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An index for official Tabletop RPG adaptations of existing intellectual properties, as well as for fanmade ones that have their own pages.

Compare The Board Game and Licensed Game (for video games and pinball). Contrast The Anime of the Game for TRPGs adapted to anime.

Examples that have their own page:

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    Based on Anime and/or Manga 

    Based on Card Games 
  • The setting of Crystalicum was later used for an RPG of the same name.
  • GURPS 4th edition has Mars Attacks which is based on the Topps cards of the same name rather then the film based on the cards.
  • There are number of supplements detailing Magic: The Gathering settings for Dungeons & Dragons since they are both published by Wizards of the Coast.
    • To tie in with the release of The Art of Magic: The Gathering books, Wizards of the Coast released a series of PDFs called Plane Shift that detail the various planes for use with 5th Edition D&D.
    • D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica is a supplement book about the plane of Ravnica as a setting for 5th Edition.
    • Mythic Odysseys of Theros is a supplement for the plane of Theros for 5th Edition.
  • The humorous RPG parody Munchkin had d20 System books based on it published by Steve Jackson Games. A supplement was also published for Toon.
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game, based on the Sentinels of the Multiverse superhero game.
  • Warlords of the Accordlands published by Alderac Entertainment Group based on their Warlord game.
  • Mongoose Publishing released the WARS Roleplaying Game in 2005, based on the setting of Decipher's WARS Trading Card Game.

    Based on Comic Books 

    Based on Film 
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact were adapted as adventures by TSR for their Star Frontiers game.
  • Alien
    • Aliens Adventure Game from Leading Edge Games is based mostly on Aliens. As it was released before Alienł, the game has several differences from canon like the organisation of the the Colonial Marines and Xenomorph biology.
    • While not officially licensed, Xenomorphs: The Fall of Somerset Landing for Whats Old Is New is based on the setting.
  • Army of Darkness got a Unisystem RPG.
  • Evil Genius Games' Everyday Heroes RPG (a remake/update of d20 Modern using the mechanics of Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons) has multiple licensed mini-settings/rules expansions for films including Escape from New York, Universal Soldier, Pacific Rim, The Crow, Kong: Skull Island, Highlander and Total Recall (1990). They also have announced others to come late in 2023 including First Blood, plus additional adventures in the settings.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula Role Playing Game was produced by Leading Edge Games to tie in with the release of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Archaia announced plans for a The Dark Crystal RPG using rules based on Burning Wheel at the August 2011 Gen Con gaming convention, intending to publish it later the following year but nothing has been heard of it since.
  • Margaret Weis Productions' Demon Hunters Role Playing Game is a Cortex System game based on Dead Gentlemen Productions' Demon Hunters and Demon Hunters: Dead Camper Lake films. A Fate game called Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors waas funded through Kickstarter.
  • Ghostbusters: A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game, based on Ghostbusters, was the first pen-and-paper RPG to use dice pools.
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai had a Tri-Stat RPG and Resource Book published by Guardians of Order in 2001.
  • Indiana Jones
    • The Adventures of Indiana Jones Role-Playing Game by TSR.
    • West End Games published The World of Indiana Jones using the Masterbook system and Indiana Jones Adventures using the D6 system with later supplements having stats for use with both games.
  • Of all movies that could have a licensed RPG, Iron Sky got an RPG fully funded on Kickstarter in 2017 with plans to release it through Modiphius Entertainment.
  • Mayfair Games adapted The Keep into an adventure for their Role Aids series of books for Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Labyrinth The Adventure Game published by River Horse based on Labyrinth
  • The Lawnmower Man Virtual Reality Role Playing Game published by Leading Edge Games based on The Lawnmower Man.
  • Men In Black: The Roleplaying Game based on the first Men in Black film, published by West End Games in 1997
  • The Princess Bride got a FUDGE based RPG fully funded through Kickstarter in 2018.
  • Serenity Role-Playing Game, based on Serenity. As an interesting note, the company (Margaret Weis Productions) had only the rights to Serenity (meaning that the events of the Firefly series could only be talked about in very Broad Strokes terms within the book proper), yet nevertheless it obtained high acclaim while it was in production. The "second edition" of this game was made using the Firefly rights proper (which, ironically, means that the events of Serenity are the ones getting the Broad Strokes treatment).
  • A now-out-of-print Fate Accelerated RPG by Dancing Lights Press, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: The Roleplaying Game. The premise of the campaign setting was that, in some Alternate Universe, a producer exploited the film's fame as a So Bad, It's Good B-Movie to successfully pitch an attempt at In-Universe Recycled: The Series, and we got a full breakdown of the Expanded Universe born of that.
  • Mongoose Publishing released the official Starship Troopers Roleplaying Game, using the d20 System that was employed on the Third Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Interestingly, the game was an official Patchwork Fic, using the Starship Troopers cartoon as a baseline and grabbing from the film and original novel liberally for additional details (for example, the version of the Mobile Infantry that appears on the movie was designated as "Light Infantry" in the game and justified as people going accelerated training in order to bolster the Mobile Infantry's numbers for the Klendathu assault—the book's "Cap Infantry" then becomes the power-armored soldiers from the cartoon, who could specialize in heavier power armor (the book's "metal gorillas", represented by the cartoon's Mini-Mecha and two heavier power armor variants that were added later on).
  • Trancers Role Playing Game, based on the Trancers films.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp is a Kickstarter funded game where you play as campers or counsellors at Camp Firewood from Wet Hot American Summer published by Devastator Press.
  • The Willow Sourcebook contains information for a AD&D style game in the universe of Willow.
  • Ralph Bakshi's Wizards had a RPG published by Whit Publications in the 90s.
  • The World of Species published by West End Games based on the first Species film using the Masterbook system.

    Based on Gamebooks 
  • Advanced Fighting Fantasy based on the Fighting Fantasy series using a simple system based on the rules used in the original books.
  • Lone Wolf
    • Lone Wolf: The Roleplaying Game by Mongoose Publishing using the OGL system.
    • Lone Wolf Multiplayer Game Book by Mongoose Publishing using a custom system inspired by the rules from the original books.

    Based on Literature 

    Based on Live-Action TV 
  • Altered Carbon The Roleplaying Game, set to come out in 2020 and most likely based more on the Netflix show than the books.
  • Babylon 5
    • The Babylon Project published by Chameleon Eclectic Entertainment.
    • Mongoose Publishing's RPG, first and second edition using the d20 System and short-lived "third edition" using Mongoose's own version of the Traveller system.
  • Blake's 7 Role-Playing Game published by Horizon, the Blake’s 7 fan club, based on Blake's 7.
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Roleplaying Game for the Unisystem, based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The same company also released a roleplaying game for Angel.
  • Carnival Row Role-Playing Guide world guide and setting book for the Cypher System was made available to download for free.
  • Dallas: The Television Role-Playing Game published by Simulations Publications, Inc which you play as characters from Dallas.
  • Doctor Who
    • The Doctor Who Role Playing Game published by FASA in The '80s, which claimed that the Meddling Monk was a previous incarnation of the Master, a theory found precisely nowhere else.
    • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space published by Cubicle 7. Four editions between 2009 and 2015, bringing it up to the Peter Capaldi era which was titled simply Doctor Who Roleplaying Game.
    • Doctors And Daleks, the next game from Cubicle 7, using rules based on Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.
    • Doctor Who Solitaire Story Game, a free fan-produced game successful enough to have two editions.
  • Margaret Weis Productions' Cortex Universal System has been used for a number of RPGs based on shows including:
    • Firefly Role-Playing Game, based on Firefly. See above for notes regarding its unique copyright situation.
    • Leverage.
    • Smallville, interestingly, this one had its system severely tweaked to focus more on inter-player (and player character-and-NPC) social interaction than actual action.
    • Supernatural.
    • Battlestar Galactica (2003)
  • The Expanse Roleplaying Game by Green Ronin Games was published in 2022, finally bringing the concept of the franchise full circle.
  • West End Games published Hercules & Xena Roleplaying Game based on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and it's Spin-Off Xena: Warrior Princess using the Legend system variant of the D6 System.
  • Farscape Roleplaying Game published by Alderac Entertainment Group based on Farscape using the d20 System.
  • Heisei Kamen Rider TRPG Masquerade Style is a doujin game based on Kamen Rider.
  • Jeremiah: The Roleplaying Game published by Mongoose Publishing based on Jeremiah using the d20 System.
  • Cubicle 7 published Primeval based on the first three seasons of the Primeval and Primeval Evolution based on seasons 4 and 5.
  • GURPS 3rd edition has a supplement based on The Prisoner (1967)
  • The Power Rangers Role-Playing Game by Renegade Game Studios was published in 2022, with an official expansion book to be released in late 2023 that allows crossover campaigns with The Transformers and G.I. Joe.
  • Stargate
    • Alderac Entertainment Group published Stargate: SG-1 Roleplaying Game based on their Spycraft game in 2003. AEG planned to publish supplements to cover material from the later episodes but they lost the license so it only covered the first two seasons of Stargate SG-1.
    • Wyvern Gaming announced that they are producing Stargate Roleplaying Game for 2020.
  • Star Trek
  • While not a full-blown game placed in that universe, in 2019 Hasbro Gaming (as in the division in charge of games like Battleship) co-released alongside Wizards of the Coast a special edition of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set as advertisement for the third season of Stranger Things with official figurines and Fifth Edition stats for the Demogorgon and Demodogs, stats for the children's D&D campaign characters (like "Will the Wise") and an adventure "written" by Mike Wheeler.
  • The World of Tales from the Crypt published by West End Games based on Tales from the Crypt using the Masterbook system. To mimic the anthology format of the show, the game has rules players to play as beings possessing "shells" - a separate character for each tale of horror rather staying with one for the entire game.

    Based on Manhua 

    Based on Tabletop Games 

    Based on Video Games 

    Based on Toys 
  • The G.I. Joe Roleplaying Game, released in 2022 by Renegade Game Studios. An adventure book released in 2023 allows it to run official crossover adventures with The Transformers and Power Rangers.

    Based on Webcomics 

    Based on Web Original Works 

    Based on Western Animation 

    Based on Wrestling Franchises 

    Based on Other Sources