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I hear Clash Bowley is working on a new baseball-themed RPG. I've often thought how fantasy football fans are inches away from actually playing an RPG about sports. What RPGs out there are about sports, or have a pretty good treatment of it? There have been many sports mini-games inside RPGs over time (my first RPG adventure, Crash on Volturnus for Star Frontiers, had a lengthy mounted polo-type game sequence, and I remember the Challenge of Champions D&D adventure series from Dungeon) but are there any games that treat it as a main part of the action and not a sideline?

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The XCrawl setting for the d20 system posits a world where D&D-style adventurers take part in a Running Man-style competition/reality show televised for an alternate-modern audience in world where Rome never fell and fantasy monsters exist. The entire game is based around what is, essentially, an athletic endeavor in the style of modern sport — right down to endorsement deals and referees. The rules have an "athlete" class to supplement the usual d20 fantasy fare.

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Many of the XCrawl products were on sale for $1-$2 in Paizo's Black Friday sale, and I bought a batch of them, they should be in my hot little hands soon! – mxyzplk Dec 2 '10 at 22:09
@mxyzplk Darn — I missed that. Maybe next time. :) – Jadasc Dec 2 '10 at 22:33

Piledrivers & Powerbombs is a game of TV-style professional wrestling, with a focus on in-ring play, but also including all the posturing for the camera, deliberately-created drama, and spontaneous grudge matches that pro wrestling TV is famous for.

(Sprinkle scare quotes in there as necessary, depending on your opinion of pro wrestling TV.)

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Contenders is Boxing. I haven't read it, just the blurbs, so I can't say much more than that.

Street Fighter is Fantasy/Chanbarra Martial Arts themed. Treats it as a tournament-driven setting. Each adventure is supposed to be the action before the tourney, and then ending with the Tourney in town.

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Contenders is excellent. Some love:… – Jmstar Dec 2 '10 at 22:32

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