Games Kar Runs

Kar’s curated list of tabletop RPGs.

 

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Fantasy

Dungeons & Dragons, affectionately known as D&D, is a widely adored tabletop role-playing game that has enraptured players worldwide for decades. With D&D, players have the freedom to design their own characters and embark on incredible adventures that are limited solely by their own imagination. Gameplay is determined by the players rolling dice to determine the outcomes of various actions, whether it be engaging in a fierce battle or attempting to pick a tricky lock. As players progress, they work collaboratively to build a story, with one player assuming the role of the game master, also known as the dungeon master, who sets the stage, creates challenges, and controls the non-player characters that the players come across. Dungeons & Dragons allows players to explore their creativity and critical thinking abilities while plunging into a mystical world of fantasy, magic, monsters, and excitement.

MOTHERSHIP

Sci-Fi/Horror

Mothership is a thrilling RPG that takes players on a chilling sci-fi and horror adventure through the depths of space. Players join a spaceship crew on a mission to explore uncharted territories and face perilous encounters with unknown life forms. The game’s mechanics simulate the harsh reality of life in space and space travel. Mechanics players must contend with include radiation exposure, oxygen depletion, and system failures. Through exploration players encounter lost civilizations, battle aliens (the hostile ones, anyway!), and uncover the secrets of the universe. Mothership is immersive and blends sci-fi and horror seamlessly into a suspenseful and unforgettable adventure.

CALL OF CTHULU

Lovecraftian Horror

Call of Cthulhu is a tabletop role-playing game that explores the terrifying and eldritch world of Lovecraftian horror. In this game, players take on the roles of investigators who are tasked with uncovering dark and mysterious secrets that threaten to destroy the world as we know it. The game’s mechanics are designed to reflect the overwhelming sense of dread and horror that permeates Lovecraft’s works, as players face off against ancient and unspeakable evils from beyond space and time. As they travel to strange and dangerous places, the players will encounter madness-inducing creatures, ancient artifacts of great power, and cultists who seek to summon forth the Old Ones and bring about the end of the world. The game is a masterclass in horror, as it forces players to confront their deepest fears and test their resolve in the face of unspeakable evil.

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE

Modern Gothic Punk

Vampire: The Masquerade is a modern gothic punk tabletop RPG that is focused on vampires. Players become vampires from various clans and navigate a dangerous world full of betrayal and violence. The game mechanics mirror the vampire’s personal struggles as they grapple with their violent natures and thirst for blood. Players must also beware of vampire hunters, who actively seek vampires out to destroy them. The vampire clans have alliances and rivalries that come into play, and players will be forced to choose sides. A haunting and immersive game.

BRINDLEWOOD BAY

Modern

Brindlewood Bay is a unique twist on the murder mystery genre – one you probably didn’t see coming! Players take on the roles of elderly women, who are members of a book club called the Murder Mavens. While at their book club meets, the ladies find themselves involved in a real-life mystery that they must solve. The game mechanics encourage players to use their characters’ unique skills to piece together clues and solve the case. Dark secrets, red herrings, and a cast of quirky and suspicious characters. What’s not to love? A charming and witty game that celebrates the power of friendship, reading, and mystery.

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