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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 ...
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What product(s) do I need to start with the Pathfinder Campaign setting?

I am interested in exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line of products. What is the best order to buy them in?
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Looking for a good, simple RPG system that will work using an MMO's chat function

Before you close it for being about an MMO and this is not arqade, I am looking specifically for a system that can be used IN a MMO using its chat and roll systems. So effectively this is a "Play By ...
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A system that allows for a gritty, fast, simple post-apocalyptic setting?

I am looking for a game system that will allow me to run a post-apocalyptic setting. I know there are plenty out there, but I'm having a hard time finding the one I want to play. I need a system that ...
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Whats currently a good game to start on? [duplicate]

I used to do a lot of roleplaying in my youth, and would like to pass on the wonder and excitement I enjoyed to my Nephews and Nieces. I have not played in a few years and so don't know what games ...
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What's a good source for a fantasy common-magic setting?

I'm looking to create a new culture in my current campaign that lives in what I'll call a common-magic area (for whatever reason, in my case a McGuffin, there's heaps of magic), and I want to reflect ...
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Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband?

Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband, the the dungeon fortresses of Morgoth as described in J.R.R. Tolkien's works? Anything that's published is fine - say with the MERP, ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...