Enough of my mild review, suffice it to say I'm actually quite excited about this and we've been coming up with a bunch of things for playing AiME at our table and Tolkien Week. The item that has caused the most stir recently is our hand drawn character journal. We were originally just going to go with blank character journals to post on DriveThruRPG with fancy covers, but then I started this side project and posted it in excitement of how it was turning out to a few Facebook groups for a bit of validation (we really love to hear from you guys and whether or not our efforts are hitting the mark). The response was so overwhelmingly positive that we held a brief meeting to talk about our next steps. Since the information in AiME doesn't fall under the Open Gaming License, we unfortunately can't make that specific sheet widely available without Cubicle 7's blessing. However, we did decide to release 5e sheets under the OGL with the copyrighted information removed, leaving the spaces blank for whatever the users desire. Additionally, if we can manage it, we hope to make the form fillable. It's been a time consuming project. Partially because I keep interrupting myself with other things we'll likely use at our game table: a pile of wooden coins set up for the exchange rate in AiME, some Inspiration tokens inspired by the seven pointed star of the Dunedain, a few micro loaves of Beorn's honey cakes my children highly approved of (to be served with the Lembas bread we posted -- a fresh batch, though -- last week), a rough draft for Dwarf keys, among other things. Take a look and let us know what you think! If we receive enough interest for the Inspiration tokens, we'll attach a free PDF in a future post.
What do you do for Tolkien Week?
- A skeleton holding a bundle of skin like a sack and carrying a gnarled walking stick crosses your path like it's on a casual hike.
- An old man asks to be carried on your back to a certain spot. Obliging, you feel your life drain away, not from injury, but you can't seem put him down.
- For a full week, a fallen mentor visits you in the night like they're alive and well. He only does so when all of your companions are asleep, even if one is on watch. His conversation is cryptic, but foreboding. These visits cease suddenly with a blood moon.
- Small children who shouldn't be able to speak suddenly start teaching complex equations and philosophy, ending in a 36 hour period with no night. The day after, everything seems normal.