video games The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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List Rules 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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Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Dungeons & Dragons Role-playing game

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Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

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Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Call of Cthulhu Horror, Role-playing game

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Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

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

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

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GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

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Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Savage Worlds Role-playing game

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Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

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Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
World of Darkness Role-playing game

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Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 4,813 4,543
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

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Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

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Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

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+ - 3,914 4,013
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 5,455 4,616
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

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+ - 3,240 3,769
Gamma World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Gamma World Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Role-playing game

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+ - 4,097 4,065
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rifts Role-playing game

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+ - 3,008 4,140
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

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+ - 2,570 3,872
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Ars Magica Fantasy, Historical Role-playing game

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+ - 3,099 3,749
Middle-earth Role Playing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Middle-earth Role Playing Role-playing game

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

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Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Numenera Role-playing game

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

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

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+ - 3,067 3,084
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Firefly Role-playing game

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+ - 2,539 3,212
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Seventh Sea Role-playing game

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+ - 2,239 1,945
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Marvel Super-heroes

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Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 2,503 3,629
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Exalted High fantasy, Role-playing game

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+ - 2,316 1,800
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

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+ - 2,142 1,874
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
MechWarrior Role-playing game

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+ - 2,512 2,518
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

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+ - 2,744 3,580
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Robotech Role-playing game

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+ - 2,318 3,589
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

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Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Changeling: The Lost Role-playing game

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+ - 2,072 2,954
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

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+ - 2,005 3,360
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Earthdawn Role-playing game

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+ - 2,122 3,858
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rolemaster Role-playing game

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+ - 1,459 1,468
Star Wars Roleplaying Game Sag... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 1,429 1,353
B/X Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
B/X Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game

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+ - 1,624 2,788
Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fiasco Role-playing game