Role-playing games are games in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.
List of Role-playing games
This is a list of free/libre role-playing games:
|Allure of the Stars||2018-06-30||Roguelike, RPG, TBS|
Allure of the Stars is a near-future Sci-Fi roguelike and tactical squad game. Binaries and the game manual are available at the homepage, where you can also try the game out in the browser. (http://allureofthestars.com/play Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)
Not a single picture in this game. You have to imagine everything yourself, like with a book (a grown-up book, without pictures). Once you learn to imagine things, though, you can keep exploring and mastering the world and making up stories for a long time. The gameplay manual  may also help. Enjoy!
|Andor's Trail||2014-02-22||Role-playing game||
Andor's Trail is a role-playing game for Android. It has mechanics similar to roguelikes.
Ardentryst is an RPG and side-scroller written by Jordan Trudgett. As of 2009-09-19, the latest version of the game is 1.71 released on May 6th, 2009. It was written in the Python programming language and uses the Pygame library.
|Blades of Exile||2015-03-15||RPG|
Blades of Exile is an RPG of the Exile series, released in 1997 by Spiderweb Software for the Windows and Macintosh platforms. The game was created after the main trilogy and provides three little scenarios and a scenario editor.
Cataclysm is a zombie apocalypse-themed roguelike survival game developed in C++ by Zachary "Whales" Jenkins, and released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. It is no longer being actively developed. A fork of the game, titled Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, was started by fans of the original Cataclysm and continues to see frequent development.
|Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead||2015-03-11||Roguelike||
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead (sometimes abbreviated DDA) is an open-world roguelike survival simulation game. It is primarily coded in C++ and Lua. The game is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike version 3.0, though it uses two fonts that are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 and GPL version 2 respectively. Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an offshoot of the original Cataclysm by Zachary "Whales" Jenkins, which is no longer actively maintained. Dark Days Ahead's most recent stable release is 0.C "Cooper," which appeared in March of 2015, though the game sees daily commits to its "experimental" builds.
Set in a near-future New England in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead puts the player in the role of a lone survivor who must gather resources, train skills, craft useful items, and fight monsters across the blasted, ruinous wasteland of the former United States. This nightmare world is populated not only by the undead, but also by monsters of many other stripes. It will take careful management, foresight, and no small degree of luck to survive the dark days ahead.
|Cheese Boys||April 26th, 2009||RPG||
Cheese Boys is an RPG game written in Python using the Pygame library by Keul (Luca Fabbri). The latest version of the game is 0.2.0 released on April 26th 2009. It is licensed under the GPL.
Crossfire is a Massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by Frank Tore Johansen. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Mark Wedel is the current maintainer of the project.
DNT (formaly known as DccNiTghtmare) is a free 3D single player RPG in a satirical post-apocalyptical world. The game development started in early 2005 and is still active today.
|Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup||2018-09-18||Roguelike, RPG|
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (often shortened to Dungeon Crawl, Crawl, or DCSS) is a roguelike dungeon crawler Role-playing game. It is written in the C++ programming language, and is licensed under the GPL Version 2+. Stone Soup is a successor to the game Linley's Dungeon Crawl (also frequently shortened to Dungeon Crawl) by Linley Henzell, which was developed in the 1990's. After Henzell stopped developing Dungeon Crawl in 1999, a group of contributors kept the game alive until, in 2006, the Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup project began. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup's most recent version is 0.21.1, which was released on February 3rd, 2018. The game is available in both graphical tile and ASCII versions and does not require 3D hardware acceleration. The graphical tiles are largely released as CC0 (public domain), but some are unclearly licensed and so it is possible that only the ASCII version of the game is completely libre.
In Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup the player must delve deep into a dangerous, monster-infested dungeon on a quest to retrieve the fabled Orb of Zot, then return with it to the surface. In order to get to the Orb, the player must first collect a series of magical runes hidden throughout the various branches of the dungeon, all while encountering traps, finding magical and/or cursed items, and battling many enemies. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup has a great many race and class combinations to play, and numerous gods to worship, all of which will drastically affect playstyle and game outcome. A lively player community exists around the game. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup can be played both offline and online in a web browser, and there are frequent competitive tournaments.
Egoboo is a 3D role-playing game. The stated aim of the developers is "to create a fully free, 3D, Rogue and Zelda-like in the spirit of Nethack". Both the data and the source code are licensed under the GPL. It is written in the C programming language.
Empty Clip is a 2D role-playing game written by Alan Witkowski in 2006. The game is licensed under the GPLv2. The latest version of the game is 1.0.3 released on 7 April, 2008. It is written in the C++ programming language with the SDL library.
Erebus is an classic point-n-click style RPG (role playing game) with 2D graphics. It is available for PCs, smartphones, tablets and handhelds. The current alpha version is already playable.
At this stage there are 3 quests and randomly generated dungeons.
FLARE is the Free/Libre Action Roleplaying Engine.
In the beginning of the game, the player gets to choose what race the in-game character should have. Each race has different abilities and skills (such as Strength, Health, Magic and Stealth). As the player completes missions and defeat enemies, the character will receive experience-points and level up. Leveling up will allow the player to improve skills and abilities of the character.
By completing missions and looting dead enemies, the player will collect gold. This can be used to purchase new equipment, weapons and armour at different traders.
The game was originally named OSARE, the game moved away from the moniker "open source" as Richard Stallman's precondition for support.
Youtube has a gameplay video here.
Youtube has a Flare: Empyrean Campaign trailer here.
|Fall Of Imiryn||Unknown||RPG|
|Freedroid RPG||2016-04-02||RPG, Post-apocalyptic||
GalaxyMage is a free, open-source tactical RPG. The project began in late 2005(Registered on GNA.org on November 10, 2005) and was founded by Colin McMillen. It is licensed under GPLv2. There were several public releases up until March 2006. The last official release is version 0.3.
The project itself is now considered defunct. The official website is no longer functional. However, people still interested in seeing the game's progress can still access GalaxyMage's Gna project page.
GearHead is a futuristic roguelike game, created by Joseph Hewitt. GearHead 1 is the first roguelike to explore the world of "mecha" (giant robots). Lots of futuristic jobs and skills (mecha pilot, medic, etc.) are available, as well as piloting those mecha. A sequel, creatively named GearHead 2, is in the making. It is licensed under the LGPL.
|GearHead 2||2017-12-03||Roguelike RPG|
GearHead 2 is a futuristic roguelike, the sequel to GearHead and is currently under development. Both games are the creation of Joseph Hewitt. The latest version is v0.628, released on July 1st, 2010. This game is licensed under the LGPL. The first release of the GearHead 2 game was version 0.421 on April 3rd, 2007.
|Goblin Hack||2009-03-24||RPG, Roguelike||
Goblin Hack is a real-time roguelike game with flashily colored ASCII art. It uses the SDL library and is programmed in the C++ programming language. The game is licensed under the GPLv2. The latest version of the game is 1.18 released on March 8th, 2008.
|Hack||no image||2009-02-14||Roguelike, Text|
|Hero of Allacrost||2015-06-30||RPG|
The team's official description of the game is as follows:
The game will be released in modules, rather than waiting until the entire game is finished to make a release. Once a new module is released, players can download it and install it, which will make more content available for the player to continue the game from where they last saved. Each Allacrost release will contain a new chapter of the story. Each section is released when it is completely finished.
|Heroes of Wesnoth||2009-09-03||RPG||
Heroes of Wesnoth is a RPG, written by Jon Ander, and set in the universe of Battle for Wesnoth. The last version of the game is 0.1.2, released on September 3th, 2009. It is licensed under the GPLv3.  It is written in the C++ programming language and uses the SDL library.
|Iris2 3D Client - for Ultima Online||2011-05-06||RPG|
Iris 2.0 is a highly customizable cross-platform open-source 2D/3D client for playing the MMORPG "Ultima Online" (tm) on Freeshards. Iris2 uses the Ogre3D engine and Lugre, a middleware to use the Lua scripting language.
Iris2 has reached a playable state, but development continues.
|Iter Vehemens ad Necem||2004-12-10||Roguelike game, RPG||
Iter Vehemens ad Necem (Violent Road to Death in Latin) (IVAN) is a graphical Roguelike game developed by Heikki Sairanen, Tuukka Virtaperko, aand Timo Kiviluoto. The latest version of the game is 0.50 released on December 10th, 2004.
One of the game's specialties is the body parts system: the player can lose and regain limbs which have individual health points and strength.
|Java Classic Role Playing Game||2010-06-07||RPG|
Java Classic Role Playing Game (JCRPG) is a 3D RPG and framework written in Java the programming language. The game is licensed under the GNU LGPL v3.0. Media is licensed under free licenses (GPL,CC, PD, etc)
The latest version is svn svn20100525 released on May 25th, 2010.
Javelin is a free open-source single-player role-playing game written in Java that uses d20 as the rule system – also found in Dungeons and Dragons (versions 3.0 and 3.5) and its successor Pathfinder. It draws heavy inspiration from many other video games, from Jagged Alliance and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup to Pokémon and the Final Fantasy series.
|LambdaHack||2018-06-30||Roguelike, Engine, RPG, TBS|
LambdaHack is a Haskell  game engine library for ASCII roguelike games of arbitrary theme, size and complexity, with optional tactical squad combat. It's packaged together with a little example dungeon crawler in fantasy setting that can be tried out in the browser. (http://lambdahack.github.io --- It runs fastest on Chrome. Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)
|OPMon||no image||2018-11-04||Role-playing game Role-playingAdventure|
OpMon is a Pokémon-like game started in 2016.
OpenDungeons is an open source, real time strategy game sharing game elements with the Dungeon Keeper series and Evil Genius. Players build an underground dungeon which is inhabited by creatures. Players fight each other for control of the underground by indirectly commanding their creatures, directly casting spells in combat, and luring enemies into sinister traps.
|PARPG||no image||2010-03-10||RPG, Post-apocalyptic||
PARPG is a post-apocalyptic roleplaying game currently in the planning stage for a second techdemo release. Its source code is licensed under the GPLv3 and its assets under CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Development has since ceased.
|Passage||December 13th, 2007||RPG, Autobiographical|
Passage is an autobiographical RPG game by Jason Rohrer. It is his third game and the second to be released in the public domain. The source code is available on the homepage, so this is free software (the source code package contains a non-free piece of developer utility software, which is not needed on Debian). The game has been selected for the gamma256 event. The latest version of the game is 3 released on December 13, 2007. It uses the SDL library and its default resolution is 600x90.
Peragro Tempus will be a free multiplayer online role-playing game with a persistent world, which evolves according to nature and its inhabitants (players and NPCs). It has been in development since 2005, and is being built by a dedicated group of volunteers. Peragro Tempus is written in C++.
Radakan is a single-player RPG in a unique fantasy setting, driven by a freedom-of-choice environment, with focus on true role-playing instead of combat.
|RogueBox Adventures||2017-12-20||Roguelike, RPG|
RogueBox Adventures is a 2D graphical game that combines aspects of roguelikes and sandbox games like Minecraft. The player can fight monsters, craft tools and furniture, collect resources like wood and stone, and build a house using those resources. The game features a number of enemies and non-hostile NPCs.
|Silver Tree||no image||2007-11-17||RPG|
Silver Tree is a 3D role-playing game game created by David White. The latest version of the game is 0.2.1 released on November 17th, 2007 (this version marks the game as complete, although it still requires polishing).
|Sleep Is Death||no image||2010-11-15||multiplayer, RPG|
Sleep Is Death aka Geisterfahrer is a two-player RPG game written by Jason Rohrer. It is Rohrer's seventh game. Sleep is Death has the rare distinction of being one of the most successful commercial game in all free and open source gaming history. In addition, the game was public domain from the very beginning. The source code is available on the homepage, so this is free software.
Tangomon is an educational monster-battling game, similar in concept to the popular Pokemon series but with an educational twist.
The player starts with one "Tangomon" and three "Tangojis". Tangomon are monsters which exist in the world of the game. Tangojis are used to command the player's Tangomon to attack and defend; they are terms the player wants to learn, e.g. vocabulary words. When the player feels they have learned a given Tangoji sufficiently, it can be converted into a "Tangokan", which can be used to capture defeated enemy Tangomon.
The game does not have an ending. Instead, the goal of the game is to collect all Tangomon, and the player can then reset the game state and start over again from the beginning while keeping the same set of Tangojis and Tangokans.
Valyria Tear is an single-player 2D role playing game taking place in an medieval-fantasy world.
It is based on a fork of the Hero of Allacrost engine.
Veloren is a work-in-progress multiplayer voxel RPG inspired by Minecraft, Cube World and Dwarf Fortress.
- Code license
- Media license
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-  archived thread from the Ardentryst forum via wayback machine
- Avanor's sourceforge.net project page
- Sourceforge.net download page for the Avanor project
- Copying file in the Avanor sourceforge.net svn repoistory
- Blades of Exile for Linux :D
- Cheese Boys project page
- Download page for the Cheese Boys project
- license page in SVN repository
- Crossfire license page
- DNT's textures Licensing.
- Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup's sourceforge.net project page
- License for the game in GitHub repository of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
- egoboo-data's copyright file at Debian Packages
- Egoboo source's copyright file at Debian Packages
- Sourceforge.net project page for Egoboo
- Emptyclip's license page in Emptyclip's SVN hosted by sourceforge.net
- Download page for the Empty Clip project on sourceforge.net
- Empty Clip's project page at sourceforge.net
- License information
- Project renamed to FLARE
- Portraits of Giants
- Freeroid RPG's copyright file at Debian Packages
- The README at the project's GitLab page
- License page in Galaxymage's SVN repository at Gna!
- license.txt on Github
- Sourceforge.net download page GearHead 2 accessed on October 29th, 2009
- Goblin Hack's copyright information on the project's SVN repository
- Download page for the Goblin Hack project on sourceforge.net
- Debian Package
- Tyler Olsen's homepage - Contains information on the start of the Allacrost project.
- Hero of Allacrost FAQ - Has a question on the FAQ
- Allacrost FAQ
- Allacrost sourceforge.net project page
- Jon Ander's userpage on Gitorious
- v0.1.2 announcement
- Announcement of upgrade to GPLv3
- Ohloh.net report on Heroes of Wesnoth
- Iris2 developers list
- LICENSING file in it's SVN repository
- IVAN's developers list on SourceForge.net
- What is IVAN? on Ivanwiki
- Java Classic Role Playing Game's copyright file at it's subversion repository hosted by SourceForge.net
- JCRPG's download page on SourceForge.net
- http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=465532 (acc. 2008-12-04)
- Meritous README file accessed on October 14th, 2008.
- Meritious source code package accessed on October 14th, 2008.
- Debian: Overview of meritous source package (acc. 2008-11-22)
- Gamma256 page
- Passage's CVS Changelog
- Radakan's team
- Radakan's code license
- Radakan's art license
- Radakan's about page
- LICENSES in git