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A roleplaying game (RPG) is a structured method of playing "Let's Pretend", in which players create characters to serve as protagonists in a fictional world created by a game master. Although characters and plots are driven largely by the imagination of the participants, game rules are used to resolve the results of dramatic conflicts, providing the games with a necessary element of suspense. Roleplaying began with the creation of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons in Wisconsin in 1972, but now includes hundreds of commercial systems and homemade RPGs in many languages and genres. This category primarily covers what are often called tabletop roleplaying games (because they are typically played sitting around a table, with books and dice) but also includes its pen-and-paper descendants, live action roleplaying (where players dress up and physically act out their characters' actions) and gamebook roleplaying (system-based interactive fiction).
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Uncle Bear Online - Articles, reviews and rants on science fiction, games, movies. The Toybox: arguably the largest collection of free roleplaying games on the web. Genre Fonts: A collection of TrueType fonts inspired by TV shows, movies, novels and roleplaying games. Links, gift shop.
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Land of Shadows - Short Introduction to Roleplaying.
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Strolen's Citadel - The Idea Guild - Searchable fantasy resource for game masters and players for original plots and items.
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Pen & Paper - News and reviews for current and upcoming roleplaying games. Also features a RPG Database, release dates, message board, fonts, and gaming databases for D&D, Star Wars d20, Exalted, and World of Darkness.
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Dr. Game's Gaming Site - How-to-articles, presentations, scenarios, and a game in development.
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RPGnet - News, reviews, links, game list, images, columns, and survey.
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Uncle Figgy's Realm - A writer's advice on roleplaying. Home of the popular "Uncle Figgy's Guides": "Guide to Good GameMastering" - How to manipulate friends and influence people; "Guide to Good RolePlaying" - How to make your minor deity earn his pay.
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The Complete List of RPG Plots - Every RPG plot ever in the history of the whole world (or at least 34 of them): an arbitrary exercise (and GM's aid) by S. John Ross.
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The Handbook to Roleplaying - Advice for novice roleplayers.
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Extrico - The rec.games.frp.moderated information page. General and administrative FAQs for the moderated newsgroup for discussion of human-moderated "tabletop" or "pen and paper" role-playing games.
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Tesarta Online Gamer's Resource Library - A constantly growing collection of articles and documents created by the staff of Tesarta as well as links to other parts of the Web and books at Amazon.com, all covering a wide range of topics of interest to roleplayers.
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Gaming Outpost - Daily gaming news, reviews and articles. Hobby gaming search engine and online forums. Special promotions and contests.
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RPG Host - Large resource site, includes roleplaying archives, site and product reviews, newsletter, contests, forums, postcard and dice servers, extendable interactive stories, player listings, several online and PBeM games and worlds, Fellowship free site hosting.
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Gamer Jargon Web Site - A dictionary of slang, jargon, and in-jokes as used in the RPG subculture.
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OpenRoleplaying.org - Open Gaming community featuring discussions, interactive stories, tools, articles, and news.
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uk.games.roleplay Frequently Asked Questions - Hypertext version of the uk.games.roleplay newsgroup FAQ.
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RPG United - Searchable product database with reviews for various systems. Also allows search by Author or Producer.
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Killing Monsters And Nicking Treasure - Product reviews, articles, links, and a list of UK Shops.
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Roleplaying Resources - A collection of articles about GMing, with practical tips and advice, and a collection of roleplaying related links.
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Flatearth Games - Features forums, online tools, downloadable fonts, and a user created world called Caeldera.
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RPG Gazette - The latest industry news for the roleplaying community.
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The Forge - Dedicated to the promotion, creation, and review of independent creator-owned roleplaying systems. Also features discussion forums, articles about game design, and design resources.
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RPG News - Roleplaying News. Also features Interviews, fan sites and company spotlights.
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RPG Resource - Dedicated to supporting and enhancing roleplaying campaigns by providing company and product lists with reviews, links, and general resources.
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RPG Portal from Japan - Information about tabeltop roleplaying in Japan.
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RPG's and the problem of D3 - A short introduction to roleplaying and a survey of the D3 problem.
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Alan De Smet - Role-Playing Games - A selection of practical tips for game masters and players of any system, information about some Gaming Conventions, and resources for Amber, Dungeons & Dragons, and Shadowrun.
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The Collectors Checklist - Checklists of Alternity, D20, Dungeons & Dragons, Indiana Jones, Marvel, Paranoia, RuneQuest, and Star Frontiers roleplaying products. [PDF Reader Required]
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RPGMP3.com - Audio resources for roleplaying sessions, as well as audio reviews and downloads.
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Burning Void - Features articles, essays, reviews, and an email zine.
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GameWyrd - News and reviews with forums and chatrooms.
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Science Fiction Role-Playing Games Club - Offering internet services to science fiction and fantasy gamers.
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GreeneThorne's Realm - Detailing the various RPGs that the author plays. Also contains custom gaming software for download.
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Palladium Books Reference - Listing of the products Palladium has published, with cover scans, ISBN numbers, cover prices, and print status.
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Roleplay.org - Introduction, articles and a continuing discussion on the genres of roleplaying.
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Baldwin And Sheratan's Website - General site providing visitors with advices for players, game masters and those who want to create their own RPG.
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Tastes Like Phoenix - Articles, contests, a gallery, and game supplements.
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Complete RPG - Genre sorted list of games featuring links, character sheets and reference material.
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World Builders Guild - Creators and manufacturers of d20 game and miniature accessories for various role-playing gaming worlds.
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A Guide to Roleplaying Games - Contains information and tips for both players and game masters on a range of topics.
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Random Dialogue: Gamemastering - Includes tips for Game Masters, a thesis on running Shadowrun games, and detailed campaign journals.
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Roleplay-Online.com - Offers chat, forums, and message games. Users can upload character art, and download roleplay files.
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RPG World - Community resource site for players.
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The Ogmios Project - Information and resources for game masters and players.
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RPG Tips - Tips, forums, and general information.
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RPG Addiction - Reviews of many roleplaying games.
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How do u D3? - An online survey on how gamers determine the result of a D3.
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Anthology - An introduction to systemless (freeform) tabletop roleplaying, and an overview of available resources.
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The RPG Consortium - RPG online community with discussion forums for different games and gaming styles. Includes archives of publications and reference materials.
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Ariel Archives Online - Dedicated to the preservation of all aspects of the Australian Roleplaying community. A collection of Convention Modules, Freeforms and other roleplaying related items, some downloadable in PDF zipped form, many only available through emailed request.
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