ENWorld’s Hot RPGs – December 2016

Time for another look at at ENWorld’s list of hot RPGs to round off the year. 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				1506
2	Pathfinder RPG				 402
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 290
4	Old School Revival (OSR)		 205
5	D&D 4th Edition				 137
6	World of Darkness			 112
7	Savage Worlds				 101
8	OD&D					  85
9	Call of Cthulhu				  84
10	AD&D 2nd Edition			  77
11	What's OLD is NEW			  76
12	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  67
13	Shadowrun				  65
14	Dread					  63
15	Traveller				  61
16	Exalted					  58
17	RIFTS					  54
18	Dungeon World				  50
19	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  49
20	GURPS					  45
21	ICONS					  44
22	Gumshoe					  36
23	Apocalypse World			  32
24	Deadlands				  31
25	Warhammer 40K				  30
26	AD&D 1st Edition			  25
27	Stars Without Number			  20
28	Cypher System				  19
28	Earthdawn				  19
30	Castles & Crusades			  18
31	The One Ring				  16
32	Firefly					  15
33	Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE		  14
34	13th Age				  12
35	Warhammer FRP				  11
35	Iron Kingdoms				  11
37	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  10
37	Mutant Chronicles			  10
39	CORTEX System				   8
40	BESM					   7
40	d20 Modern				   7
42	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		   6
42	HERO System / Champions			   6
42	True20					   6
42	Fading Suns				   6
42	Eclipse Phase				   6
47	A Song of Ice & Fire			   5
48	Feng Shui				   4
48	Alternity				   4
48	d20 Future				   4
48	Gamma World				   4
52	Star Wars (FFG)				   3
52	DC Heroes				   3
52	Chainmail				   3
55	Hackmaster				   2
55	Other Superhero RPGs			   2
55	Aberrant				   2
58	Ars Magica				   1
58	Ashen Stars				   1
58	Star Trek				   1
58	Colonial Gothic				   1
58	Runequest				   1
58	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   1
58	TMNT					   1
58	Smallville				   1
66	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			   0
66	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   0
66	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
66	Brave New World				   0
66	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
66	Star Wars (d6)				   0
66	Villains & Vigilantes			   0
66	FATE					   0
66	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
66	Marvel SAGA				   0
66	Paranoia				   0
66	Rotted Capes				   0
66	Hobomancer				   0
--	Stage					 DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

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