While others learned how to play RPGs with the most popular tabletop rpg, I learned with Ironsworn
I used to daydream playing RPGs, but couldn't convince at least 2 more people in my small town to begin any popular game. I finally found a complete solo, co-op, and GMed game where I could turn an army-of-one campaign or bring a buddy with me (no GM!). I started my solo campaign in The Havens since it looks like the safest region of the Ironlands. This is my first time I've played an RPG, and I went through the whole book. I was able to find boars and wolves that threaten produce farmers between settlements.
It was easy to have battles, reach victory or face immediate consequences. I wanted to keep moving further and realized it was possible to communicate with elves and giants. Soon there were Mammoths, wyverns, and bloodbound promises. Things get very interesting even if you're by yourself. I was able to teach a friend, and we jumped into another campaign. We haven't tried a GMed game, but Ironsworn has a strong potential to be the gateway into RPG, and probably the only stop since it's too good.
[5 of 5 Stars!]