ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – June 2015

Right, it’s been two months, so let’s see what’s changed with 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 – 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				1432
2	Pathfinder RPG				 501
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 489
4	FATE					 321
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 263
6	D&D 4th Edition				 199
7	World of Darkness			 187
8	Savage Worlds				 170
9	Call of Cthulhu				 120
10	Shadowrun				 111
11	Traveller				  95
12	Dread					  87
13	Dungeon World				  85
14	ICONS					  81
15	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  80
16	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  78
17	GURPS					  70
18	Stars Without Number			  57
19	The Strange				  56
20	Warhammer FRP				  51
20	OD&D					  51
22	Warhammer 40K				  44
23	Numenera				  39
24	Gumshoe					  34
25	Dragon Age				  30
26	13th Age				  29
27	Apocalypse World			  26
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  24
29	Iron Kingdoms				  23
30	RIFTS					  20
31	Deadlands				  19
32	Eclipse Phase				  18
33	d20 Modern				  17
34	A Song of Ice & Fire			  16
34	Exalted					  16
36	Gamma World				  14
36	The One Ring				  14
36	AD&D 1st Edition			  14
39	Firefly					  13
39	BESM					  13
39	Earthdawn				  13
42	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  11
42	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  11
42	Ars Magica				  11
45	Castles & Crusades			  10
46	HERO System / Champions			   9
46	Hackmaster				   9
48	Feng Shui				   8
49	AD&D 2nd Edition			   7
50	CORTEX System				   5
50	Fading Suns				   5
52	Star Wars (FFG)				   4
52	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   4
52	TMNT					   4
55	Other Superhero RPGs			   3
55	Chainmail				   3
55	Rotted Capes				   3
55	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			   3
55	Star Trek				   3
55	DC Heroes				   3
61	Hobomancer				   2
61	Ashen Stars				   2
61	Alternity				   2
61	Aberrant				   2
61	True20					   2
61	Smallville				   2
67	Mutant Chronicles			   1
67	Star Wars (d6)				   1
67	Marvel SAGA				   1
70	d20 Future				   0
70	Colonial Gothic				   0
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
70	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
70	Paranoia				   0
70	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
70	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
70	Runequest				   0
70	Brave New World				   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. Note also that the “OSR” entry should be taken with a pinch of salt – it’s the accumulated score of a whole bunch of OSR games, but this includes Stars Without Number which also has its own, separate entry.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – April 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				1894
2	Pathfinder RPG				 675
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 637
4	FATE					 394
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 314
6	D&D 4th Edition				 263
7	Savage Worlds				 206
8	World of Darkness			 175
9	Call of Cthulhu				 174
10	Dungeon World				 139
11	Traveller				 136
12	Shadowrun				 126
13	Star Wars (FFG)				 102
14	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  98
15	OD&D					  97
15	GURPS					  97
17	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  88
18	Dread					  81
19	ICONS					  80
20	The Strange				  73
21	Warhammer FRP				  65
22	Numenera				  60
22	Warhammer 40K				  60
24	Stars Without Number			  52
25	13th Age				  47
26	Dragon Age				  46
27	Star Trek				  41
27	Gumshoe					  41
29	Apocalypse World			  34
30	RIFTS					  31
31	Deadlands				  30
31	AD&D 1st Edition			  30
33	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  27
34	Castles & Crusades			  25
35	Firefly					  24
35	The One Ring				  24
37	Iron Kingdoms				  23
38	Earthdawn				  19
39	Gamma World				  18
39	Eclipse Phase				  18
39	Exalted					  18
42	Chainmail				  16
43	BESM					  14
44	A Song of Ice & Fire			  13
44	Fading Suns				  13
46	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  12
47	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  11
47	d20 Modern				  11
49	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  10
50	Hackmaster				   9
51	AD&D 2nd Edition			   8
51	Aberrant				   8
53	Ars Magica				   7
53	Star Wars (d6)				   7
55	HERO System / Champions			   6
56	Mutant Chronicles			   5
56	CORTEX System				   5
56	Colonial Gothic				   5
59	Other Superhero RPGs			   4
59	TMNT					   4
59	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   4
62	True20					   3
62	Silver Age Sentinels			   3
64	Feng Shui				   2
64	DC Heroes				   2
64	Alternity				   2
64	Hobomancer				   2
68	Brave New World				   1
68	Smallville				   1
68	Runequest				   1
68	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   1
72	Ashen Stars				   0
72	Rotted Capes				   0
72	Paranoia				   0
72	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
72	Marvel SAGA				   0
72	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
72	d20 Future				   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.

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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.

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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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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – January 2015

It’s a new year, so let’s see how the Christmas period has affected 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				1860
2	Pathfinder RPG				 540
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 501
4	FATE					 444
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 350
6	Savage Worlds				 185
7	Call of Cthulhu				 171
8	Traveller				 161
9	World of Darkness			 160
10	D&D 4th Edition				 122
11	Shadowrun				 106
12	OD&D					 101
13	Dread					  96
14	Dungeon World				  91
15	Numenera				  90
16	AD&D 2nd Edition			  88
16	GURPS					  88
18	AD&D 1st Edition			  75
18	The Strange				  75
20	Star Wars (FFG)				  73
21	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  71
22	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  68
23	ICONS					  60
24	Gumshoe					  57
25	Warhammer 40K				  55
26	RIFTS					  54
27	13th Age				  44
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  43
28	Stars Without Number			  43
30	Dragon Age				  41
31	Castles & Crusades			  40
32	Apocalypse World			  31
32	Warhammer FRP				  31
34	Star Trek				  28
35	Deadlands				  24
36	Exalted					  23
37	DC Heroes				  21
38	The One Ring				  19
38	Firefly					  19
40	d20 Modern				  18
41	Gamma World				  17
42	Colonial Gothic				  15
42	Earthdawn				  15
42	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  15
42	Eclipse Phase				  15
46	BESM					  14
47	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  11
48	CORTEX System				  10
49	Iron Kingdoms				   9
49	Star Wars (d6)				   9
51	Fading Suns				   8
51	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   8
51	Aberrant				   8
51	A Song of Ice & Fire			   8
55	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   7
55	Paranoia				   7
57	Hackmaster				   6
57	HERO System / Champions			   6
59	Feng Shui				   5
60	Mutant Chronicles			   3
61	Ars Magica				   2
61	TMNT					   2
61	Ashen Stars				   2
61	Brave New World				   2
61	True20					   2
61	d20 Future				   2
67	Chainmail				   1
67	Alternity				   1
67	Marvel SAGA				   1
67	Rotted Capes				   1
67	Runequest				   1
72	Smallville				   0
72	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
72	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
72	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
72	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
72	Other Superhero RPGs			   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).

For the last few months, ENWorld has started tracking the levels of traffic for Paizo and Wizards’ official discussion boards – indeed, as of this post the text on the Hot Games chart suggests they are still doing so, but when I checked nothing of the sort was going on. I guess the mildly ridiculous scores they’d racked up made it obvious that tracking these in parallel to the mentions of RPGs was a ridiculous apples-and-oranges comparison that didn’t really offer any insightful information.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – December 2014

For the last time this year, let’s check in on ENWorld’s chart of hot RPGs. As usual, remember that 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				1597
2	Old School Revival (OSR)		 421
3	FATE					 418
4	Pathfinder RPG				 345
5	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 326
6	Savage Worlds				 192
7	World of Darkness			 178
8	Traveller				 161
9	Call of Cthulhu				 158
10	OD&D					 126
11	D&D 4th Edition				 120
12	Shadowrun				 107
13	Dread					 106
14	Dungeon World				  98
15	AD&D 2nd Edition			  89
16	GURPS					  88
17	Numenera				  83
18	The Strange				  74
19	Star Wars (FFG)				  73
20	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  67
20	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  67
22	AD&D 1st Edition			  65
23	RIFTS					  60
24	13th Age				  55
25	ICONS					  52
26	Warhammer 40K				  49
27	Gumshoe					  45
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  44
29	Dragon Age				  38
29	Castles & Crusades			  38
31	Apocalypse World			  35
32	Star Trek				  34
33	DC Heroes				  31
34	Stars Without Number			  30
35	Feng Shui				  27
35	Firefly					  27
37	Warhammer FRP				  23
38	Exalted					  22
39	Deadlands				  19
40	Earthdawn				  17
40	Colonial Gothic				  17
40	d20 Modern				  17
43	Eclipse Phase				  16
44	BESM					  15
45	Gamma World				  14
46	Iron Kingdoms				  12
47	The One Ring				  11
47	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  11
49	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  10
49	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  10
51	A Song of Ice & Fire			   9
52	Aberrant				   8
52	CORTEX System				   8
54	Paranoia				   7
54	Hackmaster				   7
54	Star Wars (d6)				   7
54	HERO System / Champions			   7
58	Ars Magica				   5
58	Mutant Chronicles			   5
60	d20 Future				   4
60	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   4
62	True20					   2
62	Brave New World				   2
62	TMNT					   2
62	Fading Suns				   2
66	Alternity				   1
66	Chainmail				   1
66	Marvel SAGA				   1
66	Runequest				   1
66	Rotted Capes				   1
71	Hobomancer				   0
71	Ashen Stars				   0
71	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
71	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
71	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
71	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
71	Other Superhero RPGs			   0
71	Smallville				   0
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				 DNC
--	Stage					 DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

RANK	OFFICIAL FORA				SCORE
1	Paizo					3557
2	Wizards of the Coast			 917

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).

As mentioned last time, ENWorld has started tracking the levels of traffic for Paizo and Wizards’ official discussion boards. As the chart page on ENWorld explains, typically they don’t track official fora, on the basis that it would skew the charts unless every single official forum were tracked. Weirdly, they seem to be including the fora in the main charts, but this seems to be exactly the sort of apples to oranges comparison they claim to want to avoid, so I have separated them out here.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – November 2014

Time to check in again on ENWorld’s chart of hot RPGs – particularly since there’s some new data being tracked which I think is particularly interesting.

As usual, remember that 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				1404
2	FATE					 276
3	Old School Revival (OSR)		 270
4	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 242
5	Savage Worlds				 157
6	World of Darkness			 153
7	Traveller				 120
7	Call of Cthulhu				 120
9	OD&D					 111
10	Pathfinder RPG				 108
10	D&D 4th Edition				 108
12	Dread					  89
13	Dungeon World				  86
14	Shadowrun				  82
15	AD&D 2nd Edition			  79
16	GURPS					  67
17	AD&D 1st Edition			  64
18	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  63
19	Numenera				  55
20	The Strange				  54
21	RIFTS					  49
22	13th Age				  48
23	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  46
23	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  46
25	Warhammer 40K				  43
26	ICONS					  38
27	Castles & Crusades			  37
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  33
29	DC Heroes				  32
30	Feng Shui				  28
31	Apocalypse World			  27
31	Star Trek				  27
33	Dragon Age				  26
34	Gumshoe					  25
35	Firefly					  22
36	Warhammer FRP				  19
37	Stars Without Number			  17
37	Earthdawn				  17
37	Deadlands				  17
40	d20 Modern				  14
40	BESM					  14
42	The One Ring				  13
43	Colonial Gothic				  12
43	Eclipse Phase				  12
45	Exalted					  11
46	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  10
47	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   9
48	Iron Kingdoms				   8
48	Gamma World				   8
50	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		   7
50	A Song of Ice & Fire			   7
50	HERO System / Champions			   7
53	CORTEX System				   6
53	Hackmaster				   6
53	Aberrant				   6
56	Mutant Chronicles			   5
57	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   4
58	Ars Magica				   3
58	Star Wars (d6)				   3
58	d20 Future				   3
58	Brave New World				   3
62	Paranoia				   2
62	TMNT					   2
62	Fading Suns				   2
62	Marvel SAGA				   2
66	Chainmail				   1
66	True20					   1
66	Runequest				   1
66	Smallville				   1
70	Alternity				   0
70	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
70	Ashen Stars				   0
70	Hobomancer				   0
70	Rotted Capes				   0
70	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
70	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
70	Other Superhero RPGs			   0
70	Marvel Super Heroes			   0
--	Dnd/Pathfinder				 DNC
--	Stage					 DNC
*DNC = Did Not Chart

RANK	OFFICIAL FORA				SCORE
1	Paizo					 256
2	Wizards of the Coast			 107

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).

What you will notice at the bottom of the chart is that ENWorld has started tracking the levels of traffic for Paizo and Wizards’ official discussion boards. As the chart page on ENWorld explains, typically they don’t track official fora, on the basis that it would skew the charts unless every single official forum were tracked. Weirdly, they seem to be including the fora in the main charts, but this seems to be exactly the sort of apples to oranges comparison they claim to want to avoid, so I have separated them out here.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – October 2014

So, for a while after my last ENWorld-related post, not much of interest has been happening with ENWorld’s chart of hot RPGs beyond D&D 5th Edition‘s score getting more and more outrageous over time – I swear I saw it hit over 2000 a while back – but on my latest check-in I’ve seen some downright interesting developments which made me think maybe it’s time we did another one of these.

As usual, remember that 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				1432
2	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			 196
3	FATE					 170
4	Old School Revival (OSR)		 136
5	Pathfinder RPG				 102
6	Savage Worlds				  98
7	World of Darkness			  90
8	D&D 4th Edition				  89
9	Call of Cthulhu				  71
10	OD&D					  68
11	Traveller				  64
12	AD&D 2nd Edition			  62
12	Dungeon World				  62
14	Shadowrun				  57
15	13th Age				  51
16	Dread					  50
17	GURPS					  49
18	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  44
19	The Strange				  36
20	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  30
21	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  29
22	Warhammer 40K				  26
22	Numenera				  26
24	RIFTS					  25
24	Feng Shui				  25
26	Castles & Crusades			  23
27	ICONS					  22
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  19
28	Apocalypse World			  19
30	Stars Without Number			  16
30	Star Trek				  16
32	Firefly					  15
32	Dragon Age				  15
34	AD&D 1st Edition			  13
35	DC Heroes				  12
35	d20 Modern				  12
37	BESM					  11
37	Warhammer FRP				  11
37	Deadlands				  11
40	Gumshoe					  10
40	Earthdawn				  10
40	The One Ring				  10
43	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			   8
43	Eclipse Phase				   8
45	HERO System / Champions			   7
45	Iron Kingdoms				   7
47	Exalted					   5
47	Gamma World				   5
49	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		   4
50	Hackmaster				   3
50	Colonial Gothic				   3
50	A Song of Ice & Fire			   3
50	CORTEX System				   3
50	Ars Magica				   3
50	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			   3
56	Fading Suns				   2
56	Mutant Chronicles			   2
56	Aberrant				   2
56	Other Superhero RPGs			   2
56	d20 Future				   2
61	Star Wars (d6)				   1
61	Marvel SAGA				   1
61	Smallville				   1
61	True20					   1
61	Brave New World				   1
61	TMNT					   1
67	Rotted Capes				   0
67	Alternity				   0
67	Silver Age Sentinels			   0
67	Villians & Vigilantes			   0
67	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		   0
67	Hobomancer				   0
67	Chainmail				   0
67	Paranoia				   0
67	Runequest				   0
67	Ashen Stars				   0
67	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   0
67	Marvel Super Heroes			   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).

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – August 2014

Time to check in on ENWorld’s chart of the “hottest RPGs”. As usual, remember that 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.

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D 5th Edition				896
2	Pathfinder RPG				138
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			105
4	D&D 4th Edition				 47
5	13th Age				 31
6	Old School Revival (OSR)		 22
7	AD&D 2nd Edition			 15
7	Shadowrun				 15
9	Savage Worlds				  9
10	AD&D 1st Edition			  8
10	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  8
10	FATE					  8
13	World of Darkness			  7
14	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  5
14	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  5
16	OD&D					  4
17	The One Ring				  3
17	Warhammer FRP				  3
17	Traveller				  3
17	Numenera				  3
21	Colonial Gothic				  2
21	Dungeon World				  2
21	Runequest				  2
21	Call of Cthulhu				  2
21	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  2
21	Other Superhero RPGs			  2
27	A Song of Ice & Fire			  1
27	Hackmaster				  1
27	d20 Modern				  1
27	The Strange				  1
27	Star Trek				  1
27	Exalted					  1
27	Dread					  1
27	RIFTS					  1
27	GURPS					  1
27	Ars Magica				  1
27	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  1
27	Warhammer 40K				  1
27	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  1
27	Paranoia				  1
41	Ashen Stars				  0
41	Aberrant				  0
41	Brave New World				  0
41	Apocalypse World			  0
41	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		  0
41	Silver Age Sentinels			  0
41	Rotted Capes				  0
41	Smallville				  0
41	TMNT					  0
41	Villians & Vigilantes			  0
41	Alternity				  0
41	Marvel Super Heroes			  0
41	HERO System / Champions			  0
41	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  0
41	ICONS					  0
41	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  0
41	Marvel SAGA				  0
41	DC Heroes				  0
41	d20 Future				  0
41	Firefly					  0
41	Gamma World				  0
41	Gumshoe					  0
41	Feng Shui				  0
41	Dragon Age				  0
41	Earthdawn				  0
41	Eclipse Phase				  0
41	Fading Suns				  0
41	Hobomancer				  0
41	Iron Kingdoms				  0
41	CORTEX System				  0
41	Castles & Crusades			  0
41	Chainmail				  0
41	True20					  0
41	Stars Without Number			  0
41	Mutant Chronicles			  0
41	Deadlands				  0
41	Star Wars (d6)				  0
41	BESM					  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).

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – July 2014

For a while here I was keeping track of ENWorld’s chart of the “hottest RPGs” – hotness, in this case, being based on what’s being actively discussed on as wide a pool of internet fora and blogs as they can find RSS feeds for. I haven’t kept up the monthly updates for a while, because… well, just check out what’s going on down there.

Remember: this 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.

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D 5th Edition				522
2	Pathfinder RPG				133
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			121
4	D&D 4th Edition				 44
5	Old School Revival (OSR)		 20
6	13th Age				 18
7	Savage Worlds				 14
8	Shadowrun				 12
9	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 10
10	FATE					  9
11	AD&D 2nd Edition			  8
11	AD&D 1st Edition			  8
13	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  7
14	World of Darkness			  6
15	Numenera				  4
15	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  4
15	GURPS					  4
15	Dungeon World				  4
19	Castles & Crusades			  3
19	d20 Modern				  3
19	Warhammer FRP				  3
22	Traveller				  2
22	The One Ring				  2
22	Runequest				  2
22	Colonial Gothic				  2
22	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  2
22	OD&D					  2
28	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  1
28	Other Superhero RPGs			  1
28	Rotted Capes				  1
28	Star Trek				  1
28	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  1
28	Hackmaster				  1
28	Call of Cthulhu				  1
28	RIFTS					  1
28	Paranoia				  1
28	Firefly					  1
38	DC Heroes				  0
38	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  0
38	Golden Heroes / Squadron UK		  0
38	Brave New World				  0
38	HERO System / Champions			  0
38	Aberrant				  0
38	Ashen Stars				  0
38	Apocalypse World			  0
38	ICONS					  0
38	Gumshoe					  0
38	Marvel SAGA				  0
38	Smallville				  0
38	TMNT					  0
38	Villians & Vigilantes			  0
38	Silver Age Sentinels			  0
38	Gamma World				  0
38	Deadlands				  0
38	Marvel Super Heroes			  0
38	Alternity				  0
38	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  0
38	Dragon Age				  0
38	Fading Suns				  0
38	True20					  0
38	Warhammer 40K				  0
38	Mutant Chronicles			  0
38	The Strange				  0
38	Stars Without Number			  0
38	Exalted					  0
38	Star Wars (d6)				  0
38	Eclipse Phase				  0
38	Earthdawn				  0
38	CORTEX System				  0
38	Ars Magica				  0
38	BESM					  0
38	d20 Future				  0
38	Hobomancer				  0
38	Chainmail				  0
38	Iron Kingdoms				  0
38	Feng Shui				  0
38	Dread					  0
38	A Song of Ice & Fire			  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 the moment, let’s face it, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is the big story. It’s got a higher score than every other game in the chart combined, which means that over half of all the conversations tracked by ENWorld’s algorithms involve D&D 5E in some respect. The gulf between it and every other game may even be greater than it looks here; ENWorld don’t publicise how the underpinnings of this chart works precisely, presumably to stop people spoofing them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at least some of the score for PathfinderD&D 4ED&D 3E and other D&D-alikes like the OSR games and 13th Age actually arise from discussions where people are directly comparing 5E to those games.

Either way, because of the way the scores work, every other game that isn’t 5E or directly peripheral to the 5E conversation has had its score crash. That doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about those games – it just means that people are talking a lot about 5E. It shot to the top of the chart soon after the product line was released, its score has only increased since, and I suspect that the staggered release of the three core rulebooks will keep the conversation going strong until at least the end of the year. Either way, I’m not going to give a comparison of where each individual game has moved since the last chart because I suspect the scores aren’t very comparable; what is clear is that thanks to the elephant in the room regenerating Doctor Who style, the state of the dialogue within the RPG community is in flux, and it’ll be a while until things die down back to normal. The big question is what “normal” will look like with the new D&D exerting itself.