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 13th Age 13.59%
2 FATE 12.62%
3 Savage Worlds 12.14%
4 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 10.19%
5 Shadowrun 7.77%
6 Numenera 6.8%
7 World of Darkness 4.37%
8 Call of Cthulhu 3.88%
9 Mutant Chronicles 2.91%
10 d20 Modern 2.91%
11 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 2.43%
12 The One Ring 1.94%
13 HERO System / Champions 1.46%
14 Exalted 1.46%
15 ICONS 1.46%
16 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 1.46%
17 Dungeon World 1.46%
18 Gumshoe* 0.97%
19 Warhammer FRP 0.97%
20 GURPS 0.97%
21 Dragon Age 0.97%
22 Ars Magica 0.97%
23 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.97%
24 True20 0.49%
25 Traveller 0.49%
26 Star Trek* 0.49%
27 Runequest 0.49%
28 Eclipse Phase 0.49%
29 Fading Suns 0.49%
30 Colonial Gothic 0.49%
31 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.49%
32 Apocalypse World 0.49%
33 Firefly 0.49%
34 d20 Future 0.49%
35 Ashen Stars 0%
36 Hobomancer 0%
37 Gamma World 0%
38 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
39 DC Heroes 0%
40 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
41 Marvel SAGA 0%
42 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
43 TMNT 0%
44 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
45 Smallville 0%
46 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
47 Alternity 0%
48 Rotted Capes 0%
49 Brave New World 0%
50 Aberrant 0%
51 Stars Without Number 0%
52 Dread 0%
53 Earthdawn 0%
54 RIFTS 0%
55 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
56 Star Wars (d6) 0%
57 The Strange 0%
58 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0%
59 Paranoia 0%
60 BESM 0%
61 CORTEX System* 0%
62 Iron Kingdoms 0%
63 Deadlands 0%
64 Warhammer 40K 0%
65 Feng Shui 0%
D&D Editions, Variations, and OSR Games
1 D&D Next (5E) 32.26%
2 Pathfinder RPG 30.65%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 18.01%
4 D&D 4th Edition 6.99%
5 13th Age 3.76%
6 OD&D 1.75%
7 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.61%
8 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.61%
9 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.48%
10 Castles & Crusades 1.34%
11 AD&D 1st Edition 0.4%
12 Chainmail 0.13%
13 Hackmaster 0%
Combined List
1 D&D Next (5E) 26%
2 Pathfinder RPG 24.7%
3 D&D 3rd Edition / 3.5 14.52%
4 D&D 4th Edition 5.63%
5 13th Age 3.03%
6 FATE 2.82%
7 Savage Worlds 2.71%
8 Mutants & Masterminds / DC Adventures 2.28%
9 Shadowrun 1.73%
10 Numenera 1.52%
11 OD&D 1.41%
12 AD&D 2nd Edition 1.3%
13 Old School Revival (OSR)* 1.3%
14 Dungeon Crawl Classics 1.19%
15 Castles & Crusades 1.08%
16 World of Darkness 0.98%
17 Call of Cthulhu 0.87%
18 Mutant Chronicles 0.65%
19 d20 Modern 0.65%
20 Star Wars (SAGA/d20) 0.54%
21 The One Ring 0.43%
22 Dungeon World 0.33%
23 HERO System / Champions 0.33%
24 ICONS 0.33%
25 Marvel Heroic Roleplaying 0.33%
26 Exalted 0.33%
27 AD&D 1st Edition 0.33%
28 Dragon Age 0.22%
29 Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 0.22%
30 Ars Magica 0.22%
31 Gumshoe* 0.22%
32 GURPS 0.22%
33 Warhammer FRP 0.22%
34 Firefly 0.11%
35 Fading Suns 0.11%
36 Chainmail 0.11%
37 Apocalypse World 0.11%
38 A Song of Ice & Fire 0.11%
39 Colonial Gothic 0.11%
40 Traveller 0.11%
41 d20 Future 0.11%
42 True20 0.11%
43 Eclipse Phase 0.11%
44 Star Trek* 0.11%
45 Runequest 0.11%
46 Other Superhero RPGs* 0.11%
47 Villains & Vigilantes 0%
48 TMNT 0%
49 DC Heroes 0%
50 Brave New World 0%
51 Golden Heroes / Squadron UK 0%
52 Godlike / Wild Talents / NEMESIS 0%
53 Smallville 0%
54 Marvel Super Heroes 0%
55 Feng Shui 0%
56 Aberrant 0%
57 Alternity 0%
58 Rotted Capes 0%
59 Silver Age Sentinels 0%
60 Gamma World 0%
61 Marvel SAGA 0%
62 CORTEX System* 0%
63 Dread 0%
64 Star Wars (d6) 0%
65 All Flesh Must Be Eaten 0%
66 Earthdawn 0%
67 RIFTS 0%
68 Hobomancer 0%
69 Paranoia 0%
70 Stars Without Number 0%
71 The Strange 0%
72 BESM 0%
73 Hackmaster 0%
74 Iron Kingdoms 0%
75 Deadlands 0%
76 Warhammer 40K 0%
77 Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space 0%
78 Ashen Stars 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!