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Best minimalist RPGs
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I really love minimalist RPGs. Systems that I can throw in my pocket, or carry with me for anywhere I go. RPGs where you can have a character and start playing in a matter of minutes. Please help me find some more!

An interesting read to consider is one I found on this blog. He describes RPGs "crunchiness" on a scale from c20 to c4. This list is looking for c4 to c6 games I think.
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1. RPG Item: The Sundered Land [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1052]
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Five single-page RPGs, each with only one dice mechanic. It's by Vincent Baker, so unsurprisingly it's mostly based around lists. Brilliant stuff.
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2. RPG Item: Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:330]
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Greg Stafford's Prince Valiant RPG: the rules fit on to one page.
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3. RPG Item: Old School Hack, Basic Version [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2105]
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Had a blast with this at a cabin trip with some friends earlier this year. Pre-generated characters, (optional) card driven action system, very simplistic map creation and movement makes it very easy to make up encounters on the fly. Awards "epic moments" which constantly has the players trying to out-perform each other. Simply fantastic.
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4. RPG Item: Nanoworld: A Game of Clones [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Marshall Miller
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A game about clones on the day things go wrong - 400 words, printed on a folded business card.
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5. RPG Item: Vast & Starlit [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:4842]
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A cool and complete scifi game about outlaws in a stolen spaceship - 445 words, printed on a folded business card.
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6. RPG Item: Sherpa [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:5749]
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All you need in this category. This one was designed with the sole purpose of being played anywhere you go. Besides, it's by a very nice fellow geek.

(It's better than Fudge, too, but don't tell Steffan I said that. )

Seriously, though, this one is worth a look. For one thing, it'll leave you wanting to play a game somewhere in the wilderness, and that alone is pretty cool.
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7. RPG Item: Drawbridge (1st Edition) [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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How about this one? One double-sided sheet of paper that gets cut and folded down to pocket-sized booklet.

Oh, and it's by this guy:

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8. RPG Item: The Pool [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:7231]
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Another few page RPG system.
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9. RPG Item: Dinky Dungeons [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:7159]
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Another tiny RPG
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10. RPG Item: GURPS Ultra-Lite [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:6926]
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Small and compact, but not perfect.
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11. RPG Item: Freaks and Friendlies [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Here's one you can definitely fit in your pocket!
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12. RPG Item: DnDish [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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A stripped-down D&D hack -- using only d6. Created with kids in mind.
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13. RPG Item: RpgKids [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I hear this one is pretty simple.
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14. RPG Item: Halberd Fantasy Roleplaying [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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15. RPG Item: Let Chaos Reign [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Free. Four pages. Its got gameplay and character creation, only thing missing is a Bestiary.
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16. RPG Item: Dead Man's Hand Rulebook [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Kai Bettzieche
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A Wild West RPG in Pocketmod format, using poker hands and betting of jetons as core mechanic.

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17. RPG: Microlite20 [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:571]
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Simplified version of the d20 system and free to play.
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18. RPG: TWERPS [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:752]
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It only uses one die and only has one attribute! Wow!
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19. RPG: Risus: The Anything RPG [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:234]
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Only around 6 pages I hear?
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20. RPG: Lady Blackbird [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:37]
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Simple?
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Oh boy, am I embarrassed. I was looking for the same thing but it never occurred to me to search under "minimalist."

You have a great list. It is just what I was looking for. Thank you.
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22. RPG: Parsely [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:373]
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Very minimalist -- based on the text adventure computer games popular in the '80s. There are a number of games available -- the form-factor is a double-sided tri-fold.

You don't have the normal freedom of action that you do in a typical RPG, but they're still surprisingly fun (every once in a while).
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23. GeekList: PocketMod RPGs
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List of PocketMod RPGs (one page folded into a mini booklet)
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24. RPG: Cthulhu Dark (Original Version) [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:156]
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Extremely simple, characters are defined primarily by their occupation and their current Insanity score. To see how well you do something roll a number of dice and take the highest, with 1 barely succeeding and 6 succeeding brilliantly.

The free download prints to 1 double-sided page.
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25. RPG: FU: the Free, Universal RPG [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:661]
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About a dozen pages, but the actual rules can fit on an index card.
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