Introduction: How to Make an RPG on Paper

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this video game on paper is a game where you use your is a fighting game.

Step 1: Supplies

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you will need,
1 composition notebook,
a pen,
your imagination,

Step 2: Your Characters Page

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you need to draw your character now. make your character have 5, make up 2 kinds of explosives. each explosive will have 3 of itself. now, add a pet. this pet will take over in battle when you call it give your pet 2 weapons and 1 draw a vihicle. this vihicle will make you run away during battle or attack your you have to make a list of everything you have. you have to list your vihicles, powers, weapons, magic, defences, items, pets, and your ending blow when you win a battle.thi is your characters page. oh, and 1 more thing, make your character have about 500-$1000 to spend at the store. also, on your page, if you have a gun, make space where you will find out how many bullets you have.

Step 3: The Games Store

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now to make your store. now make all the catagories. the catagories are weapons, defences, magic, some powers,pets, vihicles,ending blows, and items(the items can heal you when your out of use your imagination. make up your own weapons and stuff.also, you have to sign your name when you first use the store or you cant use it.

Step 4: Battles, Health, and Magic

you will start out with 10 HP(health power) and 20 MP(magic power). you will start out with 3 magic spells. you should make heal one of them. the rest is your choice.whenever you win a battle you get $500 and the loser wins $50 and a healing item. when your in a battle, draw a line in the middle of the page. now make your side and your enemies line(one of your friends)and draw your character on your side and your friend will draw his/hers. now draw your line of health and magic power. whenever you get hit, color in 2 spaces of it and do the same with your magic. use it, and color in 2 spaces.

Step 5: The Name

now make up a name for the game. mine was the battle brawlers. I made this game up 2 years if you want to make up more things for the game let me know because i will post it on here and post your name to give you credit.


IzzaA (author)2016-10-20

im glad im not the only one make this :)

JosiahH6 (author)2016-06-21

I can't believe it I'm bored of being an only child but not anymore thanks bro

DoGrizzlyRight (author)2016-03-19

Hey anybody. I was wondering if you all could help me out with something.

One: I was wondering what does CDC and CMB stand for.

Two: I was wondering if you all could send me some ideas for a pen and paper RPG that me and my friend could play.

If you could help me out with these, I'd be grateful, and I'll help you all out with anything you all need.

DaltonS5 (author)2016-02-11

This is sorta good but my 6 yr old brother can draw better than that.Have someone older than you or who can draw better draw and write all this.I cant understand what is on the paper so yeah

Toothferret5 (author)2015-12-09

I have everything minus friends. What do I do?

infraredneck (author)2015-07-13

I enjoyed the brainstorming enthusiasm of this instructable. I totally get it. "Make something up! Making up something and then having fun with it is FUN!" That's the message. Aroint thee, grammar and spelling police!

cals2 (author)2014-12-11

use dise

SLVeR (author)2014-03-06

I think you need to make your instructable a little broader. It's just focused on one topic. You should make it in a way that anyone who reads it will be able to make an original game, not a game that you made.

TheGuardians (author)2013-07-12

I have something like that, 2 things actually. ones like a conquerer game where you dominate opposing empires using just paper. and another is something I call StickWorld. a 2-D world where you control a stickman using your eraser and writer. you use flash cards. you can make doors leading from one flashcard to another. and I also have one where you use and entire notepad and turn each page into a part of the game world. if anyones interested in them comment on this and keep cheaking on my page. I'll get it done. :-)

Malpro (author)2011-05-04

This is not a guide to making an RPG. This is a guide to making a game YOU made. Misleading title and why would I play this? That's why I have D&D

people would play this on like road trips and stuff if u dont have a computer or video games or if people have nothing to do i made this because i was super board one day and didnt feel like playing video games

airsoft+offbeat=logan (author)2011-03-09

you know that you dont need a composition notebook you can have a regular notebook

yah i know but thats all i could find

see what


actinoidlanthanoid (author)2010-12-23

Well the thing is, misspelling words to make them shorter is not really a good idea, a better idea is if you were to just type the whole word out...typing is not critical exercise, if you get a "workout" just by simply typing the whole word, then there is something wrong with that picture...I would see a doctor, Carpal Tunnel is not fun to have...

Well the good thing is that you tried, but I did make a parody of this...I made a longer tutorial on how to do this on your computer, without an Internet connection, it proves useful, especially when it goes to the part where I introduce statistics and attributes...

If you wanted to ever learn more about Role-Playing, then I would recommend for you to view some guides from Dungeons and Dragons...

this is a pdf of the 4th edition character sheet by D&D

These are the lists of player guides for D&D, includes important resources

There are books and other stuff too, but they would cost money to buy...

But with the names, you can google search them, and who knows? You might find a free online sample...if there is any.

There are millions of great online resources like...

Wikipedia's Wiki on RPG

There is a section on Pen&Paper Role-Playing, just like your tutorial!

And there is another wiki that goes into the magic of statistics!

If you have a good printer, a program like spreadsheet, enough copy paper, and free time you can make...

Character Sheets
Player Sheets
Stat Sheets
All kinds of Sheets!!!

*Spoiler... I am going to make a tutorial on making Stat Sheets on Open Office Spreadsheet...

But truly I am sorry about this ridiculously long comment...and all the useless stuff that it has...

hobbitboy (author)2010-12-21

this is a cool ible And your rihgt hp means health points

IfIWere (author)2009-07-25

You must be like 5 years old... You are spelling things wrong, and i hate people who make mistakes with like HUGE parts of any RPG or MMORPG HP = Hit Points not hit power or health power watever u put there... Same thing with MP... It means Mana/Magic points...

hobbitboy (author)IfIWere2010-12-21

Hp is health points du if you were a real rpg player you would know that Or if you even watched pokemon or yuogio git it strait

halokid1122 (author)IfIWere2009-12-21

yah go get a life

SyMadude23 (author)IfIWere2009-12-19

get a life IfIWere

JohnJY (author)IfIWere2009-12-18

First of all, you don't know what your talking about, nerd. He made this game, OK, follow that HE, not WoW made the game, HE did, HE could make HP mean what ever he wants, because he made the game. What you just said is like telling Hasbro the rules to their own games. MP could mean Mean Power, or Mass Po...(I'm not even going to finish that one...) Look at the online RPG called Kingdom of Loathing, you'll see what I mean. Try, I dare you, that they made their game wrong! (P.s. That was a burn.)

Builderman (author)IfIWere2009-09-26

Dude, why would you comment on this if you don't like it?

Capt. Kidd (author)2010-09-10

you spelled "vehicle" as "vihicle". it's not shorter.

rjrollins (author)2010-07-07

i made an rpg for halo, it doesnt use a board though

Zansion (author)2010-03-11

 I like the idea of a RPG on paper! I've always thought something like this would be cool, and I've never thought to do it.

However, this instructable is terrible, your grammar is just failed, and your spelling could use some work. You really need to capitalize where you need it, and put a space after punctuation.

1/5 Stars for now, edit that and it will be a 3*, add pictures and it will be 4*, and if you add a lot more information, it could be a 5* worthy instructable!

Also, if you want any help editing, or giving you ideas, just go ahead and send me a private message! :) 

Good Luck!

And, I forgot, but HP and MP stand for Health Points and Mana Points, just FYI.

dungeon runner (author)Zansion2010-04-23

It's HIS GAME, people. HP and MP can mean whatever he wants, because HE MADE IT. It could mean Hepatitus Prices and Mange Power if he said so.

Just FYI.


Zansion (author)Zansion2010-03-12

 Just a correction, HP stands for Hit Points.  

rockgod57 (author)2010-03-28

Yo you should actually make a kind of board game like it like me n my friends did for a school project.

hey that sounds like a great idea. do you mean like with game peices and stuff like that and game cards?

yyyyuuuuupppp thats exactly what i mean, it was pretty awesome we made crossbows that shot marbles and stuff and it took me about 2 hours tops.

dungeon runner (author)2010-03-09

I posted an instructable recently on a game somewhat like this. In the same vein, you could say.

Here it is:

It's part of a series of instructables on paper-and-pencil games.


dungeon runner (author)2010-02-28

I would like to include this in a future Instructable of mine with your permission. What do you think?

u can use this but u must give all credit to me Amikolaj17 and if u want put in more  stuff.



Mr. Brownie (author)2009-10-23

This makes me =(. A role playing game is not about fighting, but making a story with character made for fun and using DICE to see how people react. Nowadays, a RPG is a game where you fight and do nothing else, and that is wrong.

Dude, hesaid it was a fighting game.

yuzippy (author)2010-02-11

I think you have a perfect right to yell anyway. You took your time to make this and they say, wow, this is so stupid, he didn't spell vehicle right? I mean, come on? That is annoying, think about the author! It might have hurt his feelings after a good deal of work! BTW, Halokid1122, yah is spelled with an e, don't blame him for bad spelling! And Iflwere, if you go boasting about how much smarter you are, I would say that u isn't a word! Geez, dumb boats.

fluffy the craftster (author)2009-12-22

 I think that this is a great idea and me and my bro are planning to do it on a car trip. :)

oniman7 (author)2009-05-25

Alright. Mine's gone too.

Colonel88 (author)oniman72009-11-14

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mattronix (author)2009-11-05

my last comments fail

Builderman (author)2009-09-25

I used to love to play games like this in 4th and 5th grade. We had different teams though and drew as many soilders as we could and drew forts and stuff. I made my team 8,000 detailed soilders (the more detailed they are the better they fight), it took a long time but my army defeated one of the other teams single handedly! We ended up losing but thats because we didnt make very good rules and people would cheat. Nice game idea though.

make an instructable about that please!!! I BEG YOU PLEASE (LOL)!!!!!!!!!!!

Ha, I'm working on a couple instructables right now. I will put that idea on my list for... ideas.

i can go supersonic (author)2009-09-20


benlee1114 (author)2009-08-20

awesome man! i mite do this in class and tell other ppl about u :D xD

IfIWere (author)2009-08-02

What? u spell things wrong to make them look short? lol ok...

Chicken2209 (author)2009-04-20

I did this all the time in elementary school! O.O

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