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Art by Martin Grip

Dearest Balin,

Almost six years have passed already since the last time you were here. I remember very well everything you and Gandalf said when we met. You were alarmed, and I took your warnings at heart, but I don’t think you would find it surprising to know that news of a nameless threat is hard to believe here in the dear old Shire. Gandalf came to see me again, on several occasions. He seems to care about our friendship, and he says I should indeed be worried, but his vague words of warning hardly make even less of a dent in the general sense of peace and protection that we enjoy here, away in the north-west. 

But don’t think that I am completely clueless! All I need to know is to have a look at… the stuff I collected in my adventures to remember that there is a wide and dangerous world out there. Sometimes I even miss it, the road, the thrill, the narrow escapes. It’s my Tookish side. But then I look at my beautiful garden, my snapdragons and sunflowers, my trailing nasturtians… how they glow, red and golden, more beautiful than any Dragon-hoard that ever was, and I am back to being a Baggins. 

I hope that what I say won’t be too much of a disappointment to you. You haven’t asked yet, but I know that you mean to invite me to join you in that Moria adventure you are always talking about. I am afraid that I have spent enough time crawling in the dark under the Misty Mountains not to wish to do that ever again! But there’s a good bunch of eager lads and lasses here that you might find to your liking. Why, they are just waiting for no more than a nod in their direction from me or from our Grey friend to go off into the blue for mad adventures! Theirs is an age that is more appropriate to that type of business, believe me,  and I have taught them a thing or two. I suspect that Gandalf has too... 

From a letter from Bilbo Baggins, Esq. to Balin son of Fundin

The One Ring RPG Core Rules (Standard Edition)

“This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all.”

The One Ring™ is a roleplaying game based on The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™, two extraordinary works of fiction by the beloved author and respected academic, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, published in partnership with Sophisticated Games.

First released in 2011, its award-winning design was hailed as the best attempt at bringing Middle-earth to the gaming table to date, thanks to its thematic rules and painstaking attention to detail. For 10 years, players of the game have traveled far and wide across Middle-earth, adventuring for multiple decades of game time.

Today, it is time for the game to enter a new era – this new edition of The One Ring brings players further into the Twilight of the Third Age with a new hardbound volume, presenting:

  • A set of updated and streamlined rules, developed thanks to years of players’ feedback and raising the game to the standards of quality that have made Free League so popular.
  •  A new setting to experience – the Lone-lands of Eriador in the year is 2965 of the Third Age. This is a vast land that once saw the glory of the North Kingdom of the Dúnedain.
  •  A complete visual redesign of art and graphics, offering a view of Middle-earth that is fresh and familiar at the same time.
Sample Spreads (Work in Progress)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The One Ring RPG, we're delighted to offer an unique Collector’s Edition of the game. This deluxe volume is bound in faux leather with gold foil-stamped adornments and Tengwar script. The Collector's Edition is exclusive to this campaign and will never be printed again.

The Exclusive Collector's Edition, With Faux Leather Covers and Gold Foil Script

 

“The Enemy still lacks one thing to give him strength and knowledge to beat down all resistance, break the last defences, and cover all the lands in a second darkness. He lacks the One Ring.”

The One Ring is set in the Twilight of the Third Age, a time-frame comprising the events narrated in The Hobbit™ and the start of The Lord of the Rings™. Encompassing more than six decades, this period is ushered in when Bilbo the Hobbit finds the Ruling Ring, and culminates with the war fought by the Free Peoples against the Dark Lord Sauron, and the destruction of the Ring.

The year is 2965 of the Third Age, and the players create a Company of heroes, Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men seeking adventure in the Lone-lands of Eriador. It is a desolate country, a vast land that once saw the glory of the North Kingdom of the Dúnedain, the Men of the West. Here, many wars were fought, and countless ruins dot its landscape. Shadows move along its paths, and not all of them belong to the living. It is here that the One Ring lies, a seed of the past that will one day lead the world to open war against the returning Shadow.

This edition of The One Ring moves the focus of the game to the lands of Old Arnor, with a full description of the town of Bree and the surrounding areas, including famous locales like Weathertop, Fornost and Annuminas, providing the players with a new starting point for their adventures.

The Enemy is moving, and smoke issues once more from Mount Doom, in the land of Mordor...

Art by Alvaro Tapia

“… you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.”

In The One Ring, players create individuals who led an ordinary life until something made them realize that they were simply pretending that shadows weren’t growing nearer and nearer every year. They are not soldiers or mercenaries, nor are they subtle Wizards trying to weave the threads spun by fate: they are adventurous souls representing the various Free Peoples opposing the return of the Shadow.

The core gameplay of The One Ring revolves around two alternate phases — the Adventuring Phase and the Fellowship Phase. This structure follows the deeds of the players not only geographically, as they explore the land in pursuit of their goals, but also chronologically, as time passes and the Twilight of the Third Age enfolds.

The game mechanics have been created from the ground up to match the source material and emulate the action as depicted in The Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit™. They feature a set of custom dice, but the game can also be played using a standard set including a 12-sided die and at least six 6-sided dice. The accessibility and elegance of the system fits in perfectly with other games by Free League. 

This new edition of the game further reinforces the connection between its mechanics and the stories that inspired them. The rules for things like hero creation or the use of Hope have been tweaked to make the game run smoothly without sacrificing their faithfulness to the sources, while those for Journeys and Councils, for example, have been completely redesigned. New rules, like those for Magical die results, have been added to evoke elements that are vital to the theme of the game, like the subtle magic of Middle-earth.

The new edition will be compatible with modules for the first edition, requiring only minor tweaking.

Art by Martin Grip

Created for the first time for this edition of the game, the Starter Set contains everything you need to start playing, and more! Focused on the Shire, this set allows for new players to enter the world of Middle-earth from the land of the Hobbits, where all the stories began. A number of pre-generated characters allow players to take the road to adventure in no time. The boxed set, mainly written by seasoned RPG writer James Spahn, includes:

  •  Condensed rules, including everything you need to start playing in Middle-earth.
  • An adventure compendium, presenting a number of adventures to be played using the pre-generated characters contained in the box.
  • Pre-generated characters of esteemed Hobbits like Drogo Baggins, Paladin Took, Primula Brandybuck or Lobelia Baggins, and more.

As we have exceeded our base funding goal, we will more content to the boxed set as stretch goals. You can read more about these under Stretch Goals, below. A summary:

  • A huge full-color map (format format 720 x 558 mm) of the Shire and Eriador, created by Francesco Mattioli.
  • Six square Stance Cards, used to keep track of the fighting stance of characters in combat
  • A set of engraved custom dice, with six D6 Success Dice and two D12 Feat Dice. 
  • Approximately 30 Item Cards for weapons, shield and armor, all beautifully illustrated.
  • A full compendium of the Shire, detailing the land of the Hobbits for The One Ring for the first time.
THE ONE RING™ Starter Set (Not Final Design)

We know that many of you have been enjoying roleplaying in Middle-earth using the fifth edition ruleset in the Adventures in Middle-Earth. We are working on a new edition for the 5E rules as well – but it is not part of this campaign. More information about this will follow in the months to come.

We love friendly local gaming stores all over the world and want to forge an even closer relationship with you. We offer a retailer pledge, including five copies each of the core rules and the boxed starter set (including printed stretch goals), at a heavily discounted retailer price.

By taking part in this campaign as a retailer, you make sure you get the games on time for the official release later this year, and you get them at a lower cost than through most normal distribution channels. As an added bonus, your pledges will contribute to unlocking stretch goals, and you get access to all updates and sneak peeks of the game.

For more information about how we work with retailers, and to get early information about our upcoming releases, sign up to our monthly retailer newsletter!

Please note that retailer pledges are only available to actual retailers. You will be asked to present your company organization number when confirming your pledge.

Art by Martin Grip

You can complete your pledge with additional products, at a discounted price. You can only order physical addons if you are a backer at level “The Road Goes Ever On” or above. All addons will ship alongside your main pledge reward.

LOREMASTER SCREEN AND RIVENDELL BOOKLET – 198 SEK

A top quality, deluxe Loremaster Screen in landscape format for The One Ring. It is made out of three sections of 3 mm thick hardback, measuring a mighty 855 x 216 mm when unfolded. 

The screen comes with a short printed compendium of Rivendell, including a description of "The Last Homely House east of the Sea", and full rules for playing High Elven Player-heroes. A PDF of the screen and compendium are included.

Please note that this items is not included in any base reward.

Loremaster Screen and Rivendell Compendium (Not Final Design)

RUINS OF THE LOST REALM – 278 SEK

This hardback compendium of approximately 150 pages will collect the unlocked PDF stretch goals Fog Over Tharbad, A Gathering Storm, Into the Lone Lands, Old Castles Built By Wicked People, Here Was Once a Realm of Men and The Clouds Break in printed format. As this material is not yet written or illustrated, Ruins of the Lost Realm will not ship along with the core game, and it will require an additional shipping cost, managed via the Free League webshop.

Ruins of the Lost Realm (Mockup – Not Final Design)

 

THE ONE RING DICE SET – 148 SEK

A bonus set of customized, engraved dice for The One Ring, in case you need more than the one set included in the Starter Set. The set contains six D6 Success Dice and two D12 Feat Dice.

The One Ring Custom Dice Set (Not Final Design)

SAURONIC DICE DET – 148 SEK

An alternate set of custom engraved dice, created especially for the Loremaster to use. The set will feature two Feat Dice and six Success Dice in a different color.

Sauronic Dice Set (Not Final Design)

 

CLOTH MAP OF THE SHIRE – 398 SEK

A huge full-color map (format 100 x 78 cm) of the Shire, created by Francesco Mattioli, printed on high-quality cloth. This map is exclusive to this campaign and will not be available in retail.

Map of the Shire (Work in Progress)

 

CLOTH MAP OF ERIADOR – 398 SEK 

A huge full-color map (format 100 x 78 cm) of Eriador, created by Francesco Mattioli, printed on high-quality cloth. No image is available yet! This map is exclusive to this campaign and will not be available in retail.

THE ONE RING STARTER SET – 398 SEK

An additional copy of the The One Ring boxed Starter Set. The contents of this set will expand if stretch goals are unlocked. A full PDF is included.

Starter Set (Work in Progress, Not Final Design)

 

THE ONE RING CORE RULES, STANDARD EDITION – 448 SEK

An additional copy of the The One Ring core rules in Standard Edition, in hardback full-color printed format. PDF is included.

The One Ring RPG Core Rules (Standard Edition)

 

THE ONE RING CORE RULES, LIMITED EDITION – 848 SEK

An additional copy of the The One Ring RPG 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition. This deluxe volume is bound in leather with gold foil-stamped adornments and Tengwar script. The Collector's Edition is exclusive to this campaign and will never be printed again.

The Collector's Edition

RETAILER ADDON: 5 x STARTER SETS AND 5 x CORE RULES - 1,998 SEK

Five additional copies each of The One Ring core rules and the boxed Starter Set, FOR RETAILERS ONLY!

OTHER FREE LEAGUE RPGS

You can also add existing Free League RPGs as addons to your pledge. The below products are available:

  • ALIEN RPG CORE RULEBOOK - 398 SEK
  • VAESEN RPG CORE RULEBOOK – 348 SEK 
  • TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG - 298 SEK 
  • THINGS FROM THE FLOOD RPG - 298 SEK
  • FORBIDDEN LANDS CORE SET - 348 SEK 
  • MUTANT: YEAR ZERO RPG - 298 SEK
  • CORIOLIS: THE THIRD HORIZON RPG - 298 SEK
  • SYMBAROUM RPG CORE RULEBOOK - 298 SEK

 

Brexit, Imports & More: We will ship from at least three local hubs: UK, US, and EU. That means that if you're in any of these regions, there will be no import fees for you. We might be able to set up a hub in Australia as well, but we cannot guarantee it yet.

Unfortunately, import laws and customs in some specific countries have made it impossible for us to ship to them. We do not ship to: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.

Together with his co-designer Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello is an author of roleplaying games and thematic board games, like Lex Arcana, Zombicide: Chronicles and Age of Conan. He reached international recognition with War of the Ring, the award-winning strategy board game depicting the events told in the Lord of the Rings. He is the main writer and designer for The One Ring.

Sophisticated Games has, since 2010, co-published and licensed role playing games based on the works of J.R.R.Tolkien and is proud to to have these games as a key part of their Middle-earth games programme, which also includes board games, card games and jigsaws.

The One Ring, Shire, Middle-earth, Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd. and their respective licensees. 

All quotes on this page are excerpted from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Free League Publishing is the international name of Swedish game and book publisher Fria Ligan. We have published a range of award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our game portfolio include the official ALIEN roleplaying game (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Gothic horror RPG Vaesen, the pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG, the alternate '80s Tales from the Loop (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including Best Game), the sandbox retro fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the space opera Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017) and the praised dark fantasy game Symbaroum.

We have also published the art books Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood  by visual artist Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated editions of the Lovecraft classics The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness by French artist François Baranger.

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Available Rewards:

kr1,198SEK + Shipping

My Preciousss!

Approx. $145 / €119 / £105

Includes:

  • The One Ring™ Core Rules in a Limited 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition. This deluxe volume is bound in faux leather with gold foil-stamped adornments and Tengwar script. The Collector's Edition is exclusive to this campaign and will never be printed again. A full PDF of the game is also included.
  • The One Ring™ Starter Set in a full-color printed boxed set and in PDF format.
  • All unlocked physical and digital stretch goals.
  • An Alpha PDF version of the core rules and the starter set, in the summer of 2021.

WE DO NOT SHIP TO: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

kr298SEK + Shipping

A Long-Expected Party

Approx. $36 / €29 / £26
The One Ring™ Core Rules and the Starter Set in digital PDF format only, including all unlocked digital stretch goals.

Please upgrade your reward to the SEK 498 level or above to purchase add-ons.

kr498SEK + Shipping

The Road Goes Ever On

Approx. $60 / €49 / £44

Includes:

  • The One Ring™ Core Rules, Standard Edition, in hardback full-color printed format and in PDF format.
  • The One Ring™ Starter Set in PDF format only.
  • All unlocked digital stretch goals.
  • An Alpha PDF version of the core rules and the starter set, in the summer of 2021.

WE DO NOT SHIP TO: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

kr798SEK + Shipping

The Fellowship of the Ring

Approx. $96 / €79 / £70

Includes:

  • The One Ring™ Core Rules, Standard Edition, in hardback full-color printed format and in PDF format.
  • The One Ring™ Starter Set in a full-color printed boxed set and in PDF format.
  • All unlocked physical and digital stretch goals.
  • An Alpha PDF version of the core rules and the starter set, in the summer of 2021.

WE DO NOT SHIP TO: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

kr1,998SEK + Shipping

Retailer Pledge

Approx. $241 / €198 / £176

This reward is for retailers only. Verification will be required.

Includes:

  • 5 x The One Ring™ Core Rules, Standard Edition.
  • 5 x The One Ring™ Starter Set in a full-color printed boxed set.

WE DO NOT SHIP TO: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

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