I'm on vacation at someone's family home and I find an old boxed game called the "Lord of the Rings Adventure Game". It's a remarkable product from 1991 (by ICE), and I'm reading through it.
It is such an odd combination of design factors, incredible attention to detail, and a horribly railroaded scenario.
Does anyone have experience with this? It's a fascinating read.
I'll post more about it when I get a chance.
Notably, the lead on the project is a woman (Editing credits, team leader, etc).
It also seems to present itself as a fun and easy game to play, suggesting that you rope in your grandmother, pull your uncle away from the TV, and so forth. I wonder if anyone found this promise fulfilled, however. There are 12 pages in the booklet devoted simply to explaining "what roleplaying is", and each pregenerated character includes four full pages of backstory! (Which are about 85% completely irrelevant to the adventure itself.)
There are beautiful maps of Middle-Earth as well as EVERY location you could possibly visit in the adventure.
This is pretty remarkable to me, because the adventure itself has only FOUR SCENES...