[Poll] Vote For The Top 10 Horror RPGs!

Just for Halloween fun, I've gone to the Wikipedia list of horror roleplaying games and made a poll to see what the top 10 most popular are. If your choice isn't on this list, post in the thread and I'll add it. You may select multiple games. I've tried to include RPGs, but not settings for RPGs (though that would also be a fun poll). Votes are hidden -- I'll reveal them in dramatic fashion later! Voting closes Sunday midnight. I'll reveal the results first on next week's podcast, and then post them here.

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machineelf

Explorer
Since I don't know many of these, you guys mind telling me why you think the one you vote for is so good? It might make me interested in checking one or two out.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Dread, Hands-Down

Since I don't know many of these, you guys mind telling me why you think the one you vote for is so good? It might make me interested in checking one or two out.
I think Dread is the best because of its core mechanic: the Tower. You don't roll dice to determine the outcome of a particular challenge or action--instead, you pull one or more blocks out of a Jenga stack. As the story progresses the tower gets taller and less stable, and eventually it will collapse. And when it does, someone's character usually dies. The tower gets rebuilt, the story continues, until the bitter end. Like any good horror story, the tension literally builds over time.

The character creation is also pretty awesome, which uses a special questionnaire prepared by the GM. These are usually 10 or more leading questions that help the player get into the role for the evening and decide what he or she is good at. It also let's the GM give hits about the evening's story.

It's kind of awesome. I recommend it to anyone who wants to run a Halloween horror game.

Tabletop did a two-part episode on it with Wil Wheaton, Laura Bailey, Molly Lewis, and Ivan Van Norman. Check it out:
Dread Part 1
Dread Part 2

And it's cheap, too. Unfortunately the game book is out of print, so the printed books are hard to find and expensive when you find them. But a watermarked PDF is available at Drive Thru RPG for just $12. That PDF and a $10 Jenga set from any toy store are all you need to play, for any number of people and any genre of action/horror.
 
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Though Call of Cthulhu is the big hitter, I think I prefer Chill. With Chill, you can draw from any sort of horror. You never know what you’re going to encounter –vampires, eldritch abominations, zombies, cannibals, etc.
 

gyor

Legend
I went with World of Darkness games, but really Chronicles of Darkness should have been a separate choice as it is no longer called new world of darkness and gas evolved into a very independent setting and in my opinion is the best by far horror setting out there.

I mean Changeling: The Lost, Geist: the Sineaters, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Vampire: Reqiuem, Mage: the Awakening, Promeathan: The Created, Mummy: The Cursed, Hunter: The Vigil, Beast: The Primordial, Demon: The Unchained, The Godmachine Chronicles, and the upcoming Deviant.
 

Eltab

Adventurer
The only one I've played is Ghostbusters. That was back before the sequel came out (ignore the remake). The point was to go back and forth between scary and funny.
 

murquhart72

Explorer
Not sure if it counts as a game or a setting (both?), but Wonderland for JAGS is one of my favorites. Just reading through the book with too open a mind can put a strain on one's sanity o_O
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Not sure if it counts as a game or a setting (both?), but Wonderland for JAGS is one of my favorites. Just reading through the book with too open a mind can put a strain on one's sanity o_O
Google tells me that "Wonderland is a tabletop setting for the free generic RPG JAGS."
 

Kettlebriar

Explorer
Write in: RAVENLOFT the Gothic Horror Campaign Setting. Best Horror setting that we played for many years. From RPG Tabletop, to Video Games, to Boardgame.
 

TrippyHippy

Adventurer
My Top 3 Horror RPGs would be:

1) Vampire: The Masquerade
2) Call of Cthulhu
3) Kult

Just about in that order, although it's wafer thin at the top (just the rule-sets of the most current editions swings it). Note that I think Vampire: The Masquerade works fine (best, even) as a standalone entree in the World of Darkness.

Following on, I'd pick:

4) The Rest of The World of Darkness games
5) Delta Green
6) Ghostbusters
7) Unknown Armies
8) All Flesh Must Be Eaten
9) The Whispering Vault
10) In Nomine (French version is better though) or possibly My Life With Master.
 

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