Learn to Play Tabletop RPGs

Thwart evil in Dungeons & Dragons, confront unknowable horrors in Call of Cthulhu, rebuild the future in Flatpack, use your superpowers to take on Nazis in Godlike, or journey into Mirkwood in The One Ring. Tabletop roleplaying is a wide-ranging hobby that gives you and your friends the ability to create unique, thrilling adventures limited only by your imaginations.

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54 Games

There’s an amazing universe of games beyond D&D. Here are a few to try.

Collaborative Storytelling + Dice

Tabletop roleplaying games are a form of collaborative storytelling that leverages dice to introduce randomness. The dice add an element of unpredictability and drama that makes every game session unique.

In a tabletop roleplaying game, one player (the gamemaster) constructs a world full of peril and adventure. The other players each assume the role of a character in that world with unique motivations and capabilities. Sitting around a table or using online collaboration tools, the players create a story in this world. Whenever characters undertake something difficult, a roll of the dice determines the outcome.

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Superheroes, and Mashups of All Kinds

There are hundreds of different tabletop RPGs on the market, and they vary widely by genre and mechanics. Fantasy is the most popular genre, followed by science fiction, horror, superhero, historical, and other traditional milieus. Because tabletop roleplaying is so flexible, games covering genres like steampunk and urban fantasy often arrive on the tabletop well before they make it into computer games or movies. This adaptablity also perfectly serves genre mergers and mashups like the science fantasy of Numenera, the spells & cyberpunk of Shadowrun, and the spies vs. vampires of Night’s Black Agents.

Lighthearted and Freewheeling or Grim and Deadly – It’s Up to You

Some roleplayers get together once a week or more, some play only occasionally. Some run extended campaigns – the tabletop equivalent of popular book and movie franchises – while others prefer a session of Fiasco here and a night of Lady Blackbird there, with perhaps a handful of Valiant Universe sessions for good measure. Games can be serious or comedic, scary or lighthearted, pulpy and freewheeling or tightly-focused. Usually there’s at least a bit of each, but the exact mixture depends on the game and the people playing it.

The Rules of the Game

Every roleplaying game is designed with mechanics (rules) to support a particular combination of genre and play style. Fate Core’s rules give focus more on the flow of the story than on meticulous realism, and are well-suited to pulpy, cinematic adventures featuring heroic protagonists. Dungeons & Dragons centers on character progression from competent to legendary, so the mechanics are built around a challenge and reward cycle. The extremely detailed sci-fi setting of Eclipse Phase is supported by rules that meticulously describe the elements of the game world.

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