How to Create a Role Playing Game on Paper

Ever thought the words:"I'm bored!"? What if in school, you've thought: "It's raining outside and I've got nothing to do!"? Do you just want to play a game to end your boredom? You should play an RPG on paper! Is there something in your favorite RPG that you wish were there or not? Well, with this article we can make that happen!

Steps

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    First, get a A3 size paper to use.
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    Draw a battle arena, and your character in it.
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    Give him/her a Rusty Sword and Wooden Shield to start off.
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    Draw an enemy.
    • Examples:
      • Fire Hell Bat
      • Gorilla-phant
      • T-Rex
      • Cyborg
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    Make him fight: Let's say the Rusty Sword does 3-7 Dmg and your enemy does about 2-4 Dmg. Your character starts off with 100 HP, and your enemy has about 75 HP.
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    When you win, you raise your EXP bar, and when it gets full, you level up.
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    When you level up, you unlock a MP bar and a spell (E.G Fireball).
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    You unlock more spells and special attacks when you level up.
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    You could also add a town with a Weapon, Magic/Potion, Armour Shop, and a Hospital where you heal yourself.
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    Also, you can set goals for yourself like saving a damsel in distress, saving a village or castle, etc.
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    Every level you also gain 10 HP & MP.

Tips

  • Every level you gain something:
    • Level 2: Fireball (3-8 Dmg) & MP bar
    • Level 3: Lighting (4-9 Dmg)
    • Level 4: Hailstorm (5-10 Dmg)
    • Level 5: Explosion (10-15 Dmg) & add another character on your team
    • Level 10: Raining Blades (12-17 Dmg)
    • Level 100: Meteor Blast (293-565 Dmg)
  • Add more spells/specials if you want to.
  • Also instead of using the attack points system, you can use dice.
    • 1 & 6 are misses, 2, 3 & 4 are hits, and 5 is a critical hit.
  • You could have a steed like a donkey, a dragon, or a dinosaur... whatever you like!
  • Enemies can be anything from creepy cosmic beings, evil aliens, deadly dinosaurs, terrifying trolls... whatever you want!
  • For different genres have different starting weapons:
    • Sci-fi : Laser sword & Plasma Shield
    • Western: Six-shooter & Lead Plate Armor
    • Superhero: Super Strength & Super Durability
  • If you want to, you can add traps to your RPG.
  • For ideas on content, check out some of these references:
    • BattleOn.com
    • Runescape.com
    • World of WarCraft series & online game
    • Mass Effect series
    • StarCraft series
    • Tip.It - A Runescape related site. It serves as a guide for the players. Also has a breakdown on the monsters, items, and quests.
    • Powerlisting.wikia.com - helps with finding certain super powers and hopefully gives inspiration.
    • Comics, mangas, anime, and more!
  • You could make it that when an enemy dies you are able to loot his corpse/remains for whatever items he was carrying.

Warnings

  • Avoid criticism and have fun, it's not what other people think about you that makes you who you are, it is what you think of you.
  • This more a hack & slash, dungeon crawl type rpg rather than a real RPG, but it's fun!
  • People will quite possibly think you are nuts, weird or a nerd.

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Categories: Paper Games | Role Playing Games