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The time has come to vote on your favorite RPGs in fierce head-to-head competition!

Below are the Top 64 seeded RPGs arranged in head-to-head matchups. To see them in a tournament-style bracket, you can go to this website: http://challonge.com/bestoftherpgs. (You don't have to create an account to view the bracket.)

How did I arrive at these 64 RPGs? For Seeds 1-56, I took the top-ranked RPGs in the database. In order to add more variety to the tournament, if an RPG had more than one edition in the top 56, I only kept the higher-ranked edition.

For Seeds 57-64, I opened it up to the RPGG community for nominations. We then voted on the nominees and came up with the eight "wild cards" for the tournament. If you want to see the nomination and voting process for the wild cards, you can go to this thread: Best of the RPGs Tournament - Seeds 57-64 Voting Thread

Each RPG's seed number is listed in parentheses after its name in the polls.

To be informed of subsequent voting rounds in the tournament, please subscribe to the subscription thread: Best of the RPGs Tournament Subscription Thread

Okay, let's vote on our favorite RPGs. Most of us have not played all of these, but you can still vote based on genre, mechanics, description in the database, etc., or even whichever one looks the coolest. The criteria for "best RPG" is totally up to you, but make sure your vote gets heard on all of these!

Color commentary, reasons for voting one way or that other, and good-natured smack talk are strongly encouraged in the comments beneath the GeekList items.

Good luck to all the competing RPGs, and may the best RPG win!
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1. RPG Item: Monsters and Other Childish Things: The Completely Monstrous Edition [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:330]
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Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition) (1)
81.4% 96
Champions (4th Edition) (64)
18.6% 22
Voters 118
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Monster of the Week (32)
55.0% 61
Primetime Adventures (1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions) (33)
45.0% 50
Voters 111
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2. RPG Item: Player's Option: Spells & Magic [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1082]
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Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game (16)
67.4% 64
The Savage World of Solomon Kane (49)
32.6% 31
Voters 95
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Ars Magica (5th Edition) (17)
61.4% 62
Mage: The Ascension (48)
38.6% 39
Voters 101
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3. RPG Item: Aliens and Creatures [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:852]
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Mouse Guard (8)
69.7% 83
Fudge (57)
30.3% 36
Voters 119
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Unknown Armies (2nd Edition) (25)
51.8% 58
Traveller (Classic) (40)
48.2% 54
Voters 112
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4. RPG Item: Raiders, Renegades & Rogues [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:4192]
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Diaspora (9)
59.0% 59
The Shadow of Yesterday (56)
41.0% 41
Voters 100
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Microscope (24)
65.4% 70
7th Sea (41)
34.6% 37
Voters 107
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5. RPG Item: Wasteland Fury: Post Apocalyptic Martial Arts [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Apocalypse World (4)
81.7% 98
Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (61)
18.3% 22
Voters 120
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Dread (29)
60.0% 66
Feng Shui (36)
40.0% 44
Voters 110
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6. RPG Item: GB4: The Vanishing Investigator [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Savage Worlds (13)
58.7% 64
Shadowrun (3rd Edition) (52)
41.3% 45
Voters 109
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Spirit of the Century (20)
68.5% 74
RuneQuest (1st & 2nd Editions) (45)
31.5% 34
Voters 108
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7. RPG Item: Beasts & Barbarians Player's Guide [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Dungeon World (5)
88.8% 111
Barbarians of Lemuria (60)
11.2% 14
Voters 125
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Paranoia (Mongoose Edition) (28)
62.2% 69
Nobilis (37)
37.8% 42
Voters 111
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8. RPG Item: Blood Treachery [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:6974]
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The Burning Wheel Gold (12)
66.1% 72
Vampire: The Masquerade (53)
33.9% 37
Voters 109
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Deadlands: Reloaded (21)
35.3% 36
Eclipse Phase (44)
64.7% 66
Voters 102
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9. RPG Item: Dark Fate [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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Trail of Cthulhu (2)
81.1% 77
Legend (63)
18.9% 18
Voters 95
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Star Wars (WEG 2nd Edition) (32)
71.6% 73
Dark Heresy (1st Edition) (34)
28.4% 29
Voters 102
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10. RPG Item: Classic Fantasy, Vol.1 [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:3554]
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The One Ring (15)
81.0% 68
Fabled Lands Gamebooks (50)
19.0% 16
Voters 84
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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (2nd Edition) (18)
49.5% 49
InSpectres (47)
50.5% 50
Voters 99
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11. RPG Item: To Duel with Dragons [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Pendragon (1st - 5th Editions) (7)
46.1% 47
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition) (58)
53.9% 55
Voters 102
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Lady Blackbird (26)
73.0% 65
The Mountains of Madness (39)
27.0% 24
Voters 89
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12. RPG Item: Classics of Fantasy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition) (10)
58.9% 56
Dragon Age (55)
41.1% 39
Voters 95
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (23)
57.1% 60
A Penny for My Thoughts (42)
42.9% 45
Voters 105
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13. RPG Item: Something Went Wrong (ZOECon Edition) [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Fiasco (3)
81.8% 90
Numenera (62)
18.2% 20
Voters 110
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Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (30)
69.7% 69
Castle Falkenstein (35)
30.3% 30
Voters 99
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14. RPG Item: All the Worlds' Monsters [Average Rating:3.92 Overall Rank:6978]
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Dogs in the Vineyard (14)
75.0% 81
GURPS (4th Edition) (51)
25.0% 27
Voters 108
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Monsterhearts (19)
64.4% 67
Over the Edge (46)
35.6% 37
Voters 104
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15. RPG Item: Anachronistic Adventurers: The Investigator [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game (6)
71.6% 73
Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition) (59)
28.4% 29
Voters 102
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Rogue Trader (27)
35.4% 35
Don't Rest Your Head (38)
64.6% 64
Voters 99
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Fate Core (11)
84.0% 89
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space (54)
16.0% 17
Voters 106
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Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (22)
54.2% 52
Polaris: Chivalric Tragedy at Utmost North (43)
45.8% 44
Voters 96
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