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Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by shesheyan » Mon May 13, 2019 2:06 pm

What are your top 5 favorite RPG rule sets (not settings)?

• Coriolis the Third Horizon (Free League)
• Numenera (Monte Cook publishing)
• Modern AGE (Green Ronin)
• Dungeons & Dragons 5e (WoTC)
• Star Frontiers (TSR)

Numenera and Coriolis have the top ranks because the core book comes with a very flavorful setting.
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by timemrick » Mon May 13, 2019 2:15 pm

In no particular order:

Pathfinder, 1E (Paizo)
Dungeons & Dragons, 5E (WotC)
BESM, 3E (Guardians of Order)
Earthdawn, 3E/4E (RedBrick/FASA)
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by agathokles » Mon May 13, 2019 2:58 pm

  • D&D (BECMI/AD&D2e): complete and classic
  • Unisystem: simple and versatile
  • Savage World: clever but uses many dice; better in the Deadlands iteration
  • Basic: simple but not so complete, still a good match for it's core genres
  • Fuzion: versatile and less cumbersome than it might appear.
There are many clever and more modern systems around, of course, but I just like old-style dX+skill vs Threshold or dX < skill.
Also, no one in my groups is especially fond of the player-facing style found in many modern rules sets.

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Khedrac » Mon May 13, 2019 3:20 pm

RuneQuest 3rd Ed (Avalon Hill / Games Workshop)
BECM D&D (TSR)
Call of Cthulhu (Chaosium)
Lost Souls (Marquee Press, I think)
AD&D 1st Ed (TSR)
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Khedrac » Mon May 13, 2019 3:24 pm

Khedrac wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 3:20 pm
RuneQuest 3rd Ed (Avalon Hill / Games Workshop)
BECM D&D (TSR)
Call of Cthulhu (Chaosium)
Lost Souls (Sage Lore for Marquee Press)
AD&D 1st Ed (TSR)
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Post by RobJN » Mon May 13, 2019 6:04 pm

BECMI D&D, TSR
Alternity (1998 edition), TSR/WotC
Top Secret/S.I., TSR
What's Old is New, ENPublishing
D&D 5e, WotC
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Coronoides » Mon May 13, 2019 10:04 pm

Gulliver’s Trading Company (disclaimer: I wrote it)
GURPS 3e
Legends of Anglere (a generic build a world system derived from FATE)
Mutants & Masterminds
AD&D 2e (maybe that’s just nostalgia)

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon May 13, 2019 10:15 pm

I no particular order...

Pathfinder (1E)
Dungeons & Dragons 3E
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2E
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1E
Palladium Megaverse (RIFTS, TMNT...)

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Havard » Mon May 13, 2019 10:27 pm

Dungeons & Dragons (Various editions including BECMI and D&D 5E)
TORG (Still haven't played the new version, so not sure if I prefer it to the original)
D6 Star Wars
Barbarians of Lemuria
Shatterzone

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by willpell » Mon May 13, 2019 11:02 pm

Probably my single favorite across all diagnostic criteria is Changeling: the Lost, followed by Mage: the Ascension, then Mummy: the Curse, Wraith: the Oblivion, and then a tie between Promethean: the Created and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. These are an alternation between three New World of Darkness (before the line's rebranding as Chronicles) and three "Onyx Path" titles, formerly known as the Original or Classic World of Darkness.

If you would rather I treat the entire World of Darkness as one game system, then that one would be my favorite by far. I'm not sure I even have actual play experience with four others, but I can probably pretty confidently put all versions of D&D at #2 (with 3.5E being my favorite, although 3.0 might win if I weren't allowed to count its supplements as relatively-convertible to .5), Champions at #3, and Call of Cthulhu at #4. My ideal game would combine all four of these; for a fifth, the best I can think of to name off the top of the dome is Big Eyes, Small Mouth, mostly just because the book has pretty illustrations.

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by shesheyan » Tue May 14, 2019 12:11 am

Havard wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 10:27 pm
Dungeons & Dragons (Various editions including BECMI and D&D 5E)
TORG (Still haven't played the new version, so not sure if I prefer it to the original)
D6 Star Wars
Barbarians of Lemuria
Shatterzone

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Shatterzone sounds really cool. I might consider it for a Starfire space opera campaign. Does it have spaceship construction rules?

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by shesheyan » Tue May 14, 2019 12:29 am

willpell wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 11:02 pm
Probably my single favorite across all diagnostic criteria is Changeling: the Lost, followed by Mage: the Ascension, then Mummy: the Curse, Wraith: the Oblivion, and then a tie between Promethean: the Created and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. These are an alternation between three New World of Darkness (before the line's rebranding as Chronicles) and three "Onyx Path" titles, formerly known as the Original or Classic World of Darkness.

If you would rather I treat the entire World of Darkness as one game system, then that one would be my favorite by far. I'm not sure I even have actual play experience with four others, but I can probably pretty confidently put all versions of D&D at #2 (with 3.5E being my favorite, although 3.0 might win if I weren't allowed to count its supplements as relatively-convertible to .5), Champions at #3, and Call of Cthulhu at #4. My ideal game would combine all four of these; for a fifth, the best I can think of to name off the top of the dome is Big Eyes, Small Mouth, mostly just because the book has pretty illustrations.
WOD is a single setting imho. Maybe I should check out BESM it gets mentioned very often in favorite lisrs of rpgs.

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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by timemrick » Tue May 14, 2019 8:54 pm

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Maybe I should check out BESM it gets mentioned very often in favorite lisrs of rpgs.
It's a lot of fun, and the rules are fairly simple compared to most other universal systems. I think of it as a universal system because it was designed with the goal of being usable with any genre of anime--which pretty much means any genre, except perhaps those on the "gritty realism" end of the spectrum. (GURPS it is not!)

I've run a short medieval fantasy campaign using BESM 2E Revised, and I've been running a solo Greek myth game for my wife with 3E for the past several years. I'd like to try running a 3E game for a larger group at some time (or playing in one!), but my GMing plate is a bit too full for that in the foreseeable future. (It's still on the short list for possible systems for "Leonardo's Legacy," my idea for an intrigue-heavy alternate Renaissance clockpunk campaign.)
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Coronoides » Tue May 14, 2019 9:48 pm

timemrick wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:54 pm
shesheyan wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 12:29 am
Maybe I should check out BESM it gets mentioned very often in favorite lisrs of rpgs.
It's a lot of fun, and the rules are fairly simple compared to most other universal systems. I think of it as a universal system because it was designed with the goal of being usable with any genre of anime--which pretty much means any genre, except perhaps those on the "gritty realism" end of the spectrum. (GURPS it is not!)
How well does it handle non-humanoids like talking dogs, dragons, uplifted dolphins, giants, and pixies?
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by willpell » Tue May 14, 2019 9:56 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 12:29 am
Maybe I should check out BESM it gets mentioned very often in favorite lisrs of rpgs.
I wouldn't read too much into that. It's *memorable* for sure, but a lot of that is just the subject matter and some very good pictures. Not having played it I can't say for sure, but I didn't get the impression that its ruleset was especially good at anything in particular.

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Post by timemrick » Wed May 15, 2019 5:53 pm

Coronoides wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 9:48 pm
How well does it handle non-humanoids like talking dogs, dragons, uplifted dolphins, giants, and pixies?
Nonhuman characters are built using the same system of stats, attributes, skills, and defects as human PCs, and there are a number of attributes and defects that are specifically meant for nonhumans. A package of these traits and modifiers for a given species is called a template, which costs the net value of all its elements.

Second Edition had a couple of supplements that deep-dived into this kind of thing (Big Ears Small Mouse for animal characters; Fantasy Bestiary for common RPG and mythological creatures). Third Edition included several sample templates right in the core book.

I've created a ton of different creatures for my Greek myth game this way, ranging from mundane animals to weird fantasy monsters to minor godlings. It works just fine, and is reasonably easy to do once you know the system.
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Post by dulsi » Wed May 15, 2019 9:17 pm

I debated whether to include 3.5 or not.

Dungeons and Dragons 5e
Dungeons and Dragons 4e
Gamma World
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Morfie » Thu May 16, 2019 7:43 am

D&D BECMI
D&D 3e
Advanced Fighting Fantasy
Pathfinder
AD&D 1st Edition.

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Post by Kythkyn » Thu May 16, 2019 6:59 pm

The AGE System (Green Ronin)
Mutants and Masterminds (Green Ronin)
Cinematic Unisystem (Eden)
D&D 3e (WotC) (but I also kind of put it in my bottom 5?) Or maybe I like AD&D (TSR) better? Depends on the day
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Post by FaerieGodfather » Fri May 17, 2019 4:35 am

Street Fighter: the Storytelling Game
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying
Barbarians of Lemuria
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Player's Option
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Re: Your Top 5 Favorite RPGs

Post by Digitalelf » Fri May 17, 2019 11:57 pm

My "Top Five" would be:

1. AD&D 2nd Edition
2. Alternity (the original)
3. Call of Cthulhu (6th edition)
4. Gamma World (4th edition)
5. Top Secret (the original)
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