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The One Ring™: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild 2011 Edition
by Gary I. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/07/2014 13:54:33
Yes it's pretty, though I have to say the artwork is not as inspiring as most of the reviews would have you believe. It's atmospheric and has some good system elements, such as the accumulation of Shadow points, the narrative-oriented Fellowship Phase and an easy to use skill system. Encounters are also structured simply, and again lend themselves to good roleplaying opportunity.

What lets it down for me is the combat system: if you want to recreate the combat maneuvres of the films, and to revel in the memories of artful fighting scenes, then this is not the system that will make that happen. Several oddities make it very easy to be knocked out (it's too easy to hit PCs, to be fair), armour makes no difference to that dynamic as it doesn't soak endurance damage, and somehow what should be atmospheric struggles become life threatening in the face of pretty poor opposition.

The background material, gifts of valour or wisdom and many other things are excellent, but combat is bad enough that I'll be melding the TOR material with a better system. Still worth buying if you love roleplaying in Middle Earth (in TA2946...) and for the well-structured (if often a little swift to complete) adventures.

Not the uber-game I was expecting from the gushing reviews, but certainly good. I will no doubt buy all the supplements available (not least because the MERP ones are virtually impossible to get hold of now) but just can't live with the skeletal combat rules.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Henry A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/05/2014 11:41:30
WHERE'S THE MEAT???
This is not a campaign. It's a story with some plot twists. But I could get that from a novel. A cheap novel.
No location is detailed, so you have no town or settlement for your heroes.
No major NPCs are provided, so you are still tasked with creating the people to move the story along.
No special foes are added, so there is nothing special about this story versus another.
No special weapons or treasures are added, so there is no accomplishments for the PCs to obtain.
There is one positive though, at least you have a storyline that fits the game. But that is all you have.

This is a nicely formatted creative writing assignment with pictures. It's not a sourcebook for gaming.

I recommend a forty page errata with all the locations, NPCs, items and villains. Oh yeah, the sourcebook!!

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Andrew L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/01/2014 06:50:44
The Darkening of Mirkwood - pdf review

This is going to be a gorgeous book. Adventure seeds cover 30 years, bringing the game up to the year TA 2977. Those 30 years are broken down into three distinct periods: The Last Good Years: 2947-2950; The Return of the Shadow: 2951-2960; and The Darkening of Mirkwood: 2961-2977. There are a few pages near the end of the book that largely duplicates information from the companion sourcebook The Heart of the Wild, this is the Appendix, which covers the Nazgul of Dol Guldur and other Characters and Creatures specific to the campaign. However, the duplication is probably worthwhile for ease of reference.

This is definitely a book for Loremasters/GMs as opposed to Adventurers but well-worth getting. The physical product is expected to be in stores in April. Recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by mike m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/31/2014 12:26:01
Tons of material to use in months if not years of gaming. add that to the amazing system cubicle 7 has created and it makes this book an absolute must have for any Tolkien fan or any story driven RPG fan.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Istvan F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/31/2014 12:22:56
A really excellent publication. Very easy to read, and full of adventure ideas. And the grand campaign itself is just great, recommended for every GM.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook
by Alexander O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/31/2014 01:59:21
And the next installment of the DWAITAS Doctor
Sourcebooks is out. It's the 4th Doctor -- portrayed by Tom Baker -- the longest running of all the Doctors so far, and arguably the most popular of the original series sequence.

Like the prior installments in this excellent series, DWAITAS - Fourth Doctor Sourcebook not only provides the predictable crunch (new traits, character sheets for the Doctor / Companions / acquaintances / enemies) and fluff (series and episode synposes), but also provides some thematic explorations and comparisons to the episodes and themes from prior incarnations. It even includes a synopsis of the lost episode "Shada", a must-have for die-hard Whovians.

I say, doesn't Skarga's sphere remind you of Rover, from The Prisoner?

Chapter One: Playing in the Fourth Doctor Era

Some really interesting insights here, as I'm used to thinking of the Doctor's older shows in episodic form, rather than as the grand sweep of a campaign arc. While many would cite the change in characterization as the most obvious change, I'd missed the fact that the Far Future of humanity is mapped out in this cycle of stories. Also, as pointed out in "The Demystification of the Time Lords", it's true that the mysterious Time Lords and Gallifrey are not only fleshed out more, they're also taken down a peg and portrayed as a decadent and decaying culture that possesses a great deal of power and influence in the multiverse -- a theme certainly worth exploring.

Chapter Two: The Fourth Doctor and Companions

The Two Companions that really jumped out at me here are -- surprise -- Romana and Romana. The first incarnation was not only beautiful, but had a distant and aloof aspect to her beauty; the second incarnation was more sweet and approachable in seeming, perhaps indicating the change in her personality after having been influenced by the traveling Doctor's ways (or maybe she just like Princess Astra's looks, just like she said). Of course, Leela and Sarah Jane Smith are also memorable, but the counterpoint of an equal Time Lord to the Doctor really shifted the dynamic for me in this era.

Chapter Three: The Fourth Doctor's Adventures + Shada in the Appendix

For those interested in canon, the complete run of the 4th Doctor's many adventures, and adventure hooks and NPCs, opponents, and gadgets aplenty -- this section is a treasure trove of gaming delights. If there's an episode you've always wanted to appropriate for your campaign, now's your chance to get your hands on appropriate crunch or fluff!


The next installment can't come soon enough for me!

(from http://armchairgamer.blogspot.com/)

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Daniel F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2014 12:03:50
Maybe the most enjoyable and immersive RPG reading that I ever had. Read it in one evening. I think the professor himself would be pleased by the narrative.

The campaign is full of moving parts that are sure to give the players a highly customizable experience centered around them, their investments and their choices. Yet all of those parts are presented in a comfortable and unconfusing way.

The one thing I would change is adding a possibility for a more optimistic finale, one that is not nesseceraly serving as a tie-in to the canonical history of the middle earth, for those of us who are less bothered with it. A possibility for a true reclamation of the forest.

It also must be stated that this supplement requires "The Heart of the Wild" to use properly.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Ian K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/19/2014 04:40:17
Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 have done it again. A great book with plenty of adventure ideas - one per year for thirty years in the Middle-earth setting. In addition, events happening in Rhovanion during that time (2947 to 2977 TA).

The production quality is what we've come to expect from this line, very high. The writing and rules presented evoke Tolkien's world. The artwork, stunning.

A welcome addition to The One Ring game.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The One Ring™: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild 2011 Edition
by Elf C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 13:07:18
I came to this game relatively late, but I'm blown away by its quality. I haven't had this much fun reading game rules since '81, when I stayed up all night reading the magic items section of the Dungeon Master's Guide.

The most impressive feat in this game is the way the rules & mechanics fit the narrative style of Tolkien's writings. Combat is rare and scary, you balance Hope against the Shadow growing in your heart, traveling across the wild is the most dangerous part of some adventures, and there are no dual wielding ninja hobbits with Vorpal blades.

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by richard h. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 07:09:14
Summary: the best product so far in an already exceptional line of material.

C7 and Sophisticated Game have produced a campaign book that surpasses even the Great Pendragon Campaign in quality of content and support for their respective GMs. This book perfectly combines high production values, consistently glorious artwork, engaging writing, and wonderful ideas into an epic campaign of dwindling hope, great deeds, and the return of the Shadow to Mirkwood.

Despite the fact that this is set within Middle Earth, the time between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and characters will rub shoulders with many famous and powerful entities, they do not lose or have their agency demeaned in any way nor do they play 'second fiddle' to the major NPCs. Anyone who plays RPGs in pre-defined settings (and famous ones at that) will know just how challenging, nay almost impossible, this can be to achieve. The Darkening of Mirkwood (DoM) effortlessly avoids this problem with engaging ideas, plots, and a developing environment that the characters of their fellowship actively contribute to and affect.

Predominantly for Loremasters, in fact I'd recommend that players do *not* buy this product as it would spoil their surprise and enjoyment, DoM provides LMs with enough information to run many game sessions of TOR. Some have criticised C7 for the small line of products that exist for TOR but between this and the other supplements there is easily a couple of years of weekly gaming to be had within their collective pages. TOR already has more content than I'll ever need and with more on the way this is only set to improve. There is no better time to buy into this game for those still sat on the fence.

Buy this product if you're a current TOR GM. It's absolutely essential to running TOR within Wilderland and uncovering the story of how the land declined in the years before the War of the Ring.

Buy this product (and the rest of the TOR line!) if you were waiting for enough material to be available in order to run an involved and detailed campaign to a wonderful climax and conclusion.

Buy this product if you're an RPer that is just interested in reading a supplement that perfectly delivers on its remit and design goals - ie, a campaign world developing and changing over time and how PCs are engaged and interact within it.

Buy this product if you're just a non-RPing Tolkien fan. It's wonderfully written and presented and outlines a story and area not well covered in other available material.

... Just, simply, buy this product!

I type this with a straight face but DoM is more than just an RPG supplement; it's a work of art and the love and respect for its source material shines from every page like the light of Eärendil!

Awesome, inspiring, sad, melancholic, epic; it has everything you want from a campaign set in Middle Earth.

A must buy; what a high bar C7 and SG have set for themselves and all other RPG companies.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Davi A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 06:14:23
This is an amaxing book, a thirty years story unfolds in this book. However the number of game sessions you may play with it is only limited as you want. Even though the book tells a main story, every year of these 30 years the writers were very kind to write everything which is going on around the Wilderland. Even though you might focus on the main story, you will finding yourself more and more interested on the side stories aswell. Be prepared to play for many fictional and real years of you life with this fenomenal book.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The One Ring - The Darkening of Mirkwood
by Eirik B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2014 03:18:49
This is it! Campaign material for many months, even years in real time.

The Darkening of Mirkwood is the framework for a huge campaign set in the Wilderlands, and focuses on the fate of the Woodmen of Mirkwood. Together with Heart of the Wild, you'll be set with a The One Ring campaign for a long time.

Are you running The One Ring as a GM? Go get this. If you're not running The One Ring, it's time to start doing it. :)

-E.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Rocket Age - Rocket Racers
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/07/2014 12:19:08
Fancy a race around the inner solar system, looping around Mars and Venus?

Well, it's attracted quite a lot of attention, not all of the desired sort. Some rotter calling himself the Ghost Racer has threatened to disrupt the race unless he's paid a load of money. The party - who would be best off if at least someone can pilot - get hired by the Solar Cup Race Commission to pose as late entrants and keep an eye on things, protecting the real competitors and spectators from this Ghost Racer.

The characters will have some time to prepare, but the race is soon underway, around Venus and then to Mars, where there's a stop-over. All the time, they'll have to be on the alert to spot the Ghost Racer... if he's there.

Everything is well-laid out, with all the information the GM needs ready to hand and plenty of appropriate atmosphere to help you bring the alternate reality to life around your table. Characters can work on their rocketship, and there are copious notes about possible custom modifications. They can also pursue their investigations, and people with whom to talk are provided a-plenty. What's even better: the whole rocket racing community is brought into existence with other racers and even some of the notable events mentioned - so if your characters get a taste for the sport you will be able to weave it in to subsequent adventures.

Once the race begins, the actual mechanics of running it are explained clearly and coherently utilising the Chase rules from the core rulebook with appropriate modifications. This should help you meld die rolling into an exciting narrative as rocketships jockey for position. Various incidents to weave into the race are also provided.

Overall, a well-presented exciting little adventure. Gentlemen, start your engines!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Rocket Age Core Rulebook
by David H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/30/2013 17:42:23
I am a huge fan of this product, and Cubicle 7 in general. When I was growing up I read Carson of Venus, and the Barsoom series wishing that I had a way to live out the adventures in those books. Now, I do...

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Doctor Who - The Time Traveller's Companion
by Alexander O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/15/2013 19:07:08
For people who want actual time travel mechanics in their DWAITAS games, or who want a comprehensive look at Gallifrey and its impact on the time stream, or some pretty neat looks at TARDISes and alternate TARDISes and other time travel devices -- this is it. All with fantastic images from the long run of the TV show!

Well worth the price. If discounted, then an auto-buy!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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