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The Ultimate Tabletop RPG Quiz
by Staff
A pile of polyhedral dice, a pencil and some paper, a stack of gaming books and a table surrounded by friends — there's nothing quite like a tabletop role-playing game. Make a Knowledge (RPGs) skill check and see how you do on this RPG quiz.

This cyberpunk RPG blends magic and fantasy with advanced weaponry and complex computer systems, so you might have an ork hacker and an elf with submachine guns battling a dragon who owns a giant corporation.

  • "Top Secret"
  • "Shadowrun"
  • "Deadlands"

Some of the science-fictional aspects of the earlier "Shadowrun" editions have been surpassed by real-world technology. Before wireless technology existed in "Shadowrun," how did hackers connect to the Matrix?

  • A physical neural interface was required, which was usually a datajack implanted in the hacker's head.
  • A technomage had to be present to cast a spell that sent the hacker's astral self into the Matrix.
  • Only hackers who'd had their consciousness uploaded into a robotic body could connect to the Matrix.

An RPG published by West End Games in the 1980s and 90s established much of the canonical information in the Expanded Universe of what science fiction franchise?

  • "Farscape"
  • "Star Trek"
  • "Star Wars"

The acclaimed D6 system West End Games used for their "Star Wars" RPG originally appeared in what other licensed game (here's a hint: no lightsabers, but plenty of proton packs)?

  • "The Last Starfighter"
  • "Ghostbusters"
  • "Back to the Future"

"Dungeons & Dragons" was the first tabletop RPG, and its success inspired quite a few similar games. What game, also released in the 1970s, duplicated the "Dungeons & Dragons" name but swapped in a different underground structure and monster?

  • "Tunnels & Trolls"
  • "Caverns & Catoblepas"
  • "Basements & Banshees"

The first post-apocalyptic RPG was set in a world seeded with barely functioning technology and some very, very strange mutants (bears with laser eyes!). What was it called?

  • "Paranoia"
  • "Gamma World"
  • "Rifts"

What current RPG, produced by Monte Cook Games, takes the idea of the inhabitants of a far-future Earth encountering advanced technology they don’t understand and molds it into a science-fantasy setting called the Ninth World?

  • "Numenera"
  • "Torment"
  • "Savage Worlds"

Plenty of tabletop RPGs have explored H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, but the first to do it was what game, originally published by Chaosium in 1981?

  • "Call of Cthulhu"
  • "The Stars Are Wrong"
  • "Cults & Cthulhus"

In the "Night's Black Agents" RPG, the players are special agents fighting against a worldwide conspiracy orchestrated by what supernatural creatures?

  • ghosts
  • vampires
  • werewolves

What RPG allows players to take on the roles of vampires vying for political advantage in a setting that's a dark mirror of the modern world?

  • "Vampire: the Masquerade"
  • "Kult"
  • "Bury Me in Black"

All of White Wolf's "monsters as protagonists" RPGs took place in the same universe. What was it called?

  • the Twilight Convocation
  • the Penumbra
  • the World of Darkness

M.A.R. Barker, known as "the American Tolkien," created one of the earliest RPGs, and one of the first to emphasize storytelling and role-playing over tactical combat. What was it called?

  • "Empire of the Petal Throne"
  • "RuneQuest"
  • "RoleMaster"

The first RPG set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth was…

  • "Rings & Wraiths"
  • "The Fellowship"
  • "Middle-earth Role Playing"

"Rolemaster," the RPG the MERP rules were based on, used what distinctive naming scheme for its sourcebooks?

  • Each book was a kind of "law," such as "Arms Law & Claw Law," "Character Law" and "Spell Law."
  • Each book was named after a Roman emperor, such as "The Marcus Aurelius Book of Tactical Combat."
  • Each book was named for a medieval weapon, such as "Battleaxe: the Book of War" and "Rapier: the Book of Intrigue."

Which edition of "Dungeons & Dragons" replaced previous rules systems with class-specific powers that mimicked the way abilities function in online RPGs?

  • third
  • fifth
  • fourth

"Pathfinder" is a best-selling RPG that's actually based on an earlier edition of what other RPG?

  • "Hackmaster"
  • "Dungeons & Dragons"
  • "GURPS"

In "Paranoia," which takes place inside a domed city run by The Computer, what happens when a player is killed?

  • The corpse is converted into a nutrient broth that is fed to the worker drones.
  • He or she is immediately replaced by a clone.
  • He or she is resurrected, but then acts as an agent of The Computer.

One of the first zombie apocalypse RPGs was "All [blank] Must Be Eaten." What goes in the blank?

  • flesh
  • brains
  • life

"Dread" is a horror RPG that uses a unique and innovative task resolution system instead of rolling dice. What is it?

  • Players must pull a brick from a "Jenga" tower without knocking the tower over to succeed at a task.
  • Players literally throw coins at each other to determine if an attack hits or misses.
  • Players place a device like a small mousetrap on his or her finger and must endure a certain number of turns of the key (which increases tension on the device) to succeed.

The first licensed Marvel RPG was TSR's "Marvel Super Heroes." It used a colorful chart and a set of abilities known as…

  • SCIWOR
  • FASERIP
  • HERO

This D20-based superhero RPG uses the classic "Thing & Other Thing" naming convention. The "DC Adventures" RPG uses the same rules system.

  • "Robots & Retcons"
  • "Mutants & Masterminds"
  • "Capes & Cowls"

The "A Song of Ice and Fire" RPG, based on the series of novels by George R.R. Martin, includes a very detailed chart focused on what?

  • creating the coat of arms for your custom Westeros noble house
  • all the gruesome ways your character is going to be killed
  • dragon anatomy

The first two books in Fantasy Flight Games' "Star Wars" RPG line are "Edge of Empire and "Age of Rebellion." What's the name of the third book?

  • "Scum and Villainy"
  • "Sith and Jedi"
  • "Force and Destiny"

The "Savage Worlds" RPG doesn’t use dice to determine initiative order in combat. What does it use instead?

  • a deck of standard playing cards with the jokers included
  • a bidding system, using points accrued from earlier combats
  • initiative simply passes around the table to the GM's left

The "Achtung! Cthulhu" RPG combines Lovecraftian horrors with what setting?

  • World War II
  • the Cold War
  • the Age of Discovery

What does "GURPS" stand for?

  • Generic Universal RolePlaying System
  • Generating Unique Realistic Player Statistics
  • Gerry's Ultimate Random Power Selector

"Fiasco" is an RPG in which the players act out what type of film?

  • "heist gone wrong"
  • "romantic comedy"
  • "Mafia drama"

"Monsterhearts" puts the players in the roles of teenage creatures dealing with high school problems. Unlike most RPGs, it has extensive rules dedicated to what aspect of teenage life?

  • drug and alcohol use
  • sex and sexuality
  • passing standardized tests

This 2005 RPG stands apart from many other fantasy RPGs with its focus on romantic fantasy rather than sword and sorcery and for being inclusive of queer characters.

  • "Winds of Fate"
  • "Blue Rose"
  • "Book of Night with Moon"

"BattleTech" is a tactical miniatures game involving giant robots fighting wars in the distant future. What is the name of the RPG about the pilots of these robots?

  • "The Inner Sphere"
  • "Star League"
  • "MechWarrior"