Hot Roleplaying Games


Hot Roleplaying Games

Over 1000 sites and counting! What's the current zeitgeist? What are the hottest games being talked about right now? This isn't a list of sales figures; it tracks what's currently being talked about using a top secret algorithm. Each game is also conveniently linked to a search for discussion about it right here on EN World, should you want to find out more. The spotlight list changes from time to time. The red and green arrows show a game's general trend over the last 90 days - is it being discussed more or less than it was in the previous 90 days?

This page tracks discussion of over a quarter of a million forum members and approaching a thousand blogs on a selection of major independent RPG discussion forums to create an overall sample from a list including EN World, RPGnet, Dragonsfoot, UK Roleplayers, RPG Geek, the RPG Bloggers network of nearly 300 blogs, the RPG Blog Alliance of nearly 600 blogs, and Reddit.

For another take on what's popular, check out my Top 5 RPGs Compiled Charts 2004-Present.

Click on the little pie-chart icons to dynamically show each chart in pie-chart form.

As of January 2014, RPGNow, DTRPG, and Kickstarter are also being tracked!  And as of November 2014, at popular request, Paizo's and WotC forums are also being tracked, but are listed separately so as not to skew the figures when compared against other games whose official forums are not being counted.  See the bottom of the page for more info.

Historical data is available to EN World subscribers
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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 FATE 15.21%
2 World of Darkness 12.48%
3 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 6.01%
4 Savage Worlds 5.77%
5 Call of Cthulhu 4.76%
6 Shadowrun 3.82%
7 Traveller 3.82%
8 Warhammer 40K 3.74%
9 GURPS 3.59%
10 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.28%
11 Dungeon World 3.12%
12 ICONS 2.81%
13 Stars Without Number 2.65%
14 Numenera 2.57%
15 Exalted 2.5%
16 Dread 2.5%
17 13th Age 1.64%
18 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 1.56%
19 Gumshoe* 1.56%
20 Apocalypse World 1.25%
21 The Strange 1.17%
22 Feng Shui 1.17%
23 Deadlands 1.09%
24 RIFTS 0.94%
25 Firefly 0.94%
26 Eclipse Phase 0.86%
27 Warhammer FRP 0.86%
28 The One Ring 0.78%
29 d20 Modern 0.7%
30 CORTEX System* 0.62%
31 Ars Magica 0.55%
32 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.55%
33 Gamma World 0.55%
34 Iron Kingdoms 0.39%
35 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.39%
36 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.39%
37 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.31%
38 Star Trek* 0.31%
39 HERO System / Champions 0.31%
40 Star Wars (FFG) 0.23%
41 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.23%
42 Smallville 0.23%
43 TMNT 0.23%
44 Earthdawn 0.23%
45 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.16%
46 Runequest 0.16%
47 Fading Suns 0.16%
48 Mutant Chronicles 0.16%
49 Aberrant 0.16%
50 Colonial Gothic 0.16%
51 BESM 0.16%
52 Paranoia 0.08%
53 Silver Age Sentinels 0.08%
54 Marvel SAGA 0.08%
55 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
56 Brave New World 0%
57 Star Wars (d6) 0%
58 d20 Future 0%
59 Ashen Stars 0%
60 Alternity 0%
61 True20 0%
62 Rotted Capes 0%
63 DC Heroes 0%
64 Hobomancer 0%
65 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
66 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 59.58%
2 Pathfinder RPG 13.61%
3 Old School Revival (OSR)** 9.16%
4 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 8.37%
5 D&D 4th Edition 4.82%
6 13th Age 1.27%
7 OD&D 0.84%
8 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.78%
9 AD&D 1st Edition 0.6%
10 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.48%
11 Castles & Crusades 0.3%
12 Hackmaster 0.18%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 33.85%
2 Pathfinder RPG 7.73%
3 FATE 6.67%
4 World of Darkness 5.48%
5 Old School Revival (OSR)** 5.2%
6 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 4.76%
7 D&D 4th Edition 2.74%
8 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 2.64%
9 Savage Worlds 2.53%
10 Call of Cthulhu 2.09%
11 Traveller 1.68%
12 Shadowrun 1.68%
13 Warhammer 40K 1.64%
14 GURPS 1.57%
15 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.44%
16 Dungeon World 1.37%
17 ICONS 1.23%
18 Stars Without Number 1.16%
19 Numenera 1.13%
20 Exalted 1.1%
21 Dread 1.1%
22 13th Age 0.72%
23 Gumshoe* 0.68%
24 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 0.68%
25 Apocalypse World 0.55%
26 The Strange 0.51%
27 Feng Shui 0.51%
28 OD&D 0.48%
29 Deadlands 0.48%
30 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.44%
31 Firefly 0.41%
32 RIFTS 0.41%
33 Eclipse Phase 0.38%
34 Warhammer FRP 0.38%
35 AD&D 1st Edition 0.34%
36 The One Ring 0.34%
37 d20 Modern 0.31%
38 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.27%
39 CORTEX System* 0.27%
40 Ars Magica 0.24%
41 Gamma World 0.24%
42 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.24%
43 Iron Kingdoms 0.17%
44 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.17%
45 Castles & Crusades 0.17%
46 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.17%
47 HERO System / Champions 0.14%
48 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.14%
49 Star Trek* 0.14%
50 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.1%
51 TMNT 0.1%
52 Smallville 0.1%
53 Star Wars (FFG) 0.1%
54 Hackmaster 0.1%
55 Earthdawn 0.1%
56 Fading Suns 0.07%
57 Runequest 0.07%
58 Mutant Chronicles 0.07%
59 BESM 0.07%
60 Aberrant 0.07%
61 Colonial Gothic 0.07%
62 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.07%
63 Paranoia 0.03%
64 Silver Age Sentinels 0.03%
65 Marvel SAGA 0.03%
66 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.03%
67 Star Wars (d6) 0%
68 True20 0%
69 Hobomancer 0%
70 d20 Future 0%
71 Ashen Stars 0%
72 Alternity 0%
73 Brave New World 0%
74 DC Heroes 0%
75 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
76 Rotted Capes 0%
77 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
78 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
79 Chainmail 0%
*Items marked with an asterisk are grouped categories containing a number of individual games.

**OSR Games: OSR games are counted via a system datafile which you can find here. You are able to edit and add games yourself. The system currently tracks over 160 OSR games.

Official websites: Note that official webites are not included; this chart is a sample of independent sources only. Discussion on a publisher's official website may be considerably higher.

To be tracked, a source needs an RSS feed of new items. If your favourite RPG source is not being tracked, please ask them to activate their RSS feeds! Feeds must be from independent sources only. Individual blogs can join one of the two networks listed to be included. Duplicate results are discarded, so you don't need to join both. Data forms a representative sample based on the named sources, and is not to be viewed as a census of all web traffic on a given subject. There is no top-secret algorithm; it's just a Google joke. Your favourite game is the best one.

Data spans 90 days. Historical data is available by using the dropdown, which displays data based on the 90 days preceding the selected date. External sources began tracking in September 2013, meaning that the data will be most accurate from November 2013. Historical (pre-Pathfinder) references to Paizo have been classified as Pathfinder. Speculation about not-yet announced game editions can cause traffic about games before their announcement, resulting in scores sometimes years before a game existed (there is some D&D 4E speculation dating back to 2003!)

A zero score (0%) does not mean that nobody has mentioned a game anywhere in the last 90 days; it's a statistically significant sample.

For context: "small" numbers may actually be big.  1% means 1 in 100 people are talking about a game.  That's a big, successful game.  5% means 1 in 20 people are talking about a game.  That's not small, that's MASSIVE.  If every game had 5%, there would be only 20 games.  

Try not to be angry. It's just a list of games, not an affirmation of your personal character. Chill!