What The One Ring Roleplaying Game Means to Me

I bought the original slipcase edition of The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild (that’s what it was called at the time) by Cubicle 7 soon after its release in 2011. Much like the books on which it is based, I immediately liked it.

I read and re-read the rules, ran several one shot demos, bought all subsequent releases, formed a Meetup group, and eventually ran a 16 month campaign before becoming a player in a Darkening of Mirkwood campaign being run by my friend Marco Rafalá.

Like a lot of systems, running and playing The One Ring are different experiences. I recently sat down and wrote up my thoughts on what playing the game means to me. The results follow.


The Battle of Five Armies

A couple years ago, just after the last film of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy was released, I decided to reread the book. It had been several years since my last reading, and there were so many things in the film that I didn’t remember from the book. It turned out they were more or less all there — through portrayal and emphasis, though, they felt somehow unfamiliar.

But, I digress…

Around the same time, I found out about Games Workshop’s The Battle of Five Armies box set. Having picked up and throughly enjoyed The Mines of Moria box set sometime before, I decided I had to have The Battle of Five Armies. They’re, of course, very different games – the former being based on the 10mm Warmaster ruleset while the latter is a part of the 28mm Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game system. Regardless, they both do a great job evoking Middle-earth. I mean just take a look at the BoFA box art.

As so often is the case, the BoFA box sat more or less undisturbed on a shelf in my bedroom closet for the better part of the past two years. After painting a good deal of 15 and 28mm this year, I recently decided that I needed a change of pace. So, I tried my hand at my first 10mm stands. The results can be seen below.

A change of pace is exactly what I got. I was in fine detail mode for everything but the cloaks on the backside of the stands. I had to lift the visor often to check the results at table distance. Otherwise, I would have driven myself mad.

I still don’t know if I’m fulling committed to painting up this entire set anytime soon, but I do think I’ll work on some more stands for this year’s Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

I’ll post more as I progess.