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K Smith
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I don't know much about tabletop roleplaying games and wondered where to start.

1) I'm looking for a 2-3 players - I understand that one person has to be a DM, but is it possible to have the DM to also be a player (for 2 player game)?

2) Not too bothered about theme, as long as it's simple for us newbs. Don't want to be put off by something too complicated.

3) Would prefer to buy a book rather than download for printing. Or perhaps there's an app for android?

Many thanks for reading and look forward to response.

 
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Kent Reuber
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You might get more responses by posting your query to BGG's sister RPG site http://rpggeek.com/.

I'd probably start by doing Web searches for "free rpg tabletop games", for instance I found this "compendium" http://sillyhatbooks.com/about/games/. You can add keywords such as "easy" or "rules light".
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Ahhh, thanks Kent... didn't know this site existed. :-)
 
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There are plenty rules light RPG systems out there.

You should look for one, that also has some adventures available, which you could use for starting out. It is always handy to have something to follow rather than having to make up everything yourself. Once you get the hang of it, the rest will follow naturally.

Technically, there is no problem for the GM to also control a player character, but it is advised to leave that for more experienced GMs. There are quite a few pitfalls there, which should be avoided.

You can always add some NPCs (Non-Player Characters) to help the PC, if there is a need.

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keljnr wrote:
2) Not too bothered about theme ...


One more thing. It might be helpful to pick a theme that everyone likes and as such is easy to get involved into.

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Thanks Thanee,
Having one to follow will be ideal... as you say. Will have a look round and see what I can find :-)
 
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Dungeons & Dragons was the entryway to RPG games for a lot of people, and for good reason - it's solid, dependable, simple, and fun.
The latest edition (5th) is, in my opinion, the best version since 1989's Advanced D&D 2nd Edition.

A basic player "starter" manual, and dungeon master manual can be downloaded as free PDFs from the Wizards website (linked below), and if you like the feel of the game, you can purchase the actual manuals needed to continue and delve deeper:

Player Handbook
Dungeon Master's Manual
Monsters Compendium

As for playing one of the characters as the GM: I would recommend against it. Either: play some basic NPC characters alongside the solo adventurer (basic stats, little input except combat), and/or allow the solo adventurer to play multiple characters. The only problem with the latter is "meta-gaming", i.e. one character knows something because the other character does, only because the same person plays both of them. It's hard to separate them in to two separate entities.

D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules download: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules
 
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I can't resist plugging Savage Worlds - its my favourite system for playing RPG's. The main book a small paperback worth about $10. You can even download a test drive game that gives you the basic rules and a modern day horror adventure to give it all a try:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/93158/Savage-Worlds-Test-Drive

Good luck, and whatever you find, have fun!

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K Smith
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Again, thank you all for advice and recommendations! :-)
Top Notch!
 
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Another site to help you get started:

http://learntabletoprpgs.com/

one of the best I've ever seen.
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If you register on www.drivethrurpg.com, you can download some full, popular ready-to-play RPGs for free. I'm mostly talking about "the d6 system", which can be found here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/29204/D6-Core-Set-BUNDLE...

The d6 bundle contains three books, all of which are books that were once in stores but have been released as free PDF files. They are d6 Adventures, d6 Space, and d6 Fantasy. These are updates to the original d6 system, which is pretty old and was the first system to ever have the Star Wars license.

I haven't played it, but it looks like a decent system to start with. If you are new to RPGs and are looking to play with a group of friends you already have, I would recommend starting there and then moving on to buying a popular RPG once you are ready to play other groups or in game stores.

 
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If you're looking for recommendations in terms of proper pen-and-paper RPGs, while any RPG can technically support and provide great fun for as few as two people (1 GM and 1 player), I find that some games, settings and their associated play-styles can end up less friendly to a low player count. This is often a result of the game design itself (D&D, particularly in its later editions, really call for a full, diverse party to work best).

A couple of personal suggestions for FREE RPGs to try out with your friends to see if anything sticks are below. Especially with a fewer number of players, I tend to stick to RPGs that are very light in the rules department. This is to encourage more social engagement, collaborative story-telling and character development as the focus of the game, rather than a focus on mechanics. With fewer players, you have more room for individual, creative input, which can really turn an RPG session away from just rolling dice and into something very memorable. Not that there's anything wrong with rolling dice...

Suggestions:


Swords & Wizardry: Whitebox
Download: http://www.swordsandwizardry.com/WhiteBox3p.pdf

- A very simple, streamlined re-working of the original D&D game published by Gygax and Arneson. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that saddle later editions of D&D...and that's the point honestly. More focus on character and adventure and less focus on rules and dice.


Barbarians of Lemuria
Download: http://www.1km1kt.net/rpg/Bolv2.pdf

- Another rather simple game system that is also brilliantly flexible. One of my go-to RPGs for both new and experienced role players.


Mini Six Bare Bones Edition
Download: http://www.antipaladin.com/Mini_Six.pdf

- This is a solid, universal game system using only standard six-sided dice that could be used for any genre/setting really. It comes with several setting suggestions if you desire the inspiration or just want to jump in and play.
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