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by Glorelendil
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Literacy in Middle-Earth?
Replies: 30
Views: 7866

Re: Litteracy in Middle-Earth?

On the extreme end of things, you have stuff like scribes who don't know writing beyond copying text. But essentially, writing on a functional level is more demanding than reading on a functional level. I can on a good day read a French newspaper and catch the basic gist of things, but I don't know...
by Glorelendil
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Literacy in Middle-Earth?
Replies: 30
Views: 7866

Re: Litteracy in Middle-Earth?

In a culture that has developed writing and values learning, in which everybody has millennia to kill, I would assume that nearly everybody learns to read a write. And sing and play instruments and recite poetry and identify constellations and birds and flowers and trees and see and knit and cook an...
by Glorelendil
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Literacy in Middle-Earth?
Replies: 30
Views: 7866

Re: Litteracy in Middle-Earth?

Reading and writing have for most of history been two separate skills. So it's highly likely that there's more people out there who know how to read at least on a rudimentary level, but not all of them know how to write. Could you say more about that? I thought reading was traditionally taught befo...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Converting MERP Levels to AIM/5e Levels for My Upcoming Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: Converting MERP Levels to AIM/5e Levels for My Upcoming Campaign

Why do they need levels? Are the players going to fight them? Indeed. I'd just stat them as NPCs and be done. It's much easier than making a High Level PC character to represent an NPC. What I’m planning to do is to stat such LMCs in the format the authors of the AIM sourcebook Rhovanion Region Gui...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma
Replies: 58
Views: 10881

Re: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma

Here's another illustrative example: the Trolley Problem. 5 cent version of the Trolley Problem: a train is going down a track toward 5 workers. You have the chance to throw a switch, redirecting the car to a spur where there is only one worker. Do you cause the one worker to be killed to save the 5...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma
Replies: 58
Views: 10881

Re: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma

That's how Shadow can be awarded in those instances - not a judgment on the action but how the Shadow finds a way to affect people . I love that phrasing. Yes, the Shadow "finds a way" to affect people, and the Shadow particularly thrives on exactly the kind of moral dilemma posed by the OP. The Sh...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)
Replies: 34
Views: 6219

Re: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)

Stormcrow wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:11 am
Glorelendil wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:02 am
It's not even clear to me what we disagree on.
Who says we're disagreeing on anything here? I thought we were exploring the possibilities.
Excellent!
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Adventures in Middle-earth OGL
Topic: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma
Replies: 58
Views: 10881

Re: Fate of Goblin slaves - a moral dilemma

As someone in a posting up thread suggested, viewing Shadow Points more like Sanity Points in CofC than Dark Force Points in SW offers me a more nuanced view of how the should be used. In that light what you suggest sounds like a fair course of LM actions - “award” some Shadow Points for the grim b...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)
Replies: 34
Views: 6219

Re: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)

There are no Centauri in Middle-earth, either. I believe both are what are known as "illustrative examples". And certainly there might, in the absence of specific evidence to the contrary, be a caste system among the Dwarves, just like there could be a flourishing secret theocracy of Yavanna-worship...
by Glorelendil
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: What do you expect or want in a Gondor source book?
Replies: 105
Views: 18694

Re: What do you expect or want in a Gondor source book?

Getting off-topic, but I would love to see a new pirates-and-voodoo RPG, especially if C7 were to do it. I was excited about 7th Sea but it doesn’t have the flavor I want.