Ten Games I Would Take To A Desert Island

In the German roleplaying blog scene people have been posting about the ten RPGs they would take to a desert island. In my opinion that’s a fun thing to do and it provides a good opportunity to talk about our favorite games.

  1. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st Edition
    There are two good reasons why I wouldn’t want to miss this game. It’s the first roleplaying game I fell in love with and the core rulebook provides everything you need to run the game – no further supplements needed.
  2. Warrior, Rogue & Mage
    It’s my game. That’s why!
  3. FreeFATE
    FATE is among my favorite games and FreeFATE is one of the best versions of the system. It’s free, quite compact and can be used with any genre. I would probably pick the German version, since it looks awesome and is available as a digest-sized softcover book.
  4. Malmsturm
    Ok, I already listed FreeFATE, but Malmsturm is definitely one of the best-looking FATE games out there. In addition to that it’s one of the very few German FATE games.
  5. Dungeonslayers
    Dungeonslayers is not only a game I contributed to, but it’s definitely one of my favorite fantasy RPGs. Especially when I want to run a game focused on killing monsters and taking their stuff, DS is very high on my list.
  6. Savage Worlds Deluxe
    Another easy to learn and fast to play game. In my opinion every gamer should own at least one edition of Savage Worlds and the Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer’s Edition is the best to date.
  7. Tremulus
    I know, I know, it’s not even out yet. But I still think it could become one of my favorite games. I love Lovecraftian horror and tremulus is one of the few games in the genre that can be played with basically no prep.
  8. Swords & Wizardry
    In my humble opinion at least one D&D-like game should be on that list and after some consideration I decided to pick S&W. The Lamentations of the Flame Princess boxed set was a close second.
  9. One of the GUMSHOE games
    I pretty much own every GUMSHOE game in existence and I love the way the system handles investigations. But alas I can’t decide what my favorite is. Esoterrorists and Fear Itself both share a modern setting and are very compact, Mutant City Blues feels like X-Men meets CSI, Trail of Cthulhu is a very cool game of Lovecraftian horror and Ashen Stars has a very unique space opera setting.
  10. Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary
    Vampire was one of the games I played a lot back in the day and it’s still one of my favorite WoD games. I haven’t had the chance to run a proper Vampire campaign yet, so it’s definitely something I need on the desert island!

These are the ten games I would take with me to the desert island? What games would you pick? I invite all of you to either post your picks in the comments below or write a post on your own blog!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

5 thoughts on “Ten Games I Would Take To A Desert Island”

  1. WHFRP would definitely be on my list too. Even if I never got to play the game it’s one of the few RPG corebooks I can sit and read cover to cover.

  2. If you cannot decide which of the mentioned Gumshoe games to pick: go for Nights Black Agents! It’s the smoothest implementation of the rules as far as I can tell … and who would not like to play a supernatural horror spy setting?

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