Fantasy has a special meaning when applied to Roleplaying Games (after all, all roleplaying is fantasizing, right?). The Fantasy in Fantasy Roleplaying Games
refers to what is sometimes called High Fantasy
, or Swords and Sorcery
- elves, dwarves, dragons, wizards, a more-or-less medieval or ancient setting. Not all of these games have all of these things. Dungeons & Dragons
, the first Roleplaying Game, is the classic example.
The diceless roleplaying game published in 1992 by Phage Press
, based on the Amber
novels by Roger Zelazny.
A fantasy roleplaying about the wizards of Mythic Europe, created by Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein*Hagen. Originally published by Lion Rampant, currently published by Atlas Games
A fantasy system set in medieval Japan, originally published by Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) in 1979.
Castle Falkenstein is an alternate history RPG set in the Victorian era.
The medieval fantasy roleplaying game originally published by Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) in 1977, currently published by Britannia Game Designs, Ltd.
Originally published in 1988 simply as Cuttthroat
, and currently published by StormWorld Games
as Cutthroat: The Shadow Wars
, this dark fantasy game allows players to portray thieves in the medieval city of Skaev.
Fantasy system designed by Gary Gygax
and published by Game Designers' Workshop in 1992. Although Dangerous Journeys
was conceived as a multi-genre system, a lawsuit by TSR, Inc.
ended publication of DJ
before the game could be expanded into other genres.
is an out-of-print fantasy roleplaying game first published in 1979 by Simulations Publications, Inc. (SPI). The rights to DragonQuest
are currently held by Wizards of the Coast
Dungeons & Dragons is the original role-playing game. In its 40+ years, it has gone through several revisions. The current version of the rules is the Fifth Edition, but there are people who still play all of the various editions.
Set in the ravaged world of Barsaive, Earthdawn
was originally published by FASA
from 1993 to 1998, who currently license the game to Living Room Games
Published by Blackburg Tactical Research Center
is a diceless (and numberless) fantasy game set in the ancient and mythical hollow Earth. Epiphany
is marketed as a one-rulebook "open game", with all supplemental material published online.
The "visionary storytelling game" designed by Jonathan Tweet and published by Gaslight Press
(previously Rubicon Games), Everway
uses a special deck of cards (instead of dice) to guide gameplay.
An out-of-print fantasy system designed by Steve Jackson
, published by the defunct Metagaming Concepts, and developed from a series of related fantasy board games, beginning with 1977's Melee
Fantasy-based pen-and-paper roleplaying games freely given away by their authors/owners. ("Fantasy" is loosely defined as any game system or setting using magic or mysticism as a central theme, but not fitting into a specialized genre like Anime
, or Horror
System developed by N. Robin Crossby and published by Columbia Games Inc.
, set in the fantasy world of Kethira.
Designed by Greg Stafford and Robin D. Laws, and published by Issaries, Inc., HeroQuest is a fantasy roleplaying game set in Glorantha, the mythic world originally made famous as the setting for games such as RuneQuest, and Dragon Pass. (This game was originally called Hero Wars, but the 2nd edition of Hero Wars prompted a name change.)
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The Imagine Roleplaying System is a fantasy game system published by Imagine Roleplaying Inc.
Fantasy game released in 1994 by Precedence Games
, portraying the battle between mystical immortals and their creator, an evil alien lifeform known as the Sanguinary.
is Hubris Games
' fantasy game set in a world constantly altered by the game's namesake, an mysterious magical storm.
is Middle Earth Role-Playing
, a fantasy game based on the world created by author J.R.R. Tolkien. MERP
was published from 1982 to 1997 by Iron Crown Enterprises
, with rules based on ICE's Rolemaster
The Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game
(PFRPG) was designed by Kevin Siembieda and published in 1983 by Palladium Books
as the flagship game of the multi-genre rule system used for all Palladium games.
More properly known as King Arthur Pendragon
, the first and most popular Arthurian roleplaying game was published by Chaosium
in 1985. The system is currently produced by Green Knight Publishing
Fantasy system developed by Richard Snider and published by Avalon Hill
Dutch roleplaying game similar to Dungeon and Dragons, developed and published by Joop Oele. The Gaming environment is represented with Game cards which can be attached to each other. The game features also an unique language called Old Hyksos, which consist of only 26 words, but new words can be created with these.
Fantasy roleplaying system published by Iron Crown Enterprises
(ICE), and used as the base system for most of their other games lines. Rolemaster
itself is derived from the LAW
supplements originally marketed as supplements for other game systems.
Chaosium's first roleplaying game,
with an elegant percentile skill based system,
innovative for its time.
Now it is mainly memorable for its setting,
Glorantha, a truly original Bronze Age fantasy world
with its own unique and extensive mythology.
Roleplaying in Michael Moorcock's world of Melniboné. Published by Chaosium, Inc.
is both the rules system and the name of the fantasy setting developed by Stephan Michael Sechi and published by Bard Games in 1987. Currently published by Shooting Iron Design
, the game is best known for its rejection of conventional fantasy character types, and its early advertising slogan "No elves".
Tunnels and Trolls
is a fantasy system originally designed and self-published by Ken St. Andre
in 1975. Currently published by Flying Buffalo Inc
is known for its simple mechanics and for being the first roleplaying game with solo adventures.