Season two of HOMEBREW MERP/ROLEMASTER: LET’S PLAY to be the wrong kind of ‘edgier.’

And by ‘wrong’ I mean the new season of RINGS OF POWER probably won’t be particularly more salacious: “What I know and what I can say for a fact is that it’s going to be darker, and it’s going to be edgier and more character-driven.” I mean, if you’re going to go off the rails and do a GM homebrew version of the Second Age, you might as well tart it up more.

I’m not even talking softcore. Just, you know, maybe more… bosoms. Wet shifts. Elf-maidens letting down their hair in candlelight. Oh, yeah, and whatever the ladies are into. The hardcore fans are never going to forgive them for making RINGS OF POWER in the first place*, and everybody reading this knows that ‘hot elf girls’ is a recognized kink** in the community. If they’re not gonna do a proper Second Age, the least they can do is pander a little to baser sensibilities.

Moe Lane

*Even I haven’t exactly forgiven them. I feel that the show fell down on its original job of getting proper rights to the source material, and am only now maintaining an even strain precisely because I can tell myself this is somebody’s homebrew campaign.

And even then I’m ticked off because I know we’re not getting The Court of Ardor in the third season. I mean. Come on. Look at that picture, in all of its Eighties glory. Tell me a season-long plot to bring back Morgoth by destroying the Sun and Moon wouldn’t make for awesome television.

**So are ‘hot orc girls,’ or at least ‘hot goblin girls’ — but that’s probably a bridge too far.


11 thoughts on “Season two of HOMEBREW MERP/ROLEMASTER: LET’S PLAY to be the wrong kind of ‘edgier.’”

  1. *blinks*

    RINGS OF POWER is still around? 😲

    *goes back to watching Frieren and Goblin Slayer* 🙂

  2. I couldn’t finish the first season but viewing it through the lens of someone else’s homebrew campaign does make it more palatable (and hot elf girls would help). Not hopeful though.

    *That Court of Ardor supplement was a great sandbox to throw your players into: evil Noldo elves who had to be stopped or the biggest bad of them all would return. ICE put out some really good stuff.

  3. I went from annoyed with this whole thing, to completely bored with it, the instant I learned that *the makers didn’t have the rights to the Silmarillion*. That meant they could do any story they wanted about every Second Age character mentioned in LotR, except for the one written by JRR Tolkien.

    Which meant it was going to be written in a room by a team of 20-somethings and be generic streaming blandness.

    So I yawned and stopped caring.

  4. I for one would jump at the chance to play a Court of Ador campaign, original MERP or game system of your choice.

    Doubly so if Moe was going to run it.

      1. And for good reason!

        But I would willing to do it for this.

        Though honestly, wish someone would adapt it to a different system.

        1. I remember there was a D&D 5th edition spinoff for middle-earth specifically. The Ranger so *explicitly* had “my superpower is racism” that it was kind of darkly funny.

  5. Imagining the show runners going “REEEEEEEE” at Moe’s suggestion of hot elf chicks, is the first enjoyment I’ve gotten from this fiasco.

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