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Questions tagged [fantasy]

A game genre characterized by the presence of magic or magical aspects. Typically the genre also means a pseudo-historical theme, and only rarely includes modern or futuristic themes.

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Has anyone tried adapting “Rivers of London” as a RPG setting? [closed]

I am a big fan of the series of books and graphic novels by Ben Aaronovitch, collectively named after the first book in series, Rivers of London (sometimes also called the Peter Grant series after the ...
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Name of a roleplaying supplement, 80s, D20 system, heavy on Alchemy?

I once had a roleplaying "supplement" - that was the title, it was actually an almost complete rpg - like this: the (scarcely described) setting was supposed to be Atlantis level and class system I ...
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Convincing characters to take up epic quests in a (mostly) realistic world

Background I'm the DM of a role playing group. Improvised rule set. I've created a world for my players where I have tried to be as close to 16th century reality as possible, with the additions of ...
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How can I take a powerful plot item away from players without frustrating them?

I am GMing for a group of ex-College friends, who are quite new to role-playing (six month or so), in a custom universe using a lot of characters inspired by Arthurian legends, including the sorcerer ...
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Groups & organizations in FATE Core [closed]

I'm trying to find the best way to model groups and organizations in FATE Core for a city of intrigue and revolution in a fantasy world. So the group would be a character. So far I've adapted this ...
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Simple, classless system for normals exploring ruins of ancient high fantasy world [closed]

I have a setting I'd like to play, but I need a system that supports the type of gameplay it needs. Any suggestions would be a huge help! Setting: The setting is medieval fantasy with a focus on ...
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System for a game of courtly intrigue [closed]

I'm considering running a game, in which characters take on a role of courtiers in a sovereign ruler's court. The idea is that these courtiers all serve as spies, diplomats, enforcers etc. to some ...
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What is a good Modern Fantasy investigative system?

Specifically, I want to make a modern campaign that will start out this mystery case of the session RPG, and then slowly delve into more and more overt supernatural weirdness. This needs a system that ...
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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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Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?

In fantasy games related to D&D the currency usually follows the 10 cp = 1sp, 10sp = 1gp pattern. This is convenient and fairly logical, but in my play throughs gold just didn't have much weight ...
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Which kind of magic fits a celtic-based setting? [closed]

I'm preparing a campaign set on mythic ireland-wales; and I would like to know which kind of spells, spellcasters, rituals and such could fit best to this scenario. Spoken incantations? Brewed ...
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What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint? [closed]

Short story: I don't like half-orcs. I am looking for a thematic fantasy race that lends itself to the barbarian archetype for my dungeon-crawl RPG I'd like to start. I've never really gotten the ...
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System and adventures suitable for cooperative GM-less (or GM-lite) Dungeon Crawl [closed]

Can someone suggest a system and adventures suitable for cooperative GM-less (or GM-lite) dungeon crawling? Background situation in short: I’m looking for something that could provide my wife and ...
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Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic [closed]

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 would be good level-less and class-less system for high fantasy games? [closed]

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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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules? [closed]

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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Simple fantasy-themed RPG for just two players and a GM? [closed]

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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What's the game in which the PCs themselves have character sheets?

Inspired by this question, I was reminded of a role-playing game solicited in a late 90s or early 00s Previews (Diamond Distribution's monthly comic book and associated merchandise--including games--...
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How can I hide a chess puzzle in plain sight?

I'm working on a modern rural fantasy game, in which a house will be a dungeon. With the typical checkered linoleum pattern, the kitchen seems like a good place chess puzzle. I am leaning towards ...
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Fantasy Game Where Your Stats are Based on Your Real-life Skills and Abilities

When I was in high school back in the mid to late 1990s (between 1996 and 2000), my friends and I play-tested a fantasy role-playing game that one of them had received through the mail. The main ...
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RPG With Character Moral Growth and Corruption? [closed]

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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Are there any sources for a rural modern fantasy setting? (Redneck D&D)

I stumbled across an amazing quest generator called Fantasy Redneck Adventure. It implies an amazing setting with standard fantasy tropes like knights, wizards, golems, quests, etc but in a modern, ...
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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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What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons? [closed]

When a theme is dragon* on. Dragons are apex predators and widely regarded by most players and systems as about one of the worst things you can ever deal with. I have a campaign that's been running ...
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Checklist of what a GM should cover when creating a campaign [closed]

I think the best way to explain what I mean is to explain the situation. I've been creating what will be my first serious fantastic campaign and I found myself creating a lot of content for one part ...
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Is there a plausible explanation for a large number of armed adventurers in a fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting. I'm looking for a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of ...
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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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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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Storytelling with lie detection [closed]

Most of the fantasy systems I know have a spell to detect lies, speak with the dead, and the like. Imagine how long great movies like The Usual Suspects or In the Heat of the Night would have ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I implement freeform magic on a system? [closed]

i'd like to ask you if any of you has ever played an rpg where players we're entitled to make their own spells, and how it turned to be. Also, i'd like some answer to a problem concerning this topic ...
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Role of games within games

Sometimes my players want to engage in gambling or other games of chance within the role-playing game itself (I know, vaguely meta). The question is two-fold: How can I approach this without ...
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Roguelike Tabletop [closed]

I am looking for a Roguelike tabletop RPG to play with some friends. We really love RPG's we love the Concept of D&D (talk-gaming) but we just dwell into a lot of silliness due to not having a ...
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How viable is a Molotov Cocktail in a fantasy game? [closed]

A player in my game wishes to create a Molotov Cocktail - arguably, some alcohol in a bottle, with a piece of oiled cloth as fuse. Is that viable in a fantasy game, assuming technology of say the ...
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Pre-built square-grid maps?

I will be running a 4e adventure tomorrow night. The adventure will take place in Fallcrest. One of the main sites will be a Raven Queen temple in the city. I need to put together a map of the ...
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What is a good way to get a large range of fantasy miniatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? I am looking to start a collection of miniatures. I mostly want one or two of a lot of different creatures, such as for example 2 ...
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Crime Investigation in a fantasy world [closed]

I am writing a campaign which relies heavily on crime: investigating it, clues, leads, witnesses, evidence, corruption, etc... The setting is fantasy, low-tech, and for the time being - let us leave ...
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Looking for an evocative high fantasy rpg setting [closed]

I've been searching all over RPG sites for this kind of setting, but I didn't find anything similar until now. Well: High Fantasy: I mean something not from this dimension, out of ordinary, but not ...
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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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Fast-paced and brutal rpg system [closed]

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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Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system

In my endless struggle to find RPG systems which suit my style of game mastering I've made my way through endless pages of results on the RPGGeek with no avail, so once again I am going to surrender ...
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How do you keep the party on the map?

I'm running a fairly sandbox game, where the party can wander around easily from place to place. When the party visits areas I've prepared something for, they generally have a good time. When they ...
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Flat or flattish earth issues

What major effects would having a flat or rather flattish earth instead of a planet on a game world? (Technological, social, physical etc.) Mind you, I'm not looking for fully detailed scientific ...
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Alternatives to D&D and Pathfinder [closed]

Ok my original question was apparently too vague and raised question marks about my problem with the power curve in 3.5. I won't explain why I don't like 3.5 since that's not the point of my question. ...
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What stands out about an Iron Age setting?

High fantasy RPGs tend to be set in an era similar to the late Middle Ages. This seems to be the norm for D&D, and it seems to be what players of such games expect. Let's say you have a group of ...
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Festival Mini Games

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
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What sorts of things in a typical fantasy village would be made of iron?

I'd like to run an adventure where the party needs to improvise and find some sources of iron when they're in and around a small village. Cold iron plays a role in a lot of games as the bane of fey ...
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System for alignment of gods

Are there systems, apart from the classical D&D, that show the moral alignment of gods and rule the degree of matching of the gods disciples or clerics to thier deity? I want to measure this ...
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How can I rescue the game when the player characters refuse to work together?

I am a Game Master, and the characters in my group have started to regularly split up. The group's mage has always been a summoner and recently started summoning smaller demons. The fighter's player ...