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Rolemaster is a fantasy Role-Playing Game created in 1980. As Dungeons & Dragons, it is a game system with classes, races, levels and experience points (no Character Alignments, however). Unlike D&D, it provided lots of optional rules with many detailed tables (one for each of the several dozen weapons) from the beginning. There are dozens of magic-using classes who have hundreds of spell lists available with more than 2,000 spells altogether. Some fans and non-fans call RM "Rulemaster" or even "Roll-Master" for this reason.

The game Middle Earth Role Playing by the same publisher is a streamlined version of Rolemaster.

Tropes used in Rolemaster include:

The Shadow World campaign setting has the following tropes: