Tabletop RPGs Based On or Inspired By Video Games

Here is a list for games that have official tabletop rpg adaptations, and unofficial ones that cite the game as the inspiration. I’m fascinated by adaptations of video games to ttrpgs and video games based on ttrpgs and wanted to see what was out there.

The title of each game links to a page where you can read more about the game or buy it. Eventually I’ll add games that would be a good fit for doing the tabletop version of the game and maybe also games that were based off tabletop rpgs. For time saving reasons, most of the descriptions just come from the Itch page they’re on. For the most part I’m not including D&D supplements on here aside from official ones just because I’m hoping this page will encourage people to check out new games. Also not including more broad inspirations and not that many supplements just because I have to have a cutoff somewhere, maybe in the future? If you’re just looking for the officially licensed rpgs, I don’t really have a good way to only show those in here. Just search for the word “Official” I guess, because I did mention it whenever those come up. For what it’s worth, I think a lot of the unofficial games are better than the officially licensed games so consider checking those out too.

It’s very likely I’ve missed a lot so please leave a comment if there’s a game you worked on or played that should be included.. Corrections are welcome too. If you see a game you made in here and think “It’s actually more like ____” then let me know!

AEGIS is a love-letter to looter-shooters like Anthem built with the LUMEN system

Armored Core
Apocalypse Frame is a game built with the LUMEN rpg system. You are an Ace – a highly skilled pilot referred from a Division in The Collective and assigned a humanoid combat vehicle known as a Frame. You and your Strike Team of fellow Aces must take on The Collective’s greatest threats, ensure its survival, and carve a path for its continued success.

cover for Apocalypse Frame, showing a B&W image of a mech

GUNBARE! is a power fantasy military-scifi TTRPG designed for 3-5 players. Inspired by the premise of Azure Lane, Armored Core, and the works of Tsutomu Nihei, play as a Fleetgirl, a living weapon onboard a generation ship currently running from a hostile alien empire.

Arx Fatalis
Arx ObsKura is a LUMEN game inspired by Arkane Studios’ 2002 rpg Arx Fatalis and old-school adventure tabletop roleplaying games. Using six-sided dice and Tarot cards, you and your friends will plumb the deep places between cities, braving Eclipse cultists, ratfolk, Ylsian Knights, and more as you find your way in the dark.

Assassin’s Creed
The Assassin is a solo game using the Wretched & Alone system where you are playing an assassin’s last mission

Atlas Reactor
Cyberrats was inspired by games like Atlas Reactor, XCOM, Shadowrun, and Band of Blades. Players will control two Operatives who have been genetically engineered, and/or a giant rat. Operatives go on missions, fighting the military, the invading aliens, or members of other megacorps.

Beneath a Cursed Moon is a Gothic fantasy game that uses a system based on the Apocalypse World engine. Take the role of monster hunters and slay vampires, werewolves, mermen, and more in a game inspired by Castlevania and Bloodborne.

GUNFUCKS is a tabletop roleplaying game inspired by games such as Borderlands and Bulletstorm that is built on the LUMEN system.

Boyfriend Dungeon
The official Boyfriend Dungeon ttrpg uses its own custom system based on Rhapsody of Blood and of the Powered By the Apocalypse design.

Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
While it’s based off the book license and not directly from the game, Callahan’s did receive a GURPS supplement.

Captain Blood
BABY?! is a game where your soul has been scattered across an alien planet and you must retrieve the fragments with the help of a universal translator. The game is focused on exploration and players using images to communicate with each other.

A Castle Outside Time is a one page rpg has players exploring a dungeon and is inspired by Castlevania style exploration and has a Dark Souls style resting mechanic

Curse of Vengeance is a journaling roleplay game about monster revenge.

Escape from Demon Castle Dracula is a solo dungeon-crawling RPG designed for a dark and stormy night.

Huntervania is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) tabletop role playing game that explores the lives of vampire and monster hunters in a gothic setting.

Let’s Kill Dracula is a 2 player rpg about being trapped in Dracula’s castle and needing to destroy him.

Rhapsody of Blood is about generations of a bloodline fighting evil in an immortal castle. Rhapsody of Blood also received a solo game for generating metroidvania castles.

Caves of Qud
ASCII Delve is a solo game exploring and traveling through dungeons using ASCII symbols and using custom dice.

photo showing the ASCII Delve dice, which feature letters on each side

Citizen Sleeper
It’s not out yet but an official Citizen Sleeper ttrpg is currently in development.

City of Heroes
While it never got a full book, there was an official Quick Play ruleset for the game

Crypt of the Necrodancer
I Have Enough Training is a narrative adventure journaling game and a hack of “The Adventurer” by James Chip. It was inspired by Crypt of the Necrodancer

Necrocarta is a solo Carta game where players explore a mysterious dungeon on a quest to find the Heart of the Crypt.

Darkest Dungeon
Blades in the Darkest Dungeon is a hack of Blades in the Dark for Darkest Dungeon style games.

FUTILE LAMENTATIONS: DARK EXISTENCE is a pamphlet ttrpg inspired by Darkest Dungeon where you must face the horrors that afflict The Village, continue your Campaign knowing that you can die or fall into madness at any moment.

Dark Souls
There are actually two official Dark Souls rpgs. One that was released in Japan by Group SNE and one that is in English by Steamforged. The Group SNE game has unofficial English translations floating around online that I won’t link to here but are pretty easy to find.

Unfortunately the English version seems to be a 5E reskin.

There’s also lots of ttrpgs inspired by Dark Souls.

Bleak Spirit is a storytelling game where you and your friends create a brooding, cryptic tale about a stranger in a strange land.

Bonfire & Blade is a rules-lite tabletop RPG inspired by the setting and themes of Dark Souls, with a system based on the pamphlet RPG Vampires & Claymores. It can be run by one person facilitating the game as the Fire Keeper, with one or more players exploring the world, and a handful of 6-sided dice in two colors.

Dice Souls is a zero prep Souls-like dungeon exploration game for one or two players.

Exhumed is a pamphlet dungeon inspired by Dark Souls tutorial levels: short and somewhat linear, but meant to set the stage, give opportunities to learn the style of play, and offer hints of interesting things to come.

Fever is a tabletop roleplaying game for a Game Master and players where you play as Chosen struggling against a cruel world as you hope to rebuild the broken Sun.

Grave is a toolkit for soulslike fantasy TTRPG play built on the rules for Knave.

You Died is a solo game using the Caltrop Core system to fight through bosses.

Death Stranding
The Death Stranding Solo-RPG is a one player ttrpg where players control a Porter and explore outside of their starting City in search of Preppers, Distribution Centers, Cities, and the resources to connect them to each other.

Deep Rock Galactic
Bedrock Mining LLC is a push your luck mining game inspired by Deep Rock Galactic

Desert Bus
Bus of the Desert is a solo game based on Desert Bus, an intentionally boring mini game created for an unreleased Penn and Teller game

Desert Golfing
While it works with any form of Golf, the GOLF system was originally designed for play with Desert Golfing

LIGHT is an homage to Destiny. “LIGHT is a rules-lite, power fantasy tabletop RPG designed using an early version of the LUMEN system. It’s all about creating powerful characters, called Beacons, and feeling incredible badass as you take on dangerous missions and collect valuable loot.

ANGELSPAWN is a high-action combat game about humans with angelic lineage fighting an unending war against the tides of evil. It is a love letter to one of my all-time favorite games—Diablo—and is powered by the LUMEN system, created by Spencer Campbell. The game focuses on frenetic combat, waves and waves on enemies, randomized loot, and slowly improving your character towards a perfect killing machine.”

Diablo 2
Diablo 2 received a variety of official supplements for AD&D 2nd edition

Received an official TTRPG from Modiphius that included involvement from the folks who worked on the video games.

paKtbound is a streamlined tabletop role-playing game built with the LUMEN system and inspired by Arkane Studio’s Dishonored series. Take on the role of the Paktbound, poor wretches who have pledged themselves to the service of the Stranger, as they tackle heists and hits in the rotten city of light and mirrors.

Dogs Throwing Swords 2
Received an officially approved ttrpg adaptation in Spanish

MOURN is a fast paced rpg that has you using a variety of weapons to fight warriors from another planet

See You in Hell is a rules light game where players must stop an invasion from Hell.

Dragon Age
Received an official TTRPG from Green Ronin using the AGE system

Dungeon Keeper
RISE: A Game of Spreading Evil is a map drawing game that puts you in control of a monstrous dungeon as you seek to reach the surface and take over their puny kingdoms.

Dwarf Fortress
DELVE: A Solo Map Drawing Game is a map drawing game that puts you in control of a dwarven hold as you discover the horrors that lurk below.

Elden Ring
RUNE is a solo tabletop RPG inspired by the soulslike genre of video games, including Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Elden Ring. In RUNE, you are a wanderer of the lands of Obron. The world is dangerous, but full of power if you are willing to reach out and take it.

The Elder Scrolls
UESRPG is a free unofficial game based on the Elder Scrolls series of games.

Elite: Dangerous
There was an official tabletop rpg created using a d10 system.

There is also After\\Burner, a tabletop roleplaying game focused on fast and positional starfighter combat and military sci-fi drama that was made with the LUMEN system.

Emperor of the Fading Suns
The official ttrpg was developed internally at the same time as the computer game

MindExplorer is a single-player tabletop roleplaying game inspired by the MindMaze game in Encarta and the aesthetics of educational materials from the 1990’s. You will explore a building constructed from your imagination during a dream you have one night and meet the characters that live inside it.

Cover for MindExplorer showing a collage of objects flying in front of a bright blue sky

Eve Online
Strongly inspired by the MMORPG Eve Online, Heavens of Khepri features characters that spend most of their time piloting space ships, but this time you’re playing as the NPCs in the MMO.

Received an official adaptation in 2002 using a d20 system from Sword and Sorcery Studios

Everquest 2
Everquest 2 had an official adaptation as well! It’s a book for your d20 game of choice.

Extreme Meatpunks Forever
Received an official Powered by the Apocalypse game in 2023 from Sinister Beard Games

Modiphius created an official 2D20 game

There is also After the Bomb, a free game inspired by the series that is focused on being more streamlined.

Wastoid is a post-apocalyptic rpg built on the Knave ruleset

There was also this fan game that was hosted on the No Mutants Allowed forums in the 00’s before Fallout 3 was released

Fatal Frame
GHOST-SHOT BOKE is a single-page mini tabletop role-playing game about ghost hunting inspired by Fatal Frame

FIST is a tabletop roleplaying game about paranormal mercenaries doing the tough jobs no one else can.

Striker’s Story is a solo ttrpg inspired by the career mode in FIFA games

Final Fantasy
MEGALOS is a game for telling stories about adventures in the clouds, fighting evil empires, and dueling ancient gods.

Unofficial Final Fantasy Roleplaying System is what it says in the title and available for free.

FFRPG is another free rpg that’s been built by fans and has been ongoing since the 90s.

Final Fantasy VII
Into the Glacier is a solo journaling game inspired by the glacier sequence in FF7.

Final Fantasy XIV Online
An official ttrpg is currently in development

In the LUMEN system game Crystalline, players are Heritors, the bearers of Soul Stones- mnemocite gems which record the deeds and powers of the great heroes who once bore them. Players embark on adventures to topple the Empire, face the Shadows, and extinguish the fires of war which threaten to burn all to ash.

Final Fantasy Tactics
Arma Fantasia Tactics is fantasy adventure roleplaying with an emphasis on character & loadout customization and tactical action. 

FTL: Faster Than Light
Faster Than Light is a solo Wretched & Alone game inspired by the video game FTL, a solo journaling game about perseverance and about being the AI that controls a spaceship warping through the galaxy in order to save humanity.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Accomplice is inspired by the Gabriel Knight series. You play as a research assistant for someone like Gabriel Knight as they investigate supernatural cases.

Game Genie
I suppose technically it’s not a video game and more of a cheat device for them, but there’s a couple of adaptations of the Game Genie for TTRPGs. Game Genie Apocalypse is a set of 23 moves for PBTA games inspired by video games.

RPGenie is a method of integrating cheat codes and game alterations to tabletop gaming by sharing your favorite ephemera with your friends.

art for the RPGENIE hearder, showing two NES systems and a green explosion

LOOM is a game that tries to emulate the frenetic feel and player-driven advancement of the video game Hades and is made with the LUMEN system.

Heroes of Hammerwatch
GRIT is a rogue-like inspired dungeon crawler inspired by Heroes of Hammerwatch where the aim of the game is to send in waves of ’20-minute’ mercenaries to loot gold, gain glory, and vanquish enemies.

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
Champions of Power and Dread is a dark fantasy strategic roleplaying game where you command legions of fell beasts.

Modiphius has created an official ttrpg using a 2D20 system

Hyper Light Drifter
An official ttrpg is currently in development. Quick start rules are available for free

Hypnospace Outlaw
Alone in Cyberspace is a solo tabletop game about exploring the archive of a defunct network of webpages from decades ago.

In Other Waters
In Other Waters: Tidebreak is a supplement for the horror ttrpg Mothership that is set in the In Other Waters universe. The supplement is playable in either as a group or solo and designed to be less stressful than the typical Mothership adventure.

screenshot from the In Other Waters book showing various fictional sea creatures

Incremental Adventures
You Cannot Kill Me in a Way That Matters is a solo ttrpg where you fight monsters in the forest, deal quick card layouts for yourself and the forest, resolve the round, and do it again.

Jet Set Radio
Disposable Heroes is a fast paced tabletop RPG set in a near-future fantasy world city named Neo-Francisco. You play as package delivery people with incredible abilities, doing their best to survive and get that 5 Star rating that means they can eat that week.

Underground Broadcast is a micro-RPG about nimble graffiti punks kicking off the rebellion against a tyrannical organization.

The Journeyman Project
Project Hypaethrus: Windows To Time has players create create unique Travelers to explore the past. Time-Travelers need to hide their existence to the temporal locals, so they take on new Personas while in the past. However, relying too much on their Past Persona can Bleed into their own identity.

Kingdom Hearts
Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined is a tabletop RPG about our connections with other people, the power we draw from those connections, and traveling to different worlds.  It runs on the Powered by the Apocalypse engine. The game is built to allow players to combine characters from various properties.

Knockout City
Received a free official ttrpg in 2023 by Adira Slattery & Eric Feurstein

The Legend of Dragoon
Chain Attacks is a system-agnostic combat mechanic for emulating Additions from “Legend of Dragoon”

The Legend of Zelda
Courage is a solo RPG using the Carta System to create a dungeon-crawling experience inspired by games from “The Legend Of Zelda” series. You’ll play as the recently awoken Hero of Courage, exploring Dungeons and gathering power for your final confrontation against evil incarnate.

The Nostalgia for Norull is a fantasy adventure game for 1-4 players, based on the Push SRD.

Forgotten Ballad is a minimalist Adventure Game – TTRPG, if you prefer – heavily inspired by The Legend Of Zelda series and the OSR movement.

Loom is a fan fiction game based off the classic Lucasarts adventure game of the same name. It’s a solo journaling game where you explore the game’s world using the mechanics described in the book and write about what happens.

The Wizards of Many Hats is a game of swords and sorcery where players can cast spells by evoking the eight fundamental elements: Water, Life, Barrier, Cold, Electricity, Arcane, Earth & Fire.

Mega Man X
METALUMAN is a ttrpg built with the LUMEN system as its engine and foundation for fast-paced action inspired by Capcom’s MegaMan X series.

Monster Hunter
There are a lot of indie ttrpgs inspired by the Monster Hunter series. Monster Guts is a game using the LUMEN system.

Apex Predator is a single-player game inspired by Monster Hunter, in which you explore an ancient forest, tracking down and fighting titanic monsters. Along the way, you’ll face peril and find that the natural world may just be on your side.

After the Great Beast is a monster hunting game using the Breathless system

Monster Rancher
In Raising Hell, a solo TTRPG based on Monster Rancher, you’ll help your Devil grow from a baby into an adult, training it all the while so it can be a proper Devil and win one of the numerous Tournaments available in the underworld!

Shopkeeper Showdown is inspired by Moonlighter and has you running a shop and looting dungeons

Mortal Shell
Beast Souls is a tabletop role-playing game for 2 players set in a dreamlike / virtual / metaphorical / alternative world (for the most accustomed to the world of anime, an “isekai”) where the hero is the spirit of whoever has put their body at stakes to get something special from a world other than their own.

With Myst being one of the best-selling games ever, it’s not surprising that it has inspired a few tabletop rpgs. Unwritten: Adventures in the Ages of MYST and Beyond is a game that uses the Myst license and uses the FATE core system for the foundation of its rules. The game is strongly influenced by Uru/Myst Online and has players exploring modern or historical D’ni and the ages connected to it. The game has received a few smaller supplements as well as a larger sourcebook that was recently Kickstarted and focused on the reconstruction of D’ni

There’s fan games too. Bring the Page With You is a free one-page ttrpg where there is no GM/DM and is focused on players collaborating together to create Myst ages.

Myth: The Fallen Lords
Received an official GURPS supplement in 1999

cover for the Myth book, showing a monster attacking a man on a hill

NieR: Automata
For Humankind
is a tabletop RPG made with the LUMEN system for two or more players. You play as Answer units, specialized androids tasked with reclaiming the planet from an alien threat.

Outer Wilds
Pale Dot is a collaborative storytelling game for 2-5 players about a crew of non-human cosmonauts leaving their planet to explore a strange solar system, finding threads to unravel the unknown along the way.

cover for Pale Dot, showing an alien in an astronaut suit

Test Kitchen is a co-op time management party RPG for 3 to 5 players inspired by the Overcooked! series

Paper Mario
Doodle Adventures
is a TTRPG with a 2d platforming battle grid inspired by Paper Mario and Bug Fables

Path of Exile
Path of the Tainted is a LUMEN game is inspired by “Path of Exile”, players will slay hordes of monsters to acquire powerful loot and abilities. But most importantly they will be able to create their own Powers by combining them with upgrades.

Inspired by the Persona series, Voidheart Symphony is a tabletop roleplaying game about mundane people diving into a demon-filled labyrinth to save the ones they love.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Ace Attorneys is a TTRPG built with LUMEN for 3 players. It heavily relies on improvisation for all three players and is meant to be played for 30 – 60 minutes.

Justicar is a game inspired by the Ace Attorney series. Players each embody a unique key Role as they collaboratively tell the story of a crime and its mysteries.

In the unofficial Phoenix Wright ttrpg, players are divided into prosecution and defense parties, and then each performs its own DM led investigation of a crime scene.

photo showing a stack of Justicar books

Beauty in the Grid is a ttrpg where the main mechanic involves creating pictures in a grid

Pillars of Eternity
An in-development version of the game by Pillars of Eternity designer Josh Sawyer is available for free

Planetside 2
PLANET FIST is a Powered by the Apocalypse narrative wargame of satirical scifi skirmish storytelling and a hack of CLAYMORE’s FIST, and winner of the SUBSTANCE award in the FIST: Ultra Jam. PLANET FIST is inspired by Starship Troopers (1997), Battlefield: Bad Company, and most of all, by Planetside 2.

ForeverDex is a game played by mail where you generate new magical creatures through another players zip code

Pokemon Dungeon Crawler is an unofficial Pokémon dungeon crawler. You play as a Pokémon in a world after humans. You get a dungeon delving class (cleric, fighter, magic-user), you get a backpack, a weapon, and you head out on an adventure.

Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor
This is kind of an odd one to include since it’s a D&D computer game, which is not really something I want to delve into too much but I thought it was interesting that this game launched with a D&D 3rd edition tie in

Project Zomboid
Superesse Mortuus is a d100 system game about surviving in a world full of zombies

GRIM is a fast paced rpg where you fight eldritch horrors

Resident Evil
The Mansion Incident is a solo dungeon-crawling RPG and a hack of Escape from Demon Castle Dracula by Rob Hebert. In The Mansion Incident you take on the role of a member of the Investigation and Rescue Implementation Service (I.R.I.S.) – an elite group of detectives tasked with finding, and in some cases liberating, missing persons in the sprawling mountains of the Midwestern United States – as you recover your team from a sinister, labyrinthian mansion that hides secrets and danger behind every door.

Biocalypse is a minimalist, Resident Evil-inspired adventure game for 2—6 players.

Resident Evil 2
Escape: Outbreak is an escape room-style ttrpg inspired by Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil: Village
It turns out there are a bunch of games inspired by the tall vampire lady. Tall Vampire Ladies is a one page hack of Lasers and Feelings about trying to get a guy out of your castle

So You Want The Tall Vampire Lady To Catch You is a solo game about wanting her to catch you

Tall Lady Castle Game is an 8 page single player (or small group) TTRPG about being an ancient monster that’s really bad at expressing its feelings.

The designer of that also made a companion game called Oh Do Not Find Me In This Castle Please, a solo game where you are the intruder wanting to get caught

UMBRA: A Solo Game of Final Frontiers is a map drawing game that puts you in control of a sci-fi colony as you struggle against starvation, the void, and the many threats that will assail you from above and below.

Rocket Jockey
raptor 2057 is a fast-paced racing RPG inspired by the wip3out series, the hectic F-Zero series, the classic romp Rocket Jockey (1996), and John Harper’s Wildlings (2015).

Of That Colossal Wreck is an open-world exploration TTRPG set in a post-apocalyptic setting for 1 to 4 players. Using a deck of cards, players will explore a wasteland, and build card house Ruins to explore.

Pocket Full of Stars is a cozy two-player ttrpg inspired by Samorost where the players have the roles of an Astronomer and the Storyteller and work together to tell a story about a giant jumping from planet to planet and meeting people.

Sea of Thieves
Received an official ttrpg from Moongoose Publishing

The Secret of Monkey Island
Blood Mountain Resort & Spa is a free download for fantasy ttrpgs. Inspired by the Monkey Island series, players explore a pirate themed resort. The NPCs are statted for DURF but the rest of the supplement is built to be system neutral.

screenshot from the Blood Mountain Resort & Spa book showing a skeleton pirate having a nice drink

Shadow of the Beast
The Shadow & the Beast is a two-player roleplaying game inspired by the classic video game Shadow of the Beast. One player controls the Beast as it fights its way toward the Shadow, the evil overlord that stole its life and forced it to carry out terrible acts of violence. The other player serves as the Gamemaster (GM), controlling the Beast’s adversaries and any other characters while also setting scenes for the action.

Shadow of the Colossus
On the Shoulders of Colossus includes rules for running colossal games as well as stat blocks for every colossus from the game

Shin Megami Tensei
An official ttrpg has been released in Japan and will be released here soon

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centauri received an official GURPS supplement

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Honor Among Thieves is a tribute micro TTRPG (for 3+ players) about the thievish activities of a group of honorable master thieves who seek to only steal from other criminals.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Radical Spin is a micro-RPG about melodramatic action animals for 2-5 players.

Rainbow Runaways is a Sonic-inspired TTRPG based on the Caltrop Core system, and is played with D4s and a deck of cards.

Soul Sacrifice
Sacrifice arcane objects, blood, and limbs to cast spells in Soul Sacrifice, a TTRPG based on the PSVITA exclusive. Requires a tarot deck.

Space Quest
24XX Unlikely Heroes – Space Questing is a rules-lite sci-fi RPG hack of the 2400 system. Inspired by the old-school Sierra adventure series “Space Quest”, and its bumbling space janitor hero Roger Wilco, UHSQ can be used to run a no-prep sci-fi game that is more on the humorous, light-hearted side.

Star Control
Capax Astra is a vaporwave space opera RPG inspired by Star Control, about exploring sectors full of strange alien people. It uses the Fate RPG system.

Wizards published an official game based on the Alternity rule set in 2000.

There is also this free unofficial supplement created by fans for playing in the StarCraft setting with the Genesys ruleset and another one that uses a d20 system.

cover for the official Starcraft ttrpg with text saying "Tabletop RPG: No Computer Required"

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
An official campaign book for the d20 Modern System was published in 2008

Street Fighter II
White Wolf created an official game using their ttrpg storytelling framework in 1994

Streets of Rage
Justice Sworn is a solo ttrpg by Sandy Pug Games that is inspired by brawlers like Streets of Rage and Final Fight

Water Landing is a Carta-powered scenario for the Cast Away RPG. To play, you need the Cast Away rules

PHOTON is a tabletop roleplaying game for 2 players about fighting back an all consuming singularity, based on the LUMEN system by Spencer Campbell. Inspired by games like Hyper Light Drifter and Sundered, it aims to bring eerie exploration and lightning fast battles to tabletop.

Super Smash Bros
Smash & Brothers
is a one page hack of John Harper’s Lasers and Feelings for having two unrelated characters fight each other.

ERROR is a Play Out Loud text adventure where you control a robot that must fix a city’s mainframe and references Infocom designer Michael Berlyn

Scraps is a feel-good game about sharing, about harmony with nature, about bewilderment and curiosity. Inspired by Minecraft and Tetris, it uses polyominoes as part of the crafting aspect of it.

Thief: The Dark Project
Blades in the Dark is an incredibly influential tabletop role-playing game about a crew of daring scoundrels seeking their fortunes on the haunted streets of an industrial-fantasy city. The book cites Dishonored and Thief: The Dark Project as influences. It’s maybe a stretch to say it’s based on those games but whatever, I’m putting it here.

Tomb Raider
The Temple of Karthis is a solo dungeon crawling game using cards and dice and inspired by Tomb Raider.

Untitled Goose Game
Sneak Honk is a hack of Honey Heist inspired by Untitled Goose Game

Frame is a ttrpg using the LUMEN system that was an homage to Warframe. The Warframe community got really weird and harassed the creator of the game so it was briefly made free and then changed to $5000.

The Witcher
Technically it was a book first but all of these are based on the video game series. R Talsonian created an official ttrpg using the game’s license from CD Projekt

The Path Of The Wolves is a simple hack of Charge to play within the Witcher universe.

On The Path is a hack of Honey Heist by Grant Howitt, where players take on the roles of Monster Slayers investigating a mystery after receiving a strange letter.

The World Ends With You
Heartbeats in Perfect Sync is a tabletop RPG inspired by the shounen battle aesthetic in games like The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts and Under Night In-Birth. Play as a group of ordinary people who fight monsters with ridiculously over-the-top weapons.

Vibe Check is an illuminated by LUMEN tabletop role-playing game for 3-6 players inspired by The World Ends With You.

World of Warcraft
An official ttrpg was released in 2005 using a d20 system

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
INTRUDER: EARTHLY ENTITY is an action rpg Illuminated by LUMEN. Inspired by the XCOM series, players are the last survivors of an Earth taken over by extraterrestrial forces and must Establish contact with other resistance cells, Free nations from the control of the ALIEN ENTITY, and rescue Earth.

T-DEF is a GMless game that comes in two 8-page mini zines: the Tactical Handbook that contains the rules for character creation and taking actions; and the Operations Manual, that contains everything you need to create missions for your troopers. T-DEF also has a sequel game.

cover for T-DEF showing two separate plain books

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Blades of Ether is a tabletop roleplaying game for three to six players. Guided by the Architect, the GM who gives life and voice to the Cloud Sea, you’ll set out on unforgettable adventures in a world unlike any other, changing Arlest forever with the wake you leave in the clouds.

BAKA MITAI is a city pop, Yakuza-inspired playset for the PARAGON system from the AGON roleplaying game.

Parsely is a collection of games where a group of players control one character by telling one player, known as the Parser, what they would like to do in the form of text adventure commands and the Parser describes what happens next. The collection even features a trilogy of Zork-like games known as Action Castle. The creator of Parsely has a few games in the series on their Itch page.

They’re not the only one to develop group text adventures. Goldfinch Games has developed a couple Out-Loud Text Adventures as well, with one in an abandoned amusement park and one at an abandoned spaceship.

Uresia: Grave of Heaven is a system-neutral setting book by S. John Ross that is strongly inspired by the Zork series, with there even being a section explaining how it influenced the book and why they love the series so much. The book is now available for free here. Check it out and then consider hiring him for book or map design if you’re a ttrpg designer. The author also wrote a Z-Machine text adventure game that ranks as Polite on Andrew Plotkin’s cruelty scale. This game is also available for free.

cover of the Parsely book, showing an 80s computer and boxes of computer games