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
25,133 10,182
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
12,847 10,177
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
12,789 7,497
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
13,699 9,495
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,280 6,741
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,556 8,552
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,356 9,224
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,318 6,499
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,277 5,317
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,753 7,752
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,219 7,415
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,697 6,549
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,219 5,789
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,637 6,323
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,189 3,647
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,022 5,587
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
9,936 3,639
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
6,911 5,824
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,520 5,307
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,430 5,232
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,842 5,007
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
6,749 5,546
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,084 5,575
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,150 4,691
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
5,271 5,094
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game

26
3,151 4,773
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
3,675 5,039
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

28
3,321 4,162
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added

29
3,994 4,550
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
3,527 4,941
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Role-playing game

31
3,098 4,982
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

32
3,682 4,385
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added

33
3,215 3,990
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Role-playing game

34
3,151 2,695
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

35
3,826 3,830
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game

36
3,060 4,492
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added High fantasy, Role-playing game

37
3,361 2,494
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
3,264 4,884
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

39
3,176 2,652
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

40
3,462 4,336
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added

41
3,248 3,311
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,838 3,079
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Role-playing game

43
2,765 4,327
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

44
2,260 1,936
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
2,482 4,120
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
2,289 3,814
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

47
2,662 2,550
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,646 4,663
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Role-playing game

49
2,587 3,763
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Role-playing game

50
2,323 2,328
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs