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Free League Announces The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying For 5E

Currently being adapted into a DND Fifth Edition version under 'Lord of the Rings Roleplaying' moniker.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

“This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all.”

 
The path to Middle-earth will soon open for new adventurers. At Gen Con, Free League Publishing revealed that the acclaimed second edition of The One Ring™ roleplaying game is coming soon in a 5E adaptation, entitled The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying.
 
The new edition of The One Ring™ RPG, set in the world of The Lord of the Rings™ by J.R.R. Tolkien and designed by Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, became the most successful tabletop roleplaying core game ever on Kickstarter when it ended March 4, 2021, raising over $2 million. Now the time has come to open Middle-earth for even more roleplayers with a brand new 5E adaptation.


The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying contains everything needed to create exciting 5E adventures set in the world’s most popular fantasy setting: six original heroic cultures from the land of Eriador, six new classes, a host of terrifying adversaries, and comprehensive rules for journeys, councils, wondrous artefacts, and the subtle magic of Middle-earth.


The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying core compendium will enter pre-order this fall, alongside a scenario module entitled Shire Adventures. A pre-order will give immediate access to a full PDF of the products. The retail release of both is planned for Q1 2023.

 
ABOUT THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ ROLEPLAYING
 
The One Ring™ roleplaying game is based on The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™, two extraordinary works of fiction by the beloved author and respected academic, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. With these books, Tolkien introduced readers to his greatest creation, the world of Middle-earth, a mythic land from a remote past. With The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying, Middle-earth is yours to explore using the 5E rules.


 
First released in 2011, The One Ring™ was hailed as the best attempt at bringing Middle-earth to the gaming table to date. Now the time has come for the game to enter a new era and bring new players further into the Twilight of the Third Age with a new 5E conversion.
 

The year is 2965 of the Third Age and the Shadow is returning. Rumors of strange things happening outside the borders of civilized lands are spreading and they sometimes reach the ears of individuals who recognize the sinister truth they hide. You are part of such a company of heroes seeking adventure. Restless warriors, curious scholars and wanderers, eager to seek what was lost or explore what was forgotten. 


Together, you are entering the Lone-lands of Eriador. It is here that the One Ring lies, a seed of the past that will one day lead the world to open war against the returning Shadow. The Enemy is moving, and smoke issues once more from Mount Doom, in the land of Mordor...
 

The One Ring, Middle-earth, and The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events, and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (SZC) and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd. and their respective licensees. All rights reserved.

 
“The Enemy still lacks one thing to give him strength and knowledge to beat down all resistance, break the last defenses, and cover all the lands in a second darkness. He lacks the One Ring.”

GOLD ENNIE to The One Ring™
At Friday's ENNIE Awards prize ceremony in Indianapolis, Free League Publishing is very proud to say that The One Ring™ won a Gold ENNIE for Best Interior Art. Congratulations to all the excellent artists that have worked on the game and a huge thank you to all gamers that voted for us!


Free League Publishing is a Swedish game creator and publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published a wide range of award-winning tabletop roleplaying games and acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.


Our upcoming games include the official Blade Runner RPGInto the Odd RemasteredCY_BORG and Dragonbane.


Our game portfolio includes The One Ring™ roleplaying game, Tales From the Loop - The Board Game,  the official ALIEN RPG (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Gothic horror game Vaesen (winner of three ENNIE Awards 2021), the pitch-black fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2020), the alternate '80s Tales From the Loop (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including Best Game), the retro-fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the science fiction games Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017) and Death in Space, the dark fantasy game Symbaroum, and the new edition of the RPG classic Twilight: 2000.


We have also published the art books Tales From the Loop, Things From the Flood, The Electric State and The Labyrinth by internationally acclaimed visual artist Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated edition of the Lovecraft classics At the Mountains of Madness - Volume 1 and The Call of Cthulhu by the praised artist François Baranger.

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