Live by the Hobbit's law / by Mathieu Vaillancourt

This wednesday I play my first game of Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) with my friend Jeff. I am a scout (thief) hobbit.

Portrait of my first character of MERP, mister Porto Crumblepot.

Portrait of my first character of MERP, mister Porto Crumblepot.

Here is the synopsy of the game written by the great Game Master Jeff:

We are all hands hired by Sharkey to keep the Shire giving the correct taxes, keeping those rebellious hobbits tamed, and generally taking what we want. Too bad, word has come to Sharkey that some "hero's" from the war have returned to The Shire and just crossed the Brandywine Bridge. we've all been asked to join a group at Frogmorton and stop these creeps from getting any further into the Shire.

Personnally I doubt that my hobbit will last one session, the system of combat of MERP seems cruel.

Illustrating my character was really fun, this will not be the last hobbit you will see!

MERP rulebook cover, 1st edition

MERP rulebook cover, 1st edition

Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) is a 1984 role-playing game based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien (specifically The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) under license from Tolkien Enterprises. Iron Crown Enterprises (I.C.E.) published the game until they lost the license on 22 September 1999.