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The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs 

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Updated December 2, 2019 1M votes 69.8k voters 763.1k views 190 items

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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Dungeons & Dragons ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Call of Cthulhu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Horror, Role-playing game
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Pathfinder Roleplaying G... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
angus-robertson added Role-playing game
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Advanced Dungeons & ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Star Wars role-playing g... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Advanced Dungeons & ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Stephen Lee added Role-playing game
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Vampire: The Masquerade ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game
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Shadowrun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game
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Dungeons & Dragons 3... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Dungeons & Dragons (... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Warhammer RPG is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Dungeons and Dragons (5t... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Cyberpunk 2020 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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World of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
reverend-acid added Role-playing game
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Traveller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game
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Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Role-playing game
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Deadlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
Yenski added
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Mage: The Ascension is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Werewolf: The Apocalypse... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Rifts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
john-finn added Role-playing game
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Legend of the Five Rings... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
sebastien-neutre-bon-pelletier added
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MechWarrior is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Marvel Super-heroes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
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Serenity Role Playing Ga... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
WendyWatersClaypool added Role-playing game
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Savage Worlds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pen and Paper RPGs
JimJenkins added Role-playing game