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    What is
    • Pathfinder? Is It DND 3.75?
    • Call of Chathuelu (Sorry for spelling)?
    • GURPS?



    Any any other good RPG's Im missing.

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    Pathfinder is a modified version of 3.5e D&D. Pathfinder is still sold, D&D is not, which makes it so very popular.

    Call of Cthulhu (nobody gets it right the first 20 tries) is an RPG set in the World of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Humans believe themselves to be the greatest thing in the Universe, but the truth is that they are only like ants to the really ancient and powerful beings. It's a horror setting in which Scientists, Explorers, or Detectives discover that the supernatural is real and most of it is deadly to humans. And quite often so extremely weird that comming in contact with it drives people insane.

    GURPS is a generic system in which you don't have classes or levels, but instead make your character by combining several abilities out of what is probably thousands. There are additional rules for almost any setting imaginable, from stone age to fantasy, world war 2, pirates, science fiction, and so on.
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    Call of Cthulhu is an RPG based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft which have collectively come to be known as The Cthulhu Mythos. It deals with insanity, aliens, things humanity is simply unable to comprehend, and a few other things. It's basically a survival horror game. The main theme is that, in the grand scheme of things, not only is humanity insignificant, it's simply unable to ever become significant. Most CoC games basically boil down to seeing how long you can survive before being killed/driven insane. A good CoC game also requires quite a bit of work in the theme and immersion parts of the game to pull off successfully.

    GURPS stands for Generic Universal Role Playing System and has a fairly heavy emphasis on realism. Unless you're pretty explicitly superhuman or have access to healing magic or extremely advanced medical technology, a knife between the ribs ALWAYS has a fairly good chance of killing your character, unlike in D&D where Joe Schmoe the peasant can stab at a high-level fighter all day without making an appreciable dent in his hit points.

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    As for "Other Good RPGs"...

    There are hundreds and hundreds of RPG out there. I'm learning Shadowrun currently, and I quite like it. I've played FATE, and also liked it. Exalted has quite a following on this forum. Heck, the entire White Wolf catalogue is quite popular, actually. Around here, other than Shadowrun, The Dark Eye seems to be the most popular by far. There's other editions of D&D you could try. There's a few dozen free, rules-light systems out there.

    "Good RPG" is, quite simply, much too vague a definition.
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    Let "Good RPG" Be forever known as "Common games that are highly rated."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    GURPS is a generic system in which you don't have classes or levels, but instead make your character by combining several abilities out of what is probably thousands. There are additional rules for almost any setting imaginable, from stone age to fantasy, world war 2, pirates, science fiction, and so on.
    It's worth noting that even if you don't play GURPS, it has sourcebooks for everything. Space opera. Cavemen. Giant Robots. Horror. Kung-fu movies, Generic Fantasy. Modern Occult Weirdness. Various fictional settings, various real-world places and times, and much, much more, mostly well-researched and quite gameable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick274 View Post
    Let "Good RPG" Be forever known as "Common games that are highly rated."


    Thanks! Its a trip to the hobby shop and free pdf time!
    This really doesn't narrow it down much. Basically, you have D&D, GURPS, and World of Darkness + Exalted. Then, below those three, there are a massive plethora of games that are good, highly rated, and common relative to eachother.
    I would really like to see a game made by Obryn, Kurald Galain, and Knaight from these forums.

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