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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More Search Engine Wackiness

In a refreshing change from people searching for information on fisting and getting to my Deathwatch posts, apparently at least one person has reached the site after making an ask.com search for “fuck hot fuck”.

I don’t know what the difference between a hot fuck and a fuck hot fuck is, but apparently it’s got something to do with my February ENWorld chart post? Go figure.

ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – March 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).

I’ve been going month-by-month compiling this stuff to see how things change, and last month there seemed to be a big shakeup to the way the chart is compiled, so let’s see whether the change has stuck. Note that I’m presenting here the scores assigned to each game, not the percentages (which vary depending on which chart on the page you’re looking at due to the way you have a chart of non-D&D RPGs, a chart of D&D-based games, and a combined chart (new this month).

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	Pathfinder RPG				258
2	D&D Next (5E)				206
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			160
4	D&D 4th Edition				 92
5	FATE					 79
6	Old School Revival (OSR)		 40
7	World of Darkness			 39
8	13th Age				 38
9	Savage Worlds				 35
10	OD&D					 33
11	Numenera				 22
11	Shadowrun				 22
13	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 21
14	AD&D 2nd Edition			 19
15	Warhammer 40K				 15
15	Dungeon World				 15
17	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 14
17	GURPS					 14
19	Call of Cthulhu				 13
20	AD&D 1st Edition			 12
20	Castles & Crusades			 12
22	Earthdawn				  9
22	Exalted					  9
22	The One Ring				  9
25	Traveller				  8
25	Star Trek				  8
25	Gumshoe					  8
28	Mutant Chronicles			  7
28	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  7
30	Dragon Age				  6
30	Chainmail				  6
30	ICONS					  6
30	Dread					  6
30	CORTEX System				  6
35	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  5
35	Deadlands				  5
35	RIFTS					  5
38	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  4
38	HERO System / Champions			  4
40	Warhammer FRP				  3
40	Apocalypse World			  3
40	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  3
40	Eclipse Phase				  3
40	Ars Magica				  3
40	The Strange				  3
46	Stars Without Number			  2
46	Colonial Gothic				  2
46	Firefly					  2
46	d20 Modern				  2
46	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  2
46	Hobomancer				  2
52	True20					  1
52	Fading Suns				  1
52	Aberrant				  1
52	Feng Shui				  1
52	Smallville				  1
52	Rotted Capes				  1
52	Hackmaster				  1
52	d20 Future				  1
52	Runequest				  1
52	BESM					  1
52	Other Superhero RPGs			  1
52	Gamma World				  1
64	Alternity				  0
64	Marvel SAGA				  0
64	DC Heroes				  0
64	A Song of Ice & Fire			  0
64	Iron Kingdoms				  0
64	Brave New World				  0
64	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  0
64	Star Wars (d6)				  0
64	Paranoia				  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 – February 2014: What the Fuck Is Going On?

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).

I’ve been going month-by-month compiling this stuff to see how things change; even though the chart samples the last 90 days of discussion to my understanding, because the chart seems to be a work in progress and I want to see how it evolves and only checking in on it every 90 days would mean I missed a lot of updates. This month, I find myself glad I made that decision.

Note that I’m presenting here the scores assigned to each game, not the percentages (which vary depending on which chart on the page you’re looking at due to the way you have a chart of non-D&D RPGs, a chart of D&D-based games, and a combined chart (new this month).

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	Pathfinder RPG				288
2	D&D Next (5E)				164
2	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			164
4	FATE					114
5	D&D 4th Edition				104
6	World of Darkness			 73
7	Old School Revival (OSR)		 56
8	13th Age				 51
9	Shadowrun				 39
10	Savage Worlds				 38
11	OD&D					 35
12	Numenera				 31
13	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	 30
14	Warhammer 40K				 27
15	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			 24
16	Traveller				 23
16	Call of Cthulhu				 23
18	Exalted					 22
19	Dungeon World				 21
20	GURPS					 20
21	AD&D 2nd Edition			 19
22	CORTEX System				 16
22	Dnd/Pathfinder				 16
24	AD&D 1st Edition			 14
25	Star Trek				 12
25	Dungeon Crawl Classics			 12
27	Gumshoe					 10
27	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		 10
27	ICONS					 10
30	The One Ring				  9
30	Earthdawn				  9
32	Eclipse Phase				  8
32	Castles & Crusades			  8
32	Dread					  8
35	Dragon Age				  7
35	Deadlands				  7
37	Warhammer FRP				  6
37	Ars Magica				  6
37	Chainmail				  6
40	RIFTS					  5
40	Apocalypse World			  5
40	HERO System / Champions			  5
41	Stars Without Number			  4
41	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  4
41	Gamma World				  4
41	Alternity				  4
41	Mutant Chronicles			  4
46	The Strange				  3
46	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  3
46	Iron Kingdoms				  3
46	Feng Shui				  3
46	Firefly					  3
50	d20 Modern				  2
50	d20 Future				  2
50	True20					  2
50	Hackmaster				  2
50	BESM					  2
50	Smallville				  2
50	Colonial Gothic				  2
50	All Flesh Must Be Eaten			  2
50	Hobomancer				  2
50	Stage					  2
50	Other Superhero RPGs			  2
61	Rotted Capes				  1
61	A Song of Ice & Fire			  1
61	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	  1
61	Fading Suns				  1
61	Aberrant				  1
61	DC Heroes				  1
67	Brave New World				  0
67	Marvel SAGA				  0
67	Star Wars (d6)				  0
67	Runequest				  0
67	Paranoia				  0

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.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – January 2014

So last month I made a post about 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. So it’s not 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).

It’s an interesting chart, but I found it to be a little difficult to interpret it, because the percentages presented and the way D&D and D&D-derived RPGs are segregated from the rest mask the actual absolute scores, so I’ve started an experiment in compiling the absolute scores here month-by-month to see if any trends are revealed. So, here goes for January.

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D Next (5E)				2906.5
2	Pathfinder RPG				1968.6
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			1248.1
4	D&D 4th Edition				 608.3
5	FATE					 219.9
6	Old School Revival (OSR)		 159
7	World of Darkness			 152.2
8	Numenera				 128.1
9	13th Age				 126.7
10	Savage Worlds				  81
11	OD&D					  75.9
12	Shadowrun				  66.6
13	AD&D 1st Edition			  49.8
14	Exalted					  49.4
15	AD&D 2nd Edition			  47.7
16	Warhammer 40K				  44.2
17	Traveller				  39.2
18	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  38.8
19	Call of Cthulhu				  31.5
20	Dungeon World				  30.9
21	GURPS					  30.4
22	Gumshoe					  30.2
23	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  28.9
24	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  25.6
25	CORTEX System				  19.5
26	Stars Without Number			  18.2
26	Eclipse Phase				  18.2
28	d20 Modern				  17.5
29	Warhammer FRP				  17.1
29	The One Ring				  17.1
31	ICONS					  16.9
32	The Strange				  14.2
33	Castles & Crusades			  13.3
34	Dragon Age				  13.1
35	Deadlands				  13
36	Dread					  12.3
37	Star Trek				  10.3
38	Dungeon Crawl Classics			   9.7
39	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	   9.4
40	d20 Future				   7.9
41	Gamma World				   7.8
42	True20					   7.7
43	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		   6.8
44	RIFTS					   6.5
44	Iron Kingdoms				   6.5
44	Ars Magica				   6.5
44	Alternity				   6.5
48	Hackmaster				   5.7
49	Feng Shui				   5.2
50	Apocalypse World			   3.9
50	Rotted Capes				   3.9
50	HERO System / Champions			   3.9
50	BESM					   3.9
50	Mutant Chronicles			   3.9
50	A Song of Ice & Fire			   3.9
56	Earthdawn				   2.6
56	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   2.6
56	Brave New World				   2.6
56	Firefly					   2.6
56	Smallville				   2.6
61	Marvel SAGA				   1.3
61	Star Wars (d6)				   1.3
61	Fading Suns				   1.3
61	Aberrant				   1.3
61	DC Heroes				   1.3
66	Runequest				   0
66	Paranoia				   0

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.

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ENWorld’s Hot Roleplaying Games – December 2013

Hm, this is interesting. ENWorld have a regularly updated chart of the hottest RPGs 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’s an interesting approach, and I suspect a broader sample than is offered by, say the ICv2 sales charts (which are based only on the reporting of game store owners served by a particular distributor, when they can be bothered to provide the data in the first place), or the sales charts on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow (which of course can be distorted by people downloading free PDFs they never actually intend to use en mass).

On the other hand, there’s some quirks to the presentation which make me lift an eyebrow. D&D and related games are segregated out, except for 13th Age for some reason, and the overall scores each game is currently hitting is only visible if you mouseover the relevant listing. So, I thought it would be interesting to consolidate the chart here, put back the numbers, and see what conclusions could be reached. So, here’s the current standings (not including the percentage of all discussion figures because, of course, the segregation of D&D wrecks that) as of 3rd December 2013:

RANK	GAME					SCORE
1	D&D Next (5E)				3326.4
2	Pathfinder RPG				2408.5
3	D&D 3rd Edition/3.5			1646.9
4	D&D 4th Edition				 829
5	FATE					 398.2
6	13th Age				 225.8
7	Numenera				 210.6
8	Old School Revival (OSR)		 182.9
9	World of Darkness			 177
10	Shadowrun				  98.9
11	Savage Worlds				  84.6
12	OD&D					  69.4
13	Exalted					  63.7
14	AD&D 1st Edition			  60.2
15	Traveller				  60
16	Warhammer 40K				  57.5
17	Call of Cthulhu				  52.3
18	Star Wars: Edge of the Empire		  51.4
19	GURPS					  44.7
20	AD&D 2nd Edition			  43.6
21	Mutants & Masterminds/DC Adventures	  43.2
22	Star Wars (SAGA/d20)			  36.8
23	Dungeon World				  34.9
24	Gumshoe					  30
25	Stars Without Number			  28.6
26	Castles & Crusades			  26.6
27	ICONS					  26
28	Warhammer FRP				  25.3
29	Star Trek				  23.8
30	d20 Modern				  22.7
31	Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space	  22.1
32	Marvel Heroic Roleplaying		  21.1
33	Dungeon Crawl Classics			  20.8
34	Deadlands				  19.5
35	The One Ring				  19
36	Eclipse Phase				  18.2
37	CORTEX System				  15.6
38	RIFTS					  14.3
39	The Strange				  14.2
40	Gamma World				  11.7
41	A Song of Ice & Fire			  10.8
42	Dread					   9.7
43	True20					   9.6
44	Feng Shui				   9.1
44	Firefly					   9.1
46	d20 Future				   7.9
47	Iron Kingdoms				   7.8
48	Hackmaster				   7.3
49	Alternity				   6.5
50	Dragon Age				   6.1
51	BESM					   5.2
51	Runequest				   5.2
51	HERO System / Champions			   5.2
54	Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS	   3.9
54	Star Wars (d6)				   3.9
54	Paranoia				   3.9
54	Rotted Capes				   3.9
54	Fading Suns				   3.9
59	Marvel SAGA				   2.6
59	Brave New World				   2.6
59	Earthdawn				   2.6
62	DC Heroes				   1.3
62	Smallville				   1.3

Thoughts:

  • Some wacky (and, I feel, mildly manipulative) decisions here. Why are all the Gumshoe or CORTEX-powered games lumped together, whilst, (say) the BRP or SAGA games are listed separately? Why are only three of the One Roll Engine games bundled together but not Reign? Why isn’t Dungeon Crawl Classics considered with the other OSR games? Why is “OSR” even a category, for that matter, when the OSR isn’t an actual game and some discussion of games like OD&D or AD&D 1E/2E could qualify as OSR discussions too?
  • Still, some interesting trends. It appears that there are a whole bunch of people who talk almost exclusively about versions of Dungeons & Dragons; the numbers may be exacerbated by the fact that some forums out there are exclusively Dungeons & Dragons-based, on the other hand the fanbases of other games can (and have) produced forums exclusively focused on them too so it’s still a measure of how much D&D dominates our hobby.
  • It’s also not surprising that Dungeons & Dragons Next is generating more discussion than any other version; after all, Wizards are producing about as much teaser material for Next as they are actual gaming material for 4E at this point.
  • Even so, it must be humiliating for 4E to be lagging as far behind its predecessor and Pathfinder as it is. Clearly 4E is a huge deal as far as the rest of the gaming scene goes, but it’s a miserable shower of shit when it comes to the performance you’d expect from the currently in-print version of D&D.
  • If you combine the scores for OD&D, the two editions of AD&D, and the Old School Revival score (since that’s going to be dominated by clones of pre-3E D&D editions and systems derived from those games) for an overall “TSR-era D&D” category, it would come to 356.1, sat just under FATE. Though I don’t know if direct addition of these scores is legit based on how the algorithms work, so take that with a pinch of salt.
  • Holy fuck, people still remember and talk about Alternity?
  • For that matter, how badly is the Dragon Age RPG underperforming when people are less excited about it than they are about Alternity? Then again, the toxic reaction to Dragon Age II and the general souring of Bioware’s reputation lately might have turned people off it.
  • FATE‘s high performance may be down to it being the present RPG.net darling – it’s currently the game people recommend whenever someone says “I’d like a game that does (X)” over there, just as Savage Worlds before it and Wushu before that.
  • It’s worth remembering that this just tracks discussion of a game and, so far as I can tell, ENWorld’s algorithm isn’t smartypants enough to tell whether the conversation is positive or negative. An enormous hate campaign could drive you up the rankings just as nicely as happy praise would.