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Welcome to the Bobbins Middle Earth PBM site.  This site is intended as a resource guide for new players of the 1650 & 2950 scenario run by Middle Earth Games. If you have any comments you would like to make about this site, please email bobbins@middleearthgames.com

Middle Earth PBM is a Play By Mail (PBM) game which is defined as 'a classic confrontation between Good and Evil' and is set in the fantasy world created by J.R.R Tolkien.  The 1650 scenario is set approximately a thousand years before the events laid out in the Lord Of The Rings.   The 2950 scenario takes place at approximately the same time as Frodo, Sam and the rest of the fellowship set forth to destroy the One Ring.  The scenario's are strategic wargames involving 25 players split into teams who must co-operate with each other to achieve victory.  There are 10 players of Good (Free Peoples) facing 10 players of Evil (Dark Servants) and 5 Neutrals who must decide an allegiance before games end.  This is an intensive, high diplomacy game!  Communication between players on all sides is the key to success.  If you prefer a quiet postal PBM game, where communication is restricted to the GM and yourself, then you will not appreciate this!  If however, you want an experience which includes army warfare, assassinations, economic management, dragons, powerful magical artefacts, personal one-on-one combat, diplomacy, espionage and intensive contact with your fellow team members, then get in contact with Harlequin and sign up to be involved!

These pages include strategy guides and information for the nations of the 1650 and 2950 scenario.  Most of the information on these pages has come from (now defunct) 'Mouth of Sauron' fanzine.


Some of what can be found in this site

The 1650 Free People has all the strategy guides for all 10 Freep positions for Woodmen to Noldo, as well as start-up information, initial characters and Pop centres.

The 1650 Dark Servants has all the strategy guides I could find for all 10 DS positions from the Witch King to the Dark Lts.  Each page has the starting characters, population centres and special abilities of each nation.

The 1650 Neutrals has all the usual strategy guides and background information from the Corsairs to the Easterlings.

1650 Characters has a list of every nations' starting characters (sorted by nation) and their abilities, the artefacts they hold, and a list of who are probably the top 10 starting characters.

1650 Artefacts has information about each of the artefacts to be found in 1650, as well as their powers.

The 2950 Free People has start-up information, initial characters and Pop centres.

The 2950 Dark Servants  Each page has the starting characters, population centres and special abilities of each of the 10 Dark Servant nations.

The 2950 Neutrals has all the background information from the Corsairs to the Khand Easterlings.

2950 Characters has a list of every nations' starting characters (sorted by nation) and their abilities, the artefacts they hold, and a list of who are probably the top 10 starting characters.

2950 Artefacts has information about each of the artefacts to be found in 2950, as well as their powers.

Articles 1 & 2 list all the interesting articles I have been able to find off the net and from the Mouth of Sauron ezine.

Dragons is a list of Dragons and response tables.

Encounters I, II & III has responses for all the encounters you should find (good and bad).

Riddles is (go on guess)!