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Ninjas! Which games systems, or campaign settings focus, exclusively on subterfuge classes?

I'm looking for a game systems and/or campaign setting that focuses almost extensively on subterfuge classes/ninjas. I don't have any setting restrictions - this could be in any time period, or ...
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Are there any official Transformers themed (or close approximation) RPGs?

When we were younger, we played a homebrew game of D&D that was Transformers' themed. I've since, occasionally, wondered, if an official game exists(ted). Does anyone know?
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Single Player Games [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do solo, non-computer, RPG's exist, and if yes, which are good? Are there any single player RPGs?
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Which systems use the Cthulhu Mythos? [closed]

I need to know which systems use the Cthulhu Mythos. Could you give me a list? Please give only systems that specifically reference the Cthulhu Mythos. For example, don't bother listing Escape From ...
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Are there good game mechanics/systems for a timetravel-heavy game/character?

What techniques(or systems) can be used to deal with a game (or even a single session) where time travel is a heavy part of the game? For example, I have a player whose character concept has the ...
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3answers
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What games represent sports well?

I hear Clash Bowley is working on a new baseball-themed RPG. I've often thought how fantasy football fans are inches away from actually playing an RPG about sports. What RPGs out there are about ...
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Free tabletop rpg suggestion [closed]

Does anyone know any simple tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons available for free? I just want to try out this type of game with my friends to see whether it's worth spending ...
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How to design game elements other than combat?

Most RPGs I know about and have played are fighting-centered. That doesn't mean that all gaming is only about fighting, but that most of the rules and character abilities are primarily useful in ...
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1answer
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Are there any RPGs released based on the world of Bas-Lag?

Bas-Lag is the great world of some novels from the British author China Miéville. Does anyone know any RPG based on this world?
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What are some of the systems which were built for a Star Trek setting?

What are some of the systems which were built for a Star Trek setting? What are their strengths? Is there a new system for the new Star Trek franchise? One system per answer, please.
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Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business?

In my regular D&D 4e game, we are currently in mid-paragon tier. My character had accrued enough gold that he decided it was silly to continue paying for a room at the local inn whenever we rolled ...
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Is there an RPG for Iain M Banks' setting of The Culture?

And if not, what would you recommend using? I've always thought it would make for some interesting gaming.
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What is a good way to get started with Tekumel gaming?

I've often fancied doing some gaming in Professor Barker's fascinating if rather complex world, but there seem to be a confusing array of products, essays and systems out there, all rather obscure and ...
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Does a good list of open-content RPGs exist?

I'm looking for open RPGs to play with my group. By "open-content" I mean games that are licensed similar to open-source software—everyone is allowed to get and modify the game and release the result. ...
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1answer
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What dice system to choose? [closed]

Is there a chart that classifies the different ways to use dice and skills (or whatever values the characters in the system have) to determine the success or failure of an action? The following ...
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What vampire-focused rpgs exist besides those made by White Wolf?

Just out of curiosity (not as if I wanted to run a game like this these days): Are there any good alternatives to Vampire: The Requiem/Masquerade that (instead of just making them available ...
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Are there any games that use dice pools of multiple dice?

A friend of mine is an aspiring game designer and is currently looking at the mechanism used in the newest iteration of Warhammer Fantasy where players have multiple dice pools of differing kinds of ...
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What is a good gaming system for running a 'con man' game?

Follow up to this question: What gaming system would work the best for running a 'con-man' scenario? I'm thinking of a team of people who run a con on greedy rich landholders or merchants. Most ...
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What system to run a Byronic Fantasy?

I want to run a game, but I actually, for once, don't have a system in mind. I'm looking for a good system, rules light to minimalist. Please recommend one, including why that system can best match ...
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What are some good, free, hosted services to use for a Play-By-Wiki game?

Aside from a highly specialized and purpose-built website, perhaps the best option I can think of for managing an asynchronous online RPG is "Play By Wiki". I've found there's a great number of ...
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Games with mechanics for introducing new players/characters?

My current D&D group has a pretty high turnover rate (we average around 16 active players). To help manage this, we have a few activities performed whenever a new player joins: Their interview ...
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As a DM, how can I integrate a commerce aspect to D&D?

In my current game, two of my players are always on the lookout for "get rich quick" schemes and they are looking into establishing trade routes between cities to make money. That led to great ...
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Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?

HP:MoR is a novel-length fanfiction by Eliezer Yudkowsky, exploring the concept of a rational Harry Potter. The world is a profoundly rationalist world, and has elements of scientific experiment, ...
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Occult modern world setting

Recently I have noticed I am a fan of RPGs set in dark occult versions of our own world, like World of Darkness or Dresden Files. While I have played other games, these simply suit me best. So maybe ...
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What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep?

What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep? I have Spirit of the Century, but it really takes too long to make characters. So, in my opinion, it's great if you've ...
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5answers
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Have there been any games specifically designed in response to Edwards' “Big Model”?

Love it or hate it, the Big Model (and the GNS theory that is the root of the model) has become a part of the RPG landscape. As a frequent GM, I actually find the model useful for thinking through ...
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Realm Management Rules That Work

I have been searching for years for a good realm-management rule set for RPGs. By "realm management," I mean a system that tracks the fortunes of large areas and / or groups in the way that most RPGs ...
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Terminator style RPG setting

I've been a fan of the "Terminator" series of movies for ages. I'd like to know if there is an RPG system geared towards a future holocaust style of play. Man (or man + alien) vs. Machine. What I'm ...
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Are there any systems featuring skill atrophy?

I was thinking the other day about skill atrophy - the opposite of advancement. What I mean precisely is a system that takes a use-it-or-lose-it approach to even maintaining skill proficiency. I was ...
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What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover combinations? [closed]

I'm curious: What RPG worlds have you combined most successfully in a crossover setting as a GM? (Or what was the best crossover that you played as a player?) My best experiences almost always ...
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What system would you use for an “Inception” inspired game?

Please provide some detail on the merits of the game you suggest and explain some of the things we "know" about the movie world in terms of the specific mechanics. I have seen the movie, but please ...
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I really like Road of Knives. Are there any rulesets that would make this game more complex?

Road of Knives is a "battle blog" wherein Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng, and other artists take turns drawing monsters fighting each other. from the website, Road of Knives I'm looking for ...
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10answers
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What GM-less RPGs exist and are the mechanics adaptable to other systems?

I'm constantly looking for new systems to either steal from or at least try out for a one-shot. What systems are currently available that feature GM-less mechanics? Further, do any of these systems ...
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Games that have only fictional reward cycles

What games have no mechanical reward cycle, leaving character rewards and improvements entirely within the fiction? By "mechanical reward cycle", I mean a sub-system that: ties a resource gained ...
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Which roleplaying games feature realistic combat? [closed]

For many players and referees the characteristics of a Roleplaying Game are important. Does it allow for extensive character creation or it is quickly resolved, is it rules light or does it cover many ...
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What online collaborative communication tools have the most components for roleplaying away from the table?

I run a lunchtime game session once a week. Due to temporal constraints, we try to keep our sessions around the table limited to the more active aspects of encounters; for example, those that require ...
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Which RPGs primarily reward roleplaying your character?

In what games (either in-print or out-of-print) are the rewards for playing your character's role or depicting your character's behavior the primary means of character advancement, as opposed to ...
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Are there any systems that are specifically designed for online real-time text play?

Lately I've been doing a lot of gaming online, via chat rooms -- with a regular group and a regular time for a session each week, just through text rather than in person or via Skype or something. ...
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What are some good systems for a game similar to Firefly or Jedi-less Star Wars?

I have an idea of running a space-travelling game. I was thinking something like Shadowrun, only on an interstellar scale. What are some good systems I should look into using? I'm looking to do ...
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1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems? [closed]

I'm eager to hear how other people handle this? I do quite a bit of GM-Less gaming in Mythic and some other fringe systems, but, sometimes it's just better to be playing 'other sides' even if you're ...
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What RPG best models a “World War Z” zombie apocalypse?

I've been reading a ton of Zombie apocalypse fiction. I find the World War Z stories by Max Brooks to be among the best. What RPG would be best suited to this type of story and why? Some additional ...
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What RPG systems work well online?

I have a number of RPG-loving friends, but they're unfortunately scattered around the world. I'd like to run a game with them online, using emails or message boards or something of that ilk. (like ...
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A 2 Player RPG for buddies? [closed]

If myself and an old buddy sit down for a night of roleplaying, what game can we use? I've heard of a couple of romantic games, but they're not really for buddies. Are they? Suggestions please.
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What game systems determine skill levels only through use?

Is there a table top game similar to the video game Dungeon Siege where you don't really pick a class but what you become depends on what you do? You cast magic your magic skill increases, you beat ...
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Are there any good paleolithic rpgs? [closed]

I'm looking for an rpg that is basically about hunting/gathering, and surviving as a tribe. Mostly for mechanical ideas. Has anyone ever tried/heard of such a game? How does it work? Who makes it? Is ...
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Difficulties & Benefits of Choosing A Small-Press RPG

What do you feel are the pros and cons of choosing to play/run an RPG produced by a smaller RPG company over a larger RPG company in terms of customer and product attention, support, and feedback?
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Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?

I am looking to find out if solo RPGs exist, and which you'd recommend. I do not mean "one-on-one" 1 player + 1 GM games. I really mean "1 person." Update: After receiving two (fine, up-voted) ...
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What adventures are there out there that would fit in this old school campaign?

In a few weeks I'm starting a game of old school D&D for a group of fairly new players, and I'd like to be able to have a few published modules to drop on my hex map, so I can mix it up a bit and ...
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Settings and game mechanics for Sherlock Holmes–inspired theme

We tried to organize an investigation-based campaign, and we used the D&D engine. Unfortunately, this engine is not suited for investigation. The Call of Cthulhu engine is better, but it's deeply ...
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What is important when choosing an RPG?

I am currently writing a guide to creating a free RPG and I would like to include a section on how to mould the game in such a way that would make it appealing to the general roleplaying public. What ...