The One Ring (role-playing game)

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The One Ring is a role-playing game published by Cubicle 7 Entertainment (under license from Sophisticated Games), released in August 2011. The game is written by Francesco Nepitello, and features artwork by John Howe and other artists.[1][2] In November 2019, the publisher decided to end the licensing agreement with Sophisticated Games, due to contractual differences.[3] In 2021, a new edition has been announced on Kickstarter, for crowdfunding, under the publisher Free League and began to be shipped to supporters in October of the same year.[4] Having fulfilled all deliveries to the backers, Free League has officially released the RPG for wider retail purchase, on the 22nd of March 2022.[5][6]

Setting[edit | edit source]

The initial release (originally planned to be first of a trilogy), The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild, is based in the area of northern Mirkwood, after the events of The Hobbit and before the War of the Ring.[2][7] The Second Edition of The One Ring is now set in the lone-lands of Eriador, in the year 2965 of the Third Age, moving the focus of the game to the lands of Old Arnor, with a full description of the town of Bree, including also famous locales like Weathertop, Fornost and Annuminas, providing the players with a new starting point for their adventures.[4]

Game system[edit | edit source]

The One Ring uses custom dice, specifically a twelve sided die numbered 1-10, the "Eye of Sauron", and the "Gandalf" Rune (a Cirth G rune, r), and 6 sided dice numbered normally, but with the 1-3 being in outline, 4-5 solid, and 6 solid having also the Tengwar Lambe rune, j. Standard 12-sided dice can be used, counting 11 as Sauron, and 12 as Gandalf, and standard 6 sided dice as well.[8]

Publications[edit | edit source]

First edition published by Cubicle 7 Entertainment

Second Edition published by Free League Publishing

  • 2021: The One Ring, Second Edition
    • Core Rules
    • Starter Set
    • Loremaster's Screen & Rivendell Compendium (for GMs)
    • The One Ring Black Dice Set
    • The One Ring White Dice Set
  • 2022: Ruins of the Lost Realm
  • 2022: Strider Mode
  • 2023: Tales From the Lone-lands

External links[edit | edit source]


Licensed Pen-and-paper RPGs set in Middle-earth
 Iron Crown Enterprises:  (1982-1997) Middle-earth Role Playing · (1991-1993) Lord of the Rings Adventure Game
 Decipher:  (2002-2005) The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game · (2001) The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Adventure Game
 Cubicle 7:  (2011-2019) The One Ring · (2016-2019) Adventures in Middle-earth
 Free League:  (2021-) The One Ring