Adventures in Middle-earth

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Adventures in Middle-Earth
Adventures in Middle-earth, player's guide.png
Cover of the Player's Guide
Designer(s)Dominic McDowall, Jon Hodgson, Francesco Nepitello, Marco Maggi
Publisher(s)Cubicle 7
Publication date2016
System(s)D&D 5e

Adventures in Middle-Earth is a tabletop role-playing game published by Cubicle 7. It is set in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, in the time between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It is a redesigned version of The One Ring Roleplaying Game that is compatible with the fifth edition rules of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), via the Open Game License (OGL). It was released in 2016,[1] and won the Origins Award for Best RPG in 2018.[2][3]

Cubicle 7 announced on 27 November 2019 that they would cease publishing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth properties.[4]

Game mechanics and theme[edit]

Adventures in Middle-Earth attempts to adapt the fifth edition rules of Dungeons & Dragons to the themes of Tolkien's Middle-Earth.[5][6] This is accomplished by altering several core mechanics of the 5th Edition rules.

  • Player classes no longer have access to spells. Class and ability names have been changed to fit the setting. Classes include:
    • Scholar - a new class to represent lore or healing based professions
    • Slayer (replacing Barbarian)
    • Treasure Hunter (replacing Rogue)
    • Wanderer (replacing Ranger)
    • Warden (replacing Bard)
    • Warrior (replacing Fighter)
  • Spells and magic have been stripped from the rules. Spells are now emulated by class abilities or virtues.
  • Races have been replaced by cultures. Races (such as men) now exist under multiple different cultures, each culture receiving different mechanical benefits.
  • Feats have been replaced by Virtues.
  • Alignment has been removed. Rules for corruption are used for character moral guidelines. Each class has a shadow-weakness that triggers when too much corruption is acquired.
  • Journey rules have been created to add rules for planning a trip, traveling, and arriving at a destination. Hex-grid maps are required for game play.
  • Audience rules have been created to add more mechanics and character options for social interactions.
  • Skills have been expanded, adding Riddle, Traditions, Lore (replaces Arcana), and Shadow-Lore
  • Fellowship Phase has been created to handle long periods of character downtime, in which characters are not actively adventuring together but still furthering their own agendas. Fellowship phase activities might include healing, training, meeting new allies, or researching lore.


Title Release Date (PDF format) Notes & Ref
Player's Guide September 7, 2016 [1]
Loremaster's Guide January 31, 2017 [7]
Wilderland Adventures April 19, 2017 [8]
Rhovanion Region Guide July 5, 2017
The Eaves of Mirkwood & Loremaster's Screen July 31, 2017 [9]
The Road Goes Ever On August 29, 2017 [10]
The Mirkwood Campaign November 9, 2017 [11]
Rivendell Region Guide March 13, 2018
Eriador Adventures May 23, 2018
Bree-land Region Guide March 14, 2019
Lonely Mountain Region Guide August 9, 2019
Erebor Adventures September, 2019
Rohan Region Guide November, 2019 PDF only
Moria 2019 (cancelled) deluxe boxed set


Adventures in Middle-earth won the 2017 Origins Awards for Best Role-Playing Game.[12]


  1. ^ a b 7, Cubicle (9 November 2016). "Adventures in Middle Earth: Player's Guide". Cubicle 7 Entertainment – via Amazon.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Academy - Current Origins Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2018-08-19. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "Gloomhaven, Warhammer 40,000 and Adventures in Middle-earth win big at 2018 Origins Awards". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
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  5. ^ Farrell, John. "A peek behind the curtain–Adventures in Middle-earth Loremaster's Guide review – GAMING TREND". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  6. ^ "Lord of the Rings RPGs The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth are headed to Moria". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  7. ^ "Adventures in Middle Earth Loremaster's Guide". Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. 3 May 2017 – via Amazon.
  8. ^ Ltd, Cubicle 7 Entertainment (23 August 2017). "Adventures in Middle Earth: Wilderland Adventures". Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd – via Amazon.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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