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A Listmania! list by Eric E. Johnson "'ntohign slhe thaersam'" (Franklin, NC)
The list author says: "Gamers everywhere know the name Dungeons and Dragons, the World of Darkness, and Rifts. For every popularly known RPG, there are myriad small press or hard to find games. Here's a list of some of my favorites."
Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game
1.  Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game by Greg Costikyan
The list author says:
  "Saturday morning cartoons come to life, indulging the wicked ways of Wile E. Coyote, Tom and Jerry, Danger Mouse, and countless other animated protagonists. Guaranteed hilarity."
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Abyss: A Roleplaying Game Based on Dante's Inferno
2.  Abyss: A Roleplaying Game Based on Dante's Inferno by Marco Pecota
The list author says:
  "A foray into the dark depths of Hell, taken straight from the epic poem Dante's Inferno. Play as low-ranking demons vying for influence for their demonic lords."
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Hong Kong Action Theatre!, 2E.
3.  Hong Kong Action Theatre!, 2E. by Lucien Soulban
The list author says:
  "Probably the most unique game on the list, HKAT! allows players to create actors - martial arts powerhouses - and try to catch the role of a lifetime."
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Serenity Role Playing Game
4.  Serenity Role Playing Game by Jamie Chambers
The list author says:
  "If you don't know about Firefly and Serenity, do yourself a favor and watch them. Then buy the RPG, published by Margaret Weis Productions."
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Talislanta, Fourth Edition
5.  Talislanta, Fourth Edition by Stephan Michael Sechi
The list author says:
  "While I prefer the 4th edition, 5th edition was released in 2007. The world is a vast departure from many fantasy rpgs: no elves or dwarves need apply. Simple mechanics round out a personal favorite of mine."
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Nightbane
6.  Nightbane by C.J. Carella
The list author says:
  "Welcome to the horrible conspiratorial world of Nightbane.  The world has been taken over by extra-dimensional entities as powerful as gods. Nightbane quickly learn the score, discovering the layers of history and legend. Will you fight the invaders or simply fight for survival?"
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Immortal: The Invisible War (An Alternative Personality Role-Playing Experience)
7.  Immortal: The Invisible War (An Alternative Personality Role-Playing Experience) by Ran Ackels
The list author says:
  "Immortals have been around forever, and they're the origin for every fantastic story you've ever heard. It is in the history and setting where this game delves much deeper; granted, the history of the game should be impressive since the principle characters are immortal.
If you want a rich setting, allowing for character to range from neophyte to god-like, give it a go."
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Midnight: Epic Fantasy in an Age of Shadow [d20 system]
8.  Midnight: Epic Fantasy in an Age of Shadow [d20 system] by Jeffrey Barber
The list author says:
  "Most every gamer knows about the d20 system. But Midnight takes on of the classic fantasy tropes - fighting the tides of evil - and spins it on its ear. Suddenly, the heroes exist in a world where evil has won the war. The lands are oppressed and magic is outlawed. How will the characters survive, indeed...."
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Boot Hill Wild West Role-Playing Game, 3rd edition
9.  Boot Hill Wild West Role-Playing Game, 3rd edition by Steve Winter
The list author says:
  "I had never seen another western rpg, so while there may have been,be another one out there, this is the one I have played. Plus, I was playing the game in '89. Mechanically, it moves around in a similar fashion to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. While they are pricey nowadays, fans to the genre should be encouraged to grab one should the chance arise."
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Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Beer and Pretzels Role-Playing Game
10.  Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Beer and Pretzels Role-Playing Game by Chris O'Neill
The list author says:
  "Honestly, I had no idea the game rose in price like this. Regardless, take a few minutes to make a character and bow down to the kobold king - ALL HAIL KING TORG!
It's a simple game with simple mechanics that will simply leave you holding your sides while you roll around in laughter."
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Dont Rest Your Head
11.  Dont Rest Your Head 
The list author says:
  "You can't sleep. Whatever your reason, you've been awake for far too long. Now, you're seeing a strange sort of world beyond the one you knew. Your insomnia has become a font of power. This book covers everything you need for the game, except coffee."
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Eric E. Johnson "'ntohign slhe thaersam'" (Franklin, NC)
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Last updated: 12/10/11
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