ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – February 2015

Another month, another chance to check in on ENWorld’s chart of hot RPGs. Usual reminder applies: RPGs are scored on the chart based on what’s being actively discussed on as wide a pool of internet fora and blogs as they can find RSS feeds for. It 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). Note that I’m presenting here the scores assigned to each game, not the percentages (which can tend to obscure whether there’s been a recent explosion of RPG discussion – as there has been for 5E – or whether things are comparatively quiet on the RPG talkosphere).

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D 5th Edition				2160
2	Pathfinder RPG				 725
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 570
4	FATE					 454
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 367
6	Savage Worlds				 199
7	Call of Cthulhu				 170
8	D&D 4th Edition				 164
9	World of Darkness			 156
10	Traveller				 151
11	GURPS					 106
12	Shadowrun				 105
13	Dungeon World				  96
14	Star Wars (FFG)				  93
15	Numenera				  87
16	OD&D					  86
17	Dread					  83
18	The Strange				  79
19	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  77
19	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  77
21	AD&D 1st Edition			  72
22	ICONS					  68
23	AD&D 2nd Edition			  66
24	Dragon Age				  56
25	Warhammer 40K				  55
26	Stars Without Number			  53
27	Gumshoe					  50
27	13th Age				  50
29	RIFTS					  43
29	Warhammer FRP				  43
31	Apocalypse World			  38
32	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  37
33	Castles & Crusades			  36
34	Deadlands				  32
35	The One Ring				  25
35	Star Trek				  25
37	Exalted					  21
38	Gamma World				  20
39	Firefly					  18
40	d20 Modern				  17
41	BESM					  15
42	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  14
43	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  13
43	Fading Suns				  13
43	Eclipse Phase				  13
43	Iron Kingdoms				  13
47	Earthdawn				  12
48	Chainmail				  10
49	Star Wars (d6)				   9
49	A Song of Ice & Fire			   9
49	Colonial Gothic				   9
49	CORTEX System				   9
53	Aberrant				   8
54	HERO System / Champions			   7
54	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   7
56	Paranoia				   5
56	Hackmaster				   5
58	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   3
58	Ars Magica				   3
60	TMNT					   2
60	Alternity				   2
60	Feng Shui				   2
60	DC Heroes				   2
60	Ashen Stars				   2
60	True20					   2
66	d20 Future				   1
66	Rotted Capes				   1
66	Other Superhero RPGs			   1
66	Silver Age Sentinels			   1
66	Mutant Chronicles			   1
66	Runequest				   1
72	Brave New World				   0
72	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
72	Marvel SAGA				   0
72	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
72	Smallville				   0
72	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
72	Hobomancer				   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). At least, that’s according to the ENWorld writeup – though since I’ve not seen a game drop off the chart since the Dnd/Pathfinder and Stage categories dropped off, I begin to wonder.

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