That's massively good stats! Wow!
ICE had no access to Tolkien's notes or maps beyond Hobbit/LotR/Silm; everything they wrote beyond the bounds of the LotR map is completely noncanonical. Their map of the rest of Arda thus bears no resemblance to Tolkien's, but their worldbuilding is interesting in its own right.Woah, the intro to this game mentions a bunch of stuff that I never see in other games. The names of all the encircling seas, whole other continents. I've never even seen that in The Silmarillion - I wonder if it's from Tolkien's notes or just made up? I've had this book for a few years now (got it for $6 in my FLGS's used rack!) but every time I cracked it open I skipped over to the rules to see how they differed from Rolemaster. I don't think I ever paused on the intro page before. I see why the fluff is beloved. (And also contentious, if they went beyond Tolkien's creation a lot...)
It's on the Wayback machine here. Can't promise that that's the last update, and as noted, it appears to be incomplete.Unofficial games, I’m not sure how many were finished. Here are some more I dug up:
Song of Arda—if you can find it. Had some similar aspects to Pendragon if I recall.
They sure are! I'm a bit conflicted now - now that I've seen them I like the idea of Eriond as the Hobbit equivalent of the perfect high school team captain: athletic, intelligent, not a bully and loved by all his peers. (And then he goes all wacky and goes off to have Adventures.) So that would suggest high Presence for the "popular, charming, loved by all" aspect. But I'm not sure what to drop for it...That's massively good stats! Wow!
Indeed ICE changed the Stat score/bonus relationship when they went on to write HARP.Commentary: I remember this method of stat generation from Rolemaster, although that had more stats, and I really hate it. It's always unsatisfying. I keep expecting stuff in the 30's, 40's and 50's to be different, but they're just not. Meanwhile I see 89 and think, "Oh, that's pretty high, it's almost a 90," and it's just a measly +5. It's simultaneously too granular, with the difference between 97 and 98 being critical, and too coarse, with huge swathes of rolls just being a boring +0. I much prefer the D&D system where the rolled stats are bell curved.