Whilst Dungeons & Dragons (D&D 5e) is currently riding high in the Tabletop Role Playing Game (TTRPG) charts it has not always been that way. Here is a look at some of the other popular RPG game systems we offer at Dragons Keep Roleplay Club.
Warhammer Fantasy Role Play System (WHFRPS)
Have you ever wanted to play in the grim gritty world of Warhammer? WHFRPS has got you covered.
Games are usually focussed on players trying to uncover insidious plots to prevent the spread and influence of the Chaos Gods; Nurgle, Tzeentch, Khorne and Slanesh among the medieval folk of the Great Empire. Rather than choose broad based classes like fighter, wizard or rogue, WHFRPS players choose from medieval occupations such as rat catcher, baker or watchman.
As you level up and increase your skills you will be able to transition into different jobs along your career path. You can also sidestep into a new career path if your current job has become a bit of a dead end.
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a fantastic exploration of the grim dark fantasy world and a must have experience if you like games of intrigue and double cross.
Call of Cthulhu
Based on the works of reknown horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu is a horror genre game revolving around a series of investigators trying to uncover a mystery which leads to macabre events and reveals the existence of ancient gods who lurk at the edges of reality.
Your job is to thwart the machinations of their human agents and their inhuman servants and try to keep your sanity as you are slowly sucked into their schemes.
It is probably the most played horror system and over the years has had many genres expansions meaning you can play at anytime from the 1800s all the way up to the modern day. It's a percentile skill based system so there is lots of scope for creating very specific characters who have unique specialisms. A lot of fun as long as you are prepared to be consumed by madness along the way.
Indipendant RPGs (Indie RPGs)
These types of games tend to be run in short sessions usually one-shot or one nighters. They are compact rules light and cover hundreds of genres and settings allowing GMs to run them quickly and for players to pick up the rules really quickly.
One of our favourites at Dragons Keep is Fiasco! This is a simple system where characters are defined by the relationships between each other. Every player's character has two relationships, one with the person on their right and one with the person on their left. These relationships are chosen randomly and define why characters know each other. The players also get to drive their relationships with either a Need, a Location or an Object which are specific to each playset.
For example if you were playing a cockney gangster playset some players may be gangsters and some may be detectives. An object such as acquiring a lucky rabbits paw, or a bag of diamonds might be the driving force for some, wheras the boxing club, a pub or the need to get rich might drive others.
Fiasco also has a unique cinematic story telling system where players take it in turns to either set the scene by saying where, when and who is in the scene or they resolve the scene which other players set. It features non-linear story lines full of fashbacks and flashforwards. Non Player Characters can be added into a scene at will and if you die you can always still play your character, just a younger version in a flashback.
A lot of fun if you have a very active imagination.
A Local D&D Group for Local People
At Dragons Keep we play a wide variety of TTRPGs but if you are looking for a local D&D Group near you then worry not. We usually have at least one table running D&D 5e.
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