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
25,494 10,254
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
12,966 10,285
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
12,911 7,575
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
13,802 9,594
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,388 6,804
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,718 8,626
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,416 9,307
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,423 6,562
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,383 5,380
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,802 7,810
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,260 7,472
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,738 6,607
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,267 5,840
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,724 6,389
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,325 3,702
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,093 5,626
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,154 3,678
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
6,951 5,869
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,553 5,346
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,476 5,271
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,880 5,041
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
6,815 5,576
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,121 5,615
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,179 4,733
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
5,312 5,125
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game

26
3,171 4,802
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
3,700 5,072
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

28
3,339 4,195
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added

29
4,038 4,576
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
3,563 4,971
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Role-playing game

31
3,117 5,014
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

32
3,714 4,417
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added

33
3,236 4,019
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Role-playing game

34
3,189 2,726
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,854 3,853
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game

36
3,406 2,515
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Alexios Mavronas added Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

37
3,078 4,521
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added High fantasy, Role-playing game

38
3,281 4,909
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

39
3,199 2,671
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

40
3,483 4,362
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added

41
3,277 3,333
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,856 3,106
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Role-playing game

43
2,781 4,354
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

44
2,293 1,951
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
2,498 4,144
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
2,304 3,837
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

47
2,699 2,567
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,664 4,689
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Role-playing game

49
2,604 3,787
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Role-playing game

50
2,339 2,348
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs