General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant - RPGWatch Forums
|
Your donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant

Default General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant

January 11th, 2021, 21:44
Game Rant made a list of good tabletop RPG adaptations:

10 Of The Best Tabletop RPG Video Game Adaptations

Over the years, some tabletop RPGs translated their exciting mechanics into the video game world. Here are some of their best adaptations.


The evolution of the RPG genre throughout the years, from Dungeons and Dragons predecessor Chainmail to modern games like The Elder Scrolls franchise, has been impressive to say the least. Games that started off as little more than chess pieces and dice have become immense worlds filled with stories and characters unimaginable to the early pioneers of the genre.

Either due to recent social restrictions, or just a lack of players, the transition from pen-to-paper to digital code has become a necessity for a lot of us, whether that means finding ways to emulate the tabletop experience through the web, or finding new ways to satisfy the gaming urge. That being said, here are a handful of our favorite video games that have either directly adapted, or otherwise translated tabletop systems to a digital experience. Roll for initiative!

  • Planescape: Torment
  • Call Of Cthulhu
  • Shadowrun
  • Knights Of The Old Republic
  • Fallout Classic
  • Icewind Dale
  • Pillars Of Eternity
  • Disco Elysium
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Neverwinter Nights
More information.
HiddenX is offline

HiddenX

HiddenX's Avatar
The Elder Spy
RPGWatch Team
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#1

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NRW/Germany
Posts: 13,674
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 22:06
There are some decent games in there. However, I am a tradtionalist and my opinion is that they left of the SSI games from the 80s. Wizard's Crown, The Emerald Dagger, Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, etc., all gave us that table top feel. I miss the feel of playing those games, although Solasta is quickly overtaking these games in feel as a translation from tabletop to CRPG.
Luethar is offline

Luethar

Luethar's Avatar
Watcher
RPGWatch Donor

#2

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 22:12
You can make a top 10 of the SSI RPGs alone - I think they haven't been included here, because they aged badly for most younger gamers.
HiddenX is offline

HiddenX

HiddenX's Avatar
The Elder Spy
RPGWatch Team
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#3

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NRW/Germany
Posts: 13,674
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 22:31
Originally Posted by HiddenX View Post
You can make a top 10 of the SSI RPGs alone - I think they haven't been included here, because they aged badly for most younger gamers.
/says in my best old man voice, "Young whippersnappers wouldn't know a good game if it rolled a d20 and crit them right on the butt! Now stay off my lawn!"

Lue.
Luethar is offline

Luethar

Luethar's Avatar
Watcher
RPGWatch Donor

#4

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 22:50
Wait, was Fallout a tabletop RPG before the first game released back in 1997?
--
Sou tricolor de coração!

Sie sind das Essen und Wir sind die Jäger!
henriquejr is offline

henriquejr

henriquejr's Avatar
SasqWatch
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor

#5

Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Brasil
Posts: 2,777
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 23:12
Originally Posted by henriquejr View Post
Wait, was Fallout a tabletop RPG before the first game released back in 1997?
No, it was not. Neither was Pillars of Eternity.

They seem to consider games with a tabletop style, whatever exactly that means, to be fair game for this list.
JFarrell71 is offline

JFarrell71

SasqWatch

#6

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,679
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 23:14
Call Of Cthulhu
Eh? That's an odd inclusion. CoC was quite mediocre.
JDR13 is offline

JDR13

JDR13's Avatar
SasqWatch
Original Sin Donor

#7

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida, US
Posts: 29,265
Mentioned: 98 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

January 11th, 2021, 23:28
Originally Posted by henriquejr View Post
Wait, was Fallout a tabletop RPG before the first game released back in 1997?
Fallout was heavily influenced by GURPS, but later in development they created the SPECIAL attribute system.
HiddenX is offline

HiddenX

HiddenX's Avatar
The Elder Spy
RPGWatch Team
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#8

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NRW/Germany
Posts: 13,674
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:03
In the Age of Origin, there was a prototype game about space mercenaries / pirates. Top-down view, ships coming together like in Warhammer and start shooting the SHT out of each other. There was boarding of course. IIRC, it was turn-based. Never again did I see that game ever again. Only poorly executed Stellar Tactics is there, which is a pain to even watch.. Then there is Horizon's Gate, which is again very "Meh..". There should be a remake of the excellent sci-fi C64 game Centauri Alliance as well, which had turn-based battles.
--
SSI Gold Box-style game, we are working on.
mercy is offline

mercy

mercy's Avatar
SasqWatch

#9

Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2,794
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:13
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Eh? That's an odd inclusion. CoC was quite mediocre.
A legit CoC computer RPG is right at the top of my wishlist. Nobody has ever come close.
JFarrell71 is offline

JFarrell71

SasqWatch

#10

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,679
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:20
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
A legit CoC computer RPG is right at the top of my wishlist. Nobody has ever come close.
I'll settle for any good Lovecraft game regardless of genre. It's pretty sad when games like CoC: Dark Corners of the Earth and The Sinking City are the best we've got.
JDR13 is offline

JDR13

JDR13's Avatar
SasqWatch
Original Sin Donor

#11

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida, US
Posts: 29,265
Mentioned: 98 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:26
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
No, it was not. Neither was Pillars of Eternity.

They seem to consider games with a tabletop style, whatever exactly that means, to be fair game for this list.
OK, then I think the article name should have been better worded. This or my knowledge of English language is diminishing (which is also quite possible)
--
Sou tricolor de coração!

Sie sind das Essen und Wir sind die Jäger!
henriquejr is offline

henriquejr

henriquejr's Avatar
SasqWatch
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor

#12

Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Brasil
Posts: 2,777
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:42
Where is Pathfinder Kingmaker?? that might be one of the best out there.
lunnar is offline

lunnar

Traveler

#13

Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 00:45
Obviously Realms of Arkania is missing.
And while we are at it, you can also add in Drakensang: River of Time
--
Doing Let's Plays Reviews in English now. Latest Video: Cyberpunk 2077
Mostly playing Indie titles, including Strategy, Tactics and Roleplaying-Games.
And here is a list of all games I ever played.
Kordanor is offline

Kordanor

Kordanor's Avatar
Wastelander

#14

Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 4,135
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 01:27
Love reading the same replies on almost every list year after year.

Then again these lists are usually nothing but click-bait and invite criticism.
--
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
Laziest Man Alive

#15

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Banana Republic of America
Posts: 25,628
Mentioned: 108 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 01:46
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
I'll settle for any good Lovecraft game regardless of genre. It's pretty sad when games like CoC: Dark Corners of the Earth and The Sinking City are the best we've got.
We do have one good one in another genre. Anchorhead, which is a text adventure by Mike Gentry.

https://anchorhead-game.com/

(I've never played this commercial version; I played the original free text only game)
JFarrell71 is offline

JFarrell71

SasqWatch

#16

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,679
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 02:43
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
Love reading the same replies on almost every list year after year.

Then again these lists are usually nothing but click-bait and invite criticism.
And yet there's no warnings about potentially fake and incendiary content…
lackblogger is offline

lackblogger

lackblogger's Avatar
SasqWatch

#17

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 3,725
Mentioned: 64 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 03:11
Oh and since I forgot to add my opinion I can safely say I love every game the list.
--
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
Laziest Man Alive

#18

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Banana Republic of America
Posts: 25,628
Mentioned: 108 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 15:49
Originally Posted by Kordanor View Post
Obviously Realms of Arkania is missing.
And while we are at it, you can also add in Drakensang: River of Time
Oooooo…. good inclusions!
Luethar is offline

Luethar

Luethar's Avatar
Watcher
RPGWatch Donor

#19

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Default 

January 12th, 2021, 18:13
Bit of an odd list, but as these kinds of lists are silly and just a few people opinions I dont put too much stock in them.

Should have listed Pool of Radiance by SSI and some of the other SSI games as already mentioned. To be honest of those games I have played none really feel like real tabletop play.
Saxon1974 is offline

Saxon1974

Saxon1974's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#20

Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 827
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 08:58.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by DragonByte Security (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright by RPGWatch