Today Cubicle 7 writer Jacob Rogers discusses Bree for The One Ring™. Jacob is currently at Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio GM-ing C7 games and chatting to every one at Cubicle 7’s booth #515. If you’re lucky enough to be there, why pop over and say hello to the team?
Nestled at the foot of the ancient landmark of the Bree-hill, Bree and The Prancing Pony provide a welcome respite from the trials of the road. With a wisdom all of its own, Bree has endured for centuries, minding its own business and serving passing travellers with good food and better beer. Surrounded by deserted and dangerous lands, and watched over by the mysterious Rangers of the North, Bree is an ideal place to break a journey, or to begin a new one!
Hello again, Jacob here to chat more on The One Ring ™. The idea of an epic adventure beginning with a chance (if chance is what you call it) meeting in an inn is an old one, and can probably be traced back to The Prancing Pony in the village of Bree. The guide for this area of The One Ring Roleplaying Game was simply entitled Bree and it was released in 2017.
Bree is a study in contrasts. It is a place where the Dúnedain can meet with Dwarves, Hobbits and Men in the common room of the inn and discuss the ancient dangers that lie within a day’s march away, but it is also a place where the Innkeeper will ask you to bring no trouble to his establishment and where the locals will scoff at such outlandish talk. The balance between the provincial folk of Bree and the dangers from which they are ceaselessly guarded, is a delicate one and can be an exciting source of tension for a group of heroes who don’t mind a lack of appreciation for their efforts.
In addition to detailed descriptions of Bree-land and its four villages, its history, and complete plans of The Prancing Pony, the guide also contains a trio of adventures written by the legendary Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan. In the series, you can meet with a dangerous troll (and perhaps inspire some poetry), deal with the dangerous servants of an upstart sorcerer and finally bring him to justice while also striving to prevent undue danger for the innocent folk of the Bree-land.
We recently announced The One Ring — The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, the second edition of our bespoke system for exploring Middle-earth. Although Bree was published for the first edition, only minor adaptations will be necessary to use it with the second edition and there are no current plans to issue a converted version. It is available to buy here.
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