On the verge of the first television series based on a Free League property (Tales From The Loop), it’s clear this tabletop maker is playing with the big boys now — and to prove it, the company just made a major power move by securing the publishing rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless world.

The partnership will produce a new version of the tabletop game The One Ring, by Sophisticated Games. Authors Francesco Nepitello and lead designer Marco Maggi will be involved with the latest edition. It’s possible more products may come after this but no future plans are mentioned beyond that.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sophisticated Games and Francesco Nepitello to bring to life a new edition of The One Ring and its 5E iteration,” says Tomas Härenstam, Free League’s CEO. “We grew up with J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic works and we’re huge fans of the original version of the game. We have a very similar approach to game design as Francesco and we’re convinced that we can create something truly special together.”

“Free League shares all our values. Values which are vital in interpreting the most extraordinary fantasy world ever created, one that is of enduring interest throughout the world in every language. Working with Free League’s highly talented team we look forward to continuing the work we began a decade ago, with publication of The One Ring,” says Sophisticated Games’s MD Robert Hyde.

The new partnership goes into effect June 1, 2020, at which point Free League and Sophisticated Games will announce more detailed plans.