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Just out of curiosity: Do you know of a working pen and paper adaptation of Bioware's Mass Effect franchise? I think there's no such official publication (though there might be one in the works, who knows), but there may be a good unofficial version.

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I haven't played Mass Effect. What aspects of that game are you looking for in a PnP game? – gomad May 18 '11 at 20:05
The world itself. I haven't been looking for a game with a "similar" feel, I've been curious whether there was an usable adaptation. (I've just accepted @mxyzplk's answer, for it pointed me to such a game, which satisfied my curiosity. :)) – OpaCitiZen May 19 '11 at 5:38
I just suggested Gurps as a system that will support everything that exists in mass effect, but isn't directly written for it. – Joshua Aslan Smith Nov 2 '12 at 14:50
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Probably most complete are these two d6-based Mass Effect RPGs. And there's a Cortex stab at one here (you have to register to see and download the files attached to the thread). Then there's Dagda who has been noodling away on a Mass Effect 2 RPG on his blog, I don't think it's downloadable but he says he's running it at cons. There's about a dozen less baked mods out there too.

Update - Wesley Schneider of Paizo has been running Mass Effect in Pathfinder and he has just published all his notes and stuff as Project Lobotomy.

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Nicely done versions there, I'm now tempted to run it! – Rob Nov 2 '12 at 14:41

There are few suggestions on converting Mass Effect into systems like Traveler, Fate or Savage World.

Otherwise there are no official Mass Effect RPGs.

I just ran across Mass Effect d6: The Unofficial RPG.

I myself am currently working on a Mass Effect Campaign Guide and Players Guide for Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. The sneak peaks are available at Mass Effect RPG.

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Definitely interested to see what you do class-wise. – Sorcerer Blob Jul 29 '11 at 4:42

I'm working on a Mass-Effect RPG currently in a d10 format. Though its not as common as a format as d20, I feel there is a better balancing between tech, biotics and normal combat.

Here's our Facebook page: Mass Effect RPG

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Could you expand this a bit more? Tell us what stage of development you're in? Perhaps give us an example of the core mechanics and how they support the narrative of Mass Effect? – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Nov 2 '12 at 5:13

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