Created By: kevatuw on March 3, 2011 Last Edited By: Stratadrake on May 14, 2012

The RPG of the series

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This may be kind of stretching the limits of YKTTW, but I'll give it a try anyway. Let's suppose there has been a successful video game series. The games are good, the fans love them, and everybody's happy. But this series that we're talking about here is not an RPG series, and the developers decide to introduce at least one RPG to the series. It could just be because the fans are clamoring for one, or because the developers want to try their hand at an RPG, or just because RP Gs tend to be liked for their depth. Whatever the reason is, there is an RPG that comes out for a series that you would not generally expect to have an RPG. Examples:

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  • March 3, 2011
    Vorpy
    And And Oh RPG

    Stupid pun rename suggestion...
  • March 3, 2011
    xyzyxx
    Battles of Prince Of Persia
  • March 3, 2011
    Koveras
    Does this also include when a Tabletop RPG is produced for a series (not necessarily a video game)? Such RPG immediately becomes a Universe Compendium and often leads to massive discussions about minuscule trivia and Power Levels among the fandom (especially if it's fan-made and endorsed by the original author). Example of this would include:

  • March 4, 2011
    Chabal2
    Not sure if San Adreas really counts, it's more a Wide Open Sandbox with RPG Elements.
  • March 6, 2011
    kevatuw
    So what's the consensus regarding this? Launch or no launch?
  • March 7, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Chabal has a point, it needs a distinction from RPG Elements. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link is still considered mostly a platform/action/adventure game with RPG Elements and not an RPG outright.
  • March 7, 2011
    INUH
    Yeah, we need to determine both whether a Tabletop RPG counts and how to distinguish RPG Elements (though an RPG Elements game in a series usually lacking in them might arguably count).

    This is definitely tropeable, but I'm not sure it's just one trope.
  • March 7, 2011
    ced1106
    Isn't this the Adaptive Decay subtrope, Blah De Blah: The Other Format? cf. Lost: The Game.
  • March 9, 2011
    kevatuw
    I forgot to include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, if you can count that. (I've never played it, so I wouldn't know.)
  • March 13, 2011
    INUH
    ^Definitely an example. It uses a modified version of the Dungeons And Dragons Third Edition (or 3.5 edition; I'm not actually certain) ruleset.
  • March 14, 2011
    Jmacq1
    I vaguely recall hearing about a Samurai Shodown RPG at some point...though I also vaguely recall that it might have been cancelled? Can someone more knowledgeable help me out on that one?

    Also not sure Knights of the Old Republic would qualify, by the time it came out there had been pen and paper versions of Star Wars RP Gs for many years prior (including one that used the D&D 3/3.5 ruleset).
  • March 14, 2011
    INUH
    ^Just because it's not the first doesn't mean it isn't one.
  • March 15, 2011
    Jmacq1
    ^Maybe so, but given the trope as written, Star Wars as a video game series was never locked into one particular genre, is arguably more a collection of separate sub-series and individual games than one coherent "series" of games, and there were tabletop RP Gs for the setting many years in advance of Knights of the Old Republic, I don't think Star Wars can qualify for the "generally not expected to have a RPG" aspect of the entry.

    If we're expanding the trope to include "they made a RPG (tabletop or video game)as part of a multimedia franchise" then the main article should probably be rewritten to reflect that. As it stands it seems written purely towards video game series. As you note above, this may actually spring off into multiple tropes.
  • May 14, 2012
    Rognik
    I think World Of Warcraft would count for this trope, to the Warcraft series. Or even Warcraft 3. In the last of the RTS games, they added heroes who could pick up equipment, leveled up, and had special skills.

    Also, I don't think it should be exclusive to video game series. If a series comes out with an RPG, I think this trope should apply, at least as far as the title goes.
  • May 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    DC Comics and Marvel Comics both have RPGs based off of their characters.
  • May 14, 2012
    Bisected8
    Maybe we could make this a broader trope, for games which have a spinoff in another genre in general?
  • May 14, 2012
    BrentLaabs
    Related to The Board Game, which covers board game adaptations (and is currently undergoing a much needed rewrite), and Licensed Game, which covers video game adaptations.

    So is this going to turn into a subtrope of Licensed Game, or will it also include tabletop? Or should there just be a Tabletop RPG Adaptations trope?
  • May 14, 2012
    zarpaulus
    @Rognik: Note that there is also a tabletop adaptation of Warcraft
  • May 14, 2012
    chicagomel
    I wonder too. There are also Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel tabletop RP Gs.
  • May 14, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • May 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    There are RPGs of the various James Bond films.
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