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What's a good system/setting for an X-Files style campaign?

A friend of mine is interested in running a game that feels a lot like the X-Files (specifically the alien conspiracy portion, rather than the monster-of-the-week portion). Can anyone recommend a ...
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Rules system for playing out the details of founding and developing a city?

I want to run a campaign in which the players control individual but influential characters (maybe heads of families), with the main focus of play on the PCs building up a city over time, starting ...
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Small group tabletop [closed]

I'm looking for a table top game that can be played with 2 people and a dm/gm without limiting what can be done game wise or cause them to have to play multiple hero characters (talking to themselves ...
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Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games?

We've been looking for a system that fits our current requirements for a while and we seem to be failing miserably at it... Does anyone know of a system that fits the following? Magic system ...
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Modern or future polar horror adventure

I'm looking for a contemporary or sci-fi horror adventure (for any such rpg), set in a polar – Arctic or Antarctic or alternate planet – environment. Mind you, I'll be trying to come up with my own ...
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5answers
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Games with a granular alignment system?

I've recently started out a Basic Fantasy campaign with several new players. In this campaign, I want their characters to gradually gain their alignments based on they actions they take. For example, ...
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What systems use interesting questions to inspire character backgrounds? [closed]

In another question, it was suggested that the game "Dread" has a number of questions to make players really consider their character's backstory and personality. However, I'm planning to run a ...
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Looking for a system that effectively models endurance and fatigue

I am looking for a (fantasy) role-playing system that includes a believable, usable method for tracking the effects of fatigue and determining how they influence capabilities. To provide context for ...
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4answers
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Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
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1answer
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Dungeons and Dragons vs. Dangerous Journeys [closed]

First off, I don't think I've ever played "real" D&D. I'm usually DM and try to focus on the imaginative side of the roleplaying, sacrificing certain rules and concepts to make this happen. So ...
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7answers
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What would be the best system to play a Mission Impossible or James Bond game?

I have Classic Spycraft but tend to find classic d20 games (d20 modern, D&D 3.5) to be too crunchy when it comes to emulating high-action movies such as Mission Impossible or James Bond. I have ...
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1answer
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What is the best system for fantasy, modern, and scifi “simulation”?

I'm interested in comparing tabletop RPG rule sets, and I often hear it said that D&D 3.5e is a very good system for "simulation". I actually agree, with the tremendous number of splatbooks ...
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Looking for Role playing games with interesting social mechanics

Hopefully this produces some interesting sources for inspiration for my own designs: does anyone know of a system with an interesting take on handling social and similar situations, such as a debate ...
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What Resources Are Available For Poison?

I find myself stopped up short in my efforts to create a major...well, not antagonist, but let us call him a very shady ally, for my PCs. The individual in question, Mykael the Grinner, is the master ...
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Good RPG System/Game/style for just a single DM and single Player? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems? I am looking for a system or style of play (or even contained game/game module) which would be fun for just one player---myself ...
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2answers
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Recommendations for murder mystery party

I want to run a murder mystery party. Basically, a party where, in addition to all the drinking and dancing, there's also a murder investigation LARP going on. At first, I was thinking of designing ...
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3answers
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A system for tactical magic duels with low handling time?

I'm trying to cobble together a solely magic-based campaign that will have a really flexible system of magic. I've always been a fan of the D20 system, but it does have its limitations: for this ...
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8answers
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Searching for a simple fantasy system similar to WoD

I am looking to run a game in a low magic not-so-epic fantasy setting. I intend to focus on personal quests and stories and character discovery and growth, which may be related to some big-scale ...
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Enabling PC-driven Climate Change: is there a rules system to deal with PC created changes to the environment?

I am looking for a set of rules, (if possible a full game), that allow players to take an active part in changing the world, and its the world itself that's their greatest enemy. It could be a sci-fi ...
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2answers
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Are there any game mechanics for handling item condition in detail?

Many sources (ex) point out that a distinct advantage of non-metal armour is that it does not rust in the rain. Also, "adventurers", carrying all their belongings on their back, pretty often find ...
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What system produces characters that are easiest to convert to another system?

I have an idea for a game meant to introduce a wide variety of systems to my regular group so we can see what kind of things we like. The idea is that the characters would be planeswalkers or possibly ...
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Games with mechanics for dreams

I'm interested in developing a RPG based on Inception. The team would have a mission similar to the movie, invade several layers of dreams to plant or retrieve information from a target. For the ...
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Best system for a Mortal Kombat style campaign?

What would in your opinion be the best system to play a campaign based on Mortal Kombat? By this I mean: a system with a heavy emphasis on martial arts. this must include supernatural martial arts ...
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Recommend a published encounter for 4e to demo its strengths to newbies!

I'm looking for recommendations for a published (but not necessarily WotC), fun, single encounter to introduce some friends to D&D 4E. We'll be using a virtual tabletop (Roll20 specifically) for ...
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Is there any system which lets me play an astrologer mage?

Is there any system which has a mage class/magic system dedicated to astrology so I could play a court astrologer using the planets and constellations to divine the future? I would like to mention ...
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A fantasy game with a good Noble class?

I'm looking for a system, class based preferably, which allows me to play a noble (i.e., the son of a lord baron, etc., forced to adventure). I am looking for something along the lines of SW Saga's ...
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Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE

I'm playing around a lot with the FATE system at the moment (particularly with Diaspora) and I'm now looking at how I might apply it to a fantasy setting. What I'm looking for is a nice magic system ...
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4answers
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Looking for an evocative high fantasy rpg setting

I've been searching all over RPG sites for this kind of setting, but I didn't find anything similar until now. Well: High Fantasy: I mean something not from this dimension, out of ordinary, but not ...
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6answers
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Is there a fantasy RPG system which does not try to be old-school?

I'm a relatively new player who was introduced to Fantasy RPGs with DnD 3.5 and have continued with 4th edition. Now I'm active on forums and I know how they are developing 5th edition, but honestly I ...
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5answers
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Moving from AD&D 2e to a Futuristic/Cyberpunk setting as a DM

I play as part of a small group of players still in full-time education (16-18), although there is one player who is 12. We play AD&D 2e regularly, and I am usually the DM, although one or two ...
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7answers
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Are there any RPGs/settings where a character's class is not chosen but “earned” through their actions?

My experience RPGing has thusfar been limited to Dungeons and Dragons v3.5. As I've grown more experienced playing the game, I've toyed with creating my own campaign settings and am now playing with ...
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1answer
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d20 source books for modern/futuristic settings [closed]

I'm planning a game where different characters come from different time periods and cultures, and I'm using different source books to provide different rules for each character. The general idea is we ...
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Fast-paced and brutal rpg system

Does anyone in here know a system that is both fast-paced, brutal and suited for fantasy roleplaying? By brutal, I mean dangerous. Most RPG's have a tendency to have lenient combat systems, given ...
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How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?

Exactly how does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder? If I wanted to begin playing with a system-light D&D, preferred ascending AC, and wanted ...
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3answers
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What game system centered around Mafia or Organized Crime could be best used as a template to enhance an evil-pc D&D 4E game?

That's quite the mouthful. I'm DMing a D&D 4E game where the players desire to build an empire and trap heroes and more-or-less be the villains that D&D heroes normally are fighting against. ...
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3answers
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Recommend a web-based narrative RPG

I have played forum based RPG before. Posting is something like once per day and nothing is required other than text-writing capacity. I would like to try that again, but in English. It should be a ...
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RPG Systems with Attribute-based learning speed

I'm a first time poster (but an old time lurker on stackoverflow). I'm implementing a RPG system (personal use only) that is currently in beta testing. The idea for skills and progression is that ...
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Which systems use character development mechanics similar to The Dark Eye? [closed]

I have long been only exposed to D&D and therefore it was quite intriguing to see how The Dark Eye (in it's v4) takes dice and levels completely out of character development. Been wondering ...
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What systems, if any, could emulate an MMORPG or CRPG?

Similarly to Tasuret in his question about running a game within a game, I am looking for a system to model something that feels like a MMORPG or CRPG. Here are some more specifications, roughly in ...
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Random dungeon/adventure generation system

I'm looking to 'run' a 5-7 session mini-campaign in the near future. Problem is, there are only three players available- and I'm one of them. We could (and have in the past) run a two person party, ...
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1answer
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Is there an endless RPG system? [closed]

Good day, everybody. As already mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a RPG system, where there are no limitations on character's stats, allowing each player advance more and more, acquiring ...
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9answers
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Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system

In my endless struggle to find RPG systems which suit my style of game mastering I've made my way through endless pages of results on the RPGGeek with no avail, so once again I am going to surrender ...
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2answers
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RPG with background in ancient Europe (-1000 to 1000) close to reality [closed]

I want to run a game which as both an historical and geographical background matching our own reality. Description of lore should be quite accurate, but can have a pinch of myth, legend and magic as ...
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1answer
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Diceless miniatures? [closed]

I've seen diceless systems for narrative-focused role playing. But do any diceless combat tactics games exist, possibly based on miniatures? I'm thinking of personal-level combat where a single unit ...
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4answers
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Systems that have rules for covert magic (Occult type magic)

What games system out there have a good ruleset for a covert magic system. For the lack of a better word I use covert in meaning that magic isn't obvious. Not that the magicians would have to hide, ...
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Making an actual system for “playing war”

When I was a kid, we used to play soldiers on a field outside the school. We would make our own toy guns out of wood and make camps, sniping each other in the tall grass. It was a bit like a ...
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Combat system that is less abstract than hit points yet is not more lethal

I have a campaign based on battles with miniatures in mind, with my players controlling the standard "heroes". It should be possible for the players to keep their characters alive through the ...
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Alternatives to D&D and Pathfinder [closed]

Ok my original question was apparently too vague and raised question marks about my problem with the power curve in 3.5. I won't explain why I don't like 3.5 since that's not the point of my question. ...
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I am looking for a game to ease my friends into role playing

Let me start with saying it's been many years since I played D&D. I have a group of friends that meet every week to play board games like Descent, Heroquest, etc. The thing is, none of these ...
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Looking for a “Magic Rich” High Fantasy RPG

I seem to remember, over the decades of playing, there were one or two RPGs that were both: "High Fantasy" - set in a fantastic other world, with magic, monsters, but not grim, WoDarkness, or ...