If you are a millennial who has grown up with video games, you may have missed out on the fun of playing a good, old-fashioned, non-electronic Role-Playing Game (RPG) with your friends. Those who have watched The Big Bang Theory know how exciting and engrossing these games can be.

But it’s never too late to start and you could still enjoy the classic non-electronic RPGs as much as members of my generation did. But which RPG should you choose as your first one? While Dungeons and Dragons remains the most well known and iconic RPG, there are a host of other such games in the market that have also been very successful. So, which one should you pick and why?

This is not an easy question to answer and hence I have decided to provide you a little guide for choosing your first RPG. By taking into consideration a few things about yourself, you can make an intelligent decision about which kind of game, or even which specific game, is most suited to your taste and temperament. So, here are the keys for choosing your first non-electronic RPG.


Most RPGs are best enjoyed when you play them in a group, with your friends. Hence, it is important that you choose a game that is already played by people around you or those that you can easily access. This wouldn’t just let you have good company, it will also help you in getting a hang of the game much more easily. You can rely on your playing mates to get you acquainted with the rules and some of the tricks of the game more easily.

Areas Of Interest

RPGs come in two forms: those with universal setting and those with a particular themed setting. Now, if you have a special liking for a particular theme, for instance medieval or European or fantasy, you should look for the game that is set in that particular environment.

On the other hand, if you are not sure about which theme would best suit you, then you can simply opt for the universal theme games. Do remember though, that universal games usually have a large set of rules and regulations as well as a very broad set of skills and tactics. So, if you are not willing to spend a lot of time understanding those, then it would be better to opt for specific themed games. But the rules and tricks of that game would be completely different from those of the others.


Genre is similar to the theme but it also implies the kind of adventures and experiences you are supposed to encounter. So, a horror genre game will feature face-offs with supernatural powers and an eerie storyline. On the other hand, a science fiction game would be about advanced technology and futuristic ideas.

Number of Players

While RPGs are best enjoyed in a group, sometimes you may not be able to get company. Hence, it is important to make sure that you have games that can be played solo as well. But if you always have company, then no need to worry about them.