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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 ...
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Working (unofficial) pen and paper rpg adaptation of Mass Effect?

Just out of curiosity: Do you know of a working pen and paper adaptation of Bioware's Mass Effect franchise? I think there's no such official publication (though there might be one in the works, who ...
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Game of Thrones (D20/Tri-Stat) vs Song of Ice and Fire RPG: which has the most substantial setting information?

Of these two game lines for the Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, Game of Thrones by Guardians of Order, or Song of Ice and Fire RPG by Green Ronin, which contains the largest amount of ...
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Regional Resource Management and Trade Rules

I've been looking at TSR's old Birthright setting lately, searching for an easy way to quantify trade between political entities. I'm thinking about ways for a city or region or planet to develop ...
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I am looking to expand my game library. What indie game should I purchase that best features non-standard rules? [closed]

I'm looking to expand my game system library, and I would like to tap the hive mind to find funky, offbeat core rules or settings. What system should I add to my game library that best features ...
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Game-within-a-Game Cross-Genre Ideas

I've started running the starter adventure on Eclipse Phase. I have an idea for our first full-length campaign, but it's a little complicated. I need a (relatively) simple game to play the part of a ...
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Systems with a dice mechanic that handles very easy and very difficult tasks

I'm looking for a system that has a dice mechanic that supports a particular type of realistic feel. In particular, I'd like to find a system where any task could potentially be rolled for without ...
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What system would be the most interesting to run as a recorded, solitare Let's Play?

This question inspired by Veriax's Let's Play of Oblivion. His LP involves a remarkably high level of role playing while travelling around the CRPG of Oblivion. I believe that a well-recorded LP of a ...
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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.