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, UK Roleplayers, RPG Geek, the RPG Bloggers network of nearly 300 blogs, the RPG Blog Alliance of nearly 600 blogs, and Reddit.

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!

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Hot Roleplaying Games
1 FATE 13.67%
2 World of Darkness 7.93%
3 Savage Worlds 7.88%
4 Call of Cthulhu 6.08%
5 Traveller 6.02%
6 Dread 4.39%
7 Dungeon World 4.33%
8 Shadowrun 4.22%
9 GURPS 3.55%
10 The Strange 2.76%
11 Numenera 2.76%
12 13th Age 2.64%
13 RIFTS 2.25%
14 Warhammer 40K 2.19%
15 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 2.14%
16 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 2.03%
17 ICONS 1.8%
18 DC Heroes 1.74%
19 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 1.58%
20 Feng Shui 1.58%
21 Apocalypse World 1.41%
22 Dragon Age 1.35%
23 Stars Without Number 1.29%
24 Star Trek* 1.24%
25 Firefly 1.07%
26 Warhammer FRP 1.01%
27 Gumshoe* 1.01%
28 Earthdawn 0.9%
29 d20 Modern 0.84%
30 Deadlands 0.84%
31 BESM 0.73%
32 Eclipse Phase 0.68%
33 The One Ring 0.62%
34 Exalted 0.56%
35 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.51%
36 Colonial Gothic 0.51%
37 Iron Kingdoms 0.45%
38 HERO System / Champions 0.39%
39 Gamma World 0.39%
40 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.34%
41 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.34%
42 Aberrant 0.28%
43 CORTEX System* 0.28%
44 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.23%
45 Ars Magica 0.17%
46 d20 Future 0.17%
47 Mutant Chronicles 0.11%
48 Fading Suns 0.11%
49 Brave New World 0.11%
50 Paranoia 0.11%
51 Marvel SAGA 0.11%
52 TMNT 0.06%
53 Smallville 0.06%
54 Runequest 0.06%
55 Star Wars (d6) 0.06%
56 True20 0.06%
57 Ashen Stars 0%
58 Alternity 0%
59 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
60 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
61 Hobomancer 0%
62 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
63 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
64 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
65 Rotted Capes 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D 5th Edition 60.25%
2 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 10.12%
3 Old School Revival (OSR)* 7.27%
4 Pathfinder RPG 4.51%
5 D&D 4th Edition 4.12%
6 OD&D 4%
7 AD&D 2nd Edition 3.27%
8 Dungeon Crawl Classics 2.21%
9 13th Age 2%
10 Castles & Crusades 1.36%
11 AD&D 1st Edition 0.72%
12 Hackmaster 0.13%
13 Chainmail 0.04%
Combined List
1 D&D 5th Edition 34.7%
2 FATE 5.95%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 5.83%
4 Old School Revival (OSR)* 4.19%
5 World of Darkness 3.45%
6 Savage Worlds 3.43%
7 Call of Cthulhu 2.64%
8 Traveller 2.62%
9 Pathfinder RPG 2.6%
10 D&D 4th Edition 2.38%
11 OD&D 2.3%
12 Dread 1.91%
13 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.89%
14 Dungeon World 1.89%
15 Shadowrun 1.84%
16 GURPS 1.54%
17 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.27%
18 Numenera 1.2%
19 The Strange 1.2%
20 13th Age 1.15%
21 RIFTS 0.98%
22 Warhammer 40K 0.95%
23 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.93%
24 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 0.88%
25 ICONS 0.78%
26 Castles & Crusades 0.78%
27 DC Heroes 0.76%
28 Feng Shui 0.69%
29 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0.69%
30 Apocalypse World 0.61%
31 Dragon Age 0.59%
32 Stars Without Number 0.56%
33 Star Trek* 0.54%
34 Firefly 0.47%
35 Warhammer FRP 0.44%
36 Gumshoe* 0.44%
37 AD&D 1st Edition 0.42%
38 Earthdawn 0.39%
39 d20 Modern 0.37%
40 Deadlands 0.37%
41 BESM 0.32%
42 Eclipse Phase 0.29%
43 The One Ring 0.27%
44 Exalted 0.24%
45 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.22%
46 Colonial Gothic 0.22%
47 Iron Kingdoms 0.2%
48 Gamma World 0.17%
49 HERO System / Champions 0.17%
50 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.15%
51 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0.15%
52 CORTEX System* 0.12%
53 Aberrant 0.12%
54 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.1%
55 d20 Future 0.07%
56 Ars Magica 0.07%
57 Hackmaster 0.07%
58 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.05%
59 Marvel SAGA 0.05%
60 Brave New World 0.05%
61 Paranoia 0.05%
62 Mutant Chronicles 0.05%
63 Fading Suns 0.05%
64 Star Wars (d6) 0.02%
65 Chainmail 0.02%
66 TMNT 0.02%
67 Runequest 0.02%
68 Smallville 0.02%
69 True20 0.02%
70 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
71 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
72 Rotted Capes 0%
73 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
74 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
75 Hobomancer 0%
76 Ashen Stars 0%
77 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
78 Alternity 0%
*Items marked with an asterisk are grouped categories containing a number of individual games.

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!