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Worm-like Superhero RPG?

Is there a system that captures the feel of the excellent superhero webfiction Worm? The key features are moral complexity (the motto of the series is 'doing the wrong things for the right reasons'), ...
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2answers
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Good source book for wilderness/road encounters?

I'm a GM and like for my players to have several interesting encounters when making long road journeys between cities. I especially enjoy when the party has options of how to deal with what they ...
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Looking for a Space marine RPG similar to Starship Troopers (the Novel)

I'm trying to find an RPG that appropriately reflects the feel of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers and could use a system commendation. (The novel, not the movies. They're very different in many ...
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10answers
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My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?

My friends and I are trying to get into tabletop RPGs but have ran into some difficultly finding a system/setting that fits. We gave Eclipse Phase a shot but found it to have a pretty high barrier to ...
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0answers
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What simple and rules-light system can be used to play WH40k? [on hold]

I want to play a game set in the WH40k universe, where we play as Space Marines. Too bad that DEATHWATCH and WH40k for d20 are too rules-heavy and my players won't read that. It must be really lite: ...
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2answers
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Whats currently a good game to start on? [duplicate]

I used to do a lot of roleplaying in my youth, and would like to pass on the wonder and excitement I enjoyed to my Nephews and Nieces. I have not played in a few years and so don't know what games ...
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10answers
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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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6answers
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Which is easier for new players to learn, SR2 or SR5?

Of the many editions of Shadowrun, we have access to the second and the fifth one. The group we're considering SR with has a few rather inexperienced, newbie players (and some who played a lot of SR2 ...
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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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8answers
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Easy-to-learn system that supports one-on-one play [closed]

The Situation I'm looking for a system that I would be able to GM and have my wife as my only player. I am experienced with RPGs; she is not. She joined a D&D 4e game with me and my friends ...
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9answers
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Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets

I would like to run an RPG, but one of my players has a hard time sitting up for long periods of time. What sorts of games can I try running given that she needs to be lying in a hospital bed and ...
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15answers
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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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7answers
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Is there a “sea creatures” RPG system, or would I need to create one?

My girlfriend is curious about how flexible the pen and paper RPG hobby that I love can be, so I asked her what scenario or theme that she would like to be/live in her dreams. She said something like, ...
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8answers
433 views

Modeling character emotions and stress

I'm interested in playing a game which is based more on characters and their emotions, rather than physical accomplishments. A system that forces characters to do dumb things and generate drama while ...
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1answer
362 views

Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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2answers
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How to play the Junta idea as RPG?

I'm looking for a way to play the idea of the board game Junta as an RPG. In Junta, you play a corrupt member of the ruling families in a banana republic, supported by various groups, ordering ...
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2answers
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Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e?

My group and I are planning to play a simple trial session with AD&D 1e just to learn the basics of the game. We agreed that this adventure would not be connected to the larger campaign introduced ...
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5answers
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Looking for a WWII RPG that requires no adaptation/conversion

I am a massive fan of history - particularly the 20th century. Of course, the Second World War is massive and fascinating specter of this era. Are there any pen and paper RPGs based upon this ...
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3answers
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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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5answers
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Are there any RPGs that a first grade reader can read and learn?

I'm a tutor working with a 4th-grader on reading. He reads at a 1st- or 2nd-grade level. He loves video games like Grand Theft Auto. I need a game that a young boy can read on his own and learn to ...
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5answers
838 views

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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6answers
655 views

A system that allows for a gritty, fast, simple post-apocalyptic setting?

I am looking for a game system that will allow me to run a post-apocalyptic setting. I know there are plenty out there, but I'm having a hard time finding the one I want to play. I need a system that ...
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4answers
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What is a good/solid contemporary (near future)-Sci Fi rpg setting?

I'm looking for an RPG setting that is contemporary (near future)- mechanics/system is not a consideration. I want to run a campaign in a world inspired by the ideas in "Pattern recognition" by ...
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2answers
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Any real hard science rpg systems?

I'm trying to find a roleplaying game system that lends itself to hard science fiction. To quote another stack exchange user, "Hard science fiction is defined by scientific rigor." I'm looking for ...
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6answers
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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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23answers
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Are there any good tabletop RPGs for young beginning players?

I'm looking for a fun, easy to get into RPG for my kids. It could be simple and card-based, or more "normal" tabletop style. I'm looking for something less bloody and dark, and more fun and easy to ...
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0answers
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What game system should I use for a new campaign: familiarity or abundant material [closed]

After a couple of decades away from RPGs, I've have been a player for several months with a steady group playing FantasyCraft. Meanwhile, I've been preparing a campaign of my own and done a lot of ...
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11answers
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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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3answers
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Looking for a good, simple RPG system that will work using an MMO's chat function

Before you close it for being about an MMO and this is not arqade, I am looking specifically for a system that can be used IN a MMO using its chat and roll systems. So effectively this is a "Play By ...
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2answers
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Recommend large, complex, logical dungeons

I did not find the right question, so if this has a duplicate, simply relink this question. As a treat for my players I would like to master a very good dungeon. Good means: It should be free or so ...
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4answers
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An adventure RPG that can be played in only author stance?

My family and I mostly play board games, and like strategy and cooperative games, but I want to branch out into RPGs. We like to play games generally the same way. Which is, we don't really like to ...
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1answer
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Myth Adventures Series RPG?

Is there an RPG system based on Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye's Myth Adventures series? I'd also be interested in any adaptations of the setting for a pre-existing system, like GURPS.
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5answers
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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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2answers
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What product(s) do I need to start with the Pathfinder Campaign setting?

I am interested in exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line of products. What is the best order to buy them in?
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8answers
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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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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7answers
903 views

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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8answers
998 views

Making magic “magical”

When I work with settings that contain magic, whether traditional fantasy or others, I always perceive something of a tension when trying to portray the magic between the following factors: Magic ...
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35answers
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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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1answer
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Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband?

Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband, the the dungeon fortresses of Morgoth as described in J.R.R. Tolkien's works?
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2answers
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What's a good source for a fantasy common-magic setting?

I'm looking to create a new culture in my current campaign that lives in what I'll call a common-magic area (for whatever reason, in my case a McGuffin, there's heaps of magic), and I want to reflect ...
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5answers
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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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4answers
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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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7answers
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What version of D&D, or similar game, should I choose given my criteria?

(I hope that by being very specific in my criteria that this question will be deemed acceptable to this site. Apologies in advance if I did not meet what I understand to be the requirements 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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1answer
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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4answers
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Recommendation for first-time-ever RPG group [closed]

Me and some friends are looking for resources to help us begin playing a RPG. Preferably themed fantasy (magicians, etc...) Problem is, none of us ever did this sort of thing. But we are set on doing ...
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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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1answer
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Pythonesque Fantasy RPG?

I'm looking for an RPG that captures the feeling of 'Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail' (preferably fantasy, although if there's a system like this that is settingless or for another ...