be able to help facilitate constructive dia-logue on topics of relevance to Middle-earthgamers.The second way in which the present is-sue represents progress toward our statedgoals is in our aim to offer
materialsfor the Middle-earth player or referee. Muchof the stuff in
1 and 2, while no doubt of interest to many of our readers, was lessdirectly applicable to the contingencies of role-playing. There
a place in
for these more general Middlc-carth-relatedtopics; but we want to balance this out withmore “immediately usable” materials.Our ultimate goal is, of course, to publishactual adventure scenarios within these pages.Although we have not achieved that goal inthis issue, we read Tolkien Enterprises’ con-tinued silence on this matter as tacit consentto proceed with our plans to include at leastone adventure in each issue of
beginning with issue four in January (see
2: 1 for the context of this discussion). Wehope that this announcement will encouragesome of you to send us you unpublishedadventures.
3 nevertheless contains a few pieceswhich are of practical interest. Tim Innes,one of the
authors, has givenus an extensive essay on the Drughu (i.e.,Drúedain, Woses), which includes
stats for both the Drughu themselves and theinfamous “Pûkel-mcn.” Finally, in preparationfor an adventure which may appear in a futureissue, I have written an interpretive article onthe enigmatic Queen Berúthiel and her mys-terious cats.To wind things up, we have a program-matic essay by Andrew McMurry (also of theOxford Tolkien Society) on the principlesgoverning the use of magic in Middle-earth,which follows closely on the heels of ChrisPheby’s contribution to
. And we haveanother short piece from Anders on — of allthings — Scandinavian influences on theOrkish-English dictionary in the
Empire of theWitch-king
module. Finally, we have added anew feature, “Frontlines,” which will bringtogether all of the latest gossip and newsabout Middle-earth gaming which fails to getinto the letters column or this editorial. Any-one with information about anything is en-couraged to give report for our fellow read-ers.Before closing, I should bring everyone upto date on the problem of European distribu-tion. We are still working with the possibilityof arranging for
to be producedand distributed independently in the EEC, soas to reduce the overseas mailing — and,hence, subscription — cost for our readersoutside the USA. For the present, however, itwill be possible to purchase individual issues of our journal through Myth of Adventures:Verlag fur phantastische Medien, Berner Weg24, D— 67069 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Weare also hoping to get Bilbo’s Bookshop Bath tostock us, but have not yet received a replyfrom them.A final matter before signing off. I am con-templating including an address roster of
subscribers in the upcoming Januaryissue, so as to facilitate communication be-tween our readers. Please let me know if forany reason you would
care to be includedin this list. Well, that’s all for now— talk toyou in three months!
Chris Seeman, 15 October, 1993
This letters column is intended to function as a forum of communication between subscribers of
It can also serve as a place for readers tocomment on various topics of interest mtliout ivritingajull article. This is not, in fact, a new feature of
Other Hands —
we have simply not received any letters until now. So start writing!
My name is Eduardo MartinezSantamaria, and I am a member of theroleplaying game commission of theSociedad Tolkien Espanola.... I writeto you regarding your announcement of
in our society bulletin some months ago.Our commission intends to offer revisions of the
Middle-earth Role Playing
system in order to bringit into greater fidelity with Tolkien’s books. Weare therefore very interested in exchanging ideaswith other groups who have similar interests.As Iron Crown Enterprises is also located inthe USA, we believe that
will bevery useful to Tolkien fans and gamers all overthe world as a vehicle for keeping people like usin contact. Congratulations for the idea!We would be grateful if you could send usfurther information about subscription prices,methods of payment, etc., as well as reportsabout other interested groups. And, of course,if there is something we can do, just tell us.
Eduardo Martinez Santamaríac/Marqués de la Ensenada 11, 7°H,26003 Lograño, España
One of the principal functions
is to provide an opportunity for one’s rulesuggestions to be published; so we welcome and en-courage your group to submit these ideas for opendiscussion among Middle-earth gamers.
also hopethat other individuals or groups involved in projectssuch as your own throughout the world will send usreports on their progress to this letters column, so thatwe can develop an active network of interested gamers.Those wishing to communicate their ideas to IronCrown directly should address their inquiries to PeteFenlon: ICE, PO Box 1605, Charlottesville, VA22902, USA.]
...When you review the
inOH #3, you may point out that Gondor hasreceived unrealistically low population figures,especially when compared with the army sizessupplied for Mordor in
With thesefigures, Sauron would likely have little problemoverrunning Gondor.
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