[shopping] Cubicle 7 Middle Earth licence gone


The Guvnor
Staff member
‘I am with you at present,’ said Gandalf, ‘but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire.’

We have some very unfortunate and unexpected news to share. Contractual differences arose recently which we have been unable to resolve, and so we have decided to end our licensing agreement with Sophisticated Games. It is with regret that we have made this very tough decision to withdraw.

This means we will cease publishing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth™ in the first half of 2020. Unfortunately, this doesn’t give us enough time to release the much-anticipated The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game second edition.

As many of you know, our first edition of The One Ring is eight years old, and we had high hopes of a full product line to support our second edition. Our team have worked incredibly hard on this new edition; with many of the announced titles already written and edited, so being very close to completion makes this decision even harder.

Although we were very close to the finish line when these issues arose, as gamers ourselves we did not feel it was right for the game, or fair to you, to release a new edition which we would be unable to support.

We appreciate how passionate so many of you are, especially those who have followed our journey from first edition or have pre-ordered the second edition. Thank you for your support over the years.

Pre-orders and refunds
Our immediate priority is to make the refunding process as easy as possible for those who pre-ordered from us. We understand your frustration and we sincerely apologise for this disappointment. If you pre-ordered The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game (standard or collector’s edition) or Rohan Region Guide directly from our webstore, you should have already received an email from us detailing your options and outlining any action required on your part.

We will be refunding you completely, or alternatively we would like to offer you 125% of the value of your order in Cubicle 7 store credit as a gesture of goodwill. This credit can be used across all of our other lines and future products (subject to terms and conditions link). While those who pre-ordered Rohan Region Guide will have already received the PDF version, we will not be printing this title and you will also receive a full refund.

We are commencing our Black Friday offers today which include 50% off current The One Ring first edition stock and 30% off Adventures in Middle-earth™ stock, see our webstore for more information.

If you have not received an email, please contact us as soon as possible at info@cubicle7games.com.
If you wish to receive a full refund, you do not need to respond to the email, we will automatically process your full refund within the next 14 days.
If you wish to opt for 125% store credit, please reply to the email stating this by December 4th and we will arrange your credit.
If you ordered from your local games store, please contact them directly as we cannot comment on third party pre-orders.
We would ask that you bear with us as we do our best to organise these refunds as efficiently as we can, but it is a considerable administrative task as we have a substantial amount of web store pre-orders to manually process.

Thanks to our team
We would like to thank our talented team for their amazing work on The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, including our producer, editor, artists, graphic designers, sales and marketing team, and all the freelancers involved.

Any freelancers with outstanding work on these lines who have not been contacted by C7, please contact their usual contact immediately.

Thanks for your support
We have enjoyed sharing glimpses of our vision for The One Ring second edition over the last number of months, and we are disappointed that we cannot bring our extensive plans to fruition. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all once again for your incredible support, patience and understanding in this matter.
Terribly sad news, these licensing nightmares. :-(

Cubicle7 did duper work for role playing in Middle-Earth both either s custom-built d12 system and also the popular D&D5e d20 version of the game.
Shame to lose Moria, for sure, though I have to admit to being skeptical about the need for a second edition. Edition changes feel too much like crap-shoots to me, and I sometimes feel their targetted at collectors, not fans. But @dr_mitch, were you not working on something for this? That must be hard to lose, even if you still get paid.
Yep. Was working on the Minas Tirith supplement. I had the cool job of writing up Minas Tirith itself, and was super excited about that. Alas, that is not to be now.

Of the other books, I really wanted Errantries of the King once I found out about it.
I'm very shocked and saddened by this news. I was particularly looking forward to Moria, which I expected to buy to complete my collection of Ist Ed The One Ring. To be honest I didn't know about Minas Tirith or Errantries of the King, but I'm sad to have lost that which I didn't know about. I probably wouldn't have gone for 2nd Ed, but I feel sad for the lost opportunities that the end of this license means for all of us.
I've seen one post elsewhere concerning someone who contacted Sophisticated Games and it was implied by SG that the line isn't dead (just sleeping until another publisher can be found)


Lay member
I was really turn up over this, as I had pre ordered the new rulebook. That's now cancelled and sadly it looks like the current edition one is sold out, so I won't be able to get any version of it. 2nd edition was going to be my jumping on point for this, so...


Staff member
I've seen several posts which say that Sophisticated Games still have the licence, but it's C7 that have withdrawn. If so, we may see it back soon.
SG always had the Me-E licence and hired? Francesco and Marco write the TOR system. They sub-licensed development, production and distribution to C7. So depending upon the contract SG may have access to all the existing TOR material although maybe not the AiME stuff which always seemed to be a DOM/C7 thing.

Now if SG have access to all the material written by the freelancers and not yet published for TOR and find themselves a new publisher then all may not be lost.
Well, that sorted out the question of if I should trade up to edition 2 or not! I purchased a bunch of stuff on C7's website as it was reduced in price and thought I'd pick up the remained at Dragonmeet. I was wrong, they'd sold out of all the One Ring books by the time I got there at about 10am! The only one I haven't snagged so far is Ruins of the North.