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 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!  Paizo.com is not being tracked, and since EN World absorbed a large influx of members after the WotC forums closed, EN World is also not being tracked as it would skew the figures.

Historical data is available to EN World subscribers
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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 World of Darkness 14.24%
2 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 9.55%
3 Exalted 9.23%
4 Savage Worlds 7.2%
5 GURPS 5.01%
6 Call of Cthulhu 4.23%
7 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 3.91%
8 Warhammer 40K 3.6%
9 Shadowrun 3.6%
10 Gumshoe* 3.13%
11 Traveller 2.19%
12 CORTEX System* 2.19%
13 Dungeon World 1.88%
14 The One Ring 1.72%
15 Stars Without Number 1.72%
16 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 1.72%
17 Warhammer FRP 1.72%
18 Apocalypse World 1.56%
19 Cypher System 1.56%
20 Feng Shui 1.56%
21 13th Age 1.56%
22 Eclipse Phase 1.56%
23 RIFTS 1.41%
24 Deadlands 1.25%
25 Mutant Chronicles 1.25%
26 A Song of Ice & Fire 1.25%
27 Dread 1.1%
28 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 1.1%
29 Gamma World 0.94%
30 BESM 0.78%
31 Earthdawn 0.63%
32 ICONS 0.63%
33 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.47%
34 Iron Kingdoms 0.47%
35 Firefly 0.47%
36 d20 Modern 0.31%
37 DC Heroes 0.31%
38 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.31%
39 Fading Suns 0.31%
40 Rotted Capes 0.31%
41 Alternity 0.31%
42 Star Wars (d6) 0.31%
43 HERO System / Champions 0.16%
44 Colonial Gothic 0.16%
45 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.16%
46 Ashen Stars 0.16%
47 TMNT 0.16%
48 Brave New World 0.16%
49 True20 0.16%
50 d20 Future 0.16%
51 Aberrant 0.16%
52 Smallville 0%
53 Star Wars (FFG) 0%
54 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
55 Star Trek* 0%
56 Runequest 0%
57 Paranoia 0%
58 Hobomancer 0%
59 FATE 0%
60 Ars Magica 0%
61 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
62 0%
63 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
64 Marvel SAGA 0%
65 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
66 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 73.44%
2 Pathfinder RPG 7.46%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 5.82%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)** 5.11%
5 D&D 4th Edition 3.62%
6 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.14%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.07%
8 OD&D 0.85%
9 13th Age 0.71%
10 Castles & Crusades 0.43%
11 AD&D 1st Edition 0.28%
12 Hackmaster 0.07%
13 Chainmail 0%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 50.34%
2 Pathfinder RPG 5.11%
3 World of Darkness 4.43%
4 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 3.99%
5 Old School Revival (OSR)** 3.51%
6 What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. 2.97%
7 Exalted 2.87%
8 D&D 4th Edition 2.48%
9 Savage Worlds 2.24%
10 GURPS 1.56%
11 Call of Cthulhu 1.31%
12 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 1.22%
13 Shadowrun 1.12%
14 Warhammer 40K 1.12%
15 Gumshoe* 0.97%
16 Dungeon Crawl Classics 0.78%
17 AD&D 2nd Edition 0.73%
18 Star Trek 0.73%
19 CORTEX System* 0.68%
20 Traveller 0.68%
21 OD&D 0.58%
22 Dungeon World 0.58%
23 The One Ring 0.54%
24 Stars Without Number 0.54%
25 Warhammer FRP 0.54%
26 Dragon Age/Fantasy AGE/AGE 0.54%
27 Cypher System 0.49%
28 13th Age 0.49%
29 Apocalypse World 0.49%
30 Feng Shui 0.49%
31 Eclipse Phase 0.49%
32 RIFTS 0.44%
33 Deadlands 0.39%
34 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.39%
35 Mutant Chronicles 0.39%
36 Dread 0.34%
37 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.34%
38 Castles & Crusades 0.29%
39 Gamma World 0.29%
40 BESM 0.24%
41 AD&D 1st Edition 0.19%
42 ICONS 0.19%
43 Earthdawn 0.19%
44 Iron Kingdoms 0.15%
45 Firefly 0.15%
46 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0.15%
47 Alternity 0.1%
48 Fading Suns 0.1%
49 DC Heroes 0.1%
50 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.1%
51 Star Wars (d6) 0.1%
52 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.1%
53 d20 Modern 0.1%
54 Rotted Capes 0.1%
55 TMNT 0.05%
56 Ashen Stars 0.05%
57 d20 Future 0.05%
58 True20 0.05%
59 Hackmaster 0.05%
60 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.05%
61 Aberrant 0.05%
62 Colonial Gothic 0.05%
63 Brave New World 0.05%
64 HERO System / Champions 0.05%
65 FATE 0%
66 Chainmail 0%
67 Hobomancer 0%
68 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
69 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
70 Marvel SAGA 0%
71 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
72 Star Wars (FFG) 0%
73 Ars Magica 0%
74 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
75 Runequest 0%
76 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
77 Smallville 0%
78 Paranoia 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!