There are a lot of good resources for Rolemaster information
on the web, but trying to find them can sometimes be challenging. This article will highlight some of the
best sites for finding information, try to provide a little history on the
sites, and point out the best ways to find even more sites. I've done my best
to get the dates as accurate as possible, but I was often working with very
limited information so my apologies if some of them are incorrect or vague.
The first place to look for Rolemaster information is, of
course, with the makers of the game, Iron Crown Enterprises, or ICE for
short. For those that may have missed
it, ICE is alive and well and selling new products. Their Webpage got a major overhaul in March 2002 and has
continued to grow since then. The main
page contains the latest announcements and links to all the sections of the
sites. There is an online store for
ordering products, a "Rolemaster Moments" section where players of the game
share their favorite gaming moments, which can also serve as a good source of
There is a fairly large downloads page with lots of goodies
like Character Sheets, additional Professions and Training Packages, House
rules and other treats. There's also an
extensive links and resources page.
Another important feature of the ICE Homepage is the
Official ICE Forums. It's a very active
forum, with new and experienced Rolemaster and Spacemaster players, including
ICE Staff and authors of many of the Rolemaster and Spacemaster books.
The Guild Companion is an online magazine that was started
in December 1998, with the second issue published in March 1999 then going
monthly beginning with the third issue in May 1999. It was really the only major source of new material for
Rolemaster while ICE suffered through their bankruptcy.
The new ICE has close ties with the Guild Companion and they
have been working together on a number of projects including new campaign
settings and releasing some of the older Rolemaster products as pdf files. Check out the "Words From the Wise (Guys)"
at the beginning of each issue for updates on what these projects are, and
check the "Voices of Reason" link, which takes you to the Guild Companion
forums for more information on these projects and all sorts of other
discussions. The Guild forums have
been quieter since the ICE forums started up, but they are by no means dead and
there's some very good information to be found in some of the threads.
All the back issues
of the Guild Companion can be found by following the "Scrolls of Wisdom" link,
definitely worth looking through, this is really the meat of the Guild
The "Fellow Travelers" link takes you to the links page.
It's not very extensive, and a few of the links have gone dead, but there are
some sites listed here that aren't on the ICE page.
To get back to the main page from the other pages, click on
the "Guild Companion" logo found in the top right hand corner of most of the
Shadow World Homepage
After ICE stopped producing the Shadow World line, Terry K.
Amthor continued producing new material under an agreement with ICE. His material was designed for the RM2 system
even though ICE had moved onto the RMSS system by that time. Now that ICE is back in business, they have
decided to revive the Shadow World line and produce new editions of the Terry's
Shadow World material that is compatible with newer editions of Rolemaster, as
well as the RM2 system.
The Shadow World Homepage contains some fiction written by
Terry for Shadow World, some maps, errata for the Shadow World products, a News
page, and some very nice artwork depicting various locations in Shadow
World. Navigating the site can be a
little tricky at times, but if you are at all interested in Shadow World, this
is a "must see" site.
Jonathan Dale's Rolemaster Resources
The biggest feature of this site is that it contains what is
generally considered to be one of the best character generators available,
which is up to date with the latest Rolemaster releases.
There are several other good articles, as well as a link to
Sheila Miguez's page (http://feafaroth.org/rpg/),
which has a Spacemaster version of the Character Generator and general-purpose
Training Package Cost calculators for Rolemaster and Spacemaster
Middle-earth Role Playing Product Catalogue
This is a fantastic resource for information on MERP
products. The easiest way to describe
it is just to quote the introduction from the site:
"This site fully details every
Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) RPG product (including solo adventure books
and board games) ever published by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) - from 1982 up
until the very last one in 1997 (over 110 in total).
Front cover images, the front and
back cover text (as well as introductory text for some of the earlier products
which didn't feature much information on the covers), location maps that the
products detail, ISBNs, publication dates, authors, reviews, current average
eBay value, and cross-references / replacements / sources between publications
are all provided."
That sums up the site fairly well, each product has its own
page, and the site gives you the ability to add your own comments on each
product. There is a message forum
attached to the site as well, but it isn't very active.
My review on this site is bound to be a bit biased as it's
my own site, but it is referenced a lot so I don't think it's unfair to include
it. The most commonly referenced
material is on the Resources page, this contains the Full Product list for ICE,
which is a listing of all the Rolemaster, Spacemaster, MERP, Shadow World,
Silent Death, and Cyberspace modules that were ever produced by ICE. Most items
have a small graphic that can clicked to show a bigger picture of the
cover. Many of the RM2 items and some
of the newer RMSS/RMFRP items have individual pages with a larger cover image,
the text from the back cover, and the Table of Contents from the book. I usually add 3 or 4 of these detail pages
each week. Eventually I hope to be on par with the MERP Product Catalogue for
the other ICE products. The MERP list
is just text and refers the reader to the MERP Product Catalogue.
Another popular item on the site is the article that
compares RMSS to RMFRP. These are the
two newest versions of the Rolemaster System, which are very similar. The article describes what the differences
are and is useful for people that may have access to a mixed set of books, or
for people trying to figure out which books they might want to replace and
which ones the don't want to replace.
The Errata page contains documents and links to documents
containing errata for various ICE products.
This includes the "Rolemaster Rulings" pages, a collection of official
rulings for the Rolemaster RPG. This includes the rules for designing Training
Brett Nash has been working on reformatting and updated
these pages, his version can be found at http://www.nash.nu/Rolemaster/rules/rulings.html
and will probably replace the pages currently on my site.
I also have several reviews of ICE products on the page,
most of which have appeared in the Guild Companion at some point.
There are several other gaming related items on the site,
and the humor section is quite popular as well.
The Rolemaster section of the RPG Gateway probably has one
of the most complete listings of Rolemaster and other ICE RPG sites anywhere on
the web. It's really just a big list of
links. If you do know of a site that
isn't included, please add it, or let me know and I can get it added, as I
happen to be the editor for that particular section. I can be emailed at email@example.com
Rolemaster/ICE RPG Webring
Hub page: http://h.webring.com/go?ring=rmring
Home page: http://www.ob1knorrb.com/ICE_RPG_Webring/
This is another one
of my projects, which has quite an interesting history. A WebRing consists of a group of sites that
share something in common, in the case of the Rolemaster/ICE RPG WebRing, all
the sites have information about Rolemaster or another role-playing game made
by ICE. Each site contains a navigation bar that allows you to move to the next
site in the ring, the previous site in the ring, pick a random site, or go to a
page that lists all the sites in the ring. It's a good way to surf through lots
of Rolemaster sites.
The original WebRing system was designed by Sage Weil using
his own cgi-script in May 1994. The idea
caught on quickly, and in June 1995, Weil created WebRing, which officially
launched around February 1996. Stephen
Brent Turner started one of the early rings on this system in 1996, The
In 1997, Sage Weil sold WebRing to Starseed, Inc.; in 1998
Starseed was acquired by Geocities, who made no major changes to the
system. In early 1999, Yahoo! bought
Geocities. Eighteen months after
acquiring WebRing, on September 5 2000, Yahoo! unveiled a fully overhauled
WebRing, known as Yahoo!WebRing.
At this point, Stephen Turner lost control of the
Rolemaster/MERP Webring, and it took him until November 2000 to get back
Administrator privileges. This resulted in new applications to join the ring
not getting processed, and dead links not getting cleaned up. A WebRing is really only effective if there
aren't any dead links, otherwise the integrity of the ring is compromised and
you can't navigate the ring properly.
Shortly after this, I believe Stephen Turner just gave up
and stopped trying to maintain the WebRing at all. More sites went dead, and
people started to give up trying to add their sites to the ring. I tried
several times to contact him to offer to take over managing the WebRing but
On March 21 2001, I started the ICE RPG WebRing as an
alternative to the Rolemaster/MERP WebRing. I recruited about 26 sites fairly
On April 15th 2001, without any announcement to
the WebRing users, Yahoo! pulled their support of WebRing, leaving it in the
hands of one technician, an original WebRing.org Tech. This technician was able to acquire WebRing
from Yahoo! and on October 12, 2001 he unveiled the improved WebRing,
completely free of Yahoo! once again.
On December 17th 2001, after additional attempts to contact
Stephen failed, I was allowed to adopt the Rolemaster/MERP WebRing.
It took almost a month to get the WebRing into reasonable
shape. There were close to 40
outstanding requests for admission to the ring, about half the sites in the
ring didn't have functional navigation bars, many of the sites listed no longer
existed, several sites were duplicated, etc, etc. As a first step, I gave
blanket approval to all outstanding requests to join the ring, and then
suspended all sites that failed the navigation bar test. This left me with 70
active sites and nearly as many Suspended sites.
After that, I visited each Suspended site, if it was no
longer relevant, I deleted it, if it was still valid, I attempted to contact
the owner of the site and helped to get the navigation code working. If I couldn't contact the owner, I made sure
the site was included in the RPG Gateway list and deleted the site from the
This was complete by the end of Jan 2002, the sites from my
new ICE RPG WebRing had been moved over to the Rolemaster MERP WebRing and I
then renamed the combined ring to be the Rolemaster/ICE RPG WebRing.
The ICE/RPG WebRing currently has 85 active sites and gains
about one additional site each month.
I'm hopeful that with ICE back in business, there will be an increase in
the number of Rolemaster and Spacemaster sites on the web and the WebRing will
continue to grow.
If you are navigating the ring, you should be aware that
there are several different navigation bars in use in the WebRing:
The original navigation bar designed by Stephen Turner:
The default navbar from WebRing
And two new logos: