RPG Encyclopedia: French
- 1st ed by Herman Hunter (1989) Warlords Production
A French-language RPG set in the American Wild West, using a system
intended to be "simple and effective". The basic rules (58 pages)
includes only character creation, combat rules, a list of weapons,
and a brief introductory scenario.
2089: Le Jeu du Tricentenaire
- 1st ed by Tristan Lhomme (1989) Casus Belli / Excelsior Publications / Jeux Descartes
A French-language humorous sci-fi RPG, first published in issue #56 of
the French gaming magazine Jeux & Stratégie. It is set
in a future 2089 where characters are live-action roleplayers attempting
to revive the French Revolution three hundred years later using a mix
of muskets, laser pistols, and androids. Character creation uses
random-roll attributes (2d6 each for Intelligence, Dexterity, Body and
Appearance). Each attribute has three skills. For resolution, the
player rolls from 2d6 to 4d6 depending on the difficulty, trying to
roll under attribute or skill value. The game itself divides the
reenactment into six sequences that mix historic events with
futuristic twists and turns.
- 1st ed by Xavier Bottet (1992) self-published
A French-language space opera RPG, set in a galaxy controlled by
a high-tech Church.
- 1st French ed by David Benoît, Sébastian Célerin, Mathieu Gaborit, Grégoire Laakman, Jean-Rémy Levin, Jean-Baptist Lullien, Stéphane Marsan, Xavier Spinat (1999) Multisim
- 1st English ed (2001)
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG, set on an original
fantasy world: "Harmonde", by Mathieu Gaborit. The PC's are
"Inspirés" -- imbued with magical powers by the Muses to
fight the evil Masque which threatens the world. The PC's may be
humans as well as minotaurs, sprites, dwarves, ogres, and other
fantasy races. The system uses attribute + skill + 1d10 vs
- 1st ed by Solo (1992) Éditions de la Lune-Sang
A French-language alien-invasion RPG, set in the modern world
where horrific aliens have just invaded -- with a rather
- 1st ed by Patrick Philip, Michel Philip, Eric Lautier, Bernard Jullion, Jean-René Jullion (1989) D3 Éditions
A French-language sci-fi RPG set in the 27th century. The name comes
from a clan (Alter-Egos) of genetically engineered, telepathic twins
who always operate together. Each pair also has an intelligent
extraterrestrial companion animal (a gernaute), resembling a gerbil.
Other clans include the argo nautes (criminals), astro nautes (pilots),
cyber nautes (cybernetic technicians), docto nautes (NPC scientists),
interco nautes (soldiers), secto nautes (missionaries), techno nautes
(trade union of miscellaneous professionals). It uses a simple
percentile skill-based system, including brief rules for robots and
- 1st ed (1992) Presses Alternatives
A French-language universal system.
- 1st ed by Croc (1988) Siroz / Ideojeux
A French-language non-violent fantasy RPG, set in a fairly
idyllic fantasy world with no metal where humans and animals live
in harmony. Technology is largely done through symbiosis with
various animals. Inspired by "La Planete Oubliee" by
M. Leinster. The system is derived from
Bitume. There are 10 attributes with point-bought skills.
Action resolution is mostly percentile, and includes mechanics
for social relations and intimidation (since violence is rare).
- 1st ed by Pierre Rosenthal (1989) Siroz / Ideojeux
A French-language sci-fi RPG. It is set in a future Earth where
a deadly mutagene agent created several very distinct ecosystems
-- so different that only through mutations can people hope to
Aux Armes Citoyens!
- 1st ed by Coste, Bocquet (1988) Cubic 6
A French-language historical RPG, set in the French Revolution --
Monarchists against "Sans Culottes". It uses a fairly simple system
with five attributes (2-12) and skills from +0 to +3. Action
resolution uses 2d6.
- 1st ed by Francois Nedelec (1986) Robert Laffont Éditeur
A French-language historical RPG, set in the barbaric times
before the coming of Charlemagne. That is, Europe ca. 400-700 A.D.
- 1st ed by Laurent Ryder (1990) Stonehenge
A French-language modern-day pulp RPG, based on "Bob Morane"
serie of novels published in the 60s-70s. It mixes sci-fi and
fantasy in variout fantastic adventures. Originally published as
text files on floppy disks.
- 1st ed by Laurent Tremel (1989) Siroz / Ideojeux
- 2nd ed (1995)
A French-language dark-future RPG, where the PC's are police
in a nightmarish city's worst bourough (Sector 18). This had
several releases, the first ones being part of the
- 1st ed by Bertrand Triplet (1988) self-published
- 2nd ed (1990) Les Silmarils
A French-language universal mini-RPG with minimalist rules that
fit on a single page. Character creation is either point-based or
random-roll attributes. It included an advertisement for a
Hollow Earth setting.
- 1st ed by Croc (1985) self-published
- 2nd ed (1986)
- 3rd ed (1989) Siroz / Ideojeux
- Mk5 ed (1992)
A French-language post-apocalyptic RPG in the genre of Mad
Max. The first game of Croc, one of France's famous game
- 1st ed by Croc (1991) Siroz/Ideojeux
A French-language heroic fantasy game, set on the fantasy
continent of Tanaephis -- a violent and wild land.
- 1st ed by Bruno Merandon (1992) Le Korrigan
A French-language pirate RPG.
Cadwallon: The Free City
- 1st French ed by Arnaud Cuidet, Bruno Bechu, Damien Desnous, Franck Plasse, Gregoire Laakmann, Ivo Garcia, Jean Bay, Nicolas Raoult, Sebastien Celerin, Vincent Kaufmann, Willem Peerbolte, Xavier Spinat (2005) Rackham
- 1st English ed (2006) Rackham
A tactical fantasy role-playing game in French and English, designed
for use with miniatures and compatible with the Confrontation fantasy
miniatures game. The game world is a traditional fantasy world
("Aarklash") inhabited by Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Goblins, Orcs,
Ogres, and Wolfen. The game is set in the free city of Cadwallon,
which was founded by a mercenary company and leases troops to the
various nations surrounding it that are in the process of entering a
massive war, the Rag'narok. It uses a d6 dice pool system where
characters have "attitudes" rather than standard attributes. The
attitudes are Pugnacity, Style, Sleight, Opportunism, Discipline, and
Subtlety. Character creation is by picking a race and culture (which
modify attitudes from their base of 2), distributing some flexible
points for skills and raising attitudes, and then picking 3 trade
ranks from the 37 trades. Tasks are resolved by rolling a number of
d6 equal to your skill level, taking the highest and adding the
appropriate attribute to compare against the difficulty. In action
scenes, dice are split between an action pool and reaction pool --
which are refreshed according to the character's trade scores.
Chasseurs de Monstres
- 1st ed (1999) Hachette
A French-language fantasy mini-RPG intended for children. this
game (a 10-pager) was included in a book about mythology,
folklore and standard (i.e. ghosts & vampires) monsters, for
- 1st ed by Jean-Luc Bizien (1994) Multisim
A French-language historical RPG, sequel to
Hurlements. The PC's are Dragons
(i.e. top-ranking were-creatures in the Hurlements world),
incarnated on Earth to experience life.
- 1st ed by Francois Suter (1993) Les Createurs Genevois
A French-language cross-genre, time-travel RPG.
La Compagnie des Glaces
- 1st ed by Jean-Pierre Pecau (1986) Jeux Actuels
A French-language sci-fi RPG, based on a series of novels of the
same name by G.J. Arnaud. Set in a future where the Earth is
covered by ice, and the only civilization that remains is
a group of enormous trains. It uses a percentile skill-based
- 1st ed by Antoine Bauza (2005) 7ème Cercle
A French-language children's fantasy RPG, whose title translates to
roughly "Bewitching Tales". (This is a professional release based
on an amateur RPG publication.) It is set on a flat world that humans
share with imps, fairies, and goblins. The PCs are youthful wizards
and witches who all can fly on broomsticks. It uses a simple system
where you roll 2d6 over a target number based on a universal chart
that crosses your stat (with three named levels) and difficulty
(rated 3 to 10).
Les Divisions de l'Ombre
- 1st ed by Philippe Chouvel, Christophe Guy (1989) Flamberge
A French-language sci-fi RPG, set in a near future (2030's) where
freedom fighters struggles against fascist, alien-controlled
authorities. The boxed set includes a 84-page rulebook, 32-page
Atlas 2030, and 28-page GM booklet.
- 1st ed by Mathieu Gaborit, Guillaume Vincent (1994) Tritel / Délires
A French-language Victorian sci-fi RPG, a la Jules Verne. It is
set in a detailed fantasy world drowned in a corrosive matter
("écryme"), where only a few islands survive.
Civilization is early industrial -- with trains, airships, and
muskets -- and rife with political intrigue. The book is divided
into three parts of equal length: a worldbook, rulebook, and an
introductory scenario for 5 pre-made characters.
- 1st ed by Alexandre Bidot, Caroline Jehan, Denis Bodin (1994) Ormékiane Productions
A French-language post-apocalyptic fantasy RPG, set 87 years after
the second armageddon in an original setting (Eleckase). In a
confused era, the twenty nations face various magical
prophecies. The game features cosmic mysteries over the five
entities: Chaos, Loi, Balance, Pendule and Magic. There are
13 races including dwarf, elf, gnome, and various others.
Character creation is class-based, with 23 attributes and
a wide variety of skills.
- 1st ed by Francois Nedelec (1984) Robert Laffont, Editor
- 2nd ed by Francois Nedelec, Jean-Charles Rodriguez, Sylvie Rodriguez (1987) [trade paperback]
A French-language space opera RPG, set in a universe of
thousand of stars and many alien races. PC's include merchants of
"The Hanse", telepath priests, Empire soldiers, and teknorobot
engineers. The 2nd edition was published as a mainstream book.
The mechanics are based on stat multiplied by 2d6 vs difficulty.
Empires et Dynasties
- 1st ed by Patrick Durand-Peyrolles (1987) PB Productions
- 2nd ed (1988) Editions Dragon Radieux
A French-language fantasy RPG with a touch of sci-fi.
It features playing thru many generations of characters
- 1st ed (1996) CRJH
A French-language space opera RPG in the mood of the 60s-70s
novels by Asimov, Dick and other similar authors.
Enfer et Damnation
- 1st ed (unknown - pre-1990) Casus Belli / Excelsior Publications / Jeux Descartes
A French-language horror RPG, where the PC's are dead people sent
back from Heaven for missions on Earth. Published in
"Jeux et Stratégies" magazine.
- 1st ed by Philippe Mercier (1985) Les Elfes
A French-language fantasy RPG. Written by one of the creators
of the Légendes system.
- 1st ed by [Multisim staff] (1996) Multisim
A French-language Renaissance-era fantasy RPG, set in a
world where a mysterious continent has newly appeared a few
hundred miles out to sea, ripe for exploration.
- 1st ed by Croc, Mathias Twardowski (1991) Siroz/Ideojeux
A French-language sci-fi RPG, set in a near future where the
world is being controlled by a secret power using robots
troubleshooters, opposed by heroic rebels -- a la "Running Man".
- 1st ed by Valerie Bizien, Jean-Luc Bizien (1989) Éditions de la Lune Sang
A French-language historical RPG where the PC's are with
a caravan that has slowly rolled thru France from the middle ages
to the beginning of the 20th century.
- 1st [French] ed by Croc (1989) Siroz
- 2st [English] ed by Derek Pearcy (1997) Steve Jackson Games
A modern-day-magic RPG about the ongoing War between angels and
demons, where both sides can be ugly and treacherous in trying to
win the battle of intrigue over men's souls. The original
French-language game came in two parts ("In Nomine Satanis /
Magna Veritas"), and was much more tongue-in-cheek than the
American game. The mechanics of the English game are a fixed
roll of 2d6 versus skill, with the quality of success determined
by a third die (dubbed "d666").
In Scolare Laboris / Magna Delirium
- 1st ed (unknown) Frères-Dragons Éditions
A French-language horror RPG about school boys and girls (about
college age) stuck in a demon-operated school. Formerly known as
"Compte à Rebours".
- 1st ed by Willy Favre, Jérôme Larré, Neko, Christophe Valla, Julien Heylbroeck (2007) 7ème Cercle
A post-apocalyptic science fantasy RPG set in Japan in the year 2046,
after a mysterious event (the "Kuro Incident") has cut Japan off from
the rest of the world and re-awakened elements from Japanese mythology.
It uses an original system.
- 1st ed by Patrick Savary, Laurent Gabella (1988) Éditions ECG
A French-language fantasy RPG -- the first Swiss RPG. It
features onirism, symbols, and psycho-analysis. The book is
illustrated with original engravings and eau-fortes, and
- 1st ed by Stéphane Daudier, Marc Deladerrière, Philippe Mercier, Jean Marc Montel, Guillaume Rohmer (1983) Jeux Descartes
- Légendes des 1001 Nuits ed by Jean Marc Montel (1984)
- Légendes Celtiques ed by Philippe Mercier, Stéphane Daudier, Guillaume Rohmer, Jean Marc Montel, Marc Deladerrière (1985)
- Premières Légendes ed (1986)
- De La Table Ronde ed by Anne Vetillard (1986)
- Vallée des Rois ed by Christian Caroli (1987)
- Des Cités ed by Didier Franque (1993) Antre du Dragon
A French-language historical fantasy RPG system, released as
several games focusing on different time periods. "LÉgendes
Celtique" was also released in English as "Celtic Legends".
The original game has complex rules and focuses on very
detailed historical/legendary background. "1001 Nights" also
uses these rules. A simplified version of the rules
("Premières Légendes") was later released, which
the later supplements use. The simplified version has 3 basic attributes,
each of which has 3 sub-attributes. There are 8 Gifts, each of which
govern a set of skills. Action resolution uses a d20. The official
settings included "LÉgendes Celtique" (pre-Roman Celtic
civilization); "LÉgendes de la Table Ronde" (Arthurian
Britain); "LÉgendes Mille et Une Nuits" (based on 1001
Arabian Nights); and "LÉgendes de la Vallée des Rois"
(ancient Egypt). There was also a third-party supplement for ancient
Greece, "Légendes des Cités".
Légendes des Contrées Oubliées
- 1st ed by G.E. Ranne, Stephane Bura (1995) Delcourt
A French-language heroic fantasy RPG, adapted from a serie of
French comic books of the same name.
La Lutte des Gemmes
- 1st ed (1995) Presses du Midi
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG.
Jack Vance's Lyonesse
- 1st ed by Philippe Genequand, Raphael Kissling, Boris Leu, Didier Salzmann (1999) Men-in-Cheese
A French-language fantasy RPG based on the trilogy of novels by Jack
Vance. It is set in the kingdom of Lyonesse, within an imaginary
archipelago ("Isles Anciennes") between Spain, France and Ireland.
The background has a strong Celtic flavor mixed with historical
- 1st ed by Ivan Strobino (1992) L'Arkalance
A French-language generic fantasy RPG system, intended for a
variety of fantasy worlds.
- 1st ed by Michel Gaudo, Guillaume Rohmer (1985) Jeux Descartes
A French-language Victorian horror RPG, set around 1880-1920
with various witch doctors and occult sorcerers in the
background. One of the 5 top-selling RPGs in France at one
- 1st ed by Koneko (unknown) self-published
A French-language generic manga RPG (Japanese comic-book), aimed
at allowing easy adaptations of Manga settings.
- 1st ed by Didier Guiserix, Michel Brassinne (1984) Jeux & Strategie magazine
- 2nd ed (1986) Jeux & Strategie magazine
- 3rd ed (1992) Casus Belli magazine
- 4th ed (1993) Descartes
A French-language time-travel / alternate-worlds RPG (MEGA is
short for "Messagers Galactiques" or "Galactic Messengers"). The
first three editions appeared as special magazine issues (in
J&S and CB). The 4th edition (hardcover) includes the
campaign includes the campaign "Le Voleur d'Ygol" by Tristan
- 1st ed by Francois Perrinel (1991) FLEO
A French-language modern-day action RPG. It uses a system intent on
realism, including extensive weapon tables. Character creation is
skill-based, with modifiers depending on whether you choose a civilian
or military career.
- 1st ed by Christoph Guillermet (1991) Éditions Role'Mag
A French-language space opera RPG, published by the game magazine
"Role'Mag". It is set among seven worlds created by gods, complete
with magic and demigods and various powerful organizations.
It includes three booklets: a 76-page rulebook, a 26-page universe
book, and an 18-page scenario book. The rules include 14 races
ranging from cat-men and bird-men, to more exotic races like the
Levyx (who are legless but levitate and have "hyper-vision").
Stats are based on a mix of random-roll and profession choices.
Attributes are tested on 1d20, while skills are percentile.
La Méthode du Docteur Chestel
- 1st ed by Daniel Danjean (1991) Presses du Midi
A French-language sci-fi RPG, where the PC's are psychiatrists
who telepathically enter people's dreams to help them. The catch
is that mistakes can leave the doctor dead or brain-dead, or the
patient in worse shape than before.
- 1st ed by Benoit Clerc (1995) Sans Peur et Sans Reproche
A French-language historical RPG set in the era of the crusades.
The PC's are Templar Knights, although supplements cover other
character types. The system uses playing cards (i.e. Ace thru
- 1st ed by Gilles Candotti (1990) Éditions des Sept Pierres
A French-language RPG, subtitled "The Game of Adaptation".
Players play themselves, mysteriously transported to an unknown
world, with only a pocket knife and a hangover. It includes a
detailed background for this world.
Mondes et Heros
- 1st ed by [the "Migou" team] (1995) Gallimard
A French-language RPG line. It is an attempt at an easy RPG by
putting players in pre-generated roles as characters lifted from
novels. It had several books released: "Marid Audran" (from the
books by G.A. Effinger); "Odysseus" (from Homer's Oddessey);
"Orlando"; and "Sherlock Holmes".
- 1st ed by Michel Gaudo (1988) Oriflam
A French-language hard science-fiction RPG, with only a few outer
- 1st ed (unknown) PL Productions
A French-language sci-fi RPG set in the near future as the Earth is
being invaded by aliens.
Mythes et Légendes
- 1st ed by A. L. Gohin (unknown) self-published
A French-language traditional medieval fantasy RPG.
- 1st [French] ed by Fabrice Lamidey, Frederic Weil (1991) Multisim
- 2nd [French] ed (1992)
- 1st [English] ed by Fabrice Lamidey, Sam Shirley, Greg Stafford, Frederic Weil (1994) Chaosium
An occult RPG where characters are immortal creatures that
awaken in human form. First edition was French-language, later
translated into English.
- 1st ed by Croc (1995) Siroz
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG, set in the world of the
Seven Cities, a giant megalopolis where crime is everpresent.
PC's are thieves who fight machiavelian authorities to earn their
livings. It includes detailed background on the Seven Cities.
Character generation is class-based, with a wide variety of
classes and races. Races include dwarves and elves but also many
- 1st ed (1985) Fondation du Stratège
A French-language historical RPG set in ancient Egypt. The
is diceless, using order sheets with wargame-like overtones.
- 1st ed (unknown) Paule et Mick Corp.
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG.
Le Petit Peuple
- 1st ed (unknown) Casus Belli / Excelsior Publications / Jeux Descartes
A French-language humorous fantasy RPG where PC's are fairies,
leprechauns, korrigans, and other elves.
Les Petits Hommes
- 1st ed by Bruno Faidutti (unknown) self-published
A French-language modern-day fantasy RPG inspired by a popular
French comic book. The PC's are reduced to 1/10 of their
size and live in a high tech civilization, hidden from common
humans. The creator suggests playing in your own house using
Playmobil as Scale 1 figures.
- 1st ed by Philippe Tessier (1997) Halloween Concepts
A French-language post-apocalyptic RPG where humanity has migrated
to live undersea after a nuclear war has laid waste to the
- 1st ed by Philippe Chouvel, Olivier Gasnier, Christophe Guy (1990) Flamberge
A French-language modern-day horror RPG, where the PC's are
a vampire's caravan trying to survive against fanatical vampires
hunters' attacks. It uses a d12-based system. Characters are
random rolled, with a very few powers, advantages and skills.
- 1st ed by Arthur Agabek, Georges Favraud, Guillaume Cochard (2000) Athal
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG, set in the
"World of Dragons". It has a set of 9 non-traditional races.
Character creation is both class-based and point-based.
It has 9 or 10 supplements.
- 1st ed by Benoît Attinost, Julien Blondel, Geoffrey Picard, Philippe Tessier, Léonidas Vesperini, Timbre-Poste (2000) Halloween Concept
- 1st ed by Benoît Attinost, Julien Blondel, Geoffrey Picard, Philippe Tessier, Léonidas Vesperini, Timbre-Poste, Jean-Marc Maquin, Isabelle Vassaux, Antoine Clermond (2002) Darwin Project
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG, set in the Kingdoms of Kor.
Qin: The Warring States
- 1st French ed by Neko, Florrent, Kristoff, Romain d'Huissier, Pierre Buty (2005) 7ème Cercle
- 1st English ed (2007)
A semi-historical RPG set in China in 240 B.C., specifically the state
of Qin -- which in history will shortly conquer the other six states to
form a single nation. It uses an original system. Resolution uses a
"Yin/Yang" roll -- roll two ten-sided dice and subtract the lower result
from the higher. Which color die is lower is used in damage calculation.
Character creation is limited point-bought, spending 14 points on
five attributes based on the five Chinese elements, choice of one
gift and one weakness, spending 15 points on skills, and 15 points
on maneuvers and mystic arts.
- 1st ed by Marcel Larcenet (1994) Les Rêveurs de Runes
A French-language humorous modern-day RPG where the PC's
are caricatural, average French redneck in everyday situations.
The title translates as "The Smelly-under-the-arms Role-playing Game".
It uses a very simple system.
- 1st ed by Nicolas Julien, Thomas Baudoin (2002) self-published
A French-language military science fiction RPG, in the genre of
Heinlein's "Starship Troopers". It is set in a galaxy inhabited
by Humans, the Ullar (orca-descended humanoids, now wandering
mercernaries), the Adharax (enigmatic tentacled creatures), and
Shankkar (warlike cat-people). It uses a simple system of attribute
+ skill + 1d10 vs difficulty, with some special modifiers.
- 1st ed by Raphael Bardas, Sebastien Celerin, Mael Le Mee, Tristan Lhomme, Frederic Weil (2002) Multisim
A French-language RPG set in an alternate history called the
"Twisted 50's" -- inspired by uchronic dystopian fiction like Dark
City and Brazil. Governments were telepathically contacted by aliens
in the mid-19th century, which have largely unified into power blocks
in preparation for contact. The PCs are part of the resistance
against this world government. Character creation is based on
rolling 1d10 on a universal chart which compares skill to difficulty.
Skill is determined by a combination of freeform, binary "domain"
traits and "verb" traits. Your skill for a task is based on the
number of traits which apply. There is also a form of fate points:
a pool of "Death" points which players add to gain bonuses, and
which the GM draws from to cause penalties.
Rêve de Dragon
- 1st (French) ed by Denis Gerfaud (1985) Nouvelles Editions Fantastiques
Nouvelles Editions Fantastiques Ludodélire
- 2nd (French) ed (1993) Multisim
- 1st (English) ed (2002) Malcontent Games
A French-language fantasy RPG, set in an ever changing and poetic
world dreamed by dragons. The PC's are travellers there, who
walk along the Low and High Lands of dream, and fight magic
dangers and dream creatures. One of the best-selling games in
France. A beginner's version of the game was also made,
entitled "Oniros". There is also an English edition, published
- 1st ed by Sicart (unknown) self-published
A French-language RPG of playing common housecats (?!?).
ROLE: Regles Optionnelles Limitees a l'Essentiel
- 1st ed by Francois Nedelec, Didier Guiserix (1985) Casus Belli magazine
A French-language universal mini-RPG (2 pages). Later was
republished in the magazine Casus Belli #34 and in the games
Avant Charlemagne and
- 1st ed by David Jamet (unknown) self-published
- 2nd ed (unknown)
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG. The 1st edition was
expensively laid out with a wooden GM screen and a bronze
10-sided die. The 2nd edition was only the rulebook.
Le Royaume des Dragons
- 1st ed by Paul Chion (unknown) Éditions Dragon Radieux
A French-language medieval fantasy mini-RPG (6 pages), aimed for
- 1st ed by Croc (1993) Siroz
A French-language modern-day fantasy RPG, including Dragons,
Faeries, Alchemists, and Technomancers. The characters are part
of a group composed of one Dragon creature, and several seemingly
normal people, who in fact are of Faerie blood, and drawn to the
Dragon's magical abilities. Dragons collect magic, Faerie need it
to survive, and in contact with it, regain their former selves.
It uses a fairly simple d6-based system. Character creation is
Silex et Mammouths
- 1st ed (unknown) unknown
A French-language prehistoric RPG, published by a gaming club in
- 1st ed by Pierre Rosenthal (1986) self-published
- "La fleur de l'Asiamar" ed (1987)
- 3rd ed (1988) self-published
- 4th ed (1989) Casus Belli magazine
- 5th ed (1994) Casus Belli magazine
A French-language universal RPG system. It is released under an
open license allowing anyone to use it for their rulebook.
Official games released using Simulacres system include
"Aventures Extraordinaires" (by Tristan Lhomme -- Victorian
sci-fi), "Capitaine Vaudou" (by J.P. Pecau -- pirates with voodoo
magic), "Cyber Age" (by Pierre Rosenthal -- cyberpunk) and "Sang
Dragon" (by Pierre Rosenthal -- heroic fantasy). There are also
a number of unofficial games, aided by the open license.
- 1st ed by P. N. Lapointe (unknown) Lapointe
"Dark Nightmare" -- A French-language horror RPG.
- 1st ed by P.N. Lapointe (unknown) Lapointe
A French-language space opera RPG.
- 1st ed by Croc (1993) Siroz / Ideojeux
A French-language science fantasy RPG. It is set in a distant
future where after Armageddon has occured, technology has
regressed, and a ruthless Catholic Church rules everything (even
La Terre Creuse
- 1st ed by Laurent Alonzo, Alain Paris (1989) Silmarils
A French-language sci-fi RPG, based on a series of novels of the
same name by Alain Paris. It is set in the far future of an
alternate history where WWII ended in thermonuclear war and
people live in the shadow of a Nazi Germany turned into a
- 1st ed by Leonidas Vesperini, Orso Vesperini (1995) Jeux Descartes
A French-language RPG based on P.J. Farmer's World of Tiers series
of novels. The universe includes several worlds created and rules by
powerful beings called the Thoans, linked by interdimensional gates.
The central world (and the only one covered in the basic rules) is
an enormous tower with circular levels surrounding a central mountain
topped by the Lord's citadel. The basic games includes a wealth of
source material on this "World of Tiers". The rules are a dice-pool
system geared for beginners. Action resolution is by rolling d6's
equal to one's attribute, where each die over a target number counts
as 1 success. Character creation is based on a fixed set of 20
templates. Combat uses a complex system where players pre-allocate
a set of action ranks each round.
- 1st ed by Staphane Gally (1991) Les Créateurs Genevois
A French-language sci-fi RPG from Switzerland, with some touches
of fantasy. It is set 200 years after warlike humans unload upon a
galaxy which until then had known 10 millenia of peace. Strange
phenomena and powers have also begun to manifest.
- 1st [French] ed (1986) "Chroniques d'outre monde" Magazine
- 2nd [French] ed (1988) Aujourd'hui Communication
- 1st [English] ed (1992) Darcsyde Productions
A modern RPG about violent crime, originally published in
magazine format. The concept is fairly "normal" characters who
get thrown into realistic violent situation and must fight for
their lives -- softened somewhat that characters who die are
returned to life. It uses random-roll attributes and
point-bought skills. The combat system is complex, realistic,
and (predictably) deadly.
- 1st ed by Fabrice Cayla (1983) Jeux Actuels
- 2nd ed (1984)
- 3rd ed (1987)
A French-language fantasy genre RPG, the first French RPG. It
is set in the largely open world of Linaïs, which is
inhabited by six types of humans: mountain people, forest people,
sea people, etc. The PCs have the defined goal to fight against
the lords of destruction, become powerful enough to pass the
ultimate test, cross the door, and join the lords of balance.
It uses a skill-based system similar to Chaosium's
Basic Role-playing, with
six attributes (determined by 3d6): Intelligence, Force,
Dextérité, Pouvoir, Constitution, Charisme.
There are also broad skills (only 10 in the original game),
calculated by the sum of two or three attributes. These are
increased only be increasing the attributes themselves. Character
advancement is done by buying "training courses" in schools that
increase attributes. It includes a magic system based on your
Magic skill rating, with choice and number of spells determined by
your skill. The expanded second edition is entitled
"Les Chroniques de Linaïs".
- Silrin ed by Laurent Trémel, Nicolas Théry, Eric Bouchaud, Fred Pannetier, Franck Bouchaud (1988) Siroz
- Koros ed by Laurent Trémel, Nicolas Théry, Eric Bouchaud, Fred Pannetier, Yann, José Das Neves (1988)
- Berlin XVIII ed by Olivier Noël, Laurent Trémel, Fréderic Texier, Eric Bouchaud, Nicolas Théry (1989)
A French-language series of sci-fi mini-RPGs: "Silrin",
"Koros", "Berlin XVIII", and a few others. Each book detailed a
single star system. Berlin XVIII
was later released as its own game. It uses a percentile skill-based
- 1st ed by Alexandre Amirà, Remi Barbarin, Julien Blondel, Arnaud Cuidet, Miroslav Dragan, Philippe Fenot, Johan Scipion, Pascal Bernard, Michaël Croitoriu, Loïc Portnoë, Léonidas Vesperini, Gaylord Desurmont, Gr´gory Privat (2004) 7ème Cercle
A French-language post-apocalyptic RPG, set in Europe of 2037 after
three decades of deteriorating chaos rather than a single cataclysmic
event. Humanity has fallen and vermin have taken over. It uses an
original system with dice-pool mechanics and limited point-bought
- 1st ed by David Sicé (1994) Warp 9
A French-language unofficial RPG adaptation of the television
series Star Trek:The Next Geneation. It was sold as a fanzine,
with each issue adding rules to the game.
- 1st ed by Laurent Trémel, Eric Bouchaud, Nicolas Théry (1988) Siroz
A French-language sci-fi mecha RPG, with powered-armor warriors
of devastating power. It uses a variant of the
- 1st ed by Patrick Durand-Peyrolles (1995) Tamise Productions
A French-language medieval fantasy RPG. It uses a d6 and d100
- 1st ed by Nicolas Thery, Franck Bouchaud (1986) Siroz
A French-language modern-day suburban-violence / teen
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