What are some RPGs that a roleplayer should try at least once in their life?

What are some RPGs that a roleplayer should try at least once in their life? A sort of Appendix N for RPGs other than D&D. Not necessarily because they're popular but to experience the full range of what RPGs have to offer. My personal 5 would be:

>Shadowrun
>Call of Cthulhu
>Apocalypse World
>Vampire the Masquerade
>Traveller

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Ars Magica
    >Paranoia
    >Pendragon

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    At least one OSR and one PBTA system.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Designate a specific game. Just saying "an OSR game" is fricking worthless when people can't even agree what games are OSR or not.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        broadly, games that have a tonal and mechanical fidelity with tsr era dnd

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I said designate a specific game, Black person.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Lamentations of the Flame Princess

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Lamentations of the Flame Princess

          Kek.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    To add to the above:

    OD&D - original 3 books only.
    Amber, for diceless.
    Runequest, for 1st-wave D&D reactionary crunch systems.
    Hero, for supers and point building in one go.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OD&D because it started it all.
    Shadowrun
    Call of Cthulhu
    Runequest
    BRP
    Strombringer
    Traveller
    Sword World
    Dark Eye
    WEG's D6 Star Wars.

    Seriously if you have never tried Runequest it's a fantastically crunchy system and Gloranatha probably is the deepest fictional setting of all time.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      love RQ but i wouldn't touch glorantha with a ten foot pole
      earth settings are so much better

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Filtered.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >D6 starwar
      I looked at the tramp sourcebook before and thought it was pretty cool. But what makes the system itself worthy?
      Also:
      >Cyberpunk 2020
      because it's pretty fun if you do it right.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        D6 Star Wars was more about trying to emulate the feel of a movie than a normal TTRPG. A lot of the lore of the UE came from or was inspired by the work WEG did flushing out the lore early on if I'm not mistaken. It's a fun and simple system that moves quickly. 2e is probs the way to go since a lot of the books where remade for it but the editions are close enough to be used interchangeably with minor tweaks. If you are a fan of the OT it's a blast to roll up a party of misfits and smuggle illegal contraband only to get wrapped up in a plot to kill a high ranking imperial.
        Traveller is very good but it doesn't have the nostalgia factor of being Star Wars.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stick something like FATE or Firefly/Cortex on there, so that people get a taste of bennie-passing narrative stuff.
    Something autistic like Phoenix Command to show the depths of number depravity.
    GURPS, obviously, to show what it's like to have a system more like Lego than Hotwheels.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >bennie-passing narrative
      homosexual op already said homosexual game pbta, homosexual

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        PBTA doesn't have the same economy of plot points or what have you. Moves in AW tend to generate and expend their own hold. homosexual.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >tend to generate and expend their own hold
          esl homosexual, of course they're not the same, they both suck in a similar way tho

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            They're not similar at all wrf ricki morono

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              gonna be honest with ya chief, all storygames look the same to me

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                You're gonna have a very poor grasp of game design, pros and cons, if you just group something as stupid like "story games" together without regard for how their systems work and why. Congrats on confirming you're moronic I guess.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I'm a simple man. I see authorial stance, I disregard.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Stop feeding the troll, idiot. Literally a thread about "what are the different types of RPG" and some colourblind moron is out here grandstanding. Leave him in his grey and beige cave.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >types of RPG
                storygames are not rpgs, that's why they have a different name

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >B/X
    >Masks or Blades in the Dark
    >A WEG d6 game (star wars, carbon grey, er cetera)
    >Ironsworn/Starforged
    >GURPS

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've got 3 of your five down.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dogs in the Vineyard
    Marvel Superheroes
    3:16 Carnage
    One of the old GW specalist games with strong rpg elements like necromunda, BB, gorkamorka, mordheim or inquisitor.
    Savage Worlds
    Basic D&D
    Into the Odd
    Kingdom
    Microscope
    Polaris (old one)
    1st Ed Apocalypse World
    Shadowrun 3rd, maybe 2nd
    Traveller, ideally old black box
    Paranoia of some sort
    Everyone is John
    Fiasco
    GURPS
    Maybe skim Rifts but frick playing it.
    I hear the newish Conan 2d20 is worth trying as well.
    The Quiet Year
    Epic level 3.5
    Probably one of the white wolf frickshowsjust so you've tried it and want to port it to a better system.
    Same for Call of Cuthulu.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Pendragon
    >Call of Cthulhu
    >Rules Cyclopedia D&D
    >AD&D 2e
    >4e D&D
    >DCC RPG
    >Star Trek Adventures
    >FFG Star Wars
    >WEG Star Wars
    >GURPS
    >Battle Century G
    >The One Ring RPG
    >Ironclaw
    >BESM
    >Mutants & Masterminds
    >Prowlers & Paragons
    >Dark Places & Demogorgons
    >Sword World
    >MAID

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Grimtooth's Traps books. Essential to ANY collection.
    Killer! The game of assassination from Steve Jackson Games.
    Clay-O-Rama/Claydonia. Look it up. You won't be disappointed.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    WEG Star Wars gets mentioned quite a lot here. What does it do that Traveller doesn't?

    Same for Sword World. It sounds like a very niche Japanese system. What does it do that D&D doesn't?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Play it and find out! It has a much more pulp tone, nice consistent skill rolls with a good bell curve, force points and powers are enjoyable, the vehicle rules are more loose and to my mind more exciting, and the injury rules are good. Mini Six improves on things by reducing the number of opposed rolls and making Hero Points work for your character more widely.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Literally as many games as you can get to play.
    >b-but what title
    Which part of "as many as you can" you didn't get the first time?

    Just last year, I've tried 38 new systems, along with playing the regular game of HEX in the meantime.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Ctrl+F FAT
    >Some homosexual writes FATE before FATAL
    This place has really gone to shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >whining because people didn't post a tired old meme that contributed nothing to the discussion

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >OP asks for the full range of RPGs
        >extreme examples don't contribute to the discussion

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Anal Circumference Stats always provide a lively discussion

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Aces and Eights and Hackmaster has a cool count based combat system that's on the opposite side of the spectrum from the powered by the apocalypse games. It's worth a look

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Burning Wheel. It has a lot of basic rules (Let it Ride, Describe what failure looks like before the roll, Intent and Task) that are widely applicable and in general has a very unique perspective.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Genesys by EDGE studios.
    and/or
    STAR WARS rpg by EDGE as well.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >D&D
    >Call of Cthulhu
    >Some D&D adjacent game, so you can see how shit D&D is.
    >Maybe Cyberpunk if that's your bag

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