I was perusing the shelves of a used bookstore with the missus and a friend of ours today when said friend plucked from the shelves a boxed set of Rolemaster, 2nd edition. Though I have only heard generally negative things about it, I am a rabid, uncontrollable collector of old gaming things, plus it was only fifteen bucks for a set containing Character Law/Campaign Law, Arms/Claw Law, and Spell Law.
First impressions: Holy charts, Batman!
Second impression: Holy fucking charts, Batman!
Although I am loathe to use Ron Edwards' terminology, this seems like a Fantasy Heartbreaker of the first order. (In fact, Character Law recommends swiping AD&D's magic system for the poor soul who is without Spell Law) I get the impression that the authors had houseruled an AD&D game to the point where it wasn't AD&D, and eventually it became Rolemaster. I have absolutely nothing to back this up, it is just the vibe I get from the game.
It will likely be a long time before I'm able to devote time to wading through the complexity and the hot chart action, as I am starting my AD&D1 game in eleven days.
...gah, I'm running out of space on the gaming shelf. I have nobody to blame but myself.