Whether you’re familiar with Cubicle 7 and The One Ring Roleplaying Game, or you’re just a Tolkien fan who also loves D&D, you’ll be excited to hear that the company is currently working on a D&D-compatible game set in the universe of Lord of the Rings.
Without a doubt, this is only possible because Cubicle 7 clearly has license rights for using the Lord of the Rings intellectual property in the realm of roleplaying games, and because of Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons & Dragons have made their roleplaying game mechanic platform available through the Open Game License, which is the roleplaying equivalent of the licensing out the Unreal Engine in video games.
It might also open up the game to a Doctor Who-verse game using the D&D mechanics, as Cubicle 7 also has the license rights to that universe. Our fingers are definitely crossed.
With the boring legal questions out of the way, we have until the summer to think about real issues, like whether or not DMs are morally obligated to create a Sackville-Baggins-styled distant relative NPC to annoy the holy hell out of any Hobbit player, or if a player were to somehow acquire the One Ring, if they would automatically fail every willpower save. (We say yes to both.)
Whatever the answers, it might be a good time to consider some throat lozenges for your GM so they can start working on some Andy Serkis-esque (or maybe even Matt Mercer-esque) vocal performances.
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