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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

Simplifying D&D style role playing rules for use without dice

So for "reasons", I have recently become interested in the idea of simplifying D&D rules that would be optimizing the available resources for play in your average jail. Which is to say, paper and pen, playing card deck, like maybe one of these things, a couple odd Scrabble tiles, and nothing else. Would want to retain a D&D style of playing the odds, so trying to avoid anything like pure storytelling rulesets. Squashing a lot of stuff out like constitution checks, etc since each session could typically only be about 90 minutes tops.
posted by mediocre on Jul 31, 2014 - 19 answers

Running a drop-in tabletop RPG with a plot-- your tips and tricks?

I'm running my first campaign, and because I have a large stable of potential players all with limited availability, the first decision I made was that it would work as a drop-in game. I want to be able to run it with as few as two players at a time. I'm trying to adjust the game's structure accordingly, with a caveat. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Jul 2, 2014 - 8 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

If you ran a village, would you rather have wizard or cleric spells?

I'm in a Dnd 3.5 campaign in which players are helping to develop a small town. Would a town get more benefit from cleric or wizard spells? Which spells and of what schools/domains? [more inside]
posted by becomingly on Jan 10, 2014 - 12 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

What are some good tabletop role playing games similar to D&D?

What is a good "offline" role playing game that I can buy as a gift for a 12 year old who has just gotten really into Dungeons & Dragons? (affordable ones?- under 25 dollars? other than d&d obviously)
posted by petsounds on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 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 – I'm usually pretty good at learning rules – 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

I'd like to buy a nerd, please

How can I find a nerd for hire who would run a D&D game for a group of friends? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jul 10, 2013 - 18 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

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

Resources on Polynesian myth.

For a friend: I’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

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

Roleplaying websites?

Decent MUDs/MUSHs?MUCKs/Freeform text roleplaying sites/places? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Sep 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Rune priest ability tracker?

Nerd alert: I'm playing a new rune priest in D&D. The class has tons of active and passive area effects to keep track of, which makes it both fun and challenging. Does anyone know of a worksheet I can use to make this easier? Something that I could glance at quickly to see what effects are active. I can certainly write one myself, but I'd like to save time if possible. Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Check out this checkpoint

What can we do to make a really awesome checkpoint for a live action street chase game? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Help! I have a five-minute teaching demonstration I must present for Teach for America and the New Teacher Project and I am not sure what to do? Advice and suggestions welcome.

Help! I have a five minute-teaching demonstration I must present for Teach for America and the New Teacher Project and I am not sure what to do? Advice and suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by lackadaisical on Feb 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Which Ones Are "Essential"?

I'm trying to get my teenage niece into D&D from scratch but I'm bewildered by the range of Essential products. Which products are absolutely essential to get a beginners campaign up and running? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Nov 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Where has all the roleplaying gone?

Are there any MMO's left, released or in development, with a strong roleplaying community? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Can heroism be a (very, very, very) part-time job?

I’ve been invited by friends to join them on a MMORPG (City of Heroes). Is it possible to have a good time with this game without it turning into a monumental time-suck? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 26, 2011 - 10 answers

How many rules are in this rpg?!

I feel like I'm missing something about rpgs like Dungeons & Dragons. Can the hive mind explain it to me? In short: I don't see what the massive rulebooks are doing, since the core mechanic of the game seems so simple. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Oct 5, 2011 - 30 answers

Help me play Gamma World!

Have you played the new Gamma World? How was it? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Tabletop for my mom

I am looking for short easy Table-top system for a one shot game. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

CASE COSTLY ACQUISITION (2d6 SAN)

I recently bought the Laundry series by Charles Stross and thanks to that and Artw's constant efforts to encourage the stars to come right I'm really jonesing for some Call of Cthulhu/Delta Green action. It's been a loooong time since I've had any chance or time for roleplaying and I'm so far out of the loop I'm in non-euclidean space... [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Aug 24, 2010 - 14 answers

The things I do for a good reference!

D&D Nerd Help Wanted: I'm running a campaign for a couple of first level characters. How do I create maximum hack and slash with game balance? Game system of player's choice: AD&D2 [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jul 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Suggest some D&D, Pathfinder, & roleplaying websites

After a 10 year hiatus, I've started roleplaying again. What are some good community sites? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

I have no medicine for you

What are the rules for Dr Phil's 'medicine game'? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 26, 2010 - 2 answers

It is time once more to take up the dice

Looking for a pen and paper RPG, science fiction, certain other specifications required. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Nov 23, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I introduce sexual role-playing to my wife?

How do I introduce sexual role-playing to my wife? She doesn't seem to get it and/or is very threatened by it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 38 answers

I wanna be the coolest GM in the HISTORY OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. Need rules.

Help me put together a D&D game for an awesome bunch of 7-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 5, 2009 - 19 answers

My druid had a backstory

What's the best massively multiplayer role-playing game for actual role-playing? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 11, 2009 - 20 answers

Where are all the good D&D websites?

Give me your recommendations for good sites/articles about playing roleplaying games. [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire on Mar 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Grownup Clubhouse

How would I go about renting a room for recreational purposes? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Feb 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Donations and Dragons

How can I contact local high school roleplaying game clubs? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Feb 13, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I turn Space: 1889 into Space: 1914?

I came across my old Space: 1889 books in my parents' basement over the holidays and took them back with me to the US. I'm considering starting a campaign in that universe, but set during the War of 1914-18. Considering the different history and technology how do progress the setting into a Great War like scenario that's both true to the Space: 1889 universe as well as the real First World War? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

RPG Recommendations

Looking for some decent PC RPGs that a) don't involve playing with other people online and b) don't resemble Dungeons & Dragons, WoW, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Dec 28, 2008 - 51 answers

help track down an old Fantasy Book?

A long time ago I read a fantasy book which featured several American college students entering a fantasy realm whilst playing Dungeons and Dragons (or some role playing game of similar ilk). I remember one of the main characters was a wheelchair bound guy whose fantasy character is a dwarf warrior... Can anyone help me track down the title or series of this book?
posted by Scramblejam on Apr 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Best of public domain games

I'm looking for recommendations on gpl'd or public domain card games and role playing games. Which ones are easiest to learn and the most fun?
posted by JaySunSee on Mar 14, 2008 - 6 answers

ID this Play-By-Mail game? Trolls in Holes

ID this Play-By-Mail game? Trolls, Holes and Vultures, UK-based [more inside]
posted by Leon on Mar 5, 2008 - 5 answers

How does one write a game, anyway?

I have played a lot of D&D over the years, but I've never been the DM. My turn in the current group is coming up, so I'd like to write a campaign for them. The current one is a bit hack-and-slashy, I have in mind something more like a multi-arc murder mystery. [more inside]
posted by ysabet on Mar 5, 2008 - 12 answers

How does the math work that drives an RPG?

I'm trying to program a role playing game, but I'm not sure how to do the math. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Wolrd-building rpg

My friend mentioned a free table-top RPG that was available as a pdf on the web. All the players were gods, and with a point system, would create a fantasy world together. There would be a series of turns, symbolizing epochs or ages of the world. I don't know the name or the authors. Anyone hear of it?
posted by Snyder on Oct 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Do they make turn-based role-playing computer games any more?

I'm trying to find turn-based role-playing computer games that don't have any real time combat. My favorite set of games is the old Dungeons and Dragons Krynn series: Champions of Krynn, Deathknights of Krynn, and Dark Queen of Krynn. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle on Aug 30, 2007 - 38 answers

Help me find tools to organize and run an online pnp RPG game.

I am interested in setting up a D&D game with old friends using the magic of the internet, what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Aug 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Most unspeakable Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios.

Most unspeakable Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Jun 15, 2007 - 21 answers

MUD client for Windows Mobile? Converting Windows software to Windows mobile.

A MUD client (used for text-based role playing games) for Windows Mobile. Is there one? How easy would it be to make one or convert an open source version? [more inside]
posted by jruckman on May 8, 2007 - 2 answers

What are the best online resources for new World of Darkness players?

What are the best online resources for new World of Darkness players? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on May 7, 2007 - 1 answer

Software for role playing online?

software for (pen and paper) role playing online? [more inside]
posted by tperrigo on Apr 23, 2007 - 4 answers

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