2017s Highest Grossing English Language Tabletop Roleplaying Crowdfunding Campaigns
  • 2017s Highest Grossing English Language Tabletop Roleplaying Crowdfunding Campaigns


    2017 has been a great year for tabletop roleplaying crowdfunding campaigns. Millions of dollars have been raised to bring hundreds of games and accessories to life. Over the course of the year Ive tracked 658 projects covering roleplaying games, supplements, accessories and a few related miniature, dice and licensed computer game projects. Of those 658, 38 were cancelled by their creators, 68 failed to fund by the deadline and almost 300,000 backers brought the rest to life. What were 2017s biggest roleplaying projects? Well, Im glad you asked


    The below list includes every campaign for a roleplaying game, or supplement, that raised $50,000 or more. 47 campaigns got on the list this year. US companies had the most $50k+ campaigns, 28 in total, which isnt a surprise given that most campaigns are still created by US companies or designers. The UK comes a distant second with 8 entries, closely followed by Sweden with 6, Germany has 2, whilst Australia, Italy, and Spain all provide one entry each.

    This list does not include miniatures, dice, maps, software, computer games based on RPGs, non-English language RPGs (although the new version of Nephilim Legende made over $250,000 in French on Ulule) or games from sites other than Kickstarter (not that I saw any in English on other sites that would have broken into this list anyway).

    For campaigns that ran in currency other than US dollars I converted their final funding total to US dollars using current exchange rates.

    2017s Highest Grossing English Language Tabletop Roleplaying Crowdfunding Campaigns

    1 US Numenera 2: Discover and Destiny by Monte Cook Games $845,258
    2 GER Torg Eternity by Ulisses Spiele $355,992
    3 SWE Forbidden Lands Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG by Fria Ligan $342,984
    4 UK The Yellow King Roleplaying Game from Robin D. Laws by Pelgrane Press
    $225,075
    5 USA 7th Sea: Khitai by John Wick $207,646
    6 USA Stars Without Number: Revised Edition by Kevin Crawford $192,036
    7 USA Midgard Campaign Setting: Dark Roads & Deep Magic by Kobold Press
    $191,428
    8 USA Eclipse Phase, Second Edition RPG by Infomorph $187,307
    9 USA DCC Lankhmar by Goodman Games $187,171
    10 USA Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition by Richard Thomas $166,290
    11 USA Mini-Dungeon Tome for 5th Edition or Pathfinder by AAW Games $165,468
    12 USA A Strange Box: Deluxe Boxed Edition of The Strange RPG by Monte Cook Games
    $162,819
    13 USA Dusk City Outlaws by Scratchpad Publishing $154,155
    14 UK Traveller RPG: The Great Rift & Deep Space Exploration by Matthew Sprange $153,038
    15 SWE Mutant: Mechatron Rise of the Robots Roleplaying by Fria Ligan $142,865
    16 SWE LexOccultum by RiotMinds $136,002
    17 USA How to Write Adventure Modules That Dont Suck by Goodman Games $125,456
    18 SWE Symbaroum Monster Codex by Jarnringen $125,037
    19 USA Top Secret: New World Order the espionage roleplaying game by TSR Games $123,168
    20 USA Monster Hunter International RPG: Savage Worlds Edition by Gallant Knight Games $122,985
    21 USA Monarchies of Mau Fantasy Tabletop RPG by Richard Thomas $118,534
    22 UK Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game by Oliver Hulme Spidermind Games $116,830
    23 USA Flash Gordon RPG for Savage Worlds by Shane Hensley $109,892
    24 UK Sigil & Sign Cthulhu Mythos RPG where you play the cultist by Dominic McDowall Cubicle 7 $102,265
    25 UK Cthulhu Dark by Graham Walmsley $96,617
    26 UK Spire RPG by Grant Howitt $96,448
    27 USA Kids on Bikes RPG Strange Adventures in Small Towns by Infectious Play (Jon Gilmour) $93,471
    28 SWE Western the Roleplaying Game by Askfageln $91,131
    29 UK A Touch of Class: 7 New Classes for 5th Edition by Morrus $91,006
    30 USA Cortex Prime: A Multi-Genre Modular Roleplaying Game by Cam Banks $84,430
    31 ESP FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG Core Book and Miniatures by Burning Games $84,345
    32 UK Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition by James Iles $83,738
    33 USA Paladin: Warriors of Charlemagne by Nocturnal Media $82,769
    34 USA Aces & Eights: Reloaded, a Wild West role playing game by Kenzer and Company $79,684
    35 SWE Symbaroum: Karvosti The Witch Hammer by Jarnringen $74,715
    36 AUS Fragged Empire RPG: Expanded by Wade Dyer $71,811
    37 USA Talislanta: The Savage Land by Stewart Wieck $69,146
    38 USA Arcanis 5E RPG by Henry Lopez $67,063
    39 USA The Deck of Many: DnD 5e Reference Cards by Cardamajigs $63,599
    40 USA Tiny Dungeons 2e - Minimalist fantasy roleplaying is back! By Gallant Knight Games $62,585
    41 USA Alternity 2017 - A Science Fiction Roleplaying Game by Sasquatch Game Studio LLC $62,043
    42 ITA Journey To Ragnarok: A Norse Mythology Adventure for 5e by Michele Paroli $61,391
    43 USA Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 by Richard Thomas $60,593
    44 USA Outbreak: Undead 2E The Survival Horror Simulation RPG by Hunters Books $59,295
    45 USA Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon $53,854
    46 GER Aventuria Compendium The Dark Eye RPG by Ulisses Spiele $51,709
    47 USA Underworld Races & Classes for 5th Edition & Pathfinder RPG by AAW Games $50,304


    Update: I have added a list of the campaigns in 2017 that received the most 'Backers' in the comments section below. Numenera still comes out top but the rest of the list see's a shake up.


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    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      658 RPG Kickstarter projects in one year - that's almost two per day! And nearly all of them funded. Kickstarter was definitely one of those positive industry-changing things - it's so much easier now to break into and make money publishing roleplaying games.
    1. AngusA's Avatar
      AngusA -
      This is a list of the campaigns in 2017 which got the most backers...

      Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny 4185
      Forbidden Lands - Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG 3399
      How To Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck 3247
      Stars Without Number: Revised Edition 3143
      Mini-Dungeon Tome for 5th Edition or Pathfinder RPG 3091
      Kids on Bikes RPG - Strange Adventures in Small Towns 3069
      Cortex Prime : A Multi-Genre Modular Roleplaying Game 2756
      7th Sea: Khitai 2553
      Eclipse Phase, Second Edition 2533
      Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition 2500
      A Touch of Class: 7 New Classes for 5th Edition 2454
      The Yellow King Roleplaying Game from Robin D. Laws 2288
      Torg Eternity 2282
      Monster Hunter International RPG: Savage Worlds Edition 2058
      Dusk City Outlaws 2048
      Innocents, a truly terrifying roleplaying game 2035
      Monarchies of Mau Fantasy Tabletop RPG 1970
      Talislanta: The Savage Land 1963
      Top Secret: New World Order - the espionage roleplaying game 1946
      Midgard Campaign Setting: Dark Roads & Deep Magic 1933
      DCC Lankhmar 1838
      Cthulhu Dark 1747
      Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition 1713
      Tiny Dungeon 2e - Minimalist fantasy roleplaying is back! 1661
      Mutant: Mechatron - Rise of the Robots Roleplaying 1653
      Gametee: World's Finest Leather Notebooks for Gamers 1610
      PALADIN: Warriors of Charlemagne 1516
      Spire RPG 1483
      LexOccultum TPG 1437
      The Deck of Many: DnD 5e Reference Cards 1361
      SYMBAROUM - Monster Codex 1251
      The Tavern Companion 1244
      Adventure Kit: Oath of the Frozen King 1231
      Masters and Minions: A 5th Edition Supplement 1214
      Elite: Dangerous RPG 1193
      Sly Flourish's Fantastic Adventures 1171
      Fear's Sharp Little Needles 1137
      Traveller RPG: The Great Rift & Deep Space Exploration 1130
      Drinking Quest: Liqour Before Honor 1119
      Fragged Empire TPG: Expanded 1103
      Journey To Ragnarok: A Norse Mythology Adventure for 5e 1082
      Noir World 1067
      Flash Gordon RPG for Savage Worlds 1027
      A Strange Box 1011
      Misspent Youth RPG: Sell Out with Me! 988
      The Big Book of Maps 947
      The Star on the Shore 922
      Cold Shadows - Narrative Espionage Roleplaying 918
      Treasure Decks for 5th Edition 902
      Tome of Horrors: Reborn for Fifth Edition 895
      Middarmark 893
      CAVALIERS OF MARS, a tabletop roleplaying game 885
      Underworld Races & Classes 882
      Artifices of Quartztoil Tower - 5E Adventure - Only $10! 877
      Sign & Sigil - Cthulhu Mythos RPG where you play the cultist 868
      Alas for the Awful Sea 867
      The Watch RPG 865
      Lost Artifacts of Greyghast - A 5e Magic Item Compendium 856
      Ebonclad: 5E DnD Thieves' Guild Settubg + 7 New Adventures 854
      SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists 854
      New Paths Compendium: Pathfinder RPG Expanded Edition 840
      Atlas Animalia - A book of monster variants 798
      Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks - The Ultimate GM's Guide 794
      Pigsmoke: A Roleplaying Game of Sorcerous Academia 789
      Hyperlanes: Cinematic Scifi for DnD 5E 787
      Limitless Monsters - 100 DnD5e monsters 767
    1. Mam Bach's Avatar
      Mam Bach -
      Would love to see the whole list

      Why did these fund and others did not? What did they do right? Interesting to note that significant numbers of these are based on existing products - supplements for dnd and Pathfinder, a WOD core book, several 2nd eds - which come with a pre-existing fanbase
    1. flannel's Avatar
      flannel -
      Well, I would say that we are (here at Many-Sided Dice) completely flattered to be mentioned on the "Most Backers List". I'd love to see the "top funded" and "most backers" done by categories, though... for example, Underworld Races & Classes (solid damn project, in our opinion) was a more discreet offering than, say, Talislanta. Neither really compare to (as someone already said) Changling coming out of the woodwork to Kickstart. None of those are really the same as Deck of Many (also great). Etc.

      Our Kickstarter for Lost Artifacts of Greyghast (available in fine bookstores everywhere), for example, I think may have been the only one or one of very few to offer ONLY the book. No other products, no gimmicks, no additional stretches, etc. I'd love to see how 2017 went down for more "book" focused RPG Kickstarters (newer or independent publishers like us), established ones, accessories, larger bundles of things... (I mean, wow, 7th Sea was offering a frickin' library of stuff on their KS, hard to compare to "How To Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck" (another stellar product).

      Super cool post! Very cool.

      Thanks,

      The Team at Many-Sided Dice
    1. AngusA's Avatar
      AngusA -
      Quote Originally Posted by flannel View Post
      Well, I would say that we are (here at Many-Sided Dice) completely flattered to be mentioned on the "Most Backers List". I'd love to see the "top funded" and "most backers" done by categories, though... for example, Underworld Races & Classes (solid damn project, in our opinion) was a more discreet offering than, say, Talislanta. Neither really compare to (as someone already said) Changling coming out of the woodwork to Kickstart. None of those are really the same as Deck of Many (also great). Etc.

      Our Kickstarter for Lost Artifacts of Greyghast (available in fine bookstores everywhere), for example, I think may have been the only one (or close to it) to offer ONLY the book. No other products, no gimmicks, no additional stretches, etc. I'd love to see how 2017 went down for more "book" focused RPG Kickstarters (newer or independent publishers like us), established ones, accessories, larger bundles of things... (I mean, wow, 7th Sea was offering a frickin' library of stuff on their KS, hard to compare to "How To Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck" (another stellar product).

      Super cool post! Very cool.

      Thanks,

      The Team at Many-Sided Dice
      Thanks, and congrats on Greyghasts success this year

      I know EN Publishing's own 'A Touch of Class' was a single book campaign too (#29 most funded; #11 most backers), and have seen a few others as they seem to be slowly gaining popularity. I think we'll see more of them in the coming years but still expect to also see the 'product line' Kickstarters that keep unlocking more books through stretch goals which feed the funding total but will also take a long time to completely fulfill. There is certainly an attractiveness to the "one book and that's it" campaign for both the creator and backers though.
    1. Sword of Spirit's Avatar
      Sword of Spirit -
      Torg Eternity included the entire original product line as pdfs, so that sweetened the pot for those like me who always wanted to play it way back but never got around to it. I bet the reason they made more money with less backers is related to the $200 cargo box pledge option that was just really, really enticing.
    1. Earth2Carnifex's Avatar
      Earth2Carnifex -
      Why isn't Dungeon Fantasy on this list? Steve Jackson Games raised $176,450 from 1,587 backers, that should have put it at #10 on this list.

      Edit - Never mind I am an idiot, Dungeon Fantasy funded in 2016.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Earth2Carnifex View Post
      Why isn't Dungeon Fantasy on this list? Steve Jackson Games raised $176,450 from 1,587 backers
      In 2016.
    1. sstacks's Avatar
      sstacks -
      Great post. I personally would also like to have seen the numbers ($ raised or # of backers, respectively) next to the name on the list.
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