Total Nerd 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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2
+ - 11,800 9,295
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

3
+ - 11,610 6,948
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Call of Cthulhu Horror, Role-playing game

4
+ - 12,763 8,732
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

5
+ - 10,390 6,160
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

6
+ - 15,176 7,980
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

7
+ - 6,805 8,495
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

8
+ - 10,340 5,986
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

9
+ - 7,288 7,212
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

10
+ - 10,389 4,867
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

11
+ - 6,778 6,909
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

12
+ - 5,284 6,051
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Savage Worlds Role-playing game

13
+ - 5,782 5,369
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

14
+ - 8,978 5,749
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
+ - 9,156 3,217
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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16
+ - 5,142 4,904
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

17
+ - 5,541 5,183
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

18
+ - 6,472 5,419
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
World of Darkness Role-playing game

19
+ - 8,446 3,249
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

20
+ - 4,985 4,884
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

21
+ - 4,491 4,636
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

22
+ - 6,227 5,227
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
+ - 3,835 4,354
Gamma World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Gamma World Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Role-playing game

24
+ - 4,870 4,728
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rifts Role-playing game

25
+ - 3,757 5,185
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

26
+ - 3,429 4,697
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

27
+ - 2,905 4,451
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Ars Magica Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

28
+ - 3,021 3,869
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 3,627 4,263
Middle-earth Role Playing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Middle-earth Role Playing Role-playing game

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+ - 3,258 4,606
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Numenera Role-playing game

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+ - 3,407 4,087
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

32
+ - 2,856 4,671
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Hero System Role-playing game

33
+ - 3,566 3,552
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Firefly Role-playing game

34
+ - 2,972 3,708
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Seventh Sea Role-playing game

35
+ - 2,821 2,407
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Marvel Super-heroes

36
+ - 2,857 2,365
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
MechWarrior Role-playing game

37
+ - 3,087 4,550
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

38
+ - 2,929 2,253
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

39
+ - 2,853 4,193
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Exalted High fantasy, Role-playing game

40
+ - 2,587 2,815
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Robotech Role-playing game

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+ - 2,995 3,025
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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+ - 3,202 4,074
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

43
+ - 1,960 1,700
B/X Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
B/X Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game

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+ - 2,588 4,055
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

45
+ - 2,338 3,848
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Earthdawn Role-playing game

46
+ - 2,123 3,518
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Changeling: The Lost Role-playing game

47
+ - 2,100 2,086
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
+ - 2,403 3,474
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

49
+ - 2,430 4,375
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rolemaster Role-playing game

50
+ - 2,336 2,331
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs