The Top Ten Pen And Paper Role Playing Games List 2 Modern Games



 1. Shadowrun is a science fantasy role-playing game set in a near-future fictional universe in which cybernetics, magic and fantasy creatures co-exist. It combines genres of cyberpunk, urban fantasy and crime, with occasional elements of conspiracy fiction, horror and detective fiction. The original game has spawned a vast franchise that includes a collectible card game, two miniature-based wargames, multiple video games, a series of novels and music. From its inception in 1989, it has remained among the most popular role-playing games.

2. HackMaster is a fantasy role-playing game produced by Kenzer & Company. Originally published in 2001, it began as a fictional game, a parody of the most ludicrous aspects of D&D played by the characters of the Knights of the Dinner Table comic strip by Jolly R. Blackburn. The characters in the comic began playing HackMaster 3rd Edition, which was updated to a numerously revised 4th edition, and it has been hinted the name of the game was originally changed for copyright reasons. The current edition has removed most of the parody aspects, and contains game mechanics written from scratch in order to avoid any intellectual property problems.


3. Pathfinder is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) that was first published in 2009 by Paizo Publishing. It extends and modifies the Revised 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game rules published by Wizards of the Coast under the Open Game License. The PFRPG is intended to be backward-compatible with D&D version 3.5, while addressing some of its issues.

4. Mage: The Awakening is a role-playing game developed by White Wolf, Inc. and based in their World of Darkness setting. The characters portrayed in this game are individuals able to bend or break the commonly-accepted rules of reality to perform subtle or outlandish acts of magic. These characters are broadly referred to as “mages”. Mage: The Awakening is loosely based on a prior White Wolf product, Mage: The Ascension, which had similar game mechanics, though the terminology differs.

5. Cyberpunk 2020, is a cyberpunk role-playing game written by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games as of 1988. Because of the release in 1990 of the second edition, set in a fictional 2020, the first edition is often now referred to as Cyberpunk 2013, following the fictional year, 2013, in which the game was set when it was first released in 1988. The third edition, published by R. Talsorian Games in 2005, is referred to as Cyberpunk V3.0 and is set in the same fictional timeline of all the former editions, but during the fictional 2030’s.

6. HeroQuest is a narrativist role-playing game written by Robin D. Laws and published by Moon Design Publications under license from Issaries, Inc. (July 2009). It has its roots in Greg Stafford’s fantasy world of Glorantha, but was designed as a generic system, suitable for, but not tied to any particular genre. The game’s mechanics are focused on quick resolution; Contests are resolved by comparing the results of two twenty sided dice, each tied to a character ability chosen by players and/or narrator. After the die roll, the participants work together to interpret the outcome in story terms.

7. Tékumel is a fantasy world created by M. A. R. Barker over the course of several decades from around 1940.[1] With time, Barker also created the role-playing game Empire of the Petal Throne, set in the Tékumel fictional universe and first published in 1975 by TSR, Inc. In this imaginary world, huge, tradition-bound empires with medieval levels of technology vie for control using magic, large standing armies, and ancient technological devices.

8. The Robotech Role-Playing Game, based on the Robotech and Robotech II: The Sentinels series, was originally published by Palladium Books from 1986 to 1998. A new series based on Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles was released starting in 2008.

9. Rifts is a multi-genre role-playing game created by Kevin Siembieda in August 1990 and published continuously by Palladium Books since then. Rifts takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, deriving elements from cyberpunk, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western, mythology and many other genres.

10. Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game (often shortened to Palladium Fantasy or PFRPG) is a game produced by Palladium Books. It is set in the Palladium world (use of the unofficial name “Palladia” is discouraged by the publisher) some 10,000 years after a great war between the elves and dwarves. First published in July 1983 as The Palladium Role-Playing Game, the Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game saw a second edition in April 1996. The two are largely compatible, though the second edition uses a later iteration of Palladium’s ruleset to be more compatible with the rest of their Megaverse.


And a few other interesting Roleplaying games

Legend of the Five Rings  is a role-playing game originally written by John Wick and published by Alderac Entertainment Group, under license from Five Rings Publishing Group, in 1997. The game uses the Legend of the Five Rings setting, and primarily the nation of Rokugan, which is based on feudal Japan with influences from other East Asian cultures.


Feng Shui is a martial arts-themed role-playing game, designed by Robin Laws, published first by Daedalus Entertainment and now by Atlas Games. The game shares its setting with the collectible card game Shadowfist. The system is simple, with most detail being in the game’s combat system. Combat is made to flow quickly, moving from one action scene to another very quickly. It was inspired and based on Hong Kong style action movies.[2] The characters begin at a high level of skill, as appropriate for protagonists in the source films


Weapons of the Gods is a wuxia role-playing game based in an ancient Chinese setting. Created by Brad Elliott and Rebecca Borgstrom, Weapons of the Gods is published by Eos Press and is a license from the Hong Kong manhua by Wong Yuk Long of the same name. The first supplement for the game, The Weapons of the Gods Companion, was due out in Winter 2006 but was delayed and ultimately released in December 2007.


Qin China. 240 BC. The state of Qin is the most authoritarian and brutal of all the Warring States. Its vast and disciplined army stands ready to embark on its great project : the union of all things under Heaven into a single Empire, or Tian Xia. But you can still change the course of history. Become a legend!


Exalted is a role-playing game published by White Wolf Publishing. The game is classified as high fantasy, but may be more accurately described as “mythic fantasy”, as the developer specifically avoided drawing on J. R. R. Tolkien, but rather turned to a mixture of world mythologies, as well as manga for inspiration.[1] The third edition of the game is currently in development, with an initial release scheduled for May, 2013.[2] First and Second Editions are no longer in development. First Edition was originally created by Robert Hatch, Justin Achilli and Stephan Wieck. The original core rulebook was published in July 2001.


A couple of links If you are interested as well,  as to what is popular at the moment in the Pen and Paper roleplaying games  Currently updates what is popular at the moment in the pen and paper market. All about Indi (independent or smaller games company) games List of roleplaying games by name One of the coolest gaming stores of all time

Books I would also recommend for searching for games

heroicworldsHeroic Worlds by Lawrence Schick

completeguidetorpgThe Complete Guide To Role Playing Games by Rick Swan

fantasy-rpg-gamer-bible-300x300The Fantasy Gamers Roleplaying Bible 2nd edition by Sean Patrick Fannon


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