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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[Image:Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover).jpg|thumb|left|Cover of [[Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover)|''MERP'', 2nd ed.]]]]
 
The system was somewhat like [[Dungeons and Dragons|Dungeons & Dragons]] with character classes and levels. Classes available included Animist (Cleric), Bard, Fighter, Mage, Ranger and  Scout (Rogue). The system departed in having a highly detailed combat and magic system.
 
The system was somewhat like [[Dungeons and Dragons|Dungeons & Dragons]] with character classes and levels. Classes available included Animist (Cleric), Bard, Fighter, Mage, Ranger and  Scout (Rogue). The system departed in having a highly detailed combat and magic system.
  
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*(1985) XXXX ''[[Middle-earth: The Role-playing Game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's World]]''
 
*(1985) XXXX ''[[Middle-earth: The Role-playing Game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's World]]''
 
*(1985) 8101 ''[[Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings]]''
 
*(1985) 8101 ''[[Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings]]''
*(1986) 3200 ''[[Lórien & the Halls of the Elven Smiths]]''
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*(1986) 3200 ''[[Lórien and the Halls of the Elven Smiths|Lórien & the Halls of the Elven Smiths]]''
 
*(1986) 8000 ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing: The Role Playing Game of J.R.R. Tolkien's World]]''
 
*(1986) 8000 ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing: The Role Playing Game of J.R.R. Tolkien's World]]''
 
*(1986) 8100 [[Middle-earth Role Playing (boxed set)|''Middle-earth Role Playing'' (boxed set)]]
 
*(1986) 8100 [[Middle-earth Role Playing (boxed set)|''Middle-earth Role Playing'' (boxed set)]]
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*(1989) 8004 [[Lords of Middle-earth: Vol. III|''Lords of Middle-earth: Vol. III - Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls'']]
 
*(1989) 8004 [[Lords of Middle-earth: Vol. III|''Lords of Middle-earth: Vol. III - Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls'']]
 
*(1989) 8006 ''[[Treasures of Middle-earth]]''
 
*(1989) 8006 ''[[Treasures of Middle-earth]]''
*(1989) 8012 [[MERP: Warlords of the Desert|Warlords of the Desert]]
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*(1989) 8012 ''[[Warlords of the Desert]]''
*(1989) 8013 [[MERP: Dark Mage of Rhudaur|Dark Mage of Rhudaur]]
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*(1989) 8013 ''[[Dark Mage of Rhudaur]]''
*(1989) 8015 [[MERP: Forest of Tears|Forest of Tears]]
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*(1989) 8015 ''[[Forest of Tears]]''
*(1989) 8109 [[MERP: Ghosts of the Southern Anduin|Ghosts of the Southern Anduin]]  
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*(1989) 8109 ''[[Ghosts of the Southern Anduin]]''
*(1989) 8110 [[MERP: Perils on the Sea of Rhûn|Perils on the Sea of Rhûn]]
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*(1989) 8110 ''[[Perils on the Sea of Rhûn]]''
*(1989) 8111 [[MERP: Denizens of the Dark Wood|Denizens of the Dark Wood]]
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*(1989) 8111 ''[[Denizens of the Dark Wood]]''
*(1990) 3111 [[MERP: Greater Harad|Greater Harad]]
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*(1990) 3111 ''[[Greater Harad]]''
*(1990) 3112 [[MERP: Gorgoroth|Gorgoroth]]  
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*(1990) 3112 ''[[Gorgoroth (book)|Gorgoroth]]''
*(1990) 4000 [[MERP: Northwestern Middle-earth Campaign Atlas|Northwestern Middle-earth Campaign Atlas]] (combined Gazetteer & Map)  
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*(1990) 4000 [[Northwestern Middle-earth Campaign Atlas|''Northwestern Middle-earth Campaign Atlas'']] (combined Gazetteer & Map)  
*(1990) 8007 [[Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-earth]]  
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*(1990) 8007 ''[[Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-earth]]''
*(1990) 8014 [[MERP: Rogues of the Borderlands|Rogues of the Borderlands]]
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*(1990) 8014 ''[[Rogues of the Borderlands]]''
*(1990) 8016 [[MERP: Ghost Warriors|Ghost Warriors]]  
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*(1990) 8016 ''[[Ghost Warriors]]''
*(1990) 8112 [[MERP: Hazards of the Harad Wood|Hazards of the Harad Wood]]
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*(1990) 8112 ''[[Hazards of the Harad Wood]]''
*(1990) 8113 [[MERP: The Necromancer's Lieutenant|The Necromancer's Lieutenant]]
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*(1990) 8113 ''[[The Necromancer's Lieutenant]]''
*(1990) 8203 [[MERP: Calenhad, A Beacon of Gondor|Calenhad, A Beacon of Gondor]]  
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*(1990) 8203 ''[[Calenhad: A Beacon of Gondor]]''
*(1991) 8205 [[MERP: Nazgûl's Citadel|Nazgûl's Citadel]]  
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*(1991) 8205 ''[[Nazgûl's Citadel]]''
*(1991) 8302 [[MERP: Minas Ithil|Minas Ithil]]  
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*(1991) 8302 [[Minas Ithil (book)|Minas Ithil]]''
*(1992) 3113 [[MERP: The Grey Mountains|The Grey Mountains]]
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*(1992) 3113 ''[[The Grey Mountains]]''
*(1992) 4002 [[MERP: Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer|Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer]]
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*(1992) 4002 ''[[Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer]]''
*(1992) 8114 [[MERP: River Running|River Running]]
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*(1992) 8114 ''[[River Running (book)|River Running]]''
*(1994) 4001 [[MERP: Northwestern Middle-earth Map Set|Northwestern Middle-earth Map Set]]
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*(1994) 4001 ''[[Northwestern Middle-earth Map Set]]''
  
 
=== MERP 2nd Edition ===
 
=== MERP 2nd Edition ===
  
*(1993) 2000 [[MERP: Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover)|Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover)]]
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*(1993) 2000 [[Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover)|''Middle-earth Role Playing'' (2nd edition, hardcover)]]
*(1993) 2001 [[MERP: Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover)|Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover)]]
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*(1993) 2001 [[Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover)|''Middle-earth Role Playing'' (2nd edition, softcover)]]
*(1993) 2003 [[MERP: Middle-earth Campaign Guide|Middle-earth Campaign Guide]]
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*(1993) 2003 ''[[Middle-earth Campaign Guide]]''
*(1993) 2004 [[MERP: Middle-earth Role Playing Combat Screen and Reference Sheets|Middle-earth Role Playing Combat Screen and Reference Sheets]]
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*(1993) 2004 ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing Combat Screen and Reference Sheets]]''
*(1993) 2006 [[MERP: Valar and Maiar|Valar and Maiar]]
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*(1993) 2006 ''[[Valar and Maiar]]''
 
*(1994) 2002 [[MERP: Middle-earth Role Playing Accessory Pack|Middle-earth Role Playing Accessory Pack]]
 
*(1994) 2002 [[MERP: Middle-earth Role Playing Accessory Pack|Middle-earth Role Playing Accessory Pack]]
 
*(1994) 2005 [[MERP: Arnor, The Realm|Arnor, The Realm]]
 
*(1994) 2005 [[MERP: Arnor, The Realm|Arnor, The Realm]]

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MERP 2nd Ed. logotype

Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) was a subset of the Rolemaster role-playing game rules set in Tolkien's Middle-earth and published by Iron Crown Enterprises.

Contents

Description

Cover of MERP, 2nd ed.

The system was somewhat like Dungeons & Dragons with character classes and levels. Classes available included Animist (Cleric), Bard, Fighter, Mage, Ranger and Scout (Rogue). The system departed in having a highly detailed combat and magic system.

In the MERP game system, attributes are rating between 0 and 100, and skills can surpass these limits (under 0 or over 100). An attack roll would consist of a percentile roll + skill rating + attribute rating - target's dodge rating. This result was looked up on a table against the victim's armor type (leather/plate). Most hits in combat would cause a 'critical' which would be rolled and looked up on separate tables. For some, these criticals are quite entertaining due to their variety and creativeness, but for others the task of adding and subtracting high numbers and then consulting a table is the height of roll-playing, not role-playing.

Spell casters had the unique advantage in MERP that they learned lists of 10 spells (1 per level) as a unit. Once a character learned the Healing list, he would be able to cast increasingly better healing spells as his level increased.

The setting for this game predates the War of the Ring by around 1400 years (the majority of the modules were set in the years after the Great Plague, ca. Third Age 1640) and as such it represented a version of Middle-earth different to that seen in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.

Metal miniatures

Two different companies issued authorized figures for use with MERP. In 1985, Grenadier Models released their Lord of the Rings Middle Earth series. In 1987, the license was transferred to Mithril Miniatures, which still produces Middle-earth metal miniatures (although post-ICE figures have no reference to MERP).

Publications

  • (Year) Stock# Title

MERP 1st Edition

MERP 2nd Edition

Translations

  • Finnish: Keskimaa Roolipeli (KERP)
  • French: Le Jeu De Role Des Terres Du Milieu (1987-2000)
  • German: Mittelerde - Das Klassische Rollenspiel System (1987-1998)
  • Italian: Il gioco di ruolo del signore degli anelli
  • Japanese: ?
  • Polish: ?
  • Spanish: El Señor de los Anillos (Castellano), El Senyor dels Anells (Catalan) (1989-2004)
  • Swedish: Sagan om Ringen: Rollspelet (1986-1990)

Further developments

MERP has a loyal and strong following, which can be seen in the multitude of material which has been written for the system since ICE lost their license. The main channels are:

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