Call of Cthulhu
A system based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. It’s steadily gaining popularity, and Geek and Sundry’s Ben Riggs has called it the “best RPG of all time.” It’s definitely one of my personal favorites.
Trail of Cthulhu
This was designed by Ken Hite, features the Gumshoe System, and is based on Call of Cthulhu. One main difference between ToC and CoC is that the latter uses percentile dice rolls while the former uses a point spending system.
GURPS stands for Generic Universal RolePlaying System. It was created by Steve Jackson and was designed for use with any type of setting.
Like GURPS, Fate is designed to be used for any game setting. Fate gives players a lot of narrative power. It’s a great system for those who enjoy cooperative storytelling. There are actually two Fate systems: Fate Core and Fate Accelerated, which is a streamlined version of Fate Core and designed to get new players started faster.
D&D (Dungeons & Dragons)
The classic fantasy RPG that has seen a remarkable surge of popularity in recent years. If you’d like me to run a D&D game for you, please specify which edition you prefer (e.g. 5e, 3.5e) when you contact me.
Up until not too long ago, this was the second most played RPG after D&D. Pathfinder is an expansion and modification of D&D 3.5. While more rules heavy than D&D 5e, it has its devoted followers and can be very rewarding for those who take the time to assimilate its rules.
Vampire the Masquerade
Along with Call of Cthulhu, Vampire is one of the most popular horror RPGs and is widely cited as one of the best of the genre.
City of Mist
City of Mist combines elements of the superhero, noir, and investigative genres. The system is powered by he Apocalypse engine which is also used in other great games like Monsterhearts, Dungeon World, and of course the game it was originally designed for, Apocalypse World.
Like City of Mist, Deadlands is a genre-mixing game with elements of Western, horror, steampunk, and alternate history. It’s unique in that it makes genre-appropriate use of poker chips and a standard playing card deck.
Is there an RPG system not on this list that you’d like me to run? I’m usually game to do so. Just reach out to me and we can discuss.
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