The introductory adventure for The One Ring: Adventures Over the Edge of the Wild (in the back of the Loremaster's book) says on page 130 that players must pass a Corruption Test for every day that they are in Mirkwood or gain a Shadow point. However, a "Corruption Test" isn't in the index of the Adventurer's Book and I can't find it elsewhere (I figured it'd be in Chapter 5: Adventuring Mechanics, but I can't find it there or anywhere else).

So how does one make a Corruption Test? Is this actually a mechanic or is it some sort of misprint?


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A Corruption test is made using the Feat die plus a number of Success dice equal to the character's Wisdom rating.

–p.28, The One Ring, Loremaster's Book

For further details about mechanics (Target Numbers etc), causes and effects and consequences see p.28 and p.56+ in the TOR LB.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Wow, I didn't think to look for it in the Loremaster's Book. This definitely seems like a mechanic that ought to be in the Adventurer's Book. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 16, 2013 at 18:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the difference is that, unlike Encounters or Journey obstacles, it's the players who are expected to roll the dice for a Corruption test, so it makes sense that their book would have rules for how to do that. Besides, it sounds to me that Corruption Tests are supposed to come up once per game session or so, making it odd that only the GM would know about such an important rule. Sure, the players may not be privy to the effects, but they should at least know how to make a roll. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 16, 2013 at 18:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Thunderforge I think the reason that this appears in the LM book is because the process of corruption is something more than a few rolls. A LM is expected to guide the player and the story in this process. \$\endgroup\$
    – Flamma
    Apr 16, 2013 at 18:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Flamma It looks to me like there is only one roll, the one described in this post. The TN of the task, as well as how many points get lost is up to the LM (understandably), but then the players keep track of the loss; that seems to be all there is. I'd prefer something in the Adventurer's Guide saying: Beware of Corruption. Here's how you make a Corruption Test. If the LM says you take Shadow Points, here's how you record it on your Character sheet. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 16, 2013 at 18:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ You're right, it does need a bigger description for the effects and that's better suited for the Loremaster Book. Ultimately, I'd like to see it in both with the limited rules that players need to know in the Adventurer's Guide and the full rules in the Loremaster's Book. Hopefully Cubicle 7 sees my suggestion :-) \$\endgroup\$ Apr 16, 2013 at 23:00

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