ToME is a roguelike game, one of the many Angband variants. The game is generally called ToME, though the acronym could mean "Tales of Middle Earth" or "Troubles of Middle Earth". ToME borrows even more from the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien than Angband does.
As in the game of Angband, your goal is to kill Morgoth. However, in ToME, your initial goal is only to investigate the trouble at Dol Goldur in Mirkwood. ToME is a very long game that requires you to explore multiple dungeons before you can become strong enough to reach Morgoth's stronghold, the fortress called Angband, and attempt the final battle. As in other roguelike games, if at some point you die, then you must start the game from the very beginning, unless you cheat by copying save files.
ToME is so complex that you might want to try vanilla Angband or another Angband variant first. ToME requires the player to learn more. Players who gain experience levels must know how to assign points to skills; players who want to visit a town or dungeon after the first must know how to explore the overworld.
ToME provides a very large collection of character races and classes. There are various types of warriors and mages that you can attempt. Your choice influences your gameplay for the entire game.
ToME 2.3.3 has 22 races, ranging from Human and Wood-Elf to Beorning and Maia. There are also 8 race modifiers, mostly for those who want to play undead characters.
- Classical - "a normal member of the race"
- Barbarian - better at fighting, weaker at magic
- Hermit - better at magic, weaker at fighting
- Vampire, Spectre, Skeleton, Zombie - undead
- LostSoul - undead, must escape Mandos, very difficult
The 32 classes come in 6 groups:
- Warrior - Warrior, Swordmaster, Axemaster, Haftedmaster, Polearmmaster, Unbeliever, Demonologist
- Archer - Archer, Ranger
- Rogue - Rogue, Assassin
- Mage - Mage, Geomancer, Warper, Sorcerer, Necromancer, Runecrafter, Thaumaturgist, Alchemist
- Priest - Priet(Eru), Priest(Manwe), Druid, Dark-Priest, Paladin, Mindcrafter
- Loremaster - Loremaster, Possessor, Mimic, Symbiant, Summoner, Monk, Bard
For a complete list of classes, consult classes for the game ToME.
ToME 2.3.3 marks the Alchemist as "experimental"; there seem to be some gameplay problems with that class.
The current stable version is ToME 2.3.4 "An Unexpected Party", released 22 October 2006. The web site provides source code, and binary ports for some computers.
Since ToME 2.2.0, the ToME package contains two components: a T-Engine and a ToME module. The T-Engine is a roguelike engine, and each module contains a roguelike game. However, many aspects of ToME remain hardcoded into the T-Engine, thus all of the modules for T-Engine 2.3.4 are ToME variants.
T-Engine 3 and ToME 3 are in the alpha development stage. This is a refactoring that removes many limitations on modules. New modules exist like Bone to be Wild and Dragon Ball T; see the ToME wiki's page of Modules. The T-Engine still has bugs (though fewer than in the past); the ToME 3 module is under an overhaul and not so playable. New ToME players should grab ToME 2.3.4.