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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!
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23,127 9,544
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Dungeons & Dragons Role-playing game

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2
11,952 9,397
Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Shadowrun Role-playing game

3
11,783 7,010
Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Call of Cthulhu Horror, Role-playing game

4
12,908 8,830
Vampire: The Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing game

5
10,506 6,242
Star Wars role-playing game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Star Wars The Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

6
15,386 8,066
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Role-playing game

7
6,877 8,587
GURPS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
GURPS Role-playing game

8
10,441 6,069
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition Role-playing game

9
7,360 7,289
Werewolf: The Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing game

10
10,497 4,933
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2n... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

11
6,853 6,968
Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Mage: The Ascension Role-playing game

12
5,346 6,115
Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Savage Worlds Role-playing game

13
5,855 5,417
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Paranoia Role-playing game

14
9,055 5,847
Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Editio... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

15
9,294 3,290
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

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16
5,209 4,948
Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added Deadlands

17
5,609 5,236
Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Cyberpunk 2020 Role-playing game

18
6,552 5,470
World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added World of Darkness Role-playing game

19
8,640 3,305
Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Quartino added Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition)

20
5,034 4,935
Traveller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Traveller Role-playing game

21
4,555 4,675
Legend of the Five Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sebastien-neutre-bon-pelletier added Legend of the Five Rings

22
6,307 5,270
Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

23
3,870 4,400
Gamma World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Gamma World Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Role-playing game

24
3,802 5,229
Fate Core is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Fate Core Role-playing game

25
4,913 4,780
Rifts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Rifts Role-playing game

26
2,965 4,480
Ars Magica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Leandro Costa added Ars Magica Fantasy, Historical, Role-playing game

27
3,461 4,735
RuneQuest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
RuneQuest Role-playing game

28
3,058 3,904
Champions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jenevieve DeFer added Champions

29
3,678 4,297
Middle-earth Role Playing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
aoeworth-taralom added Middle-earth Role Playing Role-playing game

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3,306 4,643
Numenera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
KenWright added Numenera Role-playing game

31
3,441 4,120
Mutants and Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
StuartGoheen added Mutants and Masterminds

32
2,879 4,708
Hero System is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Hero System Role-playing game

33
3,599 3,580
Serenity Role Playing Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Firefly Role-playing game

34
3,018 3,740
Seventh Sea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Kyle Chadrick added Seventh Sea Role-playing game

35
2,856 2,443
Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
-1454263470829 added Marvel Super-heroes

36
2,896 2,390
MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
MechWarrior Role-playing game

37
3,120 4,582
Changeling: The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

38
2,986 2,280
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Alexios Mavronas added Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

39
2,886 4,227
Exalted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Odile Clio added Exalted Role-playing game, High fantasy

40
3,255 4,102
Dark Heresy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sune.nodskou added Dark Heresy

41
3,039 3,056
Vampire: the Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Vampire: the Dark Ages

42
2,612 2,851
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jose Bocanegra added Robotech Role-playing game

43
2,624 4,078
Pendragon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Pendragon Role-playing game

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44
1,988 1,731
B/X Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Jonathan Becker added B/X Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game

45
2,359 3,875
Earthdawn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Thorkull added Earthdawn Role-playing game

46
2,148 3,549
Changeling: The Lost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

47
2,119 2,115
Classic BattleTech is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs

48
2,432 3,505
Mage: The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
António Freitas added Mage: The Awakening Role-playing game

49
2,471 4,406
Rolemaster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JasonRobar added Rolemaster Role-playing game

50
2,386 2,356
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1s... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs