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Paranoia is a darkly humorous RPG that takes place in a dystopian future in which characters are typically tasked with hunting down mutants and secret society members, despite being ones themselves.

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Can you spend access after character creation to improve your character?

I have been looking at the Paranoia: High Programmers book, and I am a bit confused about something. At the start of the game, you can use up access to improve your skills. After creating your ...
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How can a character make use of the Communist Propaganda skill in Paranoia?

I am designing a Paranoia one-shot with pre-generated characters. One of the characters belongs to the Communist secret society. Members of the Communist secret society have the mandatory skill ...
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Is there night in Alpha Complex?

I know that in principle as the GM I can run Alpha Complex any way I want. However, is there a canonical answer to whether or not Alpha Complex has a "night time?" There are plenty of quotes like "...
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Paranoia Rebooted: Is the expectation that every mission in Paranoia begins with new characters?

I've run one-shots, I've heard the stories, and now I'm about to start a real long-running Paranoia campaign. And there's one thing I'm not sure of: Is the expectation that every major adventure ...
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If I run a game of Paranoia, will knowing the rules lead to a worse experience if/when I participate as a player in the future?

I received the boxed starter set of Paranoia for Christmas, and find myself in the classic dilemma of tabletop players everywhere: do I want to run this game, or try to find someone else to run it, so ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

I am designing a Paranoia one-shot with pre-generated characters. I'd like to make at least one of the characters belong to the Communist secret society. However, that group is so universally hated ...
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How much do you know about higher-clearance colours?

Is there any documentation or guidance (I am a player, not a GM), I can access to describe what colour levels you know about at each level? I.e., I know a red citizen wouldn't have knowledge of what ...
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During Debriefing, do you ignore the rules about earlier clones' crimes?

Given that when a clone dies its new model is a fresh citizen and cannot be held responsible for the crimes of its former model, how do you handle this challenge during Debriefing? Until now I have ...
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What colour are the corridors of Alpha Complex?

I have GMed a couple of sessions of Paranoia now, but I suddenly realised the other day a strategic error that I have been making with the setting. I always imagined Alpha Complex as a series of ...
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Can you not have mutations or be in a secret society?

I have been reading up on Paranoia a bit, though it's really hard to figure out what information I am allowed to have and what information I'm not. I want to get into a game, but I don't like the idea ...
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What are the differences between Paranoia XP/25th Anniversary and Paranoia 2017?

The 2017 version of Paranoia (which unfortunately is just called Paranoia without any edition subtitle that I can find) appears to be pretty different from Paranoia XP/25th Anniversary (which were ...
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What happens when my players get promoted and their puns stop working?

In Paranoia 2nd edition, player names are structured as firstname-clearance-sector. The ...
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Keeping mutant powers subtle, as the GM in Paranoia

I want to preface this question with the fact that I am a relatively novice GM in general and I am looking for ways to improve my naive skillset. I am preparing to run a couple missions with a group ...
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Friend Computer or The Computer?

I have listened to a recording of a session of Paranoia that keeps talking about "Friend Computer". And Google search confirms that this seems to be a common way to refer to the computer. But the ...
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Is there a modern equivalent to JParanoia, or any free online Paranoia software in general? [closed]

Although I'm a massive fan of all things tabletop roleplaying, there's always been a soft spot in my heart for Paranoia. I now have a small group of people interested in running some tabletop ...
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Are Classic Paranoia adventures compatible with the Mongoose editions?

I recently found a collection of several Classic Paranoia (i.e. 1st and 2nd Edition) scenarios online. They look interesting, but I'm wondering if they are compatible at all with the more recent ...
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Colaborative map-editing tool for Paranoia games [closed]

I am running a multi-group paranoia with a couple of friends. We are usually playing with 3 Gamemasters and 5 people per group at the same time in the same realm. We are looking for a colaborate map-...
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How do I introduce Paranoia to a Junior High School Pathfinder RPG club?

My school started an RPG club around January this year, and it has been very fun. We learned Pathfinder, and rules have been learned, adventures have been taken, etc. As me and my friends are all new ...
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How can I get fellow Paranoia players to betray each other?

I played Paranoia relatively recently, and I was the only person who was plotting anyone else's downfall, despite someone else having orders to kill me. By the end of the game, I had yet to die (or be ...
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Cyborging in Paranoia 25th Anniversary Edition

Me and my group were starting a game of Paranoia when one of the players, whose character is a fairly high ranking Corpore Metal member, asked if she could be a cyborg. The upgrade she suggested was ...
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Paranoia playable with just two Troubleshooters?

Are two troubleshooters (+ me as GM) really enough for Paranoia? I believe the rules do not forbid this, but would you recommend this? Have you experienced playing Paranoia in a rather small group? ...
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Can Paranoia be revamped to be a cooperative game?

So, some of you may or may not remember a previous question that I had asked on this site. Now I may be asking for the exact opposite. My group wasn't very impressed with the whole "we're playing ...
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How to get my Paranoia players to stop cooperating and start killing each other?

I've read some of the questions and answers on paranoia here, but I seem to be missing some kind of key element to play. I ran Robot IMANA-665-C and I didn't seem to be able to get the players to ...
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How do I run Paranoia for just one player?

I have not run a game of Paranoia before, but I would like to try with one of my players. I intend to run what was once referred to as "Paranoia XP" and should be able to handle the general running of ...
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What should a new GM know when starting their first Paranoia game? [duplicate]

I am a new relatively new GM (under a year's experience) and have only run/played Pathfinder. For this I have lots of resources: the beginner's box and its GM and player manuals, pawns, play-mat and ...
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How can I help guide my players in the “Straight” playstyle?

Paranoia XP introduced the "Straight" playstyle: PARANOIA Straight is a darkly satiric style emphasizing tension, mutual suspicion, spying and subterfuge, and careful collection of evidence. Alpha ...
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How can I create a Prisoner's Dilemma-style choice in Paranoia?

A Prisoner's Dilemma, studied in Game Theory, is when two people are separated and each given a choice between options Y and Z. If both players choose option Y, they receive the best overall result (B)...
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What Works Inspired Paranoia?

Paranoia is obviously descended from dystopian works such as 1984 and Logan's Run with black comedy that I have sometimes heard is inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus. For a long time I had ...
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What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP and Paranoia Troubleshooters?

What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP (2005) and Paranoia Troubleshooters (2009)?
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Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? [closed]

Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? Silly games, or mold breaking games meant to be played over hours or at most a few game sessions as opposed to longer more ...
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How is Paranoia - High Programmer different in play from Paranoia - Troubleshooter?

I've been getting my friends into Paranoia, and so far they seem to love playing as Troubleshooters. I've been looking through the IntSec and High Programmer books too. While Intsec fundamentally ...
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How to get a new group into the spirit of the game Paranoia?

My roleplaying group is talking about taking a break from our 4e D&D campaign for a bit, and doing some one-offs. We are planning on doing a few sessions with a GURPS game of some sort, and the ...
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Choosing between Tales From the Floating Vagabond and Paranoia for a “one-shot.” [closed]

I'm in a group now, headed by a very (very) capable DM. We've been playing a very solid, very serious D&D campaign in an awesome setting entirely of his creation. However, some of the players have ...