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What version of D&D, or similar game, should I choose given my criteria?

(I hope that by being very specific in my criteria that this question will be deemed acceptable to this site. Apologies in advance if I did not meet what I understand to be the requirements for ...
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4answers
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Recommendation for first-time-ever RPG group [closed]

Me and some friends are looking for resources to help us begin playing a RPG. Preferably themed fantasy (magicians, etc...) Problem is, none of us ever did this sort of thing. But we are set on doing ...
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1answer
266 views

Pythonesque Fantasy RPG?

I'm looking for an RPG that captures the feeling of 'Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail' (preferably fantasy, although if there's a system like this that is settingless or for another ...
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8answers
499 views

Modeling character emotions and stress

I'm interested in playing a game which is based more on characters and their emotions, rather than physical accomplishments. A system that forces characters to do dumb things and generate drama while ...
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349 views

Good campaigns for a small group?

Are there any pre-made campaigns that are fairly simple and able to be played by a group of three people for D&D 3.5? My friends and I have a hard time getting a campaign that we can play, as it ...
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4answers
899 views

Are there any RPGs that a first grade reader can read and learn?

I'm a tutor working with a 4th-grader on reading. He reads at a 1st- or 2nd-grade level. He loves video games like Grand Theft Auto. I need a game that a young boy can read on his own and learn to ...
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4answers
376 views

What fantasy adventures with rich descriptions are out there?

Me and my partner are playing Steve Jackson's Sorcery for the iPad together at the moment. It's her first rp experience of any kind and she's loving it! So I'm thinking I might DM something for her ...
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3answers
782 views

Worm-like Superhero RPG?

Is there a system that captures the feel of the excellent superhero webfiction Worm? The key features are moral complexity (the motto of the series is 'doing the wrong things for the right reasons'), ...
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1answer
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Any rules or supplements for mass combat in Underwater or Aerial fantasy environments?

I want to create a Pathfinder campaign for my players that culminates in a war between fantasy cities. I've been researching mass combat rules looking for something comprehensive that effectively ...
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1answer
161 views

Adventure suited for a party of thieves and fast talkers?

I'm a fan of books like The Lies of Locke Lamora and (switching genres) The Quantum Thief. I'm curious about Pathfinder adventures (or APs) that would be well suited for a group of sneaky and/or fast ...
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7answers
3k views

What system increases skills based on skill use? [closed]

Are there any realistic, flexible, and genre-agnostic RPG systems that use actual skill use1 to level up the particular skills of a character instead of the D&D inspired XP based system? 1I call ...
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3answers
462 views

A good 2nd level DDI-subscription adventure for a family with little kids?

I have a game group of myself (DM + a support cleric (N)PC), my wife and 2 boys. The kids are very young for dnd (10 and 6) but they are getting right into it and we're having a really good time ... ...
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4answers
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Games where some characters can play as weapons

Are there any games that provide some characters with the option of playing as a weapon, possibly wielded by other players? I've never heard of or seen a game that has any rules or specific about ...
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1answer
482 views

XP System: Class and Character Level Separated, with XP spent determining level

I am looking for suggestions for an RPG system that handles character level and class level tracked separately. Ideally I would like to find something that does this based on XP spent. For context, ...
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0answers
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What games have complex rules for arrow removal? [closed]

What tabletop RPGs have rules specifically for dealing with arrows that have been implanted into one's body? It is very common for RPG rules to keep arrows simple and merely have them do one-time ...
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423 views

Which is easier for new players to learn, SR2 or SR5?

Of the many editions of Shadowrun, we have access to the second and the fifth one. The group we're considering SR with has a few rather inexperienced, newbie players (and some who played a lot of SR2 ...
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3answers
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What's a good fast-combat system that scales to 6-10 players?

I've been running Pathfinder and D&D 4e games for my friends for a while now. We treat them more as social gatherings where a game happens. (Sometimes. :P ) Friends drop in and out on a weekly ...
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2answers
207 views

What RPGs that don't have randomization mechanisms exist? [duplicate]

Ideally I am looking for RPGs that completely lack all randomization. No cards, no dice, no spinners. Hidden player knowledge is bad too, even that level of "random" is too random. I'm looking for ...
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4answers
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Superhero Game System [closed]

Recently, I brought up Mutants & Masterminds to my gaming group, and now they seem really interested in playing a game with superheroes. I only have the First Edition "Core" book, but it seems to ...
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3answers
312 views

What role-playing games don't feature experience? [closed]

I've never played a tabletop role-playing game, but when I was young I played a lot of role-playing video games, and I never liked the experience system they all used. I won't say that everything ...
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3answers
645 views

Kingdom Logistics for a 3.5 epic campaign

I have been writing a campaign over the last month. We have six PC's and they each have partnered up with one other person to run a kingdom. There is the 3 PC kingdoms, as well as all a few other NPC ...
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2answers
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I want to run an RPG inspired by Monáe's 'Metropolis' concept series

Janelle Monáe has created a compelling --if lightly-defined-- science fiction future setting: In the dystopian world of The Metropolis Suite, an android is condemned to death for falling in love ...
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1answer
176 views

Need a Nautical Sourcebook [closed]

I'm putting together a fantasy mini campaign which will involve several episodic situations involving medieval naval combat, ships, crews, and the likes. I'm looking for a good, rich RPG sourcebook ...
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0answers
219 views

Any system I can use for a Monster Hunter (VG) RPG? [closed]

I've been playing with my pals lately, from Horror to Dark Fantasy, using both 4e and the rules on Savage Worlds, we like rules-light and easy to learn systems. Lately we've been playing Capcom's ...
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3answers
625 views

Is there a GMless RPG with this structure?

I have never played an RPG, but I've been interested for a long time. In fact, I often say that my childhood play would've eventually led to my writing an RPG if I hadn't heard of existing RPGs first. ...
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645 views

PDF Pathfinder gaming with a Kindle Fire

I am interested in experiences from gamers that use a Kindle Fire HD with PDFs purchased from Paizo? I just got the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and am curious about the user experience before I purchase any ...
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809 views

Good System for a Beginner DM [duplicate]

I've always had a thirst for building a rich, engaging world with a group of friends playing adventurers who explore said world, and to that end I have always wanted to be a Dungeon Master. But, I ...
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0answers
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Beginner Friendly game for my friends and I. (No experienced GM) [duplicate]

My three friends and I are very interested in playing Table-top rpg's but we're having some trouble getting started. We're looking for a pretty beginner friendly game that doesn't require an ...
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1answer
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What are the main differences between Fading Suns editions and which would be recommended to a beginner?

I am interested in investing in the Fading Suns RPG for the first time. My interest is almost wholly in the fiction rather than the ruleset. There are several different versions still available ...
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0answers
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Is it possible to do a one-night D&D (or similar) session in just a few hours with only three people? [closed]

My flatmate is big D&D fan, but we two other flatmates are not particularly interested (though not averse either.) Can we two inexperienced flatmates set up a role-playing game, have it be fun for ...
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1answer
2k views

D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM

I am brand new to D&D I bought the Player's Handbook, DM Guide and Monster Manuel.. Along with Monster Vault and The Dungeon Master's Kit.. I also got the Starter Red Box... What I am looking for ...
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4answers
388 views

An adventure RPG that can be played in only author stance?

My family and I mostly play board games, and like strategy and cooperative games, but I want to branch out into RPGs. We like to play games generally the same way. Which is, we don't really like to ...
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Game with Interesting Combat that is Crunch Heavy and is built to not Require a Grid?

As an alternative to trying to play a game that normally requires a grid, I'm looking for an RPG that Has mechanically interesting combat (plenty of depth, not necessarily high complexity). Has a ...
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10answers
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My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?

My friends and I are trying to get into tabletop RPGs but have ran into some difficultly finding a system/setting that fits. We gave Eclipse Phase a shot but found it to have a pretty high barrier to ...
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6answers
953 views

Are there any pbp sites left? [closed]

I was once a regular user of RPOL.net. I left for several years and came back to find it a fraction of what it had been. And not a very large fraction at that. Are there any good play-by-post sites ...
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3answers
410 views

Looking for a battle map designer with ice-themed objects

I am looking for an online map designer I can use to make a battle map for Pathfinder. The theme is supposed to be icy and harsh. I already tried Dungeon Painter Online, and I found in terms of ...
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3answers
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D&D 3.5 Campaign for low level characters that can be run in 30 - 45 minute sessions

I am specifically looking for campaigns that are balanced for low level characters in D&D 3.5. I would accept any campaigns though free is preferred. The campaign itself does not need to end in ...
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1answer
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Is there a tabletop role-playing game based on Hello Kitty?

Looking for an appropriate role-playing game to introduce little girls into the hobby (*), I have found a role-playing game based on My Little Pony and a Massive Multiplayer Role Playing Game based on ...
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1answer
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Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG

I have a friend who's not very interested in playing RPGs, but he's a Harry Potter nut. Is there a decent (probably fan-made, I've heard that an official HPRPG is unlikely) system that is easy for a ...
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2answers
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Looking for a game system that involves advanced math

I've recently become fascinated by the idea of a role-playing game system that involves advanced math. By advanced math (admittedly, a very vague description), I generally mean that it should ...
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3answers
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Which is a good system for one-player Dungeon Crawls?

Well, I'm gonna make a hex grid based campaign with dungeons and such, and my player and I dislike D&D, Pathfinder and the likes for the over the top complexity. We've been using Savage Worlds for ...
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1answer
463 views

Roguelike Tabletop [closed]

I am looking for a Roguelike tabletop RPG to play with some friends. We really love RPG's we love the Concept of D&D (talk-gaming) but we just dwell into a lot of silliness due to not having a ...
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9answers
881 views

Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets

I would like to run an RPG, but one of my players has a hard time sitting up for long periods of time. What sorts of games can I try running given that she needs to be lying in a hospital bed and ...
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2answers
511 views

Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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2answers
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Recommend me an investigative adventure set in the wilderness

For my next session in my campaign, I plan to have the party to track the villain from point A to point B, while following a trail of "breadcrumbs", clues left behind by the villain. Perhaps at each ...
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2answers
367 views

A simple system which makes players feel awesome and empowered [closed]

I'm a young player, and an even younger DM. As such, there were very few systems (read: 2) I've had the pleasure of trying out, and now I'm looking for a system to host a new session in which wouldn't ...
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4answers
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Are there any game systems whose shtick is that the PCs have dragon companions?

I'm aware of the ECL rules for younger dragons in D&D 3.5. I'd like to move away from that system with this, if possible (it is retained as last resort though). Not that it's incompatible here, ...
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Setting up a new world scenario, any good planetary system references? [closed]

I'm trying to put together a new planetary system. A larger than earth planet, in a binary-sun system, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a set of books, websites, or software that would make my job ...
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What are some fun play-by-mail/email games? [closed]

Me and my friends work office jobs and hence are in front of a computer all day. I thought a fairly slow-paced text game we could play asynchronously over email throughout the day would be a lot of ...
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One-off simple game with little to no character creation?

We are between campaigns and are looking for a good, short game to fill the prep time for the GM. Character creation must be very short. Minimal stats is best. We want to be able to start playing ...