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Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”

I am looking to give someone who has never played an RPG a gift of a game and some dice, but this isn't someone who I can necessarily just RUN a game for, so the book needs to do as good a job as ...
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Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic

So far, I've seen questions about minimum-bookkeeping game recommendations, to keep it simple easy, and fast-to-play. That is understandable, since many play their games in-person. However, lots of ...
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Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
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What would be good level-less and class-less system for high fantasy games?

So we are playing D&D now, and we like some things in it, but, of course not all. I would like to know if there is an RPG system that would have what we like in D&D and Pathfinder, but without ...
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Looking for a light hearted system (allowing for a steampunk setting)

I'm looking for a light gaming system which supports a Victorian-era steampunk setting (as we've already have a fun world and characters we'd like to use). Furthermore: role-playing is more ...
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1answer
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Continuing the Reign of Winter adventure path

I'm reading through the Reign of Winter AP and have reached the final module. It feels to me that my players will want to Are there any existing modules that can be tampered with to help with that, ...
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Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games? [closed]

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Two-Face in Batman. The Incredible Hulk. Jekyll and Hyde. Green Goblin. I'm looking to build a game revolving ...
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1answer
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Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e

I'm looking for solo or 2 player adventures for D&D 5e that I can play just with me and my wife. They can be free or paid, and from the publisher or indie. Ideally I'd like to play as well (in ...
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1answer
190 views

Rule-lite titles available in Japanese (PDF would be even better)

I know one Japanese person who teaches Japanese here in Europe. Someone suggested to try using roleplaying games to develop fluency and communication skills in the students, but the teacher has ...
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1answer
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Looking for a free-form PvP RPG with a “last resort” arbitration mechanic

I am after a RPG system that: Allows for freeform (for the most part) play -- and isn't terribly genre-dependent (i.e. doesn't assume things about what NPCs will be like, what races exist in the ...
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RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting

So, here is the situation: I am DMing an RPG group that is almost finishing one of those old and small RPG books with introductory campaigns (written by Steve Jackson and NO GURPS!). The problem IS: ...
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0answers
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Free-form spells? [closed]

A long time ago, I fiddled around with ideas for an FRPG system in which spells were free-form rather than taken from a stereotyped list. My question is whether there is a system out there like this ...
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Looking for a versatile but reasonably fast combat system for hard sci-fi setting

I am looking for a Sci-Fi combat system that is versatile and reasonably fast-paced. I'd like it to be as streamlined as possible, but won't be to scared by complexity if it's well justified. ...
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Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG?

I am seeking a game like the RPG Aftermath, in terms of complexity of action resolution, but a universal generic game that I can use for any setting or genre. Are there other in-print games that are ...
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An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?

Mutants & Masterminds is an effects-based system. HERO System is an effects-based system. In character creation, you pick the power effects you want your character to have, and then you add the ...
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Is there a fantasy system that has a similar mechanical complexity to Ars Magica, but with a more robust melee system?

I'm preparing for my next game. For a while, I've had an interest in the mechanics of Ars Magica's casting system, and I'm hoping to run a game with a similar texture. The problem is that my group ...
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0answers
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Roleplaying play-by-post game for one [closed]

I spent quite some time trying to come up with such concept. By play-by-post I mean some kind of game of fiction, in writing. For the single person. What I'm looking for is some set of rules so that ...
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2answers
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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0answers
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Couple RPG/Two Person Roleplaying? [closed]

I've been into RPGs for a few years now (mostly D&D 3.5), but I'm a pretty bad DM. My girlfriend likes roleplaying and I was wondering if there are any one-DM, one-PC games? Perhaps some ...
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What is a good system for a political espionage game?

I want to run a political game, focused on intelligence and counter-intelligence. The PC's would be analysts, trying to influence their own leaders to take action (or not to take action as the case ...
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Simple fantasy-themed RPG for just two players and a GM?

Two friends of mine and me meet from time to time to play a few (board) games and we want to smoothly enter the RPG area. I know there are some questions asking for simple systems, but as they do not ...
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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9answers
717 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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0answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
656 views

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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1answer
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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 ...