View Full Version : HEEEEElp! Need a system for a game!

09-28-2013, 09:49 PM
So I really enjoy D&D, alot. Being on as minimal budget, i need help with finding system that requires just character sheets (at least) if i need dice, no problems. I need something to ruin with people who have never done table top games before, so i need something that's easy to run, and won't hurt their attention span (high schoolers). Plus they are a very....enthusiastic group (think actors), so something that encourages role playing, but isn't super slow. Thank you for any assisstance!

09-29-2013, 05:05 AM
I need something to ruin with people who have never done table top games before

I'll presume that's a typo. =)

There are tons of free games, including retro clones of D&D, from 3e style, all the way back to 1st and even 0 edition. There's Wushu, for descriptive stuff, but its very light and not at all like you'd be used to. There's FUDGE, RISUS, OpenD6, Savage Worlds has a set of free Test Drive rules, as do a lot of systems, like Call of Cthulhu, etc. And I always recommend people check out 1km1kt.com for free RPGs, not to mention sites specifically cataloging free games like John Kim's free rpg site, etc.

09-29-2013, 05:31 AM
Hello akdaniel96! I am a fan of Drivethrurpg http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/ for it's many free/low cost items.

If you are into D&D on a budget, I suggest going to Paizo http://paizo.com/dungeon/products/issues and buying a Dungeon Magazine. If you can get access to a D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook and a copy of Dugeon magazine, you can get going for a fairly low price (maths below). Each episode has at least two adventures and everything you need to play them (except for the Player info, thus needing the PHB).

Happy bargain hunting!


(http://www.amazon.com/Players-Handbook-Version-Dungeon-Dragons/dp/0786941928/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380450449&sr=8-3&keywords=player%27s+handbook+3.5 Player's Handbook roughly $25 plus Dungeon magazine roughly $12 equals $37, or $9.25 apiece for four people to play)

09-29-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks guys! Hopefully i can get this running.

09-30-2013, 04:04 AM
What kind of game are you going to run, and what materials do you already have? Dunno if you already know about this, but for D&D 3.5 they have the SRD http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=d20/article/srd35 which is alot of info. There is also the D&D wiki http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page.

I'm always into hearing about other campaigns, let us know what you come up with!


09-30-2013, 09:55 AM
personally, i'm fond of the GURPS LITE pdf over on warehouse 23 (lots of other free goodies there too!) it's free, it's fast, and it's only 32 pages long. it is the core rules of GURPS without all the extra options. very easy to teach, very easy to run, very easy to play.

***please note that i am an active MIB for SJG, this comment constitutes "official endorsement" (hence the pretty color) as opposed to my personal opinion (which, for the record, is also in favor of GURPS LITE. ^^ )