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!
list ordered by

1
25,419 10,230
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
12,930 10,260
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
13,776 9,567
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

4
12,867 7,557
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

5
11,356 6,789
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,685 8,604
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,401 9,286
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,401 6,543
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,367 5,358
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,791 7,790
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,246 7,457
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,724 6,593
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,249 5,826
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,708 6,368
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,300 3,685
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,079 5,617
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,096 3,672
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Quartino added Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

18
6,941 5,860
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,545 5,338
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,458 5,264
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,868 5,031
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sebastien-neutre-bon-pelletier added

22
6,796 5,572
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,109 5,605
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,174 4,721
Gamma World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Role-playing game

25
5,303 5,114
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game

26
3,161 4,796
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Leandro Costa added Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

27
3,686 5,064
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

28
3,336 4,187
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added

29
4,023 4,572
Middle-earth Role Playing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
aoeworth-taralom added Role-playing game

30
3,552 4,963
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Role-playing game

31
3,112 5,005
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

32
3,708 4,407
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added

33
3,228 4,012
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Role-playing game

34
3,181 2,718
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,848 3,843
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game

36
3,071 4,513
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added High fantasy, Role-playing game

37
3,385 2,510
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Alexios Mavronas added Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

38
3,276 4,901
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

39
3,196 2,664
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

40
3,474 4,355
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added

41
3,266 3,327
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,851 3,095
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Role-playing game

43
2,776 4,345
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

44
2,282 1,948
B/X Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jonathan Becker added Role-Playing Game

45
2,492 4,137
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Robert L Jeanmenne added Role-playing game -

Fantasy Roleplay by FASA

46
2,299 3,829
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

47
2,688 2,562
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,652 4,684
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Role-playing game

49
2,598 3,780
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Role-playing game

50
2,337 2,340
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs