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Analysis & Criticism
These various essays include reflexions on how RPGs differ from other games or the playing of roles in general - the main characteristic being the large freedom of choice allowed to a player's character. See for example Role-Playing Games: An Overview and What is a Role Playing Game?.

A history of role-playing
Draws the origins of role-playing games to H.G. Wells, author of the book "Little Wars" in 1915.

The museum of role playing games
Virtual galleries focusing on rare and out of print games.

Studies About Fantasy Role-Playing Games
List of academic publications, case studies, essays, dissertations, master theses, attacks and counter statements on role-playing games, covering the period 1979-2002. Good source of info, even though it's probably no longer maintained up-to-date as several links don't work anymore.

Roleplaying games for kids
To find RPG material which is both fun and appropriate, particularly for children under 12 can be difficult - not anymore.

RPG ranking
a wiki-based attempt to rate RPGs. They also have lots of categories for board games and RPGs, like by equipment (ever wondered what other games you could play using your chess or go board?), by player age...

List of RPGs from 2002 to 2004 with user ratings and comments.

Top 10 best pen and paper RPG games
This list takes into account the overall popularity of pen and paper roleplaying games since the industry was first created.

Best RPG Games
Good RPG games for pen and paper roleplayers, with descriptions.

10 signs you might be addicted to MMORPGs
One easy way to get into the head of an MMORPG-addict.

About which PnP Rpgs have been turned into PC games.

Pen & Paper
A collection of resources for pen and paper RPGs.

Mythmere Games
The Swords & Wizardry project builds and supports free-form roleplaying games, where "light" rules create a framework instead of trying to cover every detail, every rule, and every situation.

Console RPGs
Different definitions of console RPGs with little to no user-determined character development and why they are still labeled as RPGs.


Dungeons & Dragons
The game that defines the genre and has set the standard for fantasy roleplaying for more than 30 years.

Call of Cthulhu
Amazing gothic game based on H.P. Lovecrafts story. The first time I played it I became so scared I left (with a friend) the weird house we were supposed to be living in and we never learnt who/what was actually making the strange noises deep below it...

Set in an imaginary future with huge controlling corporations and the return of magic.

Fantasy RPG with an emphasis on its underlying magical metaphysics.

Star Wars
Can the heroes save the galaxy from Imperial threats ?

Characters evolve within a far future society drawing inspiration from various science-fiction books such as Asimov's Foundation stories.

Diceless RPG based on R. Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. A lot of emphasis on relationships and roleplaying.

An rpg for kids and adults.

Advice & Equipment

Treasure Tables GMing
Everything you need as a GM, many interesting articles on running game, leading players, preparing campaigns, etc.

Roleplaying Tips
Thousands of game master tips gathered over the past 10 years.

The big list
List of Plots if your GM mind is short of ideas…

Map making softwares (not free), video tutorials to create your own universe.

Free mapping software to create your maps for your own Role-Playing Game campaign.

Maps of the Ancient World
Maps of various countries and empires at various periods of ancient history.

The Welsh Piper
Busy GM ? This site helps you for campaign setting, mapping, worlbuilding...

Lots of articles on every subject you can think of concerning Rpgs : character creation, working with other players...

For people who play RPGs, CCGs, TCGs, wargames, board games — any tabletop game where you need a live human on the other side of a table if you want to play.

a general roleplaying e zine, with a focus on GURPS and D&D, published in pdf and printed weekly until 2007.

The tabletop roleplaying e-magazine.

The Oerth Journal
Dedicated to World of Greyhawk, a collaborative project of people keen on the Greyhawk setting (a fictional world designed as a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons). Creative piece of art.

The International Journal of Role-Playing
Peer-reviewed journal about role-playing games, culture, technology and related research & development.

RPG Toolkit
Free, open source tool for the creation of role-playing games on your personal computer.

Virtual online gaming table primarily intended for pen and paper style narrative role playing games.

Halberd Games
Supplies free role-playing and war games rules, scenarios and campaign settings.

Collection of free pen and paper rpg games online

Librarium Online
Advice and hints on buying and painting miniatures and user-submitted galleries. Portal with topical message boards, galleries and links

An active forum for discussing roleplaying games and finding reviews.

Laying the foundation
How to make your own pen and paper RPG.


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