ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – March 2014

I’ve been keeping track here of ENWorld’s chart of the “hottest RPGs” – hotness, in this case, being based on what’s being actively discussed on as wide a pool of internet fora and blogs as they can find RSS feeds for. Remember: this isn’t tracking sales, and it isn’t even tracking popularity (because conceivably a game could get onto the chart if there were a sufficiently virulent negative reaction to it).

I’ve been going month-by-month compiling this stuff to see how things change, and last month there seemed to be a big shakeup to the way the chart is compiled, so let’s see whether the change has stuck. Note that I’m presenting here the scores assigned to each game, not the percentages (which vary depending on which chart on the page you’re looking at due to the way you have a chart of non-D&D RPGs, a chart of D&D-based games, and a combined chart (new this month).

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	Pathfinder RPG				258
2	D&D Next (5E)				206
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			160
4	D&D 4th Edition				 92
5	FATE					 79
6	Old School Revival (OSR)		 40
7	World of Darkness			 39
8	13th Age				 38
9	Savage Worlds				 35
10	OD&D					 33
11	Numenera				 22
11	Shadowrun				 22
13	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 21
14	AD&D 2nd Edition			 19
15	Warhammer 40K				 15
15	Dungeon World				 15
17	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 14
17	GURPS					 14
19	Call of Cthulhu				 13
20	AD&D 1st Edition			 12
20	Castles & Crusades			 12
22	Earthdawn				  9
22	Exalted					  9
22	The One Ring				  9
25	Traveller				  8
25	Star Trek				  8
25	Gumshoe					  8
28	Mutant Chronicles			  7
28	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  7
30	Dragon Age				  6
30	Chainmail				  6
30	ICONS					  6
30	Dread					  6
30	CORTEX System				  6
35	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  5
35	Deadlands				  5
35	RIFTS					  5
38	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  4
38	HERO System / Champions			  4
40	Warhammer FRP				  3
40	Apocalypse World			  3
40	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  3
40	Eclipse Phase				  3
40	Ars Magica				  3
40	The Strange				  3
46	Stars Without Number			  2
46	Colonial Gothic				  2
46	Firefly					  2
46	d20 Modern				  2
46	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  2
46	Hobomancer				  2
52	True20					  1
52	Fading Suns				  1
52	Aberrant				  1
52	Feng Shui				  1
52	Smallville				  1
52	Rotted Capes				  1
52	Hackmaster				  1
52	d20 Future				  1
52	Runequest				  1
52	BESM					  1
52	Other Superhero RPGs			  1
52	Gamma World				  1
64	Alternity				  0
64	Marvel SAGA				  0
64	DC Heroes				  0
64	A Song of Ice & Fire			  0
64	Iron Kingdoms				  0
64	Brave New World				  0
64	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  0
64	Star Wars (d6)				  0
64	Paranoia				  0
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				DNC
--	Stage					DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

Note that according to the chart page a 0 score doesn’t mean nobody’s mentioned a particular game –  a statistically significant sample has shown up but no more than that. For sanity’s sake I’m only tracking zero-scores which previously scored. Games which did not chart presumably either failed to even yield a statistically significant sample or have had their categories retired from the chart (as appears to be the case with the redundant Dnd/Pathfinder category).

Here’s the chart showing how games’ relative positions have changed since last time.

RANK	GAME					CHANGE
1	Pathfinder RPG				  =
2	D&D Next (5E)				  =
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 -1
4	D&D 4th Edition				 +1
5	FATE					 -1
6	Old School Revival (OSR)		 +1
7	World of Darkness			 -1
8	13th Age				  =
9	Savage Worlds				 +1
10	OD&D					 +1
11	Numenera				 +1
11	Shadowrun				 -2
13	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  =
14	AD&D 2nd Edition			 +7
15	Warhammer 40K				 -1
15	Dungeon World				 +4
17	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 +8
17	GURPS					 +3
19	Call of Cthulhu				 -3
20	AD&D 1st Edition			 +4
20	Castles & Crusades			+12
22	Earthdawn				 +8
22	Exalted					 -4
22	The One Ring				 -8
25	Traveller				 -9
25	Star Trek				  =
25	Gumshoe					 +2
28	Mutant Chronicles			+13
28	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			-13
30	Dragon Age				 +5
30	Chainmail				 +7
30	ICONS					 -3
30	Dread					 +2
30	CORTEX System				 -8
35	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		 -8
35	Deadlands				  =
35	RIFTS					 +5
38	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	 +3
38	HERO System / Champions			 +2
40	Warhammer FRP				 -3
40	Apocalypse World			  =
40	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		 +6
40	Eclipse Phase				 -8
40	Ars Magica				 -3
40	The Strange				 +6
46	Stars Without Number			 -5
46	Colonial Gothic				 +4
46	Firefly					  =
46	d20 Modern				 +4
46	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			 +4
46	Hobomancer				 +4
52	True20					 -2
52	Fading Suns				 +9
52	Aberrant				 +9
52	Feng Shui				 -6
52	Smallville				 -2
52	Rotted Capes				 +9
52	Hackmaster				 -2
52	d20 Future				 -2
52	Runequest				+15
52	BESM					 -2
52	Other Superhero RPGs			 -2
52	Gamma World				-11
64	Alternity				-23
64	Marvel SAGA				 +3
64	DC Heroes				 -3
64	A Song of Ice & Fire			 -3
64	Iron Kingdoms				-18
64	Brave New World				 +3
64	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	 -3
64	Star Wars (d6)				 +3
64	Paranoia				 +3
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				!!!
--	Stage					!!!
!!! = Dropped off chart altogether.

Thoughts:

  • There was a draw at the number 2 position last time, but this time based on the absolute score D&D Next seems to have established a clear gap between it and 3rd Edition D&D. (Of course, arguably Pathfinder and D&D 3rd Edition should be counted together, since the differences between Pathfinder and 3rd Edition D&D aren’t really much more significant than the differences between the various Warhammer 40,000 RPGs).
  • Lots of ties towards the lower reaches, so the the changes in rank down there should be taken with a pinch of salt because sometimes games can have exactly the same score but a different numerical rank depending on the way the ties ahead of it pan out. Still, some significant stuff to note – Earthdawn discussion seems to have picked up for the second month in a row, for instance.
  • As usual, I have mild quibbles with some of the categories. In particular, something screwy is going on with Star Wars: supposedly, the SAGA/D20 editions of Star Wars are being discussed more than the brand new Edge of the Empire RPG, which seems unusual. Also, is the Edge of the Empire category solely for that game, or is it for all the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars RPGs (I’d have expecting to see a little more discussion about Age of Rebellion). For that matter, why are the Star Trek RPGs lumped together in one category when the systems for them are just as divergent as the various systems that have been used for Star Wars over the years?
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