Learn Tabletop RPGs

54 Tabletop Roleplaying Games

“I love video games, but you can’t beat the magic in the personal interaction around a table.” — Filamena Young


Just as there really is no such thing as a best book or movie, there is no best roleplaying game, or even best in a particular category. But if you’re looking to play something new, this selection of games will help. The games were selected to cover a wide spectrum of game mechanics, settings, and play styles. Some are well known, others relatively obscure. Some are licensed from video games, movies, TV shows, or books. Some are free for download, and several provide free quickstart PDFs.

Select an image to read a full page writeup about that game, including overview information, three of the things that make the game stand out out, purchasing information, and links to reviews and community sites.



13th Age

13th Age

Fantasy

d20


3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars

3:16

Science Fiction

Bespoke


All Flesh Must Be Eaten

All Flesh Must Be Eaten

Horror

Unisystem


Apocalypse World

Apocalypse World

Post-Apocalypse

Powered by the Apocalypse


Atlantis: The Second Age

Atlantis: The Second Age

Fantasy

Omega System


Atomic Highway

Atomic Highway

Post-Apocalypse

V6 Engine


Basic Roleplaying

Basic Roleplaying

Generic/Universal

d100


Burning Wheel

Burning Wheel

Fantasy

Bespoke


Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu

Horror

d100


Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Science Fiction

Bespoke


Dogs in the Vineyard

Dogs in the Vineyard

Historical

Bespoke


Dragon Age

Dragon Age

Fantasy

Adventure Gaming Engine


Dread

Dread

Horror

Bespoke


Dungeon World

Dungeon World

Fantasy

Powered by the Apocalypse


Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Fantasy

d20


Eclipse Phase

Eclipse Phase

Science Fiction Horror

d100


Ehdrigohr

Ehdrigohr

Fantasy Horror

Fate Core


Fate Core

Fate Core

Generic/Universal

Fate


Fiasco

Fiasco

Cinema

Bespoke


Firefly

Firefly

Science Fiction

Cortex Plus


Flatpack

Flatpack: Fix the Future

Post-Apocalypse

Bespoke


Godlike

Godlike

Superhero/Historical

One Roll Engine


GURPS

GURPS

Generic/Universal

Bespoke


Hero Kids

Hero Kids

Kid-Friendly Fantasy

Bespoke


Hillfolk

Hillfolk

Generic/Universal

DramaSystem


Icons: Assembled

Icons: Assembled

Superhero

Bespoke


Iron Kingdoms

Iron Kingdoms

Fantasy Steampunk

Bespoke


Lady Blackbird

Lady Blackbird

Science Fiction

Bespoke


Michtim

Michtim

Kid-Friendly Fantasy

Bespoke


Microscope

Microscope

World-Building

Bespoke


Mindjammer

Mindjammer

Science Fiction

Fate Core


Mini Six

Mini Six

Generic/Universal

Open D6


Misspent Youth

Misspent Youth

Genre

Bespoke


Mutant Year Zero

Mutant: Year Zero

Genre

Bespoke


Night Witches

Night Witches

Historical

Powered by the Apocalypse


Night's Black Agents

Night’s Black Agents

Genre

GUMSHOE


Numenera

Numenera

Fantasy Sci-Fi

Cypher System


The One Ring

The One Ring

Fantasy

Bespoke


Pathfinder

Pathfinder

Fantasy

d20


Pendragon

Pendragon

Fantasy

Bespoke


RuneQuest

RuneQuest

Fantasy

d100


Savage Worlds

Savage Worlds

Generic/Universal

Bespoke


Shadow of the Demon Lord

Shadow of the Demon Lord

Fantasy Horror

Bespoke


Shadowrun

Shadowrun

Cyberpunk Fantasy

Bespoke


Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

Romance

Bespoke


A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire

Fantasy

Bespoke


Spears of the Dawn

Spears of the Dawn

Fantasy

d20


Star Wars

Star Wars

Space Fantasy

Bespoke


Swords & Wizardry

Swords & Wizardry

Fantasy

d20


Traveller

Traveller

Science Fiction

Bespoke


Valiant Universe

Valiant Universe

Superhero

Cue System


Vampire: The Requiem

Vampire: The Requiem

Horror

Storyteller