Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
A spinoff of the buckets-of-dice-and-endless-tables RPG system Rolemaster, Middle Earth Roleplaying was suprisingly well suited to the fiction of the Lord of the Rings.
This is the rather more complete Second Edition rulebook:
but in order to make room for more game content they had to cut all the exellent character sketches from the original:
The game system is, compared to most fantasy RPGs, extremely low magic and low powered. Combat is extremely deadly, even with high level characters, thanks to the extensive and occassionaly amusing critical hit tables.