Trending Games | Warframe | World of Warcraft | Elvenar | Project Gorgon

    Facebook Twitter YouTube
Login:  Password:   Remember?  
Show Quick Gamelist Jump to Random Game
Members:3,026,607 Users Online:0
Games:843  Posts:6,482,507
Recent forum postsRSS
Active threads
Cloud view
List all forums
General Forums
Developers Corner General Discussion
Popular Game Forums
Click a status to find game forum
Game Forums
Click a letter to find game forum
2029 Online 2112: Revolution 2Moons 4Story 8BitMMO 9 Dragons A Mystical Land A Tale in the Desert III A3 ACE Online AD2460 ARGO Online Aberoth Absolute Force Online Absolute Terror Achaea Adellion Aerrevan Aetolia, the Midnight Age Age of Armor Age of Conan Age of Empires Online Age of Mourning Age of Wulin Age of Wushu Aida Arenas Aika Aion Albion Online Alganon All Points Bulletin (APB) Allods Online Altis Gates Amazing World Anarchy Online Ancients of Fasaria Andromeda 5 Angels Online Angry Birds Epic Anime Ninja Anime Pirates Anime Trumps Anmynor Anno Online Applo Arcane Hearts Arcane Legends ArchLord ArcheAge Archeblade Archlord 2 Archlord X Armored Warfare Ascend: Hand of Kul Asda 2 Asda Story Ashen Empires Asheron's Call Asheron's Call 2 Astera Online Astonia III Astro Empires Astro Lords: Oort CLoud Asura Force Atlantica Online Atriarch Aura Kingdom Aurora Blade Auto Assault Avatar Star Battle Dawn Battle Dawn Galaxies Battle for Graxia Battle of 3 Kingdoms Battle of the Immortals Battlecruiser Online Battlestar Galactica Online Battlestar Reloaded Beyond Protocol Bionic Marine Command Online Black Aftermath Black Desert Black Gold Black Prophecy Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict Blackguards 2 Blacklight Retribution Blade & Soul Blade Hunter Blade Wars Blazing Throne Bless Blitz 1941 Blood and Jade Bloodborne Bloodlines Champions Boot Hill Heroes Borderlands 2 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Bound by Flame Bounty Bay Online Brain Storm Bravada Bravely Default Bravely Second Brawl Busters. Brick-Force Bright Shadow Bullet Run Business Tycoon Online CTRacer Cabal Online Caesary Call of Camelot Call of Gods Call of Thrones Camelot Unchained Canaan Online Cardmon Hero Cartoon Universe CasinoRPG Cast & Conquer Castle Empire Castlot Celtic Heroes Champions Online Champions of Regnum Chaos Online Child of Light Chroma Squad Chrono Tales Citadel of Sorcery CitiesXL Citizen Zero City of Decay City of Heroes City of Steam City of Transformers City of Villains Civilization Online Clan Lord Clash of Clans Cloud Nine Club Penguin Colony of War Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Company of Heroes Online Conquer Online Conquer Online 3 Continent of the Ninth (C9) Core Blaze Core Exiles Corum Online Craft of Gods Crimecraft Crimelife 2 Cronous Crota II Crowfall Crusaders of Solaris Cultures Online Cyber Monster 2 Cyberpunk 2077 Céiron Wars
D&D Online DC Universe DK Online DOTA DOTA 2 DUST 514 DV8: Exile Dalethaan Dance Groove Online Dark Age of Camelot Dark Ages Dark Legends Dark Orbit Dark Relic: Prelude Dark Solstice Dark Souls 2 Dark and Light DarkEden Online DarkSpace Darkblood Online Darkest Dungeon Darkfall Darkfall: Unholy Wars Darkwind: War on Wheels Das Tal Dawn of Fantasy Dawntide DayZ Dead Earth Dead Frontier Dead Island Dead Island 2 Dead Island: Riptide Deco Online Deep Down Deepworld Defiance Deicide Online Dekaron Demons at the Horizon Desert Operations Destiny Diablo 3 Diamonin Digimon Battle Dino Storm Disciple Divergence Divina Divine Souls Divinity: Original Sin Dofus Dominus Online Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragon Ball Online Dragon Born Online Dragon Crusade Dragon Empires Dragon Eternity Dragon Fin Soup Dragon Heart Online Dragon Nest Dragon Oath Dragon Pals Dragon Raja Dragon's Call Dragon's Call II Dragon's Prophet DragonSky DragonSoul Dragona Dragonica Dragons and Titans Drakengard 3 Dream of Mirror Online Dreamland Online Dreamlords: The Reawakening Drift City Duels Dungeon Blitz Dungeon Fighter Online Dungeon Overlord Dungeon Party Dungeon Rampage Dungeon Runners Dungeon of the Endless Dying Light Dynastica Dynasty Warriors Online Dynasty of the Magi EIN (Epicus Incognitus) EVE Online Earth Eternal Earth and Beyond Earthlock: Festival of Magic Earthrise Eclipse War Ecol Tactics Online Eden Eternal Edge of Space Einherjar - The Viking's Blood Elder Scrolls Online Eldevin Elf Online Elite: Dangerous Embers of Caerus Emil Chronicle Online Empire Empire & State Empire Craft Empire Universe 3 EmpireQuest Empires of Galldon End of Nations Endless Ages Endless Blue Moon Online Endless Online Entropia Universe EpicDuel Erebus: Travia Reborn Eredan Eternal Blade Eternal Lands Eternal Saga Ether Fields Ether Saga Online Eudemons Online EuroGangster EverEmber Online EverQuest Next EverQuest Online Adventures Evernight Everquest Everquest II Evony Exarch Exorace F.E.A.R. Online Fable Legends Face of Mankind Fairyland Online Fall of Rome Fallen Earth Fallen Sword Fallout 4 Fallout Online Family Guy Online Fantage Fantasy Earth Zero Fantasy Realm Online Fantasy Tales Online Fantasy Worlds: Rhynn Faunasphere Faxion Online Fearless Fantasy Ferentus Ferion Fiesta Online Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Final Fantasy XI Final Fantasy XIV Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Firefall Fists of Fu Florensia Flyff Football Manager Live Football Superstars Force of Arms Forge Forsaken Uprising Forsaken World Fortnite Fortuna Forum for Discussion of Everlight Freaky Creatures Free Realms Freesky Online Freeworld Fung Wan Online Furcadia Fury Fusion Fall
GRAV GalaXseeds Galactic Command Online Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Gameglobe Gate To Heavens Gates of Andaron Gatheryn Gauntlet Gekkeiju Online Ghost Online Ghost Recon Online Gladiatus Glitch Global Agenda Global Soccer Gloria Victis Glory of Gods GoGoRacer Goal Line Blitz Gods Rush Gods and Heroes GodsWar Online Golemizer Golf Star GoonZu Online Graal Kingdoms Granado Espada Online Grand Chase Grand Fantasia Grepolis Grimlands Guild Wars Guild Wars 2 Guild Wars Factions Guild Wars Nightfall H1Z1 Habbo Hotel Hailan Rising HaloSphere2 Hand of Fate Haven & Hearth Hawken Heart Forth Alicia Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Helbreath Hellgate Hellgate: London Hello Kitty Online Hero Online Hero Zero Hero's Journey Hero: 108 Online HeroSmash Heroes & Generals Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar Heroes in the Sky Heroes of Atlan Heroes of Bestia Heroes of Gaia Heroes of Might and Magic Online Heroes of Thessalonica Heroes of Three Kingdoms Heroes of the Storm Hex Holic Online Hostile Space Hunter Blade Huxley Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Illutia Illyriad Immortals USA Immune Imperator Imperian Inferno Legend Infestation: Survivor Stories Infinite Crisis Infinity Infinity Iris Online Iron Grip: Marauders Irth Worlds Island Forge Islands of War Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted Jade Dynasty Jagged Alliance Online Juggernaut Jumpgate Jumpgate Evolution KAL Online Kakele Online Kaos War Karos Online Kartuga Kicks Online Kill Strain King of Kings 3 Kingdom Heroes Kingdom Under Fire II Kingdom of Drakkar Kingory Kings Era Kings and Legends Kings of the Realm KingsRoad Kitsu Saga Kiwarriors Knight Age Knight Online Knights of Dream City Kothuria Kung Foo! Kunlun Online Kyn L.A.W. LEGO Universe La Tale Land of Chaos Online Landmark Lands of Hope: Redemption LastChaos League of Angels League of Legends - Clash of Fates Legend of Edda: Vengeance Legend of Golden Plume Legend of Grimrock 2 Legend of Katha Legend of Mir 2 Legend of Mir 3 Legendary Champions Lego Minifigures Online Lichdom: Battlemage Life is Feudal Light of Nova Lime Odyssey Line of Defense Lineage Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance Lineage II Linkrealms Loong Online Lord of the Rings Online Lords Online Lords of the Fallen Lords of the Fallen 2 Lost Saga Lucent Heart Lunia Lusternia: Age of Ascension Luvinia World
MU Online Mabinogi Maestia: Rise of Keledus MagiKnights Magic Barrage Magic World Online Manga Fighter MapleStory Martial Heroes Marvel Heroes Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Marvel: Avengers Alliance Mass Effect 4 MechWarrior Online Megaten Meridian 59 : Evolution Merlin MetalMercs Metaplace Metin 2 MicroVolts Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Midkemia Online Might & Magic Heroes Online Might & Magic Heroes: Kingdoms Might & Magic X: Legacy MilMo Minecraft Mini Fighter Minions of Mirth Ministry of War Monato Esprit Monkey King Online Monkey Quest Monster & Me Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate Monster Madness Online MonsterMMORPG Moonlight Online: Tales of Eternal Blood Moonrise Mordavia Mortal Online Mourning My Lands Myst Online: URU Live Myth Angels Online Myth War Myth War 2 Mythborne Mytheon Mythic Saga Mythos N.E.O Online NIDA Online Nadirim Naviage: The Power of Capital Navy Field Necropolis Need for Speed World Nemexia Neo's Land NeoSteam Neocron Nether Neverwinter Nexus: The Kingdom Of The Winds NinjaTrick NosTale Nova Genesis Novus Aeterno Oberin Odin Quest Odyssey RPG Ogre Island Omerta 3 Online Boxing Manager Onverse Oort Online Order & Chaos Online Order of Magic Original Blood Origins Return Origins of Malu Orion's Belt Otherland Forums OverSoul Overkings Overwatch Oz Online Oz World Pandora Saga Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Panzar Parabellum Parallel Kingdom Parfait Station Path of Exile Pathfinder Online Perfect World Perpetuum Online Persona V Phantasy Star Online 2 Phantasy Star Universe Phoenix Dynasty Online Phylon Pi Story Picaroon Pillars of Eternity Pirate Galaxy Pirate Storm Pirate101 PirateKing Online Pirates of the Burning Sea Pirates of the Caribbean Online Pixie Hollow Planeshift Planet Arkadia Planet Calypso PlanetSide 2 Planetside Planets³ Playboy Manager Pocket Legends Pockie Ninja Pockie Pirates Pockie Saints Pokémon X and Y PoxNora Prime World Prime: Battle for Dominus Priston Tale Priston Tale II Prius Online Prodigy Project Blackout Project Gorgon Project Powder Project Titan Forums Project Wiki Project Zomboid Puzzle Pirates Quest for Infamy Quickhit Football
R2 Online RAN Online RF Online ROSE Online Rage of 3 Kingdoms Ragnarok Online Ragnarok Online II RaiderZ Rail Nation Rakion Rappelz RappelzSEA Ravenmarch Realm Fighter Realm of Sierra Realm of the Mad God Realm of the Titans Realms Online Rebel Galaxy Reclamation Red Stone Red War: Edem's Curse Regnum Online Remnant Knights Renaissance Repulse Requiem: Memento Mori Rift RiotZone Rise Rise of Dragonian Era Rise of Empire Rise of the Tycoon Risen 3: Titan Lords Rising of King Risk Your Life Rivality Rockfree Rohan: Blood Feud Role Play Worlds Roll n Rock Roma Victor Romadoria Rosh Online Roto X Rubies of Eventide Ruin Online Rumble Fighter Runes of Magic Runescape Rust Rusty Hearts Ryzom S4 League SAGA SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online SMITE SUN Sacred 3 Sagramore Salem SaySayGirls Scarlet Blade Scions of Fate Seal Online: Evolution Second Chance Heroes Second Life Secret of the Solstice Seed Serenia Fantasy Seven Seas Saga Seven Souls Online Sevencore Shadow Realms Shadow of Legend Shadowbane Shadowgate Shadowrun Chronicles Shaiya Shards Online Shattered Galaxy Sho Online Shot Online Shroud of the Avatar SideQuest Siege on Stars Sigonyth: Desert Eternity Silkroad Online Skyblade Skyforge SmashMuck Champions Smoo Online Soldier Front Soul Master Soul Order Online Soul of Guardian South Park: The Stick of Truth Space Heroes Universe Sparta: War of Empires Spellcasters Sphere Spiral Knights Spirit Tales Splash Fighters Squad Wars Star Citizen Star Conflict Star Sonata 2 Star Stable Star Supremacy Star Trek Online Star Trek: Infinite Space Star Wars Galaxies Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Star Wars: The Old Republic StarQuest Online Starbound Stargate Worlds Starlight Story Starpires State of Decay SteelWar Online Stone Age 2 Stormfall: Age of War Stormthrone Storybricks Stronghold Kingdoms Styx: Master of Shadows Sudden Attack Supremacy 1914 Supreme Destiny Sword Coast Legends Sword Girls Sword of Destiny: Rise of Aions SwordX Swords of Heavens Swordsman
TERA TS Online TUG Tabula Rasa Tactica Online Tales Runner Tales of Fantasy Tales of Pirates Tales of Pirates II Tales of Solaris Talisman Online Tamer Saga Tank Ace Tantra Online Tatsumaki: Land at War Terra Militaris TerraWorld Online Terraria Thang Online The 4th Coming The Agency The Aurora World The Banner Saga The Banner Saga 2 The Black Watchmen The Chronicle The Chronicles of Spellborn The Crew The Division The Epic Might The Hammers End The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 The Legend of Ares The Lost Titans The Matrix Online The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot The Missing Ink The Mummy Online The Myth of Soma The Pride of Taern The Realm Online The Repopulation The Secret World The Sims Online The Strategems The West The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Theralon There Therian Saga Thrones of Chaos Tibia Tibia Micro Edition Tiger Knight Titan Siege Titans of Time Toontown Online Top Speed Topia Online Torchlight Torment: Tides of Numenera Total Domination Transformers Universe Transistor Transverse Trapped Dead: Lockdown Traveller AR Travia Online Travian Triad Wars Trials of Ascension Tribal Hero Tribal Wars Tribes Universe Trickster Online Trove Troy Online True Fantasy Live Online Turf Battles Twelve Sky Twelve Sky 2 Twilight War Tynon U.B. Funkeys UFO Online URDEAD Online Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Ultima Online Ultima X: Odyssey Ultimate Naruto Ultimate Soccer Boss Uncharted Waters Online Undercover 2: Merc Wars Underlight Unification Wars Universe Online Utherous Utopia Valkyrie Sky Vampire Lord Online Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Vanquish Space Vector City Racers Vendetta Online Victory - Age of Racing Vindictus Virtonomics Vis Gladius Visions of Zosimos VoidExpanse Voyage Century Online W.E.L.L. Online WAR (Warhammer Online) WAR2 Glory WYD Global Wakfu War Thunder War of 2012 War of Angels War of Legends War of Mercenaries War of Thrones War of the Immortals WarFlow Waren Story Warflare Wargame1942 Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes Warkeepers Warrior Epic Wartune Wasteland 2 WebLords Wild West Online WildStar Wind of Luck WindSlayer 2 Wings of Destiny Wish Wizard101 Wizardry Online Wizards and Champions Wonder King Wonderland Online World Golf Tour World of Battles World of Darkness World of Heroes World of Kung Fu World of Pirates World of Speed World of Tanks World of Tanks Generals World of Warcraft World of Warplanes World of Warriors World of Warships World of the Living Dead WorldAlpha Wurm Online Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Xenoblade Chronicles: X Xenocell Xiah Xsyon Xulu YS Online Yitien ZU Online Zentia Zero Online Zero Online: The Andromeda Crisis Zodiac Online Zombies Ate My Pizza eRepublik Discussion Forums

General Discussion

General Discussion 

General Gaming  » Best pen and paper RPGs

4 Pages 1 2 3 4 » Search
69 posts found

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 3/28/11
Posts: 672

OP  2/12/13 7:59:10 PM#1

What are the best pen and paper RPGs available or of all time? I don't care if they are in or out of print. I don't care about the genre. If you mention D&D or AD&D, please specify which edition.


If you suggest a game, please say why with as much detail as possible. Also, you might talk about your experience with the game, for example, whether as a player or a GM.


Apprentice Member

Joined: 7/04/11
Posts: 2034

2/12/13 8:14:24 PM#2
I think Pathfinder is pretty hard to beat. The best of the 3.5 D&D rules.

Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011


Novice Member

Joined: 2/22/06
Posts: 1503

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the priviledge to do so as well.

2/12/13 8:26:36 PM#3

My personal favorite was Ars Magicka, originally by Lion Rampant then bought by White Wolf. I had played AD&D for years before and liked it, but when I saw the system in Ars I fell in love with it.

It has magic as the emphasis for combat, though I knew alot of friends who loved being a grog or a companion for the RP aspect, and its system was extrememly flexible.

Magic is divided into techniques and forms. Techniques were like verbs or actions you would use for the forms like Creo (I create), or Intelligo *I perceice). They were in latin as the 'setting' was set in Medieval times. Anyway, the forms were those elements that make up pretty much everything, animal, plant, body, fire, water, etc.

You could choose specific spells to cast, a la AD&D, but it also had a system to use them 'on the fly' so to speak. If you had points in Creo for example and fire, you could attempt anything you wished and depending on the strength of your two specializtions and the feat you were attempting it would succeed or fail. Like with creo/fire you could attempt to start a fire at a specific location, like someone's hat (for amusement) or even elaborate spells given your rating in other techniques like say body, and create a fire in someone's lungs. It could get really wierd.

The combat system is very engaging as well, using the obvious die rolls for attack/defense but it added a 'Soak' level (sorta like AC did) but instead of having HP's you have wound lvls and wound lvl recovery each turn. So it got a little complex rolling for each 'level' of an action.

 You had stats like the weapon's speed + your Quickness stat + your skill in that weapon - Enc (how heavily loaded you were) to dictate who would have first strike, then another formula (wep atk bonus+skill+dex) for atk with the defender using his formula (Parry bonus + skill). All of which was to be added to die roll, obviously.

I could go on, but the freestyle and flexibility of the magic system got me hooked for many years on it. It is still, to this day, the one i remember most fondly of.


Spotlight Poster

Joined: 3/28/11
Posts: 672

OP  2/12/13 8:27:34 PM#4

I will read up on Pathfinder over on Amazon and wikipedia.

What makes the D&D 3.5 rules special?

I don't know much about the different rule sets, so that's one of the things I want to learn more about.


Edit: Ars Magica sounds interesting. I will check it out. I've read good things about White Wolf.



Joined: 6/30/09
Posts: 256

2/12/13 8:28:05 PM#5
1st edition D&D, RIFT, Gamma World.

Elite Member

Joined: 7/05/06
Posts: 2858


2/12/13 8:30:38 PM#6

that was my personal favorite when i was in my PnP playing prime.


Elite Member

Joined: 11/29/05
Posts: 442

2/12/13 8:33:04 PM#7

GURPS is hands down the best pen and paper RPG for me and all of my friends.  We use it to play everything from Star Wars to High Fantasy Lord of the Rings and Low Fantasy Conan games.  It can quite literally be used to create any character you wish.  The only limits are your imagination and the GM's rules for whichever campaign he's running.

Make any character, use it in any world.  It's the "sandbox" of pen and paper RPG's.

Shadowrun is a good second choice.  Although you can play Shadowrun using the GURPS rules too.


Elite Member

Joined: 11/29/05
Posts: 442

2/12/13 8:38:11 PM#8
Originally posted by garrett
1st edition D&D, RIFT, Gamma World.

I would have to politely disagree with RIFT. 

It has the most broken character creation system I've ever seen in any RPG except for Traveler (Your character could literally die DURING character creation in Traveler. lol).  The difference in power levels between a Vagabond and a Chromeboy (Edit: My bad, I meant Glitter Boy) or Juicer are so far apart, that one is next to useless and the other is ridiculously overpowered.

I used to play in the RIFTS setting using the GURPS books.  That evened out the ridiculous power curve for starting characters.


Spotlight Poster

Joined: 3/28/11
Posts: 672

OP  2/12/13 8:51:05 PM#9
Yeah, I played Gamma World back in the day. I had all the TSR games. By 1st Ed. D&D, do you mean Advanced Dungeons and Dragons? I have the old Gary Gygax DM guide published in 1979 with the big red demon with a sword holding a princess in his hand one. Is that the same?

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 1/08/07
Posts: 1135

Freeloading mooches are the scourge of the gaming community.

2/12/13 9:19:49 PM#10

I will list my top 5 favorites

1. Shadowrun 4th edition. This system just makes so much sense, and the world is awesome you can really do just about anything with it. The last campaign I ran. My group ended up in Atlanta smuggling refurbished illegal cyberware, when they ran into a vigilante/comic book style super hero initiated Mage. That was wearing a reinforced exo-frame, complete with cape that was waging a war on a cyber gang, who they were smuggling the parts to. The game is just so much fun. Skill advancement vs level advancement is my favorite.

2. Deathwatch. I mean this game did Space Marines right. Just recently started Running a campaign, and to watch our assault marine jump from a 200ft cliff with his jump pack  down into a canyon where 40 hormagaunt tyranids were bearing down on an imperial guard platoon of about 12 guys crawling out from their overturned transport was just epic. He cut down more of the horde than the platoon shot down. No other game does horde combat nearly as good. This game really allows for some epic battles and really does justice to Space Marines overall.

3. The new Iron kingdoms. Privateer Press finally made an RPG based off of the warmachine table top rules. I play warmachine and love the rules. So this is just awesome all around. The world is one of my favorites. Steam powered Mangled metal fantasy is awesome. Notice I did not say steampunk.

4. Mekton 2 (not zeta) fast system does anime mecha combat better than robotech ever did. The system makes sense. Complete with construction rules. Didnt ever really use their world. Played in a friends campaign for years was great fun, and created my own world that I ran for awhile as well. Haven't played though since the 90s sadly.

5. DnD 4th edition. I have played since 1st and 4th was my favorite. People will bash it and say it took the RP out of the  RPG. Which is just BS. Love 4th. If I had one complaint about it. It was the healing  over time rules. Which is fine because I just made a few house rules for my game which made it a bit more gritty.  Had a lot of fun with 4th.



Advanced Member

Joined: 4/20/12
Posts: 1168

2/12/13 9:20:23 PM#11
  • Call of Cthulhu (single best RPG ever made)
  • RuneQuest/Glorantha (close second)
  • Stormbringer
  • Traveller
  • The Morrow Project
  • Middle Earth Roleplaying



Advanced Member

Joined: 4/12/10
Posts: 265

2/13/13 2:07:20 AM#12

Played a few different ones long ago. I think I always preferred Rolemaster mostly. the 2 D10 system were great for that lucky dice part of it. Good customisation too, same idea as the Titan Quest game I think. I always loved to make a warrior in leather armor who could cast firebolts and use a longsword. Basicaaly a battlemage type thats often popular in games today.

It was a slow game though, and you could spend an evening too find out if you would survive a troll chasing you. If it hit you it might kill you. Any crit had a hundred different outcomes all described in a chart. So you could lose a head or an arm that way.

But better than AD&D I found, were you would just behead the troll and then spend the evening beheading a hundred more. That was always the problem, with Dungeons and Dragons I found, and it has carried over into videogames. The D20 system doesn't scale well. Like at some point forget about improving your armorclass, as you can clearly tell that Dragon is going to hit every single time nomatter if you have -4  or -10 AC.

AD&D or D&D now only really works between level 1-10. And I find the whole system tedious and non transparant these days. D&D online is the endless reroll because a warrior is the best dualwielder at level 11, but then you find out a ranger is actually better at level 12. Then someone realises a level 10 warrior with 1 level monk and 1 level thief is best. And it's like chosing the skills, they are boring and hardly do anything, yet you have to spend so much time sorting them out. The feats are abit better, but are a parrallel system and a replica, just better skills.


Apprentice Member

Joined: 2/28/07
Posts: 73

2/13/13 2:23:49 AM#13

Here are my personal favorites:

D&D / AD&D (2nd edition was my favorite)

Runequest (like D&D but more in depth.  Was my favorite for a long while until new editions ruined it)


Vampire the Masquerade

Rift (is okay but got silly after Ninjas & Superspies came out)


I played many of them since I was in the military at the time and internet was not invented lol.  The ones I listed were my personal recommendation =)



Novice Member

Joined: 11/03/04
Posts: 19

2/13/13 2:26:04 AM#14

As a GM:

1. Warhammer (Death on the reik, is the best Campaign i ever played)

2. Call of Chtuhlu

3. TORG (i modded it and used Earthdawn dice systems)

AS a player:

1. AD&D Greyhawk setting. Mostly because of an exelent GM i guess but he made real and cool world.

2. Rolemaster

3. Warhammer.


Elite Member

Joined: 4/04/11
Posts: 4969

2/13/13 2:40:34 AM#15
Descent 2nd edition.

rpg/mmorg history: Dun Darach>Bloodwych>Bards Tale 1-3>Eye of the beholder > Might and Magic 2,3,5 > FFVII> Baldur's Gate 1, 2 > Planescape Torment >Morrowind > WOW > oblivion > LOTR > Guild Wars (1900hrs elementalist) Vanguard. > GW2(1000 elementalist), Wildstar

Now playing GW2, AOW 3, ESO, LOTR, Elite D


Apprentice Member

Joined: 11/22/05
Posts: 4909

2/13/13 2:48:28 AM#16
I never really liked the non fantasy pnp rpg I tried like top secret and gama world. So of the ones I played 2nd edition AD&D was my favorite and the one I played the longest. I never liked the changes they made after that.

Elite Member

Joined: 7/01/04
Posts: 6310

2/13/13 4:04:12 AM#17

1. Traveller - i still even have all the first edition minibooks..  it wasnt my first PnP RPG though it ended up being my favourite, probably all those worlds had to do with a lot of it, though mostly my adventuring career was based in the spinward marches, with a few odd 'forays' into the zhodani consulate

2. Runequest, never truly mastered it but had a lot of fun with it

3. AD&D, started with basic level D&D and 'evolved' though i never progressed beyond 2nd edition, still have dm's, players guide, monster manuals etc stored away in the loft somewhere .

Its a shame but no longer play these games, they used to be very social events, usually with a fair amount of beer and crisps involved


Apprentice Member

Joined: 3/20/07
Posts: 149

2/13/13 9:03:01 AM#18
Great memories playing Cyberpunk 2020 with Hardwired rulebook. I liked Hardwired more than the original rules. More realistic approach to cybernetics/cyberpsychosis etc etc.


Joined: 12/12/04
Posts: 1409

We live for The One, we die for The One.

2/13/13 9:17:16 AM#19

from official ones i would say i like most Mage from WoD

otherwise the best system is CpH (Time for Heroes), which is quite simple, but in-depth tested out and many times changed system for storytelling rpg.

(it has rules online, but only in czech, so if you want to look at them, try some translator, but i am not sure how well it will be translated :)

edit: but maybe at least partially why i like CpH is that all times i did played it and witnessed the play it was directly with the game creator as GM, who is great GM with huge imagination and huge knowledge of details about WW2 Europe where he did situated his campaign


Elite Member

Joined: 8/14/03
Posts: 2260

I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.

2/13/13 9:19:13 AM#20
Originally posted by PWN_FACE

What are the best pen and paper RPGs available or of all time? I don't care if they are in or out of print. I don't care about the genre. If you mention D&D or AD&D, please specify which edition.


If you suggest a game, please say why with as much detail as possible. Also, you might talk about your experience with the game, for example, whether as a player or a GM.

if you are looking for rulesets, try rolemaster.

if you are lookingfor background story and so on, try MERP :)


the best PnP RPGs are always those you specify for your needs.



also traveler is quite fun, if you are looking for a decent space RPG

"I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!"

4 Pages 1 2 3 4 » Search