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RPG With Character Moral Growth and Corruption?

My group is looking for a fantasy RPG that has a strong element of character progression related to internal struggle (i.e., about moral growth), specifically one that goes two ways (that is, a ...
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A Noir detective RPG with published adventure support?

I am looking for a noir style detective game for a small group of players, preferably a 1–2 person party (e.g., the detective and the femme fatale or possibly 2 detectives.) I want to capture the ...
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What is a good, free, Space-faring RPG? [closed]

I'm looking for a Sci-Fi Space-faring RPG that meets the following requirements: The system is free or has enough OGL rules to be played for free. The rules should be primarily or solely developed ...
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Basic, 1st or 2nd edition D&D adventure light on combat

I've got shedloads of official 1st & 2nd edition adventures - mostly TSR modules and copies of Dungeon and White Dwarf. I haven't read them all, and I haven't read any of them in about 20 years. ...
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Looking for a free, easy-to-learn D&D-like game that can be run with limited materials

I am looking to play a roleplaying game with my dad and little brother. Other that both of them knowing nothing, and me have little experience, mainly from online reading, we don't have a lot of stuff ...
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Tips for first time Dungeon Master [duplicate]

I'm a first time dungeons and dragons dungeon master. I've played the game only a couple of times before. Basically I am using the starter set that I got at the bookstore. Characters are premade as ...
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Is there a Star Wars adventure for Awesome Adventures?

I teach English to a Japanese couple. I discovered they like Star Wars 4: A New Hope. I imagine there are a million RPG adventures for it but I want one for the Fate-based Awesome Adventures system ...
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I would like a “self-contained” adventure to play with Over The Edge Rules

I would like to use the Over The Edge rules (I have access to both the original game and the Warp rules) to experiment with remote gaming (either via chat, email or some of the dedicated stuff). I am ...
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Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?

What systems have mechanics that deal with and express who characters are as people (i.e., with their personalities) in ways that have direct mechanical application in gameplay, not just vague ...
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Is it worth buying the “Super Powers Companion 2nd Edition” if I have 1st Ed. and the free changes supplements?

I own the original SW: Super Powers pdf that came out some years ago, however my group and I have been playing with the PDF that Pinnacle released with the rules for power creation. I'd like to know ...
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Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?

Are there any recommendations for premade solo adventures for DnD I could use to DM for my wife as a solo campaign? She's a total novice to role-playing, so I'd like to focus on the exploration and ...
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System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls

Our group has been taking issue with traditional systems for rolling and resolving skill checks/skill encounters, and we were wondering if there are more dynamic and realistic options out there. Most ...
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is there a pecil and paper type rpg that you can play by yourself? [duplicate]

I am looking for an old style rpg that I can play by myself. is there such a thing? I was kinda thinking the munchkin series was like that
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Are there any systems similar to Pathfinder's Kingmaker that are more complex and realistic?

I'm looking for systems similar to Kingmaker (where the PCs rule and expand a kingdom), except I want it to be much more realistic and complex. A few examples of what I mean: Instead of 'Building ...
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Free RPGs that work well on forums [closed]

I am looking to play an RPG in my forum with some friends of mine. The forum is mine, and I came up with the idea of playing an RPG. I want it to follow the following conditions so that it works on my ...
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D&D good edition for newbies [closed]

I'm totally new to D&D having only played 2 games neither of which I GM'd, one being 3.5, the other being heavily home brewed version of 3.5. I want to GM a game. I have a group ready, but I was ...
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Adventures or campaigns involving dragon antagonists

As I have a dragon PC in my player group with a very nice background story involving a dragon as an antagonist, I've been looking around to find adventures or campaigns featuring dragons as ...
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Looking for a Detective/Mystery Adventure (D&D) [closed]

I have been playing D&D for a month or so now and I have realized that games I enjoy most are the ones that are Detective/Mystery centred. I have played Assassins Knot but it was far too easy and ...
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Looking for RPGs without character-classes [closed]

Right now I'm playing Shadowrun4, I know that there don't exist classes which restrict your character developement. Are there any other P&P RPGs out there, which also don't have classes? That ...
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Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?

I would like to introduce my friends to role-playing games. I have played some D&D and a few parlour LARPS organised by other in the past, now I'm thinking about organising something for friends ...
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Are there any RPGs that realistically prioritize speed and reach in melee? [closed]

I took up middle-ages reemnactment for a hobby for a little while, the sort of fighting that you do with actual steel swords and spears, not the rubber versions used for LARP. I was very surprised to ...
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Party RPG (ala Werewolf) [closed]

I'm looking for an idea for an RPG that uses minimal materials (like werewolf/mafia) that can work for a big group of people. We use werewolf (and werewolf ultimate, one-night) just looking for ...
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System Recommendation: Traders/Truckers Spaceships Sci-Fi

First: English is not my native language (and not my players too), so there is may be some missunderstanding or mistakes. I'm sorry about it. Second: I know about game-recommendation question's rules ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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Is there any book dealing with Dungeon Design?

I got this old book from a friend, titled "Central Casting: Dungeons" yesterday night. My friend is my player and he's noticed how much I struggle to make decent dungeons. Though the book is actually ...
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Help me find a good system mechanic [closed]

I'm looking for a system mechanic that I could use in my homebrew campaign. I don't mind borrowing a mechanic from a well known system, like WFRP, DnD or WoD, but the truth is I am not that familiar ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
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What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?

Next week I will run a session for the first time, and I am looking for advice with which edition to run. I am currently considering 3.5e, 4e or the newest playtest packet of 5e (this seems best to ...
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Easy-to-learn GM-less system with flexible group size, for fantasy, urban fantasy, or sci-fi?

A little background info might be helpful: I've roleplayed in online games and have some experience with single-player computer games based off of pen & paper game systems (The Dark Eye), and I'm ...
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Running an RPG with fast Drop-In-Drop-Out capability for an open day

Our university will have some Open Days for prospective students over summer, and our gaming society wants to present itself. Any somewhat traditional way of playing an RPG will take too much of ...
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What roleplaying system has rich espionage elements that can be incorporated into another game?

I'm currently playing an Aberrant game, and my character ended up being the group's boss by virtue of having all the money. We play normal people who developed superpowers, and we're starting off in ...
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RPGs about human commandos fighting aliens like in X-Com?

Are there any tabletop RPGs that involve being a group of humans fighting some kind of an alien threat? Something similar to the XCOM games for the PC: Or the Omega Protocol Level 7 board game: ...
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A modern-SF, non-transhumanist, simulationist-leaning game?

I'd like to GM a sci-fi game, one that falls, preferably, somewhere between space opera and hard sf. I've been looking at options, reviews, etc., but haven't found anything to my taste. Please, ...
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Roleplaying game without (first person) violence? [closed]

Most roleplaying games include weapons, and hurting, and killing (and looting!). Moreover, some (if not most) systems seem to be made for that. However (though I do enjoy such games), I'm trying to ...
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What is a good gaming system to convert RIFTS RPG into? [closed]

I've always loved the world of RIFTS and even the magic system, but MDC and game balance issues make it nearly unplayable in my opinion. What system’s rules would be the best fit for a Rifts game? It ...
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Recommendations on edition or version for experienced D&D 2nd Edition players that haven't played in 10+ years

The specific question is: For experienced AD&D 2nd edition players who haven't played in 10+ years, but want to get together for a 1-time adventure (not continued play), what would be the ...
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FAE or Dungeon World as first game for kids, rusty DM?

I'm looking at FAE or Dungeon World for a first RPG for some ~11 year olds with me as a GM (who hasn't played anything but AD&D in nearly 30 years). The kids are interested in a D&D style ...
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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG?

I've kicked around the idea of starting some roleplaying games with my son (11) and his friends. I played AD&D when I was a kid (stopping around 1987, not sure what version that was). While I ...
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Good source book for wilderness/road encounters?

I'm a GM and like for my players to have several interesting encounters when making long road journeys between cities. I especially enjoy when the party has options of how to deal with what they ...
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What simple and rules-light system can be used to play WH40k? [closed]

I want to play a game set in the WH40k universe, where we play as Space Marines. Too bad that DEATHWATCH and WH40k for d20 are too rules-heavy and my players won't read that. It must be really lite: ...
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Is there a “sea creatures” RPG system, or would I need to create one?

My girlfriend is curious about how flexible the pen and paper RPG hobby that I love can be, so I asked her what scenario or theme that she would like to be/live in her dreams. She said something like, ...
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Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e? [closed]

My group and I are planning to play a simple trial session with AD&D 1e just to learn the basics of the game. We agreed that this adventure would not be connected to the larger campaign introduced ...
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Looking for a WWII RPG that requires no adaptation/conversion

I am a massive fan of history - particularly the 20th century. Of course, the Second World War is massive and fascinating specter of this era. Are there any pen and paper RPGs based upon this ...
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What game system should I use for a new campaign: familiarity or abundant material [closed]

After a couple of decades away from RPGs, I've have been a player for several months with a steady group playing FantasyCraft. Meanwhile, I've been preparing a campaign of my own and done a lot of ...
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What is a good/solid contemporary (near future)-Sci Fi rpg setting?

I'm looking for an RPG setting that is contemporary (near future)- mechanics/system is not a consideration. I want to run a campaign in a world inspired by the ideas in "Pattern recognition" by ...
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Any real hard science rpg systems?

I'm trying to find a roleplaying game system that lends itself to hard science fiction. To quote another stack exchange user, "Hard science fiction is defined by scientific rigor." I'm looking for ...
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Easy-to-learn system that supports one-on-one play [closed]

The Situation I'm looking for a system that I would be able to GM and have my wife as my only player. I am experienced with RPGs; she is not. She joined a D&D 4e game with me and my friends ...
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Myth Adventures Series RPG?

Is there an RPG system based on Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye's Myth Adventures series? I'd also be interested in any adaptations of the setting for a pre-existing system, like GURPS.
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Recommend large, complex, logical dungeons

I did not find the right question, so if this has a duplicate, simply relink this question. As a treat for my players I would like to master a very good dungeon. Good means: It should be free or so ...