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I'd heartily recommend Warhammer Fantasy RolePlay (WFRP), 2nd edition. (It's not the most recent edition of the game, but it's the one I have experience with, and I'm pretty sure you can get a copy of it even these days.) Let's see how it meets your requirements: low fantasy (where magic is very rare or virtually non-existent) + grim theme (dirty, gloomy, ...


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GURPS GURPS is an excellent system - a solid member of the old guard. I have played and run GURPS for years, so this recommendation is based on that experience. GURPS is at its core a toolkit game, designed to be able to create the game you want to play. The fourth addition simplifies and streamlines the game, addressing the historical weaknesses (smart ...


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I recommend Harnmaster by Columbia Games. low fantasy (where magic is very rare or virtually non-existent) Harnmaster is geared to play the medieval setting of Harn. Because of fantasy's origin in the mythology of western europe it is easily adapted to many low fantasy settings. grim theme (dirty, gloomy, death on every corner) ...


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My answer, which gets to most of what you're looking for, at least, is Burning Wheel. low fantasy (where magic is very rare or virtually non-existent) Burning Wheel has a magic system but it's entirely optional, and if you do choose to play with it you will notice that a. it's not terribly useful in combat, and b. failures to cast spells can have some ...


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Ars Magica Don't let the title distract you - although a large part of the game rules is about powerful magic, the system is intended and well designed also for non-magical adventurers with design approaches that very well match what you intend; and I've happily run multiple zero-magic adventures with the system. The setting is almost-historical medieval ...


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Just to add another option RuneQuest 6 (Basic Roleplaying - BRP- derived) low fantasy (where magic is very rare or virtually non-existent) You can tweak the magic level you want, but even at it's highest, it's wayyy below D&D-style "Gandalf Everywhere" grim theme (dirty, gloomy, death on every corner) You can set the dial at whatever you ...


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Game system: My own game, BRUTAL: Big Bad Ball Busting Bloody Battles. Free: The game rules, supporting documents and adventures are all available as free PDF downloads. Simple role playing rules The role playing rules are short and sweet. GMs are encouraged to focus on the story, and not get distracted by too many skill checks. Fast-paced and ...


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I played in a post-apocalyptic game system called "After the Bomb" that was filled with all kinds of animals mutated into humanoids, it has all the things you mentioned. It uses Palladium's Megaversal system. low fantasy (where magic is very rare or virtually non-existent) Essentially After the bomb has this covered because magic does not exist. ...



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