Tools for Role Playing without a Game Master
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I'm looking into starting a campaign with an undetermined number of players in an undetermined setting without a game master.

The main goal is to be able to play a wide variety of RPGs without a game master.

Please comment & suggest your ideas.
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1. RPG: Mythic Role Playing [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:120]
RPG: Mythic Role Playing
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Mythic & Mythic Variations constitute the primary foundation of the game.

Mythic provides the essential basic service of answering yes or no questions randomly, usually with the logical answer, but also with an appropriate level of surprise. Also by asking questions, you generate random events.

Mythic Variations adds useful additional tools. The main tool is themes, which use random events to lead the story along.
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2. RPG Item: Universalis (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:510]
RPG Item: Universalis (Revised Edition)
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Universalis is the secondary foundation of the game.

While Mythic alone works well, it leaves a few holes where players just have to make it up themselves. Universalis fills these holes with a method on how players can fill these holes.

In Universalis, players have a number of coins that they can spend. Coins can be spent while setting up the scene or during game play to make a statement of fact that applies to the game.

Players can spend coin to specify the time of day, the weather, the scene location, a character's location, & other things as well as descriptions of things.

Universalis provides a tool that allows players to setup scenes & takeover the actions or speech of NPCs.
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3. RPG Item: The Creature Crafter [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:4927]
RPG Item: The Creature Crafter
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While I haven't used this yet, I think it will be useful specific situations, like creating a monster for a horror plot or for aliens while exploring space.
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4. RPG Item: Instant Game [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:7988]
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While I have not used Instant Game before, it appears that it would have some use, specifically in creating random things & characters.
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5. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1674]
Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game
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Once Upon a Time & Once Upon a Time: Dark Tales together contain 150 cards that are divided up into 5 groups. The groups are characters, items, places, aspects, & events. Examples of cards include 'Queen', 'Sword', 'Palace', 'Happy', & 'An Argument'.

These cards are useful for generating random ideas like NPC conversation. Another use is for subjects or descriptions of random events.
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6. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Dixit & Dixit: Quest both contain cards with seemingly random artwork on them. Could these be used as some sort of random descriptor generator?
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7. RPG Item: De Profundis [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1299]
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An unusual RPG/storytelling/fiction/experience game without a Game Master, inspired by epistolary Lovecraftian horror fiction. The idea seems to be that players can play live or by writing letters, and create a communal free association psychodrama experience. (I only recently acquired it and haven't finished reading it.)
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8. RPG: The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:77]
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A storytelling game with a minimalist set of rules. The rules fit the requirements of the game perfectly. This is a great game for one-off nights and for large groups.
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9. RPG: Fiasco Classic [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:5]
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This one isn't suited for a large number of players (min. 3, max. 5), but groups of players could certainly play at the same time. To say that this game gets crazy is an understatement. Probably the best GM-less role playing game available in my humble opinion.
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10. RPG Item: Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e) [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:24]
RPG Item: Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e)
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A feature of the first edition AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide was the Random Dungeon Generator (RDG). The generator allowed, by the rolling of dice, to generate a dungeon adventure "on the fly". A dungeon complete with passageways, rooms, treasure, monsters and other encounters could easily and randomly be constructed as the player progressed. It could be used with several people or a single player. The RDG was not included in the subsequent editions of the Dungeon Master's Guide.
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