ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – March 2015

Time for another checkup of the ENWorld list 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 ENWorld 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). What I present here are 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				2106
2	Pathfinder RPG				 671
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 578
4	FATE					 461
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 341
6	D&D 4th Edition				 225
7	Savage Worlds				 182
8	Call of Cthulhu				 173
9	World of Darkness			 161
10	Traveller				 143
11	Dungeon World				 118
12	Shadowrun				 113
13	GURPS					 103
14	Star Wars (FFG)				  88
15	OD&D					  84
15	Dread					  84
17	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  82
18	Numenera				  76
19	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  74
20	The Strange				  70
21	ICONS					  69
22	Warhammer 40K				  56
23	Stars Without Number			  55
24	Warhammer FRP				  53
25	Dragon Age				  51
26	AD&D 1st Edition			  44
27	AD&D 2nd Edition			  41
28	13th Age				  40
28	Gumshoe					  40
30	Castles & Crusades			  39
31	RIFTS					  36
32	Star Trek				  35
33	Apocalypse World			  34
33	Deadlands				  34
35	The One Ring				  30
36	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  27
37	Firefly					  26
38	Exalted					  20
39	d20 Modern				  17
39	Earthdawn				  17
41	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  14
41	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  14
41	Gamma World				  14
41	Fading Suns				  14
45	Chainmail				  13
46	Iron Kingdoms				  11
46	BESM					  11
48	Eclipse Phase				  10
48	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  10
48	Star Wars (d6)				  10
51	Colonial Gothic				   9
52	A Song of Ice & Fire			   8
52	Hackmaster				   8
54	CORTEX System				   7
54	HERO System / Champions			   7
54	Aberrant				   7
57	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   4
57	Mutant Chronicles			   4
59	Silver Age Sentinels			   3
60	Alternity				   2
60	Ashen Stars				   2
60	TMNT					   2
60	Feng Shui				   2
60	DC Heroes				   2
60	True20					   2
66	Smallville				   1
66	Runequest				   1
66	Other Superhero RPGs			   1
66	Ars Magica				   1
70	Brave New World				   0
70	Paranoia				   0
70	Hobomancer				   0
70	Rotted Capes				   0
70	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
70	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
70	d20 Future				   0
70	Marvel SAGA				   0
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   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’m sceptical about that.

Here’s the chart of the shifts in rank (probably more significant for higher-scoring games):

RANK	GAME					CHANGE
1	D&D 5th Edition				  =
2	Pathfinder RPG				  =
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		  =
4	FATE					  =
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			  =
6	D&D 4th Edition				 +2
7	Savage Worlds				 -1
8	Call of Cthulhu				 -1
9	World of Darkness			  =
10	Traveller				  =
11	Dungeon World				 +2 
12	Shadowrun				  =
13	GURPS					 -2
14	Star Wars (FFG)				  =
15	OD&D					 +1
15	Dread					 +2
17	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 +2
18	Numenera				 -3
19	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  =
20	The Strange				 -2
21	ICONS					 +1
22	Warhammer 40K				 +3
23	Stars Without Number			 +3
24	Warhammer FRP				 +1
25	Dragon Age				 -1
26	AD&D 1st Edition			 -5
27	AD&D 2nd Edition			 -4
28	13th Age				 -1
28	Gumshoe					 -1
30	Castles & Crusades			 -3
31	RIFTS					 -2
32	Star Trek				 +3
33	Apocalypse World			 -2
33	Deadlands				 +1
35	The One Ring				  =
36	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	 -4
37	Firefly					 -2
38	Exalted					 -1
39	d20 Modern				 +1
39	Earthdawn				 +8
41	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		 +1
41	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			 +2
41	Gamma World				 -3
41	Fading Suns				 -2
45	Chainmail				 +3
46	Iron Kingdoms				 -3
46	BESM					 -5
48	Eclipse Phase				 -5
48	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	 +6
48	Star Wars (d6)				 +1
51	Colonial Gothic				 -2
52	A Song of Ice & Fire			 -2
52	Hackmaster				 +4
54	CORTEX System				 -5
54	HERO System / Champions			  =
54	Aberrant				 -1
57	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			 +1
57	Mutant Chronicles			 +9
59	Silver Age Sentinels			 +7
60	Alternity				  =
60	Ashen Stars				  =
60	TMNT					  =
60	Feng Shui				  =
60	DC Heroes				  =
60	True20					  =
66	Smallville				 +6
66	Runequest				  =
66	Other Superhero RPGs			  =
66	Ars Magica				 -8
70	Brave New World				 +2
70	Paranoia				-14
70	Hobomancer				 +2
70	Rotted Capes				 -4
70	Villians & Vigilantes		 +2
70	Marvel Super Heroes			 +2
70	d20 Future				 -4
70	Marvel SAGA				 +2
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		 +2
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				DNC
--	Stage					DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

And here’s the chart of shifts in absolute score (which I believe to be more significant for lower-scoring games):

RANK	GAME					CHANGE
1	D&D 5th Edition				-54
2	Pathfinder RPG				-54
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 +8
4	FATE					 +7
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			-26
6	D&D 4th Edition				+61
7	Savage Worlds				-17
8	Call of Cthulhu				 +3
9	World of Darkness			 +5
10	Traveller				 -8
11	Dungeon World				+22
12	Shadowrun				 +8
13	GURPS					 -3
14	Star Wars (FFG)				 -5
15	OD&D					 -2
15	Dread					 +1
17	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 +5
18	Numenera				-11
19	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 -3
20	The Strange				 -9
21	ICONS					 +1
22	Warhammer 40K				 +1
23	Stars Without Number			 +2
24	Warhammer FRP				+10
25	Dragon Age				 -5
26	AD&D 1st Edition			-28
27	AD&D 2nd Edition			-25
28	13th Age				-10
28	Gumshoe					-10
30	Castles & Crusades			 +3
31	RIFTS					 -7
32	Star Trek				+10
33	Apocalypse World			 -4
33	Deadlands				 +2
35	The One Ring				 +5
36	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	-10
37	Firefly					 +8
38	Exalted					 -1
39	d20 Modern				  0
39	Earthdawn				 +5
41	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  0
41	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			 +1
41	Gamma World				 -6
41	Fading Suns				 +1
45	Chainmail				 +3
46	Iron Kingdoms				 -2
46	BESM					 -4
48	Eclipse Phase				 -3
48	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	 +3
48	Star Wars (d6)				 +1
51	Colonial Gothic				  0
52	A Song of Ice & Fire			 -1
52	Hackmaster				 +3
54	CORTEX System				 -2
54	HERO System / Champions			  0
54	Aberrant				 -1
57	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			 +1
57	Mutant Chronicles			 +3
59	Silver Age Sentinels			 +2
60	Alternity				  0
60	Ashen Stars				  0
60	TMNT					  0
60	Feng Shui				  0
60	DC Heroes				  0
60	True20					  0
66	Smallville				 +1
66	Runequest				  0
66	Other Superhero RPGs			  0
66	Ars Magica				 -2
70	Brave New World				  0
70	Paranoia				 -5
70	Hobomancer				  0
70	Rotted Capes				 -1
70	Villians & Vigilantes			  0
70	Marvel Super Heroes			  0
70	d20 Future				 -1
70	Marvel SAGA				  0
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		  0
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				 DNC
--	Stage					 DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

What jumps out at me this time is the substantial shifts in the position of past editions of Dungeons & Dragons; whilst 5E remains on top and 3.X seems to be discussed at a mostly predictable level, this time 1E and 2E discussion has tailed off considerably and 4E discussion has substantially increased.

In addition, towards the other end of the chart I note that the bump of Paranoia‘s score, that presumably arose thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, seems to have already faded away.

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