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Another way I'm intending to offer suggestions in the RPG Gift Guide 2010 is by genre. Our genres here are quite broad and I don't want to make this list too big, so I'm listing the top game of each genre here. I'd like others to post suggestions in those genres of other games which are evocative and fun within their genre.

Unlike the other Gift guide list under construction at the moment, I'm not worried about availability of games on this list. We're suggesting ideas, not doing the foot work and the The most exciting RPGs published in the past year list will cover that. This is purely looking for the best examples of each genre. I've been a little subjective about what is the '#1' RPG in each category - generally I've used the RPG that the highest ranked RPG item gave rise to, but if I knew that there was a higher ranked RPG firmly in the genre, I replaced it (for example, the highest ranked scifi item is from Dark Heresy, but I've put diaspora here instead because it's a higher ranked game and obviously scifi).

One of the problems with this list is that not all our games fit neatly into genres - I could go on for hours about genre theory, but I'll spare you all. Another is that our entries probably need a bit of cleaning up in this regard - for example, Mouse Guard isn't listed as pure fantasy (only as 'low fantasy') - should it be? It is about derring-do in a medieval world? Not really a discussion for here though.

I'm also still thinking about exactly what to put in the text boxes for each game - suggestions are welcome.

As with the other thread, once things settle I'll lock it and change the header to something more appropriate. Please refrain from posting negative comments here as we want this to look professional in the end.

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1. RPG: Mouse Guard [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:23]
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The #1 Anthropomorphic/Animal RPG
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2. RPG: InSpectres [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:66]
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The #1 Comedy RPG
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3. RPG: Fiasco [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:3]
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The #1 Crime RPG.

Technically #2 behind an L5R module, but I thought I'd cut it some slack
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4. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:285]
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The #1 Fantasy RPG
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5. RPG: Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition) [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:1]
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The #1 Horror RPG
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6. RPG: Trail of Cthulhu [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:4]
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The #1 Mystery RPG
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7. RPG: 7th Sea [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:57]
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The #1 Pirate RPG.

Again, this is technically #2, but I skipped Solomon Kane, which isn't a devoted piratical game.
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8. RPG: Legend of the Five Rings (3rd Edition) [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:47]
 
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The #1 Samurai RPG
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9. RPG: Diaspora [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:17]
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The #1 Science Fiction RPG
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10. RPG: Spirit of the Century [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:26]
 
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The #1 Superhero RPG
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11. RPG: Deadlands: Reloaded [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:18]
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The #1 Western RPG
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12. RPG Item: Godlike: Superhero Roleplaying in a World on Fire, 1936-1946 [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:352]
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The #1 War rpg.
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13. RPG: Mutants & Masterminds (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:97]
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If you know superhero RPGs, M&M is one of the more popular. The Hero System is the most popular in the same way DnD is, but this looks to be a new, fresh take on the genre. The True20 system looks pretty interesting, and the point build character gen lets you make just about anything.
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