Three Things To Consider When Choosing A Tabletop RPG System To Play
Tabletop role playing games offer a unique and immersive experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and groups of all different sizes. They let you explore the worlds of your favourite characters, movies or books and add a whole new twist to the stories you love. But with so many different systems out there, choosing the right one for you can be hard! Here are some tips for making sure you get the most out of your table time.
First, think about your group. Are they experienced gamers? If so, they probably have an idea of the game they want to play. If not, find out what kind of experience they want to have with tabletop role-playing games. Do they want something quick and easy to learn? Or do they prefer something more complex with lots of rules and options?
Tabletop RPGs can broadly be divided into two categories: rules light and rules heavy. Rules light systems are easier to learn and get started with, but may lack the depth and complexity that some gamers crave. Rules heavy systems are more complex and challenging, but can also be more rewarding when everyone is fully on board with learning the ruleset.
Second, think about what kind of experience you want from this game. Do you just want to sit around and talk with your friends while pretending to be characters in an adventure story? Or do you want something more competitive where winning means getting closer to achieving some goal? Do you want to run around as a dinosaur? Maybe as an elf? Or maybe as someone who gets shot at by dinosaurs while riding on an elf's back? (If that’s the case, might we suggest Shadowrun?) Whatever your choice may be, there are tons of games that let players explore fantastical worlds in ways they never could in real life—and they're not all just about killing dragons or saving kingdoms either!
Some of the most popular and well-known RPGs around are Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. If you’re looking for something different, though, check out World Of Darkness, FATE, Savage Worlds, Stars Without Number, Powered by the Apocalypse games and Call Of Cthulhu. There is a tabletop RPG out there for everyone, regardless of taste or preference.
Third, consider how much time and effort you're willing to put into playing this game. Following on from the themes in our previous blogs, be sure to consider what style of game you think you might enjoy as well as considering the people you are playing with and what kind of experience they are expecting from a table top role playing game. Is it a more casual group who don’t care so much about rules as long as they’re having fun? Do you have time for long sessions once or twice a week or would short sessions every day be better suited for your lifestyle?
Ultimately, the best tabletop RPG system for you is the one that you will enjoy playing the most. So don't be afraid to try out different systems until you find one that's perfect for you.