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BEST OF THE BEST RPG'S - Recommendations for Players NEW to Roleplaying Games
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Many have come to RPGGeek recently in search of a good RPG to introduce their friends to the hobby, or a good RPG to introduce themselves to the hobby. I'm not the best judge of these sorts of things, and that said, I'm going to leave it to the others to populate this list, but from this day forward, refer your friends here. And if you don't see what you want on this list, add it.

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1. RPG: Mermaid Adventures [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:515]
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Let's start this list off strong.

Mermaid Adventures is an ENnie Award-nominated game for Best Family Game. It was designed specifically to get kids interested in RPGs, which makes it a great beginner game for both young and old (it's super easy to learn and very narrative).

The game also has a sourcebook called Thimble, which changes the theme from merfolk to tiny people.

Mermaid Adventures uses Third Eye Games' custom "Pip System," which is a success-based dice pool system that uses only d6s. Ideally, players would have a pool of up to 10 white and 10 black d6s, but any color combination can be used as long as you can tell them apart.

You roll white d6s based on your character's skill level and black d6s to represent the difficulty level. If your number of successes (a roll of 4, 5, or 6) on the white dice outnumber your successes on the black dice, your check succeeds.

The game requires one Narrator (GM) and is suitable for 1 or more players.

Even if you don't like mermaids specifically, there are 8 different races of merfolk, including lobsterfolk, jellyfolk, sharkfolk, and others. It's a good variety that will suit both boys and girls.

I recommend this as a good beginner game for both young and old players, though it's best suited to grown-ups with children. It's pretty unlikely that a group of adults will get together to play this game, but it's perfetly suitable for new adult and new children players.
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2. RPG: Lady Blackbird [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:37]
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How much reading and learning is there?

The introduction to Lady Blackbird is written on one side of an A4 piece of paper, and that includes some large images and the title. The premise to this game is that simple.

Learning how to GM and play this game is a walk in the park and will take you a maximum of ten minutes to read through and learn.

The interesting thing with lady Blackbird is that the story is told and advanced by the players as much (if not more so) as the GM. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on what everyone is used to. Those people who have only ever played D&D or the like might find the storytelling control frightening.

The Good:

Pre-generated character sheets. Jump in and start playing.
Free-form story-telling (breath of fresh air)
A quick play to finish the initial scenario (2x3-4hr sessions approx)
Simple rules, dice mechanics and overall mechanics.
A very simple universe to play in - players/GM add details.
Single-word character traits (ie: Shapeshift) means players interpret things how *they* want.
Possibility for future story-telling.
Less stress on the GM to think up story/no stat blocks to worry about.


The Bad:
sauronFree-form story-telling (not to everyone's tastes).

(Yes, that's really the only bad thing I can think of, and even that is only a bad thing for *some* people!)

All in all, unless you *HATE* free-form story telling, this is a brilliant Indy game to play.
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Some other resources that might be of help when looking for recommendations:

RPG Gift Guide 2010 and Best Games of 2010
RPG Gift Guide 2011 and Best Games of 2011
RPG Gift Guide 2012

GLARP - Geek Lifetime Achievement in Role-Playing (something like an award or hall of fame)

Browse the awards entered into the trio of Geek sites (so board games and video games awards are included in that list), or look at the list of specific rpg honors.

You might also look at what has been tagged with "recommendation".
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