RPG'ing with your wife-or games for two with no DM.
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For some 20 years I have searched to find a rpg that I could play with my non-gamer wife. It had to be simple, require little prep and, since I wanted to play with her, it had to automate the DM. I think I found the perfect product but are there others?
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1. RPG Item: Mythic [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1322]
RPG Item: Mythic
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Well, here it is the holy grail I have searched for. Under 10$ on rpg.net it is a complete system that fits the bill perfectly and Oh what fun I have had with this.

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different in that it requires no preparation from the GM. Mythic adventures are meant to be played off the cuff, with perhaps a few minutes of brainstorming to come up with the initial setup. Mythic can also be played entirely without a GM. The same mechanics in Mythic that allow a GM to run an adventure without preparation also allows a group of players to do without the GM.
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2. RPG Item: Mythic Game Master Emulator [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:159]
RPG Item: Mythic Game Master Emulator
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...and for those that just want the DM/referee emulator from the above you can get this at a lower price as a digital download also.

It's described as;
This product contains the Game Master Emulation rules found in Mythic Role Playing. Mythic Game Master Emulator is for those who do not want the universal role-playing rules, but just the game master emulator at a reduced price. Mythic Game Master Emulator is a supplement meant to be played with your favorite role-playing game.

-turns any rpg into an instant supplement!

I used this also with great success-even with non gamers.
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3. RPG: Beast Hunters [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:741]
RPG: Beast Hunters
Renato Ramonda
Switzerland
Mendrisio
Ticino
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This game has been specifically designed to be played 1-on-1.

One player creates a Hunter, a tribal warrior devoted to hunting dangerous magical beasts in a post-magical-apocalypse world of jungles and savannahs. The other player creates the hunt using a limited budget of points: some scenes with minor initial complications, maybe a minor conflict, and it culminates with a Hunt (the points are used to build the Beast, too).

When a Hunter slays a beast he gathers its blood, and the shamans tattoo him with it, giving him some part of the magical power of the beast (a new skill, basically).

The system is very simple and has a certain mild element of gambling when doing the important battles against the Beasts: you have to maneuver and build up your points to position yourself and then Strike.

The game is formally "gentlemanly" competitive and even suggests using a formal special handshake as a sort of "salute" to signal the start and stop of the challenge.

The game has been recently updated with a free revised version of the rules, btw.
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4. RPG Item: A Penny for My Thoughts [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:254]
RPG Item: A Penny for My Thoughts
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Duisburg
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More of a story game than a traditional RPG, but it's a ton of fun (or very deep) and is GM-less so everybody is on even footing. It's also prep-less.
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5. RPG Item: Breaking the Ice [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1053]
RPG Item: Breaking the Ice
P Duggan
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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And its even about dates.
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6. RPG: Bathysphere [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: Bathysphere
Jonas (he/him)
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Bovenden
Niedersachsen
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"Two people, trapped in a tiny sub, alone in the dark waters at the bottom of the sea. Will they be rescued before they succumb to the elements... or each other."

Free download (1km1kt), uses a deck of cards.
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7. RPG: Trapped [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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GM-less, 2 players only.
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