MerpCon III (Middle-earth Role Playing Convention 2007) is coming this
MerpCon 3 is the third annual FREE international convention dedicated to
fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and those who love to participate in role playing
gaming set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien is the
author of â€œThe Hobbitâ€, â€œThe Lord of the Ringsâ€, â€œThe Silmarillionâ€, "The
Children of Hurin" and many other works. The event is open to role playing
gamers, and non-gamers who wish to learn more about Tolkien and his 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.
Details and updates are maintained as the website:
Please RSVP online at: http://rsvp.merpcon.org
For additional questions,
Phone: (509) 481-5437
LOCATION & DATES
Come to Spokane, Washington, USA for great guest speakers, activities and fun
adventures this July 27th, 28th, and 29th. The event is taking place in
the â€œKung Fu For Lifeâ€ school ( http://www.spokanekungfu.com
) 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.
MANY REASONS TO ATTEND
This year's event is exceptional. We have multiple special guest
speakers including featured guest speaker Doctor Thomas Morwinsky, and
returning guest speakers Professor Chris Seeman, as well as an address by
Hawke Robinson. There will be other persons of note attending as well. These
include Michael Martinez, Joe Mandala and other "celebrities" of Tolkien fan
Additionally a number of unique opportunities will be available only at
MerpCon. This includes unique first time in print new modules, rules books,
autographed modules, buy/sell/trade new and out of print books, prizes and
the printed and bound first issue of a new magazine dedicated to role playing
gaming in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe "Other Minds Magazine".
Continue reading for the rest of the details...
GUEST SPEAKERS DETAILS
Dr. Thomas Morwinsky is 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
NÃºmenor ever made.
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.He
is co-editor of the new "Other Minds" Magazine.
His contributions to "Other Hands" included:
* â€œInland Seaâ€ maps in issue #25 (April 1999)
* â€œTaurinafantoâ€ in issue #27 (October 1999)
* â€œThe History of Monut Gundabadâ€ in issue #28 (January 2000)
* â€œAn Alternative Continental Map for MERPâ€ in issue 29/30 (July 2000)
* Map for â€œTol Fuin and the Shadowy Islesâ€ in issues #31/32 (January 2001)
* Supplement â€œArmies of Eriadorâ€ in issue 33/34 (July 2001)
Other works he has contributed to the Middle-earth role playing gaming
* â€œPopulation and Urbanization in Eriadorâ€ an online PDF
* â€œInland Seaâ€ map
* â€œNÃºmenorâ€ map
He will be flying in all the way from Germany to the US just for the chance
to speak at this event on Saturday, July 28th at 6:00 pm (and get in a little
gaming time of course).
Professor Seeman was guest speaker for MerpCon I, and will be one of the
guest speakers at MerpCon III as well. He will also be co-GMing, and possibly
even lead-GMing a session using his favored RuneQuest system (now in
re-issue) adapted for use in Middle-earth.
Chris Seeman was running games set in JRR Tolkien's world long before ICE
(Iron Crown Enterprises) began producing the MERP (Middle-earth Role-playing)
In 1992 he established "Other Hands: The International Journal of
Middle-earth Gaming", which he published on a quarterly basis until 2001. He
has edited and contributed to several of ICE's MERP modules, as well as some
of the more recent Lord of the Rings RPG products by Decipher. He has also
been co-editor and author for "The Guild Companion' eZine and many content
submissions there. He manages The Tolkien Music List
. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions
from the University of California at Berkeley.
He was/is also co-editor and co-author of a number of ICE modules in the
1990's and and in the 2000's for Decipher's LOTR RPG, including:
* Kin-strife (1995)
* Southern Gondor: The Land (1996)
* Southern Gondor: The People (1996)
* The Northern Waste (1997)
* Hands of the Healer (1997)
Decipher's LOTR RPG (Lord of the Rings role-playing game)
* Fell Beasts and Wondrous Magic (2003)
* Moria (2003)
In the "real world", he teaches as a professor in religious studies at a
liberal arts college in Iowa. He is a noted Tolkien scholar in gaming
Mr. Martinez was guest speaker at MerpCon II, and also participated as a
player in all of the gaming sessions. He will be participating in the gaming
sessions at MerpCon III as well.
Michael Martinez is the published author of:
* Visualizing Middle-earth
* Parma Endorion: Essays on Middle-earth, 3rd Edition.
* Understanding Middle-earth, published by Vivisphere in 2003.
From Mr. Martinez's website at http://www.michael-martinez.com
"Recognized around the world as one of the leading authorities on the works
of J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Martinez has shared his knowledge and insights on
Middle-earth with other fans in the online world for many years. His books
and essays have been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian,
Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Finnish. But though he is best known for his
research into Tolkien's chief literary creation, this versatile author has
garnered respect and acknowledgment in more than one field.
Most of Michael's early professional career was devoted to the family of
Business Basic programming languages which were developed for mini-computers
in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and then ported to UNIX and PC operating
systems in the 1980s. A former employee of Basis International, one of the
leading vendors of Business Basic, Michael has written numerous technical
papers and articles on programming techniques and methodologies. He has
worked as a consultant, IT manager, programmer, and teacher for many
You can view a list of his works and contributing works at
Hawke has been role playing since 1979 and a regular Game Master since 1984.
He is has role played with dozens of game systems in countless campaign
worlds, but his favorite setting is in Middle-earth, using various game
systems since 1984. He has been an RPGA member since 1984 and he created and
ran two annual RPGA conventions in 1985 and 1986 when only 15 & 16 years old.
He created a BBS (Bulletin Board System) supporting role playing gaming, and
Tolkien fans in 1994.
Hawke took over what is now the merp @ merp.com email list from Mario M. Butter
(silent-tower.org) in the late 1990's. He founded Merp.com (
) in the 1990's before handing it over to be run by the
international volunteer community. He has created a series of rulebooks known
as EÃ¤ d20 ( http://www.ead20.com
), adapting D&D 3.5 (Dungeons & Dragons)
rules for play in Middle-earth. He has founded the Numenor Project (
). He is the founder ad organizer of MerpCon (
). He is founder and co-editor of the new
magazine "Other Minds" ( http://othermindszine.org
) dedicated to role
playing gaming in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. He has published a number of
essays on J.R.R. Tolkien specifically and on Role Playing Gaming in general.
In the "real world" Hawke is a retired computer scientist & analyst who is
married and raising their three sons. Meanwhile he is volunteering & studying
as a Recreation & Music Therapist working with special needs children. He is
organizing the first Deaf Role Playing Gaming Group in the greater Spokane
area, and he is working on a 10+ year research project on "The Therapeutic
Aspects of Role Playing Gaming" ( http://www.rpgresearch.com
A PLETHORA OF GAME SYSTEMS FOR MIDDLE-EARTH
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)
* Runequest adapted to Middle-earth
* Middle-earth Wargaming session
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
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
for more information and to register today. If you do
not have Internet access, you may call the USA number at: (509) 481-5437.
SOME EXCLUSIVE FIRSTS ONLY AVAILABLE AT MERPCON III
Several items will only be available to those who attend MerpCon III. These
include (but not limited to):
* The first release of "Other Minds Magazine" in print, with autographs.
* The long awaited release in print of the EÃ¤ d20 core rule book "EÃ¤ d20
Races & Cultures.
* The first in print release of "Escape From Numenor" the MerpCon I campaign.
* Autographed books, modules and magazines from other publications by some of
the authors and publishers themselves.
* Trade, buy, sell various Middle-earthg gaming and Tolkien books during the
Middle-earth "swap meet" section of the event.
So don't miss this year's MerpCon. It is bound to be the best Middle-earth
role playing convention ever!
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"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness,
and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched.
The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole,
and yet leave scope for other minds and hands,
wielding paint and music and drama..."
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951
""He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without
as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe,
for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition,
seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she
like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any
and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being,
incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation."
--Thomas Jefferson, in Writings of Thomas Jefferson,
vol. 6, H.A. Washington, Ed.,1854, pp. 180-181.
Role-player since 1979
Gamemaster since 1984
Specializing in Middle-earth settings