I saw this recently on Facebook – it was in a closed group or I would share the post. Checked a few other places and it looks like Cubicle 7 has lost the rights for producing Lord of the Rings (LotR) gaming products. They had two core LotR lines – The One Ring (TOR) and Adventures in Middle Earth (AiME). Cubicle 7 had completed some new LotR products and was working on 2nd Edition.
Here are a couple of articles on the topic – Cubicle 7 No Longer Producing The One Ring and Adventures in Middle Earth: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44616/dispute-ends-cubicle-7s-the-one-ring-publishing-agreement.
It’s interesting as numerous gaming companies over the years have acquired and subsequently lost the rights to produce LotR gaming products – be it Role-Playing Games (RPGs), Card Games, Board Games, Video Games, etc. I don’t which companies still have rights to produce LotR products. In some cases, the rights were based on the Peter Jackson film versions of LotR. Here’s a list on Wikipedia of the video games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-earth_in_video_games; RPG games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Middle-earth_role-playing_games. I will work on card and board games as I am having trouble finding a detailed list for those two groups.
Will Cease Publishing ‘The One Ring’ Roleplaying Game in 2020
Cubicle 7 will cease the publication of The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth roleplaying games in the first half of 2020 over contractual differences with the current holder of The Lord of Rings RPG license, Sophisticated Games (see “‘One Ring’ RPG Seeks to Lure Tolkien Fans“).Cubicle 7 partnered with Sophisticated Games in 2010 to publish the first edition of The One Ring, and was all set to release a second edition of the game in November until a dispute arose between the two publishers (see “Cubicle 7 Unveils ‘The One Ring’ Collector’s Edition“). The new edition was already written and edited when Cubicle 7 decided to end the agreement, and cancel the release because they felt that they were unable to support the new edition further.
With the pending release cancelled, Cubicle 7 is facing an extensive refunding process for preorders, a potential loss on the game, and the possibility of disappointing their fan base. Cubicle 7 attempted to mitigate the damage by offering customers 125% of the value of their order in Cubicle 7 store credit.
From the Cubicle 7 website: https://www.cubicle7games.com/unexpected-tor2-update/
‘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.
We fully appreciate how invested so many of you are, both in regards to stock and your love of the game. Especially those who have followed our journey from first edition, or have customers who have pre-ordered the second edition or Rohan Region Guide. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.
We will continue selling our existing stock over the next few months. We will be offering some discounts on our website for consumers as part of our Black Friday sale this week. We will not be reprinting any of these titles, so if you wish to stock up, we would suggest you contact your preferred distributor soon.