Today marks the first honorific we'll be bestowing on a gaming product, line, company, or even concept as we go through the first iteration of the Hopefuls - our little award ceremony. Video game websites have these things all over the place, so why not tabletop gaming?
Then out of the blue Cubicle 7 announces that they have won the license for Lord of the Rings in their new RPG, The One Ring (designed by the same creator of the aforementioned War of the Ring board game). Next FFG dropped the bombshell earlier this year the day before Gencon (which is when we snagged our interview with game producer Jason Walden). Their next Living Card Game - a model already proven with Warhammer: Invasion, Call of Cthulhu, and Game of Thrones - was going to be based on the LotR. As a huge Tolkien nerd, I would have been happy enough with just one of these games, but now we're getting both. 2011 is going to be a very expensive year for Middle Earth enthusiasts, yours truly included.