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Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”

I am looking to give someone who has never played an RPG a gift of a game and some dice, but this isn't someone who I can necessarily just RUN a game for, so the book needs to do as good a job as ...
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Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic

So far, I've seen questions about minimum-bookkeeping game recommendations, to keep it simple easy, and fast-to-play. That is understandable, since many play their games in-person. However, lots of ...
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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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RPG With Character Moral Growth and Corruption?

My group is looking for a fantasy RPG that has a strong element of character progression related to internal struggle (i.e., about moral growth), specifically one that goes two ways (that is, a ...
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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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Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
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Good RPG for pirate-oriented setting

What good, popular setting you have used for "Pirates of the Caribbean" types of adventures? What makes it good for running a pirate game?
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Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e

I'm looking for solo or 2 player adventures for D&D 5e that I can play just with me and my wife. They can be free or paid, and from the publisher or indie. Ideally I'd like to play as well (in ...
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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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What would be good level-less and class-less system for high fantasy games?

So we are playing D&D now, and we like some things in it, but, of course not all. I would like to know if there is an RPG system that would have what we like in D&D and Pathfinder, but without ...
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5answers
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Looking for a light hearted system (allowing for a steampunk setting)

I'm looking for a light gaming system which supports a Victorian-era steampunk setting (as we've already have a fun world and characters we'd like to use). Furthermore: role-playing is more ...
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1answer
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Continuing the Reign of Winter adventure path

I'm reading through the Reign of Winter AP and have reached the final module. It feels to me that my players will want to Are there any existing modules that can be tampered with to help with that, ...
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RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting

So, here is the situation: I am DMing an RPG group that is almost finishing one of those old and small RPG books with introductory campaigns (written by Steve Jackson and NO GURPS!). The problem IS: ...
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Rule-lite titles available in Japanese (PDF would be even better)

I know one Japanese person who teaches Japanese here in Europe. Someone suggested to try using roleplaying games to develop fluency and communication skills in the students, but the teacher has ...
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Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games? [closed]

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Two-Face in Batman. The Incredible Hulk. Jekyll and Hyde. Green Goblin. I'm looking to build a game revolving ...
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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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1answer
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Looking for a free-form PvP RPG with a “last resort” arbitration mechanic

I am after a RPG system that: Allows for freeform (for the most part) play -- and isn't terribly genre-dependent (i.e. doesn't assume things about what NPCs will be like, what races exist in the ...
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An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?

Mutants & Masterminds is an effects-based system. HERO System is an effects-based system. In character creation, you pick the power effects you want your character to have, and then you add the ...
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Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
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Free-form spells? [closed]

A long time ago, I fiddled around with ideas for an FRPG system in which spells were free-form rather than taken from a stereotyped list. My question is whether there is a system out there like this ...
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3answers
241 views

Looking for a versatile but reasonably fast combat system for hard sci-fi setting

I am looking for a Sci-Fi combat system that is versatile and reasonably fast-paced. I'd like it to be as streamlined as possible, but won't be to scared by complexity if it's well justified. ...
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2answers
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Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG?

I am seeking a game like the RPG Aftermath, in terms of complexity of action resolution, but a universal generic game that I can use for any setting or genre. Are there other in-print games that are ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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Is there a fantasy system that has a similar mechanical complexity to Ars Magica, but with a more robust melee system?

I'm preparing for my next game. For a while, I've had an interest in the mechanics of Ars Magica's casting system, and I'm hoping to run a game with a similar texture. The problem is that my group ...
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0answers
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Roleplaying play-by-post game for one [closed]

I spent quite some time trying to come up with such concept. By play-by-post I mean some kind of game of fiction, in writing. For the single person. What I'm looking for is some set of rules so that ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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3answers
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What is a good system for a political espionage game?

I want to run a political game, focused on intelligence and counter-intelligence. The PC's would be analysts, trying to influence their own leaders to take action (or not to take action as the case ...
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Tips for first time Dungeon Master [duplicate]

I'm a first time dungeons and dragons dungeon master. I've played the game only a couple of times before. Basically I am using the starter set that I got at the bookstore. Characters are premade as ...
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Couple RPG/Two Person Roleplaying? [closed]

I've been into RPGs for a few years now (mostly D&D 3.5), but I'm a pretty bad DM. My girlfriend likes roleplaying and I was wondering if there are any one-DM, one-PC games? Perhaps some ...
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2answers
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I want to run an RPG inspired by Monáe's 'Metropolis' concept series

Janelle Monáe has created a compelling --if lightly-defined-- science fiction future setting: In the dystopian world of The Metropolis Suite, an android is condemned to death for falling in love ...
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What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements?

We've got a local LARP group in my area and we've been struggling with getting a good set of core rules. We've borrowed for a few system, but none of them seem to fit exactly what we want to do. ...
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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? Anything that's published is fine - say with the MERP, ...
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2answers
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Simple fantasy-themed RPG for just two players and a GM?

Two friends of mine and me meet from time to time to play a few (board) games and we want to smoothly enter the RPG area. I know there are some questions asking for simple systems, but as they do not ...
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6answers
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What is an easy to learn and teach combat-focused game set in the Lord of the Rings series?

I want to get started with RPGs and I want to play the Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth stories. I'm looking for a system which is: Cheap Simple to learn for noobs like me, and easy for a noob to ...
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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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4answers
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Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
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1answer
242 views

A Noir detective RPG with published adventure support?

I am looking for a noir style detective game for a small group of players, preferably a 1–2 person party (e.g., the detective and the femme fatale or possibly 2 detectives.) I want to capture the ...
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What is a good, free, Space-faring RPG? [closed]

I'm looking for a Sci-Fi Space-faring RPG that meets the following requirements: The system is free or has enough OGL rules to be played for free. The rules should be primarily or solely developed ...
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Adventures or campaigns involving dragon antagonists

As I have a dragon PC in my player group with a very nice background story involving a dragon as an antagonist, I've been looking around to find adventures or campaigns featuring dragons as ...
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Basic, 1st or 2nd edition D&D adventure light on combat

I've got shedloads of official 1st & 2nd edition adventures - mostly TSR modules and copies of Dungeon and White Dwarf. I haven't read them all, and I haven't read any of them in about 20 years. ...
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Looking for a free, easy-to-learn D&D-like game that can be run with limited materials

I am looking to play a roleplaying game with my dad and little brother. Other that both of them knowing nothing, and me have little experience, mainly from online reading, we don't have a lot of stuff ...
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Is there a Star Wars adventure for Awesome Adventures?

I teach English to a Japanese couple. I discovered they like Star Wars 4: A New Hope. I imagine there are a million RPG adventures for it but I want one for the Fate-based Awesome Adventures system ...
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2answers
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Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e? [closed]

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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Good System for a Beginner DM [duplicate]

I've always had a thirst for building a rich, engaging world with a group of friends playing adventurers who explore said world, and to that end I have always wanted to be a Dungeon Master. But, I ...
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678 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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I would like a “self-contained” adventure to play with Over The Edge Rules

I would like to use the Over The Edge rules (I have access to both the original game and the Warp rules) to experiment with remote gaming (either via chat, email or some of the dedicated stuff). I am ...
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Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?

What systems have mechanics that deal with and express who characters are as people (i.e., with their personalities) in ways that have direct mechanical application in gameplay, not just vague ...
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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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Is it worth buying the “Super Powers Companion 2nd Edition” if I have 1st Ed. and the free changes supplements?

I own the original SW: Super Powers pdf that came out some years ago, however my group and I have been playing with the PDF that Pinnacle released with the rules for power creation. I'd like to know ...