4 RPGs I’d like to play for their setting

Up until now, the only tabletop RPG I’ve played is D&D. I was a player in a 3.5 edition one shot and I have been a DM for 4th and 5th edition games. But the last year, I’ve read about an incredible amount of other RPGs and some of them have sparked my interest. So I made a list of 4 RPGs that I would like to try. I have to note here that, as I stated on the tile, I picked these 4 RPGs for their setting and flavor, and not for their system or mechanics. And now, since that’s out of the way, enjoy.


Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay


In the dark future, humanity fights for survival and for the glory of The Emperor. I really like the lore of the Warhammer 40k universe. I’ve read lots of it, through wikis and such and I’m thinking of buying the novels too. The ones I want to try are Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader and maybe Black Crusade.



I’ve played the PC game Shadowrun Returns and I liked the atmosphere. The lore is also very good. Magic returns to the world, along with many different races. Combine that with advanced technology and you have a world full of interesting stuff to explore. My only concern is that I’ve heard from a lot of people that this game has lots of rules. Is it really that bad?


Call of Cthulhu


Ah, The Great Old One. Of course I’ve known the name Cthulhu long before I started tabletop RPGs.  And, to be honest, I wasn’t really surprised when I discovered that an RPG with that name exists. I don’t have much to say about this one. I just want to try it. It’s cool to play a righteous paladin that will smite evil and all that, but try to play a salaryman who is trying to get away from a pack of yetis.




One billion years in the future, people live in the shadow of the great civilizations that have risen and fallen before them. The land is filled with all kinds of ancient artifacts. Some can bring prosperity and some can just destroy everything. This is a post apocalyptic setting that I am really fond of and would like to use it for one of my campaigns in the future.


And I’m done. There are many more that have sparked my interest, but these are the ones that I will most probably try. Feel free to post your suggestions in the comments or send me an email with your opinion.

2 thoughts on “4 RPGs I’d like to play for their setting

  1. I often turn this on its head and play a variety of game systems all in the same setting. A good RPG should be playable in any setting the GM dreams up so why not have a post apocalyptic Waterdeep?

    I run several games via PBP using different rules but all set in the same game world and it is interesting that when players meet in real life they share stories and experiences the rules they were playing rarely come into it.

    As a GM it makes good use of your time investment as well developing and maintaining just one setting especially if you are only planning to run a one off game with the different rules.

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    • I agree with you on that. A good system should be playable in any genre. But not all of them are good. And also changing systems for a while can be refreshing for the GM and the players as well.


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