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What point-buy systems of magic (like psionics in 3e D&D) are there? [closed]

The RPG I'm currently developing is a d20 model, skill driven rules system. The mechanics of spellcasting center around spell effects and point cost for stamina (a universal energy pool for all ...
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Which is the best rpg to introduce people to role playing? [closed]

I'm also kinda new, but I understand the idea of a RPG and its basic rules.
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What systems or special mechanics enforce equal stage-time between players most effectively?

What systems/mechanics have proven most effective at giving each player about equal spotlight-time and enforcing that equality between look-at-me players and 'turtles'? There's a pretty shy player who ...
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Superhero cinematic gaming — looking for a system

Our current campaign is going to wind down in a few months, and I'm planning a new campaign. I'm looking for a system that has the following characteristics: Supports a low-to-medium power superhero ...
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Is there a game that places a similar amount of emphasis on the creation of worlds by player characters as the Myst series?

A major part of the premise of the Myst series is that a number of characters in the setting can 'write' worlds (mostly ones you could walk across in a few minutes). The gameplay of the series is ...
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What is the closest system to Star Wars Saga edition that's still in print?

I'm playing a game of Star Wars Saga Edition with friends, but I was horrified to find that due to ownership of names, and systems etc the book is no longer in print, and getting hold of a copy is ...
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Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population

I have some players who would be interested in managing their own city. Is there any literature out there which covers the ins and outs of PCs governing a populace? Some example scenarios: The PCs ...
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What games exist with a focus on travelling between alternate universes?

I'm looking for games in which the PCs are expected to travel between many different parallel earths – call them what you will: alternate dimensions, alternate histories, whatever. If there was a ...
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Is There a Role-Playing Game with a Business Theme?

Does anyone know if there is a role-playing game centered around a business theme. That is, where you own and grow a particular type of business (manufacturing, farming, transportation, etc), and it ...
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Does anyone know of a D20 system that uses the Harry Potter Universe?

Does anyone know of a D20 system that uses the Harry Potter Universe? I want to try something new with a few of my friends. We really want to try and get away from the usual D&D for a bit and try ...
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What fantasy systems center on evil characters and specifically the consequences of being evil?

I am looking to run a campaign of evil characters, but I want them to have consequences for being evil. The more evil power you gain the more it changes your physical body, mental state and ability to ...
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Tips for organising a short campaign?

I'm planning on fitting as much roleplay into my university's intersemester break (ISB) as I can. I've got ideas for campaigns in my head, and I'm reasonably comfortable jotting down a few stats and ...
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What system would best capture the style and feel of TMNT mechanically?

After some (minimal) research I found out that Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles has its own RPG book: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness. Some parts of the system above appear good, ...
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Which systems use a dice pool *and* highest score mechanic?

I'm trying to design a system with a dice pool mechanic that looks at the highest roll in the pool as well as total number of successes? I want to show the quality of a success and it's extent. ...
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Zombie apocalypse systems that use lots of d10

Yet another system recommendation question from me. While procrastinating at work, I stumbled upon a very poorly written "Zombie Apocalypse Guide" and immediately got fascinated by the idea to run a ...
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What systems use an initiative system similar to Exalted?

As far as I remember, the exalted system works on ticks and cool downs: A "tick" is roughly one second, but is a fuzzy, arbitrary time unit used to demark how long actions take. An "action" is ...
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What system should I choose for a 'magic' adventure?

I'm searching for a system that has significant options for magic adventures. I want to let players not just to tell their stories and take part in an adventure, but create the magic themselves. A ...
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An RPG with less emphasis on 'acting'

I have a friend who is rather shy and is reluctant to join in with my RPG hobby. Their main complaint is that they aren't confident enough to roleplay with others. (Or "act," as they say it.) They are ...
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Systems similar to D&D 3.5

We have recently finished our very first campaign in D&D 3.5, after well over two years in play - the thing is, it was a to be continued type of ending, and we intend to continue playing in the ...
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Do any games have XP (or a similar concept) as an in-game construct?

Experience Points (or Karma, or Legend-points, etc.) are given as an award to the players that can be used to improve the capabilities of their characters and to monitor general "progress". In all ...
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Are there any games that have an ecological setting?

In Tales from the Wood you play woodland animals, seeing struggles against humans from an animal perspective. I was wondering if there were any games that used ecological/climate change as part of the ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family?

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...
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Japanese mythology games?

Are there any good roleplaying games out there that draw heavily from Japanese mythology, or Japanese traditional religious beliefs? Free and available online would be best, of course.
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Statless & diceless systems

Thanks to a couple of The Riddle of Steel sessions I had seneschaled, which didn't really use any dice or stat comparison, I started to ponder the idea of a statless system. I realize that it would be ...
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Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat?

I'd like to try one-on-one RPGing with my partner and am looking for an initial high-fantasy adventure to get started with. My original plan was to adapt the Fighting Fantasy gamebook, 'The Warlock ...
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Best story-focused, rules-lite, fantasy, non-class-based RPG? [closed]

I've been considering starting up tabletop RPGing again after a 13-year pause. During the time I did RPGing before, I mainly used Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (second edition). In retrospect I ...
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What game systems have a large number of adventures available for them?

One of the huge advantages of playing D&D (any edition) is that it has a truly huge base of adventures, both published and fan-made. Call of Cthulhu also has a reasonably large basis of both ...
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Tabletop RPG experience for someone only available for short interval at a time

Lately, I've been wanting to go back to the tabletop roleplaying. I have a few restraints though: I know nobody who could play with me in my actual area. With a quite active social life, I don't ...
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Dreyfus model of skill acquisition for skill advencements

Does anyone know of either any systems or have house rules that model skill advancement via the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition?
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System for Setting: Misfits

On the recommendation of one of my players, I'm watching Misfits, a British TV show about kids (Their ages aren't so far specifically stated; they're old enough to drink and young enough to live at ...
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Is there any other RPG that includes snailmail-writing as an integral component?

In De Profundis, an important part of the game is writing and sending letters to the other players. It's played in real-time with mail correspondence being the only form of contact between players. ...
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What Roleplaying Games Come/Came With a Video?

I've got a player for a one-off that I'm running at the weekend who says that he's roleplayed before, but can't remember what it was. All he can remember is that it came with a video and "had a box". ...
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Are there PnP RPGs based on Moorcock's “non-Elric” works?

As the title of the Q says. Are there any PnP RPGs based on those works of Michael Moorcock whose (anti)hero is not Elric?
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Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? [closed]

Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? Silly games, or mold breaking games meant to be played over hours or at most a few game sessions as opposed to longer more ...
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RPG designed for irregular players/gaming?

Is there an RPG specifically and explicitly (as in: the developers stating this in the actual book) designed for parties whose members gather irregularly (there's always someone who can't make it) and ...
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What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements?

We've got a local LARP group in my area and we've been struggling with getting a good set of core rules. We've borrowed for a few system, but none of them seem to fit exactly what we want to do. ...
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What role-playing games best emulate a non-mystical Old West setting?

I am interested in running an American Old West RPG/campaign that doesn't rely on fantasy/mystical or sci-fi/steampunk elements. What system do you recommend, and why do you think it captures a more ...
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Which systems can emulate battles against zombie hordes?

As popular culture has been saturated with zombies in recent years, I've gotten at least half a dozen ideas for zombie RPG campaigns. The main difficulty with using well-known systems for these, ...
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Recommendations for Arctic Campaign Sites/Settings

What are some books that people would recommend for quality material on an arctic / polar campaign setting / region / site? System neutral, though specifically in the traditional D&D medieval / ...
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Realistic modern day combat system to model real life ambush

I came across a video (helmet camera) of an Taliban force ambushing US infantry troops in Afghanistan. This is a link to the video of ambush: Combat in the First Person, Spc.Michael Gannon guides us ...
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What table-top games are best-suited for online play?

The type of play I'm talking about here is using Skype as well as an online dice roller. The differences between this kind of play and standard play is that it can be very chaotic, especially for the ...
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Are there any existing RPGs that emphasize multiple people working together, but each with their own objectives?

Take something like Paranoia -- where each player has separate missions from their secret society, but also wants to accomplish the mission, but ALSO wants to kill the fellow players as much as ...
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Looking for Urban Adventures (for a fantasy RPG)

I'm having a hard time finding inspiration for an Urban adventure set in a fantasy world. I have always run wilderness adventures or dungeon crawls. The adventure I'm designing is based in a Port ...
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Recreating a narrative like Leinster's Gateway to Elsewhere in a game

Murray Leinster wrote a number of fascinating short stories. One that has caught my interest is Gateway to Elsewhere(Baen) being a story about the nature of dimension travel through what amounts to ...
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What are the differences and similarities between Pathfinder and Fantasy Craft?

Pathfinder or Fantasy Craft? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these two unofficial D&D 3.5 "upgrades" compared to 3.5 and each other? What kinds of play/groups are they more fit for? ...
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short campaign with well defined characters

I am about to leave my home country and since I haven't been playing any RPG recently, I would like to play for the last time with my friends. I don't really have much time to prepare a game of my ...
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Dragon Player Characters

Are there any good rpgs where the player characters are dragons? I am familiar with the old D&D supplement "Council of Wyrms", but that was just screwing with some basic D&D stats and trying ...
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System for Setting: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law

If you're a fan of gritty fantasy, you've probably already read (and re-read?) Joe Abercrombie's The First Law. If you haven't, you ought to. Now. Click on those links and drag out your wallet. Or ...
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What adventures focus on courtly intrigue and social conflict instead of combat?

My wife bought me the Dungeons & Dragons 4e Player's Handbook for my birthday, and we've been talking about playing it. She has experience with video games: we've always played video games, and ...
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Effective game mechanics for handling conflicts with spirits

A very effective set piece can be conflict with the spirit world. A nice example of the kind of thing I am thinking of is from the 1982 Conan film, where the wizard opens a gateway to the spirit ...