Tolkien-related RPG Links


Official Deciper Site
The now-defunct official site by the publishers of the new CODA system RPG released in 2002.
Tolkien Enterprises
The company that controls licenses for games based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Steward and King
A fan site for the RPG.
Official LOTR RPG Discussion Forum
The official Decipher discussion forum for the LotR RPG, now defunct (formerly at
Semi-Official Discussion Forum
A discussion forum for the Decipher LotR RPG, hosted by an independent group which supports the Star Trek RPGs. Representatives of Decipher do post official material here as well.
Valinor (Jeff's LotR Page)
A fan site, complete with a discussion forum, along with entries such as character sheets for various NPCs from the movies.
Middle Earth Gaming Guild
Another fan site, with a series of GM essays, several NPCs from the movies (including Haldir, Lurtz, Telpedo, and Denethor), and several magic items.
A web page on various Middle Earth gaming, including the strategy battle miniatures game and role-playing game. It has various RPG product reviews.
The Shadow Grows
A file server for a LotR campaign set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, just a few years after the forging of the One Ring.
The Northern Shadow Campaign (GM's Page)
A site for a campaign run in the SF Bay Area.

Tolkien Source Material

The Encyclopedia of Arda
An extremely extensive encyclopedia of Middle Earth.
Tolkien Encyclopedia
A less slick encyclopedia project which nevertheless has extensive information.
Calacirya, The Pass of Light
A fine general Tolkien site with maps, essays, genealogies, and more.
The Sindarin Dictionary Project
An online dictionary, but which requires online lookup.
Hypertext Tolkien FAQ
A collection of questions with references for answers.
J.R.R. Tolkien Inspired Artwork Gallery
A site which with hundreds of works ranging from famous professional paintings and maps to amateur art.
Tolkien Gateway Wiki
A Tolkien encyclopedia done as a wiki with over 1,000 pages.

ICE's Middle Earth RPG (MERP)

Middle Earth Role-playing Community
An extensive site on MERP. See in particular,
City of Solis MERP Resources
A site with three complete adventures and 30 maps.
Dark Tower
A site with information on the geography of Arda's continents, Rolemaster, and German Middle-Earth LARP-ing.
v.davis MERP files
This is a set of over a dozen files of MERP modules in PDF format. MERP Files
A site with regular MERP modules file downloads.
Forodwaith's MERP Page
A site with rules material, characters, and two complete adventures.
Guild Companion
An online webzine with coverage of Rolemaster, MERP, and the Middle Earth CCG.
Linkan's MERP and Rolemaster Page
Personal site with some characters, adventure ideas, and artifacts.
Mark McLean's MERP Pages
Personal site with a scattering of new rules, creatures, adventures,...
Andreas Lindholm's MERP Pages
Personal site with a fair number of adventures and artifacts.
MERP Campaign Project Mailing List
Archives of a now-defunct discussion list.

Campaign Pages


Other Role-playing Systems

Lord of the Rings LARP
Tolkien's Magic for Amber FRP
The Lord of the Rings characters for Fantasy Hero
Midgaad Magic
An adaptation of HarnMaster magic to Middle Earth
Notes on a new system for Middle Earth (incomplete).
Ambarquenta: Tales of Fate in Middle Earth, preview release 5.9
The preview release of a free RPG set in Middle Earth by Georg Witrisal and The Heren Turambarion. It draws from both the Decipher LotR RPG and Iron Crown's MERP.
Legends of Middle Earth
A free RPG by Jeffrey S. Schecter, using a very simple system. It is 25 pages, using a system of rolling under skill using a number of d6s (1d6 to 5d6 or more) based on difficulty. Character creation is by choosing race and profession package ("role"), plus three pools of limited points for skills, special abilities, and passions.

Computer games

Boardgames and Wargames


Ages in Middle-Earth
"An IRC based roleplaying project created to give J.R.R. Tolkien fans the chance to play characters in his realm."
Beleriand MUSH Homepage
A virtual environment and game where we have tried to recreate the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth books. The action of Beleriand specifically takes place in the First Age: Middle-earth at its height! This is the time of the War of the Jewels, the fantastic struggle of the Free Peoples against the awesome power of the great Vala Morgoth and his minions.
Elendor MUSH
A J.R.R. Tolkien based MUSH with over 1600 players, over 5700 rooms, and one of the top 3 in activity based on Amberyl's automated MUSH list. Founded in 1991.
Middle-earth Play-by-Mail
A strategic role playing game (i.e. a player plays a particular "nation" of Middle-earth, rather than an individual adventurer) hosted by Game Systems, Inc. (GSI), which offers campaigns set in three time periods: ca. TA 1650, ca. TA 2950, and ca. FA 1000. The site includes several articles, especially on the Fourth Age setting.
MUME: Multi Users in Middle Earth
A multi user role-playing game that has been running since fall '91. The action takes place in the late Third Age, before The Hobbit and after the loss of the One Ring by Sauron. The key of Erebor was just found by Gandalf in Dol Guldur and all the epic tales narrated in The Lord of the Rings may take place.
Sierra Studios
Recently acquired an exclusive, eight-year contract, to develop Middle-earth as an on-line RPG environment.
Tolkien's Army of Angmar: Genesis MUD
Two Towers
A free online realtime multiplayer roleplaying game set in Tolkien's world.

John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Thu Nov 14 12:34:11 2013