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Inspirational Material for Picaresque Fantasy Roleplaying Game

I'm in the early planning stages of a new tabletop FRPG campaign. My current concept is a traveling gang of ne'er-do-wells in an Iron Age world of city-states. I'm imagining an episodic, problem-of-the-week style game. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

I need an expert in Middle Eastern demonology

Can somebody help me identify the mythological or literary sources for the enemies in this Arabian Nights-themed video game? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips to help out a new DM/GM trying to run D&D Next Encounters Season.

Help a new Dungeon Master/Game Master run her first games with tips & tricks you wish you'd known when you first started out. Add to that the difficulty level of learning a new system, D&D Next at the same time. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jul 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Where/what are the good tabletop RPG discussion/blogs nowadays?

Ages ago I used to be active on The Forge and it was great for gameplay design/discussion and for actual play reports of niche things. Where did those folk go when it closed down? What new stuff has popped up in the meantime?
posted by curious nu on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Adding depth to "old-school" RPGing

Does anyone have any tips for adding some more modern narrative tricks to old school gaming, while maintaining the "it's just fun" feel? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Honest Android RPGs

What are some honest Android RPGs? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Best FREE tabletop rpg?

Looking for the best freebie pen and paper rpgs. [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia on Jun 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Video game about a drug that turns people into dragons?

IDENTIFY THAT VIDEO GAME! There was a console RPG in the 90s which took place in some sort of cyberpunk setting. A main plot point of the game was that people were getting addicted to a drug which would gradually turn them into dragons. What was that video game?
posted by Sticherbeast on May 15, 2014 - 4 answers

A technical or more descriptive name for RPG core attribute diagrams?

Does anyone here know a more descriptive or technical term for the form of the sort of core attribute chart/diagram seen in this image?
posted by The Confessor on May 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Which system for a time when people dueled?

I want to run a story oriented table top RPG that is not Tolkien Fantasy- help me choose an easy to wrangle system that would be conducive to the Georgian/Napoleonic War with Magic as a back drop? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 11, 2014 - 17 answers

iOS app for custom tables / dice results?

Looking for an iOS app that will let me set up a table (of dice scores and results), then roll on that table by pushing a button. For example, I might set up a table 'FOO': 1-2 = A, 3-4 = B, 5-6 = C. I could then push the FOO button, and it'd roll a d6 and give me A, B or C. Does this sort of thing exist?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Help inprove my RPG tactics

Nethack, Baulders Gate, Never Winter Nights, Arcanum: I play hack/slash style (fighter, buff out the strength, biggest sword, best armor, run in and bash enemies). Help me to play other classes. [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Mar 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Tabletop RPGs for 2 players

Do you know of any tabletop RPGs that work really well with 2 players? I've recently started playing tabletop RPG games and I enjoy playing with my partner. Are there any games which are particularly suited to this? Either 1 player and GM or GMless games are fine and I prefer storytelling games that offer character development as well as adventure.
posted by Laura_J on Mar 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Freeform Narrative Gaming Ideas

What are your favorite tabletop and board games that exist to encourage free-form narrative play with a minimum of mechanics? I know about Fate, and I like it, but I'm trying to expand a bit. I'm asking because I've become curious about narrative gaming recently, and I'm looking for inspiration from a variety of sources. Also, any books or guides to writing things like Fate scenarios (or similarly open player lead experiences) would be greatly appreciated.
posted by codacorolla on Mar 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Experience point tracker?

Could someone recommend a free or inexpensive program I could use to track experience points in a nerd project I'm working on? To inspire myself to write more, I thought I'd turn my automath afternoons into a sort of rpg, where I gain points for expanding my vocabulary, memorizing passages, writing, revising, and publishing. I could do it all on paper, but I've found I'm much more productive when I keep all my work on my laptop (hypotheses abound). I could also use a spread sheet, where current stat totals are in the top row, but that would quickly lead to tedious scrolling just to input new data. Ideally, I'd like to have a static page with fields I can plug numeric data into, and have that data compiled and displayed somewhere at the top of the page. Seems pretty basic--the kind of thing that must exist, right? Thanks!
posted by jwhite1979 on Feb 21, 2014 - 2 answers

What was this "Trapped in an RPG" book?

A book that I'm reading now gave me a flashback to something that I must have read around 1992-93, and now I want to find that book again, re-read it, and see if it ever became a series (ISTR a cliff-hanger-ish ending). Definitely not Joel Rosenberg's _Guardians of Flame_ series, but the same trope - group of modern-day RPG players find themselves trapped in the game they're playing. Sadly, the number of things I remember (of the paperback edition that I read) is pretty sparse. I remember: the blue cover, with a wizard riding in a Montgolfier brothers'-style hot air balloon in front of a computer; that the 'game world' the players found themselves in had very hexagonal terrain and that inhabitants of the game world knew how many hexes of different terrain they could travel in a given time period, and could not cross hex boundaries even if there was plenty of daylight left if they'd traveled that distance. I know it's a longshot, but, help?
posted by hanov3r on Jan 28, 2014 - 7 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Trying to find an old CRPG

I am trying to find this PC game I remember playing as a kid (mid-late 80's). It was maybe EGA era, definitely at least CGA. Me and a friend believe the name of it was something like "Destiny". It was a north/east/south/west/look kind of game with RPG elements. I don't remember a ton about it, except that we really enjoyed it, and never completed it because it was corrupted when we got to the end. One of the striking images I have is a green venus fly-trap like creature, with eyes on stalks. As you fought it and did damage, you would lop eyes off, and ichor would ooze out. (These were still images no animation, but updates throughout battles). I also remember something about a fountain and gems at the bottom of it as well (yeah, real specific I know!). I believe the end involved orcs and a throne or a crown, but it's getting real hazy at this time. If you have any recollection of this game, I'd love to hear about it, to prove that me and my childhood friend are not having group hallucinations, and to maybe track it down and play again.
posted by xipher on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Elves. In. Spaaace.

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to space! Help it get there. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Mordernkainen's Eleven

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to have a heist coming up and I'm in a bit over my head. If anyone has good reference materials, interesting mechanics and just anything else to make this be both fun and workable, it would help a lot. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Omega tips wanted

Have you played the old rogue-like game Omega? I re-discovered it recently and remember enjoying it a long time ago, but nowadays I can't get past the first five minutes. All of my games go like this: give a bit of charity to be lawful, join the paladins to get a weapon, go to the arena to make some money, die in the third or fourth round. Any tips would be appreciated. A mini-walkthrough that would actually get me out of the city as a half-viable character would be great!
posted by ubiquity on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

I need a new immersive game to play

I want to find an adventure game that's easy to become obsessed with and has tons to discover and explore. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Oct 9, 2013 - 23 answers

Good RPG for kids who like Minecraft

Looking for an RPG for a couple of kids (9 and 10) that ADORE Minecraft but want more role-playing elements (quests, a story, upgrades) in their gaming experience. We've tried mods, but that only gets you so far. We have a PC and an XBOX 360. What do you recommend?
posted by rosary on Oct 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Sealed small city map for Traveller pnp rpg

I'm looking for a map for a small city for my Traveller (science fiction) roleplaying game I'm GMing in a few hours. Doesn't have to be particularly detailed, but my Googling has turned up nothing useful. The city is on a planet without breathable air, has about 800,000 people and is a mining colony. Does anyone have something that might fit the bill?
posted by Sebmojo on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Modern Yeerk (Alien Parasite) Invasion

I'm planning an RPG for a group of friends, using the Animorphs series as inspiration. I'd like to set the game in the modern US, the modern world. I need to at least sketch out how an alien race able to parasitically take over human bodies (gaining access to their thoughts and memories in the process) would plan out the first stages of an invasion. Their eventual goal is to enslave all humans as hosts. During the first months and year of the invasion, trying to keep the invasion under wraps, who would they target and infect, how would they spread their numbers and influence? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 20, 2013 - 15 answers

RPG-filter - Looking for software to help with Pathfinder

A group of friends are starting a Pathfinder RPG campaign. Pathfinder is a 'fork' of D&D. We spent 3 hours last night with the DM creating characters, flipping lots of pages, and writing on character sheets. By the end of the night, we were wondering if there was software or sites that helped players keep track and calculate the bonuses of characters online or in software. Can anyone one point us in the direction of good tech to help us spend more time bashing monsters and less time erasing & re-writing. Google shows a variety, but not what's the best stuff. Thanks!
posted by Argyle on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Good Online RPG for an 8-year old

Looking for an online RPG that's age appropriate for an 8-year old. Fantasy worlds, dungeon crawling, D&D style would seem a good fit. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Otis on Aug 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for LARGE "Swifty Lazar" type glasses

Does anyone know where I can buy LARGE, fake black square type glasses that Swifty Lazar wore? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Tabletop RPG advice: How do you learn to role-play a character well?

I'm about to join a tabletop RPG group (Shadowrun) for the first time since high school. I'm not *that* concerned about the game mechanics ā€“ I'm usually pretty good at learning rules ā€“ but I was never particularly good at the roleplaying aspects of RPGs. Any advice for starting out, particularly in terms of setting up an interesting character to roleplay and really getting comfortable playing him/her? The other members of the group are pretty experienced, and have been playing together for nearly a year. In observing them, I noticed that they do a really good job with the roleplaying aspects, and I'd like to be able to keep up with them!
posted by sdis on Jul 27, 2013 - 23 answers

How is the jargon in Shadowrun translated in other languages?

Kind of curious about this. I know Shadowrun does/did well in Germany, and has/had at least a nominal presence in Japan. One of the (for good or ill) characteristics of the setting is the jargon and street slang. How are these translated into other languages? What are some examples?
posted by curious nu on Jul 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Special Collections Librarians, To Me!

Where can I find a good introduction to best practices for cataloging a newly fledged popular culture document archive? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

New DM needs help running his first one-shot D&D/Pathfinder session.

Calling all Dungeon Masters! Help a clueless new DM run a one-shot Pathfinder session. I have a series of questions inside about basic story-pacing, motivating player action, and game creation. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Jun 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Help name my political story game!

I'm writing a tongue-in-cheek tabletop RPG about a bunch of soulless backstabbing ladder-climbers trying to become the leader of a group. It needs a name. [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Jun 13, 2013 - 38 answers

RPGs for reading, not playing

I like reading pen-and-paper RPG rulebooks. Can you recommend some of your favorites? Extra points for: non-Tolkein universes, a cool new spin on classes or magic, and anything that has interesting non-combat systems. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Jun 8, 2013 - 40 answers

Sci-fi/mecha shareware RPG game, but I cannot remember the name or URL

There is a shareware sci-fi/mecha RPG game that a previous room-mate introduced me to. I don't remember the name of the game, but it was shareware, PC/Windows, and very extensive. I have no idea how to get ahold of the person whom introduced me to the game, hence I'm at a loss of how to find it again. [more inside]
posted by jibberish on May 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me identify a video game

I remember an RPG... I think it was for DOS or Windows. It was a kind of puzzle/mystery genre game, and it was like all video? Like your character walking around was sort of a mortal kombat video captured sprite walking around realistic (also kind of grainy video-y) backgrounds. The main character was a woman, I think she was asian, pretty sure she had long black hair. Can you identify the game?
posted by signsofrain on Feb 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Work Productivity as a Game

Is there software that allows you to treat work productivity like a game? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Resources on Polynesian myth.

For a friend: Iā€™m writing about a fictional, Polynesian-inspired trickster god for a game. What are some resources I can consult so my storylines are respectful and grounded in authentic myth? Ideally, these sources will be fun to read as well.
posted by cthuljew on Feb 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Good D&D/Pathfinder module for an all-dwarven party?

Can someone suggest a module or series of modules that is designed for, or could be adapted to, an all-dwarf party? (Other than An Unexpected Journey! But that sort of party, yes.) 3.5/Pathfinder preferred but can adapt. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Great RPGs/JRPGs for tablet play?

Are there any really, really great RPGs/JRPGs for either the iPad or the Kindle Fire? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 5, 2013 - 12 answers

I want to be a level 10 Paladin, but with a mortgage!

I want to be a level 10 Paladin, but with a mortgage! [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Jan 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Xbox RPGs

Recommend some XBox 360 games for me. I have enjoyed: Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and NV, Dragonage O and 2, Fable 1, 2, and 3, Bioshock 2, Portal 1 and 2. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 29, 2012 - 41 answers

IOS RPG FTW!

I want some immersive, RPG-style games for Android or iOS. I'm taking a long flight on Friday and I want to sink myself into something fun. I was really hoping Baldur's Gate would be out for iPad before my flight, but it looks like it's been pushed back to next week. I'd like something in the same vein. Preferably something without cutesy, cartoony or 8-bit style graphics.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Nov 28, 2012 - 18 answers

"You have insufficient experience and character and hit points for creating that online game!"

I'd like to create an online board game, sort of a cross between Life and an RPG. If this could ultimately be ported into mobile apps, even better. Program suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Nov 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Awkward RPG Sessions - Should This Girl Gamer Find Another Group?

I joined a gaming group about 6 months ago - and, well, things are awkward. I am wondering if I should keep going or if I should just chalk this up to experience (no pun intended)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2012 - 61 answers

Comedy Film About RPGs?

A comedy film about table-top gaming. [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi on Oct 12, 2012 - 11 answers

It's like cake on a fork!

Hivemind, please help me come up with weird sayings for the RPG I'm in. [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Oct 5, 2012 - 31 answers

Tips on tabletop RP mastering.

Game masters, dungeon masters, et. al. - lend me your wisdom and experience in constructing a cohesive and dynamic campaign storyline. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Reading RPG PDFs on the iPad

I'm looking for a PDF reader app for my iPad. Challenge level: RPG books. I'm experimenting with using my iPad to read the rules books for D&D, Pathfinder, etc. during the game. Key features that I need: 1) Jump to an arbitrary page number; 2) Find word/phrase within the document; 3) Renders quickly even with large files with lots of graphics; 4) Ability to add bookmarks within the PDF file would be a huge plus; 5) Ability to sort files within the app with folders would be a minor plus. Recommendations?
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 22, 2012 - 8 answers

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