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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
25,477 10,250
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
12,957 10,281
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
12,901 7,574
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
13,796 9,590
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,379 6,803
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,714 8,624
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,413 9,304
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,421 6,559
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,381 5,377
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,798 7,807
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,258 7,469
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,734 6,605
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,264 5,838
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,723 6,387
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,322 3,700
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,092 5,624
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,144 3,677
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
6,948 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 5,345
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,474 5,271
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,880 5,040
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
6,813 5,575
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,120 5,613
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,177 4,732
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
5,311 5,124
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game

26
3,170 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
3,698 5,072
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

28
3,339 4,194
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added

29
4,035 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
3,561 4,970
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Role-playing game

31
3,115 5,013
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

32
3,713 4,416
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added

33
3,234 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
3,188 2,725
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,853 3,852
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game

36
3,405 2,514
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 4,520
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added High fantasy, Role-playing game

38
3,279 4,909
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

39
3,199 2,670
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

40
3,483 4,361
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added

41
3,277 3,331
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,855 3,105
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Role-playing game

43
2,781 4,353
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

44
2,291 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 4,143
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 3,836
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

47
2,699 2,566
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,663 4,689
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Role-playing game

49
2,603 3,785
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 2,347
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs