So I recently discovered that there are, in fact, numerous types of roleplaying systems out there. Some are the traditional tabletop roleplaying games that people think of, others are more specialized. Regardless, however, I think there are three main types that should be looked at for anyone wanting to get into tabletop roleplay.
Big Ears Small Mouthis an anime based RPG made for players who want to have the fun of running their own game in a setting that’s fairly familiar to them, such as Ranma 1/2, Naruto, Inuyasha, any of them. The character sheets are a bit confusing at first but it falls into place quick and easy, and usually it’s a breeze once you understand what you’re doing. Anyone who’s a fan of anime will enjoy it, so long as it doesn’t devolve into a game of hentai x.x
Pathfinder is a spin-off of the popular D&D systems everyone’s familiar with. It takes the rules of D&D’s 3.5 edition and balances them, adding new quirks here and there. Most campaigns can be run with the standard core rulebook and the accompanying monster manual, and it’s a fairly balanced run. Newer players may want to find themselves someone to actually teach them some of the ropes for a few games, but the books and character sheets are fairly intuitive once you give it a read. There are numerous character sheets available online so printing new ones is quick and easy.
World of Darkness
The new World of Darkness (nWoD) takes the rules of the World of Darkness and adds more stability and ease. It’s a very dark game, great for horror movie fans who want to experience everything from serial killers to vampires to creatures that are only a few steps away from God. The point system keeps players balanced easily, even at higher levels. Strangely enough, this is one of the only systems I know of that only uses a single type of dye, a d10. Regardless, a handful of d10 lets every player have a fun time and experience stuff that’ll send chills down their spines.