Growing up I was this unique kid who always kept a lot to himself, according to my late parents. I would often sit at a quiet corner with my toys and just have a quiet playing session without bothering the nanny. As I got older it became certain to them that I was one hell of an introvert. So you can imagine how I missed out on a lot in school, by failing to interact with my peers.
To cut the long story short, I happened to miss out on a lot especially game plays. So, when I first heard about pen and paper games, I instantly assumed it was rather just meant for the nerdiest of nerds out there. I couldn’t picture myself sitting around the table writing on papers, like a kid exercising his/her writing skills.
Fast forward a couple years, and I learnt that I was completely wrong. As soon as a friend introduced to Dungeons and Dragons, I realized that pen and paper games are more interesting than I previously thought.
Today I indulge in pen and paper games as often as I can. And through by interesting experiencing, I’ve prepared a list of some of the best pen and paper games you should try, obviously starting with Dungeons and Dragons.
Dungeons of Dragons
This game is built around storytelling to make it a fantasy roleplaying game. Players are expected to take after the characters in the unending fantasy story, and guide them through battles with lethal rivals, refined conspiracy, audacious rescues and much more, in the quest for treasure.
According to the developers:
“Evil lurks in the towers and dungeons of Castle Ravenloft, and only heroes of exceptional bravery can survive the horrors within. Designed for 1–5 players, this boardgame features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and cooperative game play.
You and your fellow Heroes must work as a team to succeed in the adventures that unfold within the castle. You either win together or lose together.”
Vampire: The Masquerade
This is also built around storytelling where each player is needed to take up role of a neonate vampire. The setup of the game is made of chronicles and each chronicle comes with a different goals and conquest conditions that players must fulfill to win the game.
According to boardgemegeek:
“Shuffle the clan deck and take 1 clan card (hidden) for each player. Each clan card forces you to take 1 specific merit and flaw card. Shuffle the merits and flaws deck and take a second card. Shuffle the backgrounds deck and take 2 hidden cards. Shuffle the discipline deck and take 3 discipline cards. Take a miniature for your vampire, and the maximum amount of blood counters that indicates your clan card (modified by some background cards such as Generation). Now you have created your vampire: keep in mind that you have 3 hidden cards (1 clan card and 2 background cards), and 5 public cards (2 merits and flaws and 3 disciplines).”
Shadowrun Fifth Edition
From my experience with this game, the publishers actually deed a great work to make it one of the best books in the industry. Its appearance has been enhanced by the dark hues giving it the atmosphere of some dull art that would work best for most people.
According to the developers (Catalyst Game Lab)
“Shadowrun, Fifth Edition is the newest version of one of the most popular and successful role-playing settings of all time. Fusing magic with technology in a dystopian near-future setting, Shadowrun offers unparalleled possibilities for a full breadth of roleplaying adventures. With rules for character creation, magic, combat, Matrix hacking, rigging, and more, Shadowrun, Fifth Edition has everything you need to start playing. Grab some dice, dive into the shadows, and pit yourself against the challenges waiting in the Sixth World.”
Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Speak of the oldest and best pen and paper games, Star Wars is one game that can never go unmentioned. This game has been around for years and I bet your grandparents played it.
Being one of the oldest games, Star Wars’ rule book has been updated through the years and I bet it’s still something worth having if you love adventurous games.
Going by Geek and Sundry.
“The recent ‘The Force Awakens Beginner Game’ mixes all three lines and offers precious additional information for fans of Episode VII. Edge of the Empire focuses on scoundrels scraping by on the fringes of the war. Age of Rebellion offers adventures for characters fighting in the Rebel Alliance. Force and Destiny gives players a chance to explore what it would be like as the remnants of the Jedi hunted by Darth Vader and his forces.
The games are cross-compatible and offer a few more modern design influences, like shared narrative mechanics and a dice app which is compatible with the entire FFG Star Wars line.”
Call of Cthulhu
This is game is just one of the many tabletop pen and paper games that has continued to feature in most reviews as one of the best of all time. Being around for long, the developers have consistently taken the game through a series of updates and I bet you should take a look at the adventurous story in this game.
According to the developers:
“Call of Cthulhu is a horror roleplaying game using the Basic Roleplaying system and based upon the writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and a few others.
If you have ever been enthralled by a ghost story or spellbound at a horror movie, you are in for a treat. Part the veil that separates frail humanity from the terror that lurks beyond space and time. Investigate forgotten ruins, haunted woods, and nameless menaces.”
Pathfinder role playing game
Players take up the role of a brave explorer fighting to stay alive in a world tormented by magic and evil. To succeed through the territory of magic and evil, the player is expected to defeat enemies by killing them using a bewitched sword.
According to the publisher:
“The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is an evolution of the 3.5 rules set of the world’s oldest fantasy roleplaying game, designed using the feedback of tens of thousands of gamers just like you. Players need only the single 576-page Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, while the Game Master who controls the action will also want the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, a massive tome containing more than 350 fantastic foes for your adventurers to face. The Pathfinder RPG is a fully supported roleplaying game, with regularly released adventure modules, sourcebooks on the fantastic world of Golarion, and complete campaigns in the form of Pathfinder Adventure Paths like Council of Thieves and Kingmaker.”
Though we’re in the digital age where everything we do is dictated with the level of technological advancements, we still can’t rule out the fact that there is still much we can do without relying on technology.
To be sure, there are loads of games you can indulge in without having to use DVD players and smartphones. You simply need a pen and paper to play games that touch on different themes in life. By simply using a writing tool and paper you can have the privilege to play lots of games that employ strategies and will improve your social skills.
If you really thought that technology rules the entire gaming industry, then you should find out what pen and paper games have in store for you.
Basic ideas you can use to design pen and paper games.