FREE RPGs GONE MISSING

         The following is a collection of notes about free RPGs which I have heard about or which were formerly on the list, but which are no longer available for some reason. There are a number of possible reasons, including:

  1. The author deliberately removed them from circulation, because of a new commercial version, legal difficulties, or simply to rewrite a new free version.
  2. The posting website disappeared through neglect.
  3. The game was announced but never actually appeared.

I have a few games personally. However, unless I have permission from the author (either through them explicitly giving redistribution rights or personal communication), I cannot post them to the web. In addition, I currently (since 2003) have limited disk space available from my web hosting provider. Some of them may be accessible from the Internet Archive.


2070 by Mark Grant
Old URL: http://www.infonex.com/~mark/2070/2070.html
Old URL: "http://www.unicorn.com/2070/2070.html"
Even Older URL: "http://www.c2.org/~mark/2070/2070.html"
Keywords: genre scifi
A realistic, `pseudo-cyberpunk' setting and game system. The rules were taken down while supposedly undergoing a revision, but then the web-pages disappeared entirely.
Abima by Dominic Wasch
Old URL "http://www.heim1.tu-clausthal.de/~dom/abima.html"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy long
A German-language generic fantasy game.
It was pulled by the author since there is no further development and he felt it was outdated. 55 pages player rules (PDF), 55 pages GM rules (PDF).
Active Core Game Engine by Clint H. Jackson
Old URL: "http://www.activecorerpg.com"
Keywords: genre scifi superhero universal long
A generic superheroic/sci-fi system, to be released under an open license. It uses a universal table of skill vs difficulty for action resolution. Character creation is limited point-based, with modifications for various archetypes representing common sci-fi characters. The rules are designed to be modular for ease of open development. 89 pages core rules (PDF).
Advanced Dudes by David Krippler
Old URL: "http://site.voila.fr/a_dude/"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A French-language parody RPG which uses only 2 traits to define characters. ~7 pages HTML.
Age of Heroes v4.0 by Brian Gleichman, Bryan Harsh, Terri Gleichman
Old URL "http://home.earthlink.net/~bgleichman/"
Keywords: genre fantasy long
A detailed fantasy-genre system. It uses percentile rolls. Character creation is class-based with mixed random-roll and point-buying. 98 pages PDF.
Removed from the Net by its author (June 2003), who asked that all copies of his work be removed from circulation. As of March 2012, the game is now a commercial hardcopy release available at "http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/age-of-heroes/18947387"
Age of Heroes LARP by George Stadalski & Monica Stadalski
Keywords: genre fantasy traditional rules-lite
A live-action fantasy-genre RPG. It has live-action resolution rules including skill and magic rules. It uses point-based character creation which also uses four classes. 30 pages rules (PDF,HTML).
Alluvia by Brian F. Wong
Old URL "http://www.rad-inet.com/~rook/alluvia/AlluviaRPG/"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A "Tarot Based Fantasy Game Engine." This uses tarot cards but in a mechanics-based way. Task resolution is based on stat plus skill plus a card played from a 5-card hand (with various modifiers for Tao, Yin, and Yang). ~18 pages HTML.
Ancient Dreams by Brian Rollins
Old URL "http://members.nbci.com/AncientDream/"
Keywords: universal long
A multi-genre RPG system. ~?? pages HTML rules. Can't access rules -- they aren't up yet.
The Atrius Project by David Dorward and Rebecca Marks
Old URL "http://www.dorwards.freeserve.co.uk/home.htm"
Currently doesn't have much material (October 2000) and doesn't seem to be updating regularly, but something may appear.
Old URL: "http://www.unclebear.com/downloads/"
New URL: "http://www.rpgnow.com/product/101395/Bad-Attitudes%3A-The-Action-Movie-Roleplaying-Game"
Bad Attitudes by Berin Kinsman
Keywords: genre modern rules-lite
A humorous RPG of action movie cliches where characters have a single attribute ("Attitude") and a few skills. Resolution is by rolling under your skill on 1d6. It includes a plus a random plot generator. Formerly a free RPG, now a cheap one. 6 pages (PDF).
CARPS: Customizable Abstract Roleplaying System by DevolutionaryCyberJunkie
Old URL: "http://w00tism27.tripod.com/carps"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A simple universal RPG framework system, including a scale, attribute list, resolution and experience mechanics. Action resolution is attribute + skill + 1d6 - 1d6 vs difficulty. Character creation is open point-based. 10 pages rules (MSWord).
Champions of the Apocalypse by Gerard Ian Prudhomme
Old URL "http://members.home.net:80/gprudhomme/"
Keywords: genre
Based on Steven King's Dark Tower trilogy, this adapts the Heroes Unlimited system to setting. ~25 pages HTML with sparse layout. (site down?)
Continuum Role-Playing Games by Ernest S. Pazera
Old URL "http://www.acronet.net/~cherokee/CONTINUUM/CONTINUUMMain.html"
Most of the chapters are empty files.
Crusader RPG by Jake Parker
Keywords: genre postapocalyptic scifi long
Old URL "http://www.umsl.edu/~s1025600/crusader/crusader.html"
A post-wierd-science-apocalypse game set 75 years in the future after a global war unleashes forces that humanity has not reckoned with. It uses a dice-pool system adding together dice for attribute and dice for skill. Character creation uses random-roll attributes (based on race) and choosing a class which determines your basic skills and additional skill points. 58 pages MSWord format.
cf. author website at http://www.geocities.com/maasenstodt/
Cybernetic Overkill by Dan R. White and Ray Combs
Old URL "http://www.geocities.com/~drwhite/cybernetic_overkill/index2.html"
Keywords: genre scifi rules-lite
A quick-paced, mecha-style anime combat game. ~7 pages HTML.
Darkness, Inc. by Diggory Steele-Perkins (digstar)
Old URL "http://www.digstar.co.uk/darknessinc.htm"
Keywords: fantasy scifi rules-lite world
A fantasy cyberpunk RPG set in an otherworldly City where characters show up with no memory of how they got there, transformed into psychics, ogres, or "breeds". It uses a simple dice-pool system. Character creation is pick 3 skills, your transformation type, and distribute 8d6 (or 10d6) among 4 attributes. 15 pages HTML rules + 6 pages background.
Author reports that the files were lost when the site went down. The author's new website (as of Nov 2003) is "http://www.whiteheadcomputerrepairs.com/digs.whiteheadcomputerrepairs.com/games.htm"
Delta System by Kobayashi Satoshi
Old URL: "jinny.cs.inf.shizuoka.ac.jp/~skoba/hobby/rpg/original/"
Old URL: "http://www12.freeweb.ne.jp/play/skoba/original/"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A Japanese-language diceless RPG using tailor-made skill trees and "attention points". ~19 pages HTML.
Dimension Lords
Former URL from xradiojoe's free RPG page "http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/2269/rpg.htm"
Broken link as of August 2000
DragonFist by Chris Pramas
Former URL "http://www.wizards.com/dnd/DF_Welcome.asp"
Keywords: genre fantasy long
A martial arts RPG set in medieval China, emulating Hong Kong "wuxia" (wild martial arts films). The system used is a variant of AD&D, but the book is a standalone complete game including background, maps, and illustrations. 125 pages core rules (PDF).
The rights to Dragonfist were sold to Green Ronin publishing, and it is no longer being offered free on the web. Since the original release did not allow for redistribution, it is no longer immediately available.
Dragonlands by Benny Andersson
Old URL "http://home.bip.net/dragonbreath/index2.html"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy
A Swedish fantasy RPG available in English. Page exists, but link for download is broken.
Dragonspires
Old URL "http://stuff2do.systs.net/dspire/"
Keywords: genre fantasy traditional online
A free online fantasy graphical chat and roleplaying game. It was closed by it's creators and now exists in altered form under the name Dark Legacy.
Dying Love RPG
Old URL http://www.angelfire.com/rpg/DL2001/Dying_Love.html
New URL http://pub29.ezboard.com/bdyinglove
Another freeform online fantasy RPG
Echoes by Lawrence J Howard (aka "Mystic Loz")
Old URL "http://www.geocities.com/Area51/7819/game.html"
Keywords: genre scifi
An RPG of interdimensional travel. ~15 pages skills and magic rules (HTML), but other links are broken.
FLEX by Dariel R. A. Quiogue
Original URL "http://dquiogue.tripod.com"
Keywords: genre fantasy scifi universal long
A generic RPG "engine", meant mainly for use in cinematic, high-action type games. It uses a skill-based system, Attribute+Skill+d20 roll (open-ended) vs difficulty. Character creation is by template plus point-buying. ~60 pages rules (HTML).
Taken down by the creator to be replaced by the "CineFLEX" system.
The Fourth Conjunction(T4C)
Old URL "http://members.tripod.com/~Mirloc/"
"..an attempting to create the ultimate RPG by asking the general gaming community to assist." Site down August 2000
Freedom of the Stars by Mike Turner
Old URL "http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/fots/welcomef.html"
Keywords: genre scifi
A sci-fi RPG. ?? pages MS Word.
Full Count by Adam Jury
Old URL "http://tss.dumpshock.com/fudge.html"
Taken down by the author (cf. "jillted.org") to focus more on Shadowrun.
"Role-Playing in the Monday Night world of Professional Wrestling!" A set of modifications for the FUDGE free RPG system to simulate professional wrestling. Currently (April 2001) it is self-described as a "hodge podge of notes" but could develop into more. ~5 pages HTML.
Furtasia: Furry Roleplaying Game System
Old URL "http://www.furtasia.cjb.net/"
An RPG still in development as of July 2002, with no rules yet available for download.
Gaia by Michael Dunlap
Old URL "http://wu.its.yale.edu/~mrd25/gaia/gaia.html"
Older URL "http://www.connix.com/~dunlap/gaia/gaia.html"
A fantasy system set on another planet, colonized by a mass exodus as Earth was destroyed by pollution. The people have organized into city-states, and use Gaian-type elemental magic. It uses a class-based system. ~35 pages HTML.
Taken down by creator, with the possiblity of a new edition in the future. Site down as of 9/8/00.
Genesys by Robin Pfeifer
Old URL "http://homestead.dejanews.com/user.robin_pfeifer/home.html"
Keywords: universal rules-lite A rules-lite percentile system: roll under attribute or skill on d100. Character creation is a simple point-driven and/or freeform system. 30 pages HTML. 6/17/02 - Robin Pfeifer says that there is a new website at http://www.one-world.de/nyboria/ , but Genesys is being overhauled right now and is not on the site yet.
Gestalt by James Graham
Old URL "http://website.lineone.net/~james.graham/"
A universal system.
Site has up but no downloads are available (and last updated 1999)
Gnosys Fantasy RPG by David Hintz
Old URL "http://home1.gte.net/elvish/GnosysRule.htm"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy rules-lite
A class and level based system, but using tiered trees of percentile skills. ~15 pages HTML. Incomplete as of 12/98.
Hack N' Zap by Mark Grant
Old URL "http://www.unicorn.com/hnz/hnz.html"
Keywords: genre scifi
A humorous fantasy game set thousands of years after the collapse of a technologically-advanced society. The rules are currently offline while undergoing a revision.
Hallucinogenia by Sami Kiveli
Old URL "http://www.kyamk.fi/~lha7saki/rpg/steampunk/hallucinogenia/"
"An alternate 9th Century Roleplaying Game". Currently on hold.
Hands of Fate by James Hargrove
Old URL "http://www.angelfire.com/goth/oblongbox/hofbasic.html"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A universal minimalist RPG using playing cards for resolution. Each player gets a hand of five cards and must play a card lower than his attribute. The hand is restocked when the last card is played. ~7 pages rules (HTML).
Heroic Do-Gooders & Dastardly Deed-Doers by Mathew Van Dinter
Old URL "http://www.pacificocean.com/do-gooders"
Keywords: genre rules-lite
This was the free trial version of the non-comic-book superpowers RPG. The published RPG is now out-of-print, and remaining copies are being sold from the creator's website at http://www.monsterama.com/ The free version is no longer available (but might be put back online if the print run sells out). ?? pages
Hideouts & Hoodlums by Scott Casper
Old URL "http://sites.google.com/site/hideoutsandhoodlums/"
Keywords: genre modern superhero open-license
A golden age superhero game that adapts the rules of Swords & Wizardry, a clone of the original Dungeons & Dragons rules. It uses d20 mechanics for the golden age of comics, circa 1939. It comes in two books: "Men and Supermen", and "Mobsters and Trophies". Now for sale at RPGNow. 139 pages rules and background (PDF and Word).
ImPound by Clinton R. Nixon
Old URL "http://www.acid-reflex.com/games/impound/"
Keywords: scifi rules-lite
A near-future RPG setting where the PC's are intelligent dogs. It uses the Too Much Coffee RPG system, by the same author. ~15 pages HTML.
Both of these have been taken off the web in favor of other games, which are commercial downloads at Anvilwerks.
Invulnerable by Joshua Kubli, Imperfekt Gammes
Old URL "http://www.scribd.com/Imperfekt_Gammes"
Old URL "http://www.imperfekt-industrees.com/"
Keywords: genre modern superhero long
A superhero RPG influenced by Champions and Mutants & Masterminds. Resolution is by additive dice pool, rolling a combination of d6s and "hyper-dice" (d6s times ten) equal to attribute + skill, comparing the total against a difficulty factor (ranging from 5 to 600+). Character creation is limited point-buy. You choose a set of packages - one each for age, origin, profession, region, and team - and spend separate pools of Build Points on attributes, powers, skills, and advantages - with optional disadvantages and weaknesses giving Build Points to spend on any category. 342 pages, online browsing or PDF.
Knights of Torque and Recoil
Old URL "http://www.unclebear.com/ktr/index.html"
Keywords: genre modern fantasy preview
A systemless background for "Heroic Roleplaying in the Modern Bronze Age". Quickstart playtest rules. It uses point-bought character creation, including a faster template-based method. Resolution is card-based, using a deck of playing cards with the face cards removed. The player draws a number of cards equal to stat, and each card higher than the difficulty (1-10) is a success. ~25 pages HTML.
Taken down by the author in 2002.
Lands of Legends by Bernhard Reischl, Florian Gach, & Chris Gatterbauer
Old URL "http://www.gatterbauer.net/rpgd/landlreview.htm"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy long world
A traditional fantasy RPG set on its own world. It uses a percentile system. Character creation is random-roll attributes and class-based, with point-bought skills in addition to a class-based starting package. ~31 pages MSWord or HTML.
On June 11, 2003 this was taken down by creator Christopher Gatterbauer. He reports "I'll put it back up & inform you of its location Once my domain move & site reorganisation went through. Also we have to revamp a lot on the RPG itself and I got no clue how long that will take (between work & university)."
Legend Weaver: The Making of Heros by David Pemberton
Old URL "http://legendweaver.com/Gaming.html"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy long
A skill-based fantasy system (roll 1d20 under skill). It uses multiple die types for initiative and damage. Character creation is class-based (choosing 1 of 4 focuses: Weapon, Magic, Skill, Jack-of-all-Trades), with point-bought skills as well as ads/disads. 165 pages self-extracting PDF, or incomplete 50 pages HTML.
Lights, Camera, Action! by Mikko Kauppinen
Old URL "http://members.iquest.net/~ericg/games/LCA.html"
Old URL "http://www.uta.fi/~trmika/index.html"
Current Author URL: http://www.kotiposti.net/trmika/
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A system intended to simulate the fast-and-loose reality of Holywood movies. ~4 pages HTML.
Lint! by Thomas M Farrell
Old URL "http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/t/tfarrell/writings/rpg/"
Keywords: genre fantasy rules-lite
A fantasy system with races of human, pooka, and tree people. (?) The rules are somewhat incomplete. ~12 pages HTML.
Luck! by Kobayashi Satoshi
Old URL: "http://jinny.cs.inf.shizuoka.ac.jp/~skoba/hobby/rpg/original/indexE.html"
Author's homepage (in Japanese) "http://www12.freeweb.ne.jp/play/skoba/"
An experimental RPG where characters have only two stats: Luck and Unluck. ~5 pages HTML.
Lungfish Alpha
Old URL: "http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lungfishalpha"
Keywords: genre scifi long world
A science fiction setting for any rules system. It is set 17,000 years in the future -- where bio-engineered creatures ("maniti") have colonized the galaxy. 159 pages background (HTML, text-only, or MSWord).
Closed down by request of the author.
La Lutte des Gemmes by "misterbroo"
Original URL: "http://misterbroo.free.fr"
Keywords: genre fantasy long open-license
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG released under the GPL open license. This is the full release of the previously commercially-published RPG. ~200 pages (HTML).
On June 4, 2003 the author announced that he was working on a new paper version, and would place the new version on the net in "a few months".
Millenium by "Bamboozle, Inc."
Old URL "http://www.demon.co.uk/millenia"
This is a fantasy RPG in an ``electronic book'' format, whose playtest version is available for free. It supposedly includes magic, psionics, and a package of starter scenarios (I haven't been able to translate the format).
Mirama Tyalie by B. Lee Adamson, Jr
Old URL "http://mirimatyalie.org/"
Keywords: universal rules-lite open-license
A universal RPG using a dice pool system, released under the Free Documentation License. Action resolution is to roll d10's equal to skill, where each roll less than attribute counts as one success. The GM rolls d10's equal to difficulty, where each roll of 5 or less cancels one success. Character creation is limited point-based. The core rules include guidelines for semi-freeform magic/psionics. 24 pages core rules (PDF)
The Nearside Project by Stephen J Herron
Older URL "http://www.nearside.f2s.com/" Old URL "http://www.hammerdog.com/Nearside%20Showcase.htm"
Keywords: genre scifi
An alternate-realities-based RPG, formerly available as shareware over the web. As of April 2005, the author is working on a commercial print version of the game which will be coming out from Hammerdog Games (cf. http://www.hammerdog.com/ ).
NOT Fantasy Realms by J.D. Wikert
Old URL "http://www.concentric.net/~jdwikert/fantasy/"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy long rules-lite
A world-specific fantasy system (though world description is not yet available). This has random-roll stats but point-bought skills and ads/disads. Resolution is a simple D10 vs skill number, with a more complex combat system. ~38 pages HTML.
Ombres de la Lune by David Teller and Boris Bret
Old URL "http://www.mygale.org/02/ombre"
Keywords: genre fantasy
A French RPG, translated: `Shadows of the Moon'. A bizarre fantasy game with cyberpunk-like elements, set in 94 A.D.
Origins by Kagato
Old URL "http://www.ameritech.net/users/kagato/projects.html"
Keywords: genre scifi rules-lite
An RPG based on Frank Herbert's Dune. The link for the full RPG is broken, although there is a working download for the "QuickPlay Guide" in WordPerfect 7.0 format.
Principa Chaotica
Simple, skill based system.
Pulp Era by James Carpio, Jon Richardson, and Jared A. Sorensen
Old URL "http://www.memento-mori.com/pulp/"
Keywords: genre rules-lite
A pulp-action RPG, using a cinematic system. It uses a percentile system, roll under (Style)x(Attribute). It uses limited point-bought character creation, with a list of pulp-appropriate "gimmicks". There is a new version supposedly upcoming from Chapter 13 Productions. ("http://ravenspoe.tripod.com/"); and the original free version was taken offline at the request of the author. ~20 pages rules (HTML).
The Redwall RPG by Sir Clay
Old URL "http://sr4.xoom.com/sirclay/RedwallRPG/"
Keywords: genre fantasy rules-lite long world
An RPG adaptation of the Redwall fantasy novels by Brian Jacques. PC's are anthropomorphic animals but there is no PC magic. It uses a standard skill-based system: roll under skill on 3d6. Character creation is limited point-bought. ~35 pages HTML.
Reservoir Catz by Steve Barker
Old URL: "http://uk.geocities.com/barker_steve/free.html"
Keywords: genre modern rules-lite
A mini-RPG about ultra-violent, black-humored crime films. Each PC has a secret truth that other players may try to guess at as the scenario unfolds. The system uses four attributes, and actions are resolved by rolling under attribute on 1d6 or 1d10 (depending on difficulty). Character creation is by distributing 12 points among the attributes.
4 pages (PDF).
Taken down at request of the author. He reports that "A lot of feedback has pointed out major flaws which I am simply not able to deal with right now. Hopefully they will one day be back in a better, workable, version."
Resident Evil by Steve Barker
Old URL: "http://uk.geocities.com/barker_steve/free.html"
Keywords: genre horror scifi rules-lite
A survival horror RPG adapted from the video game line. Action resolution is by rolling under attribute on 1d6 + modifiers, though players can spend luck points. Character creation is by dividing points among the four attributes, and 4 points to spend on binary skills (which cost from 1 to 3 points each). There is also a build-your-own-monster kit supplement ("The Umbrella Lab").
18 pages rules (PDF) plus 12 pages supplement (PDF).
Taken down at request of the author. He reports that "A lot of feedback has pointed out major flaws which I am simply not able to deal with right now. Hopefully they will one day be back in a better, workable, version."
Robotech RPG by Matt ?
Old URL "http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Dojo/8326/robotech/robotech-index.html"
Keywords: genre scifi
Incomplete rules.
Sage from Lance & Crown Games
Old URL "http://www.emer-uk.co.uk/clients/lance/rpg/sage/sage.html"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A simple universal system. It uses 2d6 read as a percentage, with one die being "tens" and another being "ones". Action resolution is by adding skill to the "tens" die, and attribute to the "ones" die, which must exceed the difficulty. Character creation is limited point-based, using career paths. ~10 pages (HTML).
Scimitar
"Magic is a Science, and the Industrial Revolution is just beginning!" A play-by-mail fantasy roleplaying game from L&C Games of Scotland. The rules are produced only on CD-ROM, it is published in Adobe's PDF.
Lance and Crown Games
Standalane House Kincardine on Forth By Alloa Clacks
Scotland, UK FK10 4NX
Shadow Bindings RPG by Joseph Teller and Kiralee McCauley
Older URL "http://www.fantasyrealms.simplenet.com/bind.htm"
Old URL "http://www.fantasylibrary.com/lounge/bindings/bind.htm"
Keywords: universal long
A percentile skill-based system. In addition to standard attributes, there are 12 personality `aspects' such as creativity and passion used in skill allocation. The combat system is fairly standard using skill checks and a hit location system, but also features some special maneuvers and a method to scale the lethality of fights. ~59 pages HTML.
Shadowmasters by Jeff "The Fuggimator"
Old URL "http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Lagoon/2761/write.html"
An RPG based on the fantasy world of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. Link missing for the actual rules.
SPARK: Super Powered Archetypal Roleplaying .... Kinda by Patrick Riley
Old URL "http://users.aol.com/chaospuppy/"
Keywords: genre superhero rules-lite long
A superhero game using a very simple 2d+skill system. This was taken down for rewrite and then disappeared. (Old version 42 pages HTML or ASCII text.)
Starblade by Kyrinn S. Ozan
Old URL: "http://groups.yahoo.com/group/STARBLADE_group/"
Taken down by creator
Keywords: universal scifi rules-lite
"Clockwork Adventure Among the Shattered Stars". A simple universal system (incomplete) with a spacefaring sci-fi background. Resolution is by rolling 2d6 and trying to get as close to 7 as possible (high and low are both bad). Attributes are determined by selecting a body type, personality type, and nature. There are also archetypes and point-bought skills. ~40 pages rules (HTML).
Stellae Cognitae by Mike Collins
Old URL: "http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/usr/mc7f/SC/"
Keywords: genre scifi long rules-lite
A detailed science fantasy role-playing universe with a simple generic system. ~34 pages rules (HTML) plus ~40 pages background (HTML).
Storygate Chronicles by Diggory Steele-Perkins (digstar)
Old URL "http://www.digstar.co.uk/rules.htm"
A fantasy RPG using a simple playing-card based system. Character creation is class-based, with points for skills depending on class. ~8 pages HTML rules.
Author reports that the files were lost when the site went down. The author's new website (as of Nov 2003) is "http://www.whiteheadcomputerrepairs.com/digs.whiteheadcomputerrepairs.com/games.htm"
Superpowers by Victor Feltes and Chris Quinnell
Older URL "www.win.bright.net/~cvfsc/Superpowers/Superpowers.htm"
Old URL "http://www.internauts.ca/~merlin/SuperPowers/"
Keywords: genre superhero rules-lite online
A Play-by-Email strategic/role-playing game where you play the leader of a powerful nation in an alternate modern Earth. Game rules ~4 pages HTML.
Tanaeum by Morgan Davey
Original URL "http://www.tanaeum.com/"
Old URL "http://www.morgandavey.com/TanFiles/"
Keywords: genre fantasy long world supplement wotc-d20
This is a detailed setting for use with Dungeons & Dragons, third edition. It includes dwarves and elves with added details, but also original races. 84 pages (HTML or PDF).
Tigershark
Based on the PC game. By the middle of the 21st century, the nations of the world have increasingly turned toward the world's oceans as a source of land, food, raw materials and energy.
To Challenge Tomorrow by David Nalle
"src/to_challenge_tomorrow.zip"
Keywords: genre scifi
I encountered errors unzipping this. ?? pages.
Transformers: Beast Wars RPG by Cloud Volpe
Old URL "http://www.dangeruniversity.net/sgdvd/bw/index.htm"
Keywords: genre scifi long
Based on the animated TV series. Action resolution is roll under stat on 1d12. Character creation is random-roll stats and class-based, with point-bought skills, ads, and disads. 94 pages PDF or MSWord format.
Twilight by Mark William Henshaw
URL "http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Dungeon/8595/"
Keywords: genre traditional fantasy
Supposedly a freeware game in preparation for release, but the only available material is link to subscribe to a mailing list, and the page was last updated Feb 1999 (as of May 2003).
Twisted Heroes - An Open Dice RPG by Mike Wagman
URL "http://www.twistedheroes.com/"
Keywords: genre modern superhero rules-lite long
A superhero RPG using the core rules. Action resolution uses a step-die system, where your stat (from 2 to 12 for normal humans) determines the number of dice and difficulty determines die size. Character creation is random-roll attributes with a pool of points which can modify rolls or buy skills. Character class modifies attributes, skills, and powers. 71 page rules (PDF).
Two-Fisted Tales by Matt Stevens
Old URL "http://www.panix.com/~mfs/twofistedtales.html"
Old URL "http://www.columbia.edu/~mfs10/twofistedtales.html"
Keywords: genre long
An action RPG closely based on 30's era pulp stories. Actions are resolved by either cards or dice, using attribute + (roll or card value) vs difficulty. The roll is either an open-ended 1d10-1d10, or draw from a special 106-card deck for a number from -16 to +16. Character creation based on templates for various pulp stereotypes, with a point system for customizing them as desired. ~220 pages rules and GM's guide (PDF).
The author, Matthew Stevens, took the game offline for it to become a commercial publication. It is currently available from Politically Incorrect Games.
UniSys by Christian Marcussen
Old URL "http://www.unisys.mobilixnet.dk/"
Keywords: universal rules-lite
A universal RPG system available in English, Spanish, and Danish. It has 15 attributes and skills assigned with a point-based system. Resolution is by stat + 1d20 vs difficulty. 18 pages PDF (English version).
Virtual Virtual Reality by John Garwood
Old URL "http://www.ncw.net:80/~garwood/"
Alternate Old URL "http://www.televar.com/~garwood/"
Cyberspace role-playing rules. ~26 pages (ASCII format only). It includes several programs (intended for play on a BBS).
Visitors by Robbie Taylor
Old URL "http://homepage.altavista.com/visitors/"
Keywords: genre scifi rules-lite
A modern conspiracy RPG based on the UFO phenomena. It uses a simple dice-pool system using d4's (?). 26 pages, WordPerfect 8 or MSWord format.
Voyages in Eternity by Craig Huber (aka Damiano Pyrotechnica)
Old URL "http://www.primenet.com/~cshuber/viegate.htm"
Keywords: universal long
A universal system, using open-ended percentiles. There are a lot of stats and calculations, as the game was intended to be computer-assisted. Some broken links. ~112 pages HTML (in multiple files).
WeltalMyria by Robert Mosley (Wild Muse Games)
Old URL "http://www.wildmuse.com/games/"
A universal system with a meta-universe background where different game-worlds can co-exist. It uses a dice-pool system, totalling (stat/2) d6's and referencing against a universal table. ~26 pages HTML, core rules only.
It was taken offline by the author in preparation for development and possible commercial use later. cf. author email, and author page.

John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
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