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by Enevhar Aldarion
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

I'm less sanguine about this. It's tempting to say, "Sure, cards were popular in late 18th/19th century rural England, among all classes, therefore Hobbits would have them" except that it's an element that doesn't feel quite right to me. As above, I don't think finding analogues between Middle-eart...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: advice on exhaustion and rest on adventures
Replies: 27
Views: 599

Re: advice on exhaustion and rest on adventures

Adventures in Middle-earth is built on the foundation of the core rules. Loremasters are, of course, free to add additional rules from other sources, but they will want to weigh carefully the impact of such additions. True. But more specifically it is based on the OGL, which itself does not include...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

... to be clear, it isn't really ok to jump into somebody else's thread and then label them pompous or whatever. Yes, you are correct. I apologise Glorelendil, I should have been less of an ass about it. Well, no one really owns any thread on a message board, unless they are also the owner of the m...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

Since this sort of sidetracked on clocks and such, here is an interesting article on that, including two drawings Tolkien did of clocks Bilbo owned:

https://middle-earth.xenite.org/where-d ... his-clock/

Also, it seems that there is no Elvish word for clock.
by Enevhar Aldarion
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

Again, what Tolkien did was just unique. Putting a postal service in Laketown feels a bit wrong to me--it belongs in Hobbiton. But it's just gonna be an exercise of staying true to the source material in the ways that feel satisfying to the LM/players. But I could easily see a Pony Express-style de...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

Even though I believe various shady businesses and the more mundane professions would have existed in the world of Tolkien, they would have been very much in the background and not noticed at all by an adventuring party unless the LM wanted it to be noticed. I agree with this. Unless there is a rea...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

Even though I believe various shady businesses and the more mundane professions would have existed in the world of Tolkien, they would have been very much in the background and not noticed at all by an adventuring party unless the LM wanted it to be noticed.
by Enevhar Aldarion
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3089

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

I really wasn't intending it as a gotcha. I don't see how brothels or even gambling dens are necessary, and I thought a back-and-forth playing through a scenario would be informative. And maybe the difference is simply that some people like the seedy atmosphere provided by a brothel, whereas I find...
by Enevhar Aldarion
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Designing a weapon
Replies: 45
Views: 882

Re: Designing a weapon

BookBarbarian wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:44 pm
My point being. It's awesome to give a scholar a Staff that does cool things. Very Gandalf like. But it makes little sense for that staff to be a *weapon*. Even Gandalf when he got right down to it fought with a sword.
So what did Gandalf fight with before he found his sword in The Hobbit? :)
by Enevhar Aldarion
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Designing a weapon
Replies: 45
Views: 882

Re: Designing a weapon

5th Ed has a baseline assumption that a character will acquire one permanent magic item for roughly every 4-5 levels. Where did you get this "baseline assumption"? They've been saying since it was the Next playtest that 5e is designed under the assumption that characters have no magic items, in the...