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MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008 Summary

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MerpCon IV (2008)

merpcon IV 2009 logo smlGuest Speakers: John D. Rateliff and Michael Martinez

Theme: Dwarves

Campaign: Various Campaigns from each Game Master.

Video: John D. Rateliff Solo Speech | Michael Martinez Solo Speech | John D. Ratelifee & Michael Martinez Co-Speech Together

Audio: John D. Rateliff Solo Speech | Michael Martinez Solo Speech | John D. Ratelifee & Michael Martinez Co-Speech Together

Photos: MerpCon IV Photos

Location: Spokane, WA. 2714 N. Division (Kung fu for life School building).

Dates:

Media/Review/Report: Report on MerpCon IV by Hawke Robinson

Details

MerpCon IV had a heavily Dwarven themed, but also had some non-dwarven themed adventures. It was also the first year we had a youth table for players under 18 years old.

The guest speakers were:

 

MerpCon IV provided several different adventures from different campaign authors and Game/Dungeon Masters. This was also the first year a youth table was provided (players ranging from 8 to 17 years of age). Whereas previous MerpCon events were mostly centered around the Númenóreans and the descendants, MerpCon IV's theme was heavily focused on J.R.R. Tolkien's DwarvesThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... both for adventuring and for the guest speaker topics.

One campaign was provided by published author, John D. RateliffThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008..., set in the Long LakeThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... area. The Dungeons & DragonsThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... 3.5 and Eä d20This page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... 3.5 rules were used.

Another campaign was provided by Chris Wade, his infamous Tol FuinThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... campaign. TheRolemaster Fantasy Role PlayingThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... rules were used.

The youth campaign was set in the Iron Hills. The Eä d20This page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... 3.5 rules were used.

John D. Rateliff, and Michael Martinez both spoke. First each had a separate solo session on each day, then to wrap up the final day, both spoke together. Mr Rateliff's session was focused primarily on "A Brief History of Tolkien Role-playing Games". You can read his followup from this speech hereThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008.... The audio and video is available on the MerpCon website.

Role-playing Game Systems Used
MerpCon I and II only used one RPG system, ICE's MERP (Iron Crown Enterprises Middle-earth Role Playing). Since MerpCon III (2007) however, we now run with offerings for multiple role playing gaming systems. Systems have/may include (but are not limited to):

  • Ea d20This page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008... (adaptation of D&D 3.5 to Middle-earth)
  • ICE MERPS 2nd Edition
  • ICE Rolemaster/RMSS/RMFRP
  • ICE HARP
  • Decipher LotR (Lord of the Rings)
  • GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System)
  • Ea RPGS
  • Harnmaster
  • Runequest
  • Hither-lands
  • Ambarquenta
  • Games Workshop (wargaming system)

A detailed report is provided by Hawke hereThis page summarizes MerpCon IV / TolkienMoot 2008....