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​Kickstarter for THE ONE RING™ Roleplaying Game by Free League Funded in 4 Minutes

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

The Kickstarter for the new edition of the acclaimed roleplaying game THE ONE RING, set in the world of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and designed by Francesco Nepitello, was launched today by Free League Publishing. The highly anticipated fantasy game was funded in just 4 minutes.

The new edition for THE ONE RING™ roleplaying game, to be published by Free League in partnership with Sophisticated Games, was crowdfunded in only 4 minutes after the launch and has already raised more than 200,000 USD during the first hour, with 21 days to go.

In the new edition of THE ONE RING™, the year is 2965 of the Third Age, and the players create a Company of heroes seeking adventure in the Lone-lands of Eriador, the region that once saw the glory of the North Kingdom of Arnor.

It is a desolate country, yet it sees the presence of many adventurous folk – Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men. 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.

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

THE ONE RING™ on Kickstarter

THE ONE RING™ Kickstarter Trailer

Thursday February 11th at 9pm CET/2pm CST
Live Q&A with game designer Francesco Nepitello & project lead Martin Takaichi:

Friday February 12th at 4am CET/9pm CST
We are proud to show The One Ring RPG in action:

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

First released in 2011, THE ONE RING™'s award-winning design was hailed as the best attempt at bringing Middle-earth to the gaming table to date.

Today, it is time for the game to enter a new era – this new edition 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.

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

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.


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Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. 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 The Roleplaying Game (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Nordic horror roleplaying game Vaesen, the pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy RPG Mörk Borg, the alternate '90s Things from the Flood, 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 dark fantasy game Symbaroum.

We have also published the art books Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood and The Electric State by internationally acclaimed visual artist Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated edition of the Lovecraft classic The Call of Cthulhu by the praised French artist François Baranger.



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