebring.com Site for the ICE Webring]
  
[[Category:Companies]]
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[[Category:Businesses]]
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[[Category:American businesses]]

Latest revision as of 12:25, 23 March 2012

Iron Crown Enterprises logotype

Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE or I.C.E.) has produced role playing, board, miniature, and collectible card games for over 20 years. Many of ICE's better-known products were related to J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth, publishers of the Middle-earth Collectible Card Game (MECCG) and Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP), but the Rolemaster rules system, and its science fiction equivalent, Spacemaster, have been the foundation of ICE's business.

[edit] History

ICE was incorporated in 1980 after the principal founders (Pete Fenlon, Coleman Charlton, et al.) graduated from the University of Virginia . ICE's primary focus, then and now, was on non-electronic, or "table top", role-playing games (RPG's) marketed to the RPG hobbyist market.

ICE's Tolkien-based RPG, MERP, was the second best selling fantasy RPG after TSR's Dungeons and Dragons. Their products have been developed and refined over a twenty-year period, and have achieved commercial and critical success, selling over $30 million of game products. ICE products have been given several game-of-the-year awards domestically, including those from the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in 1996. They also won several awards overseas.

Despite ICE's many successes, the company entered bankruptcy and made the decision to wind itself up under Chapter 7 in October of 2000. In 1997, ICE suffered financial difficulties due to the rapid decline in its distribution net where nearly 70% of ICE's distributors either went bankrupt or became moribund. In December of 2001, ICE was purchased by Aurigas Aldebaron LLC, an intellectual property ownership company backed by several wealthy individuals.

Unable to publish MERP or any other material based on the works of Tolkien, ICE have pressed forward with their new game, High Adventure Role Playing and its setting, Cyradon.

[edit] Products related to Tolkien and Middle-earth

[edit] External links