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List of Libre Games. Open Game Systems. Compendium of Free Role Playing Games. Free RPGs at 1000 Monkeys, 1000 Typewriters.
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Tired of role-playing game books the size and price of textbooks? You've got a lot of alternatives.Risus
, the Anything RPG, by S. John Ross, author of The Big List of RPG Plots,
is an RPG in 6 pages.
See also the Risus Thought of the Moment
group blog and Risusiverse
is a popular and influential system that's been remixed in all shapes and sizes. Streamlined Fate
is a single double-sided legal page. Free Fate
is a 48 page take on it. Previous discussion of Fate
and its family tree.
mashes together Risus and Fate; see the ROLPUNK manifesto
(or its NSFW PDF version.
is a horror RPG in 52 pages by Dennis Detwiller (one of the creators of Delta Green
) and Greg Stolze. Insylum
is another horror RPG by Detwiller centered on one scenario.
is the 65-page "rules-medium" version of JAGS
and The Book of Knots
are impressive horror scenarios for it.
is a 4-page
is 6 pages.
(prose descriptive qualities) is an RPG in 13 pages.
is the Ancient Art of Action Role-Playing in 26 pages
is a variant of Open D6
weighing in at 38 pages.
spawned a zillion derivatives, from the 2 page Microlite20
to the 15 page Simple20
and 40 page Perfect 20.
is the longest I'll mention at 106 pages.
For more recommendations, see the Indie RPG Awards'
nominations and winners for best free game of 2002
, and 2009
; the ENnie Award
winners and nominations for Best Free Product for 2001
and this previous thread
about 1000 Monkeys, 1000 Typewriters. Another excellent list of Free RPGs on the Web
was posted previously.