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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24,821 10,095
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Dungeons & Dragons Role-playing game

2
12,706 10,070
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

3
13,596 9,401
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

4
12,622 7,449
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Call of Cthulhu Horror, Role-playing game

5
11,186 6,673
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
7,292 9,147
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

7
16,405 8,467
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

8
11,232 6,439
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
11,195 5,263
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,719 7,685
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

11
7,181 7,358
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

12
5,636 6,498
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Savage Worlds Role-playing game

13
6,164 5,746
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

14
9,572 6,257
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

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5,948 5,544
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

16
10,078 3,590
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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5,475 5,259
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added Deadlands

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9,726 3,598
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Quartino added Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

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5,358 5,202
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

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6,867 5,783
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added World of Darkness Role-playing game

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4,814 4,966
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

The Best Chevrolets of All Time

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6,692 5,512
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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4,034 5,530
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

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4,119 4,656
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

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5,235 5,054
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Rifts Role-playing game

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3,125 4,739
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

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3,639 5,008
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

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3,291 4,129
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added Champions

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far

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3,952 4,521
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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3,482 4,906
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Numenera Role-playing game

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3,073 4,943
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Hero System Role-playing game

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3,648 4,352
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added Mutants and Masterminds

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3,192 3,959
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Seventh Sea Role-playing game

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3,115 2,663
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

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3,795 3,802
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Firefly Role-playing game

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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3,044 4,461
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added Exalted High fantasy, Role-playing game

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3,253 4,851
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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3,311 2,468
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Alexios Mavronas added Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

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3,150 2,627
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mechwarrior Role-playing game

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3,432 4,313
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added Dark Heresy

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3,230 3,282
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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2,818 3,056
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Robotech Role-playing game

The Best Wii U RPGs You Should Be Playing

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2,741 4,302
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

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2,214 1,914
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

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2,468 4,094
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Robert L Jeanmenne added Earthdawn Role-playing game - Fantasy Roleplay by FASA

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2,624 4,634
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Rolemaster Role-playing game

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2,277 3,787
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Changeling: The Lost Role-playing game

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2,630 2,532
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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2,576 3,741
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

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2,308 2,308
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs