Top 10 Pencil and Paper RPGs
Here’s a list of the top ten paper and pencil RPGs of all time. Although there is no scientific way to prove the ‘best role-playing gamesAlways, this list takes into account the general popularity of paper and pencil RPGs since the industry was created.
10 – Gamma World – It’s a post-apocalyptic game, but not in the style of Mad Max. This game fits more in the style of a science and fantasy game. You could play with all kinds of random mutant creatures, in addition to playing with people who were mostly normal.
9 – Vampire the Masquerade – Some may argue which is the best World of Darkness product. But Vampire the Masquerade was the game that put White Wolf on the map. Vampire the Masquerade has also become the number one live action RPG in the world. Go LARP’ers!
8 – RuneQuest – This game was considered one of the ‘Big Three’ at some point. The big three are D&D, Traveler, and RuneQuest. It provided a different environment and system than other fantasy RPGs at the time.
7 – Champions – Although it may no longer be the most popular comic-themed RPG of all time, this game has been around for a long time since it was first published in 1981. The game laid the foundation for many other related RPGs with comics and superheroes.
6 – Tunnels and Trolls – Right after D&D it was T&T. Tunnels & Trolls was the second role-playing game ever created. The game was created as an alternate and hopefully easier to play version of Dungeons & Dragons.
5 – GURP – The generic universal role play system is able to adapt to any gaming environment. Any configuration you can think of has been created for the system. Its creator, Steve Jackson, is one of the best known game designers in the industry due to this game.
4 – Star Wars – Based on the movies of the same name, the Star Wars RPG was first created by West End Games using the d6 system. He eventually moved on to other companies and saw some playtime under the d20 system, and finally the Saga Edition. It is the first science fiction or space opera themed RPG due to George Lucas dominating the minds of nerds around the world.
3 – Traveler – He’s not as famous as his other space opera companion, Star Wars. This game, however, came out as a role-playing system before the creation of George Lucas. Traveler was first created in 1977 and has been going strong ever since. The game is definitely considered one of the “original” RPGs.
2 – Call of Cthulhu – A unique entry in this list. This horror-based RPG is based on the works of HP Lovecraft. There really isn’t a comparable popular game on the market right now. Instead, different game companies have chosen to create Call of Cthulhu on a variety of different systems under a variety of different publishers.
1 – Dungeons and Dragons – The most famous paper and pencil RPG of all time. This fantasy game still dominates the market with all its various incarnations, from the original D&D to the fourth edition. D&D creators Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are legends in the industry, as is the game itself.
Some people may disagree with the general placement of some of these games. Others may ask why certain games are even here. Why haven’t other games been included, like Shadowrun, Robotech, Palladium Fantasy, Rifts, or many newer games? Well, they weren’t. This list was created by veteran players and they apparently had a bit of nostalgia in them. So what do you think of the list of best role-playing games ever?