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List Rules Pen and paper RPGs only, no card or board games.

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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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1
25,805 10,394
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

2
13,220 10,387
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

3
13,081 7,674
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game

4
13,976 9,701
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

5
11,521 6,890
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

6
16,900 8,725
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game

7
7,492 9,415
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

8
11,525 6,649
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game

9
11,508 5,462
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

10
7,883 7,894
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

11
7,345 7,558
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

12
5,825 6,672
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game

13
6,349 5,896
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

14
9,808 6,488
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
10,468 3,789
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

16
6,180 5,686
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

17
10,387 3,746
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
7,032 5,932
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game

19
5,630 5,397
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added

20
5,542 5,323
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

21
4,946 5,102
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
6,893 5,635
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
4,187 5,676
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game

24
4,225 4,786
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
5,383 5,188
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game