You already know that KDL is a great place to find stories to entertain and delight, but did you know KDL also has tools to help you tell your own stories of adventure and daring-do? It’s true! KDL has a variety of books on how to put together a story that you and your friends can play through together. These Role-Playing Games (RPGs) are a great way for all ages to spend some time during the summer (or Quarantine)!
If you’re interested in playing a game of suspense or horror, you could be interested in our rulebooks for the Call of Cthulhu system which will guide you through encounters with cosmic horrors and put your character’s sanity to the test. If you like horror with more courtly drama, you might want to check out Vampire: The Masquerade system which will pit you against forces mundane and supernatural as you evade vampire hunters, navigate the politics of the vampire clans and struggle with your own vampiric hunger. If you’re an RPG expert and your desire for horror is a bit more self-referential, you may be interested in the DIE system, based on the comics by Kieren Gillen, which poke a bit of horrific fun at the more traditional heroic adventure RPGs.
If you’re in the mood for that most classic RPG genre, the fantasy adventure, drawing from Tolkien and Arthurian myth as well as almost 50 years of tabletop gaming history, you’ll probably be interested in the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rulebooks (or 4th Edition, if you’re also in a mood for more math), which will guide you through a heroic fantasy adventure, slaying (or befriending, if you’re very lucky) dragons, undead, and more. You can tell your own story with the help of the Dungeon Masters Guide or you can tell a pre-made story with the help of a Module. The Pathfinder system is another excellent option for heroes in search of a quest. Pathfinder is very similar to Dungeons & Dragons, but allows for more character customization.
If Sci-fi is more your style, or if you’re just looking for a place to put all your Star Wars lore to good use, you should check out the Star Wars: Force & Destiny system, which will guide your characters on a journey through a galaxy far, far, away, encourage them to struggle against (or give in to) the dark side of the force, and embrace their destiny.
And while most of these games can be played by groups of any age, if you’re looking for a game designed for a younger audience from the get go, look for the Tails of Equestria rulebook, which will put you in the world of My Little Pony, helping you learn lessons about the magic of friendship and the importance of kindness.
Whatever kind of story you’re looking to tell, from grand adventure to cunning intrigue, from realistic fiction to fantastical sci-fi, you can find the tools and the inspiration on the shelves here at KDL!
If you are learning about RPGs, these books provide a great starting point.