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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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24,128 9,805
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
12,346 9,799
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

3
12,205 7,266
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
13,290 9,133
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

5
10,904 6,471
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
15,994 8,267
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

7
7,112 8,872
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

8
10,924 6,238
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition Role-playing game

9
7,565 7,505
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

10
10,915 5,088
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

11
7,020 7,188
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

12
5,507 6,327
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Savage Worlds Role-playing game

13
6,040 5,597
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

14
9,384 6,043
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
9,777 3,440
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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16
5,791 5,402
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

17
5,361 5,118
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added Deadlands

18
6,727 5,648
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added World of Darkness Role-playing game

19
9,254 3,464
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Quartino added Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

20
5,207 5,081
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

21
4,703 4,838
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sebastien-neutre-bon-pelletier added Legend of the Five Rings

22
6,527 5,408
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
3,923 5,392
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

24
4,025 4,540
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

25
5,116 4,924
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Rifts Role-playing game

26
3,036 4,637
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Leandro Costa added Ars Magica Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

27
3,553 4,892
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

28
3,191 4,027
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added Champions

29
3,835 4,422
Middle-earth Role Playing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
aoeworth-taralom added Middle-earth Role Playing Role-playing game

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3,379 4,799
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Numenera Role-playing game

31
3,560 4,252
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added Mutants and Masterminds

32
2,990 4,840
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Hero System Role-playing game

33
3,096 3,874
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Seventh Sea Role-playing game

34
3,018 2,562
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,722 3,698
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Firefly Role-playing game

36
3,069 2,531
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mechwarrior Role-playing game

37
3,187 4,740
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

38
2,978 4,362
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added Exalted High fantasy, Role-playing game

39
3,152 2,389
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Alexios Mavronas added Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

40
2,753 2,953
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Robotech Role-playing game

41
3,351 4,225
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added Dark Heresy

42
3,150 3,183
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

43
2,681 4,210
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

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44
2,117 1,827
B/X Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jonathan Becker added B/X Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game

45
2,424 4,006
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Thorkull added Earthdawn Role-playing game

46
2,222 3,681
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Changeling: The Lost Role-playing game

47
2,556 4,529
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Rolemaster Role-playing game

48
2,516 3,637
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

49
2,250 2,219
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

50
2,523 2,457
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs