ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – September 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. The last month saw GenCon and a number of other major conventions happening, so it’ll be particularly interesting to see how the buzz from that affects the charts this time.

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				989
2	Pathfinder RPG				226
3	World of Darkness			160
4	Old School Revival (OSR)		152
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			139
6	D&D 4th Edition				 78
7	Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE		 77
8	Savage Worlds				 74
9	Call of Cthulhu				 61
10	Shadowrun				 49
10	Traveller				 49
12	Warhammer 40K				 48
13	GURPS					 46
14	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 42
15	Dungeon World				 39
16	ICONS					 36
17	Stars Without Number			 34
18	Numenera				 33
19	Dread					 32
19	Exalted					 32
21	13th Age				 21
22	What's OLD is NEW			 20
22	Gumshoe					 20
24	Apocalypse World			 16
25	The Strange				 15
25	Feng Shui				 15
27	OD&D					 14
27	Deadlands				 14
29	AD&D 2nd Edition			 13
30	RIFTS					 12
30	Firefly					 12
32	Eclipse Phase				 11
32	Warhammer FRP				 11
34	The One Ring				 10
34	AD&D 1st Edition			 10
36	d20 Modern				  9
37	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  8
37	CORTEX System				  8
39	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  7
39	Gamma World				  7
39	Ars Magica				  7
42	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  5
42	Castles & Crusades			  5
42	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  5
42	Iron Kingdoms				  5
46	Star Trek				  4
46	HERO System / Champions			  4
46	A Song of Ice & Fire			  4
49	Earthdawn				  3
49	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  3
49	TMNT					  3
49	Star Wars (FFG)				  3
49	Smallville				  3
49	Hackmaster				  3
55	Aberrant				  2
55	FATE					  2
55	Runequest				  2
55	Mutant Chronicles			  2
55	Fading Suns				  2
55	Colonial Gothic				  2
55	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  2
55	BESM					  2
63	Paranoia				  1
63	Silver Age Sentinels			  1
63	Marvel SAGA				  1
63	Other Superhero RPGs			  1
67	Ashen Stars				  0
67	Rotted Capes				  0
67	Star Wars (d6)				  0
67	True20					  0
67	Hobomancer				  0
67	d20 Future				  0
67	Alternity				  0
67	Brave New World				  0
67	DC Heroes				  0
67	Villians & Vigilantes			  0
67	Marvel Super Heroes			  0
67	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		  0
67	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.

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