Saturday, August 21, 2010

101 Fantasy Games That Aren’t Pathfinder or D&D (With Links)

Recently, we’ve had a bit of discussion on the site about how there doesn’t always seem to be a lot of coverage of games other than D&D, its clones/cousins, or Pathfinder in the RPG blogging community. I think it depends where you look, and while a list of 101 fantasy RPGs (many of which are still supported!) I named mostly off the top of my head (I know we could add plenty more) isn’t really coverage, it was sort of fun to do. So, Happy Saturday, and enjoy clicking away and possibly just finding something you like or haven’t seen before. Rules-heavy, rules-light, indie, established, old, new, and in-between, here they are, in no particular order:

1) Pendragon
2) Barbarians of Lemuria
3) Chronica Feudalis
4) Rolemaster Classic (& FRP)
5) Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies
6) Shadow, Sword, & Spell
7) Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits!
8) Dominion Rules
9) Tunnels & Trolls
10) The Prince’s Kingdom
11) Mongoose RuneQuest
12) Epic Role Playing
13) Palladium Fantasy Role Playing
14) Jaws of the Six Serpents
15) All For One: Règime Diabolique
16) Burning Wheel
17) HârnMaster
18) Questers of the Middle Realms
19) Warrior, Rogue, & Mage
20) Lejendary Adventure
21) Mouse Guard
22) A+ Fantasy
23) Anima: Beyond Fantasy
24) Chivalry & Sorcery
25) Warhammer Fantasy 3rd Edition
26) Eldritch
27) A Song of Ice And Fire (Green Ronin)
28) 7th Sea
29) Maelstrom
30) Wayfarers
31) Hackmaster: Basic
32) MERP
33) Empire of the Petal Throne
34) RuneQuest II
35) Earthdawn
36) The Shadow of Yesterday
37) Artesia
38) Dungeonslayers
39) Arduin
40) Conspiracy of Shadows
41) WEGS Old Skool
42) Roma Imperious
43) The Fantasy Trip
44) Amber
45) HARP
46) GURPS Fantasy
47) Legend of the Five Rings
48) HeroQuest
49) Eldritch Ass Kicking
50) Forward…to Adventure!
51) Grimm
52) Talislanta
53) Iron Gauntlets
54) Advanced Fighting Fantasy
55) Rune Stryders
56) Deliria
57) Reign
58) BASH! Fantasy Edition
59) Swords of the Middle Kingdom
60) Ars Magica
61) Tales of Gaea
62) The Dying Earth
63) Dragon Warriors
64) Sengoku (also Diceless)
65) ZeFRS
66) Fantasy Craft
67) Aeternal Legends
68) Zenobia
69) 54-Fantasy
70) The Riddle of Steel
71) The Deryni Adventure Game (FUDGE)
72) AGON
73) d6 Fantasy
74) Dragon Age
75) Stormbringer
76) Savage Worlds (Fantasy Companion)
77) Adventures In Oz
78) Battleaxe
79) Book of Jalan
80) Dragonlance: Fifth Age (SAGA)
81) A Game of Thrones Roleplaying (Tri-Stat)
82) Broadsword
83) Faery’s Tale Deluxe
84) Donjon
85) Cadwallon
86) Seven Leagues
87) Runeslayers
88) Atlantis: The Second Age
89) Dangerous Journeys
90) Dungeon Squad
91) Fantasy Imperium
92) Arrowflight
93) Houses of the Blooded
94) Legendary Tales
95) Swordbearer
96) DragonQuest
97) Fantasy Sagas RPG
98) Eoris Essence
99) Fantasy HERO
100) OpenQuest
101) SenZar

This list in no way suggests there’s anything wrong with Pathfinder or any edition of D&D—I enjoy both myself! But if one of those isn’t scratching your itch, always remember there’s plenty more out there to see.


OlmanFeelyus said...

wow. 101. Astounding. Impressive that you came up with them all as well.

Zachary The First said...

@Olman: There were a lot of D&D cousins, like C&C and LotFP RPG, that I didn't mention, so no one could accuse me of padding the list. :)

John M. Kahane said...

Why is it that the Desolation rpg of post-apocalyptic fantasy gets no love anywhere, not even on this wonderful list of games?

arcadian said...

101? You've certainly spurred me on to investigate the many, many games on the list I am unfamiliar with..Thanks

Zachary The First said...

@John: I've actually read Desolation, and wasn't super-taken with it. Maybe I need to look at it again?...

diceciper said...

No Castles & Crusade?

Anonymous said...

Honestly I think even the Fantasy category is overly represented. I've been trying to find more pulp and scifi recently to mix it up. Even horror and other modern games help provide a different feel from the sword and sorcery.

Zachary The First said...

@diceciper: You know I love the C&C, but I wanted to stay away from close D&D cousins for this one.

NeoWolf said...

Aww, No Exalted?

Though seriously, great list. People really should try to branch out more.

Jim said...

How about Legends of Anglerre? It's a new FATE based high fantasy RPG.

I'm new to FATE, but I like what I see and it will be interesting to see how this works out.

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David Cutts said...

Legends of Anglerre looks super cool.

John M. Kahane said...

What was it about the game that you weren't taken with Desolation? For me, the game's strengths lie in the simple game mechanics, and the fact that the world is presented in enough detail to get the GM started but with a lot of leeway to allow you to create your own post-apocalyptic fantasy world.

Zachary The First said...

@John: I don't know that I could point to a single thing--just one of those games where it didn't grab me. It sounds like I might need to afford it a second look--sometimes with a product, that's all it takes.

Excellent additions, guys! It shows this list could have been much longer!

Tourq said...


Time to do some reading...

da Trux said...

haha, thanks Zach. I have to assume this post is because of what I said in your previous post.

thank you for posting 101 fantasy games that are NOT D&D (as far as i'm concerned, Pathfinder IS D&D, and PFRPG will ALWAYS be Palladium fantasy)

That being said, didn't Burning Wheel and Legend of the Five Rings convert to D20? and if so, that's D&D.

I might be wrong; heck I probably am.

thanks for the list. but as I said before, there are lots of fantasy RPG's out there, but there is very little fan support.

For example; my Heroes Unlimited and Palladium Fantasy campaigns are the only ones on Obsidian Portal even worth mentioning (Century City and Trapped Under Ice, respectively), but I know for a fact that thousands of people play both of those games.

As I've said before, you are one of the very few bloggers that mentions any game other than D&D, and I respect the hell out of you for that. But why is it that so few others are the same way? Of course, I COULD write a blog myself about non-D&D fantasy games, but I already have a music blog, a NSFW blog, a day job, and am writing 3 campaigns as it is (Heroes Unlimited, PFRPG, and a Macross Anime conversion).

Thanks you for the post, thank you for your blog (I am INCREDIBLY grateful that you didn't quit), and I sincerely hope that more people get off the D&D popularity bandwagon and get into other systems because of you.

da Trux said...

eh, I was a bit presumptuous in that last comment; it was late!

main point I was trying to make was thanks for the list!

John M. Kahane said...

Zach, I think that Desolation is one of the most underrated rpgs on the market these days, and all because some of the reviewers of the games found the setting to be bland.

It's not, because it's more a framework than anything else, that offers the GM an opportunity to mould the game world in the direction he desires. The game world that's presented has some interesting aspects to it, notably the twists to the standard fantasy races, as well as some of the sheer...bizarreness...of the changes in the world. Lovely stuff. But underrated game nonetheless. :(

Zachary The First said...

@daTrux: You're very welcome! Thanks for the kind words!

There is a d20 version of Legend of the Five Rings RPG; I was referring to the one of the Roll-and-Keep system.

I don't think BW has ever seen a d20 version--maybe you were thinking of another system? Lord knows it's easy enough to be confused! :)

@jkahane: Well, I'll definitely take another peek at it. Time to put it on the RPGNow/Noble Knight list. :)

kelvingreen said...

One could quibble about Dragonlance, as under all the fancy storytelling mechanics, there's a lot of AD&D2 in there, but it's a good system that deserved more attention, so I'll let it pass. ;)

Jimmy Swill said...

Bookmarking this one. Great resource.

Zachary The First said...

@Kelvin: Man, I thought someone might call me on that one, but in the end, I figured it was different enough to go in. ;)

kelvingreen said...

I think that's fair. ;)

Stargazer said...

Huzzah! My game made the list! Thanks, Zach! And I noticed that there are a few titles on that list, I've never even heard about! Wow!

Tetsubo said...

Be aware that Fantasy Imperium is *really* a bad game. Stupidly pedantic.

halfling said...

Great list and gives me some games to look into that I hadn't stumbled across before. I would add Legendary Lives to the list myself as it is one that is available free online now and I am still running today. Thanks for the list!!

On a personal note the one copy of Tunnels and Trolls was one of the few things that my ex-husband and I argued about who got it when we divorced, he won and I still need to buy me a copy.

Xiko do Couto said...

Great text! As a Brazilian, I am, could not fail to contribute to this list with the excellent RPG that rocked, here, in the 1990s: Tagmar. "The 1st Brazilian RPG" it was a Tolkienian scenario, set in a land of fantastic races, amazing powerful creatures and spells, with their history, folklore and legends. Its development is based on the European Middle Ages, although it contains elements from various eras and cultures, anterior and posterior, which brings greater diversification and opportunities for adventures. Tagmar The scenario presents a world unlike many other RPGs. To whom it may concern, the official website is