I would really like to get into Pen and Paper RPGs that are more combat and rule heavy than storytelling. I would play D&D but don't want to put much money into it before I get a feel for the genre. Are there any free or close to it RPGs "online" (i.e. rules and/or print-offs downloadable)?
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Both Pathfinder (D&D 3.75) and D&D 3.5 have freely available online rules, with everything you need to get started and get into the game without spending a penny.
I would recommend Pathfinder by Paizo. It made many improvements to D&D, and they make more of their rules available online for free by releasing the the Pathfinder Reference Document. You can check out the rules on the Paizo website here.
The D&D 3.5 rules were released under the System Reference Document, any search on Google will find a slew of sited hosting it. My client personal favourite is d20srd.org, however it really is just personal preference which site you use.
One thing to note is that just because a system is rules-heavy, that doesn't mean it has to be story light. Both systems have in depth rules covering most situations you will come across, however of can still tell fantastic stories whilst using these rules. The point of any set of rules is not to interfere with the story, but to enable it to be told one way or another.
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