Welcome to Tavern Talk Thursday! We are expanding! What started as a column dedicated to chatting with members of the TTRPG community is growing to talk about all things TTRPG. We aim to continue sharing all the things we love about the community and all the content within. So, consider this a little peek into our favorite worlds and creators as we explore everything we love.

Have you ever searched TTRPG games, hoping to find one to bring to game night, and found yourself overwhelmed? Same, which is why we have researched for you. Whether you are a longtime TTRPG player looking to spice things up or are newer to the community, we have something you are sure to enjoy. From the weird, wild west to cute animals to Lovecraftian horror, where will you start your adventure?

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5 TTRPGs to Check Out

Bunnies & Burrows

Our first TTRPG to explore was initially released by Fantasy Games Unlimited in 1976 and recently rereleased by Frog God Games, Bunnies & Borrows. Grab your friends and family and get ready to explore this tiny, adorable world while role-playing a cute little rabbit. Then watch all those adorable things get tossed on its head as you face off against predators, traps, natural hazards and the most terrifying things of all, humans. It’s a great TTRPG for younger players, focusing on role-playing and problem-solving.

Learn more about Bunnies & Burrows on Frog God Games’ official page!

A brown bunny looking out toward a wolf in the woods and a white bunny looking back from the cover of Bunnies & Burrows RPG.

Bunnies & Burrow RPG

Deadlands: The Weird West

Take a trip to the weird West with Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s Deadlands: The Weird West. It’s a healthy mix of Western-style, horror and steampunk elements set in 1876 United States. What adds incredible uniqueness to this TTRPG comes with creating your character. Unlike rolling dice or spending character points, players use playing cards that coincide with character traits. Of course, it has dice but also includes poker chips. Fans of Westerns with horror twists will find a lot to love with this TTRPG.

Learn more about Deadlands: The Weird West on Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s official page!

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Paranoia

Another TTRPG back to rule the world is Mongoose Publishing’s Paranoia. Initially published in 1984 by West End Games, this TTRPG is a dystopian sci-fi game that promises to be as trippy as fun. Trust the computer; always trust the computer. Players take on the role of Troubleshooters, responsible for saving Alpha Complex from mutants, terrorists, traitors, secret societies, and more. This is a great place to start if you are looking for a TTRPG that stands out from the typical fantasy ones.

Learn more about Paranoia on Mongoose Publishing’s official page!

An android conducting brain surgery on a gentleman as he smiles and gives a thumbs up.

Paranoia RPG

Call of Cthulhu RPG

If you thought we wouldn’t include a Lovecraftian-inspired horror story, you were wrong. Of course, we had to share Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu. Take on the role of an investigator and use your skills to solve supernatural mysteries. While combat is always possible in every adventure, players will focus on uncovering clues, solving puzzles and mysteries, and searching for the truth. But nothing is ever as it seems, and horror lies around every corner.

Learn more about Call of Cthulhu on Chaosium Inc.’s official page!

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Fiasco

Our final TTRPG throws the GM position out the window. Bully Pulpit Games’ Fiasco is a GM-less game designed to be played together in only a few hours with no preparation. It makes it perfect for those game nights when everyone wants to do something a little different. It focuses on your group working together to engineer and play out disastrous situations. And while it doesn’t feature the typical things found in TTRPGs, the primary focus on role-playing is what we genuinely love.

Learn more about Fiasco on Bully Pulpit Games’ official page!

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