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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy? [closed]

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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Are there any game mechanics for handling item condition in detail? [closed]

Many sources (ex) point out that a distinct advantage of non-metal armour is that it does not rust in the rain. Also, "adventurers", carrying all their belongings on their back, pretty often find ...
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Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG? [closed]

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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1answer
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Any great cyberpunk campaigns with atmoshphere like the first disc of Final Fantasy 7? [closed]

I was thinking I might want to run a campaign with an atmosphere like the Midgard part of FF7, but I'm really bad at thinking up stuff like that, so I'm looking for something pre-made. I'm not set on ...
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5answers
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Does a roleplaying game that uses continuous probability exist? [closed]

I have an idea for a roleplaying game that uses continuous probability distributions (like the normal distribution) to decide random outcomes (instead of discrete distributions that comes from using ...
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2answers
573 views

A pen-and-paper RPG with a “Save Game” function (and how that works)? [closed]

The vast majority of computer games, roleplaying ones included, utilize a simple Save function I guess most of us are familiar with. If not: primarily it allows the user to quit the game, do other ...
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What system would you use for an “Inception” inspired game? [closed]

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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Reactive/responsive RPG combat systems? [closed]

I grow tired of "Roll to hit, then do damage" in RPG combat. As such I seek a system that gives the players and GM more freedom. For example, this is what I'm looking for: Round 1 Player A - ...
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What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements? [closed]

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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2answers
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I would like a self-contained, non–Al Amarja Over The Edge adventure [closed]

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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10answers
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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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Where can I find CLEAN play by post games? [closed]

I haven't played in years -- online or otherwise -- but I'd like to give it another try, and maybe find a good, consistent Play by Post game. However, I'm one who prefers to avoid swearing, graphic ...
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What role-playing game is best for playing isolated sci-fi single-session adventures? [closed]

I am interested in running sporadic sci-fi short adventures, preferably with a duration of one session. It should be a fast system and with a simple context. What system do you recommend?
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595 views

Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue? [closed]

I'm looking for a fantasy campaign setting with the following elements: Savage Worlds or Fate. But I'm open to hacks or others rules systems that match this requisites: Rules light, narrative flavor ...
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What are some good rpgs to start with after D&D? [closed]

I'm looking for a few rpgs to start playing with my friends. We've been playing D&D for a long time but I know that this isn't the only one out there. Any ideas? If there are any DC comics ...
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Occult modern world setting [closed]

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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7answers
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What are the most beginner friendly table top role playing games? [closed]

Many RPGs are extremely complex and hard for first time gamers to get into. Many others assume (even to the point of saying so in their introduction) that they are for people who already know what a ...
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6answers
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Dragon Player Characters [closed]

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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What is the closest system to Star Wars Saga edition that's still in print? [closed]

I'm playing a game of Star Wars Saga Edition with friends, but I was horrified to find that due to ownership of names, and systems etc the book is no longer in print, and getting hold of a copy is ...
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Is there a system that takes tactics over skill, and skill over dumb luck? [closed]

This is my first post. StackExchange is an incredible community, thank to you! I'm writing an RPG system and I'm looking for systems to inspire me with the following characteristics: The PCs are ...
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RPGs that only require 2 people [closed]

Anyone know a good table top rpg that can be enjoyed with only 2 people? I'm researching couples things to do with my fiance for valentines day and we're both big rpg fans. (Ideally has a fantastical ...
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What is the recommended RPG-system for playing fantasy campaign based heavily on investigation/diplomacy/mysteries and intrigue? [closed]

I want to start a new campaign that should focus on mysteries, a bit of horror, social encounters, investigation and intrigue instead of classic dungeon crawl and combat encounters. The setting should ...
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6answers
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM? [closed]

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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4answers
3k views

RPG system for “town management”? [closed]

I have an idea for a campaign in which my players will go with a "colonisation" mission. They will be responsible of exploration and making settlement on unknown land. My question is, if there is any ...
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5answers
967 views

What systems use an initiative system similar to Exalted 2nd Edition? [closed]

As far as I remember, the Exalted system works on ticks and cool downs: A "tick" is roughly one second, but is a fuzzy, arbitrary time unit used to demark how long actions take. An "action" is ...
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Is there any RPG system made for a Wuxia campaign? [closed]

I have searched over dozens of RPG systems and have only found systems for realism, horror, fantasy and sci-fi, but is there any RPG system that fits a Wuxia campaign?
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6answers
1k views

I want to teach English with a simple RPG: Which one should I use? [closed]

The context I am an experienced GM and EFL/ESOL* teacher. I've mostly played pre-3e D&D but also later D&D, Exalted and OWoD, Savage Worlds, more recently D&D Next Playtest / 5e and Fate. ...
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1answer
16k views

Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e [closed]

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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1answer
4k views

Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG [closed]

I have a friend who's not very interested in playing RPGs, but he's a Harry Potter nut. Is there a decent (probably fan-made, I've heard that an official HPRPG is unlikely) system that is easy for a ...
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3answers
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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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Game Recommendation for Hunger Games rip-off [closed]

I am wanting to run a campaign that is a rip-off of the Hunger Games (the arena death-match bit, not the deciding between two love interests or revolution aspects). I'm looking for a set of game ...
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5answers
544 views

Is there a system with hit locations where missing hits another location? [closed]

This is my first time asking a question. I have only ever played D&D and I am now looking for a very different type of system. My goal is to have a realistic system to use for a Zombie one-shot. ...
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1answer
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GM-less RPG suitable for a violent spacefaring game played over a messaging client? [closed]

I've been GMing for a long time, without actually playing a game myself, so I'm rather in the mood to actually get involved in the action as a protagonist, however no-one else in my group wants to act ...
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Abstract system with unified rules [closed]

I'm looking for a system which would provide the mechanical advantages of Fate without having to embrace the full philosophy of this game. Let me explain. In the past months, I've been reading a lot ...
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0answers
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Which system can provide an enjoyable RPG experience in 2 hours or less? [closed]

I have recently started trying to convince a few friends at college to get into tabletop RPGs. Their major complain about it is that they do not often have 3+ hours to play a session, so I set looking ...
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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 isn'...
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0answers
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Any good, lightweight systems for a Borrowers-based RPG? [closed]

I'm a brand-new GM (and new RPG player in general), and I'm having a lot of trouble finding a system that fits the kind of gameplay I want for my setting. The setting is going to be based on The ...
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Would GURPS be a good choice for a non-magic, 19th century tech level, roleplay focused campaign?

As the title says, would the GURPS system be a good choice for a non-magic campaign that has a tech level roughly equivalent to earth Europe's 19th century and a focus on roleplaying rather than ...
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1answer
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What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?

I'm going to be running a Harry Potter game in the near future, and I don't really know what system would be best for the kind of game that I want to run. The vast majority of my experience is in D&...
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Game Recommendation: Tribe/Kingdom management (King of Dragon Pass)

I have been (re)playing the PC and mobile versions of King of Dragon Pass. I am really falling in love with the concept of the game, and I would like to give it a try at a table with some friends. I'...
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0answers
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Space combat system for text-only play [closed]

I have been shanghaied into running a sci-fi game over text-only chat. The setting is Star Trek, and as such will involve a fair bit of space combat. I have a bit of limitations to work against/with;...
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4answers
478 views

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

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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4answers
534 views

What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros [closed]

Since I am thinking about running a short adventure (one or two sessions) set in Westeros for some roleplaying amateurs, and I personally think the Song of Ice and Fire RPG Rules by Green Ronin might ...
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780 views

Is there a system that supports playing really high-powered characters for a Dragon Ball Z scenario?

What's the best game system for role-playing characters that are incredibly powerful? For example, a low-powered character in such a system should be able to take a few seconds and destroy Earth's ...
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507 views

Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth? [closed]

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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1answer
140 views

Looking for a system for the world of Hunter × Hunter [closed]

I'm looking for a system that would support a campaign in the world of Hunter × Hunter. In this world there are people who can harness a body's natural aura (Nen) for a variety of supernatural powers. ...
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2answers
830 views

Savage Worlds vs. Traveller for a Science Fiction Campaign [closed]

I'm thinking of starting up a RPG group with some similarly minded friends, but unfortunately, we're not 100% on which setting to go with. I'm going to be GMing the group, and its fallen to me to ...
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0answers
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Would Dark Heresy or Only War work better for a primarily story-driven campaign? [closed]

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons RPG so far but I have always been a big fan of the Warhammer 40k universe. I was wondering whether Dark Heresy II or Only war are better for my group? The ...