Joe Mandala

From Tolkien Gateway

Joe Mandala (b. 1972) is an American role playing gaming author and Tolkien essayist.

Having started with Middle-earth gaming sometime in the mid-1980s, Mandala was involved by Iron Crown Enterprises in the early 1990s to do secondary editing and vetting for MERP, 2nd edition. He was selected to write the supplement Races and Cultures of Middle-earth for MERP/RMSS (however, ICE lost the license to Middle-earth before project completion, and the supplement was never published). He also edited and researched articles published in Other Hands, a gaming magazine devoted to MERP.

In the early 2000s, Mandala was hired by Decipher to gather source material for The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game. He also wrote the supplement Maps of Middle-earth: Cities and Strongholds.

As of 2010, Mandala is editor for articles related to Middle-earth on The Guild Companion, a monthly gaming web-magazine.

Joe Mandala studied Classical Antiquity at the University of Kansas and lives in northeast Kansas with his wife and four children. He is currently working with law enforcement agencies on criminal intelligence systems in a project management role.




  • The Guild Companion
    • [various issues]