ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – August 2015

It’s the start of a month and the start of GenCon, so this is an interesting time to check in on ENWorld’s list of hot RPGs. (It’ll be particularly interesting to see how the buzz from GenCon affects the discussion landscape in the next month or so.) 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 – for example, as associated with the D&D 5E release – or whether things are comparatively quiet on the RPG talkosphere).

First up, let’s get the rankings and absolute scores:

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D 5th Edition				1086
2	Pathfinder RPG				 357
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 241
4	FATE					 237
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 181
6	World of Darkness			 177
7	D&D 4th Edition				 126
8	Savage Worlds				  93
9	Call of Cthulhu				  83
10	Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE		  72
11	Traveller				  70
11	Shadowrun				  70
13	Dread					  63
14	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  59
14	GURPS					  59
16	Dungeon World				  55
17	ICONS					  54
18	Stars Without Number			  47
19	Numenera				  37
19	Warhammer 40K				  37
21	Exalted					  32
22	The Strange				  29
23	Apocalypse World			  23
24	13th Age				  20
25	Deadlands				  19
25	What's OLD is NEW			  19
25	Gumshoe					  19
28	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  18
29	OD&D					  17
30	Warhammer FRP				  16
31	Firefly					  15
32	d20 Modern				  14
32	RIFTS					  14
34	Feng Shui				  13
34	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  13
36	The One Ring				  12
37	AD&D 1st Edition			  11
37	AD&D 2nd Edition			  11
39	Iron Kingdoms				  10
40	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	   9
40	HERO System / Champions			   9
40	A Song of Ice & Fire			   9
40	CORTEX System				   9
44	Hackmaster				   8
44	Earthdawn				   8
46	Ars Magica				   7
46	Eclipse Phase				   7
48	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		   6
48	Gamma World				   6
50	Star Trek				   5
51	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			   4
51	Star Wars (FFG)				   4
51	Other Superhero RPGs			   4
54	TMNT					   3
54	BESM					   3
54	Castles & Crusades			   3
57	Smallville				   2
57	Ashen Stars				   2
57	Aberrant				   2
57	Runequest				   2
57	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   2
57	Colonial Gothic				   2
57	Rotted Capes				   2
64	Star Wars (d6)				   1
64	Fading Suns				   1
64	Mutant Chronicles			   1
64	Paranoia				   1
64	Silver Age Sentinels			   1
64	Marvel SAGA				   1
70	True20					   0
70	Hobomancer				   0
70	d20 Future				   0
70	Alternity				   0
70	Brave New World				   0
70	DC Heroes				   0
70	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
70	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
70	Chainmail				   0
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				 DNC
--	Stage					 DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

Note that yet again the OSR score includes a contribution from Stars Without Number, which is also tracked separately.

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

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				-145
2	Pathfinder RPG				 -89
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		-142
4	FATE					 -73
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 -51
6	World of Darkness			 -42
7	D&D 4th Edition				 -47
8	Savage Worlds				 -47
9	Call of Cthulhu				 -25
10	Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE		  +4
11	Traveller				  -9
11	Shadowrun				 -24
13	Dread					 -26
14	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 -13
14	GURPS					  -4
16	Dungeon World				  -4
17	ICONS					 -10
18	Stars Without Number			  -8
19	Numenera				  -7
19	Warhammer 40K				  -4
21	Exalted					 +13
22	The Strange				  -8
23	Apocalypse World			  -2
24	13th Age				  -2
25	Deadlands				  -1
25	What's OLD is NEW			 NEW
25	Gumshoe					 -11
28	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 -24
29	OD&D					 -11
30	Warhammer FRP				 -19
31	Firefly					  +3
32	d20 Modern				  -7
32	RIFTS					  -7
34	Feng Shui				  +5
34	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  -1
36	The One Ring				  -2
37	AD&D 1st Edition			  -1
37	AD&D 2nd Edition			  +2
39	Iron Kingdoms				  -6
40	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  -5
40	HERO System / Champions			  -2
40	A Song of Ice & Fire			  -3
40	CORTEX System				  +1
44	Hackmaster				   =
44	Earthdawn				  +1
46	Ars Magica				  -3
46	Eclipse Phase				  -1
48	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  +2
48	Gamma World				   =
50	Star Trek				   =
51	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			   =
51	Star Wars (FFG)				  +1
51	Other Superhero RPGs			   =
54	TMNT					   =
54	BESM					  -4
54	Castles & Crusades			  -3
57	Smallville				   =
57	Ashen Stars				   =
57	Aberrant				  +1
57	Runequest				  +1
57	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  -1
57	Colonial Gothic				  +2
57	Rotted Capes				   =
64	Star Wars (d6)				   =
64	Fading Suns				   =
64	Mutant Chronicles			  +1
64	Paranoia				   =
64	Silver Age Sentinels			   =
64	Marvel SAGA				   =
70	True20					   =
70	Hobomancer				   =
70	d20 Future				   =
70	Alternity				  -1
70	Brave New World				   =
70	DC Heroes				  -2
70	Villians & Vigilantes			   =
70	Marvel Super Heroes			   =
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   =
70	Chainmail				   =
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				 DNC
--	Stage					 DNC
DNC = Did Not Chart
NEW = New chart entry.

Once again, scores seemed to dip overall compared to last month, though 5E D&D remains firmly in the lead. The gap between World of Darkness and D&D 3.X has narrowed substantially, and Onyx Path also seem to have stimulated Exalted discussion with presentation of some of the laid-out pages from 3rd Edition mollifying backers of that and generating some good buzz for once. Green Ronin’s AGE system is also making a strong showing, and the new edition of Feng Shui seems to be sparking off discussion now that the Kickstarter deliveries are happening. I also note a little spike in discussion of Runequest – it remains to be seen whether today’s announcement that Moon Design have taken part-ownership of Chaosium and will be putting out Runequest material under the Chaosium banner will stimulate further discussion of the subject.

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2 thoughts on “ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – August 2015

    1. That’s probably because WOIN is a pet project of ENWorld boss Morrus, so a) you’d expect a lot of buzz about it on ENWorld and b) even though it’s only just been released, there’s been a bunch of discussion already in recent months to allow it to build up a head of steam.

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