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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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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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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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What role-playing games should I pick for an absolute beginner group?

I've always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but where I live it's more of an underground thing, so it was difficult to find other players. After recently moving to a new school, I made a few ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game?

Requesting system, specific mechanic, and published setting recommendations for a recurring game inspired by the X-Files and Fringe. Here are my goals and details for the game that may provide ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM?

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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Combat-centric 1st or 2nd level adventure with a Native American theme?

I have played for quite a few years, but now I want to DM. I have a local area set up involving a small group of islands. I have already run a 0 lvl adventure, but now I want to follow it up. So I'm ...
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Is there a good Mesoamerican game?

I'm looking for a roleplaying game set in a Mesoamerican culture: Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, etc. Simply being a Stone Age game isn't enough -- it needs to be steeped in jaguars and feathered serpents and ...
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Are there any pen-and-paper RPGs based on the writings of Ray Bradbury?

As the title says: Are there any PnP RPGs out there that are based on the unforgettable works of Ray Bradbury (R.I.P.)? (On Martian Chronicles, for example?)
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A fantasy system with similar dicerolling and levels of success as World of Darkness

The group I play with and I really like the fantasy setting of D&D 3.5. However, we find the rules a bit cumbersome, particularly in complex battles. We would still want the system to include ...
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How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?

Inspired by: this. Related to: this. Rashomon, at the core of the movie, is about the subjective point of view of reality. Four people see the same events transpire. While the events are roughly ...
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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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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 ...