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Non-heroic Post-apocalyptic systems

I am slowly preparing to start my first campaign in a non-DnD setting, and I wanted to start something in a post-apocalyptical setting. I have thought about using modern d20, I like that there are ...
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System or resources for a campaign about governing a city/village

One of campaigns I used to GM was centered around governing a small, elven village (it was D&D3.5 campaign but it shouldn't really matter). I thought about rules as they were needed, but it was ...
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RPG system based on Diablo?

What pen and paper system would come closest to the advancement mechanics of the computer game Diablo - in particular class advancement with a talent/ability tree?
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“Learn a new RPG a year”: Which systems are a must-know? [closed]

I'm fairly new at this, having just started playing on a Dragonlance 2nd Ed. D&D campaign, and DMing on a 4E adventure. As a programmer, I'm aware of the dictum "Learn a new language every year". ...
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What game system is best suited for running a campaign based on EVE Online?

The game system would need to (at least) handle the following well: detailed rules for space combat (especially movement in space and damage to ships) highly customizable ships (preferably offering ...
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Any games with a Magicka-like (experimental/combination-based) magic system?

I really like the exploratory/combining elements of the magic system in the computer game Magicka. Can anyone recommend a tabletop game with a similar system? The system is based on obtaining ...
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Which systems do you find most realistically model progression through skills?

The role-playing systems I've played so far seem to either provide a mostly artificial skill system progression, or ignore skill progression entirely. I'd like to learn about, and maybe try playing, ...
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How does the Cortex System RPG differ from more traditional RPG rulesystems like D&D and nWoD?

We're starting to get that bug to try switching up our RPGs for a bit of variety. I've heard that a popular system, known as "Cortex", is used in several settings which our group would be enthused ...
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Systems that use ability tests with a descriptive result applied by GM interpretation?

Thinking about a number of questions on here that have been to do with ability test modeling, I was thinking that there would be a lot of potential in a system that, rather than operating on a ...
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What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?

As the title states, I would like to know the biggest changes between the two systems, both mechanic-wise and story-wise. Why should I choose one over the other? (And please, don't use "Vampire: the ...
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How do you port Dark Sun from AD&D to another system?

I really like Dark Sun; its depiction of a whole world gone bad is just amazing. Unfortunately I don't think that the AD&D rules are well suited to it -- a little too high fantasy to deal with ...
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Which role-playing systems might be best suited for use over a road-trip?

Four of us will be in the car for roughly 10 hours, for a road trip that will probably take 12 hours or so to complete. It occurred to me that we could try to spend the time doing a role-playing ...
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Is there a pen and paper rpg adaptation of Half Life?

Just out of curiosity: Do you know of a good (un)official pen and paper rpg adaptation of the famous first person shooter computer game series Half Life? I know there are games/systems in which a ...
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What system or sourcebooks should I use to run a pre Roman, Celtic Britain campaign? [closed]

Someone I know, wants to run a campaign in Celtic Britain. He normally uses Pathfinder but is looking for something more appropriate to the background.
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Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring

At the Recess mini-convention this weekend, someone was telling me about a classic D&D module that involved seafaring and presented rules for falling overboard in armor, etc. I'm wondering if ...
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What systems exist with rules that fit on a single page (or so)? [closed]

I was reading the Overview of OSR Games and as many of the linked-to systems I could fine. Most of them seemed sort of ho-hum, in that they all had about the same kind of complexity as one of the ...
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Rendering Final Fantasy Tactics Advance as a tabletop RPG

The setting of Final Fantasy Tactics (Advance) is remarkably compelling from a tabletop standpoint. By suggesting that the party are playing reconstructions of self-characters who can change jobs via ...
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What indie systems present sufficiently interesting mechanics or settings to be recommended for an “Uncampaign”?

Recently I concluded a long-running Ars Magica game. In order to fill the gaming gap that left, I've started a series of unrelated one-shots called "Uncampaign." Which is designed around the ...
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How can I run Sweeney Todd as an RPG?

A flatmate of mine was interested in trying (as her first time playing an RPG) something about Sweeney Todd. What good, simple, system would work for this sort of game? If possible, a system that ...
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What game system is best for playing Fallout on the tabletop?

Give details - why is the game system a good fit? What matches the Fallout setting?
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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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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 ...