The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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List Criteria: Pen and paper RPGs only, no card or board games.

The greatest pen and paper RPGs (or role-playing games) don't require any kind of fancy technology. No, these RPGs are much more like traditional board games. When in doubt, go for the classics, like RuneQuest, Traveller and the perennially popular Dungeons & Dragons. This list includes a lot of favorites, but it isn't complete, so feel free to add the pen and paper/tabletop RPGs that you love playing the most, too. Vote up the best, vote down the worst and rerank this list any way you want.

If you're looking for something new to play, why not give some of these great, table top RPGs a whirl? It's no accident that RPGs like 'Call of Cthulhu' have been around for a long, long time. Despite the emergence of some incredibly impressive RPG video games, these tabletop RPGs keep us coming back for more. Tabletop RPGs force us to communicate with each other, rather than being glued to a computer or TV screen for hours on end.

Enjoy this list of great table-talk role-playing games, and don't forget to vote for the best tabletop RPG below!
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    Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    most listed
    Role-playing game

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    Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Horror, Role-playing game

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    Role-playing game

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    Star Wars The Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

  6. 6
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    GURPS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    the people's #1 & often listed
    Role-playing game

  7. 7
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    added by angus-robertson
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    Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Stephen Lee
    Role-playing game

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    Role-playing game

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    added by JimJenkins
    Role-playing game

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  13. 13
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    Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

  14. 14
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    Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

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    added by reverend-acid
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    Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Yenski

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    Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


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    Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by sebastien-neutre-bon-pelletier

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    Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

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    added by Leandro Costa
    Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

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    Gamma World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Role-playing game

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    Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Quartino
    Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

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    RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

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    Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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    Rifts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by john-finn
    Role-playing game

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    Champions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Jenevieve DeFer

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    Role-playing game

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    Numenera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by KenWright
    Role-playing game

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    Hero System is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

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    added by StuartGoheen

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    Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by -1454263470829
    Marvel Super-heroes

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    Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Kyle Chadrick
    Role-playing game

  36. 36
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    added by WendyWatersClaypool
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  38. 38
    + 1,620
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    added by Odile Clio
    High fantasy, Role-playing game

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    Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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    Role-playing game

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    Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Vampire: the Dark Ages

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    Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs


    Role-playing game

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    Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Thorkull
    Role-playing game

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    Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by sune.nodskou

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    Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by António Freitas
    Role-playing game

  46. 46
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    - 2,804

    added by JasonRobar
    Role-playing game

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  47. 47
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    - 1,006
    MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    ranked low on reranks
    Role-playing game

  48. 48
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    Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    ranked low on reranks & added by Alexios Mavronas
    Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

  49. 49
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    Robotech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Jose Bocanegra
    Role-playing game

  50. 50
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    Stormbringer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

    added by Duane E K Bridges
    Role-playing game

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