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Posted by Chris Davis on 2009-04-15
Next week I'll be on my new favorite podcast, Through the Aftermath(http://throughtheaftermath.com/).  It's a great podcast about all things post apocalyptic (moves, novels, computer games).  The hosts of the show don't claim to be tabletop RPG players, but many of their fans are, so they've invited me to join them and discuss the PA RPG seen.  In preparation of the show, I trying to build a top 5 (or 10) PA tabletop RPGs as well as a complete list of PA tabletop RPGs.

Here's my current top 5 (actually 6)

5) Morrow Project
4) Twilight 2000
3) Aftermath
2) Gamma World
1) Rifts
0) Darwin's World (I'm ranking DW 0 which means it's the best or worst, you decide)

My rational...

5) Morrow Project - I've never played this one, but it's been around a long time and has a good following.

4) Twilight 2000 - again, never actually play this one but have the rule books.  It's a classic and lives on in 2013.

3) Aftermath - this one is the quintessential PA RPG.  Very mad max and is a great baseline for any pa setting.  Kind of lives in Gamma World's shadow and probably doesn't get enough credit.

2) Gamma World - yeah, I know most people would make this 1, but it's never really enjoyed great commercial success.  It's a legend and has a special place in the hearts of every PA fan.  It's so uncanny how much it is still beloved since it's been so mistreated by publishers. It's like a good mutant; it keeps evolving and refused to die despite constant hardships.  I hope someday someone gives this property its due.   If only I had the money to buy it.

1) Rifts - probably a controversial #1.  Yeah the system is broken and completely unbalanced, but it's commercial success and appeal is undeniable (what is there like 100 books by now?).  It's one of the most unique PA settings ever created and probably the most fleshed out.  Like Gamma World, I wish I owned it and could do a new edition.

Anyhow, I want to know everyone's top 5 and include DW where you think it should be (even if not on the list).   Also, if you can add to this complete list below, please let me know any pa games I'm missing.

After The Bomb
d20 Apocalypse
Daemornia: The Role Playing Game
Deadlands: Hell on Earth
Earth AD
Engel
Exodus Survivors Guide - former fallout rpg
Hot War
Judge Dreed
Metamorphosis Alpha
Post-Apocalyptic hero
Systems Failure
Torg

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8 Comments
Posted by Chris Davis on 2009-04-15 14:32:52
More RPGs told me on the dw yahoo group:
WarpWorld
deadEarth
After Wars
Everstone (fantasy PA setting)
Earthdawn (fantasy PA setting)
Posted by Rich Spainhour on 2009-04-15 16:19:08
Desolation (fantasy PA RPG using Ubiquity game mechanics, by Greymalkin)
Evernight (Savage Worlds fantasy PA campaign, by PEG)
Blood Dawn (PA RPG by the same company that produces Battlelords of the 23rd Century)
Redline (Mad Max-ish PA w/vehicles RPG setting for d20 from Fantasy Flight Games)

--Rich Spainhour
Posted by Paul King on 2009-04-16 08:43:53
I've played EarthDawn and Twilight2k.

I haven't played Blood Dawn, but I loved Battlelords when I was in college.


And no, Chris, I haven't played DW, sorry.
Posted by Michael Lafferty on 2009-04-16 12:06:32
Wow. I hadn't realized there were that many Post-Apocalyptic games out there.
My single experience with PA gaming was when I ran a Werewolf game set in a Post-Nuclear Holocaust setting, but that was just a home-brew.
FWIW - supernatural elements and a post-apocalyptic setting are two great tastes that go great together IMHO.
Posted by david jarvis on 2009-04-17 19:19:25
I'll throw in Blood Throne as a Post Apocalyptic Fantasy setting.

Won't rate it though, as I wrote it. :)
Posted by Charles Fodel on 2009-05-09 19:00:16
My Favorite 6(not in any order)
*Mutant Future-Retro clone pa game
*Alpha Omaga
*Paranoia
*Darwin's World
*Aftermath
Gamma World

* in print
Mutant Future is free in PDF form
Posted by Greg Maroda on 2009-05-13 20:58:13
Add Obsidian and Shadow Nations by Apophis Consortium.
Posted by John Picot on 2009-08-26 01:29:11
Year Of The Zombie

Very hardcore post-apocalyptic RPG, with the twist that the apocalypse in this case is due to the rising dead. Also uses D20 Modern.