The easiest & quickest RPGs?


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What are the easiest & quickest RPGs? Games that you can buy, read and understand in one day. Then play on the second day with character creation and all?

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Shadowslayer said:

Also probably out of print.
No, it is not. Toon, the Tooniversal Tour Guide, and Toon Munchkin are all available at Steve Jackson Games electronic product store. is the place to go. Toon Ace Catalog and Tooniversal Tour Guide are also available as print books from (which is the online print product store of Steve Jackson Games).


I've heard very good things about the Prince Valiant game, written by Greg Stafford (known best for Runequest). The resolution system has something to do with tossing coins.

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I've known several people who played Amber Diceless RPG without having ever opened the rule book, or read the novels by Zelazny.

I've also played several Amber games without character sheets too.

Of course, you have to trust your gamemaster.


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FATE. Currently implemented in the wonderful Spirit of the Century, but that has quite a few pages.

But FATE itself is dirt simple and fun as hell.

There's one I like to call "make believe". Not rules, RP anything you want, everything is balanced, anything goes.

The current incarnation of the D&D Basic Game is that simple, too, if you want something more structured with funny-shaped dice.


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All good suggestions. Basic Fantasy roleplay, FATE, and Savage Worlds are the ones I would most likely go for. Plus there is the one I did go for. At first mostly because it meshes/unifies all editions of D&D very well, so all the bookshelves of books I have been keeping for years and decades are all useful again. Since then I have found the SIEGE mechanic to be very flexible and very friendly to house rules.

So you may want to give Castles and Crusades a look. People who discover it often post "after reading it last night..." and being anxious to start up a game/convert over. So I am pretty sure most people would find it quick and easy to learn.

Our boards often have threads titled, "I can't believe how friendly it is around here!" So if you want to check it out and ask questions go to the forum linked to and sign up. We'll be happy to help.

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