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Printing and Edition Reference for MERP Middle-earth Role Playing

[Brent's Note: This page was originally created and hosted by Guy Fullerton, I've left the contents almost exactly as he had them, other than updating the ICEWEBRING links to match my new page structure. If you find any errors or have any relevant new information, please let me know at: brent@ob1knorrb.com. Thank you Guy for supplying me with your files and allowing me to keep this great resource available.]

This page is a research project intended only for identifying and enumerating the different printings and editions of English-language MERP products from 1992 and earlier, and does not represent a challenge to any MERP or Middle-earth-related trademarks or copyrights. (I do not collect the MERP products from 1993 and later, so I have no plans to enumerate those.)

After each product's name, there is a color-coded indication of how much printing/edition variation there is for the product:

A version name next to each version indicates the latest copyright date on the product (sometimes a product has multiple different copyright dates on it), and/or the edition or printing number & date as specified on the product, and often one or two other unique features for that version. Following that, images and notes capture the distinguishing details of each version of the product.

When possible, a boxed entry proceeds the first image for a particular version. This entry contains a few key pieces of information, which may help to differentiate the versions:

Help/Contact: If you have a variation of a product that I don't have listed here, or if you can supply better page images, corrections, or additional info, please let me know: guyf@mac.com.

Special Thanks: James Gracen and Joseph of have been very helpful with supplying images and tracking down differences between products.

Legal: All MERP products depicted on this page are Copyright © TOLKIEN ENTERPRISES, a division of ELAN MERCHANDISING INC., Berkeley CA. The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and all characters and places therein are trademark properties of TOLKIEN ENTERPRISES.

Navigation

The order of products below is somewhat arbitrary. The rulebooks and rules supplements are first, followed by the other products in approximate order by product number. However, when a given kind of product (such as Campaign Modules or Adventure Modules, etc.) went back and used lower numbers for later products, the products are ordered with the later (lower numbered) products after the earlier ones.

The following links use the major, medium, and minor colors to show which items have documented variations.

8000 Middle-earth Role Playing

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing: 1984 versions / 1986 versions

Major Differences

‡Version: 1984 Black Title

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 112 (104 + catalog)
Price: $8
Catalog: 8 pgs.
Printer: PP/LA
IFC: Contents
IBC: Map/Credits

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog p. 1
Catalog p. 2
Catalog p. 3
Catalog p. 4
Catalog p. 5
Catalog p. 6
Catalog p. 7
Catalog p. 8

‡Version: 1984 White Title

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 112 (104 + catalog)
Price: $8
Catalog: 8 pgs.
Printer: PP/LA
IFC: Contents
IBC: Map/Credits

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog p. 1
Catalog p. 2
Catalog p. 3
Catalog p. 4
Catalog p. 5
Catalog p. 6
Catalog p. 7
Catalog p. 8

‡Version: 1984 White Title with Stock Number

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 112 (104 + 8)
Price: $8
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: PP/LA
IFC: Contents
IBC: Map/Credits

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
8 Page Cover
Catalog

Version: 1985 Games Workshop

Released: ?
Copyright: ?
Pages: ?
Price: ?
Catalog: ?
Printer: ?
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

‡Version: "2nd U.S. Edition, July 1986."

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1986
Pages: 128
Price: $10
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits

8100 Middle-earth Role Playing (boxed edition)

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Major Differences

Version: 1984

‡Version: 1984 with Stock Number

Released: ?
Copyright: 1984
Pages: n/a
Price: $12
Catalog: ?
Printer: n/a
IFC: n/a
IBC: n/a

Front of Box
Back of Box
Left & Right
Top & Bottom
16 Page Cover
Counters

Version: 1985 Games Workshop

Version: 1986

Released: ?
Copyright: ?
Pages: n/a
Price: ?
Catalog: ?
Printer: n/a
IFC: n/a
IBC: n/a

16 Page Cover
32 Page Cover

8001 Combat Screen and Reference Sheets

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Major Differences

‡Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: n/a
Price: $5
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: n/a
IBC: n/a

Front Cover
Back Cover
Cirith Panel

*Version: 1984 Printed in Hong Kong

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1984
Pages: n/a
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: HK
IFC: n/a
IBC: n/a

Front Cover
Back Cover
Cirith Panel

‡Version: 1989

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: n/a
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: n/a
IBC: n/a

Front Cover
Back Cover

2200 Campaign and Adventure Guidebook

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Medium Differences

‡Version: 1982

Released: ~1982
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 16
Price: none
Catalog: none
Printer: KT
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

‡Version: 1983

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 24
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: BP
IFC: Contents
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: 1983 with ISBN

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 24
Price: $9
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: BP
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: 1983 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 24
Price: $9
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: BP
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

‡Version: "Second U.S. Printing, January, 1990."

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 32
Price: $9
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

2210 Middle-earth Adventure Guidebook II

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 64
Price: $15
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

2300 Angmar Land of the Witch King

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Medium Differences

‡Version: 1982

Released: ~1982
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 48
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

*Version: 1982 Revised

Released: ~1983?
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 48
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: KT
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Last Page

‡Version: 1982 "Proudly Printed in Australia"

Released: ~1983?
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 48
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: PPA
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

2400 Umbar Haven of the Corsairs

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing and

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1982 with Printer Credit

Released: ~1982
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 52
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: KT
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog

Version: 1982 without Printer Credit

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1982
Pages: 52
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog

2500 The Court of Ardor in Southern Middle-earth

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

Version: 1982

‡Version: 1983 with Printer Credit

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 52
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: KT
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog

*Version: 1983 without Printer Credit

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 52
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog

2600 Northern Mirkwood The Wood-Elves Realm

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Major Differences

‡Version: 1983

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 52
Price: none
Catalog: none
Printer: KT
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

‡Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 52
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: 1984 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 52
Price: $12
Catalog: ?
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back

2700 Southern Mirkwood Haunt of the Necromancer

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1983 with Printer Credit

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 60
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: KT
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

‡Version: 1983 without Printer Credit

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 60
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

Version: 1983 with ISBN

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 60
Price: $12
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Catalog

2800 Isengard and Northern Gondor

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Medium Differences

Version: 1983

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 48
Price: none
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: LABP
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Map p. 9

‡Version: 1983 with ISBN

Released: ~1983
Copyright: 1983
Pages: 48
Price: $10
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: LABP
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Map p. 9

‡Version: 1987

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 48
Price: $12
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: LABP
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits/Catalog
Map p. 9

2900 Moria The Dwarven City

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 72
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: SP
IFC: Maps
IBC: Maps

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog Page

‡Version: 1984 with Stock Number

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 72
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: EG
IFC: Maps
IBC: Maps

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog Page

Version: 1984 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 72
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: EG
IFC: Maps
IBC: Maps

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog Page

3000 Rangers of the North

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Medium Differences

*Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: 56
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: SP
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Inside Front
Catalog Page

Version: 1985 with Stock Number

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: 56
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: SP
IFC: Map?
IBC: Catalog?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Catalog

‡Version: 1987

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 56
Price: $12
Catalog: none
Printer: SP
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

3100 Riders of Rohan

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Medium Differences

‡Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: 64
Price: $10
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: EG
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

‡Version: "Second U.S. Edition, November 1987"

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 64
Price: $12
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: Map
IBC: Map

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

3200 Lorien & the Halls of the Elven Smiths

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

*Version: "First U.S. Edition 1986" with Printer Credit

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits
Catalog p. 63
Catalog p. 64

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition 1986" without Printer Credit

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog p. 64

3300 Havens of Gondor

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

*Version: "First U.S. Edition 1987"

Front Cover
Back Cover

‡Version: 1987 "Second U.S. Edition"

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

3400 Sea-Lords of Gondor

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

*Version: "Second U.S. Edition 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

3500 Ents of Fangorn

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

3600 Dunland and the Southern Misty Mountains

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

3700 Lost Realm of Cardolan

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, Sept. 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

3800 Far Harad The Scorched Land

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, Aug. 1988."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

3900 Shadow in the South

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, July 1988."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

4010 Mirkwood The Wilds of Rhovanion

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, Oct. 1988."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

4020 Empire of the Witch-King

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

3110 Mount Gundabad

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Note: This campaign module features a unique back cover layout amongst the stapled campaign modules, with the title going all the way across the top of the back, and one blurb moved ("A Campaign Module suitable for use with ...").

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

3111 Greater Harad

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990"

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

3112 Gorgoroth

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990"

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 144
Price: $18
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

3113 The Grey Mountains

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1992"

Released: ~1992
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 144
Price: $18
Catalog: 2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog 1
Catalog 2

4002 Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

*Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1992."

Released: ~1992
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 160
Price: $20
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1992." with 2nd Edition Catalog

Released: ~1993
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 160
Price: $20
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog

8002 Lords of Middle-Earth Vol. 1

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition 1986."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits/Catalog

*Version: "Second U.S. Edition 1988."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits/Catalog

8003 Lords of Middle-Earth Vol. 2

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1987 with Additional Notes

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 112
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Page 108
Catalog

Version: 1987 with Selected Reading

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 112
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Page 108
Catalog

8004 Lords of Middle-Earth Vol. 3

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, January 1989" with Tall Top Border

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 112
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: "First U.S. Edition, January 1989" with Short Top Border

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 112
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8005 Creatures of Middle-Earth

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, Nov. 1988."

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 64
Price: $10
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

8006 Treasures of Middle-Earth

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Update: I have evidence from another collector that there are probably be two variations/printings of this product, which may only be distinguishable by the physical dimensions of the book, and possibly color saturation. Details will come in a future update.

‡Version: "1st U.S. Edition, 1989."

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 144
Price: $15
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8007 Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-Earth

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990"

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 64
Price: $14.95
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: Map

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Catalog

8010 Bree and the Barrow-Downs

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1984

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Credits

*Version: 1984 with Stock Number

Front Cover
Back Cover

8020 Dagorlad and the Dead Marshes

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

Trivia: On the back cover, there is a picture of the red MERP box. This image is too big, and is likely the image which was used to generate the entire box-top for the boxed set. Notice that the text which would appear on the sides of the box top is also shown in the picture.

*Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: ?
Price: none
Catalog: none
Printer: LA
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

‡Version: 1984 with Stock Number

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: LA
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8030 The Tower of Cirith Ungol and Shelob's Lair

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

I've seen mention of "several variations" for this module, where some have color maps and others have black & white maps: . I own two of these variations, with which may or may not be all of the "several variations" that page mentions. If you can provide evidence of a different variation, please let me know.

‡Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 36 (32 + catalog)
Price: none
Catalog: 8 pgs.
Printer: AP
IFC: Map
IBC: Map
Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog pt. 1
Catalog pt. 2
Catalog pt. 3
Catalog pt. 4

‡Version: 1984 with Stock Number

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1984
Pages: 36 (32 + catalog)
Price: $7
Catalog: 8 pgs.
Printer: AP
IFC: Map
IBC: Map
Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog pt. 1
Catalog pt. 2
Catalog pt. 3
Catalog pt. 4

8040 Hillmen of the Trollshaws

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1984

Released: ~1984
Copyright: 1984
Pages: ?
Price: none
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: LA
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: 1984 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1984
Pages: ?
Price: $7
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: SSIP
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8050 Thieves of Tharbad

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: JPB
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

‡Version: 1985 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $7
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8060 Erech and the Paths of the Dead

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: HPG
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

*Version: 1985 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $7
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8070 Goblin-Gate and Eagle's Eyrie

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

‡Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: JPB
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Version: 1985 with UPC Barcode

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $7
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8080 Rivendell The House of Elrond

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition May, 1987"

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8090 Brigands of Mirkwood

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Trivia: The content of Brigands of Mirkwood is more like that of a Ready-to-Run Adventure Module according to this info from page 2: "It is unlike ICE's previously published Adventure Modules, since more space is devoted to the adventures and less is used for background material."

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1987."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Errata Insert

8011 Mouths of the Entwash

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Trivia: The cover says, "MOUTHS also links with with I.C.E.'s RIDERS OF ROHAN&trade campaign module." This may or may not give some insight as to why Riders of Rohan was reprinted in 1987; other products were being set in that region, and cross-promotion is a great way to sell associated products.

‡*Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1988."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8012 Warlords of the Desert

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡*Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8013 Dark Mage of Rhudaur

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡*Version: "First U.S. Edition, May, June, 1989."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8014 Rogues of the Borderlands

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Trivia: Rogues of the Borderlands is one of just a few MERP products that refer to themselves as a particular "printing." (Most others use the term "edition.")

‡*Version: "First U.S. Printing, January, 1990."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

8015 Forest of Tears

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Trivia: Despite Forest of Tears' product number coming after that of Rogues of the Borderlands, Forest of Tears appears to have been published before Rogues of the Borderlands.

‡Version: "First U.S. Printing, December, 1989."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8016 Ghost Warriors

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990."

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

8101 Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Major Differences

‡Version: 1985

Released: ~1985
Copyright: 1985
Pages: ?
Price: $4.95
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: EG
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

‡Version: 1988 "Second U.S. Edition"

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

8102 Phantom of the Northern Marches

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

Minor Differences

*Version: 1986

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1986
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Map p. 10
Map p. 29

‡Version: 1986 with Longer Production Paragraph

Released: ~1986
Copyright: 1986
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Map p. 10
Map p. 29

8103 Trolls of the Misty Mountains

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‡Version: 1986

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $7
Catalog: 1/3 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

8104 Pirates of Pelargir

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Minor Differences

‡Version: "First U.S Edition, February 1987"

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

Version: "Second U.S. Edition, July 1987" Taller

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

‡Version: "Second U.S. Edition, July 1987" Shorter

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: Map
IBC: Catalog

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog Page

8105 Gates of Mordor

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition: May 1987"

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8106 Assassins of Dol Amroth

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, Nov 1987."

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: ?
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8107 Woses of the Black Wood

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1987."

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8108 Raiders of Cardolan

Additional product details available at ICE WebRing

‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, April, 1988."

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8109 Ghosts of the Southern Anduin

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8110 Perils on the Sea of Rhûn

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8111 Denizens of the Dark Wood

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1989."

Released: ~1989
Copyright: 1989
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8112 Hazards of the Harad Wood

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990."

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8113 The Necromancer's Lieutenant

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1990"

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 32
Price: $7
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8114 River Running

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1992"

Released: ~1992
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 96
Price: $12
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8201 Weathertop Tower of the Wind

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1987."

Released: ~1987
Copyright: 1987
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8202 Teeth of Mordor

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1988."

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8203 Calenhad A Beacon of Gondor

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‡Version: "First U.S. Printing 1990."

Released: ~1990
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 48
Price: $9
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

8204 Halls of the Elven-king

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, August 1988."

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 32
Price: $6
Catalog: none
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents

8205 Nazgûl's Citadel

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‡*Version: "First U.S. Edition, 1991"

Released: ~1991
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 112
Price: $14
Catalog: 1 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: blank
IBC: blank

Front Cover
Back Cover
Credits
Contents
Catalog

8301 Minas Tirith

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‡Version: "First U.S. Edition, May 1988."

Released: ~1988
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 160
Price: $18
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Title Page
Credits

8302 Minas Ithil

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‡Version: 1991

Released: ~1991
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 122
Price: $18
Catalog: 1/2 pg.
Printer: none
IFC: ?
IBC: ?

Front Cover
Back Cover
Contents
Catalog

Questions for Other Collectors

If you are a MERP collector, or if you simply have one of the relevant products, I'd love to get your help with the following:

8010 Bree or 8020 Dagorlad with UPC Barcode?

The other pre-1986 adventure modules were reprinted at some point with a UPC barcode on the back, with the last five digits (00500) indicating a $7 price. I bet one or more of these two modules did too. Please check yours and let me know.

$12 version of 8000 Middle-earth Role Playing?

The catalog pages for 3113 The Grey Mountains, 4002 Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer, and 8114 River Running show a $12 version of the rulebook. Do you have a copy of the rulebook that shows this price, or shows some other indication of being printed after 1986?

$18 version of 8100 Middle-earth Role Playing (boxed edition)?

As above, but I'm looking for proof of the boxed edition with a $18 price.

Jedko Games (Australian) version of 8100 MERP boxed set?

Heroic Worlds (A guide to roleplaying games up through the early 1990s, by Lawrence Schick, published by Prometheus Books) says that Jedko Games published a boxed version of the MERP rules in 1988 (presumably under license from ICE). If you have this, I'd love to see pictures.

1982 version of 2500 The Court of Ardor in Southern Middle-earth?

Various fan sites show this with a publication date of 1982, although I've never seen one with a 1982 copyright date. Every copy I've been able to inspect or have someone inspect for me has shown a copyright date of 1983. If you have one with a 1982 copyright date, I'd love to see some proof.

Data points refuting the existence of a 1982 version: 11; me (x1), * (x1), Thomas (x1), David (x1), Jan (via eBay) (x1), Brent (x2), Endymion (x1), Deadlord39 (x1 or more), tfm @ ToT (x1), uiriamu2 @ eBay (x1).

General Notes

Edition vs. Printing

A few products refer to themselves as being an ordinal *printing* instead of edition: 8014 Rogues of the Borderlands; 8015 Forest of Tears, 8203 Calenhad a Beacon of Gondor, some versions of 2200 Campaign and Adventure Guidebook. So far, all such products appear to have been produced in 1989-1990. (Though many 1989-1990 products do not use the term "printing.")

Campaign Module Barcode box postion

Lorien has the barcode box on the right, and others have it on the left, including earlier modules in the sequence that presumably had later printings. Compare the barcode box on the later printing of Rangers of the North, for example. Look also at 3400, 3500, etc.

Campaign Module Product Numbers at top-right of front cover

This appears to start with Riders of Rohan (1985), at least in terms of the initial editions. This may indicate when versons of earlier modules were reprinted to contain stock numbers at the top-right of their covers.

Standard Product Catalogs

"Three Men" Product Listing circa 1986. The top-half of the page is an illustration of three men in a wilderness setting, by Rick DeMarco, dated '84. The bottom half of the page talks about a combination of ICE and Hero Games products: Rolemaster, Space Master, Middle-earth Role Playing, Middle-earth Boardgames, Champions, Justice, Inc., Danger International, Fantasy Hero, and Adventurer's Club Magazine. The Adventurer's Club information says it "will begin coverage of the popular I.C.E. lines while retaining all of the regular Hero columns, and features." This coverage sarted in fall 1986.

"Full Page 1989" Product Listing. This lists a combination of ICE and Hero Games products: Middle-earth Role Playing Boxed, Rolemaster Boxed, Shadow World, Space Master, Cyberspace, IQ (Iron Crown Quarterly), Champions the Super Role Playing Game, Star Hero, and Adventurer's Club Magazine. The existence of Cyberspace (introduced in 1989) gives a strong clue that this represents a 1989 catalog.

Product Catalog History

From 8000 Middle-earth Role Playing (1984 Black Title):
Rolemaster first edition products are shown: $17.50 Spell Law, $16.00 Claw Law / Arms Law Boxed Set. Upcoming Arthedain I (aka Rangers of the North) and Moria I have incorrect product numbers indicating a flipped release schedule.
From 8030 The Tower of Cirith Ungol and Shelob's Lair (1984):
Cirith Ungol no longer marked as upcoming. Arthedain I removed from the list. (I wonder whether this was because it got pushed back in the schedule and was no longer imminent.)
From 8040 Hillmen of the Trollshaws (1984):
Hillmen of the Trollshaws is no longer marked as upcoming.
From 2600 Northern Mirkwood The Wood-Elves Realm (1984):
Switches to the Rolemaster second edition versions of Spell Law ($14) and Arms Law / Claw Law ($12).
From 2900 Moria The Dwarven City (1984):
Moria and two board games are no longer upcoming. The Battle of Five Armies has the incorrect price ($18).
From 3000 Rangers of the North (1985):
Fixes incorrect price on The Battle of Five Armies and removes never-to-be-released Loremaster products.
From 8000 Middle-earth Role Playing (1984 White Title):
Adds Rangers of the North. A couple Rolemaster first edition products marked "while supplies last." Adds Creatures & Treasures. Thieves of Tharbad added as upcoming.
From 8060 Erech and the Paths of the Dead (1985):
Thieves of Tharbad is no longer upcoming. Adds Space Master. The last Rolemaster first edition products are gone, and only Rolemaster second edition products are listed.
From 8060 Erech and the Paths of the Dead (1985) and 8101 Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings (1985):
Thieves of Tharbad is no longer upcoming. Adds Space Master section. The last Rolemaster first edition products are gone, and only Rolemaster second edition products are shown.
From 8050 Thieves of Tharbad (1985) and 8070 Goblin-Gate and Eagle's Eyrie (1985):
Adds Ready-to-Run Adventure Modules and changes the category for the Combat Screen. Adds upcoming Giants of the Misty Mountains module, which is an early name for 8103 Trolls of the Misty Mountains.