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
25,209 10,213
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
12,880 10,210
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
12,829 7,515
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
13,724 9,522
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,301 6,759
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,604 8,581
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,377 9,244
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,343 6,520
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,304 5,337
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,765 7,766
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,234 7,424
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,710 6,564
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,233 5,798
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,654 6,349
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,224 3,674
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,050 5,593
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,003 3,654
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
6,925 5,835
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,533 5,316
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,447 5,242
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,855 5,015
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
6,766 5,554
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,100 5,584
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,166 4,700
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
5,278 5,104
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game

26
3,160 4,780
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
3,682 5,049
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

28
3,330 4,171
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added

29
4,004 4,559
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
3,544 4,948
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Role-playing game

31
3,106 4,991
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

32
3,692 4,394
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added

33
3,220 4,000
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Role-playing game

34
3,160 2,708
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,833 3,837
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game

36
3,066 4,501
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added High fantasy, Role-playing game

37
3,373 2,500
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
3,270 4,891
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

39
3,180 2,659
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

40
3,469 4,342
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added

41
3,256 3,319
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,840 3,088
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Role-playing game

43
2,772 4,334
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

44
2,272 1,943
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
2,489 4,126
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
2,296 3,820
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

47
2,671 2,556
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,649 4,673
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Role-playing game

49
2,593 3,769
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Role-playing game

50
2,327 2,333
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs