“Incredibly well designed and produced game system, which captures the tone of Tolkien’s works much better than other Middle-earth rpgs have done. However the caveat is that to enjoy this game properly, you’ll need an experienced, talented Narrator (DM) who is adept at Tolkien lore and the ability to weave narratives on the fly, filling in gaps where the dice results take him/her. There’s a bit more ‘ambiguity’ to this system than other popular rpgs, relying on the Narrator be a talented storyteller, and to be familiar with the canon and tone of Tolkien’s works. That said, the book (and other supplements) give you an enormous amount of well-researched material. And the artwork and presentation is top tier.
Put simply, the fantasy adventure genre has always had two modes: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings, and then everything else. Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, etc.. those are good, fun fantasy adventure rpgs. But this.. this is The One Ring. And it will be your precious.”
-Benjamin J Crick