->''[=GMs=]: Never let players question your [=GMing=] decisions.''
->''Players: Question ''everything''.''
->''This about sums up roleplaying gaming.''
-->-- '''''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'''''

The {{role playing| game}} and [[RealTimeStrategy strategy]] games that one sees on computers and video game consoles are one permutation of a much older legacy. The originals were played with a book of rules, pencils, paper, dice, models and imagination -- a form of low-tech virtual reality. [[http://www.harappa.com/indus5/page_420.html D6 dice are]] OlderThanDirt, while [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/120587-New-York-Museum-Boasts-2-000-Year-Old-Ancient-Egyptian-d20 D20s are apparently]] OlderThanFeudalism, though no one knows what they were used to play. These are still popular today, in many forms, the most widely known of which are tabletop [=RPGs=] and tabletop {{Wargam|ing}}es.

The default format for a {{tabletop|Games}} RPG is for one player to be selected as the GameMaster while the others each create {{Player Character}}s who will collectively act as the heroes of the game's plot. Individual sessions or "episodes" of the game are commonly called "adventures", and the ongoing game story itself is usually called a "campaign," a holdover from these games' ''own'' heritage from tabletop wargames.

These tabletop [=RPGs=] [[MoralGuardians get a lot of flak from society]] -- usually due to misinformation or simply misunderstanding. Common myths include that roleplaying games lead to devil worship, that players (and not their fictional personae) carry out magical spells, and that players actually ''become'' their characters[[note]]which isn't so farfetched; roleplaying games and mental instabilities do not mix well, and some unstable players ''have'' 'lost themselves' in the game, though the stories that are commonly spread are largely apocryphal[[/note]]. Inexplicably, the stigma remains even after ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and its ilk have made it seem almost normal for the guy at the water cooler to ''insist'' on telling you about his elf.

Another permutation of tabletop [=RPGs=] are '''l'''ive-'''a'''ction '''r'''ole-'''p'''laying or {{LARP}}. [=LARPs=] are similar to tabletop [=RPGs=] in how they play, but instead of sitting around the table, players actually act out the story physically. Since these situations don't lend themselves very well to long stat sheets or rolling dice, most [=LARPs=] use greatly simplified game mechanics, ranging from the "rock-paper-scissors" system used under Creator/WhiteWolf's first-edition ''Mind's Eye Theatre'' rules to semi-contact boffer-weapon systems clearly influenced by the UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism and other recreationist groups. These games vary greatly in size, from intimate affairs similar to traditional [=RPGs=], to massive events such as those run by the [[http://www.ifgs.org/ International Fantasy Gaming Society]] or [[http://www.live-adventure.de/ConQuest_english/start.php Mythodea]].

Tabletop [=RPGs=] have their origins in the OlderThanRadio {{turn based strategy}} tabletop {{Wargam|ing}}es. [[WordOfGod According to Dave Arneson]] (a co-creator of ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]''), the modern concept of an RPG -- players being represented in the game by actual characters with unlimited potential to act, as opposed to countries, pawns, or other abstract entities with [[AllThereInTheManual well-constrained abilities]] -- came about in the mid-1960s with David Wesley's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wesely#The_Braunstein_Game "Braunstein"]] game, a NapoleonicWars-era scenario where players took roles as city officials, soldiers, citizens, and students in the fictional German university town of Braunstein. Arneson adapted the concept to his own scenarios which eventually became known as the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmoor Blackmoor]]'' campaign; this, in turn, eventually merged with Creator/GaryGygax's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chainmail_%28game%29 Chainmail]]'' wargame and ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' campaign to become one of the first [=RPGs=], ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

See also TabletopRPGTropes (for tropes common to Tabletop [=RPGs=]) and ForumRolePlays (which can feature rules from various RPG systems).
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!!Tabletop [=RPGs=] include:
[[index]]
* ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD''
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea''
* ''TabletopGame/ActiveExploits''
* ''TabletopGame/AfterTheBomb''
* ''TabletopGame/AgeOfAquarius''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}''
** ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter''
** ''[[TabletopGame/StarDrive Star*Drive]]''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ammo}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}''
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''
* ''TabletopGame/AniMayhem''
* ''TabletopGame/AnimusCampaign''
* ''TabletopGame/ApocalypseWorld''
* ''TabletopGame/ArcaneCodex''
* ''TabletopGame/AriaCanticleOfTheMonomyth''
* ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica''
* ''TabletopGame/{{AT43}}''
* ''TabletopGame/AtlantisTheSecondAge''
* ''TabletopGame/AxiomCampaign''
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''
* ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth''
* ''TabletopGame/BlissStage''
* ''TabletopGame/BlueRose''
* ''TabletopGame/BunniesAndBurrows''
* ''TabletopGame/BurningWheel''
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''
* ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour''
** ''TabletopGame/GalacticHeroes''
** ''TabletopGame/PunkRockSavesTheWorld''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Wasteland 2010}}''
* ''TabletopGame/CarWars''
* ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}} / TabletopGame/HeroSystem''
%%* ''TabletopGame/ChthonianStars
* ''TabletopGame/{{Chronopia}}''
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Codex}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Corporation}}''
* ''TabletopGame/CosmopolReckoning''
* ''TabletopGame/CosmopolRedemption''
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpulp}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' (R. Talsorian Games)
* ''TabletopGame/D20System''
** ''TabletopGame/D20Modern''
** ''TabletopGame/D20Rebirth''
** ''TabletopGame/TheGatesOfHell''
** ''TabletopGame/GramarieSystem''
** ''[[TabletopGame/VoteUpACampaignSetting Hourglass of Zihaja]]''
** ''TabletopGame/IronHeroes''
** ''TabletopGame/LegendSystem''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Microlite20}}''
** ''TabletopGame/NorthernCrown''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''
** ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands''
** ''WebVideo/ShadowlandCampaign''
* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye''
* ''TabletopGame/DarkWorld''
* ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' (aka ''TabletopGame/BloodOfHeroes'')
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''
** ''Doomtown Reloaded''
* ''TabletopGame/DeadReign''
* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen''
* ''TabletopGame/DogsInTheVineyard''
* ''TabletopGame/DomhainSceal'' (TV Tropes original setting)
* ''TabletopGame/DontRestYourHead''
* ''TabletopGame/DoubleCross''
* ''TabletopGame/DragonAge''
* ''TabletopGame/DragonlanceFifthAgeDramaticAdventureGame''
* ''TabletopGame/{{DragonMech}}''
* ''TabletopGame/DragonRaid''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonstar}}''
* ''TabletopGame/DragonStrike''
%%* ''[[TabletopGame/DreadTheFirstBookOfPandemonium Dread: The First Book of Pandemonium]]''
%%** ''[[TabletopGame/SpiteTheSecondBookOfPandemonium Spite: The Second Book of Pandemonium]]''
%%** ''TabletopGame/{{Pandemonio}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles''
* ''TabletopGame/DuneChroniclesOfTheImperium''
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Birthright}}''
** ''Blackmoor''
** ''TabletopGame/DarkSun''
** ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' (Tie-in book series)
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragonsEncounters''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''
** ''TabletopGame/EpicLevelHandbook''
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''
*** ''Arcane Age''
*** ''Al Qadim''
*** ''Kara Tur''
*** ''Maztica''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}''
*** ''TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil''
*** ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors''
*** ''TabletopGame/SavageTide''
** ''TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}''
*** ''Hollow Earth''
*** ''TabletopGame/RedSteel''
** ''TabletopGame/NentirVale (Points of Light)''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''
*** ''TabletopGame/MasqueOfTheRedDeath''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}''
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsTheDragoning''
%%* ''TabletopGame/DyingEarthRPG''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}''
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Edgewalkers}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ehdrigohr}}''
* ''TabletopGame/EmpireOfThePetalThrone (Tékumel)''
* ''TabletopGame/EngineHeart''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Eon}}''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Everway}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''
* ''Literature/TheFabledLands''
* ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns''
* ''TabletopGame/TheFantasyTrip''
* ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{FATE}}''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mindjammer}}''
* ''[[{{TabletopGame/FateOfTheNornsRagnarok}} Fate Of The Norns: Ragnarok]]''
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Fiasco}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Fight}}''
* ''Literature/FightingFantasy''
* ''TabletopGame/FireBorn''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Forsooth}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{FUDGE}}''
* ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''
* ''TabletopGame/GearKrieg''
* ''TabletopGame/GiantGuardianGeneration''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Godlike}}''
* ''TabletopGame/GoldenSkyStories''
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSSettings''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}''
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSAlternateEarths''
** ''TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds''
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel''
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSSupers''
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer''
** ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Hackmaster}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TheHardWay''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Harnmaster}}''
* ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones''
* ''TabletopGame/HeavyGear''
* ''TabletopGame/HeroicaTheRPG, a virtual RPG.''
* ''TabletopGame/HighSchoolGirlsRPG''
* ''TabletopGame/{{HoL}}''
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition''
* ''TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre''
* ''TabletopGame/HousesOfTheBlooded''
* ''TabletopGame/HulksAndHorrors''
* ''TabletopGame/IconsSuperpowedRoleplaying''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}''
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine''
* ''TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}''
* ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms''
* ''TabletopGame/IsoleDelCielo''
* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''
* ''TabletopGame/JovianChronicles''
%%* ''TabletopGame/KeyToTheKingdom''
* ''TabletopGame/KingOfTokyo''
* ''[[{{TabletopGame/KingdomDeath}} Kingdom Death: Monster]]''
* ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}''
* ''TabletopGame/LamentationsOfTheFlamePrincess''
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''
* ''TabletopGame/LegendQuest''
* ''TabletopGame/LegendsOfTheWulin''
%%* ''TabletopGame/LejendaryAdventures ''
* ''TabletopGame/LittleFears''
* ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns''
* ''TabletopGame/{{MAGUS}}''
* ''TabletopGame/MaidRPG''
* ''TabletopGame/MazesAndMinotaurs''
* ''TabletopGame/MeddlingKids''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{MERCS}}''
* ''TabletopGame/MetalOpera''
* ''TabletopGame/MiceAndMystics''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Microscope}}''
* ''TabletopGame/MiddleEarthRolePlaying''
* ''[[TabletopGame/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn Adventure Game]]''
* ''TabletopGame/MonsterHearts''
* ''TabletopGame/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Morphe}}''
%%* ''TabletopGame/TheMorrowProject''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}''
* ''TabletopGame/MustBeTuesday''
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles''
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''
** ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity''
*** ''Roleplay/TheExtraordinaries'' (an online RPG spin-off)
*** ''Roleplay/FreedomCityPlayByPost'' (an online RPG spin-off)
** ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer!''
* ''TabletopGame/MyLifeWithMaster''
* ''My Little Pony''
** ''TabletopGame/PoniesAndParasprites''
** ''TabletopGame/PonyTalesAspirationsOfHarmony''
%%** ''Roleplaying Is Magic''
* ''TabletopGame/MyriadSong''
* ''TabletopGame/MysticEmpyrean''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nechronica}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nephilim}}''
* ''TabletopGame/NewHorizon''
%%* ''TabletopGame/NewIndicators''
* ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nightbane}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Normality}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}''
* ''TabletopGame/OverTheEdge''
* ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasyRolePlayingGame''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pandemonium}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
* ''TabletopGame/PlueschPowerUndPlunder''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pokethulhu}}''
* ''TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities''
* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution''
* ''TabletopGame/{{REIGN}}''
* ''TabletopGame/ReturnersFinalFantasyRoleplayingGame''
* ''TabletopGame/TheRiddleOfSteel''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Risus}}''
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''
* ''TabletopGame/RoleMaster''
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rym}}''
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds''
** ''TabletopGame/FiftyFathoms''
** ''TabletopGame/LowLife''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Rippers}}''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Totems of the Dead}}''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Winterweir}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}''
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse''
* ''TabletopGame/SenZar''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''
%%* ''TabletopGame/ShotgunsAndZombies''
* ''TabletopGame/SilverAgeSentinels''
** ''TabletopGame/RealityStorm''
* ''TabletopGame/TheSingularitySystem''
** ''TabletopGame/SystemsMalfunction''
* ''TabletopGame/SkyrealmsOfJorune''
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries''
* ''TabletopGame/TheSmallFolk''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}''
* ''TabletopGame/SpawnOfFashan''
* ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury''
* ''{{TabletopGame/Splicers}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TheSplinter''
* ''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers''
* ''TabletopGame/StickGuy''
* ''TabletopGame/TheStrange'' (Monte Cook Games)
* ''TabletopGame/StrikeLegion''
* ''TabletopGame/SuperAwesomeActionHeroes''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Swordbearer}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TalesFromTheFloatingVagabond''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TeamSpaceHobosRPG''
* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace''
* ''Literature/ThievesWorld''
* ''TabletopGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAndOtherStrangeness''
* ''TabletopGame/TenraBanshoZERO''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Torchbearer}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{TORG}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Tribe8}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Trinites}}''
* ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse''
** ''[[TabletopGame/{{Aeon}} Ćon / Trinity]]''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!''
* ''TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}''
* ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis''
* ''UsefulNotes/{{Unisystem}}''
** ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten''
** ''TabletopGame/ConspiracyX''
** ''TabletopGame/TerraPrimate''
** ''TabletopGame/WitchCraft''
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies''
* ''TabletopGame/VictorianaRPG''
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes''
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer The End Times}}''
* ''Warhammer 40000''
** ''TabletopGame/BlackCrusade''
** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy''
*** ''TabletopGame/AdeptusEvangelion''
** ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}''
** ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar''
** ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader''
* ''TabletopGame/TheWhisperingVault''
* ''TabletopGame/WildTalents''
* ''TabletopGame/TheWitcher''
* ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures''
* ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy''
* ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness''
** ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness gamelines:''
*** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''
*** ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen''
*** ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning''
*** ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast''
*** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''
*** ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection''
*** ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}''
*** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''
*** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''
*** ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion''
*** ''TabletopGame/SenshiTheMerchandising, a fan-made expansion''
*** ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry, a fan-made expansion''
*** ''TabletopGame/ZombieTheCoil, a fan-made Gameline''
** ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness gamelines:''
*** ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial''
*** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''
*** ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent''
*** ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters''
*** ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil''
*** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''
*** ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse''
*** ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated''
*** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''
*** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''
*** ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression, a fan-made Gameline''
*** ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful, a fan-made Gameline''
** ''TabletopGame/MonteCooksWorldOfDarkness''
* ''TabletopGame/WorldOfSynnibarr''
* ''TabletopGame/WorldTreeRPG''
[[/index]]

!!Works focused on Tabletop [=RPGs=]
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ChaosDragon''
* ''Manga/KingOfRPGs''
* ''Anime/NightWizard''
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheGamers''
* ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* A number of RPG campaign settings have their own book series set in them. ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' is series of books with a campaign setting.
* ''Literature/EndlessQuest'' was a ChooseYourOwnAdventure ''D&D'' book series.
* ''Franchise/PathfinderTales''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ChainmailBikini''
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower''
* ''Webcomic/DungeonsAndDenizens''
* ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings''
* ''Webcomic/LarryLeadhead''
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' devotes a lot of time to pen-and-paper [=RPing=], among other geeky activities
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated''
* ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey''
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''
* ''WebVideo/TheGamersHumansAndHouseholds''
* ''WebVideo/TheGamersLive''
* ''WebVideo/TheGamersNaturalOne''
* ''WebVideo/PreWickCampaign''
* ''WebVideo/ShadowlandCampaign''
* ''WebVideo/SpoonysCampaign''
* ''WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana''
* ''WebVideo/WyrmwickCampaign''
[[/folder]]
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