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 role-playing games:
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 Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an offshoot of the original Cataclysm by Zachary "Whales" Jenkins, which is no longer actively maintained.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.
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||2016-05-05||Roguelike, RPG|
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.
|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||2016-06-30||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:
Hero of Allacrost is a single player 2D role-playing game that shares similar appearance and gameplay with classic console RPGs. In Hero of Allacrost, the player will explore rich environments, solve challenging dungeon puzzles, and fight strategic battles in an active-time based system.
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.
|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.
|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.
|Stendhal||2017-03-10||MMORPG, Adventure, RPG|
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.
-  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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- SourceForge: Project of the month, March 2010
- LICENSES in git