Press Release MERPCON III

Copyright © 2007

Middle-earth Role Playing Convention 2007 MerpCon III coming this Summer!

MerpCon 3 is the third annual FREE international convention dedicated to role playing gaming in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", "The Silmarillion" and many other works.

If you have read the books or seen the movies, and wished you could adventure in the imaginary world of Middle-earth, now is your chance! For three days during the last weekend of July, you can roam across the long shorelines, gorgeous valleys, towering mountains, and deep underground caverns that make up the land of Middle-earth. Come to Spokane, Washington, USA for fun adventures this July 27th, 28th, and 29th. The event is taking place in the "Kung Fu For Life" school located on 127 East Mission Avenue by the intersection of Mission and Ruby.

MerpCon is a 100% free, non-commercial event run by volunteers, and is not endorsed by Tolkien Enterprises or the Tolkien Estate.

This year's MerpCon will be using many different game systems, rather than the usual ICE MERP/Rolemaster combination. We will have 3 different game masters at this year's event. This year will have game sessions with the following RPG game systems:

  • Decipher LotR
  • ICE MERP 2nd Edition
  • ICE Rolemaster/MERP hybrid adapted to Middle-earth
  • ICE HARP adapted to Middle-earth
  • D&D 3.5 adapted to Middle-earth (Ea d20)

MerpCon III Guest Speaker - Dr. Thomas Morwinsky

In 2007, for MerpCon III the guest speaker is Doctor Thomas Morwinsky, author of a number of adventures and magazine contributions set in Middle-earth. He is also the designer of several wonderful large-scale, highly detailed maps set in Tolkien's imaginary universe, including the most detailed large-scale map of J.R.R. Tolkien's Númenor ever made.

In the "real world" Dr. Morwinsky is an entomologist for the German Government. He will be flying in all the way from Germany just for the chance to speak at this event on Saturday, July 28th at 6:00 pm Pacific Time.

Dr. Morwinsky was born in 1967. He graduated with a PhD in entomology in 2002. He has been working for the German government's armed forces as the government's entomologist since 2003. He has been married since 2004. He first began role-playing in Middle-earth in 1987. He was a GM (Game Master) for MERP/RM (Middle-earth Role Playing / Role Master) in Middle-earth from 1988 to around 1999. He contributed more than half a dozen works to the the Middle-earth role playing gaming magazine Other Hands, from 1999 to 2001. His contributions to OH included:

  • "Inland Sea" maps in issue #25 (April 1999)
  • "Taurinafanto" in issue #27 (October 1999)
  • "The History of Monut Gundabad" in issue #28 (January 2000)
  • "An Alternative Continental Map for MERP" in issue 29/30 (July 2000)
  • Map for "Tol Fuin and the Shadowy Isles" in issues #31/32 (January 2001)
  • Supplement "Armies of Eriador" in issue 33/34 (July 2001)

Other works he has contributed to the Middle-earth role playing gaming community include:

  • "Population and Urbanization in Eriador" an online PDF
  • "Inland Sea" map
  • "Númenor" map

Dr. Thomas Morwinsky will be flying in all the way from Germany just to speak at the MerpCon III event. He is flying in Friday, arriving late Friday night (July 27th). He will be at the convention all day Saturday (July 28th), speaking at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Then catching his return flight to Germany early Sunday (July 29th) morning.

Other Guests

In addition to Dr Morwinsky, MerpCon III will have the pleasure of welcoming Chris Seeman (of Other Hands fame), Michael Martinez (author of Visualizing Middle-earth, Parma Endorion, and Understanding Middle-earth), and Joe Mandala (Middle-Earth editor for The Guild Companion).

If you are in any way a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth, or even just generally enjoy fantasy literature, you will not want to miss this unique event, so set your schedule for this FREE event on July 27th, 28th, & 29th and come to MerpCon III this year. There is limited seating available, and you must RSVP for any events you wish to participate in. Please visit www.merpcon.org for more information and to register today. If you do not have Internet access, you may call the USA number at: (509) 481-5437.