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
+ - 11,745 9,241
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

3
+ - 11,545 6,905
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
+ - 12,707 8,693
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

5
+ - 10,345 6,122
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
+ - 15,094 7,941
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

7
+ - 6,769 8,457
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

8
+ - 10,290 5,957
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

9
+ - 7,255 7,171
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

10
+ - 10,330 4,843
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

11
+ - 6,754 6,873
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

12
+ - 5,268 6,018
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Savage Worlds Role-playing game

13
+ - 5,754 5,344
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

14
+ - 8,943 5,715
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
+ - 9,097 3,193
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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16
+ - 5,123 4,880
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

17
+ - 5,513 5,163
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

18
+ - 6,441 5,394
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
World of Darkness Role-playing game

19
+ - 8,373 3,221
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
+ - 4,959 4,865
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

21
+ - 4,471 4,611
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

22
+ - 6,197 5,210
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
+ - 3,822 4,333
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
+ - 4,852 4,701
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rifts Role-playing game

25
+ - 3,736 5,158
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

26
+ - 3,407 4,685
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

27
+ - 2,889 4,434
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Ars Magica Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

28
+ - 3,007 3,854
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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+ - 3,608 4,251
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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+ - 3,243 4,591
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Numenera Role-playing game

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+ - 3,399 4,071
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

32
+ - 2,839 4,658
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Hero System Role-playing game

33
+ - 3,556 3,538
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Firefly Role-playing game

34
+ - 2,812 2,391
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Marvel Super-heroes

35
+ - 2,962 3,691
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Seventh Sea Role-playing game

36
+ - 2,843 2,348
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
MechWarrior Role-playing game

37
+ - 3,077 4,531
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

38
+ - 2,910 2,235
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
+ - 2,848 4,173
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Exalted High fantasy, Role-playing game

40
+ - 2,574 2,799
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Robotech Role-playing game

41
+ - 2,978 3,011
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
+ - 3,185 4,062
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

43
+ - 1,937 1,691
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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44
+ - 2,578 4,046
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

45
+ - 2,324 3,836
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Earthdawn Role-playing game

46
+ - 2,114 3,500
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Changeling: The Lost Role-playing game

47
+ - 2,087 2,071
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
+ - 2,393 3,457
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

49
+ - 2,415 4,362
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Rolemaster Role-playing game

50
+ - 2,318 2,325
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs