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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1
25,912 10,440
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
13,267 10,437
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
13,154 7,693
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
14,028 9,730
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,555 6,911
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,957 8,763
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,529 9,443
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,553 6,676
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,539 5,487
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,899 7,919
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,363 7,578
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,846 6,689
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,366 5,912
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,828 6,517
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,511 3,810
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,207 5,702
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,465 3,771
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
7,044 5,948
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,643 5,414
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,567 5,333
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,955 5,118
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
6,920 5,647
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,200 5,695
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,237 4,800
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
5,401 5,206
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game