I fully expect Gareth and Francesco to set a new benchmark, though.
One can certainly hope. I'd love some great visuals and maps to help set the adventuring and combat scene with my players.
This will be the first box set for TOR or AiME and I do not know if they have done any box sets for their other games. Nothing for TOR or AiME has ever gone the KS route, thankfully, as I hate KS and other platforms like it. For all we know there may be a clause in the contract to produce the Middle Earth setting that forbids anything to be done on KS. After all, everything has to be reviewed and approved by Middle Earth Enterprises before it can go to print and that would be hard to do with stretch goals and all that crap.
One thing to remember for this versus the old MERP books for Moria, while all MERP books were set primarily in TA 1640 or so, and while their Moria books also gave info post-release of the Balrog, this box set will be all about what Moria is like in the years between The Hobbit and LotR, as that is what their contract to produce the setting allows. But that does mean we will probably have an adventure in there where we can go along with, or search for, the Dwarf attempt to retake Moria, since that happened in this time frame. If they can give us adventures meant for just Rohirrim characters (in a book just for TOR so far), then I am sure they can give us an all-dwarf adventure into Moria.
Not really true, that, to be honest. It's been discussed but on balance the predominant view is "don't have a problem" [with the boxed set having both rulesets]. If you read all the comments there you'd see that. Even the more critical viewpoints, mine included, are accepting it makes commercial sense for a boxed set to combine for both systems - it's what that will look like (split system books, shared system book, etc) that I'm interested in knowing. At the end of the day, the TOR players are pretty relaxed in general to AiMe considering the circumstances of its creation (somewhat out-of-the-blue for the fan base), the history of dual statting RPGs (not good), and the fact that the new system is based on the industry's only 800lb gorilla. We could be a lot more sensitive/jumpy!
I think that would be a pretty cool idea. At the end of the day there could be a number of reasons for adventuring in Moria so options could be given for Loremasters to select and tailor depending on the interests of their Fellowship of PCs. I've always loved the idea of a group of Dwarves, even accompanying Balin, adventuring in Moria. Sure, we know the outcome but the journey to that doomed end would be an amazing ride.Otaku-sempai wrote: ↑Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:02 amWe know from Tolkien's legendarium that Gandalf and Aragorn each separately visited Moria before Balin's attempt to recolonize it. Gandalf went in search of Thrain, probably years before Thorin Oakenshield's quest. Aragorn's visit is much more mysterious as we do not know either when or why he was there. It does seem very unlikely, though, that it could have been connected to the search for Gollum. Might an adventure in the boxed set touch on this?
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