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.

ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – April 2014

I’ve been keeping track here 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. 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	Pathfinder RPG				271
2	D&D Next (5E)				237
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			151
4	D&D 4th Edition				 74
5	FATE					 55
6	Savage Worlds				 34
7	13th Age				 32
8	Old School Revival (OSR)		 31
9	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 27
10	AD&D 2nd Edition			 22
11	Shadowrun				 20
11	OD&D					 20
13	World of Darkness			 17
14	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 16
15	Call of Cthulhu				 15
15	Numenera				 15
17	Castles & Crusades			 11
17	AD&D 1st Edition			 11
19	GURPS					  9
20	Warhammer 40K				  8
21	Earthdawn				  7
21	The One Ring				  7
23	Dungeon World				  6
23	Star Trek				  6
23	Mutant Chronicles			  6
23	Chainmail				  6
27	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  5
27	Dragon Age				  5
29	Traveller				  4
29	HERO System / Champions			  4
29	d20 Modern				  4
29	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  4
29	RIFTS					  4
29	Gumshoe					  4
35	Deadlands				  3
35	Dread					  3
35	The Strange				  3
35	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  3
35	Exalted					  3
35	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  3
35	ICONS					  3
42	Ars Magica				  2
42	Hobomancer				  2
42	Warhammer FRP				  2
42	Colonial Gothic				  2
42	Firefly					  2
42	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  2
42	Apocalypse World			  2
49	A Song of Ice & Fire			  1
49	Other Superhero RPGs			  1
49	CORTEX System				  1
49	Hackmaster				  1
49	BESM					  1
49	d20 Future				  1
49	Runequest				  1
49	True20					  1
49	Fading Suns				  1
49	Eclipse Phase				  1
59	Alternity				  0
59	Marvel SAGA				  0
59	Rotted Capes				  0
59	Paranoia				  0
59	Smallville				  0
59	Aberrant				  0
59	Star Wars (d6)				  0
59	Stars Without Number			  0
59	Brave New World				  0
59	DC Heroes				  0
59	Feng Shui				  0
59	Iron Kingdoms				  0
59	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  0
59	Gamma 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).

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