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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'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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Lvl 25 geek LFG

Roleplayer seeking a old school pen and paper Group with which to quest for adventure on a semi regular basis. I am looking for some resources to meet fellow roleplayers in my area. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten on Oct 24, 2005 - 8 answers

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