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Rolemaster Core Law (RMU)

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Rolemaster Core Law

For over four decades, Rolemaster has been the definitive fantasy role-playing game that combines realism and depth without sacrificing playability. Rolemaster Unified is the next evolution drawing upon the best elements of previous editions to create a streamlined and consistent game.

Rolemaster Core Law is the cornerstone of Rolemaster Unified.

Rolemaster Core Law is divided into three parts:

Character Law: A wide range of character creation choices – 22 professions, 23 races, 10 cultures, and a comprehensive system of talents and flaws. A system of 10 temporary and potential stats determined by using both assigned and random elements. A skill development system that allows a character to improve their skill capabilities without absolute restrictions. Complete, consolidated and streamlined guidelines for resolving actions, magic and attacks.

Arms Law: the highly acclaimed combat system. Complete rules for melee, ranged and spell combat, with new effective mechanics for battling large and small monsters. 39 attack tables for weapons, animal, monstrous and spell attacks. 15 critical strike tables – Acid, Cold, Electricity, Grapple, Heat, Holy, Impact, Krush, Puncture, Slash, Steam, Strikes, Subdual, Sweeps, and Unbalance – providing injuries with explicit effects and descriptions.

Gamemaster Law: Helpful guidance on running the game with rules for healing, social skills, fear, and morale as well as environmental hazards, poisons and diseases. Rules and guidance on creating races, cultures and professions using the fully balanced mechanics employed across Rolemaster Unified.

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serge M January 22, 2023 5:04 pm UTC
Ho que moi aussi j'attend avec beaucoup d'impatience , d'ailleurs une information sur une possible traduction en fr ?
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Svein Johnny F January 21, 2023 1:56 pm UTC
If my group jump to RMU, will we need to remake old characters?
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Jeff C January 20, 2023 4:15 pm UTC
Waiting to see Monster Law or Creatures & Treasures. Whatever it's going to be called. The monster book! Til then, I'm sticking to my old stuff.
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Graham S January 10, 2023 1:40 am UTC
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Excellent product. personally I prefer a game with great rules which is easily customisable to a pointless tome with endless wonderful artwork and no substance, I guess it depends what you want from a game however.....

Well Done guys, now we just need the other books :)
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Christoph D January 09, 2023 2:33 pm UTC
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Unfortunately I never played RM (or MERP or HARP), but I know the rules (more or less). I have two specific questions regarding RMU:

1.) Stat generation: Is there a point buy method to determine the stats?
2.) Is there a possibility to handle aming for a certain hit location? ("I aim for his left leg!" *roll* "You cut off his right ear!")
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Rodney G January 09, 2023 6:14 pm UTC
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In the power level potion of the book (12.1 p244) there are average stats listed, so you could just let people have the average stat x10 in points to arrange as desired.
For called shots, (9.7 page 171) this is covered how to match the called location to the crit location.
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Christoph D January 09, 2023 6:47 pm UTC
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Thanks, Rodney!
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Christoph D January 15, 2023 2:12 pm UTC
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I purchased it and up until now I appreciate all changes they made (from what I've read so far). Indeed, the presentation is not the "sexiest", but it's quite clear (which is more important to me than pretty drawings). I hope, RMU will continue ... spells, POD versions, ...
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Jamal B January 01, 2023 5:26 am UTC
RM "Unified" or RM "Divorced" ?
We cannot ignore that a new author managed to make a role-playing game alone, in a relatively short time, with an extraordinary artwork, and managed a KS alone! I am referring to "L'Empire des Cerisiers" ("Empire of the Cherry Trees"), but other examples exist. If you compare the quality of the book and the illustrations of "Against the Darkmaster" with "RMU" (which have the same price) don't you think there is a problem ?
I have been playing RM since the end of the 80's but I don't think I will continue with RMU. I don't blame the beginner artists, I blame ICE policy that gave birth to this after about ten years! So, for me it's RMD.
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January 01, 2023 2:45 pm UTC
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All this is very true. The art work should have been better. In 2023, KS is not an option, it's mandatory. The design of the pdf is also outdated and need a serious rework.
There are some good ideas in this book, I agree, but the pricing policy can also be an issue. 40-50$ / book (hardcover) X 3 books = 120-150$, to be able to play to RMU. I think this is expansive and hope ICE will find a way to fix all the listed issues.
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Benjamin D January 01, 2023 6:30 pm UTC
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I think most of the art is fine, the problem is the awful layout. The MS Word drop shadows and the boxy primitive pagemaking is way worse than in the 90s and early 2000s stuff from ICE, like the Shadow World master atlas 4.
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Stacie W December 16, 2022 9:34 pm UTC
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I'm confused about the hardbacks. On the Facebook page there are pics of hardbacks of this book already printed. Also confused if it's been declared if those who purchase the pdf here will get a discount on the hardback or not, or if the hardbacks will be available print on demand or if they will be offset prints.
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Michael G December 17, 2022 8:49 pm UTC
Long story short, ICE ordered print proofs that were pre-purchased by fans for Dragonmeet. Think it's pretty clear they'll be POD (with some lurking of the producer's site).
It would be good info to know if PDF purchasers would get the combo discount of the POD when it's released; pretty sure many are waiting on this answer and for the next books to release.
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Stacie W December 18, 2022 12:30 am UTC
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Thank you for responding. :)
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Rodney G December 18, 2022 4:15 pm UTC
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I think those pictured hardcovers were printed special for sale at a convention to select customers. They would be the same information as the PDF without any corrections. I think this was discussed in a ICE monthly newsletter.
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Nathaniel B December 22, 2022 7:43 pm UTC
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Asked them directly if there would be a discount on the PoD for those that purchased the PDF now and they said there would be.
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Lesley N December 15, 2022 7:05 pm UTC
Ok saw the preview. Not too shabby. This and Spells and Monsters might be a comprehensive enough package.
Seeing is believing though. I'll wait on the other two to arrive.
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George F December 15, 2022 1:39 pm UTC
Man, the comments are really mixed here.
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Jon L December 14, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
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The ToC and Index are hyperlinked in the PDF which is always a nice feature.
The art is okay, except for the crap on page 52
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wade G December 25, 2022 7:07 am UTC
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I agree regarding the art on page 52. The art in RMSS, RFRP was fairly really good, but after that...Rolemaster and HARP art became fairly "ok-ish". Amateurish graphics.
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David G December 27, 2022 8:36 pm UTC
The layout/graphic design on RMFRP/SS (which was made by the old, original ICE, totally different in personnel and as a business entity from current ICE) was good to excellent, although dated at this point. The art however was mediocre even at that time. The art continues to be mediocre while the layout/graphic design has also become mediocre. The layout and graphic design template is a highly underrated part of RPG book creation which is essential and to a large degree separate from the actual art.
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Timothy W December 12, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
Is this a complete game? It doesn't have a spell law section. Does it contain the spell lists or will that be in another book?
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Eugene B December 13, 2022 12:16 am UTC
I was about to purchase but wanted to skim the comments first. I'm glad I noticed this. Thanks
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Narond N December 13, 2022 7:11 am UTC
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Core Law is the Core rule book, Spell Law is next to come out soon from what I'm reading on ICE's FB page. The older RM books were divided in the same manner.
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Alex W December 13, 2022 10:19 pm UTC
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The Spell lists are coming seperatly also the monster book. If you wish for a complete book look into the Rolemaster Fantasy System
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Matt B December 14, 2022 10:19 am UTC
Plus, one can use the Beta Spell Law until then.
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Thomas D December 12, 2022 6:15 am UTC
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I played RM in the late 80s and was hoping to introduce RMU to my current gaming group. The comments about the art gave me pause. I eventually figured worst case the art is terrible but I get a $25 trip down memory lane. I've scrolled through the first 30 pages or so of the PDF. The art is just fine. Now to relearn the system...
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