The question is: When did I start Gamemastering?
The Middle Earth Role Playing game was released as a boxed set by Games Workshop with a stunning cover by Chris Achilleos.
It was a repackaged set of the US original with a core rule book, maps, cut-out-and-fold minifigs, a book of tables and mini-maps for easy reference and a couple of dice.
It is not the easiest game to learn nor the most ideal fit for Lord of the Rings, but I really enjoyed running games in that world with that system. I have no recollection of the detail and the arc, but I did run a homebrew campaign that didn’t end at all well.
Somewhere around here, I have one of the character sheets from that campaign, Celafin. He was an elf.
The experience of running the game has stayed with me, lingering with a love of this not-quite-perfect RPG that extends to a need to complete the collection. However, the books are much sought and LONG out of print, so they’re getting harder and harder to acquire at a reasonable price.
It might be time to find satisfaction in the memories of what was possible with the little I had back then. My Middle-Earth was not the one from the books or the movies — Tolkien would turn in his grave.
These days, I’m the almost-forever GM. I know in some groups the forever-GM arises from the lack of interest in anyone else to take the role, but for my part, I find it comfortable compared to the wide-eyed terror of being a Player in someone else’s game.
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