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The One Ring™ Strider™ Mode

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“He is one of the wandering folk — Rangers we call them.
He seldom talks: not but what he can tell a rare tale when
he has the mind. He disappears for a month, or a year,
and then he pops up again. What his right name is, I’ve never
heard: but he’s known around here as Strider.”

Strider™ Mode presents additional and modifed rules to facilitate solo play in The One Ring™, as well as guidelines and tips for solo players and a selection of random tables to help incite and inspire your lone wanderings across Middle-earth. A copy of The One Ring™ core rules is required to use this supplement.

The One Ring, Middle-earth, and The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events, and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (SZC) and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd. and their respective licensees. All rights reserved.



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Nick N May 24, 2023 8:45 pm UTC
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I’m unsure if I’m allowed to get this printed after ordering it.
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Paul S June 24, 2023 12:06 am UTC
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Allowed? What do you mean exactly? It's your copy that you have paid for, you can do what you want with it.
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Ricardo Pedro Giro S July 26, 2023 3:39 pm UTC
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You'd think that but if you try to send this to a print on demand service, you won't even be able to upload the PDF
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Chris A October 14, 2023 2:46 pm UTC
That's not how it works. Technically, to be able to reproduce copyrighted material you need direct permission from the rights holder. It's why rulebooks (both physical and PDF) often specifically have small print language on the pages with character sheets that say "Permission to reproduce this page for personal use only" or whatever. Also, there's a difference between printing it out on your home printer and having a service print it for you, because that service would then be making a profit off of reproducing the work (at the client's request, but that doesn't change their liability).
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Nick N May 24, 2023 8:45 pm UTC
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I’m unsure if I’m allowed to get this printed after ordering it.
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Arne S March 10, 2023 10:40 am UTC
Does this work with the starter set or do you need the full rule-book?
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Adam M March 28, 2023 5:10 pm UTC
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You would need to have a good understanding of the core rules to use this.
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Roger P March 04, 2023 3:26 pm UTC
Will Strider Mode be released for The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying?
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John B March 03, 2023 7:11 pm UTC
Do you need the core book to use the pdf?
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Annette Z December 01, 2022 1:18 pm UTC
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Is the PDF printable?
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Gabe L September 30, 2022 12:26 pm UTC
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Is this compatible with 5e rules?
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Alejo M October 03, 2022 2:46 am UTC
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Nope, it uses its own ruleset (The One Ring 2e)
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Alonso R September 19, 2023 2:28 am UTC
Are you guys doing a 5e conversion of this?
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Stuart D July 20, 2022 12:41 pm UTC
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Any chance of a printer friendly version? ie without the background.
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Jody L June 24, 2022 6:44 am UTC
Would this work in 2 player co-op?
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Alejo M June 25, 2022 1:39 pm UTC
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The rules for playing without LM will work with any number of group members. So you can get together with friends and no need of one of you to be LM.
Then, there are also rules to make a starting character more competent from the get go to survive alone in the wilderness. Those will be need to be partially or totally removed if you have a group of 2 or more adventurers.
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Matt K June 25, 2022 6:52 pm UTC
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Playing co-op is even discussed at the start of the booklet:

"COOPERATIVE PLAY
This supplement is geared for solo play, but can
also be used for play with two or more players in
a small Company, without the aid of a Lore master.
When you are playing in a group without a
Lore master, the normal conversation you would
have with other players is expanded to include the
details of the world you inhabit. When a question
or situation arises which would normally be
resolved or depicted by the Lore master, the group
can collaborate to decide what happens, or use
tools such as the Telling Table (page 10) and Lore
Table (page 11) to help come up with an answer.
With cooperative play, it’s imperative that
players share the narrative spotlight, allowing
each participant to “take the lead” at times in envi-
sioning the world around the Player- heroes. Stray
from allowing one player to...See more
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Will C June 15, 2022 1:03 pm UTC
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Does this also include "Peoples of the Wilderland" and "Character Lifepaths?". And if not, does anyone know when those will become available?
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Alejo M June 19, 2022 7:33 pm UTC
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This digital book is just Strider Mode, no Peoples of the Wilderland or Lifepaths included here.

There is not announcement of digital publishing of any of those booklets, but there was an unofficial confirmation that all 3 booklets will be printed as a part of some supplement on the future
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Louis K June 05, 2022 5:05 pm UTC
Does anyone know if this is backward compatible with TOR 1E, as I have ALL those books and was not intending to buy the 2E as of yet, but would like to do some solo TOR play.
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Alejo M June 06, 2022 4:36 pm UTC
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Not really.

You CAN use 1e adventures with 2e by changing enemies stat block to 2e (this has been done by fans already) and then changing task difficulty (very easy) and NPC stats (very easy to do). But, Strider Mode leans heavily on 2e rules, so you need 2e core rules to bridge the gap.
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Fábio P June 02, 2022 12:42 pm UTC
Hi there. Can I use this module with Starter Set?
Best regards.
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Hunter M June 02, 2022 5:25 pm UTC
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This was the question I came here to get the answer for too! Having a hell of a time getting a group together, and this seems like a good way to practice too.
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Ben S June 02, 2022 7:15 pm UTC
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I am wondering this too. Do I need the full core rule book to play Strider Mode, or can I get by with just the Starter Set?
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Ben S June 02, 2022 10:11 pm UTC
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I posed this question over on BGG. The response that I got was that you need the Core Rules. The Starter Set is not enough.
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2877058/strider-mode-compatible-starter-set
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Fábio P June 03, 2022 9:33 am UTC
On the Starter Set product page (here on DTRPG), someone responded this:

"Yes it is compatible, you can use all the Shire material there for playing solo"
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Ben S June 03, 2022 4:01 pm UTC
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¯_(ツ)_/¯ It would be nice if there were an official answer from Free League.
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Ben S June 04, 2022 3:35 am UTC
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I went ahead and purchased Strider Mode just to find out whether I need to buy the Core Rules or not. At the top of page 3 it says "Strider Mode is supplementary to The One Ring — the core rules are required for solo play, and familiarity with those rules is assumed". Also, there are references to page numbers in the Core Rules throughout Strider Mode.
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Matthew J June 04, 2022 5:10 am UTC
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As an owner of all of the things you're asking about (Strider Mode, Core Rules, and Starter Kit), and as a solo player all the way back to buying the original VG Ambush and GMT's Thunderbolt/Apache Leader off the shelf of my FLGS, my opinion is that you will be able to create & play through an adventure in a solo mode using the Strider Rules and the Starter Kit. If you're smart enough to read and understand how to play the Starter Kit, you're smart enough to figure out how to use Strider mode with it for a one off adventure. It would be worth my $5, since that seems pretty cheap for a mechanically sound solo mode if you're already an owner of the Starter Kit.

Where it is going to fall over is the continuation of your character's longer-term story, as you attract the attention of The Enemy Hunt and rise up through the ranks of experience doing jobs for your Patrons. But I'll still maintain that if you look at the Revelation Episode table on pg 14 of Strider mode that you're smart enough to figure...See more
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Alejo M June 04, 2022 10:42 pm UTC
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I replied on the Starter Set page here (DTRPG), I also posted an extended answer that I'm pasting here to be clear.

"Well, those are two different answers to two different questions:

1. Q. Is Starter Box enough to play Strider Mode?

1. A. No, you need more rules for a complete experience, especially character creation.

2. Q. Is Starter Box compatible with Strider Mode?

2. A. Totally compatible. In fact, if you want to play Strider Mode in the Shire I will say that is is required. Not because of the starter set of adventures, but because of the Shire sourcebook and map, they offer great material, descriptions, history and adventure hooks to play Strider Mode for a lot of time."
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BRENT Z June 01, 2022 1:13 am UTC
I assume you need One Ring Core Rules to use this. Is that correct?
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Adrian C June 01, 2022 2:05 am UTC
Yes
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Mike P May 31, 2022 11:48 pm UTC
Would it work at all with Adventures in Middle-earth? Is there value to be had for those of us waiting for a new version of AiME?
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Matt K June 01, 2022 6:32 am UTC
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It won't work seamlessly with AiME, as the contents here are specifically tweaks to the new TOR 2e, but with a little houseruling you could use the tables (oracles) and perhaps tweak the journeying rules with what is in here. Bear in mind that all the tables use the TOR feat die, which is a d12 numbered 1-10 with special symbols on the 11 and 12. You can ofc use a standard d12, but I thought I'd mention it in case you pick it up and are surprised.
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COREY M May 31, 2022 3:52 pm UTC
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Great tools for playing The One Ring solo. Probably best suited for use by people with previous experience soloing RPGs, as there will be decisions to be made that Strider Mode does not cover, such as which foes to choose for combat encounters and how adding allies to your adventures will affect your gameplay. (Matt K has some ideas for this--see his May 31 comment.)
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Matt K May 31, 2022 2:40 pm UTC
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This set of solo rules is great, highly recommended! If you are interested in expanding on them, I've written some houserules specifically to supplement Strider Mode which includes Companions, alternative combat tasks for Open & Defensive stances, and real-time Journeying tweaks.
https://tinyurl.com/striderhouserules
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Katherine G June 30, 2022 11:45 am UTC
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Hey, your set of houserules is super helpful as I'm starting my test playthrough, thanks so much for sharing!!!
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